Royals in Brooklyn: Will & Kate Meet Queen Bey, King James at Barclays (Pics)

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British royalty, music royalty and NBA royalty were all under one ROOF IN BROOKLYN Monday night.

During their three-day U.S. tour, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the Brooklyn Nets – Cleveland Cavaliers GAME at Barclays Center and got to meet Cavs star LeBron “King James” James, as well as Beyonce and Jay Z.

William and Kate, both 32, took seats courtside a few MINUTES into the GAME’s third quarter, getting a standing ovation from the 17,732 fans in ATTENDANCE. After that quarter, Beyonce and Jay Z walked from where they were sitting on the opposite side of the court to greet the duke and duchess.

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The royals attended the game to celebrate the partnership between the NBA and the Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife to help fight illegal wildlife trafficking. They were seated next to former player Dikembe Mutombo, who is an ambassador for United for Wildlife.

“At last I’m standing next to someone who is taller than me,” William joked to Mutombo during a pre-game PHOTO call.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd L) pose with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (2nd R), Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (L) and Sr. Vice President, Community & Player Programs Kathleen Behrens (R) as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

William and Kate (wearing a gray coat by American designer Tory Burch) then met James after the game, and the basketball star presented the royals with a pint-sized jersey for Prince George. He also GIFTED the couple with cupcakes from his hometown of Akron, Ohio, the Daily Mail reports.

James later shared PHOTOS of the meeting with his Instagram followers:

“I gave them a present and thanked them for coming here to America to watch our game,” the 10-time All-Star told ESPN after the game. “For them to take time out of their SCHEDULES and to come out here to watch their first basketball game, it was an honor to be that guy they wanted to watch. So it was pretty cool.” Watch video of the meeting below:

The royal couple’s night out came at the end of a whirlwind day of EVENTS that began with William meeting President Obama and giving a speech in Washington, while Kate visited a child development center with New York City’s first lady in Harlem. The kids apparently thought they were meeting a princess from the Disney movie “Frozen.” [VIDEO at :33 below]

They also attended a reception at the British Consul General’s RESIDENCE co-hosted by the Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, celebrating conservation efforts, where they spent some time talking with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

Tuesday, the final day of their trip, has an equally packed agenda that includes a stop at the National Sept. 11 Memorial and MUSEUM and a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku Call it Quits

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Rick Fox is back on the market.

The retired NBA player, 44, and actress Eliza Dushku have reportedly split after dating for five years. Dushku has moved back to her native Boston.

“Rick’s an L.A. guy and I’m a Boston girl,” she told The Boston Globe.

Dushku, 33, told The Globe that she’s bought a condo near Watertown and is planning to go back to school, but isn’t turning her back on acting.

“I’d rather be a little physically cold here than emotionally cold in L.A.,” she said. “I missed my town and my family.”

Dushku told The Improper Bostonian that she will start studying for a bachelor’s degree in the fall.

“I have a new life right now,” the former “Dollhouse” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star added. “I’m on kind of a different path for the time being.”

LeBron James Opts Out of Contract With Miami Heat

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NBA fans, get ready for “The Decision II.”

LeBron James’ agent, Richie Paul, has informed the Miami Heat that James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Opting out does not mean James has decided to leave the Heat, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the four-time NBA MVP nor the team had made any public announcement.

James had June 30 to decide whether to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat. He was scheduled to make $20 million next season.

After Miami’s season-ending loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, James told reporters he would take a vacation with his family before considering his contract options.

James did indicate that he welcomed the opportunity to become a free agent and have the same level of flexibility he was afforded in 2010, when he signed with Miami after spending his first seven years in Cleveland.

James had two years and about $42.7 million remaining on his deal with the Heat. In his four seasons in Miami, the Heat have gone to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships.

 

LeBron James’ Wife Causes Stir with ‘Akron’ Instagram Post

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The sports world flared up for nothing on Sunday when the wife of LeBron James posted a pic on Instagram that appeared to suggest her husband was taking his talents back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Savannah James posted the below photo of a map of Ohio, with “Akron” written across the image and a star to indicate the city’s location. Her caption read: “Home sweet home!! The countdown is real! #330″

The post drew a robust reaction on social media, fueling speculation that James – who has until June 30 to decide whether he will opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat and become an unrestricted free agent – could be interested in rejoining the Cavs.

But, a source close to the four-time MVP told ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst that Savannah’s post is referring to the family’s summer plans, not LeBron’s NBA future.

