Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Biggest All-Star question: Is the Earth flat?

NEW ORLEANS — Kyrie Irving is the point guard for the world champions.

Whether that's the round world or the flat world is not exactly clear.

The Cavaliers point guard has made headlines for saying the Earth is flat, first making the remarks on a podcast Thursday, then discussing them at All-Star weekend — where they have become quite the talker.

"Out of all the podcast, that's what you took out of it, the flat Earth?" Kyrie asked reporters who tried Saturday to pin him down on whether he genuinely believes it. "The fact that it's a social phenomenon, that Kyrie thinks the world is flat, is hilarious. … Does it matter to you that I believe the world is flat?"

Irving added: "It really doesn't matter." Then he said, perhaps facetiously, "The fact that it's a conversation, I'm glad it got people talking like this."

"Kyrie is my little brother. If he decides the Earth is flat, that's okay," Cavs teammate LeBron James said.

Irving got more support from the Warriors' Draymond Green. "It's just his opinion," he said. "It's hard to call someone's opinions crazy. That's what he thinks."

Told that there is photo evidence that the Earth is round, Green offered this: "Who's to say that picture is telling the truth? … I'm not saying I think it's flat. I don't know. But it could be."

Adam Silver was asked to chime in during his state of the league news conference. The commissioner said he believes the Earth is round but had fun wondering whether Irving took different courses at Duke than Silver, also a Duke alumnus.

Ultimately, Silver thinks Irving was just being provocative: "I think it was a larger comment on the so-called fake news debate that's going in our society … in terms of what's reported, and it led to an interesting discussion."

Slam Dunk Contest: Indiana's Glenn Robinson III put on a show to win the competition. Robinson beat Derrick Jones of the Suns in the final round. Robinson clinched the win with a perfect 50 on the final dunk of the night — going over three people for a reverse dunk.

3-Point Contest: Houston's Eric Gordon edged 2013 champion Irving for the title. Gordon, who previously played for New Orleans, made 21 in a final-round tiebreaker to top Irving's 18. Defending champ Klay Thompson of the Warriors was eliminated in the first round.

Skills Challenge: New York's Kristaps Porzingis beat Utah's Gordon Hayward in the final. The two were neck and neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to win.

Hall finalists: Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to the 1985 NCAA championship, and former Michigan and Sacramento Kings star Chris Webber are among the 14 finalists for this year's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The other finalists include former UConn women's star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champ Tracy McGrady of Bartow and two-time NBA championship coach Rudy Tomjanovich (full list , 2C). Enshrinees will be announced April 3.

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