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Did Lauri Markkanen just troll Donald Trump?

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Did Lauri Markkanen just troll Donald Trump?

Lauri Markkanen remains undefeated on Twitter.

Sunday, Markkanen tweeted a photo that seems to be an attempt to troll President Donald Trump. Take a look:

Look at that sly smile. The photo seems relatively harmless, but it's clear that Markkanen is trolling Trump based on the president's comments regarding the devastating California wildfires. From The New York Times:

“You look at other countries where they do it differently and it’s a whole different story,” Mr. Trump said at a news conference in Paradise, Calif., on Saturday. “I was with the president of Finland and he said: ‘We have a much different — we’re a forest nation.’ He called it a forest nation, and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. And they don’t have any problem.”

In addition to the obvious rake reference, Markkanen, of course, is Finnish. All jokes aside, Markkanen used the tweet to promote donating to those affected by the wildfires. What a guy!

LeBron-led Space Jam 2 gets official release date

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LeBron-led Space Jam 2 gets official release date

On Thursday night, an official release date came out for Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James.

This is the first major update to come out about the much (or not at all depending on who you talk to) anticipated sequel to the 1996, Michael Jordan-led Space Jam since the producer and director was announced.

In late September it was announced that "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler will produce and "An  Oversimplification of Her Beauty" director Terence Nance will direct Space Jam 2.

The announcement came from the LeBron James and Maverick Carter-led Springhill Entertainment.

With the director, producer and star of the film already in place, the biggest thing to look for in the long lead-up to the release is the rest of the supporting cast. 

As of now we know that we can expect to see the usual Looney Tunes characters, but there are no official updates on what other NBA players will be in the film. Based off of James' history, we can make an educated guess that some of his longtime NBA pals will be in the mix to make the cast.

But will any (other) Chicago Bulls—past or present—make the cast? And what of Evanston-native Bill Murray, who starred alongside His Airness in the original Space Jam?

Only time will tell, but for now get pumped (or upset) because Space Jam 2 is very, very real, and on July 16, 2021, we will get to see how it holds up to the GOAT-led original.

Zion Williamson injury updated to Grade 1 right knee sprain

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Zion Williamson injury updated to Grade 1 right knee sprain

In a game in which you could spot the likes of Bulls General Manager Gar Forman and former President Barack Obama in the crowd, almost everyone came away disappointed. In the opening minute of Wednesday’s Duke-North Carolina game, Blue Devils star Zion Williamson slipped when trying to plant his foot, tearing through his PG 2.5 basketball sneaker and suffering an apparent knee/lower leg injury.

The Williamson injury happened approximately 40 seconds into the game, taking away much of the fanfare from one of the most anticipated college basketball games of the year for both fans and NBA scouts alike.

Postgame, Duke head coach Mike Krzyewski stated that Zion’s injury as of now is being labeled a mild knee sprain.

This initial diagnosis is very good for Williamson, as the injury appeared to be a much more serious knee or lower leg issue in real-time. Without Williamson, Duke had to rely heavily on freshmen RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones for offense, and Jone specifically struggled to take on a bigger role. Clearly, Williamson’s prolonged absence had both a mental and physical effect on this young Duke team. They had no rim protection without him and they severely missed his leadership once the game got out of hand.

There was no shortage of love for Zion on the night, with everyone wishing him a quick recovery, including President Obama and Nike.

As of Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Williamson is listed as day-to-day with what is now being called a Grade 1 right knee sprain.

He will almost surely missed Duke’s next game on February 23 against Syracuse. Their last game of the regular season is a rematch against UNC on March 9. After that, the Blue Devils will be getting ready for the ACC Tournament in Charlotte, that starts on March 12.

If Williamson is going to return this season, it would be reasonable to expect it to happen by the ACC Tournament, as it is hard to imagine the idea of Zion playing in the NCAA Tournament without any game reps prior.

And of course, Williamson could shut it down for the rest of the season if he wants to use this recovery period to get ready for the NBA Draft, an idea that Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen had already floated. Regardless of what Williamson chooses to do, the entire basketball world will be on the edge of their seats.