Knicks star Carmelo Anthony stood up for his friend LeBron James on Tuesday when asked about the latter's rant on Charles Barkley. Barkley called out LeBron for being "whiny," so LeBron let him have it with a detailed takedown on Monday night to ESPN that included many of Barkley's biggest off-the-court mistakes from when he was a player.
LeBron mentioned Barkley's gambling and drinking problems, his altercations with fans and much more. You can read that rant here.
For Carmelo, he sees LeBron as a guy who just simply had had enough:
"At the end of the day, I think he's human, like we all are human. Even though we are considered these kind of super heroes and super athletes, nothing is supposed to affect us and we're supposed to just go through life just taking it on the chin. It affects us in certain ways. I think in his situation maybe he just got tired of hearing it from that particular person."
That's not nearly as strong a take as LeBron had, but you get his point. LeBron is usually very good at taking the high road, but in this particular case he couldn't let Barkley continue to trash him on television.
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Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.
In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.
Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.
Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor.
He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team.
The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action.
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Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again.
Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics.
This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.
She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.
In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal.
Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen.
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