Team USA in animated GIFs

Use the arrows to switch players — 5 in all.

ESPN’s done it again with the animation. First, it was Richard Swarbrick with the original animations documenting big NBA Playoff moments — and now it’s South African studio MadeByRadio at the helm for these creative, animated GIFs above. ESPN highlighted 3 of Team USA’s starters and a couple of all-stars that didn’t make it as part of this fun scroll-thru in advance of Team USA’s first official game in group play this Saturday. I love all of these, so my only disappointment came when it stopped at 5 without a D. Rose GIF. That said, I’m betting more will be created as the U.S. has their own big moments starting in a couple of days (then we’ll get one with Rose running so fast out of frame that a repeating GIF won’t be able to contain him.)

Bulls Show 99: Getting Over The Top

Fresh from the Vegas black jack table, ESPN’s Nick Friedell joins Nillz to discuss the fallout from Paul George’s devastating injury and the implications on Derrick Rose. Listen to Nick also talk about Rose’s return to playing at an elite level and whether (of course) the offseason acquisitions are enough to put the Bulls’ “over the top.”

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Drake ESPYs Monologue

Every year the ESPYs deliver with a hilarious year-in-review monologue from the host of the annual sports award show (sidebar flashback to Norm in 1998, ha!). This year: none other than Drake took the reigns and across the night, performed in skits and performed in song — almost all yielding great laughs.

As the show progressed, it was clear that Drake is self-aware and entertaining the fans that love him (who now love him even more) and giving more ammo to the haterz on the internets. Ex: #LanceCam.

Watch how Drake opens the show above — it only gets better with said skits and songs, the videos available here.

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Chris Brown appeared in with Drake in 'Drake & Blake'.
Chris Brown appeared in with Drake in ‘Drake & Blake’.
Kevin Durant, you da real Masters champ.
Kevin Durant, you da real Masters champ.

Paul George dunk over LeBron James

The highlight you’ll see all night and all day tomorrow… Paul George with the cross and the flush over a contesting LeBron James. The dunk wasn’t next-level by any means, but the fact that LeBron never gets posterized is what stands out about this highlight. Plus, the stakes were high in this late-season meeting between the Eastern Conference’s top 2 teams. The Pacers won this round 84-83.

BONUS: Even tough it’s the Cavs vs. the Pistons, Dion Waiters closed out the game in dramatic fashion, only eclipsed by Luol Deng‘s post-buzzer beater celebration.