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Joel Embiid Wonders If The Bucks Trading Jrue Holiday Gave The Celtics An NBA Title

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The Boston Celtics appear to be on the doorstep of their 18th championship in franchise history, but the first in 16 years, as they entered Wednesday’s Game 3 in Dallas with a 2-0 series lead on the Mavs.

Unsurprisingly, the Mavs came out hot to start the game, but the Celtics weathered the storm and reeled them in steadily, cutting the lead to just one at the half. It seemed like the wind had come out of the Mavs’ sails, and in the third quarter they got buried under an avalanche by the Celtics, who piled up 35 points in the third to take a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter.

While it was their stars leading the way in scoring, they once again got some tremendous efforts from their backcourt glue guys in Derrick White and Jrue Holiday, who applied pressure and got the ball moving in the third to help them open up a big lead and take control of the game. Holiday has been sensational all series, and while watching from home, Joel Embiid couldn’t help but wonder aloud if the Bucks decision to trade Holiday for Damian Lillard, which led to Holiday getting dealt to Boston, gave the Celtics a championship.

Boston had already made a splash this summer before Holiday even hit the market, trading Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis. Being able to not only land a Smart replacement in the backcourt, but find an upgrade by trading Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams III, and a pick to Portland turned this Celtics team into the league’s best team. In the playoffs, Holiday has had an even bigger offensive impact than anyone expected, but that’s in part due to the fact he’s not having to always shoulder the point of attack burden on defense, as White is more than well-equipped to do that as well. The result has been a spectacular two-way performance and he’s a big reason why the Celtics are inching ever closer to the Larry O’Brien trophy. If the Mavs can’t pull off a stunning (and perhaps historic) comeback, Embiid’s question will be one plenty mull over.

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Young Thug’s Attorney Brian Steel Will Avoid Jail For Now As He Appeals His Court Contempt Sentence

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On Monday, June 10, Young Thug’s ongoing YSL Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) trial was interrupted in bizarre fashion when Brian Steel, Young Thug’s attorney, was taken into custody after being held in contempt of court.

According to Billboard, Steel “will not have to report to jail this weekend on criminal contempt charges after the Georgia Supreme Court granted his emergency motion for bond,” a ruling from Wednesday, June 12.

“The decision means that Steel’s jail sentence — 20 days, to be served over ten consecutive weekends starting this Friday — will be put on pause until the Supreme Court rules on his appeal of the contempt order, which his attorneys have argued was an abuse of the judge’s authority,” Billboard relayed.

FOX 5 Atlanta initially reported that Steel’s charge is due to his approaching the bench following a lunch recess and “revealing his knowledge of an ex parte conversation that took place before court” between the Judge Ural Glanville, prosecutors, and witness Kenneth “Lil Woody” Copeland. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution additionally noted, “It could upend the entire trial, which has already lasted 18 months —making it the longest trial in Georgia’s history.”

See clips of the moment unfolding below.

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Self-Proclaimed ‘Worst Criminal Ever’ Jelly Roll Once Failed To Avoid An Arrest So Spectacularly That Police Took Pity On Him

Jelly Roll will begin his headlining Beautifully Broken Tour in late August, but every time the 2024 Grammys nominee speaks about his past, he reminds everybody why his tour had to be called the Beautifully Broken Tour.

The latest example came during Wednesday’s (June 12) episode of The Howard Stern Show, where Jelly Roll discussed a wide range of topics, including a never-before-told story from his past defined by crime and arrests.

The Tennessee native born Jason DeFord confirmed to Stern that he became a drug dealer as an adolescent because it gave him “a purpose.” Then, Stern questioned Jelly Roll on getting “busted, like, 47 times.” Jelly Roll said, “Oh, so bad. I was the worst criminal ever.”

“My successfulness of running from the police is 0-20,” Jelly Roll continued. “I was probably 15 years old, and I got arrested once, and I was on a Xanax bar, Howard. Never told this story, but you know how Xanax make you a little slow anyway? In my mind, when the police pulled us over, I was like, ‘I’m just gonna run.’ So, I open the door, and in my mind, I jumped out [and] sprinted across a field and almost made it. I was so fat and Xanaxed out, I stood out, got two steps, the cop was standing there watching me. I fell, and he just laid on top of me. He felt so bad for me, he didn’t even charge me for trying to run.”

