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Wiggins Watch: Andrew Wiggins and Kansas Hit Trouble In Paradise

Andrew Wiggins never asked for the hype, but it’s something he couldn’t avoid. The checklist of items needed for him to stay grounded are there: recognition of flaws in his game, a close circle of family and friends, and a humble demeanor. Unfortunately, the latter of the list might be what has scouts and skeptics on the same page. Make no mistake, he can turn up to the tune of 30 point outings on the regular but he’s much more comfortable playing the team game as opposed to the hero ball basketball purists, which he happens to be, loathe. Wiggins was the super nova among stars on both his high school team at Huntington Prep, which featured a host of Division 1 college basketball bound seniors, and his summer AAU team, CIA Bounce, that fellow Canada products Tyler Ennis (currently starting for Syracuse University) and Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes made marks on, too.

Last season, Wiggins responded to an SI article that came out questioning how good Wiggins would in fact be by dropping 57 points. That fire, that passion, that ability to carry a country on his back is what pushed him to the forefront of this soon to be famed class. Now his biggest hurdle is tapping into what makes him special, all the time.

Forgetting that despite his all world ability, Wiggins is still a freshman is a mistake. With all the talent on Kansas, maybe he won’t have the dominating season that Kevin Durant or Carmelo Anthony had in their one-and-done campaigns that he was projected to have. And that’s OK. The piece missing from Kansas’ puzzle in their 63-59 semifinal loss to Villanova at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas was Wiggins’ sense of “give me the fucking ball’ when it came down to the end of the game. Durant has that. Kobe Bryant has that. Michael Jordan had it and, even though he struggled to find it, Lebron James has it.

Star players make plays down the stretch, but Wiggins, who only scored 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting, MJ fade away’d from the spotlight in crunch time. Was he simply playing within the flow of the game? Was the moment too big for him? No one can answer that but Wiggins. All we know is the bar has been set, expectations are high and the young OVO has till March to figure how to keep his on-court fire lit.

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Breakdancing Proposed As Potential Sport For 2024 Olympics

According to CNN, a proposal has been made to add breakdancing as a sport during the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Breakdancing is one of four events suggested for inclusion, along with surfing, climbing and skateboarding.

"We are pleased to see that Paris 2024's proposal for new sports to the Olympic programme is very much in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, which is striving to make the Olympic programme gender-balanced, more youth-focused and more urban," read a statement from the International Olympic Committee. Other mediums such as Squash, snooker and chess put their proposals in, but were not selected.

Breakdancing, which is one of the four elements of hip-hop, was introduced as a sport during the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Thanks to organizations such as Red Bull's BC One, the legacy of breakdancing lives on through workshops and competitions throughout the world. Last year's Red Bull BC One Breakdancing World Championship was held in Switzerland.

“Obviously, if people know the history of the hip-hop culture, then they'll know that we are the original hip-hop," “B-Boy Ronnie” Abaldonado told VIBE of breakdancing's influence during Red Bull BC One Camp in Houston. "...We're here not to just teach people how to dance, but also to educate them on hip-hop and breaking.”

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Barack Obama Tweets About Duke Basketball Star Zion Williamson's Injury

On Wednesday evening (Feb. 20), former President Barack Obama took time out of his day-to-day activities to sit court side at a Duke vs. North Carolina basketball game. While reports of a $2,900 ticket to attend the game circulated, it was main attraction Zion Williamson that generated everyone’s attention, including No. 44.

During regulation, Williamson tore through his Nike sneaker and injured his knee, immediately taking him out of the game. The Blue Devils succumbed to the Tar Heels 72-88. Since Williamson’s injury, Obama tweeted his well wishes for one of college basketball’s most talked about athletes.

Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 21, 2019

Zion's shoe: destroyed 😳 pic.twitter.com/LqQ2te0Jay

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019

Since his time at Duke, the power forward has broken the university’s basketball records, namely the single-game points data held by a freshman. Williamson has also garnered attention from the NBA’s leading athletes, specifically LeBron James. The Los Angeles Laker praised Williamson for his athleticism and command of the game.

“With his athleticism, with what we all see, to jump well beyond the 10-foot rim is incredible,” James said to USA Today. “I think what’s also incredible is at his size his speed, his agility, his quickness. And then to add on to that, I think he’s just a great kid.”

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LeBron James Announced As A&R Of 2 Chainz's 'Rap Or Go To The League' Album

When he's not on the court, LeBron James spends his time posting videos of him vibing out to some of rap's most recent singles. Now, he's taking his ear for standout cuts a step further by becoming the A&R for 2 Chainz's forthcoming album.

On Mar. 1, the Atlanta native's Rap Or Go To The League project will hit streaming services and music store shelves after being teased for some time. "It's been quite the journey to get here," the "Spend It" rapper wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 19). "All night studio sessions, reflecting, & opening up on these records or as I call it therapy! This is my each one teach one body of work, I wanna celebrate black excellence!"

An Apple Music documentary will also accompany the album's debut. In a 60-second teaser, viewers witness Chainz and James in the studio discussing the possibility of a deluxe album and selecting guest artists for features. Rap Or Go To The League is Chainz's fifth studio album, what's being described as "his most personal, most lyrical, most soulful to date."

The soundscape arrives after Chainz released two EPs last year: The Play Don't Care Who Makes It and Hot Wings Are A Girl's Best Friend.

It’s been quite the journey to get here. All night studio sessions, reflecting, & opening up on these records or as I call it therapy! This is my each one teach one body of work, I wanna celebrate black excellence! ..... “Rap Or Go To The League” the album A&R by @KingJames 3/1 pic.twitter.com/08Y2fYKJ6X

— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) February 19, 2019

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