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Vanessa Bryant Shares the Anniversary Flowers Kobe’s Former Teammate & Wife Sent Her

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Dwyane Wade Jokingly Threatens Former Teammate Jimmy Butler for His Comment on Gabrielle Union's Instagram

Let this be a lesson: Dwyane Wade’s wife is off limits.

The NBA star let that be known on Instagram, when his former Chicago Bulls teammate, Jimmy Butler, left a certain kind of comment on Gabrielle Union’s racy pool photo.

The 45-year-old actress posted a snap of herself stepping out of the pool in a black crop top and black-and-gold bikini bottoms from her Venice, Italy, vacation on Thursday. Butler couldn’t help but comment, “WELL DAMN!!” on the sexy pic, causing Wade to step in.

“MINE!” the Miami Heat shooting guard posted — before taking his beef to Butler’s page.

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On a video captioned, “The good, the bad, and the ugly” on Butler’s Instagram, Wade wrote, “Put well damn in caps on my wife photo again and you’re gonna see what the good, the bad and the ugly is like.”

“Well that escalated quickly. Point noted.. I’m still coming to the bbq tho,” Butler replied, adding a few crying laughing emojis.

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Union, meanwhile, knows full well what she’s doing when showing off her body on Instagram. In a recent interview with ET, she admitted, “I train harder just for social media than I did for [the action scenes in Breaking In].”

As for how she gets in such incredible shape, it’s all about balance for the actress, who enjoys both pilates and drinking rose. Watch below.

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Raptors' Kyle Lowry refuses to talk about former teammate DeRozan

Kyle Lowry knew people wanted to ask him about DeMar DeRozan.

That didn't mean he was going to give them answers.

It was a USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas, and that's all that Lowry — the Toronto Raptors point guard who watched his longtime backcourt partner get traded to the San Antonio Spurs last week — wanted to talk about. So, when he was asked about DeRozan on Friday, no matter how reporters tried to pose questions, Lowry tailored his answers the exact same way.

"It's been a great week for USA Basketball for me," he said. "Being out here with these guys and hanging out and getting to talk and hang out with these guys and hanging out with DeMar and all those guys, it's been fun.

"Summer has been great in general for everyone. Just to have the opportunity to relax and work on your game and prepare for the upcoming season."

Lowry focused on USA Basketball

DeRozan and Lowry are very close friends on the court and off, and neither was happy to see the trade. DeRozan was shipped to the San Antonio Spurs on July 18, along with centre Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first round pick, in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and wing Danny Green.

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"I'm here for USA Basketball," Lowry repeated. "It's been a great week for USA Basketball."

Lowry is coming off his lowest scoring output in five seasons, after averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 assists per game last year, considerably lower than the career-high 22.4 he averaged the previous season.

But, as the oldest player attending the two-day mini-camp, the 32-year-old said he wasn't as concerned about working on his game or anything particular as much as he was providing leadership at USA Basketball's first minicamp of this Olympic cycle.

"Just build chemistry and be a leader, be a voice," Lowry said. "We all know each other, we all have massive respect for each other so just coming to hang out and kick it is fun."

Lowry, who won a gold medal with the national team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said one of the biggest benefits for him has been absorbing as much information from former USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, and new coach Gregg Popovich, also DeRozan's new head coach.

"They're two of the greatest coaches to ever coach the game of basketball," Lowry said. "Coach K has been amazing, having the opportunity to spend a lot of time with him three summers ago was awesome, and even these last three days with Pop has been fun."

League is about business

And while Lowry refused to discuss his close friend's departure or anything pertaining to the Raptors, DeRozan said he was confident his former teammate would be just fine without him thanks to a basketball IQ he respects.

"His knowledge of the game, just his IQ of the game, it stands out, bar none," DeRozan said. "Just talking about basketball, understanding basketball, reading basketball. It's great to see that."

DeRozan said both players understand the league is about business.

"Kyle is Kyle, at the end of the day this is our profession," DeRozan said. "We understand what comes with the job. It's gonna be simple, we all gotta job and got responsibilities to take care of with our home team. What happened, happened. He gotta do what he gotta do for his team and I go to do what I got to do for mine."

