Live winners and losers of NBA free agency 2019

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Join us as we react to signings in real time.

NBA free agency technically began on June 30 at 6:01 p.m. ET, though it was already well underway thanks to the tampering discussions that have been taking place all season.

What was always supposed to be a monumental moment in league history became even more complex with the recent Achilles injury to Kevin Durant, the headliner of this class. Now, Durant will head to the Brooklyn Nets, along with Kyrie Irving.

Elsewhere, Jimmy Butler is heading to Miami, with the 76ers replacing him by signing Al Horford.

We’ll be reacting to the most important and interesting free-agent moves as they happen in this running Winners and Losers column.

Last update: June 30, 7:21 p.m. ET


WINNER: The Brooklyn effin Nets

Kevin Durant. Kyrie Irving. They did it. Regardless of what happens now, what an incredible accomplishment for Brooklyn.

—Mike Prada

WINNER: The Nets’ long rebuild

Think back to the disastrous 2013 trade in which Brooklyn handed the Celtics their future for aging stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Could you have imagined that, six years later, TWO top-15 superstars in their prime would voluntarily choose Brooklyn, one of which came from the Celtics?

That’s a testament to the hard, long work general manager Sean Marks and coach Kenny Atkinson did patiently rebuilding the Nets into a team on the rise with a thriving culture.

Now comes the hard part: making it all pay off on the court.

—Mike Prada

LOSER: New York Knicks

In one sense, this doesn’t have to be a disaster for the Knicks. Take your lumps, build slowly, and let this thing play out. It’s what fans have wanted for years.

But then again, it kind of is a disaster. The Knicks traded away their most promising young player in years to create enough room for two max contracts, then hinted many times publicly that their grand plans would result in success. Instead, they’re watching their crosstown rivals get the dual prize that seemed destined to head their way.

You hate to see it.

Mike Prada

BIG LOSER: New York Knicks

If this is indeed true, scratch everything I just wrote above.

—Mike Prada

BIGGEST LOSER: Steve Mills

Poor guy had to put his name on this.

WINNER: DeAndre Jordan

Technically part of Brooklyn’s new Big 3!

Mike Prada

LOSER: Golden State Warriors

Even if we kind of knew Durant was a goner, it has to sting knowing the circumstances that led to his departure. It’d be one thing if Durant led the Warriors to another title and then decided he wanted a new challenge. It’s another for him to rush back from one injury, only to suffer the worst ailment a hooper can get, thanks in part to medical guidance that may or may not have endangered him unnecessarily.

The end result is the worst of all worlds. Not only do the Warriors lose Durant, but they do so having demonstrated they actually need him to win titles.

—Mike Prada

LOSER: The Boardroom

Hope they enjoyed the free publicity.


WINNER: Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler, for whatever reason, wanted to go to the Miami Heat. He probably wanted to go to the Miami Heat back in November, when he was trying to leave Minnesota. He didn’t get there then, because the Heat didn’t have many trade assets and were protective of Josh Richardson, the one they did have. The book appeared to be closed.

Turns out, it wasn’t. Butler orchestrated a complex sign-and-trade arrangement to get to South Beach, convincing the Heat to give up Richardson and signing a four-year maximum contract in the end. Getting Miami and Philadelphia to play ball on a sign-and-trade is a heck of an accomplishment given the salary-cap difficulties that entailed.

It’s hard to see how the Heat can be a real factor in the East with Butler and a bunch of spare parts, but at least Butler got to the place he wanted.

—Mike Prada

LOSER: Houston Rockets

The Rockets aimed at another star player this summer, reportedly trying to lure Butler back to his hometown. It didn’t work out either because the Sixers didn’t want what Houston was offering up in the necessary sign and trade, or because Butler wanted to go to the Miami Heat regardless. Butler ended up in South Beach, and the Rockets aren’t left with many other good options on the market as talent gets snapped up.

With the Warriors wounded up and the Lakers still working to build a rotation around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Rockets had a shot to take the Western mantle and fell short. Now what?

—Tom Ziller


WINNER: David Griffin

When David Griffin took over as President of Basketball Operations with the Pelicans, he had the remnants of a disjointed, disappointing roster and an unhappy superstar in Anthony Davis. After dealing AD to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart, drafting Zion Williamson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and finding a taker for Solomon Hill’s bad deal, Griff could have called this offseason a smashing success.

He took it one step further by signing J.J. Redick to a smart two-year deal and adding European import Nicolo Melli. The Pels now have shooting and a bit of veteran moxie to provide Zion with a comfortable learning environment. Not bad.

—Paul Flannery


WINNER: Phoenix Suns and Ricky Rubio

The Phoenix Suns were mocked at the NBA draft for making several on-brand decisions in the absolute worst possible ways, but they bounced back by kicking off free agency with a three-year, $51 million offer to Ricky Rubio.

The move fills a long-time devastating hole on Phoenix’s roster with a pass-first point guard who will help everyone else fall into their natural place. That applies more to Devin Booker — who will run more action off the ball — than anyone else.

It’s unclear how much of Igor Kokoskov’s offensive system will be scrapped now that Monty Williams is Phoenix’s head coach, but much of it came from Rubio’s former team, the Utah Jazz, where Kokoskov spent three years teaching Quin Snyder’s dribble hand-off, side-to-side, slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach. The fit is splendid from that perspective.

For the sake of Deandre Ayton’s development, few attainable ball-handlers make more sense than Rubio, who can help turn last year’s No. 1 pick into a destructive roll man. Neither Phoenix nor Rubio will have to worry about his flawed shooting in the playoffs, either, because Phoenix isn’t getting there anytime soon.

For now, putting young talent in roles where they can learn and thrive should be a priority. Rubio seamlessly helps that happen, and, for his trouble, he’ll somehow make more money next season than he did in 2018-19. It’s a win-win all the way around.

—Michael Pina


WINNER: Indiana Pacers

The Pacers made the steal of the NBA Draft night when they traded cash considerations to the Suns for T.J. Warren. Then, they pulled a huge curveball on Day 1 of free agency, trading a first-round pick and two second-round picks for Malcolm Brogdon, a sharp defender and 50/40/90 shooter.

With Indy losing Bojan Bogdanovic to a four-year, $73 million deal to Utah, this was an elite backup plan. Brogdon is one of the league’s most underrated guards who’ll compliment Oladipo well when he returns from injury. Brogdon doesn’t need to take possessions away from Oladipo to be successful.

Indy made another nice signing in wing Jeremy Lamb on a three-year, $31.5 million deal, too.

—Matt Ellentuck


WINNER: Utah Jazz

This is what it looks like for a small-market team to get serious. No longer are the Jazz content with being a nice regular-season team without enough offense to get it done when the going gets tough.

Now, they have a clutch floor general in Mike Conley, and one of the league’s best spot-up shooters in Bojan Bogdanovic on a four-year, $73 million contract. A starting lineup of Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Bogdanovic, and Rudy Gobert provides a ton of shooting and playmaking, with the Defensive Player of the Year back there to clean up any messes. Look for Mitchell to have a huge third season now that he actually has some real shooting on the floor.

The Jazz are gonna be a damn problem.

—Mike Prada


LOSER: Orlando Magic

The Magic were clearly caught in the high of their first playoff appearance in six seasons, opting to sign and re-sign contributors rather than take the long rebuilding route. Orlando kept Nikola Vucevic, the team’s All-Star, for four years and $100 million, Terrence Ross for four years and $54 million and signed free agent Al-Farouq Aminu for three years and $29 million.

Though keeping Vucevic on a value deal was a strong move, signing two in-their-prime role players for a steep price is a questionable choice. Orlando is years away from truly competing with Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac and (hopefully) Markelle Fultz. Those guys will only take minutes and spotlight from the franchise’s future.

— Matt Ellentuck


WINNER: Khris Middleton

When Middleton was last a free agent, he took far less than his market value at five years and $70 million. Nothing to sneeze at, of course, but he could have looked for a larger offer sheet or tried to get a shorter-term deal to hit free agency again sooner. That below-market contract helped Milwaukee build the 60-win juggernaut it built last season.

This time, Middleton secured the absolute best contract he could: five years, $178 million, with a player option. He had the Bucks over a barrel due to his low cap hold and their lack of cap space to replace him, and he used that leverage to secure the bag. Given the way he gave them a break last time, this was well deserved payback.

—Mike Prada

WINNER: Brook Lopez

Lopez took a chance on the Bucks last year, signing a one-year, $3.3 million contract that could have been seen as an insult given his All-Star pedigree. Instead, he happily played the perfect role for a great team, rebuilt his value, and locked in a four-year, $52 million deal that’ll earn him security through his age-35 season.

—Mike Prada


WINNER: Kemba Walker

Walker won’t be getting the supermax, but for the first time in his eight-year career, he’ll have a chance to compete in the playoffs after committing to a four-year maximum contract with Boston. With the Celtics, Kemba can take control over an offense that doesn’t live and die solely on his efforts. It’s as good of a landing spot as he could’ve hoped for after Charlotte declined to pay him his worth.

—Matt Ellentuck

LOSER: Charlotte Hornets

Declining to give a supermax or even a regular five-year maximum contract to a 29-year-old small guard coming off a career year is defensible in a vacuum, especially for a non-contender. That’s not why the Hornets are losers for letting Kemba Walker go to Boston.

The issue is the lack of foresight the Hornets showed throughout this process. If they weren’t going to offer Walker everything he wanted, why didn’t they get in front of the situation and trade Walker before losing him for nothing?

They had to know their team was going nowhere. They had to know Walker could potentially make himself eligible for the supermax and put them in this pickle. They had to know he’d want a normal max contract regardless, and that multiple teams would have four-year offers ready for him should he hit the open market. Did the Hornets care more about a doomed playoff push and/or having one of their own in the All-Star Game they hosted? That’d be foolish if so.

And no, a sign-and-trade for Terry Rozier as a replacement isn’t a good backup plan.

—Mike Prada


WINNER: Klay Thompson

Despite tearing his ACL at the worst time possible, Klay’s money is secured with the team he always wanted. Thompson’s going to sign a five-year, $190 million max contract with the Golden State Warriors, despite missing most of next season to rehab the injury. Sometimes, loyalty pays.

—Matt Ellentuck


LOSER: Tampering purists

So much for NBA teams respecting the sanctity of the moratorium. By the time the official free-agent negotiating period opened, two of the top five free agents (Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving) were on their way to new teams, multiple Al Horford mystery suitors were floated and debunked, and D’Angelo Russell was zeroing in on a Timberwolves team that didn’t even have cap space to sign him.

Theoretically, that sort of maneuvering shouldn’t start until after 6:01 p.m. on June 30. In reality, it’s always started earlier, and the only difference now is that nobody cares to pretend otherwise.

This could all be avoided if the NBA moved free agency to immediately after the draft and ended the league year after the Finals, rather than on June 30. Then again, given the interest free-agent rumors generate, perhaps this is a problem that doesn’t need to be solved.

—Mike Prada


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It’s not a disaster that the Knicks struck out on the top free agents. Seriously

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New York wanted to hit a home run. But there’s nothing wrong with running up the score by getting on base.

The Knicks didn’t get fancy with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They didn’t have enough assets to package it in an Anthony Davis trade, and they didn’t try to haul in multiple picks by trading down in a three-man draft. They didn’t get Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, watching them walk across the East River to the crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets.

Instead, New York selected R.J. Barrett, the consensus No. 1-ranked freshman entering the college basketball season, before he committed to the Duke Blue Devils and a year alongside the show-stopping Zion Williamson. Now, New York is tasked with building around Barrett, a lefty, athletic scorer giving James Harden-type vibes. They may be forced to veer from the original plan to do so, depending on where the stars align this offseason.

Plan A for the Knicks was to pair Durant and Irving in New York City, turning a 17-win team into a title contender over the course of one summer. They’re staying in New York all right … with the Nets. Yikes.

But while New York now must move to Plan B, it won’t be the end of the world if the Knicks miss on the cream of the crop. If they play this right, it actually could be a blessing in disguise.

New York hasn’t successfully built around their own draft picks this century. Their draft record prior to the Kristaps Porzingis pick is laughable, and with their next first-round pick, they took Frank Ntilikina eighth overall.

But this is a new era, spearheaded by Scott Perry, Steve Mills and David Fizdale. New York has a chance to build something sustainable for years to come.

And it starts by not mucking up what they have this summer.

They have a decent foundation to do so

Plan B might stand for “Barrett,” but this won’t be just his show alone, either.

New York’s roster features a few gems. Mitchell Robinson is The Blockness Monster, the future of the franchise’s center position after a standout rookie campaign. The Knicks also selected Kevin Knox ninth-overall last summer. Knox flashed a few bright spots in his rookie season and has the physical tools to become a legitimate three-and-D threat in this league.

New York also turned lemons into limoncello by trading Kristaps Porzingis — out for the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL — Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee for Dennis Smith Jr., De’Andre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and two future first-round picks, one unprotected in 2021 and the other top-10 protected in 2023. Not a bad haul at all for a promising, but injured player who didn’t want to be in New York anymore.

