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Wednesday night’s exchange between Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler and Stephen Jackson had NBA Twitter on its heels

The NBA drama machine is in midseason form

11:35 AMWe are still weeks away from opening night, and yet the NBA drama machine is already in midseason form.

After it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday that Jimmy Butler wanted out of the Minnesota Timberwolves organization by way of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks or Los Angeles Clippers, the wheels began to fall off the proverbial Minnesota cart, although it seems safe to say those tires have been greased for a minute.

The drama began outside the organization when Nick Wiggins, brother of Wolves guard Andrew Wiggins, tweeted “Hallelujah” when he found out Butler could be leaving Minnesota. He later deleted the tweet.

Butler, ever the comedian, mocked Nick Wiggins with a shot of his own, posting a video on his Instagram Story in which he says, “Hallelujah, keep that same energy.”

From that point, NBA Twitter reached for the popcorn, sat back and strapped in for what would undoubtedly be an entertaining exchange.

What took the exchange to the next level was a Power-sized plot twist in which Stephen Jackson — aka Captain Jack, aka Stack, aka Leader of the Malice at the Palace — decided to post a video to Instagram calling out Andrew Wiggins. In the video, Jackson let Andrew Wiggins know he doesn’t think he plays with heart and that his brother should have kept the Twitter fingers to himself.

Enter Andrew Wiggins.

Not to be outdone, Andrew Wiggins then posted to his Instagram Story, firing a shot at Stack. Which, upon reflection, may not have been the best business decision.

“Old dudes stay hating like he was anything special bum a– … I keep that same energy everywhere I go!” the post read.

Andrew Wiggins then deleted the post … ONLY TO REPOST THE SAME STORY, BUT THIS TIME HE @’s CAPTAIN JACK. Andrew Wiggins wanted to ensure the smoke was funneled toward the right target.

On some tag team, brotherly energy, Nick Wiggins also responded.

You’re wrong if you thought Jackson was going to let Andrew Wiggins have the last word. He posted another video to his Instagram with the caption “Have a good yr lil one. This ain’t the smoke u won’t. God bless. Somebody @ Lil one for me. Wish u the best.”

In the video he says:

“You got a lot of talent, kid. I hope you have a good year. I hope somewhere you can find some heart and find some passion for the game and have a good year. I really wish you the best.

“Bum? I never been that, you know that. I’m from the old school, I’m cut under the old law. … Make sure your energy straight when you see me, bruh. Aight? I’m pretty sure you know where I am. … I’ll catch ya in traffic, 100.”

We’re not even sure what “cut under the old law” means, but we get the message, Captain Jack.

If it wasn’t clear that Jackson took this round clean, he also claimed several more with this reply to Nick Wiggins in which he takes his entire life.

Let’s get ready to rumble on Oct. 17 — Minnesota’s first game of the season!

LeBron James teams up with Ryan Coogler, Terrance Nance for ‘Space Jam 2’

Production is scheduled to begin in 2019 during the NBA offseason

5:55 PMLeBron James plus Ryan Coogler plus Space Jam?

What once existed as just a rumor finally seems to be becoming a reality – and it may be bigger and better than anyone expected. According to The Hollywood Reporter, James has tapped Coogler as the producer for James’ long-awaited Space Jam 2. Whoop, there it is, we are officially headed back to Looney Toons World.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told the Reporter. “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

Coogler, who most recently shattered box office records with his recent direction of Marvel’s Black Panther, is also responsible for films such as Fruitvale Station. Those worried about the possibility of messing with the greatness of the original Space Jam, Coogler’s 2015 spinoff of the Rocky franchise Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan, was also a box office success.

Leave it to James to try to topple a juggernaut like the Michael Jordan-led Space Jam of 1996 – to this day it remains the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time. The film has generated approximately $250 million.

It was also reported that Terence Nance, creator of the HBO late-night sketch comedy television series Random Acts of Flyness, will direct Space Jam 2. Production is scheduled to begin in 2019 during the NBA offseason.

Very little is known about any potential casting for the film, including which NBA stars will make cameos. All I know is I need Boban Marjanovic to replace the Shawn Bradley cameo and Isaiah Thomas to replace Muggsy Bogues. Lance Stephenson’s gotta be a Monstar.

NFL

Deshaun Watson responds to racist remark made by Texas superintendent

At a Texans news conference Wednesday, Watson said he wasn’t worried about the comments

4:43 PMWhen you’re a black quarterback in the National Football League, the room for error is smaller, the criticism is louder and racism comes with the job. It’s been that way since Marlin Briscoe took the field for the Broncos in ’68 as the first black quarterback to start in a pro football league. Some things don’t change.

At a news conference Wednesday, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson responded to a racist comment made against him by a Texas superintendent after the Texans’ 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, came under fire after posting a racist comment on the Facebook page of the Houston Chronicle.

“That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL,” Redden wrote. “When you need precision decision-making you can’t count on a black quarterback.”

Watson took the high road as he addressed the media, saying he didn’t think much of the comment when he heard about it. Watson added that he’s no stranger to receiving racist remarks, which he deemed as a part of “everyday life” as a black quarterback. Watson has bigger fish to fry, as his Texans are 0-2 and sit at the bottom of the AFC South. Let’s not forget that Watson was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL last season — before his season-ending ACL tear suffered during a November practice.

“That’s on him, may peace be with him,” Watson said of Redden. “I’m worried about me. I’m not worried about what he has to say.”

Redden reportedly regrets making the statement, and he told the Chronicle on Monday, “I wish it had never been posted.” On Tuesday, the Onalaska Independent School District commented on the incident in a since-deleted Facebook post, saying they “don’t condone negative comments or actions against any race.” The OISD added that they would be taking the “appropriate measures” to address the situation.

When asked if he thought Redden should be fired, Watson said:

“That’s not my job. I don’t make that decision.”

“I’m all about love, [so] I don’t focus on [any] of that,” Watson said. “I love all people, and that’s what I focus on. It’s part of life. I can’t control other people and what their beliefs are. I can control what I can control, so I just focus on me, and that’s it.”