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Kevin Durant shared a Halloween photo of the Brooklyn Nets training staff posing with superstar James Harden.

The Nets are among the NBA franchises replacing their male training staff with all women because studies show the players' injuries improve much faster.

Athletic trainers require at least a bachelor's degree in sports medicine, which means the ladies have above average intelligence -- which men appreciate.

What the players don't appreciate is their wives and girlfriends dropping by the training facility more often to check on them.

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Durant posted the image of the training staff dressed as Harden on his Instagram stories on Sunday.

Harden's offensive struggles improved on Sunday. He tied NBA legend Larry Bird with his 59th career triple-double as the Nets routed the Detroit Pistons 117-91.

After the game, Harden said he is "confident" in his rhythm again. Harden has struggled offensively due to NBA rules changes this season which affected his game.

A new NBA foul rule prevents players like Harden from forcing foul calls by doing "unnatural shooting motions" such as hooking another player's arm in the act of shooting.

Harden's offensive numbers are way down since last season and he's not getting to the foul line as often as he used to.

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Maria Taylor may get the last laugh amid the Rachel Nichols racial diversity scandal.

In 2020, Nichols accused her bosses of giving Maria Taylor the 2020 NBA Finals hosting gig because of the color of her skin and ESPNS's "crappy" history of "diversity."

Nichols made the comments during a phone call in the privacy of her hotel room at the NBA Bubble in Orlando last year.

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In the recording Nichols is heard saying, "Hey, instead of hosting the NBA Finals, like why don't you do Doris' [Burke] sideline reporter job for the NBA Finals? 'Cause guess what that would clear the way for? For Maria to do the hosting full time. So, I have declined."

However, the call was secretly recorded and leaked to the NY Times which published an explosive article about the audio clip on July 3.

Nichols, who is white, apologized to Taylor via email and text but Taylor, who is Black, didn't respond.

Nichols struggled to maintain her composure as she apologized profusely during an episode of "The Jump" on ESPN.

But Nichols was told she would not be at courtside when the Phoenix Suns took on the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2021 NBA Finals. The sideline gig went to ESPN reporter Malika Andrews who checks all of the diversity boxes.

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Now comes word that Taylor has been offered $3 million to stay on as ESPN anchor after her contract expires in two weeks.

According to reports, Taylor has only days to accept the $3 million offer -- which is three times her current salary.

If Taylor declines the raise, Amazon and NBC Sports have expressed an interest in hiring her.

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Two prominent Black sports reporters lost their jobs at major sports networks this week. ESPN sports reporter Josina Anderson parted ways with the sports channel after nearly 10 years, and Jason Whitlock, 53, was shown the door at Fox Sports.

According to reports, Anderson's contract expired with ESPN and it was not renewed. The same goes for Jason Whitlock whose contract expired at Fox Sports.

Anderson, 41, is very active on Twitter.com but she did not acknowledge the news of her departure.

The NY Post reports the network's decision not to renew Anderson's contract was not Covid-19 related.

Whitlock, a controversial and outspoken host, was often criticized for his views about sports personalities such as LeBron James. And Anderson once reported that former NFL player Michael Sam's teammates refused to shower with him because he was in a same-sex relationship.

Whitlock, who hosted "Speak for Yourself" with Marcellus Wiley, slammed James for speaking out about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while running through a majority white neighborhood in south Georgia earlier this year.

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Magic Johnson stunned reporters when he announced he was stepping down as the Los Angeles Lakers' President of Basketball Operations on Tuesday. Johnson laughed and joked with reporters, saying he had not yet informed team owner Jeannie Buss of his decision.

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Atlanta Hawks hiring

The Atlanta Hawks are hiring 900 employees in guest services, security, food services and more in preparation for the grand opening of the fully transformed Philips Arena this fall.

The Atlanta Hawks are hiring staff to fill more than 900 new jobs in preparation for the grand re-opening of the transformed Philips Arena nearing completion of its $192.5 million renovation.

The Hawks are looking to hire part-time supervisory and non-supervisory positions in a number of different areas, including guest services, security, housekeeping, food service, and more.

Job perks for arena staff include free parking, new break rooms with complimentary beverages and snacks, along with an employee loyalty rewards program. In addition to working Hawks homes games, they also have a chance to staff some of the hottest tours and live events that visit Atlanta. Shows already slated for the arena include tour stops by Nicki Minaj and Future, Elton John, Drake and Migos, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Mendes, Fleetwood Mac and P!NK.

To learn more about available jobs at the all new Philips Arena, please visit hawks.com/arenajobs.

Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill is denying reports that she was demoted from SportsCenter and downgraded to blogging for ESPN's the Undefeated.

In a lengthy statement on Twitter.com, the outspoken former sports anchor claimed she is leaving SportsCenter because she asked to be a blogger.

"I have a few things to say," Hill tweeted on Saturday.

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Jemele Hill

Outspoken ESPN sports anchor Jemele Hill has been booted from her high-profile gig at ESPN's SportsCenter 'The 6'.

The news comes after the 41-year-old sports anchor was suspended by ESPN in October for badmouthing President Donald Trump and for urging her Twitter.com followers to boycott Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' sponsors.

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Adam LaRoche

Adam LaRoche is a doting father to his 14-year-old son, Drake. So when his employer, the Chicago White Sox, told him to stop bringing his son to work every day, he offered to quit his job instead.

The popular first baseman is walking away from a $13 million dollar Major League Baseball contract because he believes family comes first.

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