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That Fight With Derek Fisher Will Cost Matt Barnes $64,000

December 28th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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That Fight With Derek Fisher Will Cost Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes’ name appeared in the headlines at least twice this year. One time, when he claimed he was dating Rihanna and another when he fought his former friend and teammate Derek Fisher. For those who don’t remember, the two men got into a physical altercation after Barnes learned that Fisher was at home with his estranged wife and two sons.

Barnes drove over to the home; and while we don’t know what happened afterward, there was clearly some type of scuffle.

Both authorities and the NBA looked into the incident and a punishment has been rendered.

According toYahoo Sports, Barnes, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, has been suspended for two games. He is expected to serve the suspension on Tuesday’s game against the Miami Heat and Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz.

Sitting out for these two games will cost Barnes $64,000 in salary.

What do you think about this punishment? Is it sufficient or too much?

NBA Stars Lend Their Voice To Anti-Gun Violence PSA

December 27th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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As many of us know, Christmas Day was chock full of family and friends, good food, gift-giving, and of course all the men in the family huddled around the TV watching several hours of basketball.

However, the NBA stars that are known for defensive plays and scouring triple doubles, decided to talk about much more than their love for the game. On Christmas, a public service announcement debuted, in which four ballers – Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Joakim Noah – lent their voices to an anti-gun violence campaign by Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization that aims to prevent gun violence.

“My daughter Riley is that age,” Curry says, referring to a three-year-old girl that was fatally shot over the summer. “The gun should never be an option,” Anthony says during his segment.

The series of videos, which aired as one commercial, was shot by director Spike Lee, who is also a member of the organization’s creative council.

“I think [Lee] sensed and saw that our guys were feeling that same passion that he had and he reached out to Adam [Silver, the NBA’s commissioner] and said, ‘I want to do something about this and I think we should do it together,’ and we thought it was a good idea,” said NBA president of social responsibility and player programs, Kathy Behrens.

“The guys really wanted to kind of put their voices behind this, and so we like the way it’s come together, and I think the guys speak very passionately about the issue of trying to end gun violence, trying to make their communities stronger and safer for families.”

Watch each of the NBA player’s video segment below.

Gifts For Him: Grab The Guy In Your Life The NBA’s New Christmas Jerseys

November 21st, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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With the holiday season about to kick off next week, it’s about that time to get your Christmas shopping underway if you already haven’t.

And when it comes to that special man in your life whether it’s your father, brother, boyfriend or husband, it can sometimes be tough to find the perfect gift they’ll love and actually use — not collect dust on a bedside table or some random nook or cranny in their house.

Luckily, every man’s favorite acronym, has made Christmas shopping this year a cinch. Having released new 2015 NBA Christmas Jerseys that everyone in the league will wear as their uniform while hooping on Christmas day, it’s a definite must-have for a basketball fanatic. The holiday-inspired jerseys give a nod to holiday greeting cards with a special scripted font, a scarlet NBA seal, in addition to primary team colors and cream tones.

Ladies, head over to the NBA store to snag a jersey for him. Do be forewarned that the limited-edition jerseys are a bit pricey at $109.99, but it’s definitely something he’ll enjoy time and time again.

Cougar Alert! Celeb Women Who Like Younger Men

July 31st, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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It’s pretty common to see a male celeb dating a younger woman. In fact, it’s expected. But nowadays celeb women are looking for their own PYT (pretty young things), and we are so here for it. Check out these 15 celeb women who are getting their cougar on!

Game, Set, Match: 15 Black Athletes Who Are Dominating

July 15th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The world’s biggest athletes will receive honors for their achievements at the 2015 ESPY Awards tonight. With so many Black athletes commanding their courts, fields, stages, and rings, we decided to look at 15 of today’s biggest and most dominant Black athletes in the world of sports.

Was It Riley Curry’s Charm? ABC Has Highest Ratings Ever For Last Night’s NBA Final

June 17th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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It seems like everybody and their mama turned on the tube to watch the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers battle it out on the basketball court. According to CNN Money, ABC had the highest rated NBA finals since the network became its exclusive broadcaster in 2003.

The 2015 NBA finals, with Golden State’s Steph Curry and Cleveland’s LeBron James as the stars, reeled in a 13.9 average rating, up from 2014’s 10.6 rating. The sixth and final game, which aired on Tuesday, ABC posted a 15.9 average rating.

“It is the highest game six in ABC’s history of airing the Finals,” Entertainment Weekly said. “The ratings reached a peak with an 18.8 rating in the 11:45 p.m.-midnight window.”

Whether audiences were pleased with the results or not, massive numbers of people watched the Warriors kick the Cavaliers’ butt in a 105-97 victory — an estimated 20 million tuned in, according to Variety. These numbers are record-breaking for ABC, but in league history, Michael Jordan’s 1998 finals game was the biggest draw ever.

“That series received an average overnight rating of 18.9, continuing a long trend of big numbers for the Finals during the 1980s and 1990s,” SB Nation wrote. “…the Bulls topped the Utah Jazz in six games thanks to Jordan’s heroics.”

The 2015 NBA Finals champions, the Golden State Warriors, also experienced their own record-breaking achievement. It’s been 40 long years since the Bay Area team won a championship — and Curry is finally basking in all its glory.

