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JaVale McGee rides a scooter while munching on french fries


JaVale McGee rides a scooter while munching on french fries

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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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 



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