Both LeBron and Savannah James usually spend the majority of the summer at their home in Akron, their hometown, with their two sons. Heat president Pat Riley announced last week that the couple also is expecting a baby girl.

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After Miami’s season-ending loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, James told reporters he would take a vacation with his family before considering his contract options. He is scheduled to make $20 million next season if he stays with the Heat.

James did indicate that he welcomed the opportunity to become a free agent and have the same level of flexibility he was afforded in 2010, when he signed with Miami after spending his first seven years in Cleveland.

 

‘Basketball Wives’ Star Malaysia Vows to Keep Her Divorce ‘Friendly’

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News broke over the weekend that “Basketball Wives” star Malaysia Pargo filed for divorce from her husband, Charlotte Hornets player Jannero Pargo. But despite airing him out on social media, she tells TMZ that her divorce is not as nasty as it seems, and she still wants to be friends after the split.

Malaysia, real name Laquisha Pargo, filed for divorce in L.A. County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, TMZ reported. They have three children together, a 7-year-old and 3-year-old twins.

She’s seeking sole legal and physical custody, with Jannero getting visitation. Malaysia also wants Jannero to pay spousal support and her lawyer fees.

In the docs, Malaysia states they were married back in 2006 but separated on December 27, 2012.

Since January of this year, the two have been commenting on their relationship via social media, beginning with a post from Jannero quoting a Jay Z song. It read: “S*** i got 2 liv wit the fact i did u wrong 4ever.”

He also posted a photo with the caption, “Once a good girl has gone bad, she’s gone forever.”

Malaysia shot back, “Don’t worry, I’m not f*** up about it. At All. Carry on. God bless.”

She then posted a photo of her own with a caption that read, “Forgive, not because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.”

On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Malaysia is not anticipating a nasty divorce battle. She told the website that she and Jannero are keeping things civil for the good of their three children — and are committed to not only being civil toward each other, but friendly.

“Our family is our top priority and while we have decided to amicably go our separate way,” Malaysia says, “We are both committed parents and plan to remain friends as we co-parent our three children. At this time we do not wish to discuss the details of our divorce. We ask that you keep our family in your prayers.”

LeBron Puts NBA on Notice: He will Boycott Next Season if Sterling is Still an Owner

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OK NBA, it’s like this. Your number one star player … your money maker if you will,  is laying down the gauntlet. And in case you need help, his name is LeBron James.

It’s real simple. James, along with other players  won’t play next season if Donald Sterling still is an NBA owner, according to Roger Mason Jr., vice president of the NBA Players Association.

On the “Jim Rome on Showtime” show this week he said that the players are united in boycotting the league next season if Sterling isn’t removed as Clippers owner. The NBA owners committee met for the third time this week to discuss ousting Sterling.

“If it’s not handled by … the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” Mason said. “I was just in the locker room with LeBron … At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members … Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing.’”

Rome went on to ask: “So your guy LeBron, you think he would not play if Sterling were still in there when the [next] season started?”

“I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it,” Mason added. “He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.”

When asked about how players would react if Sterling’s wife is kept on as an owner, Mason said: “There’s no place for that family in the NBA.”

And of course we don’t have to remind you that the two Dodo birds known as Donald and Shelly Sterling have said that they will do everything in thier legal rights to fight being removed as owners, and if either of them sues — or if they both do — what will happen if next season comes around and the Sterling saga still isn’t settled? Will the players actually sit out? Well, we shall see won’t we?

Kevin Durant Named NBA MVP; LeBron James Runner Up

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NBA star Kevin Durant can now add MVP to his name.

The Oklahoma City Thunder standout won the league’s top individual honor Tuesday, grabbing 119 first-place votes, reports the AP. Miami’s LeBron James, who had won the last two MVP awards and four of the previous five, finished second with six first-place votes and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was third.

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Durant, a 6-foot-9 forward, won his fourth scoring crown in five years this season by averaging 32 points per game. He helped the Thunder finish the regular season with a 59-23 record, second-best in the league, despite playing much of the season without three-time All-Star Russell Westbrook by his side because of a nagging knee injury.

“He’s been the most consistent guy all season long,” Westbrook said at the end of the regular season. “He’s done a great job of leading us to where we are now. He’s basically put himself in front of everybody else in the league and shown that he’s the best player in the world.”

James agreed, saying Monday: “Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season.”

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