Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell was reportedly cited for marijuana possession after trying to get the drug through airport security. After searching what initially appeared to be a can of iced tea, TSA agents found a secret compartment that contained marijuana, according to USA Today.
Russell was allegedly cited for marijuana possession of less than 50 grams. That is punishable by a fine of $100 or less in New York.
The 23-year-old Russell is coming off a breakout season with the Nets. He put up a career-high 21.1 points and seven assists per game. That performance propelled Russell to his first All-Star appearance.
Behind Russell’s strong play, the Nets managed to secure the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. The team lost in five games to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Under current NBA rules, Russell may not face significant punishment from the league for the citation. Players can get suspended for using marijuana, but it requires failing multiple tests.
Andre Iguodala entered the league as the No. 9 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Over 15 years, he has appeared in 1,108 regular season games and logged over 37,000 minutes.
Combine that with another 132 playoff games and over 4,300 playoff minutes (and counting) and you have a player with a lot of mileage on his body.
But Iguodala is playing as well as he ever has.
The Warriors veteran recorded 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block against the Rockets on Tuesday night in their second-round NBA playoff matchup. He was a team-best plus-17 in the plus/minus and was instrumental in helping the Dubs take a 2-0 series lead.
For those keeping score at home, Iguodala leads the NBA with 19 dunks these playoffs.
So how is the 35-year old staying so explosive? What are some of his secrets?
“Honestly, this is just a personal opinion, just got really good genes,” the 2015 NBA Finals MVP told reporters after Golden State’s Game 2 win over Houston. “Got really good genes, but protecting the genes at the same time.
“Watching what you put in the body. Sleep. I drink a lot of water. I don’t drink anything but water — played a big role. I have philosophies on what the body needs and it’s helping me.
“That’s just my personal thing.”
Back on March 21, Iguodala told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke that hitting the links is key.
“My basketball game is a direct reflection of how many rounds of golf I can get. So the more rounds of golf, the better I play. So we gotta get some sunshine.”
And back in October 2017, he told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group about another tactic.
“Try to read as many books as possible,” he revealed. “I don’t like giving people my secrets. I think that’s the key too. I don’t want to be on the news. I don’t like doing podcasts that often. I try to be as normal as possible.
“I’m pretty disciplined on my routine actually. I have a few things I like doing. I don’t really like talking about ’em. I don’t know why, I’m just wired that way. But I try to do it because it’s gonna benefit not just my basketball career, but my life.”
Joel Embiid, 76ers rout Raptors to take 2-1 series lead
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had knocked the air out of Toronto by the time he punctuated a Game 3 victory with a windmill dunk. Embiid sprinted down the court with his arms stretched out like airplane wings, and the Philadelphia 76ers flying high in the postseason.
Embiid refused to get tripped up back in Philly, scoring 33 points and playing to the “MVP!” chants to lead the Sixers to a 116-95 victory over Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.
Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“When I have fun, my game just changes,” Embiid said. “I’m always told if I don’t smile during the game it means I’m having a bad game or I’m not into it. I know to get my game going, I’ve got to have fun on the court.”
Embiid also had 10 rebounds, shaking off a pair of passive games and became the driving force on offense the Sixers needed as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983.
He made the game his own in the third quarter and helped the Sixers put away a Raptors team badly overmatched outside of Kawhi Leonard.
Embiid struck a chord when he buried a 3 in the third that stretched Philadelphia’s lead to 12. That was start of a string of plays that got Toronto’s attention. Embiid chased a loose ball and was tripped when Pascal Siakam intentionally stuck out his right leg and sent Philly’s All-Star tumbling to the court. The crowd went wild and Siakam was hit with a flagrant foul. Embiid made both free throws as fans — including some of Philadelphia’s biggest sports stars — serenaded him with chants of “MVP! MVP!”
Jimmy Butler, the Game 2 standout, dunked off his own steal and the Sixers had quickly put the game out of reach. Butler had 22 points.
Embiid scored another layup and waved his arms and pointed with a smile as wide as the hoop. Embiid went 9 of 18 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws.
It was moments like this why the 76ers endured the painful Process — the years of tanking seasons for high draft picks, like in 2014 when they drafted Embiid with the No. 3 overall pick.
Hall of Famer Allen Iverson and rapper Meek Mill engaged in a lengthy embrace from the courtside seats as the Sixers moved two wins away from their Eastern Conference final appearance since 2001.
The Sixers just had to survive Leonard.
Leonard toyed with Ben Simmons in the third to lead Toronto’s charge back into the game. The Raptors ran Simmons through screens to give Leonard the space he needed to create and bury open jumpers. And when there was no space, Leonard simply bullied his way to the basket. He shoved a right elbow into James Ennis III and spun around him for a two-handed jam. Leonard made all six baskets and scored 14 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to eight points. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green offered little help (20 combined points) and Leonard couldn’t carry the Raptors on his own.
“They did a great job scoring. We didn’t,” Leonard said.
Leonard scored 33 points, and Siakam added 20.
“I think we got outplayed in just about every area we can get outplayed,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It’s been a while since we’ve seen this team play that way.”
The Sixers split the two games in Toronto after a losing streak in the Canadian city that dated to 2012. They returned home to a delirious crowd amped for one of the most crucial games of the Process era.
Embiid wore a black Process hoodie to the postgame press conference.
“We’ve got a lot more to give and do something special,” Embiid said.
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