JaVale McGee’s Warriors championship ring reportedly stolen from home

Alex Didion | NBC Sports

It appears not everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend.

The Los Angeles home of former Warriors center JaVale McGee was burglarized over the weekend, TMZ Sports reported Tuesday. McGee was not at home when the break-in occurred. 

TMZ reported that the thieves took one of his two championship rings from his time with the Warriors. A pair of safes that included hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash and jewelry were stolen as well.

The seven-footer also was unable to find the championship goggles he wore during Golden State’s championship celebration after the 2018 NBA Finals.

Police are allegedly reviewing the surveillance footage, but no arrests have been made at this time. 

McGee was a valuable member of the Warriors’ championship teams in 2017 and 2018 before signing with the Lakers after the 2018 season. He’ll suit up with LeBron James and Co. again for the 2019-20 campaign.

😂WATCH: D-Wade and Pat Riley getting lit and dancing together on Wade’s Yacht in Saint-Tropez👌

Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley dancing together in Saint-Tropez is bizarrely perfect


So I was just sitting there enjoying a quiet Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, checking out sports stuff on social media and whatnot when I came across a video that  is so bizarrely perfect and calming and incredible.

I’m talking, of course, of Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade dancing with his former coach and the current president of the Heat, Pat Riley, on a yacht in Saint-Tropez.

The two are wearing costumes and dancing to the sweet sounds of the Doobie Brothers’ classic hit, “Listen to the Music.”

Because of course they are.

I’m so happy to share this with you:

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And here’s Wade enjoying his retirement:

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This IS Retirement‼️

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Thank you for this, D-Wade. Thank you very much.

Milwaukee offers only $400K to settle with Bucks’ Sterling Brown for racial profiling & excessive force incident

City offers $400K settlement to Bucks’ Brown

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee city officials have offered $400,000 to Bucks guard Sterling Brown to settle his lawsuit accusing police of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s black when they confronted him over a parking violation.

See: Video shows Milwaukee police ‘trying to protect ourselves’ after Sterling Brown arrest

However, an attorney for Brown said the offer is insufficient because it doesn’t include an admission of guilt.

Attorney Mark Thomsen said Wednesday that any settlement would have to include such an admission.

The city’s Common Council authorized the offer Wednesday during a closed session. Brown has 14 days to accept or decline it.

Brown illegally parked in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26, 2018, and was talking with a group of officers while waiting for his citation when the situation escalated. Officers took him down and used a stun gun because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets, as ordered.

ICE CUBE thinks the Clippers should move from Los Angeles

Ice Cube joins SportsCenter to hype up the matchup between Joe Johnson’s Triplets and Stephen Jackson’s Killer 3s in the BIG3 championship game. Ice Cube says the Clippers should move from Los Angeles to get out of the shadow of the Lakers. Ice Cube finishes by saying he feels confident in the Oakland Raiders and the team they are building for the future.

Damian Lillard sums up playoff series vs. Warriors: “We just lost, bruh, Them n—-s good. You can do nothing but respect it.”

Damian Lillard in awe of Warriors’ 2019 West finals runs vs. Blazers

Ali Thanawalla | NBC SPORTS 

The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2019 Western Conference finals with a lot of confidence.

They had just knocked off the No. 2-seeded Denver Nuggets in seven games in the second round of the NBA playoffs, and felt they could compete with the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

As you know by now, the Warriors swept the Blazers to advance to their fifth straight NBA Finals.

So, what the heck happened to the Blazers, who were the No. 3 seed in the West?

“We just lost, bruh,” All-Star guard Damian Lillard said on The Joe Budden Podcast. “Them n—-s good.”

The Oakland native then proceeded to give the hosts a real answer about what he saw during the four-game series against his hometown team.

“I ain’t never seen nobody go on runs like that,” Lillard said. “They put runs together like that. You can do nothing but respect it.”

In Game 1, Portland led by five at one point before the Warriors won by 22. In Games 2, 3 and 4, the Blazers held either a 17- or 18-point lead and lost all three games.

The Warriors teams of the last five years had the incredible ability to overcome any deficit. No lead was safe with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson bombing away from deep.

The amazing part about the Warriors’ four-game sweep of Lillard and the Blazers is that they did it without Kevin Durant, who at the time was recovering from a strained right calf.

The good news for Lillard is that Durant is gone. The bad news is Curry and Draymond Green are still around, and Thompson will be back in a few months.

Kobe’s advice to Coco Gauff: Stay focused on the craft

Laker legend Kobe Bryant gives advice to tennis phenom Coco Gauff

Kenny Honaker | CLUTCH POINTS

Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant joined the ESPN crew at the U.S. Open on Thursday. As part of his visit, the Black Mamba offered a few words of advice for Coco Gauff.

“I think the important thing is that there is going to be a lot of things thrown at her. Commitments, responsibilities — those things will grow,” Bryant said, referring to Gauff. It’s important for her to stay focused on what’s most important, which is the craft. Being 15, there are so many years ahead of her. But if she stays focused and connected to the sport, she’ll be fine.”

With her three-set victory over Hungary’s Timea Babos on Thursday, Gauff is now the youngest woman to reach the third round of the U.S. Open since 1996 (Anna Kournikova). The 15-year-old sensation will be facing Naomi Osaka (ranked #1) on Sunday.

“She’s super sweet — I would love to play her,’’ Osaka told the New York Post, referring to Gauff. “When I hear people talking about someone, I want to have the opportunity to play them just to assess it for myself. I definitely would love that.”

Gauff’s parents joined ESPN’s First Take on Friday morning. As you might expect, they are extremely proud of their daughter:

“Every time we set a benchmark, she seems to exceed it,” Gauff’s father said on Friday’s episode of First Take.

Tennis fans are really pulling for Coco. In fact, patrons inside Louis Armstrong Stadium were heard chanting “Let’s go Coco”well into her third set against Babos. She had a feeling that fans would be in her corner, but their show of support has exceeded her expectations:

“I was thinking like maybe they feel like I’m Golden State in Game 7,’’ Gauff told the New York Post after Thursday’s match.