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  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Getty Images)
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

    Ball Don’t Lie’s Eric Freeman recently relayed the sad news about Nykea Aldridge, a mother of four who was shot and killed outside the Parkway Garden Homes on Chicago’s South Side on Friday. Aldridge, who is the cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, was apparently an innocent bystander caught in the middle of a gunfight.

    The NBA community, including Wade, reacted in measured tones about the murder:

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, however, waited an entire day to politicize the tragedy as a sort of stump speech-cum-declaration on Saturday morning:

    Donald Trump’s tweet about Dwyane Wade’s cousin. (Screenshot: @RealDonaldTrump/Twitter)
    Donald Trump’s tweet about Dwyane Wade’s cousin. (Screenshot: @RealDonaldTrump/Twitter)

    The immediate eye roll comes from the misspelling of Dwyane Wade’s name, but not only is this a common

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  • Phil Jackson shoots the breeze with bluesman James Dolan (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images).
    Phil Jackson shoots the breeze with bluesman James Dolan (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images).

    Phil Jackson has been the center of much media discussion since he took over as president of the New York Knicks in 2014. Every decision he makes regarding the team’s personnel is analyzed endlessly both for its impact on the Knicks’ future and his outlook on the sport as a whole. As one of the NBA’s best-ever coaches and a regular commentator on the state of the sport, Jackson’s moves carry an extra level of intrigue that others do not.

    However, all that analysis has largely overlooked what Jackson says has been his worst move during his 18 months with the Knicks. He revealed that regret during a discussion with his old friend Charley Rosen, now of Today’s Fastbreak:

    “I don’t consider hiring [Derek Fisher] a mistake because he worked hard and got the guys to stay as positive as possible while the losses piled up. I think the biggest mistake I made was actually this…One of the first deals I engineered

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  • Nykea Aldridge was not the intended target of Friday's shooting. (via ABC7Chicago.com)
    Nykea Aldridge was not the intended target of Friday’s shooting. (via ABC7Chicago.com)

    Nykea Aldridge, a mother of four and cousin of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, was shot dead as an innocent bystander on Friday afternoon in the Chicago area. Investigators indicated that Aldridge was pushing a baby stroller when a gunfight began in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood.

    The city’s ABC 7 News has more details of the tragic shooting:

    Nykea Aldridge, mother of four and cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, was shot and killed by crossfire Friday afternoon in Chicago’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood. […]

    Police said Aldridge was walking from the Dulles School of Excellence around 3:30 p.m. in the 6300-block of Calumet when two men approached another man in the vicinity and opened fire.

    Aldridge, 32, was struck in the head and arm by crossfire. She was taken to Stroger Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    Family members, including Wade’s mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, to speak about Aldridge.

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  • Stephen Curry thanks children for the nice gift they got him. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
    Stephen Curry thanks children for the nice gift they got him. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    Basketball fans got a nice little diversion from the intensity of the NBA Finals this June when Under Armour released Stephen Curry’s signature Curry 2 Low “Chef Curry” sneakers, an all-white look seemingly built for nurses and dads. The internet mocked them without reservation or end, and you’ll still see a joke now if you hang around Twitter for an hour or two.

    Under Armour says the shoes are selling well, which isn’t terribly surprising given that style-averse people make up a large portion of the nation’s consumer base. If you need more proof of their popularity, take a look at this video from GQ. They sought out dad-looking guys on the streets of New York City with a pair of the Chef Currys in tow and got some rave reviews:

    I mean, yeah, that seems about right. The whole premise of the jokes about these sneakers was that they look like the anonymous all-white shoes that dads go for, so they

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  • James Harden inspires his teammates with his confidence. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
    James Harden inspires his teammates with his confidence. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

    The world knows a few things about James Harden above all others — he has a beard, he gets to the foul line, he scores a lot, and he displays some of the most embarrassing defense in the NBA. That last bit has proven to be especially damning to Houston Rockets star’s reputation. Despite making four straight All-Star teams and scoring at an elite level for a team that made the Western Conference Finals just 15 months ago, Harden is known as a player with effort issues and the sort of temperament that might not be suited to leading a contender. A massively disappointing, often infuriating 2015-16 season for the Rockets certainly didn’t help matters.