Smith Jr. is now part of New York’s potential rebuild. So is Allonzo Trier, a gem who went undrafted before showing nice promise in New York; and Damyean Dotson, whom New York developed into a knockdown (36.8 percent) three-point shooter in his second year. There’s also Ntilikina, the last lottery pick of the Phil Jackson era, whom Perry and Mills reportedly dangled for a second-round pick in trade discussions on draft day to no avail.

Now that Durant, Irving, and Kawhi Leonard won’t choose the Knicks, New York has to figure out which pieces fit into its long-term puzzle. But what they shouldn’t do is make the same mistake as teams did in 2016. That summer, there was $568 million total in cap space. Teams like Charlotte and Miami are still hamstrung by the contracts they doled out.

There could be as much as $474 million in total cap space this summer, but New York must learn from the mistakes of summers past. Begley reports they’ve done just that and plan to pursue short-term deals to maintain cap flexibility. That means the Knicks could look into one-year balloon deals — like Los Angeles’ with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Philadelphia’s with J.J. Redick — at key positions. They could also look to absorb a heavy expiring contract into their cap space, so long as the other team provides draft assets as a thank-you.

New York made the mistake of settling for mid-tier players in the past. They signed and got the most out of Amar’e Stoudemire, but his knees only held up for so long. They gave Tim Hardaway Jr. so much money in 2017 that, he said, “Man that’s crazy,” immediately after signing the contract. A year into his new salary, Hardaway said, “It’s not my fault. They came to me.”

The Knicks can’t do that again. It can’t be front office’s fault ever again.

What do the Knicks need, anyway?

If you ask the ESPN broadcast team on the night of the NBA Draft, New York’s needs were summed with one word: Everything.

That’s not necessarily true. Yes, the Knicks need help across the board, but they have a little bit more on this roster than they’re given credit for, especially on the wing.

A glaring hole: power forward

New York has no starting power forward, unless the plan is to put the 6’9,” 215-pound Knox there. That can work eventually, but not so soon, especially not full-time.

Should none of the top three targets come, a one-year, $20 million deal for an impact player makes all the sense in the world for a stop gap in their frontcourt. Maybe that’s the kind of contract Julius Randle would sign after turning down his $9.1 million player option in New Orleans to become an unrestricted free agent.

Randle, technically, is the best power forward on the market. He’s an aggressive, athletic finisher who has turned himself into a decent three-point threat. He’s a player who pushes the ball in transition and finds teammates to the tune of three assists per game last season. The Knicks could end up being a team that has to run to win games. Randle could be a great fit, so long as he continues to work on his three-pointer.

New York could give money to Brooklyn’s DeMarre Carroll as an alternative to taking a pay cut to join a playoff team. He was an invaluable piece to the Nets’ development into a playoff team last season. Philadelphia’s Mike Scott hasn’t been paid more than $4.3 million in a season yet. Minnesota’s Taj Gibson is from Brooklyn and is a tough defender who now has a three-point shot. Begley also reports the team has interest in signing Washington’s Bobby Portis, who has become a 40 percent three-point shooter, but Portis reportedly is looking for a contract in the $16 million per season ballpark.

The Knicks could also address this position via trade. One idea: absorbing Marvin Williams’ one remaining year worth $15 million to provide Charlotte some cap relief, so long as they’re willing to attach a draft asset, like second-round picks, in the trade.

Bench depth

OK. So maybe the Knicks do need everything. It’s all good. With the money they have, New York should be able to fill all its needs.

A backup center

The easy win here was to bring DeAndre Jordan back, but he’s heading to Brooklyn with Durant and Irving. So now New York must move to other big men who can play the backup role to Mitchell Robinson:

  • Ed Davis played a similar role in Brooklyn backing up Jarrett Allen. He was considered a culture setter, and the Nets sorely missed him in their playoff series against Joel Embiid’s Sixers
  • The Knicks could also do something like go grab Boban Marjanovic, who could be separated from Tobias Harris depending on what the Sixers do in free agency. Fans make Madison Square Garden the best arena in the world, and Boban would immediately become the fan favorite
  • My personal favorite? Anthony Tolliver. He hit three or more threes 10 times for the Timberwolves last season and has always been a valuable defender. If he doesn’t sign with a contender, he’d be a key addition for New York, both on the court and in the locker room
  • Recent reports also suggest the Knicks could have interest in DeMarcus Cousins if they fall short of signing their top target free agents. A season with the Knicks could help re-establish his value, so long as it doesn’t take away from Robinson’s development.
Backup point guard

Trier is coming off the bench as a scorer, but New York needs a veteran point guard as a facilitator to initiate the offense. Indiana’s Cory Joseph immediately rings a bell, so long as a playoff team with cap space doesn’t come knocking first. Detroit’s Ish Smith could be another choice. The Pistons were night and day when he was out with injury versus when he was on the floor.

Two fun options: A) Bring Seth Curry to Madison Square Garden and let him cook in place of his brother; B) Bring Jeremy Lin back for nostalgia’s sake.

Backup scoring wing

If Barrett is poised to be the team’s primary scorer, New York will need another wing who can score off the bench. Terrence Ross and Jeremy Lamb were good options, but both are now off the board.

Another option: take a chance on Alec Burks, who — just like Rodney Hood — put up decent scoring numbers over an extended period of time in Utah, but didn’t pan out after his trade to Sacramento.

Backup 3-and-D wing

The best in this category will sign as role players on contending teams. Caldwell-Pope could thrive off the bench as a disruptor on the defensive end. Two other sleeper options could be Corey Brewer, who has played this role forever, and James Ennis, who can stretch the floor and defend a few positions in spurts.

Some elder statesmen

You can’t have a young team without veteran wisdom. It’s a recipe for disaster, as we’ve seen across the league over the years.

Thus, it makes all the sense in the world for New York to recruit Vince Carter. He played a key role in the speedy maturation of both the Kings and the Hawks in recent years. Begley also named him as a player the Knicks should sign. (I didn’t steal your idea, Ian! Great minds think alike.)

Another thoughtful addition to the locker room could be Pau Gasol, a sure-fire future Hall of Famer who is past his prime, but may still be able to contribute on the court. Gasol is recovering from foot surgery and may very well look to sign with a contender. But he is a two-time NBA champion and a six-time NBA All-Star. When he speaks, young players should know to listen.

One more powerful addition to New York’s locker room: Zach Randolph, who also played a role in helping the young Sacramento Kings mature. He has a relationship with Fizdale from the final years of the Grit ‘N Grind Grizzlies era. Randolph is battle-tested and a former All-Star. He commands respect, and the young Knicks will give it to him.


There is no one-size-fits-all answer to what the Knicks should do this summer. The only thing they unequivocally should not do is make the same mistake other franchises did in 2016 by spending big-time money on small-time free agents. The same mistake the Knicks have made in seasons past.

New York has more cap space than any other team. Scott Perry, Steve Mills and David Fizdale will have to spend it wisely. Even after the Knicks struck out on Durant and Irving, they still have a bright future ahead. As long as they stay the course and remain as patient as they’ve preached, New York could finally give Knicks fans what they want: a home-grown contender, built from the mud.


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These players aren’t MLB All-Stars, but their last year of work says otherwise

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5 players with a case for the midsummer classic in Cleveland

A baseball season is more than just a first half, and it would be nice if there was a way to recognize second-half performances in All-Star rosters.

For the most part, the All-Star roster construction process is just fine. Fans get to vote for the starting position players, and sure that could lead to some popularity contents rather than rewarding performance, but let the people see who they want to see. Players get their own votes, selecting a position player at each position plus eight pitchers for each league. This is a way for players to honor their peers, a perfectly fine way to reward a good season.

The commissioner’s office fills the rest of the 32-player rosters in each league, tasked with making sure every MLB team is represented by at least one All-Star. No matter which All-Star roster method one might devise, there will always be someone unhappy with the results.

I don’t have a problem with the selection process in any way. I just wish folks would take into account things that happened after last year’s All-Star break. If the annual rosters are selected based solely on the current year’s performance — this isn’t always the case; actual star power and accrued achievements are difficult to ignore in some cases — nearly half of the previous season gets ignored.

In looking at the 2019 All-Star rosters, here are a few suggestions to add players who missed the cut but have been strong not only this season but also in the second half of 2018.

Tommy Pham, Rays OF

Tampa Bay has been in the news lately for all the talk of the team exploring a bizarre timeshare with Montreal, but on the field the results have been even more compelling. The Rays are in first Wild Card position in the American League, and Pham has been either their best or second-best hitter (the other player in that consideration, Austin Meadows, did make the AL roster in the outfield). Pham entered Sunday hitting .284/.384/.468 with 13 home runs, with a perfectly respectable 132 wRC+.

But if you factor in Pham’s post-break performance in 2018, he’s hitting .304/.407/.514, with a 151 wRC+ that is tied for fifth in the AL break-to-break, ahead of AL All-Star outfielders Meadows and Whit Merrfield.

Luke Voit, Yankees 1B

Voit was an unheralded acquisition at last year’s trade deadline by New York, and all he has done since arriving in the Bronx is hit. Since the 2018 All-Star break Voit is hitting .296/.396/.565 with a 156 wRC+ that ranks third in the AL, along with 31 home runs in just 117 games. Voit also got hurt in Saturday’s game in London, putting his availability for the All-Star Game in question. At that point, any sort of honor would be ceremonial.

Max Muncy, Dodgers IF

The Dodgers signed Muncy to a minor league deal in 2017, and since getting called up to Los Angeles in late April 2018 all Muncy has done is produce at the plate at an elite level. Muncy this season has 20 home runs while hitting .280/381/.546 while playing first, second and third base, and told Madison Bumgarner to “go get it out of the ocean.” Muncy is 6th in the NL in WAR (3.2) this season, and since last All-Star break ranks 11th in the league with a 146 wRC+.

Muncy was hurt by being listed as a first baseman, where the Dodgers planned to play him most often this year. That position is super deep in the NL, with Freddie Freeman starting for the NL and joined on the roster by deserving first basemen Josh Bell and Pete Alonso. But Muncy has played nearly as many innings at second base (229) as first base (260), and has also mixed in 169 innings at third base, too. That versatility, with his offensive production, should be rewarded.

Justin Turner, Dodgers 3B

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball and lead the NL in team OPS+ (114) and wRC+ (112), both adjusted for park. But they have no position player reserves on the All-Star team to join Cody Bellinger, an outfield starter. Muncy has the better case based on this season alone, but Turner has the better overall track record, and is hitting .301/.386/.452, a 126 wRC+ in 2019. Dating back to last All-Star break, Turner’s 153 wRC+ is tied for fifth in the NL with Anthony Rendon, who deservedly made the midsummer classic this year, finally.

The Dodgers do have three starting pitchers heading to Cleveland — Hyun-jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, and Clayton Kershaw — and are tied with Milwaukee for the most All-Stars on the NL team, so maybe don’t lunge for those pitchforks in LA just yet.

German Marquez, Rockies SP

Colorado’s 24-year-old right-hander has a 4.29 ERA this season that on the surface looks rather ordinary, and he leads the National League in earned runs and hits allowed, and wild pitches. But he’s also a victim of Coors Field, and adjusting his performance for park illuminates how good he has been. Marquez, who also leads the NL in innings pitched, has a 58 DRA- (adjusted Deserved Run Average, where 100 is average and the lower the better) that ranks sixth in the senior circuit.

Since the 2018 All-Star break, Marquez is 14-6 with a 3.54 ERA, a very good 72 ERA- (again, lower than 100 is above average), and ranks third in the NL with 5.9 WAR, trailing only Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom.

There will almost certainly be changes to the announced All-Star rosters, with some players bowing out with injuries and pitchers who might be unavailable due to the schedule. So there’s still time to get some of these second-half stalwarts into the midsummer classic, and reward them for their full year of performance.


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How the Celtics landed Kemba Walker after losing Kyrie Irving

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Walker wanted to stay loyal to Charlotte, but the lure to win in Boston was strong.

Kemba Walker’s no longer a Hornet, agreeing to a four-year, $141 million deal with the Boston Celtics instead. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Charlotte didn’t offer the super-max contract he was eligible for, making this decision easy.

When the Charlotte Hornets selected Kemba Walker ninth-overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, it was a sigh of relief for the Connecticut point guard. He had no idea where he was getting drafted. In his mind, going in the late-first round was on the table.

“I had no idea where I was going,” Walker told SB Nation in January. “My agent didn’t even have an idea where I was going at the time. He was showing me rumors. It was crazy. I didn’t know if I was gonna go ninth, if I was gonna go 20th, or late first-round. I just didn’t know.”

That didn’t happen. Instead, Walker went in the top 10 to a Charlotte city and franchise he fell in love with.

But after eight years and just three playoff game victories, this became a love story shaping out to turn ugly. Walker will leave for greener pastures, literally and figuratively. With the financial gap between him and the Hornets too wide, Walker is now a Celtic.

The latest rumors

The price tag to keep Walker with the Hornets shot up after he made third-team all-NBA in 2018-19, cementing his eligibility for a $221 million supermax contract extension. But there was a sizable gap between Walker’s number and Charlotte’s, allowing other teams to enter the bidding war for the All-Star’s services.

