Zion Williamson makes an appearance at Saints training camp

New Orleans Pelicans lottery pick Zion Williamson is making the rounds in his new city. 

The No. 1 overall selection took in Saints training camp from the sidelines as the team prepares for the upcoming season. Williamson was clad in Pelicans gear, lest anyone not recognize the 6-foot-7 power forward.

Williamson was seen smiling and laughing while he watched the team practice. 

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Kemba Walker will thrive under scrutiny that caused Kyrie Irving to flee Boston, says Jalen Rose

The tumultuous Kyrie Irving era in Boston has come to an end.

The six-time NBA All-Star, who was obtained via trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, signed with the Brooklyn Nets as soon as free agency began this summer, joining forces with Kevin Durant in a move that came as a surprise to very few.  

In need of a point guard after Irving’s departure, the Celtics agreed to terms with Kemba Walker, who has played for the Charlotte Bobcats-turned-Hornets since being drafted ninth overall out of the University of Connecticut in 2011. 

Walker will be the Celtics’s third starting point guard in five years. He joins a team with a plethora of young talent, including Jayston Tatum and Jaylen Brown, that is in desperate need of togetherness and leadership after a difficult end to Irving’s term

And former NBA star and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose says Walker is exactly the man for the job.  

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Jalen Rose says Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum are the most underrated NBA duo

LeBron James and Anthony DavisKawhi Leonard and Paul George. Russell Westbrook and James HardenKevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

This offseason, the NBA has officially become a league of duos — two superstars joining forces on one team in the hopes of winning a championship. With the dynastic Golden State Warriors falling to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Finals and losing several key players to injury or free agency since, it feels like this upcoming season is anyone’s game. 

Through all the max contracts and requested trades, however, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose says there’s one static pair that isn’t getting the attention they deserve: the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. 

“The problem is, they got to the playoffs the past few years and they got swept,” Rose told AOL.com of the Blazers, courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods. “What ends up happening is we dismiss what they do in the regular season and say, ‘Show us in the playoffs.’ Then this year, they made it to the Western Conference Finals.”

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Washington native Isaiah Thomas helps to prove ‘disability is not inability’ at Hoopfest

H-O-R-S-E and you’re out. 

It may seem unfair to pit anyone against an NBA player in a game of H-O-R-S-E, but popular point guard Isaiah Thomas had his work cut out for him on Sunday when he went up against Philip Croft at Hoopfest in Spokane, Washington

Croft, a wheelchair basketball player, posed a new challenge for Thomas, who took several shots from a chair of his own. 

“When I had to sit in the chair and shoot the basketball, you see how strong they are, how strong your core has to be and your upper body strength to be able to get the ball to the hoop,” Thomas told AOL.com on behalf of Guardian.

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Tobias Harris is the most underrated NBA free agent, according to Isaiah Thomas

Ready. Set. Sign. Or at least, agree to sign.

NBA free agency is set to begin Sunday night at 6 p.m Eastern Time with one of the deepest classes in recent history. 

As if it wasn’t enough to have multiple 2019 NBA Finals difference-makers on the market, including but certainly not limited to Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, superstars Kyrie IrvingKemba Walker and Jimmy Butler are also up for grabs. 

But NBA veteran Isaiah Thomas knows it isn’t always the most talked about players that make the biggest difference. 

“It’s going to be all about the big names to start it off, and then there’s always a couple of signings that change things around throughout the season,” he told AOL.com from Hoopfest in Spokane, Washington, on Sunday. 

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‘Fake Kawhi Leonard’ at Raptors championship parade baffles fans on Twitter

On Monday, the Toronto Raptors took to the streets to celebrate their first championship in franchise history, which they claimed after beating the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals. 

Fans turned out in droves to get a glimpse of the trophy and the team’s stars, including Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard and … a fake Kawhi Leonard?

According to Toronto-based site blogTO, a man dressed in a full Leonard uniform with a similar hairstyle to the NBA Finals MVP was seen mingling with fans along the parade route, even signing autographs and taking selfies. 

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Dick Vitale’s advice to Zion Williamson: Don’t quit on your team

Duke Blue Devils freshman phenom Zion Williamson is all but guaranteed to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft whenever he declares.

Many are calling for the young star to leave college after this year and enter the pros, especially after a freak shoe mishap put Williamson at risk for serious injury – but he luckily walked away with just a mild knee sprain, and was able to return to the court just ahead of the NCAA tournament.

NBA players slammed the NCAA after Williamson’s injury and demanded change at the college level. Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz called for players to start getting paid. Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks advised Williamson to sit out the rest of the season, and the Denver Nuggets’ Isaiah Thomas echoed that sentimentwhile also suggesting Williamson turn pro as soon as possible. 

Legendary sportscaster Dick Vitale, however, doesn’t think Williamson’s work is done at Duke. 

“He loves being a college student,” Vitale told AOL.com on behalf of Bounty. “Why shouldn’t he play at college?”

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Athletes who also served time in the United States Armed Forces

Every athlete puts his or her body on the line each time they step on the field — but some superstars have put their lives on the line, too.

During several wars throughout the history of the United States, notable athletes put their sporting careers on hold to serve their country. Some, including Jackie Robinson, put in their service before making the big leagues. Others, like Ted Williams, took time away in the middle of their playing days.

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NBA legend sends room into hysterics with surprising trash talk at inaugural NBA Awards

The first annual NBA Awards Show was held on Monday, and it was full of surprises — but one moment definitely took the cake.

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was honored with the inaugural NBA Lifetime Achievement Award during the show. Russell, who spent time as both a player and a coach with the Celtics, received the accolade from five other basketball legends — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Alonso Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.

After accepting the award, the 83-year-old turned to the other stars, pointed to each one of them and whispered, “I would kick your ass.”

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Kevin Durant shares sweet post-championship moment with the ‘real’ MVP — his mom

Kevin Durant really, really loves his mother.

After winning his first NBA Championship on Monday night, the Golden State Warriors’ forward made a beeline for his mom, Wanda, and the two shared a sweet moment at half court.

Durant, who famously called his mom “the real MVP” after he won the award in 2014, was also named the MVP of the Finals.

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