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Carmelo Anthony Will Reportedly Sign Deal With Portland Trail Blazers

Anthony has suited up for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and previously the Houston Rockets.

Carmelo Anthony has been a topic of heavy discussion concerning his presence in the NBA. The small forward has remained on the outskirts of the league for more than a year but it looks like that'll change in a matter of days.

According to ESPN, the New York native will sign a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. The link will see Anthony travel with the team during a six-game string, an opportunity that has seemingly been a long time in the making.

During his free agency, the 35-year-old pro-athlete remained vocal on his desire to hit the hardwood again and potentially win his first championship title. The Blazers' star point guard Damian Lillard has echoed those sentiments of obtaining that coveted trophy. The franchise last won a championship title in 1977.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Anthony entertained thoughts of retirement but his love for the sport is still burning. "I'm sure it's coming soon," he began. "I'd be sitting lying to you if I said it's not coming soon. I think I want it to come soon. I don't think I want to do this forever, but because you love it so much, it's hard to give it up. At the end of the day, at anything you do, when it's your time to go, it's your time to go. But as long as you feel good with that."

Anthony has suited up for the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and previously the Houston Rockets.

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Common Shares Fondest Memories Of Kobe Bryant After NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend kicked into full gear with Friday's annual Celebrity Game (Feb. 14). Presented by Ruffles and held at Chicago's Wintrust Arena, the home team lead by Pardon the Interruption host Michael Wilbon went head-to-head against the away team coached by Stephen A. Smith of  ESPN's First Take.

Artists and comedians including captain Chance the Rapper, Jidenna, Lil Rel Howry, Hannibal Buress and more dueled it out on the court with their respective teammates. To add a more entertaining element to the night, players participated in short, break-away competitions. To switch up the pace of the game, basketball legends Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles participated in a shoot out which allowed the winner to add a fellow basketball legend to their team.

After winning, Richardson and Team Wilbon were given first possession for the third quarter with former player, Horace Grant joining the squad in his Chicago Bulls jersey. To add fuel to the fire, Stephen A. sounded called on three-time NBA Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson to join his team on the court.

Team Wilbon took home the win after defeating Team Stephen A 62-47, former ball boy Common was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award in his hometown after scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. After being handed the trophy, Common chatted shortly about the game, coming MVP, and his favorite experience/moment with the late, great Kobe Bryant.

"Honestly, one of my favorite wasn't basketball. It was seeing him at the Oscars and talking to him and Vanessa and seeing how happy he was," the hip-hop legend recalls. "I saw a side of Kobe that was really not only humble but also just appreciative of what that journey was. To do a film, to produce a film, create a film and it be nominated for an Oscar and then he went on to win it.

"This was right before he won it. We were talking about it and I could tell his excitement was there. It was a beautiful thing. I'll always cherish that moment."

Common went on to share another moment when he caught up with Bryant after an All-Star Game, where he met a young Gianna and the Bryant family. Watch our on-court interview with Grammy award-winning artist and actor above.

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Colin Kaepernick looks on during the Colin Kaepernick NFL workout held at Charles R. Drew High School on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia.
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Colin Kaepernick To Release Memoir

After years of virtual silence since leaving the NFL after kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, Colin Kaepernick has announced that he will release his memoir by the end of 2020.

According to a press release and further confirmed on Kaepernick's Twitter page, the former Super Bowl quarterback will release the book through his own publishing company, Kaepernick Publishing. Audible, the industry-leading producer of audiobooks, will exclusively present the audio version. Print and e-book versions will be published by Kaepernick Publishing in partnership with Melcher Media, with distribution by Ingram Brand's Two Rivers Distribution.

"My protest was the culmination of years of thought and experiences, of learning and unlearning. I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action," Kaepernick said in a statement. "I am excited that through this groundbreaking partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and Audible, we can elevate Black and Brown voices who can empower future generations." The release also stated that Kaepernick founded his own company to emphasize the importance of black ownership, and "to give power to Black and Brown voices globally" in the fields of literature and spoken word.

Kaepernick played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, and made the Super Bowl in his first full season as a starter. But he would become much more known four years later, when he began to sit out the national anthem during his team's preseason games as a protest against police brutality against people of color. The move sparked nationwide controversy, with detractors – including President Donald Trump – declaring his protest as unpatriotic. But for his supporters, he has become one of the most revered cultural figures in America for his willingness to fight the system.

At the end of the 2016-2017 season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract and became a free agent. He has been unable to land with another team since then, despite continuing to train five days a week and many sports pundits believing that he's still a better quarterback than many who are playing in the league. He also sued the NFL for collusion to keep him out of the league, before settling for an undisclosed amount. During his time out of the NFL, Kaepernick has put more time into activism, including his Know Your Rights Camp for children and over $1 million in donations to social justice and education causes. But he has rarely spoken publicly about his protests or his time away from the NFL.

“I’ve had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting," he said in an interview with USA Today. "Why did I do it? Why did I do it at that moment? Why wasn’t it earlier in my career? A lot of questions surrounding what led me to that point. Which led me to wanting to share that story and give insight. So I think there’s a lot of interest around it, but time will tell when the book comes out.”

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Daughter Simone Signs With The WWE

Simone Johnson plans to continue a legacy that spans generations. Earlier this week, the 18-year-old athlete announced her signing to the WWE, a decision her father Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson made in 1996 with the then WWF.

"Congrats to my #1 born, Simone Johnson on officially signing her wrestling contract with @wwe @wwenxt and on her way to becoming the first ever 4th generation WWE athlete," he wrote on Instagram. "Carry our family name proudly, but your road will always be yours to create, earn & own. So proud. Live your dream. Let's work."

The blockbuster actor's father and grandfather were renowned wrestlers. In 2004, Johnson retired and embarked on a path in Hollywood that's spurned a number of franchises and animated films. He later returned to the ring in 2007 before retiring for good in 2019.

“It means the world to me,” Simone Johnson said in a statement. “To know that my family has such a personal connection to wrestling is really special to me and I feel grateful to have the opportunity, not only to wrestle, but to carry on that legacy.” Johnson will head to Orlando, Fla., to begin training at the WWE Performance Center.


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Dreams ain’t just for dreamers. Congrats to my #1 born, Simone Johnson on officially signing her wrestling contract with @wwe @wwenxt and on her way to becoming the first ever 4th generation WWE athlete. Carry our family name proudly, but your road will always be yours to create, earn & own. So proud. Live your dream. Let’s work. #humblehungry #hardestworkersintheroom #4thgeneration

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To the little girl who fell in love with wrestling & said “this will be my life one day”, this is for you. I’m humbled, grateful & ready to work. Let’s do this. @wwe @wwenxt

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