The Celtics emerged as the leader in the pack after losing Kyrie Irving, and on Saturday, a day and a half before the official start of the free agency courting period, Walker reportedly informed the Hornets his intention to sign with Boston, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, with the contract worth $141 million over four years, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

How we got here

Walker, once a raw scorer with superior handles, became an All-Star starter for the first time this season. His averages of 25.6 points and 5.9 assists per game dazzled, giving Charlotte fans a reason to stomach an otherwise indigestible Hornets team.

But the Hornets have been just that: indigestible. They’ve missed the playoffs in six of Walker’s eight seasons in the league, and have failed to put talented player alongside the best talent they’ve had since Chris Paul. Walker took a discount on his rookie scale contract extension in 2015 to give the Hornets a chance to put more talent around him. Here are the contracts they handed out in the ensuing seasons:

The Hornets traded for Miles Plumlee, himself on a four-year, $50 million deal, then moved him on to the Hawks for Dwight Howard, who was about to start the second year of a three-year, $70.5 million deal. Then, they traded Howard to the Nets for Timofey Mozgov, on the third year of a four-year, $64 million deal. Then, they dealt Mozgov to the Magic for Bismack Biyombo, who has one more season worth $17 million on his contract. They have no cap space to get better via free agency, and no contracts any teams want via trade.

Then there’s Walker, who has turned himself into an All-Star starter and has been underpaid the entire way. The All-Star designation qualifies him for a designated player’s max extension of a five-year, $221 million supermax deal. He has endured years of organizational ineptitude from a front office that has failed to put winning players around him at every step of his career.

Walker wanted to stay and win in Charlotte. He’s as loyal as they come, and this is the franchise that put his mind at ease on that fateful draft night.

“These are the dudes and the organization that believed in me, that gave me the opportunity,” Walker told SB Nation. “And this is where I’ve been for eight years now, so of course I’m gonna love this place, of course I’m gonna be loyal. I’m a loyal guy. For as long as I’m here, I’m gonna give this organization everything I have.”

But he’s also a competitor, and he wants to win. The Hornets hadn’t proven they can do so with him.

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We just watched the Knicks and Nets switch places right before our eyes

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Brooklyn won the hunt for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, while New York must build from the ground-up.

If I told you a year ago that the Brooklyn Nets would win the chase for superstars while the New York Knicks would be rebuilding from the ground-up, you would have written me off as a comic.

After all, the Knicks have been the premier team in New York, not the Nets, and the Knicks play at Madison Square Garden, the premier arena in basketball. Why would any top free agent settle for the little-brother franchise in the biggest city in basketball? It just didn’t make sense.

But here we are in the summer of 2019, and New York’s two teams are on the verge of trading places. The Knicks intentionally created enough cap space to fit two max free agents in this year’s loaded free agency class, but it’s the Nets who ended up landing both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

Had the Knicks struck out on the top free agents this summer — top meaning Irving, Durant, and/or Kawhi Leonard — team president Steve Mills preached patience, much like Brooklyn did in the years leading up to last season’s playoff appearance. He’ll have to put those words into action now.

“I think we’re asking them (the fans) to continue to be patient. We laid out a plan when Scott (Perry) came on board and then David (Fizdale) joined us, that we were gonna build this team the right way,” Mills said. “We’re going to draft well and we’re gonna be diligent about how we make this team and not take any shortcuts. And follow a path. We believe these two guys are part of that process.”

There’s always uncertainty about any team’s plan in the days leading up to the start of free agency, but SNY’s Ian Begley reported the Knicks didn’t plan to commit long-term money to a player that isn’t one of the top free agents. “If they miss out on their top targets, the Knicks are more likely to pursue short-term contracts to maintain cap flexibility,” he wrote on June 21.

Depending on where the dominos fall, we just watched the Knicks become the Nets and the Nets become the Knicks over the course of one offseason.

One the one hand, this is a testament to the culture Brooklyn has built over the years. No matter where you stand on the Knicks-Nets rivalry, you have to tip your hat to Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson. They have created an environment that fosters player development. D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Caris LeVert have each improved significantly in Brooklyn’s system. That much is undeniable.

But on the other hand, this could be an ideal situation for New York.

In a way, this is what the Knicks should have done all along. They mortgaged their future years ago in the Carmelo Anthony trade, only to top out as a team that never made it past the second round of the playoffs. Champions are built largely by drafting well, and developing talent. New York has a chance to do just that, and fans should be excited at the possibility.

While the jury is still out on general manager Scott Perry’s draft picks, his track record is promising. Last year, the Knicks selected Kevin Knox ninth, got a steal at No. 36 in Mitchell Robinson, and found a quality undrafted free agent in Allonzo Trier. This summer, the Knicks took R.J. Barrett third overall.

Perry also helped facilitate the Kristaps Porzingis trade to Dallas, after the injured and embattled forward told the front office he preferred not to be in New York last season. The Knicks were able to recoup Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, and Wesley Matthews as part of that deal, as well as Dallas’ 2021 and 2023 first-round picks.

Brooklyn, on the other hand, didn’t have the luxury of any high first-round draft picks after Billy King gave Boston all of Brooklyn’s assets for an aging Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Marks-Atkinson Nets, however, turned lemons into lemonade. They took it on the chin and ate years of losing, both on the court and in the eye of public perception.

But those who paid close attention realized Brooklyn was building for this very moment: to create an environment that could attract bigger-name players.

They traded for Russell and turned him into a Most Improved Player candidate and all-star (replacement for Victor Oladipo). They developed LeVert into a potential young star, and made Dinwiddie a Sixth Man of the Year snub. The Nets became a factory for self-proclaimed incremental progress. Now, they’re fast tracking into championship contention after landing Durant and Irving.

The stars have aligned to get the Knicks and Nets in a position where they could trade places. Brooklyn is forming a super team after adding Irving and Durant to a roster that snapped a three-year playoff drought. They did so by slowly developing their talent and creating a winning culture. This summer is the payoff for all that work.

Now that New York has struck out on the cream of the crop of free agents, they will have the opportunity to start the opening stages of their own process. So long as they stick to their guns and remain patient, choosing to develop their players over sinking long-term money into second-tier free agents to win now, they’ll be better in the long run.


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How Kyrie Irving went from promising the Celtics he’d stay to signing with the Nets

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Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are both set to become Nets, after all that.

Kyrie Irving just finished one of the most dramatic regular-season showings … ever. It started with him committing to stay with the Boston Celtics before the first game of the year, and it ended with him doing the opposite. Irving is going to be a Brooklyn Net after agreeing to a four-year, $141 million contract to join Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan for the league’s newest superteam, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

A chaotic, disappointing year in Boston led to Irving being the Celtics’ scapegoat, and how much slack he deserves is still unclear.

Irving was at the center of every mini implosion Boston had this season. He appointed himself the leader of the team from the get-go, and that came with mixed results. Whether it was him sounding off at teammates for not getting him the ball in crunch time, or creating headlines after making amends with LeBron James, all things Celtics had Irving’s name attached.

That all ends with him walking away to an East rival.

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Irving’s tenure in Boston felt over before the season even was. Then, a disheartening five-game series loss to the Bucks sealed it. Now Irving will join Durant and Jordan to form one of the East’s top contenders.

How did we get here?

Irving sought distance from James to command his own team in the summer of 2017, and the Cavs obliged in a trade with the Celtics. Boston didn’t end up being what Irving always wanted, though. Co-star Gordon Hayward suffered a serious leg injury in 2017 that still affects him, and bickering plagued the locker room in Irving’s final season. Boston lost in seven in the East Finals in 2017-18 with Irving out due to a knee injury and didn’t come close to duplicating the feat in 2018-19 with Irving healthy.

Things turned from bad in the first half of the 2018-19 season to worse as it wore on. After a loss to the Clippers, forward Marcus Morris said, “We don’t have no attitude. We don’t have no toughness. We ain’t having fun. It’s going to be a long season.”

Then, Irving warred with reporters about rumors that a conversation at the NBA All-Star Game between him and Kevin Durant was about their impending free agency.

“Is the internet real for you in your life? It’s my life, right? It’s two people talking, having a conversation. If this was the real world would it be anybody else’s business? But it’s a video of somebody assuming what we’re talking about, right? So why would I care about it? Why does that have an impact on my life?”

The drama culminated in a 4-1 series loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the conference semifinals, with Irving shooting 30 percent from the field in Boston’s final four games. Now, Irving is on his way out.

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The Stonewall You Know is a Myth – and That’s OK: WATCH

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Who threw the first brick at Stonewall? NYT reporter Shane O’Neill wanted to get to the bottom of it, and the inconclusive results are laid out very well in this clip featuring historians, and some who were there.

Writes O’Neill: “Fifty years after Stonewall, we’re still arguing about what happened on that night. And that’s kind of the point: Stonewall was, at its core, about people reclaiming their narratives from a society that told them they were sick or pitiful or didn’t even exist. Getting to tell your own story is a gift, but it means that you have to contend with other people’s stories, and I guess that can mean arguing, maybe for 50 years straight. And that’s O.K.”

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This rugby player hammering his own dislocated knee back into place mid-game is so cringe-worthy

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Nooope.

In latest proof that rugby players are not human, a rugby union player in England dislocated his knee, before hammering it back into place with his own fist and continue playing.

Joe Westerman, who plays for Hull FC in the British Super League dislocated his knee in a game against rival Hull Kingston Rovers — but that’s only the start of the story. Rather than leave the field and seek medical attention like a normal human being, Westerman sat on the pitch hammering on his knee to force it back into place. When it finally popped he didn’t scream or hobble off, he just went back to the scrum.

The only thing more ludicrous than that previous sentence is how he talked about the injury.

“It’s sweet, to be honest. I expect to be training next week and I can’t really see myself missing our next game against St Helens next Friday.”

My man, you had a dislocated knee. A dislocated knee. To put this in perspective the NHS in the UK says it takes six weeks to fully recover from a dislocated knee, and there’s zero recommendation of playing sports on the knee again less than a week later, let alone seconds like Westerman did.

Rugby players just aren’t human.


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Auditorium Erupts in Cheers as HS Valedictorian Comes Out as Bisexual: ‘I’ve Struggled to Be Proud of Something All My Life’ — WATCH

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New York City high school valedictorian and aspiring actor Mason Bleu made a big announcement at his graduation, revealing to his class and those attending that he’s bisexual.

“I want to remind all of you to always be proud but to always remain humble,” Bleu advised the audience. “I’ve struggled to be proud of something all my life. Since I’m preaching about being proud today, it’d be hypocritical of me to continue hiding. I’m not someone who likes getting emotional so saying this is extremely personal and hard.”

“For a long time, I have struggled with my sexuality,” he continued. “I’ve dodged it and ignored it because I wasn’t proud of who I am. But today I’m changing that. I’m proud to be a bisexual man.”

The audience got to its feet, erupting in cheers.

Continued Bleu, emotionally: “I’ve struggled with being proud of myself for a long time because I was afraid that no one else would be proud of me and for me. But an important thing about being proud is that you should always be proud of yourself before you want anyone to be proud of you. On that note, I want to thank everyone for coming out today because I just came out so thank you for coming out. … Thank you so much and happy Pride!”

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‘Harry Potter’ stars confirm Harry and Ron were crushing on Draco

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Talk about the “Erecto” charm! Harry Potter alums Tom Felton and Rupert Grint say that Harry Potter and Ron Weasley both felt certain stirrings for Draco Malfoy.

The confirmation came while Felton and Grint — who respectively portrayed Draco and Ron in the blockbuster film series — played a game of “Fact or Fan Fiction” in an In the Know video.

Related: Hermione from ‘Harry Potter’ went to Pride and it was lit

The first assertion? “Even while he was with Ginny, Harry was always in love with Draco.”

Harry Potter costars Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, and James and Oliver Phelps decided that claim was just the stuff of slash fanfic dreams, but Felton and Grint begged to differ.

“I think it was clearly a fact,” Felton said. “Harry was constantly crushing on Draco. He just couldn’t hide it.”

Grint, meanwhile, contended that Draco “made quite an impression on Ron, as well.”

“Yes, well, exactly,” Felton replied. “It could have gone either way, really.”

The cast of Harry Potter got real about romantic fan theories — and we’re freaking out

The Harry Potter cast answered questions about on and off-screen romances, hidden plot twists and myths in a game of Fact or Fan Fic ????????

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A search for “Drarry” on FanFiction.net yields nearly 4,700 results, more than a third of which are rated M for “mature.”

Related: This ‘Harry Potter’ star has retired his wand but he’s still casting thirst trap spells

One steamy Drarry story reads: “Draco began kissing down Harry’s jaw, making his way to the pale flesh of Harry’s neck. Draco nibbled gently at Harry’s ear and then at his neck. He tenderly bit into Harry’s tender neck. Potter let out a low, pleasure-filled moan and accidentally tugged a bit roughly on his lover’s hair.”

Apparently, Dumbledore wasn’t the only dude-lovin’ wizard at Hogwarts!


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We may not be looking for hetero heroes, but we still need straight allies

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“Sisters are doing it for themselves,” Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin sang on their 1985 top-twenty single, in support and recognition of liberated women everywhere. In 2019, the LGBTQ community could use a similar DIY hit anthem of its own.

