Ray Allen is a class act. After the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics to advance to the NBA Finals, Allen was one of the few class act players who remained on the floor to congratulate the Heat.

It came as a surprise to the Celtics fans when Allen signed a contract to help the NBA champs defend their title next season.

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Nobody ever heard of NY Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin until February when the baby faced Asian-American Harvard grad came off the bench to spark a 7-game winning streak. But Lin’s meteoric rise to NBA stardom was interrupted by a season-ending injury that forced him to sit out the Knicks’ first round loss during the NBA playoffs.

Now Lin is the hot ticket in the NBA’s free agency market. The Houston Rockets sweetened the pot with a $25 million offer sheet last week. But Knicks coach Mike Woodson was confident that the Knicks would match the offer by Tuesday’s 11:59 p.m. deadline. That is until Lin flew to Las Vegas under the cover of darkness to sign a new offer sheet — one that would guarantee the turnover-prone guard a three-year, $25 million contract — with a final year balloon payment of $14.9 million.

Due to the stiff penalties for NBA luxury-tax repeat offenders, the Knicks could conceivably pay $58.3 million for the season to retain Lin’s services.

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony — who wasn’t fond of sharing the attention with Lin — called the contract offers for such an inexperienced player “ridiculous.”

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Most of you have seen the touching commercial featuring former Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen and his wife Shannon Allen discussing their son Walker’s type 1 diabetes.

According to Black Celeb Kids, Ray Allen delayed his decision to sign with the NBA champs Miami Heat until he was confident with the medical care his son would receive in Miami.

His son’s care was a huge part of the decision on whether to sign with Miami. Even before the deal got done, plans were already being put in place to make sure Walker Allen would have all the support he would need in South Florida.

“We’re saying goodbye to a lot of people that we grew up to know and love in our community, in the organization,” Allen said. “Everything changes. You are sad about that. But it doesn’t keep those people from still being close to our heart or still being friends.” Source

Ray and his wife have four children together. Watch the Allens’ commercial after the break!

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The Joe Paterno backlash continues: TMZ.com reports NIKE is changing the name on its Joe Paterno Child Care Center in the wake of news that the famed Penn State coach covered up allegations of child abuse against one of his coaches.

Nike President Mark Parker said in a statement, “With the findings released today, I have decided to change the name of our child care center at our World Headquarters.”

Former NFL great Warren Sapp added his voice to the protests, suggesting that the university remove the statue honoring Paterno from the campus.

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Congrats to Baylor women’s basketball star Brittney Griner who took home the Best Female Athlete of the Year trophy during the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre in LA on Wednesday. The 6-8 center was also named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, among her many accolades.

Griner led Baylor to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship in April. The Texas native wears a men’s 17 or 18 shoe size. And in case you’re wondering, the answer is yes.

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All soccer superstar Ronaldinho wanted to do was quench his thirst when he sipped from a can of Pepsi during a press conference. But that seemingly innocuous gesture revived a longstanding feud between soft drink giants Coco Cola and Pepsi.

According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Atlanta-based Coke reacted to Ronaldinho’s two-timing by yanking the Brazilian star’s lucrative $750,000 sponsorship. That’ll teach him to be faithful.

“The fact that the player has appeared with a can of Pepsi was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Coca-Cola marketing chief Marcelo Pontes told the newspaper. “The sponsorship had become embarrassing.”

The press conference was held to promote his new team, Atletico Mineiro, of which Pepsi is a sponsor. Coke’s $750,000 sponsorship deal with Ronaldinho was scheduled to run through 2014.


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  • OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant is not pleased that he’s playing with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James on the Men’s USA Olympic basketball team this Summer in London. Durant and OKC guards Russell Westbrook and James Harden were selected to play for team USA.

    Durant suffered a humiliating loss to LeBron and the Heat in the 2012 NBA finals in Miami. OKC was favored to defeat Miami by nearly every basketball analyst.

    Speaking to the Associated Press on Tuesday, the sore loser said he’s annoyed that he has to see James everyday as he prepares to practice with team USA in London:

    “It does. It does, but what can I do?” Durant said Tuesday. “He’s my teammate now. I’m a team player. I can’t let that affect this. This is bigger than that. It’s tough to lose in the Finals and play the guy you’ve been going up against for five games who beat you.”

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    A former high school and collegiate basketball star-turned-coach was arrested and charged with having sex with the girls she coaches.

    Marquita Adley (pictured), was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with three counts of sexual battery by a custodian on a victim under 18 years of age.

    Adley was released on $15,000 bond after spending the night in jail. The West Broward High School girls basketball interim coach is accused of fondling a 16-year-old girl and committing other sex acts on her between April and June at the girl’s house, a teammate’s house and during a road trip.

    The girl told police that she engaged in consensual sex with the coach. She said that she did not ask Adley to stop or push her away. But in Florida a 16-year-old can’t consent to sex with an adult.

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    Former Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash is now a Los Angeles Laker thanks to a new sign-and-trade deal that will send the free-agent point guard to the Lakers for future draft picks.

    But the deal almost didn’t happen according to Nash in a statement to ESPN‘s Marc Stein.

    In the statement Nash said he approached Suns owner Robert Sarver and president of basketball operations Lon Babby and asked them to make the trade happen with LA so he could be closer to his children.

    “I approached them and asked if they would be willing to do a sign and trade deal with L.A. because it is very important to me to stay near my children and family. They were very apprehensive and didn’t want to do it. Fortunately for me, they reconsidered.”

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    The biggest news at Thursday’s NBA draft — besides the 1st and 2nd picks emerging from Kentucky — was the drama involving current Golden State Warriors’ head coach Mark Jackson.

    According to The Smoking Gun Jackson was the target of an extortion plot by a stripper with whom Jackson carried on an extramarital affair.

    The extortion attempt culminated this week with the arrests of the stripper, Alexis Adams, and her alleged co-conspirator, ex-convict Marcus Shaw.

    Adams and Shaw are accused of trying to extort a six-figure payment from Jackson in return for not “disseminating/selling graphic photos of Jackson to the ‘vultures of the media.'”

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