Ex Illini SG Kendrick Nunn to Play at Oakland

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Former Illinois Fighting Illini shooting guard Kendrick Nunn will take his college basketball career to Oakland. The news broke at the same time via multiple sources, but it’s official now, Nunn will ball for the Grizzlies, a team Big Ten fans know best as being to Michigan State what UIC is to the Illini.

Or maybe like New Zealand; Australia’s Canada.

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Derrick Rose Traded For Lopez, Calderon and Grant: Stats and Statements

Michigan State Basketball NBA Draft Prospects via Jay Bilas

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Where will Michigan State basketball players Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis be selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night? Is there any chance at all that Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello could get selected late in the second round? We’ve collected and assessed the opinions of ESPN’s three NBA Draftniks, Chad Ford, Jay Bilas and Fran Fraschilla who all answered various media questions during three NBA Draft media calls.

So Michigan State basketball fans, it’s all curated and condensed for you here. 

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Critiquing the Derrick Rose as Jesus Public Art Project

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Editor’s note: In the wake of today’s HUGE news, the Derrick Rose trade, we felt in necessary to republish this essay from April 2015. Enjoy-

We can safely assume that whoever created the Derrick Rose as Jesus Christ mural in Chicago was doing it ironically. The public wall painting, complete with tears of pain and a crown of thorns…”can’t be serious.”

We know that creepy, dysfunctional obsession with sports figures runs rampant in America; especially so in Chicago. Therefore this public art project analogizing the Chicago Bulls point guard to a popular Messianic figure is probably tongue-in-cheek.

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Derrick Rose TRADED to the New York Knicks: Instant Analysis

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If they could help it, you knew the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t head into 2016-17 with both Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler on the roster. Whether Rose and Butler get along or not, how believable those rumors are, or what you define “getting along” to be, they no longer co-exist that well on the court together. 

Both are a quasi-alpha dog, and you just can’t have two alpha dogs in the same backcourt. Butler may have more trade value, but Derrick Rose is the one who’s moving on, as Chicago has sent him to the New York Knicks.

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Gonzaga C Domantas Sabonis Likely Lottery Pick Thursday Night

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Former Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis declared for the NBA draft after completing his sophomore year and tomorrow night, like the title of the Ernest Hemingway novel, “The son also rises.” Yes, the son of legendary former Portland Trail Blazer Arvydas Sabonis is an aggressive rebounder and multi-skilled offensive threat. Thursday night he’ll parlay those KSAs, knowledge, skills abilities, into an NBA contract.

He has many of the same qualities as his Dad, as we saw in the Zags final game, the nail-biting Sweet 16 loss to Syracuse. Like father, like son, even right down to the flopping, and then trying to sell the phantom foul to the officials.

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Schweinsteiger, Rooney Depicted as 19th Century Generals (Portraits)

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Fabrizio Birimbelli is an artist based in Rome, who’s created a series of eye-catching portraits of global football superstars depicted in other historical periods. Birimbelli has re-imagined the biggest stars of the European Championships 2016 and Copa America Centenario as figures of the high Italian Renaissance, 19th Century military heroes, and much much more.

Here you can see Fabrizio’s depiction of England/Manchester United Captain Wayne Rooney and Germany skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger as 1800s era Generals. 

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Arsene Wenger Brexit Position Further Angers Gunners Supporters

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Perhaps Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a “manager for life.” Despite the growing unrest within the Gunners community, Wenger’s seat remains as cool as a cucumber. He knows it too. It seems every time the backlash against the Frenchman strengthens, Wenger still retains “no doubt” that he’s remaining in charge at the Emirates next season.

Many Gunners supporters are very unhappy with Wenger for his failure to lead Arsenal to a league title this decade. Other supporters are mad about his stance on an off-the-the pitch issue, the impending British vote over whether to exit the European Union or not, a story the media have named the “Brexit.”

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Duke’s Brandon Ingram Going #2 to the L.A. Lakers Will Happen

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Los Angeles Lakers fans would love to see Ben Simmons (profiled in detail here) get the opportunity to wear gold and purple, just like he did in college and high school, but it’s not going to happen. It’s been confirmed, Simmons is going first to the Philadelphia 76ers, and that means Brandon Ingram is going to Los Angeles at two.

These are the predictable picks in the NBA Draft. Then things start to actually get interesting, and the real draft begins at #3 with the Boston Celtics. 

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Will Tyler Ulis and Alex Poythress Even Get Drafted?

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ESPN NBA Draftnik Chad Ford, who answered media questions during Friday’s NBA Draft media call, did some Q&A on the Kentucky Wildcats, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere and Alex Poythress and more. Here’s transcript of the Ulis and Poythress Answers via ESPNmediazone.com

Go here for the Murray analysis and here for the Labissiere vivisection. So will Tyler Ulis and Alex Poythress, two former McDonald’s All-Americans, even get drafted tomorrow night? Do you even lift bro?

Well, maybe on the latter question and yes, sometimes occasionally on the latter query.

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Mo Williams Gifted Cavaliers Teammates with Extra Rare Whisky (Photo)

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Cleveland doesn’t need to be Believeland any more, as faith has now become a realization. Next year is finally year as the Cleveland Cavaliers have finally ended the city’s infamous and well publicized 52 year drought. We are all witness as Lebron James and company brought those beliefs to fruition.

Now it’s time to celebrate! Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams gifted bottles of Crown Royal XR to the entire 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers roster.

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New Bill Simmons HBO Show Debuts Tonight

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Thursday night brings a huge moment for Ben Simmons, who becomes the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, by the Philadelphia 76ers. Wednesday night is an enormous milestone for Bill Simmons as he will debut his new HBO show entitled “Any Given Wednesday Bill Simmons” Wednesday, June 22 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).

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