But even if Janelle Monáe and Sam Smith were to serve it up next week, this much still would be abundantly true: We can’t do it all for ourselves. Collaboration is essential to the sweet smell of success. That doesn’t mean we must bow down at the altar of those with the keys to the kingdom, but whether it’s through revolt or reason, negotiation is a must.

Women, blacks, and gays in America have been using reason — and occasionally revolt — for centuries, with, respectively, men, whites, and straight people. When the majority rules and holds the bulk of the power and most of the cards, there is no other way around them.

I recently interviewed several LGBTQ musicians who suggested that it might be time to change those rules — or at least tweak them. One of them told me that the gay community needs to stop looking to straight people for “validation.” Although I understood the point that was being made, for me, it didn’t accurately reflect the LGBTQ agenda.

Embracing straight allies — courting them even — isn’t about seeking validation. It’s about pursuing opportunity. Unless there is some special gay utopia out there where we control the system, we’re going to need the support of straight people to achieve our goals. Pride doesn’t equal absolute power.

We must get out of the anti-“savior” mindset where we’re always looking across the aisle at outstretched arms with suspicion because we’re sure the heads attached to them are looking down on us. Sometimes they will be, but do we really want to cut off our noses to spite the straights?

It’s easy to see why gay people sometimes side-eye them. It seems like so often, they’re either outright refusing to be our allies, like Kevin Hart, or they’re making being our allies all about themselves.

Madonna has recently taken a lot of heat from critics for allegedly patronizing the underprivileged by casting herself as their savior on “Killers Who Are Partying,” a track on her latest album, Madame X. On it, she appears to equate her experience as Madonna with that of numerous disenfranchised groups, including, of course, the LGBTQ community. “I will be gay, if the gay are burned,” she sings over lovely fado strumming.

It’s a bold but awkward declaration, and despite her clumsy expression of consciousness, she deserves credit for good intentions. Her experiences as a woman, one who didn’t grow up in a penthouse with a silver pacifier in her mouth, has given Madonna the gift of empathy. She’s a superstar who, in a lot of ways, is now cushioned from the realities of everyday grit, but she’s been down in the depths, too. She understands how we feel.

And it’s not as if Madonna wasn’t an ally well before it was liberal-cool. She’s been up with gays for as long as she has been famous. Along with Elizabeth Taylor, she stepped up as one of our first superstar champions when AIDS began decimating our ranks in the ’80s. Unlike, say, Beyoncé, she didn’t become a gay icon just by being fabulous.

Taylor Swift’s LGBTQ pride is a more recent development, and she parades it in day-glo rainbow colors in her new video for “You Need to Calm Down.” The promo clip for the second single from Lover, her forthcoming seventh studio album, features cameos by an assortment of LGBTQ Hollywood stars, including Billy Porter, RuPaul, Laverne Cox, and the Queer Eye cast, with Swift holding court in center square.

It’s all a bit “Ooh, look at me! I have gay friends — and they’re all famous, just like me!” But in these divided times when we have a presidential administration that doesn’t care about us, I’ll take our allies where we can get them. If the only way Taylor Swift can acknowledge the LGBTQ struggle is through the prism of her own celebrity, that’s OK. At least she’s trying to make a connection.

For all the archness of Madonna’s and Taylor Swift’s recent pro-LGBTQ musical statements, they’ve at least avoided the pitfalls of their fellow pop-diva defenders of queer, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. At various times in their careers, both have taken taken the “I’m with them” sentiment of Madonna’s “Killers Who Are Partying” to a too-literal extreme.

Gaga, arguably pop’s greatest LGBTQ champion since Madonna, has publicly identified as bisexual since early on, despite being exclusively linked — and occasionally engaged — to Hollywood hunks with sexy facial hair, like Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinner and her A Star Is Born costar Bradley Cooper. More recently, Cyrus talked about “redefining, to be f ***ing frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship” … with Liam Hemsworth, the epitome of Hollywood straightness and masculinity. What exactly is she redefining with her textbook two-celebrity marriage to an alpha-male action star?

In a way, both she and Gaga have inadvertently trivialized our reality by making LGBTQ seem like a shiny, new coat, something you can wake up and decide to wear one morning because you’re so damn woke. They’re rarely called out, though, because Madonna and Swift are trendier targets.

When all is said and sung, I believe all of their alliances with #TeamLGBTQ are genuine. Their tactics may come off to some as heroine posturing, but I prefer to interpret them as occasionally misguided shows of solidarity. We don’t need their validation or to be rescued by them, and even if that’s what they’re offering, I don’t believe we’ve ever actively sought out straight people as our saviors.

Anyway, I’d take validation and rescue over the apathetic alternative. It’s better to have straight people as allies in any form, beside us, waving the rainbow flag for LGBTQ pride, than off on the sidelines, doing nothing but watching the wheels of injustice turn.


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In soccer small kindnesses matter just as much as the biggest event

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For fans, it’s a thrill just to be at the World Cup. But that experience is made even richer when they realize the type of community they’re being welcomed into.

am laboriously typing this out on my phone on a train to Lyon. Catastrophe struck this morning — I opened up my laptop, only to find a dark screen. No amount of fiddling with the power button helped. Theories ranged from a random update borking the OS to the difference in voltage in French outlets frying the battery, adapter notwithstanding. Google and several plaintive cries for help into various work slacks yielded no solutions. Instead of a functioning laptop containing my entire work life, I held in my hands a very expensive mirror. I began to think of all the computer-related vocabulary I would need to successfully navigate a computer repair shop in Lyon.

My editor, Kirsten, who is often much smarter and calmer than me, suggested I ask for a loaner if any of my friends were flying out for the semifinal. I also realized that I knew at least half a dozen people who had traveled who could reach out through their networks to dozens more. One group DM to a bunch of Portlanders later, and someone had offered their Chromebook to me for game days. Based on the timestamp, it took six minutes from me asking to someone offering.

While I’ve been traveling through France, I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating what has driven us all here for the World Cup. On the surface, it’s obvious. France is beautiful and the World Cup is a lifetime sort of event; many of us have been saving money for this tournament since 2015, without even knowing what the location would be. But on a deeper, more fundamental level, I still wonder about the basic human impulses that drive us toward sports and the community that forms around them. Humans are social animals; we need one another, even introverts like me. I think about my comrade Sophie Lawson, who has spent a month hauling herself through France in appallingly sweaty conditions, losing sleep and shelling money out of her own pocket to churn out World Cup coverage while sleeping in Murder Basements. Why would anyone subject themselves to that, unless there is something bigger than the pain and the exhaustion that makes it worth their while?

What do we get from the game that makes us willing to endure so much, physically, mentally, and emotionally? Part of it is the rush of brain chemicals that floods our minds while watching soccer, sure. But I think for most of us it’s our need to be with people in whose faces we recognize some core part of ourselves. It’s a community of emotion, a link so fundamental that someone would be willing to hand over to me an expensive electronic device, no questions asked, and trust I wouldn’t use it to promptly steal their identity.

I didn’t even particularly panic over my laptop, I realize now. I was in good spirits while I tried pressing the power button for the various lengths of time recommended by the internet. I think, deep down, I knew everything would be okay. It was a subconscious security that stemmed from the knowledge that I could reach out any time to ask for help from the soccer community in France. Someone would know someone who would know someone.

So now I’m carting around a plastic and silicone brick whose main function is likely to be its ability to be used as a drinks tray, or possibly a very unwieldy frisbee to toss down at the VAR station on the field in case of a call unfavorable to my team (Come onnnn, USA–Netherlands final!). Instead of panic, I am lounging in my train seat, the embodiment of the Ariana Grande “And what about it?” gif. Soccer might be one of the most stressful things I choose to do with my life, but it’s one of the most beautiful, energizing, enriching things in it too.

–Sent from my iPhone 8


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Kemba isn’t Kyrie, but the Celtics can still improve anyway

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Team context matters, and Boston is experiencing a lot of changes. Those changes matter as much or more than the slight downgrade at point guard.

NBA free agency doesn’t officially begin until Sunday evening, but reports suggest the Celtics will quickly sign Kemba Walker to a 4-year, $141 million deal. Kyrie Irving has made it clear that he will be moving on Boston, and Boston doesn’t seem all that upset about the prospect. Kemba is a really nice fallback plan in the backcourt, an All-NBA caliber player available only because his team reportedly balked at offering a supermax contract.

He’s a nice fallback plan. But he’s not an upgrade, at least not on the court.

Kyrie and Kemba are actually quite easy to compare, given they both entered the NBA via the 2011 draft and play the same position. Per Basketball-Reference.com’s player comparison tool, Kyrie has been a better scorer and playmaker over their careers and a far more efficient shooter at every level. It’s pretty indisputable that Kyrie is better, though we should note that Irving has had better teammates throughout, including LeBron James for three years. Neither is a very strong defender, though each has had his moments.

Even last year, when Kyrie’s reputation took a hit (for various reasons) and Kemba reached his zenith, the two guards were essentially break-even in per-minute scoring, with Kyrie shooting substantially more efficiently and picking up rebounds, assists, and steals more frequently. Kyrie is also two years younger than Kemba, which could mean that while Walker is in the middle of his age-expected peak, Kyrie is just approaching it.

Kyrie is just a better basketball player with more on-court upside.

But he’s also an active reagent in the locker room, and received a lot of blame for the Celtics mentally and emotionally falling apart this season. If Kyrie takes the bad vibes away with him, and Kemba brings that magnetic smile he’s known for, perhaps group happiness can lead to more success and even a championship.

There’s a scheme argument to be made, that Kemba fits Brad Stevens’ system better than Kyrie. But frankly, with Al Horford on the way out and the roster in a bit of flux, we don’t know how that system will evolve, so it’s hard to judge at this juncture. We also don’t know how Gordon Hayward will look next season, and how much Stevens’ early-season push to “force feed” Hayward the ball at times affected the chemistry problems Irving has taken the hit on. If Hayward is no longer a problem and in fact becomes an asset, that changes everything.

As Kemba knows all too well from his years toiling in disadvantaged Charlotte, team context matters a lot. The Celtics were a joyless, confused affair last season. Being rid of the Kyrie uncertainty and mood and hopefully being in a better place with Hayward should help. More improvement from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should help. The Horford loss will sting badly, especially since there’s not a clear path for replacement. But perhaps Boston can overcome that with a smart trade or free agent signings, or one of the new rookies stepping up.

Kemba is individually a downgrade on Kyrie. There’s no getting around it. But because of everything else changing about this team, the Celtics can be better than they were. Whether they are and in what ways they succeed might just reveal a lot about the nightmare season they just completed.


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Revel in these photos from pride celebrations around the world

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June is Pride Month in many countries, a time for LGBTQ+ folk to celebrate the lives they lead, the identities they embrace, and the people they love. June has also become Pride Month on social media, naturally, and eye-catching photos from the joyous affairs have lit up Instagram. Here are some of our favorites from across the globe.

Related: 19 celebratory photos from Mumbai’s historic 2019 Pride

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Here’s 14 celebs who have come out in 2019 (so far)

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June marks pride month, but it’s also the halfway point of the year.

As such, it’s the perfect time to look back at the past six months to take a look at some of the people who have come out of the closet.

As society accepts the evolving definitions of sexuality and gender, the process of coming out has become more complex. Stars like Sam Smith and Jonathan Van Ness – celebs we already knew as gay – are now publicly celebrating their nonbinary gender identifies.

Here are the 14 celebs who have come out in 2019 so far.

Valentina

Valentina, Rent

“I identify as nonbinary,” the RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favorite told Out in a January interview. “I don’t completely feel like a man, I don’t completely feel like a woman. I feel like a goddess. I feel like I’m my own gender.”

Matt Pacifici

The retired Major League Soccer stud came out in a January Instagram post that featured his boyfriend. He later explained his decision to come out publicly to Outsports: “When you’re in a relationship that makes you happy, and on social media you see people posting about their girlfriends, it feels weird not being a part of that. You want them to know. This relationship is the one that makes me the happiest ever in my life.”

Stormy Daniels

The adult film star confirmed that she was bisexual in January during a Twitter argument with conservative pundit Tomi Lahren. After making a crude sexual innuendo, a Twitter user questioned if Daniels was a lesbian. She clarified, tweeting, “Nope…I like to fuck men and women. It’s called bisexual.”

Ben Platt

The Dear Evan Hanson star opened up about his sexuality in February, saying that he’s been out to his family since he was 12 years old. With the release of his music video for “Ease My Mind,” in which he has a male love interest (played by gay actor Charlie Carver), he wanted to make sure that the visual represented the story behind the song: “It was just, ‘We’re going to represent what this was inspired by,’ which was this man that I was in love with. So it was really a no-brainer.”

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

“You do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all these different things. You are your own special creation. That is how I take it. I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between—somewhat on the spectrum,” the English crooner said, opening up about being genderqueer and non-binary during an interview in March.

