NBA Notes: Video shows Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving apparently mocking LeBron James

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NBA Notes: Video shows Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving apparently mocking LeBron James

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was caught on video apparently mocking LeBron James during a wedding over the weekend, while James' Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving eggs him on.

Retired Cavaliers player Brendan Haywood posted the video on Instagram Sunday, with a message saying "shots fired at somebody" and the hashtag (hash)kingwontlikethis.

It shows the two-time NBA MVP pretending to work out with exaggerated moves, an apparent reference to video that James posted on social media that sparked a flurry of fan imitation videos dubbed the (hash)LeBronJamesChallenge.

Irving has asked to be traded, but the team has not said whether it would honor the All-Star point guard's request.

The players were all in Newport, Rhode Island, for the wedding of Dallas Mavericks player Harrison Barnes.

Bucks: Restricted FA Snell re-signs
MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks have re-signed restricted free agent guard Tony Snell, bringing back a backcourt starter and one of the team's best defenders.

Snell set career highs in 2016-17 in points (8.5) and 3-point shooting (40.6 percent) in 80 games, all starts. His 6-foot-7 frame fits in nicely with the Bucks' length on defense.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club on Monday.

Snell was acquired in October from the Chicago Bulls for guard Michael Carter-Williams. He was taken in the first round with the 20th overall pick by the Bulls in the 2013 draft.

Celtics: Guard Larkin signs contract
BOSTON -- The Celtics have signed free agent guard Shane Larkin.

The deal was announced by the team on Monday.

Larkin was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 draft by Atlanta before being traded to Dallas on draft night. He played in Spain last season, splitting time between the ACB league, Euroleague and the Spanish Cup.

The 24-year-old University of Miami product averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 assists per game over three seasons playing for the Mavericks, Knicks and Nets.

Hawks: Center Stone waived
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have waived center Diamond Stone, only three weeks he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team trade.

Stone's 2017-18 contract for $1,312,611 is guaranteed.

Stone averaged 9 points and 3.5 rebounds in four games with Atlanta's Las Vegas summer league team following the July 7 trade.

The Hawks also acquired guard Jamal Crawford, who was waived after agreeing to a buyout of his contract, in the trade. The Hawks also obtained a top-three protected 2018 first-round draft pick and $1.3 million from the Clippers in the deal. The Hawks sent a 2019 second-round pick to Denver.

New Eagles DE Michael Bennett gets taste of Philly fans

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New Eagles DE Michael Bennett gets taste of Philly fans

It didn’t take long for Michael Bennett to get acclimated with Philadelphia fans beyond football.

Bennett attended the Sixers' 108-94 win Hornets Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center (see observations). Donning a green sweatshirt, the newly-acquired defensive end received a rousing ovation when he was introduced on the Jumbotron. 

He wasn’t the only Eagles player sitting courtside. Safety Malcolm Jenkins watched the game across from the Hornets’ bench. 

Fans yelled loudly when Bennett stopped by to take a seat next to Jenkins. 

“You’re a monster!” one called out. 

“Mi-chael Ben-net!” another chanted. 

Bennett and Jenkins took photos and even held phones to snap selfies, not just once but throughout the game between quarters and during timeouts.

Sixers catch fire from 3-point range in win over Hornets

Sixers catch fire from 3-point range in win over Hornets


The Hornets put up a fight before the Sixers locked in for a 108-94 win Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. 

The Sixers’ 14-point victory was closer than the final score reflects. They trailed the Hornets by as much as seven and went through 11 lead changes and six ties. The Hornets overcame a 4-for-21 shooting performance in the third quarter to tie the game halfway through the fourth before the Sixers pulled ahead for their 39th win of the season (39-30). The Hornets fell to 30-41.

• The Sixers signed Marco Belinelli with the vision of him being a JJ Redick-type player in the second unit. The veteran got hot in this game, scoring 21 points off the bench. Belinelli shot 5 for 9 from three in 24 minutes. Overall, the Sixers drained 18 shots from distance on 44 attempts (40.9 percent).

• Ben Simmons posted his ninth triple-double of the season (11 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists, zero turnovers), ironically just hours after pointing out the wear and tear of the NBA schedule is catching up. Before the game, he said the team has been “kind of mentally fatigued.” 

“It's just frustrating,” Simmons said. “Missing plays or just messing up on the floor, turnovers, rebounds that you should have gotten, it's just the little things that kind of get under your skin.”

• In the battle of the bigs, Joel Embiid emerged on top with 25 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks. (He also committed nine turnovers). Dwight Howard (10 points, four rebounds) and Amir Johnson (five points, one three-pointer, seven rebounds) were involved in a throwback big man matchup, circa 2005. Both centers were drafted straight out of high school. The Sixers had the advantage on the boards, 60-40. 

• Justin Anderson earned first-quarter minutes after a solid showing in the Sixers’ previous game. He finished with seven points, four boards and two assists in 20 minutes. Dario Saric, who's been a reliable offensive contributor, scored just five points. 

• Kemba Walker bounced back from his offensive struggles in the previous matchup between the two teams to lead the Hornets with 24 points, eight rebounds and six dimes. 

• Nicolas Batum (left Achilles soreness) did not play. The Hornets missed his 11.9 points, 5.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. 

• Eagles Michael Bennett and Malcolm Jenkins took in the action.