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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 19, 2019 at 01:09. 5 comments

Here's A Risky But Perfect Tweener

Here's A Risky But Perfect Tweener
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Wimbledon is over, but grass court tennis isn’t, even if the experience is not so finely curated. World No. 83 Alexander Bublik is playing at Newport this week. Earlier this year he earned the honor (or curse) of becoming one of Nick Kyrgios’s favorite players on tour after the two goofed through an entire

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 18, 2019 at 01:49. 3 comments

Tupac-Obsessed Iowa Public Servant Resigns In Mystery

Tupac-Obsessed Iowa Public Servant Resigns In Mystery

The Iowa Department for Human Services provides services to the poor, children, senior citizens, and people with mental illness, addictions, or disabilities. Jerry Foxhoven, a retired law professor, was appointed to head up the agency in 2017, and until he was ousted last month, he added another directive to that long list: spreading the good word of Tupac Shakur.

According to the Associated...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 17, 2019 at 04:29. 6 comments

Steve Kerr Tentatively Reminds Shaq Of Obligation To Kiss Kerr's Cheese-Covered Feet

Steve Kerr Tentatively Reminds Shaq Of Obligation To Kiss Kerr's Cheese-Covered Feet

Back in 2005, Shaquille O’Neal thought no coach would ever match what Phil Jackson did with the Lakers between 2000 to 2004: guide a team to the Finals four out of five years. “It will never be done again,” Shaq said, promising to kiss the cheese-covered feet of any person that did it, on a TV show that was very of its time.

Kerr not only met but exceeded the toe-smooching standard, by...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 18:14.

Russell Westbrook Considers Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook Considers Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is headed for a summer of reckoning. Three straight triple-double seasons have been followed by three straight first-round playoff exits. This latest 4-1 defeat by the Blazers did not show many signs of progress, and, thanks to Damian Lillard, even cast his weaknesses in starker relief. Westbrook’s jumper has rarely looked worse; he shot a catastrophic 36 percent from the...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 17:49.

Enes Kanter Calls Zion Williamson "Overhyped," "Julius Randle With Hops"

Enes Kanter Calls Zion Williamson "Overhyped," "Julius Randle With Hops"

Apologies in advance for presenting the unsuspecting reader with any portion of any conversation between Colin Cowherd and Enes Kanter, as nobody’s day necessarily needed that. But here is their exchange today on the subject of Zion Williamson:

Cowherd comes out full of praise for last week’s No. 1 overall pick, in order to set up his guest’s disagreement. “I kind of feel like he’s overhyped....

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 16:58.

The Situation In Post-LeBron Cleveland Has Become Very Grim Very Quickly

The Situation In Post-LeBron Cleveland Has Become Very Grim Very Quickly

Here is some fresh news about the Cleveland Cavaliers:

Here is some more news: the winless Cleveland Cavaliers, who through six games have not led at halftime or at any point in the second half, have the league’s worst average point differential of -12.8 along with its second-worst defense. They also fired head coach Ty Lue yesterday , and then handed interim coaching duties over to Larry...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 16:14.

These Are The College Coaches Accused Of Turning Rich Kids Into Fake Athletic Recruits

These Are The College Coaches Accused Of Turning Rich Kids Into Fake Athletic Recruits

By now you should be aware of the hilariously far-reaching college admissions bribery scandal unveiled after today’s FBI bust. If not, you’ve been missing out. College coaches and administrators were crucial to carrying out the scheme, falsely representing applicants as athletic recruits to boost their chances of admission. Here’s how it worked, as laid out in the court documents: parents...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 12:35.

Pascal Siakam Is Fun For The Whole Family

Pascal Siakam Is Fun For The Whole Family

Six-foot-nine and a grinning menace on the fast break? Check. Seven-foot-three wingspan and can be switched anywhere? Check. Glitch-like speed and the sweetest spin move going? Check. Extremely powerful name? Check. Dropped a 26-point, 8-for-10 bomb on the Warriors? As of last night, check.

The defense has been there. But in his third season, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam now raises...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 11:02.

David Fizdale Doesn't Want To Be Tempted By Visions Of A Healthy Kristaps Porzingis

David Fizdale Doesn't Want To Be Tempted By Visions Of A Healthy Kristaps Porzingis

As the Knicks head coach, David Fizdale has been a blessing. He’s gotten creative with his lineups; he’s giving the youth plenty of burn; and he’s not trying to win now with the likes of Lance Thomas and Enes Kanter. He’s taking the long view. So long is his view that Fizdale is not even willing to let franchise cornerstone Kristaps Porzingis obstruct it. Get that enormous Latvian of his line...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 10:59.

In today’s GQ profile, likely NBA MVP James Harden offered this insight into the league: “My mom—she

In today’s GQ profile, likely NBA MVP James Harden offered this insight into the league: “My mom—she

In today’s GQ profile, likely NBA MVP James Harden offered this insight into the league: “My mom—she hangs out with, like, moms of other players that I don’t even talk to,” he said. “There are mom meetings, things like that.” The next question, naturally, is whether Harden’s mom met with Wesley Johnson’s mom to commiserate over her loss . [GQ]

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 10:50.