Caitlin Kinnunen

The Prom saw viral attention after Kinnunen (right) and her co-star shared a same-sex kiss during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since then, the Tony-nominated actress revealed that she was in a relationship with another woman. “I have identified as a straight ally for a very long time, but recently my world has kind of opened up and I’m currently dating a woman and it is magical and new and exciting, and I’m loving it,” she said in an April interview with Nylon. “I’m who I am and I think that’s worth fighting for.”

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The Pretty Little Liars hottie told The Advocate that he’s identified as bisexual since a teenager in an April interview.

Clairo

Claro

The lo-fi singer-songwriter came out in April after making her Coachella. The musician told Out, “I’m still not really sure what my sexuality is, but I do know that it’s not straight,” she said. “I’m having my gay sob right now, where I’m just letting all my emotions out and finally crying from that experience when I was twelve years old, ‘Why are girls so hot?’”

Juan Castano

The actor, who plays a gay man in Renée Zellweger’s Netflix series What/If, revealed that he wasn’t straight in a May interview. “I would say that for the majority of my life I identified as straight, but as I got older I think my sexual preference has gotten more fluid. I am, as my friends say, on the spectrum.”

Michael D. Cohen

Michael D. Cohen

The actor, who currently stars in Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger, revealed that he was assigned female at birth and transitioned in 2000. He explained his decision to come out in a May interview with Time: “[People] think this has to do with pushing an agenda on kids and it doesn’t,” he said about deciding to come out. “What it does is send a message to kids that whoever they are, however they identify, that’s celebrated and valued and okay.”

Andy Brennan

The Aussie soccer stud took to Instagram to come out as gay in May. “I was scared it would affect my friendships, my teammates, and my family,” he wrote. Brennan is the first former A-League player to come out as gay.

Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye, non binary

The Queer Eye star came out as nonbinary in June, telling Out magazine, “Some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman. I don’t really — I think my energies are really all over the place. Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I’m here for it. I think that a lot of times gender is used to separate and divide. It’s this social construct that I don’t really feel like I fit into the way I used to.”

K.Flay

K.Flay

The alt rocker came out by posting a photo snuggled up to her girlfriend, fellow musician Miya Folick, to Instagram in June. The “Blood In The Cut” singer’s post memorialized their anniversary: “everything is bigger and better and brighter now. thank you for taking good care of my heart. i’ll keep taking good care of yours too. happy 1 year. and happy pride everyone,” she wrote.

Eugene Lee Yang

The most elaborate coming out of 2019 goes to YouTube star Eugene Lee Yang, who wrote and directed a music video to share his truth. As one-fourth of the comedian group Try Guys, Yang uploaded the video their channel’s 6 million subscribers in June. “I created this music video as my personal way of coming out as a proud gay man who has many unheard, specific stories to tell,” he explained.

Related: These are the 20 most important gay anthems of all time


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“Pride is about the people who need it”: Director Malcolm Ingram attacks “straight pride”

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“I was looking for Jesus porn.”

“Is that a thing?” I ask, somewhat dumbstruck.

Malcolm Ingram, the acclaimed director of Continental, Small Town Gay Bar and Out to Win explains that he really wanted to upset someone. So he took to Google to find the most offensive thing he could think of: Jesus doing porn.

“Isn’t everything a thing?” Ingram asks me. “You can Google anything, but you can’t Google that?”

He has a point. His sense of humor also betrays his artistic sensibility. As a filmmaker, Ingram gravitates to all things fringe, reveling in the unique beauty of it all. He doesn’t let fear stop him from exploring something new, taboo subjects or peculiar interests. After two less-than-successful narrative features (produced by his longtime friend Kevin Smith, who appeared with him on the cover of A Bear’s Life magazine), Ingram found his true calling as a documentarian. With the 2006 premiere of Small Town Gay Bar at the Sundance Film Festival, Ingram has earned a reputation as a sincere, playful director.

“Am I being blasphemous?” Ingram giggles.

Ingram’s forthcoming film Southern Pride is about the first ever pride celebrations in two small Mississippi towns. The film comes to VOD June 11.

So how did you discover Lynn Koval, the organizer of Biloxi Pride [and owner of the city’s only gay bar, Just Us]?

I wrote an article for CNN after Orlando, after the shootings [at Pulse nightclub]. CNN, because of Small Town Gay Bar, had contacted me and wanted me to write this thing on safe space. Lynn had been in contact long before, but we hadn’t had contact in a long time. But it got me thinking about revisiting the area. I reached out to her, and we started this dialogue. I thought, maybe I’d do a reality show and revisit that world.

Lynn Koval

Then, literally the night Trump won the election, I woke up and thought f*ck it. I need to make this documentary. I need to make it now. We started shooting the day of the inauguration, and in the process, independently, Lynn decided she was going to have a pride. The fact that she wanted to have a pride made the narrative much easier to create.

How reluctant were she and the bar patrons of Just Us—they “gays of our lives,” as one patron refers to them—to become part of a doc?

She was gung-ho. Lynn is a remarkable human. We need more people like her. And she went warts & all. I’m sure she regretted it many times.

[Laughter]

She’s not a stupid person. It’s incredibly complicated to try and get your community together, to put together a pride event for the first time. She had so much going against her. And she had the courage to let me film it. She never had any regret. When she finally saw the movie, of course, she had issues with it but she never asked me to take anything out. She stands by it. She’s a remarkable, incredibly complicated woman.

That comes across.

It is very complicated. Lynn Koval isn’t an outward racist, but it’s very complicated in the south. It’s very complicated in America right now. Everything is Us vs. Them stuff. But we’re all human. And Lynn’s heart is in the right place, and she’s a remarkable advocate for her community. She’s built her life around it.

What about with Shawn Perryon, owner of the gay KlubXclusive in Hattiesburg who organizes black pride? She’s my kind of people.

She’s kickass.

Shawn Perryon

She comes off as someone completely unapologetic for who she is and really, really cool.

She’s been through a lot of sh*t. She’s been in jail. She’s somebody who’s seen sh*t, but has found peace. She’s found her way. She’s going to make a difference, and she’s going to do it her way. We actually—the funny thing is—I was in such a rush to get down to Biloxi, that when I got there I was like what else is going on? [Shawn] didn’t even have a website for her place. I found her bar on a Facebook page. I didn’t even know if it was going to be open, so we took the drive up there and met Shawn. At first, I was intimidated. She’s a very serious person. I told her who I was and gave her a copy of Small Town Gay Bar and told her I wanted to include her bar in the film. Eventually, she came back and said she’d already had this idea for [black pride]. It was like, total happenstance.

One of the interesting elements of the film is the way that people tend to write off pride or similar celebrations as being run by degenerate hoodlums.

I always thought the degenerates went to Pride, not run it.

[Laughter]

That may be true, but every festival has similar blowback for the cost and the mess. How was the aftermath of Biloxi Pride?

The thing about the south is that they’re going talk behind your back. They’re non-confrontational. A lot of people had issues with it, but they’re not going to form a protest or stop it from happening. Both prides are having their third year in the next few weeks. I’m going to go to Shawn’s. Lynn isn’t that much involved with her pride. Shawn’s still the driving voice in hers.

Were there incidents of harassment or homophobia that didn’t make the final cut?

The thing about it is it’s not just the south. All over America and the world that attitude is permissive. There’s nothing I saw. You heard things. Biloxi is a town that doesn’t like Black Spring Break [a beach festival by African-American college students on spring break]. At all. But it’s one of those things. What town likes to be overrun by kids? But the racial element certainly comes into it. It’s a fascinating thing to watch. Imagine the complications of a bunch of partying university kids in your town, and then add the concept of racial issues. The general town doesn’t embrace these events.

Biloxi Pride

In short, why isn’t that in the film?

It wasn’t really the story I was telling. It was interesting, but it would have been really tangential. When you have a group of people coming together being noisy, people automatically are like I don’t like it. Then if there’s something that differentiates them, they’re going to emphasize that. It’s the same as Why do they need to have Pride? It’s what we’re seeing in Boston right now with “straight pride.”

Oh Lord.

Pride is really important because people forget: Pride is about the people who need it. In our film, what’s really wonderful is that the young people there have never been able to get together before and get to be gay. They got to all get-together and be who they are. And Lynn created a safe space for the first time in their town. For the first time in their town, these people got to be who they were. They got to hold hands. They got to kiss. They got to have a moment with protesters. They got to wave their flags in their own town. The one thing I kept hearing over and over was, “I never thought I’d see the day.” And the younger people were just elated. They know it’s happening [in big cities elsewhere]. But to have pride in their own town, it validates them. That’s so important.

Related: SXSW What We Liked: Small Town Gay Bar

If you’re a gay person, you’ve been through a lot. If you’re gay you’ve had to go through AIDS. You’ve been through being rejected by family. You’ve had to come out. You’ve had to do so many things that a heterosexual hasn’t. By the time you finally get to your 20s or 30s, it’s such a gamut to run. But the job’s not done. It’s very interesting in the film that the people who do the heavy lifting in the film are lesbians.

Yes

That’s just who showed up to do it. The lesbians took over and made the event happen. Lynn is the strongest force in Mississippi’s queer community. That bar is an anchor in that town.

I was worried in the film when I saw the road around Just Us getting torn up. Is the bar still open?

As long as Lynn Koval is living–that bar and Lynn are one. That bar is amazing. That was a privilege; it’s my favorite bar I’ve ever been to. It’s open 24 hours a day. It never closes. At holidays, Lynn will have a potluck. She makes a turkey and people come in. It’s a community center. People have such misconceptions about the south. There are small-minded assholes everywhere. There are advocates everywhere. Lynn has taken on the responsibility of being an advocate, and she takes it very seriously. She cares about people. Shawn’s the same way.

In films I’ve seen recently, there is this theme of class warfare, of the political divide. But the reality is the divide isn’t on party lines necessarily. It’s more about urban vs. rural people.

That’s exactly what’s going on.

That’s fascinating.

Representation is everything. Lynn’s been doing this now for almost 30 years. When she first opened up, the cops would bust them. People would run in and bust sh*t up. But she persevered, and now she’s part of the community. I don’t think it would be a safe place for gay people without Lynn. The same is true [of Shawn] and Hattiesburg. Neither Shawn nor Lynn is motivated by money. It’s a calling.

Just Us

This is your fifth documentary. It’s also your second about a small town gay bar. What’s the fascination?

I like misfits. I like fringe, misfit communities. I didn’t come out until my ’30s. I was a very confused kid. So my documentaries are very much letters to my 16-year-old self. If I had seen them, the world would have made more sense. These movies are all made through private financing.

Back to the fringe tapestry though. Your movies also tend to focus on—not niche, really—but more like the fibers of the queer tapestry. The groups within a group, be it small town folk, bears, athletes, etc. Do you feel a certain obligation to your community to tell these stories?

I wouldn’t say it’s a moral obligation. It’s what interests me. I love the gay community. I love being gay, and I have a lot of empathy for the struggles of everybody. I would like to make it easier for people. I started off making narrative films, and I was fucking shitty at it.

[Laughter]

I was really bad.

Well, you beat me to the question about returning to narrative…

I made narrative films when I was too young. I was very lucky. But I realized very quickly—and Kevin [Smith] helped me learn this—if you’re passionate about something, it’ll get done. The last narrative I made, I didn’t give a fuck about it. And it’s a bummer because the cast was great. I worked with Elizabeth Berkley!

[Laugher]

It’s something I feel very passionate about. I feel very passionate about our community. I feel very passionate about the people in our community. And if I can help, that’s what I want to do. I dunno. It’s what keeps me interested. I’ve never wanted to be a celebrity. I’ve never wanted to be rich, thank God. Ultimately, I just want to make things that matter to me. I want to have a voice, and I love the concept of storytelling, of sitting by the fire, of our history being told. The privilege of talking to people who, you wouldn’t normally hear their voice, and then getting to carry it. It’s my responsibility to tell that story, it’s a privilege and very intimate.

That’s what keeps me going.

Southern Pride comes to Amazon, iTunes, VUDU and other services June 11.


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On Stonewall 50, relive the essential Judy Garland films the fueled our fire

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Fifty years ago the mother of all gay icons (at times in the literal sense…see also Liza & Lorna), Judy Garland died in a London hotel room.

As the gay community of New York gathered to mourn in a local bar, police tried to raid the establishment for the umpteenth time. This time though, the grieving patrons fought back, launching what we now call the Stonewall Uprising. It’s one of several reasons the queer community uses the rainbow as a symbol of Pride today.

In honor of half a century of pride in New York City, and in honor of our dear departed Ms. Garland, we’ve selected essential viewing for anyone wanting to understand her talent and allure. Few singers have the kind of natural bravura of Judy Garland, and fewer still have her star quality.

When leaving the pride fest after five wine coolers too many, curl up with any of these titles to sober up, and to celebrate one of the greatest icons ever.

Sid & Judy

Just in case you, dear reader, know nothing about Ms. Garland and her remarkable life, try starting with this documentary. Sid & Judy focuses on her longest relationship to husband number three, producer Sid Luft. Calling their love affair torrid understates the situation; they had a combative if passionate relationship, often complicated by Luft’s gambling addiction and Garland’s drug abuse. Still, Luft managed Garland to a career resurgenece as one of the most popular concert singers ever, and helped control her demons as best he could. The new film from Showtime premiered at Frameline, the San Francisco-based queer media arts foundation. It also shows at Outfest in Los Angeles July 27.

