Forget Carli Lloyd, forget Jurassic World, forget Amy Schumer, and forget Meek vs. Drake. When people further down the line reflect on this summer, they will remember it as "The summer of the PhunkeeDuck."
PhunkeeDucks are those hands-free scooters that you've surely seen by now, and anyone who's anyone has one -- particularly in the sports world.
J.R. Smith started the movement. Then John Wall joined in. DeSean Jackson got one of his own. Robert Griffin III and his wife even have one.
And on Friday, the PhunkeeDuck revolution welcomed its newest member. This new member, however, was seen doing something on his hands-free scooter that no one has been seen doing before. So while he certainly became a part of the PhunkeeDuck movement, he sort of created his own, special division in it, too.
Behold: JaVale McGee riding a PhunkeeDuck while eating a nice helping of french fries.
The former Wizard looks very in control of his set of wheels, which is a stark contrast from some of his past on-court experiences. The new Maverick also gets a few extra inches of height from the scooter, which help make the 7-footer look even more imposing.
If an NBA player -- preferably McGee himself -- doesn't use a PhunkeeDuck during next year's dunk contest, then all of humanity will be robbed; that's the next logical step in the PhunkeeDuck's assimilation into mainstream culture, right?
Also, can someone get one of those things to Marcin Gortat? Something tells me he'd be a solid addition to the PhunkeeDuck crew.
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The sheriff's deputy who allegedly got into an altercation with Raptors president of operations Masai Ujiri has retained a lawyer and is considering filing a lawsuit against the Raptors executive, according to a report.
David Mastagni, the newly hired attorney, told San Francisco TV station KPIX reporter Katie Nielsen and the Associated Press that the Alameda County sheriff's deputy was unable to work and had a concussion from the incident following the Raptors' NBA championship win at Oracle Arena last week.
Sgt. Ray Kelly told NBC Sports Washington last week that Ujiri wasn't wearing the proper credentials to celebrate with the Raptors on the court at Oracle Arena after his team won the final. When the sheriff's deputy tried to stop him, according to Kelly, he was pushed and struck in the face by Ujiri.
Ujiri was eventually identified and allowed on the floor. He was seen moments later celebrating with the Raptors players on the ABC broadcast.
Last week a Raptors spokesperson told NBC Sports Washington that the incident “is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation.” When reached on Tuesday, the spokesperson said there was no further comment.
On Tuesday, KPIX's Nielsen reported that Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern had reviewed body camera and security camera footage of the incident and supports the deputy. According to the report, he is recommending the case move forward to the District Attorney for charges of misdemeanor battery of a police officer.
NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported earlier that the Wizards were preparing an offer to try to lure Ujiri from Toronto to take the vacant top position in the team's front office - though Ujiri, while celebrating at the parade in Toronto on Monday, might have hinted that he wasn't interested in leaving quite yet. "We will continue to win in Toronto," he told fans.
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Boston big man Al Horford is reportedly not picking up his $30.1 million option with the Celtics for the 2019-20 season, qualifying him as an unrestricted free agent according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Horford is reportedly interested in working out a long-term deal with the Celtics with negotiations beginning after the start of free agency June 30.
The five-time All-Star could help free up some of the Celtics' cap space with a deal under his $30.1 million option.
Horford joined the Celtics in the 2016 offseason, leaving the Atlanta Hawks. At the time, the Wizards had been a contender to sign him before he ultimately chose Boston.
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