Jelly Roll also opened up about how he experienced prison, how he met his wife, which tattoos he regrets, and more. Watch the clips below.

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Jay-Z Performed ‘Public Service Announcement’ At Tom Brady’s Patriots Hall Of Fame Induction

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When Tom Brady left the Patriots to join the Bucs, there were some tensions with the New England organization he helped transform into the NFL’s gold standard. However, there was never a doubt that eventually he would come back to Foxborough and be honored as the best player in franchise history.

Wednesday night was that night, as Patriots fans flocked to Gillette Stadium to see Brady inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Typically, a team Hall of Fame ceremony just involves a halftime or postgame ceremony during the season, but someone of Brady’s stature commands something a bit more. That’s not just getting his own night during the offseason, but bringing out some big stars to help mark the occasion. That started with Massachusetts native John Cena narrating a video that kicked off the ceremony.

It continued with the most surprising appearance of the night, as none other than Jay-Z performed “Public Service Announcement” to introduce the GOAT to the stage.

I have to say, Jay-Z sounds great here and despite it being a brief appearance to do one song before a team Hall of Fame ceremony, he doesn’t mail it in at all. That — and the fact he pulled up at all — is an indicator of the power of Tom Brady, who has the respect of just about everyone across the sports and entertainment world for what he did on the football field and his incredible longevity of greatness.

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Don Toliver’s New Album ‘Hardstone Psycho’: Everything To Know, Including The Release Date, Tracklist & More

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On February 1, Don Toliver released the video for his “Bandit” single and begun revealing a biker aesthetic, including updating his social media profile pictures to tease a forthcoming album. He has since confirmed Hardstone Psycho (and welcomed his first child with Kali Uchis), and the album is due out soon.

Find everything you need to know about Hardstone Psycho below.

Release Date

Hardstone Psycho is due out on 6/14 via Cactus Jack/Atlantic Records. Find more information here.

Tracklist

1. “Kryptonite”
2. “Tore Up”
3. “Brother Stone” Feat. Kodak Black
4. “Attitude” Feat. Charlie Wilson & Cash Cobain
5. “Bandit”
6. “Glock”
7. “Ice Age” Feat. Travis Scott
8. “4×4”
9. “Purple Rain” Feat. Future
10. “New Drop”
11. “Backstreets” Feat. Teezo Touchdown
12. “Deep In The Water”
13. “Inside” Feat. Travis Scott
14. “5 To 10”
15. “Last Laugh”
16. “Hardstone National Anthem”

Singles

Attitude” and “Deep In The Water” join the aforementioned “Bandit” as Toliver’s Hardstone Psycho singles.

Features

Toliver stacked Hardstone Psycho with notable features. The featured artists are Cash Cobain, Charlie Wilson, Future, Kodak Black, Teezo Touchdown, and Travis Scott. Scott’s inclusion is unsurprising because Toliver is signed to Scott’s Cactus Jack imprint.

Artwork

Tour

As of this writing, Toliver hasn’t announced a headlining tour in support of Hardstone Psycho. However, the Houston-bred artist is scheduled to perform at several festivals this summer, including The Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash on Friday, June 14, at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois. See all of Toliver’s upcoming dates here.

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Travis Kelce Sweetly Acknowledged A Joke About Whether He Can Compete With Taylor Swift’s World Dominance

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Power couple doesn’t feel like a powerful enough term to encapsulate Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift putting the entire globe into a trance for the past year. Kelce is endearingly aware of this.

Last Saturday, June 8, Kelce attended Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku’s celebrity softball event at Classic Auto Group Park near Cleveland. Kelce won the home run derby and, as with most everything he does, could not contain his childlike elation.

Golic And GoJo discussed Kelce’s latest athletic feat, and Mike Golic Jr. had an impeccable takeaway: “The only thing I can come back to with all of this — because it’s great, and Travis Kelce is a legitimate athlete that could have probably had success in a bunch of different sports at high level — is how difficult it is to register on the Richter scale in the house that he’s now a part of with Taylor Swift.”