The Wizard of Oz

If, somehow, dear reader, you’ve not yet seen The Wizard of Oz which might just be the greatest movie ever, please stop what you’re doing. Tell your boss you’re leaving. Cancel your date. Tell your friends you can’t make it. Or better yet, invite all of them over to screen the timeless classic that features Judy Garland in one of the greatest performances ever, coupled with unforgettable musical standards like “Over the Rainbow” and some of the greatest spectacle Hollywood has ever assembled. Entertainment doesn’t get much better than The Wizard of Oz.

Meet Me in St. Louis

Garland felt she’d never looked more beautiful than when she appeared in this classic Hollywood musical, directed by queer director—and future Garland husband—Vincente Minnelli. She still plays the typical girl next door, as with so many of her films. This time though, she gets the guy in the end. She also gets some new standards, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song.” Brimming with Main Street USA-type nostalgia, the film presents Americana at its most ideal.

Summer Stock

Garland pairs with old school sexpot Gene Kelly in this, the mother of all “let’s put on a show” musicals. In a grotesque way, the film also offers a look at Garland’s volatility. Her weight visibly fluctuates from scene to scene, and at times she looks a bit haggard thanks to her off-screen demons. That said, the film is still a lot of fun, and it does contain one great showstopper, the Garland number “Get Happy.”

A Star is Born

Judy gave one of the greatest performances ever in this comeback vehicle, which more or less tells the same story of love and the perils of showbiz as the recent remake with Lady Gaga. As directed by out-gay director George Cukor, A Star is Born also offers some wonderful music, including Garland standards like “The Man that Got Away” and the show-stopping “Born in a Trunk” medley. The movie should have restarted Garland’s stalled out film career, though studio imposed edits ruined the continuity of the story. Fortunately for audiences today, a reconstructed version (featuring all but a couple missing minutes) shows the real thing in all its glory.

Judgment at Nuremberg

Outside the musical genre, Garland proved herself an effective dramatic performer. Case in point: this all-star drama about the Nazi war criminal trials at Nuremberg. Garland more than holds her own against acting heavyweights like Marlene Dietrich, Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster and Spencer Tracy. At times, she downright steals the show, as in one hysterical courtroom scene. That Judgment also was one of her last pictures underlines the sad fact: that she didn’t do more drama is our loss.

Love Finds Andy Hardy

Mickey Rooney will forever receive mention alongside Judy Garland thanks to a life long friendship between the pair, and a series of films in which the two played opposite one another. This film marked the first of the long-running Andy Hardy series starring Rooney, and established the prototype of his Andy as the unlucky in love all-American boy, and Garland has his underappreciated friend Betsy. Dated by today’s standards, the film caused a sensation upon its premiere and helped catapult Rooney and Garland both to stardom.

The Judy Garland Show

With movie roles virtually extinct and under dire financial pressure, Garland moved into TV in hopes of solving her money woes. The resulting show, which suffered from a rotating door of producers and an ever-changing format, nevertheless shows Garland at her most luminous, singing songs from her own catalog, as well as other popular tunes of the day. Even better, the show pairs her with some of the hottest talent of the time, including Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Martha Raye, Ray Bolger, Steve Allen, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole and daughter Liza Minnelli. YouTube it and try not to get chills.


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Former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox explains how free agency actually works

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What are those frantic first few days actually like for front offices? What’s interesting about this year? A former GM explains.

NBATV analyst Wes Wilcox has worked almost every front office job imaginable since he first entered the NBA, from video coordinator, to advance scout, to assistant coach, to director of player personnel, to general manager. He’s worked with the Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Atlanta Hawks.

Now, with one of the NBA’s most unpredictable and important free agency periods right around the corner, it felt like a good time to pick his brain for insight about numerous situations around the league and how free agency actually works for front offices.

This interview, which was conducted the week before free agency began, has been edited for clarity.

Michael Pina: Heading into free agency, what has been the move, bet, or educated decision that might’ve been a risk in the moment, but paid off for you the most in your career.

Wes Wilcox: Back in the summer, I think it was 2013, we had three plans laid out in Atlanta. We had Plan A, which was that we had max room after trading Joe Johnson in 2012 and we thought we had a chance to get involved with Chris Paul or Dwight Howard, or maybe even potentially both. We were one of the only teams, with a little bit of financial engineering, that could get to two spots. So that was Plan A. Probably a bit unrealistic, but that was Plan A.

Plan B was, maybe we could build a really good team through depth, through what we deemed as the middle. And then Plan C, we were seriously considering, you know, do we go in the other direction? Has this team peaked? And we didn’t want to invest in the future. We wanted to exhaust our ability to build a great team or a very good team. Because of that, we were juggling multiple paths at the same time. And really, all of this was led by Danny Ferry, who did a great job structuring all this for us.

But because of that, we were in conversations with Golden State potentially about taking Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson. Golden State needed to move those two contracts to sign [Andre] Iguodala. And we were in conversations with Iguodala and [Iguodala’s agent] Rob Pelinka, as well. We were in conversations with Golden State to potentially take those contracts for multiple picks, and we were in conversations with Pelinka, and we were in conversations with Paul Millsap.

And so we were fortunate to pull all this together and juggle multiple paths simultaneously. What we were able to extract out of all of that was Golden State had two homes for those contracts. They had the Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz. And — this wasn’t anything we were told by Golden State, but just by assessing the market — there’s only a finite number of places this could happen. So we knew we weren’t going to be there with Pelinka and Iguodala, because Pelinka was very straightforward in how we handled that negotiation. And so when we were able to confirm, or verify internally, that it was going to be Utah that was gonna do the deal for the Golden State salary dump to create the room to sign Iguodala.

Then, we knew, in order for them to do that, Paul Millsap was going to be renounced. And at that point, we were able to call Paul Millsap’s representative, DeAngelo Simmons, and say ‘DeAngelo, listen, this is gonna happen, and as soon as it happens we just want to let you know that [Millsap] will be renounced, Utah will no longer have the room or capability to re-sign you. When that happens, just know you’ll have a home in Atlanta.’

Sure enough, the next day, boom, it all happens. We were ahead of it. We got the phone call very quickly from Simmons, we did the deal, and Paul was a four-time All-Star in Atlanta. But really, that only came about because we were juggling three paths simultaneously.

I would say that’s the higher level there. That’s the benefit of working parallel paths on multiple plans.

Pina: Just to clarify, when you mentioned before that Rob Pelinka was “straightforward” with you about Iguodala, did that just mean he didn’t view Atlanta as a destination for his client?

Wilcox: Yeah, he did not tell us who he was going to sign with, but the contract offer that we made was very respectable. But he told us, he was very straightforward, ‘Hey, your contract offer is certainly in the game, but just so you know, there’s another location that Andre has prioritized. That team needs to do some work to get to the contract that we would be comfortable with, but we think that team is going to be able to do that.’ And so he was great about saying, ‘Listen, it’s not a no, but it’s unlikely because we think this is going to happen.’

Pelinka did a great job protecting his client, protecting the other organization. We were just able to piece it all together. And it really worked out for everybody.

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Pina: I have another question about your time in Atlanta that runs parallel to a situation that’s going on right now.

It was a few years ago when Al Horford left the Hawks to sign with the Boston Celtics, and you then pivoted by signing Dwight Howard. I was wondering if you could go back and just tell me what do you remember about that time. Was it chaotic? Did Horford blindside you? How many contingency plans at that time did you have prepared for his departure? What was that experience like?

Wilcox: So that was 2016, where the salary cap jumped from approximately $70 million to $94 million or so. And going into it, I believe Al was on a five-year contract at $12 million per year that was signed prior to the lockout in 2011, which was a deal that Rick Sund signed in partnership with Arn Tellem. Al really took financial security, and that deal ended up being an under-market deal for the level of player that Al Horford was.

There were different beliefs going into the summer of 2016 about what it would take to re-sign Al. Some thought there might be an opportunity to get Al at less than the max and others thought it was going to be very difficult to sign Al to less than the max. It’s also critical to remember that in 2016, Al Horford was a top-five free agent, and there was 26-28 teams with max room.

And so when you look at the landscape, a franchise-level player who’s been on a below-market contract prior to a free agency period where he was going to have multiple max four-year offers, the fifth-year offer for a player like Al, who’s certainly a max player, was more difficult for the incumbent team, because we were gonna have to pay more money on more years. And if we didn’t offer that contract, that was going to be used against us in the negotiation.

It was a very difficult line to walk, and it ended up that Al left the organization. Those are always difficult times. We respected Al’s decision to leave. I can’t say I was ultimately surprised that he left, given the landscape and the financial conditions.

Pina: This leads us to the Celtics finding themselves somewhat ironically in a very similar situation. Horford is rumored now to have a desire to leave Boston. Based on your experience, in the roles that you’ve had, when a max level free agent leaves an organization, on some level there has to be soul searching. But often there’s no time for that, and instead of taking a step back to assess yourself, teams just have to dive back into the market and find someone to replace that production. How difficult of an experience is that for a front office to go through?

Wilcox: Well I don’t think this is going to be an immediate pivot by the Boston Celtics. Danny Ainge, Austin Ainge, Mike Zarren, Brad Stevens have all been thinking, ‘OK, what does this summer look like for us?’ And without question, they’ve been modeling this exact scenario. This will not catch them off guard.

It’s also really important that the situation the Celtics find themselves in is different than the situation the Warriors find themselves in. The Warriors have no ability, from a tools or technical standpoint, to replace Kevin Durant. They’re above the cap and dealing with the taxpayer mid-level exception. In Boston, where Kyrie [Irving] and Al may leave, they’re able to sit there with approximately $33 million room, depending on what you want to do with [Terry] Rozier. Boston has a great deal of flexibility.

Additionally, when the Celtics signed Al Horford, it made more sense for the Celtics than it did the Hawks because of this fact. One of the challenges in the NBA is finding value on the max, or near max. And the closer you get to par or neutral value on a max contract, the harder it is to be good, unless you have a great deal of value on rookie-scale contracts or value contracts. And so let’s say you pay $30 million for LeBron James. To simplify it, he’s gonna be worth $120 or $150 million. I don’t know what the number is, but it’s a lot! When you pay the next tier free agent down $30 million and they’re worth, I don’t know, $60 million or $45 million, it just makes things harder unless you have a ton of value on rookie-scale contracts or value contracts.

Specific to 2016, [the Hawks] didn’t have a ton of value on rookie-scale contracts, and so when you start tacking up very good players at max or near max contracts, it gets very difficult to have the depth to be good when your team was largely built on depth. The Celtics signed Al in that summer and they had a ton of value around him. So paying Al Horford $30 million then made a lot of sense for the Celtics.

Now when we look at them, their timeline has likely changed based on Kyrie leaving and where they’ve established themselves in the East. You look at their timeline and the Celtics could look forward and say ‘Our run is two, three, four years from now as much as it is right now.’

Pina: If you were Boston, how would prioritize the different ways it can use that cap space. Would you max out someone like Kemba Walker or Nikola Vucevic, knowing you do have some depth on rookie-scale and value contracts, or use the cap space to absorb another team’s unwanted salary, take on more future assets for the trouble, and build out for the future.

Editor’s Note: This question was asked before Boston zeroed in on giving Walker a max contract.

Wilcox: Yeah, this is the great question, right? [laughs]. This is one of the great questions for any executive. You have to have the pulse of your team, and know when is the right time to make the type of move you’re making.

And when is that move? It’s hard to speculate, but if you’re the Celtics, you have a lot of flexibility. You have Rozier on the [cap] hold, if he gets an offer sheet, you have until July 8 at the earliest to make that decision. You have to figure out if you have a chance at these free agents. What the probability is. You can get a sense.

And then you can also assess the trade market, most likely simultaneously. We know the [teams in the luxury tax]. We know Oklahoma City. We know Miami. We know teams seeking out potential financial trades. I think [Boston] does all that simultaneously, and if they do none of it and instead split up their cap space among two or three guys and try to create depth on their roster, that makes sense too. And you never put it against the Celtics to be in the trade market as well. So they can trade player for player.

I don’t think I can sit here and say ‘This is what I’d do if I was the Celtics’, but they certainly have the benefit of being able to play in every potential scenario. And they have the benefit of being a good team currently, with the chance to be really good down the road as they continue to develop and work with their young players.

Pina: Switching gears a little bit, how do you forecast how a player like, say, Vucevic or Walker, max guys who seem to get better every year but, in Kemba’s case or even someone like Jimmy Butler’s case, is hitting a certain age where they’re likely to experience physical decline. There are player comps and statistical evaluation, but what specific moves are made to essentially peek into the future with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line?

Wilcox: Analytics are very helpful here. It’s just a raw tool to track a number of different ways, how a player is performing, what level they performed. Not that the analytics are the sole driver in this analysis in any stretch, but they certainly do help because it’s a number and it’s easy to get a sense around that.

It’s also important to know just the normal career trajectory of a player. Pre-prime is what age? Prime is what age? And post-prime is what age? We all know that skill ages gracefully, and a player that lives in condition ages better, and a player who has had fewer injuries typically ages better.

