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The Cleveland Cavaliers may have taken Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, but the Houston Rockets' Isaiah Canaan isn't intimidated by that fact.

In an NBA Summer League game on Thursday, Canaan took his time before making a move to drive past Wiggins and convert a layup. Canaan then stared down Wiggins to show the highly touted rookie that he wasn't backing down.

Here's another look at the play:

Houston ended up holding on for a 96-90 victory over Cleveland. 


Happy Gilmore would've smiled on A.J. Hawk this week.

The Green Bay Packers linebacker was in a rather giving mood Thursday, obliging a fan at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship tournament in a hit-stick moment.

The official American Century Instagram account (h/t PackersNews.com) captured video of Hawk granting the man's wish of being forcefully slammed to the earth by a professional person-tackler.

This is the new selfie.

Extending your arm and taking awkward pictures with athletes doesn't hold a candle to having them exercise their art upon you.

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For the first time in 50 years, the NFL draft will not be hosted in New York. 

“We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Thursday, via the Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer

Goodell said that New York is no longer under consideration as a potential 2015 draft host because Radio City Music Hall isn't available for the planned dates in late April or early May.

Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo noted another potential reason for the change:  

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Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady's professional baseball career may have been short-lived, but his basketball highlights are practically infinite. 

One of the more overlooked, by our count, is McGrady's monster poster dunk over Chicago's Kornel David.

According to his Wikipedia, David was on the Bulls roster just 27 days, but after this disrespectful slam, he may have wanted to get out.

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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is one of the most unique dressers in the NBA off the court, so naturally, he has teamed up with Barneys New York to release a new clothing line to add some flair to your on-court look. 

The Russell Westbrook XO Barneys New York collection, which works in cooperation with Jordan Brand, features elephant-print Dri-FIT athletic shirts and matching basketball shorts, along with a few other accessories you can wear on or off the court. 

As you may expect from Barneys, the products are more expensive than your typical workout gear, with tops ranging from $155 to $195. 

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Comically short NBA players are a dying breed. 

While never a prolific cross section of the league, it always seemed like each generation of the last 30 years had its marquee Mighty Mouse. Spud Webb owned the late '80s/early '90s, Muggsy Bogues had the mid-'90s, and Earl Boykins claimed the 2000s. 

The closest thing NBA fans have to a pocket-sized dynamo now is 5’9” Nate Robinson, who is currently sidelined with an ACL injury. There is a vacuum in the NBA market for fun-sized guards, and Japanese baller Yuki Togashi may be the one to fill it. 

A 5’7” point guard out of Japan’s BJ League, Togashi was invited by the Dallas Mavericks to play NBA Summer League ball in Las Vegas. The sharpshooting guard has since become a fan favorite, dropping triples and winning over the crowd with his slick floaters. 

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LeBron James has finally passed Michael Jordan—at least when it comes to being the most popular sports figure in the United States.   

In a poll released Thursday by Harris Interactive, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward passed His Airness for the honor for the first time in his 11-year career. Jordan, who has not played basketball in more than a decade, still comes in at No. 2. Jordan had been topped the poll from 1993-2005 and was No. 1 again last year. Harris surveyed 2,241 adults online between June 11 and 16 to come up with the final tallies. 

Perhaps the most popular player in sports history during his heyday, Jordan's relatively low post-career profile played a part in his drop. He's stayed in basketball as the primary owner of the Charlotte Hornets and appears in a popular Hanes ad campaign, but makes minimal public appearances and rarely gives press interviews.

James, meanwhile, is the most publicly recognized post-Jordan basketball player and in the prime of a Hall of Fame career. He averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists last season while leading the Miami Heat to their fourth straight NBA Finals berth. The four-time league MVP left Miami after four seasons earlier this month to return to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Baltimore Ravens lineman Haloti Ngata, 30, is known for being one of the strongest, toughest opponents in the league, and his NFL offseason workout regimen shows how he's earned that distinction.

Haloti's brother, Vili, posted a video of him performing a "get-up" with a 150-pound dumbbell, which is incredible in its own right.

The 6'4", 340-pound Ngata was later seen dunking off one foot, with the ASAP Training video featuring the fitting caption, "After 7 years in the NFL trenches, Haloti has found the 'fountain of youth.'"

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If you step to street baller Larry "Bone Collector" Williams on the court, prepare to end up on the ground. 

Bone Collector was recently challenged at Dyckman Park in New York and promptly destroyed his opponent in a one-on-one game. 

Warning: Some NSFW language 

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You know what’s more fun than watching baseball on television? Documentaries on the horrors of trench warfare. 

This is the opinion of Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon, who told Washington Post reporter Jason Butt that he’d rather watch the History channel than suffer through the marathon experience of a televised baseball game. 

Butt recently interviewed Rendon for a piece about being snubbed for the National League’s All-Star Game roster. In an unexpected admission, Rendon told the reporter he never watched the All-Star game as a kid and rarely watches the sport in general.

“I don’t watch baseball,” Rendon said. “It’s too long and boring.”