“I’ve seen [this trophy] on TV so many times,” said Curry, according to Yahoo! Sports. “You dream about what it would be like to pour champagne on yourself. And when that moment comes, holding the trophy and the champagne is falling in my face, that’s when it all sinks in.”

“This is real. It’s the best champagne I ever tasted in my life,” he added.

SBNation concluded that the NBA Finals broadcast was a “major success.”

Watch Riley Curry Take Over At Dad’s Postgame News Conference

May 20th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Steph Curry appeared with his two-year-old daughter Riley after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night. Can we say, “cutest ever”?

Between her exclaiming, “that’s too loud, Daddy,” when her father began answering questions, to actually stretching after Steph uttered the word “stretch,” Riley was clearly the star of the show.

And we all know what happens to little ones who are up past their bedtimes.

Sweet clip!

#ManCrushMonday: Stephen Curry

May 11th, 2015 - By Rich
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It was just about a week ago that the NBA announced that Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award (MVP). So, it only made sense we at Mommynoire piggybacked off that success and awarded Curry with another honor: our Man Crush Monday subject of the week!

Aside from it being all the way timely (Curry beat out Houston’s James Harden with 100 of 130 first-place votes for a total of 1,198 points), there are various undeniable reasons why Curry is our hunk this time around. Let’s start with the above: the man can hoop! Other than the stats on stats on stats that you can find everywhere online, Curry’s skills on the court go far beyond that of an athlete; if you watch a highlight video of Curry, you’d be calling him more so an artist by the time you reach the end of the clip. His handle of the ball, his coordinating foot and hand work, his ability to perfectly shoot a ball with zero to no time to think, and, dude can jump, among other impressiveness. Needless to say, the guy can hang with the best of them.

But, there is more to love about this 28-year-old phenom than just his game. Curry is a devout Christian that pays tribute to Jesus Christ after every made three-pointer; he’s a family man with a tight-knit circle (the son of former NBA player Dell Curry and wife, Sonya, Curry has a brother named Seth who also plays professional ball, and a sister, Sydel, who plays volleyball at Elon University); and has what appears to be a very pure love for his wife, Ayesha Alexander, who he married July 2011, and his daughter, two-year-old Riley. And, the couple is expecting again! Baby no. 2 is due July 2015, which simply adds to the adorableness of this family.

Don’t get me wrong, this all doesn’t mean Curry doesn’t also have looks to go with all of his personal and professional yumminess, which is the icing on the cake. His boyishly good looks and boy-next-door appeal is simply alluring. And have you looked at those light eyes and smile?!

Congratulations, Curry, for all of your wins, including this one. We hope you enjoy the distinction as much as we have!

#ManCrushMonday: Stephen Curry

Cleveland Cavaliers Apologize For Domestic Violence Video

May 7th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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At last night’s playoffs match against the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers aired an arena video that rubbed many of their fans the wrong way.

In the video, a couple attempts to reenact the famous dance scene from 80s cult classic Dirty Dancing. Mid routine, the man tosses his girlfriend after he realizes that she’s rooting for the Bulls instead of the Cavaliers.

The commercial concludes with the couple sitting on the sofa while the woman holds an ice pack on her head.

“When it’s playoff basketball time, you have to be all in. So don’t make the same mistake she made,” a man says in a voiceover.

“I thought you were all in,” the actor says to his pretend girlfriend, who ditched her Bulls t-shirt for a Cavaliers one.

“I’m all in now. Let’s just watch the game.”

It was obvious that the team was trying to put their own spin on a popular United Healthcare commercial that depicts a similar scene—minus the domestic violence nod, of course—but this clearly went horribly wrong.

Earlier today, a spokesperson for the Cavs released a statement of apology regarding the video. It reads:

During a timeout at last night’s Cavaliers vs. Bulls playoff game at The Q in Cleveland, we ran a 1-minute in-arena video that was intended to be a humorous spoof on a popular commercial centered on a song and dance from the classic movie ‘Dirty Dancing.’ While the video was not intended to be offensive, it was a mistake to include content that made light of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a very serious matter and has no place in a parody video that plays in an entertainment venue. We sincerely apologize to those who have been affected by domestic violence for the obvious negative feelings caused by being exposed to this insensitive video.

The Cavaliers organization has a strong and lengthy track record of supporting domestic violence-related causes and efforts. We will continue to proudly work with our regional partners at the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center in support of their numerous programs to end domestic violence in our country once and for all.

Check out Cavaliers’ in-arena video and the United Healthcare commercial that inspired it on the next page. Let us know your thoughts.

When Athlete Style Goes Wrong: 10 NBA Players Make Us Say, What Happened?

October 22nd, 2014 - By Rich
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Fashion makes the world go round and style makes it spin even faster. There was a time when everything seemed the same and outfits were uniforms that separated us by who can afford to buy what, so if you wore Lee jeans or Polo you were only wearing it because everyone else who seemed cool was wearing it…but that time has past.

Fashion and style has evolved. No more are there uniforms you feel compelled to buy because eight or nine of your popular friends have it–you have your own sense of style. In fact, you want what no one else has, so you’re expressing yourself. The beauty in that is rarely does someone look like you. But what happens when individuals take their style a little bit to far? Here we have some of our favorite athletes who like their game, have a style like no other… thank goodness!

When Athlete Style Goes Wrong: 10 NBA Players Make Us Say, What Happened?