And then also you have to make the decision about where are you in the money on these contracts. Sometimes, it’s worth a great run in the front end of a contract knowing the back end will be painful. But if you do have a great run or set yourself up for the first couple years, you’re gonna be in the money and therefore the back end is just something you’re gonna have to figure out. You go into it with eyes wide open.

Pina: This is the Houston Rockets and Chris Paul.

Wilcox: Yeah, I mean there’s an argument that they’re in the money, and they would probably say they’re in the money because of the run they had two seasons ago. And it’s hard to argue that they’re not.

Pina: Speaking of the Rockets, I’ve been thinking about the five percent theory, that any team that has at least a five percent chance to win the title should do everything they can to win the title. This is something Daryl Morey talked about a few years ago. When was the last time so many teams could talk themselves into going for it, and how much will the uncertainty at the top influence free agency?

Wilcox: I can’t remember a time when you’ve had this many teams going into an offseason thinking that they could be a contender the following year. I don’t have a recollection.

And part of that is the fact that a lot of these free agents have won championships already. Kyrie, Klay [Thompson], Kevin [Durant], Kawhi [Leonard], it’s hard to say how they’re gonna handle free agency. That gives teams like Brooklyn and the Clippers, who have done just a fantastic job of drafting, signing players, developing players, and building their organizational infrastructure to be a home, to think that if they could land one or two of these guys, which they both have the ability to do, they could also be contenders.

So it’s just a fascinating market. It’s gonna be fun to watch. And it certainly seems like it will be an unprecedented time in the NBA, from that perspective.

Pina: What other ripple effects do you foresee over the next few weeks for teams that know there’s nothing close to a unanimous favorite to win it all in 2020? We just saw the Utah Jazz move two first-round picks and a couple valuable role players to get Mike Conley. Do you anticipate more aggressive moves like that one?

Wilcox: The Conley trade, that move makes a ton of sense for Utah. Let’s just say the average payroll is $125 million for a non-tax team. That gives you $50 million for the backcourt. Conley makes a lot, but Donovan [Mitchell] doesn’t make a lot, so you net those two guys out and the Utah Jazz are getting value in the backcourt.

And so it’s a great trade, great timing for Utah. My gut is Utah isn’t making that move because there’s this window. It just so happens to be that there might be a window now and this deal made sense for both teams. You have to spend in order to be a contender. In almost every case, to be a true contender. And if there’s a window that will honestly lead you to believe you can be that contender, then of course it justifies spending.

Now the reality is you get to next year and teams start to struggle midway through the year and it’s going to change everything. There’s going to be a lot of financial trades at the deadline for teams that aren’t actually justifying their payroll. So you’ll see spending, for sure. But you’re also going to see some teams not spend, or try and move some money.

That’s what’s fascinating, at what level can you sustain the spending. We saw Houston do that last trade deadline, get out of the [luxury] tax. Now we see Oklahoma City trying to make financial moves that might take away from their team. So you’re gonna see a lot of teams spend, and you’re gonna see some teams limited because they spent.

My gut is you’ll see Milwaukee in the tax, and certainly if Kawhi returns, Toronto in the tax. Philly can avoid it for a year, but then if they retain all their guys, they’re going to be an incredibly high payroll team. That’s just the cost of doing business if you want to contend or compete at the highest level in the NBA.

Pina: When do you know your owner’s feeling about going into the luxury tax? If they’re generally against it, do you have to pitch them on why it’s worthwhile or are those conversations that don’t even take place?

Wilcox: I think every owner, with the opportunity to contend for a championship, I believe they’ll spend into the tax. The question is how far into the tax is a given owner willing to spend.

Separate from contending, the question becomes, who’s willing to pay into the tax to buy assets to give themselves better chances to win, and then who’s willing to pay the tax to build a good, but not great team. Those are the tax-related questions.

But I truly believe any owner who has an opportunity to truly contend will spend into the tax.

Pina: You were a finalist for Milwaukee’s GM job a couple years ago. When you look at that team, how would you prioritize their objectives heading into the offseason? Should they be aggressively trying to clear space to make sure they can bring back Brook Lopez, match whatever offer sheet Malcolm Brogdon signs, and max out Khris Middleton? Just, what is the most important thing for them to take care of going forward?

Wilcox: First of all the Bucks are in great hands with [Mike] Budenholzer as the head coach, and Jon Horst has done a terrific job of building this roster.

It’s always challenging when you need to trade draft picks in order to move contracts to create financial flexibility. And it’s not just avoidance of the tax necessarily, but it’s just truly the flexibility of being able to re-sign your most important players. We saw that in two transactions: The [John] Henson-[Matthew] Dellavedova transaction with Cleveland and the more recent transaction with Tony Snell and Jon Leuer. It’s very difficult to lose the value of those rookie-scale contracts, of course.

So from a technical perspective, I don’t think those moves were necessarily about avoiding tax as much as they were about retaining the most important players. In some ways that’s not the Bucks’ fault, because Brook Lopez signs at just over $3 million last summer and that was one of the best signings of the summer, but because he’s a one-year guy you don’t have Bird Rights and so it’s very difficult to re-sign him. You need [cap] room or a [salary-cap] exception. So the financial engineering is complicated for the Bucks.

Partly though, it’s complicated because they did a really good job and built a really good team. When you take a step back and say ‘What does this look like in the short term and the long term’, that’s where the balance gets tricky, because one can argue that even more important than winning in the short-term is retaining Giannis [Antetokounmpo] in the long term. Certainly, the logic is if you win in the short-term, that’s going to help in retaining Giannis in the long term, which makes perfect sense.

So this is a tricky thing for the Bucks to pull off. Certainly with their recent history, you’d believe they’ll be able to do it, but it’s hard when you’re losing those valuable rookie-scale contracts because you’ve got to hit on the draft, to add young players and youth to the team. Otherwise you get really expensive, really fast, and you lack flexibility. That’s what they’ve got to try and figure out.

Pina: Looking at the Nets for a second, there was a recent article in the New York Post about Brooklyn and Kyrie Irving, and how wary they might be to bring him in as a solo act without Kevin Durant or another max star. How valuable is it to “get the guy that you want” in free agency when you’re an organization that hasn’t been viewed as a destination in quite some time. What message does that send to the rest of the league and its players, and how much does any of it impact into a general manager’s calculus, if at all?

Wilcox: You certainly hear this sort of thing talked about, but with respect to the Brooklyn Nets, I don’t believe that will play into their calculus. They’ve done a great job keeping their head down, adding high character players, and developing those players. Kenny Atkinson’s done a fantastic job. Sean has done a great job. Just knowing those people and the job that they’ve done, and their history, I don’t think they’re gonna make some sort of media-driven move. Ultimately what matters most is you make good decisions and you win, and they’ve done that.

So I don’t think this is going to be a scenario by any stretch where they’d do something to justify their position within the NBA. They’re a great market. They’ve done a great job. They have just under $70 million in cap room, and they’ve got a really nice core of young players. They have optionality on D’Angelo [Russell’s] contract. In no way do I think Brooklyn would do something like that.

I’d also say this: I don’t believe that this rumor from Brooklyn is that they’re concerned about Kyrie alone. That’s just not the way Brooklyn does business. Brooklyn is not a team that shares that kind of concern externally.

Therefore, this time of year, you start to wonder where these concerns and where these off-the-record quotes come from. If Brooklyn is concerned, I don’t think they’d share that with anyone. Knowing the people there, I know that’s not how they function. So it just leads me to believe this concern is being shared by someone else outside of their organization, as part of the game of misinformation.

You can see Wes Wilcox on NBA TV, breaking down offseason developments on Free Agent Fever, a live studio show using a deep roster of commentators, through July 4.


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The Kempeitai (, /kɛnpˈt/) was the military police arm of the Imperial Japanese Army from 1881 to 1945. It was both a conventional military police and a secret police force. During the Japanese occupation, the kempeitai also arrested those who were suspected of being anti-Japanese. While it was institutionally part of the army, the Kempeitai also discharged the functions of the military police for the Imperial Japanese Navy under the direction of the Admiralty Minister (although the IJN had its own much smaller Tokkeitai), those of the executive police under the direction of the Home Minister and those of the judicial police under the direction of the Justice Minister. A member of the corps was called a kempei ().[1]

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Hall: The real witch hunt – Opinion – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

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President Donald Trump’s plan to question CIA officers who collected and analyzed intelligence relating to Russia’s sophisticated attack on the 2016 presidential election should send a chill down American spines. Trump’s premise has always been that any indication of Russian attempts to increase the likelihood of his winning the election is a fairy tale, some hoax made up by his political enemies. “You want to know who won the election? I won the election!” he said at a recent rally. The words of a deeply insecure president, no doubt, but they also reflect the dangerous reasoning behind his empowering Attorney General William Barr to investigate the investigators: The president keeps a Nixon-style enemies list, and his eagerness to act on it presents a severe and potentially lasting risk to national security.

It would make perfect sense for Barr’s Department of Justice to be looking at the CIA if it were trying to uncover crime. That in large part is what the DOJ does. If a CIA finance officer, for example, were embezzling from the government, that would be a crime, and the DOJ would certainly investigate. But in the present instance, Americans should take no solace when the administration claims that there is no criminal investigation in the works; that the DOJ simply wants to chat with CIA counterintelligence officers and analysts involved in the Russia assessment. The claim should be viewed with the same skepticism that would be appropriate if a prosecutor or police officer showed up at your door saying, “Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong, I just want to ask you a few questions.”

If Trump wants more information on how and why the intelligence community assessed that Russia attacked American democracy leading up to the election in 2016, there are appropriate ways to do it. The CIA has an inspector general (as does the FBI, the same one who investigated Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, which ended with McCabe’s firing). There has already been fairly intense Congressional oversight of the CIA and the intelligence community writ large, and these efforts have included inquiries asking questions very similar to what Trump wants to know. Perhaps most obviously, as president, Trump could simply ask CIA Director Gina Haspel, or Director of National Security Dan Coats, to brief him. This is routinely done on intelligence matters of great sensitivity.

And make no mistake about just how sensitive the issues the DOJ will be investigating are.

First, if the CIA obtained from a human source any of the information on the Russians’ operation to disrupt our elections in favor of Trump (as outlined in great detail in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller), the new declassification power bestowed upon Barr by Trump could imperil that source. Trump has repeatedly made comments that must have made counterintelligence practitioners cringe. (Readers may recall the back-slapping meeting on May 10, 2017, between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and Trump. The president revealed a piece of Israeli intelligence to the Russians – unbeknownst to our Israeli allies.) If Trump, using as an intermediary Barr or the man Barr tapped to oversee the investigation, John H. Durham, requested the identity or other compromising information about the specific source, then that source could be at mortal risk. While it is technically true that any president has the authority to require the CIA to provide such information, it would most definitely be the wrong thing to ask. Rarely if ever does a president need to know such dangerous information, nor does he want to know it – unless he hopes to use the information for political purposes, an unpardonable and egregious sin to most intelligence professionals.

Second, just as many prospective foreign sources have good reason to worry about the security of the information they provide to the CIA (and by extension their own longevity), foreign intelligence services will have similar concerns. If, for example, the DOJ demands to know not simply which of our foreign partners provided intelligence on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s active measures but also who their sources were and how they obtained the information, such demands will cause our allies to become much more circumspect than they already are about passing important information to us. This erodes the overall security of the United States on critical issues not limited to Russia, but extending to China, Iran and North Korea, and possibly terrorism-related issues as well. While it is unlikely for any of our allies to actually withhold terrorist threat intelligence – information of an impending attack on the United States, for example – it would not be unreasonable for an ally to be so concerned with Trump’s loose lips that they might be less forthcoming on passing intelligence on Russia.

And third, imagine you are the CIA analyst or counterintelligence officer who gets the call from the DOJ to have that “chat.” Indeed, imagine that you are any CIA officer involved in collection or analysis on Russia, or Saudi Arabia, or President Duterte of the Philippines, or any of the more obvious United States adversaries previously mentioned. Wouldn’t you be more cautious if you were involved in intelligence matters on which you knew the president was focused? How comfortable would you feel writing an assessment of the Saudis’ knowledge of and involvement in the death of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi? Without worrying about the consequences, would you write a report from a source claiming that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was mocking the American president – especially after Trump’s pronouncement that he would not have allowed the CIA to recruit a family member of Kim’s, a half-brother who was assassinated? Might you not reasonably worry that one of Barr’s officers would show up at your door, just wanting to talk? Wouldn’t it be better to be safe than sorry? Is that the kind of intelligence service we want working to protect the security of the United States?

It is of course common practice in many countries ruled by authoritarian heads of state to quickly replace key leaders in the security, law enforcement and intelligence organizations, and then use those levers of power to punish political enemies. This usually does not end well for those critical of the new dictator, in that they often lose their jobs, or worse. The approach has the concomitant benefit of strengthening the dictator’s political position for the future, making it more likely he will be able to stay in power longer. It is not enough for a dictator to have won; he must also identify and punish anyone who did not support him. The extreme example of this can be seen in Vladimir Lenin infamous “Hanging Letter” of 1918. Lenin instructed his people to publicly hang opponents, take hostages, publish opponents’ names and to “do all this so that for miles around people see it all, understand it, tremble, and tell themselves that we are killing the bloodthirsty kulaks and that we will continue to do so.” As a postscript, Lenin added, “Find tougher people.”