Golic Jr. proceeded to imitate a phone call between Kelce and Swift. “It’s like, ‘Babe, what did you do this weekend?’” he said. “‘Well, I stimulated the global economy, I went to a new city and enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Babe, what did you do?’ ‘I cracked eleven dingers in a celebrity softball game! Feeling pretty great about this one, babe. Thanks for asking.’”

Kelce responded to the X (formerly Twitter) clip by writing, “[five laugh-crying emojis] Love listening to these guys! ‘Feeling pretty good about it, babe.’”

Of course, Golic Jr. was alluding to Swift’s ongoing The Eras Tour, which will next stage three shows at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, from June 13-15. See all of Swift’s remaining tour dates here.

Swift stands alone, but in Kelce’s defense, winning three Super Bowls — including the past two, as the Kansas City Chiefs will try to become the first team to three-peat in NFL history — as a four-time All-Pro tight end who holds multiple all-time records is pretty impressive.

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Woman who gave her baby up for adoption gets a wonderful surprise from the new family

At Upworthy, we love sharing the “best of humanity” with our audience, and this story out of Utah, originally reported by CBS News’ Steve Hartman, shows the power of love to break down barriers.

When Schauna Austin, 48, was 20 years old, she got pregnant and knew she wasn’t ready to raise a child, so she made the difficult decision to give the baby up for adoption. She gave birth to a son she named Riley and only had 3 days to spend with him before surrendering him to his new family.

So, she held him tight for 72 hours straight.

“It was perfect,” Austin said about those 3 emotionally-charged days. “I knew I would have him for a short time, so I made every minute count of it. I didn’t sleep for three days.” It must have been tough for Austin to give up her son because the grieving process can be incredibly difficult.


Riley, renamed Steven, was given to Chris and Jennifer Schoebinger in a closed adoption, where Austin was not to be informed about the adoptive family. In Utah, closed adoptions are a rarity these days, with about 95% allowing some exchange of information between the birth and adoptive parents.

However, about a week later, the Schoebingers had a change of heart.

The Schoebingers decided Austin should be involved in Steven’s life. “It was like, ‘OK, this is the way it should be. She was part of our family,'” Jennifer told CBS News. “You know, you can’t have too many people loving you, right? Why couldn’t he be both of ours?” Chris added.

Every year, the Schoebingers sent Austin pictures and bound journals showing Steven’s journey in deep detail. They even had lists of all the new words he learned each year. The books were titled “The Life and Times of ‘Riley,’” paying homage to Steven’s original name.

The hope was that one day when the biological mother and son were ready, they could pick up where they left off. That moment came when Steven was 7 years old and Austin taught him to fish.

The unique arrangement has been fantastic for both Austin and her biological son. “I was blessed beyond words,” Austin said. “I kind of got the best of both worlds, for sure,” Steven agreed. It may seem like relationships between children and those who gave them up for adoption would be complicated. But studies show that 84% of adoptees reported high levels of satisfaction when maintaining ongoing contact with their birth parents.

Steven is now 27 and in August 2022, he and his wife, Kayla, had their first child, a boy they named Riley—the name Steven was originally given by his biological mother. Austin is now a grandmother.

The remarkable story of Austin and the Schoebinger family proves that when we put walls between ourselves and others, we are often blocking everyone off from more love and support. “I think the lesson we learned is that sometimes we create barriers where barriers don’t need to be. And when we pull down those barriers, we really find love on the other side,” Chris said.

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Are Donald Glover & Maya Erskine Coming Back For ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ Season 2 Or Not?

Donald Glover and Francesca Sloane’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith concluded its first season by leaving viewers wondering who died and who lived. Their pension for mystery is not limited to the Amazon Prime Video series adaptation’s first eight episodes, however.

Are Donald Glover & Maya Erskine Coming Back For Mr. & Mrs. Smith Season 2 Or Not?

On May 14, Variety reported that Mr. & Mrs. Smith had been renewed for a second season at Amazon Prime Video, but “sources say that Season 1 stars Donald Glover and Maya Erskine are not expected to return to star in Season 2. Glover is still credited as a co-creator and executive producer on the series alongside Francesca Sloane, who will return as showrunner.”

