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Donovan Mitchell Gets A ‘Fresh Cut’ In New Web Series

This “Rookie On The Rise” starts off his first All-Star Weekend with a dapper cut.

Utah Jazz shooting guard, 21-year-old Donovan Mitchell, gives basketball fanatics a look behind the scenes of his first All-Star Weekend in new web series Rookie On The Rise. The two-minute trailer brings fans into his hotel room with his trusted barber as he gets a fresh cut for the lights and cameras during the big weekend.

Premiering on Young Hollywood, Rookie On The Rise shares the untold tales of the young athlete on his race for the Rookie Of The Year title told through 15 episodes. Starting April 3, each episode runs two to five minutes long, with three new episodes premiering every Tuesday. The series follows Mitchell in intimate moments with his family and friends and his brisk rise to national stardom.

“He was such a humble, down-to-earth guy. For everything going on in his life, he was so unaffected by it. That was the biggest takeaway,” R.J. Williams, founder of Young Hollywood, told The Salt Lake Tribune. “He doesn’t have the big entourage. He’s not going Hollywood, as you would expect with someone who’s such success right now. … He was just unusual in the sense that he really wasn’t fazed by any of it.”

All-Star fans watched in awe as Mitchell took home the slam dunk championship when he paid homage to one of basketball’s legendary dunkers Vince Carter by replicating his 360 windmill dunk.

Mitchell told the Tribune he was appreciative of Williams and the crew and glad they were able to catch the little moments that meant the most to him.

“It was awesome,” he said. “They were great people, first of all. I really liked the people I was working with. And for them to be able to capture moments like that are incredible. I’m just happy and honored that I could have that happen. It’s moments like that I’ll never forget. Us in the car, the house or the hotel – little things. … It will be really cool when it comes out.”

The Utah Jazz dominated the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-97 Sunday night (April 1), with Mitchell putting up 21 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals, according to CBS Sports.

Check out the first episode below.

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Deontay Wilder Makes Sinister Remarks Ahead Of Bout With Dominic Breazeale

Drenched in sweat and surrounded by reporters and cameras, Deontay Wilder made sinister remarks Tuesday (May 14) ahead of his bout with Dominic Breazeale, which centered the WBC heavyweight champion in steep controversy.

"[Breazeale's] life is on the line for this fight and I do mean his life,” Wilder said. “I am still trying to get me a body on my record."

Last December, Wilder earned the title in a controversial draw against Tyson Fury, but prior to their bout in the ring, Wilder, 33, said he wants "a wants a body on his record," which resulted in backlash as the sport has already had several injuries and deaths in and outside of the ring.

Ahead of Saturday's matchup with Breazeale, Wilder doubled down on his desire and asserted boxing is a sport which makes it legal.

"Dominic Breazeale asked for this. I didn't go seek him. He [sought] me. So if it comes it comes. This is a brutal sport. This is not a gentleman sport," Wilder said. "We don't ask to hit each other in the face but we do anyway, and you can ask any doctor around the world, he will tell you, your head is not meant to be hit."

"On this particular time, we have bad blood against each other. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It's legal. So why not use my right to do so?"

Wednesday afternoon (May 15) Wilder began to trend on social media with many demonstrating a plethora of emotions

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I've been inspired and touched by Deontay Wilder's story about how He got into boxing to help pay for His daughter's medical bills and He genuinely might be a really nice guy, but it's so fucking hard to see when he's spouting shite like this. Get fucked pic.twitter.com/hgF4G8D2l1

— Jay Brown (@JayJagsBrown) May 15, 2019

Deontay Wilder on ESPN talking about killing his opponent this weekend in the ring pic.twitter.com/ilNTSNScWT

— James Ryne Goldberg (@james_ryne) May 15, 2019

Deontay Wilder and Dominic Breazeale go at it Saturday, (May 18) Let's hope both men leave the arena in one piece.

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Lamar Odom Suffering From Severe Memory Loss After Near-Fatal Overdose

Lamar Odom is a “walking miracle.” In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the 39-year-old former NBA player turned team captain for Ice Cube’s Big 3 basketball league, reflected on the near death experience that left him with permanent memory loss.

“My memory is really bad,” Odom admitted to the newspaper. “I can’t remember anything. My short-term memory is really bad. … I wish I could explain it but I can’t. It’s tough and it’s really frustrating. If there’s a poster child for Alzheimer’s, I’m probably it. It’s something I’m scared of. I think I need to go see a doctor at some point and see if I can work on that. It’s scary.”

Odom returned was in Vegas Wednesday (May 1) for the Big 3 draft, but Sin City has a whole new meaning to the native New Yorker. In October 2015, Odom almost died from a drug overdose after being found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel. Odom suffered 12 strokes, and half a dozen heart attacks while he was comatose.

“I always knew I had a strong will. I think my will is even stronger than I believed it was. It’s a testament that God is good,” he said. “When I woke up [from the coma] and I couldn’t talk or walk I never thought I would be here. I never thought I would play basketball again or talk to you. Just to be here is a win for me.”

Despite the miraculous recovery Odom revealed that he suffered from physical setbacks that have affected his game. “I can’t dribble the basketball the way I used to. That was a gift from God. It was just so natural for me. It was a mismatch for me with my size to be able to put the ball on the floor the way I did,” he said. “I guess God gave me life so he had to take something… I guess he took away some of my natural ability, which came easy to me. Ball handling and dribbling is still an issue but I have a month to work on that before the season starts.”

The Big 3 2019 regular season kicks off on June 22.

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NY Giants Draft Pick Injured, College Teammate Killed In Kansas Shooting

Corey Ballentine, a sixth-round draft pick to the New York Giants was reportedly injured in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas Sunday morning (April 28), People reports. His college teammate at Washburn University, Dwane Simmons, was unfortunately killed.

The shooting occurred hours after the Washburn University senior was selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday (April 27). The Topeka Police Department said their officers responded to a "disturbance with gunshots" at an off-campus location around midnight on Sunday. Upon arrival, they discovered Simmons dead. Ballentine was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Washburn University's president, Dr. Jerry Farley released a statement in mourning of the school's tremendous loss. "Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act," he said. "Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general. This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career."

The Giants also responded to the recent reports, stating, "we are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information. We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community."

Twenty-three-year-old Ballentine was the seventh pick of the sixth round, and the 180th overall. He was also the first player out of Washburn to be drafted since Cary Williams went to the Tennessee Titans in 2008. The defensive back expressed his excitement for the new chapter on Instagram prior to the shooting. "It’s all a crazy dream until you do it. I can’t even explain the emotions I have right now. Blessed with the opportunity to live out my dream," he wrote. "Shout out the people that told me to pick a more realistic career. This is as real as it gets. Thank you to the Giants organization for believing in me. It’s only up from here. #GiantsPride"

 

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It’s all a crazy dream until you do it. I can’t even explain the emotions I have right now. Blessed with the opportunity to live out my dream. Shout out the people that told me to pick a more realistic career. This is as real as it gets. Thank you to the Giants organization for believing in me. It’s only up from here. #GiantsPride

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