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Canadian pitcher feels 'blessed' to have been Roy Halladay's teammate

Phillippe Aumont will never forget carrying his luggage into the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse on Aug. 21, 2012, two days before pitching a scoreless inning of relief against the Cincinnati Reds in his major-league debut. And he’ll never forget the first player he saw — ace right-hander Roy Halladay.

“We played at 7 p.m. and no players usually showed up until 2 or 2:30,” Aumont recalled. “He was in shorts, a T-shirt and was sweating. He’d already been working out. I said, ‘Hey Roy, how are you doing?’ and he said, ‘Hey Phillippe, welcome to the big leagues. Have fun.’

​”He had remembered my name. I was like, ‘This is great.’ I’ll cherish that for the rest of my life.”

Halladay died Tuesday at age 40 in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast. Aumont heard the news that afternoon as he was shopping in Gatineau, Que. In mid-October, he lost another former teammate when Chicago White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb, 28, was killed in an ATV accident in Tennessee.

“Another tragic accident. They’re gone forever,” Aumont said. “You have to absorb everything and enjoy life and everything you do.”

Aumont, who spent parts of four seasons in the Phillies organization, remembers Halladay as a confident man, intense in the gym and on the mound, and intimidating in a way.

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“Roy was more of a silent leader for me,” said Aumont, who played this year with the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League. “I looked up to him from afar. I always envied the way he worked, the way he took care of business.”

They first met at the Phillies’ spring training camp in 2010 after Halladay had been acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a four-player deal on Dec. 16, 2009.

Shy by nature, Aumont always took the initiative to introduce himself to new players who were older and had more service time in the majors than he did.

“I got to say hi to him. Everything with him was very, very quick,” Aumont said. “I was 21 years old and this was The Man. I’m about to wear the same uniform as this guy.”

The six-foot-six, 225-pound Halladay went on to win a Cy Young Award in 2010 as the top pitcher in the National League to go with his 2003 American League honour. He pitched a perfect game on May 29, 2010 against Florida before no-hitting Cincinnati in the playoffs later that season.


At one Phillies spring workout, Aumont took a foul ball off the left forearm from one of Halladay’s buddies, professional sport fisherman Skeet Reese. After his bullpen session, Halladay checked in on a bruised Aumont while Reese returned to give him a fishing reel.

“I still have that reel, so I think I’m going to keep it for life,” said Aumont, who was taken 11th overall by the Seattle Mariners in 2007, the first player from Quebec to be chosen in the first round of the MLB amateur draft.

Though he was never able to win a full-time job with the Phillies, during his brief stints with the team Aumont would analyze Halladay’s mechanics in the bullpen.

“Every fifth day when Roy was on the mound and I was in Philly, it was unreal to watch. The greatest thing ever,” Aumont, now 28, said. “He was prepared and his mechanics were flawless. I mean, flawless.”


Aumont says each of Halladay’s steps on the mound were the same, as was his step behind the rubber when he went into his windup. When the man nicknamed ‘Doc’ toed the rubber, Aumont points out, it was one spot. And when Halladay landed with his left leg, it was a perfect print.

‘Roy will be a part of me for the rest of my life in so many ways.’— Canadian pitcher Phillippe Aumont on former Phillies teammate, the late Roy Halladay

“It was unbelievable,” said Aumont, who represented Canada at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and later won a gold medal with Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. “The way he comes back and into his motion, where he’s crunched and pushes off the leg, and his arms are separating, those are the things I picture in my mind when I throw the ball.”

On days with Ottawa when Aumont’s pitches were “all over the place,” he would take a step back and attempt to mimic Halladay.

“I would do the same windup as him for five or six pitches and then go back to my mechanics, but picturing Roy doing his mechanics — how he separated his hands and crunched [his body]. When I’m at my best, it’s because I’m picturing Roy throwing the ball,” Aumont said.

Intent on attempting a major league comeback in 2018, Aumont will be in Arizona later this week trying to find a team. Should he run into trouble on the mound, he’ll be thinking of Halladay.

“Roy will be a part of me for the rest of my life in so many ways,” Aumont said, before delivering a final farewell to his ex-teammate. “Thank you for being you and everything you did in the game. It’s a blessing we crossed paths in our careers and I got a chance to look up to you from a closer distance, but far away.”

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