The CIA, as well as the rest of the United States intelligence community, has nothing to fear from legal oversight, and does not fear the legitimate inspection of how it conducts its business. Director Haspel understands the need for oversight; she has been directly involved in it before. But Trump is not a well-meaning president who has in the interest of honesty and transparency tasked his attorney general to investigate problems at the CIA. This is a president who, like dictators abroad, past and present, is looking to even the score and send a message to his enemies. What’s really going on here looks a little like a modern-day version of what Lenin was doing in 1918. Find tough people, and have them make examples of those on the enemies list.

Steven L. Hall retired from the CIA in 2015 after 30 years of running and managing Russian operations.

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2:53 PM 6/29/2019 – Trump speaks with Putin at G20 summit in Osaka, Japan – Fox News – All News Review In 25 Saved Stories | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions

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10:46 AM 6/28/2019 – Republican Party: What happened? – Google Search | Mr. Trump obviously looks and feels quite uncomfortable at his G20 Trumpistan Kabuki Thearter show, despite the soothing and familiar presence, quite in tone with the settings, of the old friends, the Erdogans.
Trump speaks with Putin at G20 summit in Osaka, Japan – Fox News
Impeach me, I’ll jail you – Philippines’ Duterte dares foes to test him – Reuters
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‘He lost the election’: Jimmy Carter says Trump an illegitimate president – Washington Examiner
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Trump and Putin Joke About US Election Meddling at G20
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At G20, Donald Trump tells Vladimir Putin, playfully: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’
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Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a classical Japanese dancedrama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers.
In 2005, the Kabuki theatre was proclaimed by UNESCO as an intangible heritage possessing outstanding universal value. In 2008, it was inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.[1]

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11:18 AM 6/29/2019 – News Review – Politics: Trump’s ignorance of basic political terms is on full display overseas | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions

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10:46 AM 6/28/2019 – Republican Party: What happened? – Google Search | Mr. Trump obviously looks and feels quite uncomfortable at his G20 Trumpistan Kabuki Thearter show, despite the soothing and familiar presence, quite in tone with the settings, of the old friends, the Erdogans.
Trump speaks with Putin at G20 summit in Osaka, Japan – Fox News
Impeach me, I’ll jail you – Philippines’ Duterte dares foes to test him – Reuters
Deutsche Bank Considers Up to 20,000 Job Cuts – Wall Street Journal
‘He lost the election’: Jimmy Carter says Trump an illegitimate president – Washington Examiner
‘Don’t Meddle In the Election, Please.’ President Trump Jokes With Putin at the G20 Summit
Ice-cold Theresa May meets Putin for first time since Salisbury poisoning at PM’s final G20
Trump jokes with Putin at G20: ‘Don’t meddle in the election, please’
Putin derides liberalism as ‘obsolete’ before G20 summit
G20 summit: World leaders meet in Japan with Iran tensions and China-US trade war on agenda
Trump and Putin Joke About US Election Meddling at G20
G20: Trump trades jokes, talks trade with world leaders
I am in Japan at the G-20, representing our Country well, but I heard it was not a good day for Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie. One is exhausted, the other is nuts – so what’s the big deal?
In Japan for G20 summit, Trump pushes allies on trade before meeting Putin
Donald Trump loomed large over the second night of the Democratic debates
Trump, Merkel present friendly front despite simmering tensions
In Japan, Trump eyes 2020 race while pushing allies on trade
‘Phony,’ ‘pathological liar’: Donald Trump gets 87 mentions in two nights of Democratic debates
Trump meets with Putin at G20 summit in Japan
At G20, Donald Trump tells Vladimir Putin, playfully: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’
Trump Tempers His Tone After Arriving At G-20 Summit In Osaka
Trump talks Iran and trade disputes with Merkel at G20
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Jimmy Carter Claims Trump Elected Due to Russian Interference
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2 days ago – Trump to Putin: Don’t Worry, the New York Times Is Full of Sh*t – Vanity Fair ….. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Friday for what both men described as a …. to be determined) agent or asset of the New Abwehr and German Intelligence, …

The Trump Investigations Report – Review Of News And Opinions …

 

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2 days ago – The New Abwehr Hypothesis of The Operation Trump: A Study In Political ….. Trump’sG20 schedule: Meetings with China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Putin …… of the European Council as she was under the two previous French presidents. ….. to use “overwhelming force” against Iran if it attacks U.S. assets or personnel, and …

Putin Daily News – 2019-06-28 – STATOPERATOR

 

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“putin and trump investigations” – Google News: Trump, Putin to hold …

 

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Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): Operation Novichok: US …

 

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“putin and trump” – Google News: Putin, Trump Discuss Iran, Syria …

 

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Trump Investigations – Recent Posts – WorldWide Times – wwtimes.com

 

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6 days ago – Trump Investigations – Recent Posts Trump Investigations Report – Posts … and for alternately denying and celebrating Putin’s corruption of our elections … compulsively and ceaselessly lying about both trivial and profound matters. ….. Michael Novakhov on the New Abwehr hypothesis of Operation Trump – Google Search …

Psychoanalysis of intelligence operations – Trump Investigations

 

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NeoMcCartyism – Softpanorama

 

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “US elections and russia …

 

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Operation Mincemeat: The death of a homeless man safeguarded the …

 

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All Selected Articles – Russia | Russia News

 

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“John Bolton” – Google News: In Japan, Trump … – Current News

 

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Pope Pius XII was never Nazi sympathiser – he hated Hitler

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The Hotel Lutetia, a piece of Parisian history

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It became the headquarters of the Abwehr, the German counter-intelligence service, not the Gestapo as is sometimes mistakenly believed.

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Christchurch-Anschlag: Neuseeland verbietet Sturmgewehre

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Sleeping With The Enemy

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… world war but a fully fledged Abwehr (German secret service) agent with … when an agreement between Russia and France was reached for …

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Politically incorrect

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Political diaries have become a British phenomenon, both in political and publishing terms. … A newtechnology has turned the centuries-old concept on its head: the blog, the … Tsarist Russia supposedly consisted of “absolutism tempered by … “Being nice is not an asset in a diary writer,” says Trewin.
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Pope Pius XII was never Nazi sympathiser – he hated Hitler

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The announcement by Pope Francis that Vatican files relating to the pontificate of Pius XII during World War II will be made public next year, …

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The Hotel Lutetia, a piece of Parisian history

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It became the headquarters of the Abwehr, the German counter-intelligence service, not the Gestapo as is sometimes mistakenly believed.

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Christchurch-Anschlag: Neuseeland verbietet Sturmgewehre

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Die britische Terror-Abwehr erklärte, es werde verstärkt … 12.13 Uhr: Die Fluggesellschaft Air NewZealand annullierte mehr als ein Dutzend … Police are currently in attendance at a property on Somerville Street, Dunedin. … erklärte Präsident Wladimir Putin am Freitag einer Mitteilung des Kremls zufolge.

Sleeping With The Enemy

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Politically incorrect

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Political diaries have become a British phenomenon, both in political and publishing terms. … A newtechnology has turned the centuries-old concept on its head: the blog, the … Tsarist Russia supposedly consisted of “absolutism tempered by … “Being nice is not an asset in a diary writer,” says Trewin.

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Wie eine Hamburger Lokalnachricht Trumps Gefolge festigt

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Es war eine aufregende Woche: Der amerikanische Präsident Donald Trump hat den FBI-Chef James Comey unter fragwürdigen Bedingungen …

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Die feindliche Übernahme des Islams durch Thilo Sarrazin. Wie stark …

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Die „nationale Revolution“ fällt mal wieder aus und selbst Trump …. Für Sie ist nur Putin ein wahrer Demokrat und Sie würden gerne von so …

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Linke Sprache – rechte Sprache? Erkennungszeichen beim Reden …

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„Wie die Sprache, so die Denkungsart“ schrieb ich zum Blog-Einstieg der „Semantischen Wettkämpfe“. Wenn das stimmt, dann müsste man ja …

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Auch US-Präsident Donald Trump hätte seine liebe Not, die Komplexität der Zusammenhänge bei Twitter in einer Kurznachricht treffend …

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Globale Risiken und Nebenwirkungen

SciLogs (Blog)Jan 21, 2018
Die Abwehr von Cyberangriffen ist in den meisten Firmen die Sache von …. Eine Simulation von von Wissenschaftlern der Rutgers Universität in New Brunswick im Staat New …. EIn gutes Beispiel dafür ist der Australian Property Bubble …. denn die beiden Donald J. Trump vorkommenden US-Präsidenten …

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Stützen der Gesellschaft

FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungSep 6, 2017
Es wird am Wahlabend, wenn nichts Gravierendes dazwischen kommt, natürlich viel Entsetzen über das Abschneiden der AfD geben, und ich …

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Udo Ulfkotte, der US-Geheimdienst und der „Multikulti-Terror-Staat …

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… das den republikanischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten Donald Trump unterstützt. … wie viele andere Trump-Anhänger, meint, die entsprechenden Mails seien ….. und xenophoben Nationalisten Putinverbal bis aufs Blut verteidigen. …… diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure …

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Peter Altmaier und die Menschenwürde auf Twitter

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Peter Altmaier gilt als authentisches Twitteraushängeschild der Regierung Merkel, und schreibt auf dieser Plattform am Neujahrstag “Euch …

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Syria’s oil, gas and water – the Immiscible Solution to the War in Syria

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Russia will have exclusive rights to produce oil and gas in Syria. … energy advisory support, and training a new generation of Syrian oil technicians. …. paymasters of both ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front in Syria and many more Turkish … from U.S. Iranian sanctions, but President Trump recently announced that …

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Ballerina who became a spy: But was she an MI5 agent?

Express.co.ukMar 5, 2019
The first time Vera became involved with the Abwehr, the German Intelligence Service, was through Captain Winding Christensen, a Danish …

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The spy who loved me: Widow, 85, discovers her husband led a …

Daily MailMay 24, 2019
A widow who went through her husband’s secret papers after his death was shocked to discover he had been leading a double life as a spy …

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Why do so many people believe Adolf Hitler escaped? New book …

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PLEA to MI5: ‘I beg British spies to tell me all about heroic dad before I …

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Had he failed, the admission that he worked for the Abwehr would have … involved with MI6, or both, they will not let Francois have the files.”.

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D-Day: Bletchley Park video puts you in the thick of the WW2 action

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What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since … – New York Magazine

 

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Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): Current News: Voice of …

 

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“Mueller Report” – Google News: Rep. Scalise claims no collusion or …

 

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Operation Mincemeat: The death of a homeless man safeguarded the …

 

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Why Merkel Is The Right Choice For Europe’s Top Job – OpEd

 

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Mr. Trump obviously looks and feels quite uncomfortable at his G20 Trumpistan Kabuki Thearter show, despite the soothing and familiar presence, quite in tone with the settings, of the old friends, the Erdogans. 

 

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10:46 AM 6/28/2019 – Republican Party: What happened? – Google Search | Mr. Trump obviously looks and feels quite uncomfortable at his G20 Trumpistan Kabuki Thearter show, despite the soothing and familiar presence, quite in tone with the settings, of the old friends, the Erdogans.
Trump speaks with Putin at G20 summit in Osaka, Japan – Fox News
Impeach me, I’ll jail you – Philippines’ Duterte dares foes to test him – Reuters
Deutsche Bank Considers Up to 20,000 Job Cuts – Wall Street Journal
‘He lost the election’: Jimmy Carter says Trump an illegitimate president – Washington Examiner
‘Don’t Meddle In the Election, Please.’ President Trump Jokes With Putin at the G20 Summit
Ice-cold Theresa May meets Putin for first time since Salisbury poisoning at PM’s final G20
Trump jokes with Putin at G20: ‘Don’t meddle in the election, please’
Putin derides liberalism as ‘obsolete’ before G20 summit
G20 summit: World leaders meet in Japan with Iran tensions and China-US trade war on agenda
Trump and Putin Joke About US Election Meddling at G20
G20: Trump trades jokes, talks trade with world leaders
I am in Japan at the G-20, representing our Country well, but I heard it was not a good day for Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie. One is exhausted, the other is nuts – so what’s the big deal?
In Japan for G20 summit, Trump pushes allies on trade before meeting Putin
Donald Trump loomed large over the second night of the Democratic debates
Trump, Merkel present friendly front despite simmering tensions
In Japan, Trump eyes 2020 race while pushing allies on trade
‘Phony,’ ‘pathological liar’: Donald Trump gets 87 mentions in two nights of Democratic debates
Trump meets with Putin at G20 summit in Japan
At G20, Donald Trump tells Vladimir Putin, playfully: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’
Trump Tempers His Tone After Arriving At G-20 Summit In Osaka
Trump talks Iran and trade disputes with Merkel at G20
These Are the Highlights of Trump’s First Day at the G-20
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