    Luckily, this upcoming season offers a fresh opportunity for Harden and the Rockets to win over the hearts and minds of basketball fans. Dwight Howard is gone, free agents Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon are around to provide help, and Mike D’Antoni is in as

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  • NBA MVP Stephen Curry, his wife Ayesha, and their daughters Riley and Ryan have quickly become basketball’s most visible family. While the attention hasn’t always been positive, the Currys have welcomed their status as celebrities. In addition to Steph’s prowess as a basketball star and pitchman, Ayesha has a television show and growing lifestyle brand. Riley is not exactly a child star, but she’s the most popular NBA child by some distance and a subject of plenty of internet and news stories. (Ryan is a little more than a year old and at this point in life mostly seems focused on running around.)

    Being that famous has its perks. For instance, when the TLC’s “Playhouse Masters” needed a participant to drum up publicity for the new series, they turned to Riley and her family for some help. The upshot is that Riley Curry has a new pony-themed playhouse that is bigger than many houses. Watch the clip of the big reveal here, and take a look at this beautiful exterior:

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  • Los Angeles celebrates 'Kobe Bryant Day'

    LOS ANGELES — It’s been a whirlwind retirement for Kobe Bryant.

    On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers legend rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to unveil his new $100 million venture-capital fund. Tuesday, he celebrated his 38th birthday. And on Wednesday, he was back in the city where he won five NBA titles, as the Los Angeles City Council declared Aug. 24 “Kobe Bryant Day.”

    The date marks the two jersey numbers (8 and 24) Bryant wore during his 20 years with the club. Laker faithful packed into the City Council chambers, frequently breaking out into familiar chats of “Ko-be, Ko-be, Ko-be,” as Mayor Eric Garcetti and a long list of city officials took turns honoring Bryant.

    “Kobe Bryant has taught all of us in Los Angeles, that this city has a fighting spirit,” Garcetti said. “It doesn’t matter how down you are, it doesn’t matter what hardships you face. Keep showing up, keep practicing and, yes, keep winning.”

    Seemingly every councilmember in attendance had a personal

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  • Carmelo Anthony and Jim Boeheim take in the gold. (Getty Images)
    Carmelo Anthony and Jim Boeheim take in the gold. (Getty Images)

    Wes Unseld was 32 when he won his first NBA championship, as was Oscar Robertson. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were 31, 32 and (about to turn) 33 when they won their first title. Dirk Nowitzki was a week away from turning 33 when he won his first ring. Clyde Drexler was a week away from turning 33 when he won his. David Robinson, who recently warned the Golden State Warriors to enjoy what they have (before they’ve taken in a title with Kevin Durant) was a few months away from turning 34. Jerry West had just turned 34 when he won his.

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    Carmelo Anthony is 32. The second-best player on his team this year will be 21, his franchise’s top free agent prize of the offseason is a 31-year old center who has fallen off significantly over the last few years due to injury (while shooting 38 percent and averaging 4.3 points a game in 2015-16), and his

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  • David Robinson and Steve Kerr celebrate the re-opening of a championship window. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    David Robinson and Steve Kerr celebrate the re-opening of a championship window. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Despite the recent break provided by the Olympics, the bulk of this NBA offseason has been occupied by discussion and emotion regarding Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors. Like LeBron James before him, Durant has helped create a new overwhelming title favorite. It just happens to be the same overwhelming title favorite we had last season.

    However, the most sober analysts have argued that the acquisiton of Durant guarantees nothing for Golden State. After all, LeBron and the Miami Heat only one two titles in their four seasons together. There’s no telling how star players will age, which role players will step up to help, and how other teams will reload and grow to become serious challengers.

    In fact, one two-time champion thinks that the Warriors actually have a short window to win their championships. Here’s what San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson told Zach

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  • John Wall and Bradley Beal feel the love. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
    John Wall and Bradley Beal feel the love. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    NBA teams’ rebuilding plans often do not go according to plan, although not always because the young players involved prove to be busts. Building a successful squad is often about fit more than talent and development, to the point where the team can disappoint even if the individual players can be said to have done nothing especially wrong. It’s an inexact science.

    The Washington Wizards have been an excellent example of that difficulty. General manager Ernie Grunfeld opened this decade by selecting two very promising guards in John Wall (the first-overall pick in 2010) and Bradley Beal (third in 2012), and both have impressed enough to earn max-level contracts as the future leaders of the franchise. At the same time, the duo has not exactly dominated the East. Whether due to injuries, lackluster coaching, or other variables, Wall and Beal have not led the Wizards to steady improvement and a hoped-for position as the

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