Stephen Miller Now Has Exactly One Thing In Common With Carlos Boozer

Stephen Miller Now Has Exactly One Thing In Common With Carlos Boozer

Judging by today’s appearance on Face the Nation, paranoid worm Stephen Miller took a break from frenetically researching obscure groups of people to deport and spray-painted his pate. Around these parts, that’s known as the Carlos Boozer Special . [Face the Nation]

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 10:25.

Andy Murray Was A Real Person Walking Among Gods

Andy Murray Was A Real Person Walking Among Gods

When the words “tactician” or “technician” crop up, the way they do around Andy Murray, who just announced his forthcoming retirement due to chronic hip pain, there’s a whiff of euphemism in the air. Sure, this player is missing that certain oomph, but nevertheless! Even so! Alas! He persisted, and became champion anyway. You might think it’s an odd, oblique form of condescension towards an...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 03:45.

Justin Gimelstob Steps Down From ATP Board

Justin Gimelstob Steps Down From ATP Board

Justin Gimelstob, the highly connected tennis figure with a long history of alleged violence , is resigning from his post on the ATP board of directors. Gimelstob felt he had become “too much of a distraction and a liability,” he told the New York Times from Madrid, where he had flown to personally disclose his decision to his ally and ATP player council president, Novak Djokovic.

Here’s part...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 01:51.

LeBron And The Lakers Are Eking Their Way Through This

LeBron And The Lakers Are Eking Their Way Through This

These Lakers are “Showtime,” ridiculously so, but possibly in some ways that they would rather avoid. The saliva and sucker punch , yes, but also in a more general way. In some sense, the battle to prevent vomit pooling in your mouth from spilling out onto your fresh tuxedo while you race to the toilet might also be termed “Showtime,” but you’re not supposed to brag about that. LeBron’s...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 01:47.

Andy Murray Might Be Done In Australia After Grinding Five-Set Loss

Andy Murray Might Be Done In Australia After Grinding Five-Set Loss

Andy Murray will not quit the majors without another characteristically nasty fight. His last French Open: five brutal sets before Stan Wawrinka put him to rest. His last Wimbledon: five more sets of agony with his hip all out of sorts. Today at the Australian Open—which, given his retirement announcement , will probably be his last—the Scot fell to Roberto Bautista Agut in five after...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 01:43.

Steve Kerr And Phil Jackson Talk About Managing Player Egos And Baking Bread

Steve Kerr And Phil Jackson Talk About Managing Player Egos And Baking Bread

The California Sunday Magazine has published an interview with Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his old coach Phil Jackson. The two ring wearers discussed the art of coaching, including the importance of mindfulness (a lesson Carmelo Anthony certainly internalized , along with a warm glass of milk). Kerr credited Jackson with One Weird Trick To Making Coaching Advice Go Down Easier, which...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 01:05.

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: Legally Barred?

Markelle Fultz Shooting Form Update: Legally Barred?

The last thing the sad and strange Markelle Fultz saga needed was whatever the hell this is, per David Aldridge:

Raymond Brothers is Fultz’s agent in general, so it’s kind of weird that he’s being referred to as the player’s attorney here, but at this point, every possible aspect of this situation is weird. It sure makes it seem like Fultz is at odds with the Sixers’ front office, and is...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 15, 2019 at 00:01.

Frank Ocean Has No Pages, But Matisyahu Has Plenty

Frank Ocean Has No Pages, But Matisyahu Has Plenty

I do not believe that the extremely good musician Frank Ocean will release his album today. Our paper of record did, based on an insider with knowledge of Ocean’s deal with Apple, but they’re going to look silly, just like all of us. How could we be so gullible? Here’s an image he presents on the album’s official site; why would this track record inspire any confidence? The safest prediction...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 14, 2019 at 23:45.

Could You Beat Roger Federer If He Had To Hit A Winner Off Every Ball?

Could You Beat Roger Federer If He Had To Hit A Winner Off Every Ball?

A reader named Lance writes in with a good question:

I was hoping you could settle a tennis-related debate I’ve been having with my co-workers. First some background: I’m in my mid-30s, in pretty good shape, and I play recreational tennis once or twice a week. Now, imagine I have to play a best of 5 set against Roger Federer such that every single hit off his racquet (that plays) MUST be a...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Jul 14, 2019 at 22:43.

The Sports Highlight Of The Day Is These Noble Ski Dogs

The Sports Highlight Of The Day Is These Noble Ski Dogs

The setting is a ski slope in Montana, per the tag on the video. The conditions are fresh and powdery, with even more flakes coming down. The dogs are dumb and happy, until they are fast, sleek, and hurtling like little fur missiles downhill. This is pure.

Should I ever be embroiled in snow combat for some reason, I hope to ski into battle with my brave dogs in tow.

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