Pretty straightforward. But then, Glover and Erskine appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, and we’re back to not knowing what’s going on with this show. Kimmel asked Glover and Erskine about the Variety report, and Erskine shrugged. “You know, I don’t know,” Glover said. “It’s like November 28, and the kids know there’s a Christmas present, and they’re like, ‘Mom, where’s the Christmas present?’” Kimmel interrupted Glover’s attempt to skirt the question, saying, “No, it’s not like that. It’s like it’s November 28, and the kids don’t know if Santa is even coming.”

Glover laughed and offered that, within the same metaphor, “you might ruin Christmas” if you tell the kids anything too early. Erskine added, “It’ll be more fun if you see the second season — you wanna wait!” Then, Glover concluded (sort of), “Who says we’re not in it? Maybe we are, maybe we aren’t.”

Additionally, Sloane addressed the Variety report on Entertainment Weekly’s The Awardist podcast last month.

“I was just talking to Donald last night about this, and we were laughing because one of the pieces of press said, ‘According to our sources,’ and we’re like, ‘Who are these sources?’ said the Mr. & Mrs. Smith showrunner, who also served as a supervising producer on Atlanta. “We wrote a cliffhanger, we thought about it long and hard. It was one of the first things that we wrote. Why in the world — we haven’t said anything — but why in the world would we ruin a cliffhanger based on a headline?”

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Kristaps Porzingis Will Miss Game 3 Of The NBA Finals With A Leg Injury

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The Boston Celtics will have to lean on their experience playing without Kristaps Porzingis during Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals. In the lead-up to Wednesday night’s game, the Celtics announced that Porzingis was ruled out due to a left posterior tibialis dislocation, an injury that is not related to the calf injury that cost him most of the first round and all of the conference semifinals and conference finals.

The injury was announced on Tuesday afternoon, and while Porzingis told the press that he was optimistic he’d be able to go, the team called the injury “rare” in their release announcing the news, while Boston coach Joe Mazzulla described it as a “serious injury.”

Porzingis returned to the Celtics at the very start of the Finals after hurting his calf against the Miami Heat. He’s been excellent so far against the Dallas Mavericks, as they haven’t really had an answer for his size, shooting, and ability to protect the rim. Presumably, Al Horford will slide into the starting line, which he did when Porzingis was sidelined earlier in the playoffs, while one of Luke Kornet or Xavier Tillman should see a bigger role off the bench.

The Celtics currently hold a 2-0 series lead on the Mavs, but Games 3 and 4 will be the first ones in the series that take place in Dallas.

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When Does ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Season 4, Episode 2 Come Out?

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(WARNING: Spoilers for Power Book II: Ghost will be found below.)

Tariq and Brayden barely made it out alive in the season four premiere episode of Power Book II: Ghost. “I Don’t Die Easy” lived up to its name as the duo barely escaped the grasp of Noma who desperately sought to kill Tariq and Brayden. Luckily, they were both found away to escape death, but it came at a hefty price. Tariq and Brayden can no longer sell drugs as Noma warned the worst would happen to them if she caught them doing so. In episode two, we see how Tariq and Brayden move forward. Additionally, Monet is out of her coma which will only bring more drama to the show.

When Will Power Book II: Ghost Season 4, Episode 2 Come Out?

The second episode of Power Book II: Ghost season four, titled “To Thine Own Self,” will arrive on June 14. The episode will be available on Friday, 6/14 on the STARZ app starting at midnight EST/PST. The episode will later air on the STARZ TV channel at 8 pm ET/PT. A synopsis for “To Thine Own Self” can be found below:

Tariq and Brayden struggle to adjust to life as normal, broke college students; Monet wants back into the game and answers about who took shots at her; Noma seeks out an opportunity to expand with the Russians.

You can also watch a pair of teasers for Power Book II: Ghost season four, episode two below:

New episodes of ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ season four are available on the STARZ app on Fridays at 12:00 am ET/PT and on the STARZ TV channel at 8:00 pm ET/PT.