LeBron James clears air: ‘Danny Green did not party with’ Miami Heat


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LeBron James took to Twitter to defend his former Cavaliers teammate Danny Green, who has received backlash since photos and videos emerged of the Spurs’ wing greeting the Miami Heat at Story nightclub following their NBA Finals win on Thursday.

“Danny Green did not party with us on Thursday night. He came to say congrats,” James tweeted on Sunday afternoon, saying he was “proud” of Green for his development.

Green was the story of the series through five games, in which he broke the NBA Finals record by sinking 25 threes on 38 attempts. The Cavs’ second-round draft pick in 2009, Green was waived by both Cleveland and San Antonio before spending time in the NBA D-League and becoming the Spurs’ starting shooting guard.Article Appeared @http://tracking.si.com/2013/06/23/lebron-james-danny-green-club-party/

Miami Heat comped $100,000 worth of alcohol for NBA Finals celebration


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The Miami Heat’s NBA championship celebration at Story Nightclub on Thursday included 100 $850 bottles of Dom Perignon and three $5,000 bottles of Jeroboams champagne, for a total tab of $100,000.

And the players didn’t have to pay for any of it, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Club owner David Grutman comped all of the alcohol for the team, he told Rovell, saying, “I’m not going to charge the Heat.”

Grutman comped the alcohol at LIV nightclub after the Heat won the 2012 title, as well, but the year before — when the Mavericks topped the Heat in Game 6 and celebrated at LIV — he charged Mavs owner Mark Cuban $90,000 for a 15-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne.

The celebration featured an appearance by rapper Drake, who joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade at the club.

Miami will cap the celebration with a parade down Biscayne Boulevard on Monday morning.

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Mark Cuban Buries the Hatchet with Jason Kidd


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The nasty feud between Mark Cuban and Jason  Kidd is officially OVER … at least for now … ’cause Mark tells TMZ  the two have made up — and have even started emailing each other again.

Cuban famously TRASHED Kidd in the media last year after Jason decided  not to re-sign with Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks … and instead struck a deal with  the NY Knicks.

Cuban had said he was “more than upset” with Kidd — and  said there was “no chance” he’d ever honor Jason by retiring his Mavs jersey.

But something happened over the last few months … ’cause when we asked  Mark how he felt about Jason landing the Brooklyn Nets head coaching job this  week, M.C. told us:

“I’m excited for him. He has great knowledge on the  game so I’m sure he will do well. And yes we have started emailing again so all  is well with the world.”

Good to see they’re on good terms … but we  still don’t expect to see #2 in the rafters at the American Airlines Center  anytime soon.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/06/13/mark-cuban-jason-kidd-make-up-hatchet/#ixzz2X4dVdFFn

U.S. Seizes 14 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration Raids

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More than a dozen 7-Eleven franchises took in more than $180 million in revenue by running a “modern-day plantation system,” prosecutors in New York charged on Monday, built on the unpaid labor of dozens of illegal immigrants hired using sham Social Security numbers.       

Federal authorities seized 14 7-Eleven stores on Long Island and in Virginia, arresting nine owners and managers, and seized property, including five homes. They are investigating 40 other 7-Eleven franchises in New York City and elsewhere in one of the largest criminal immigrant employment investigations ever conducted by the Justice and Homeland Security Departments, officials said.        Continue reading

At Georgia Restaurant, Patrons Jump to Defend a Chef From Her Critics


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The line of Paula Deen fans waiting for her restaurant here to open grew throughout the hot, muggy morning Saturday.

They discussed what they might select from the buffet inside The Lady and Sons, her wildly popular restaurant in the heart of Savannah.       

But they also talked of boycotting the Food Network, which dropped their beloved TV chef on Friday after she awkwardly apologized for having used racial slurs and for considering a plantation-themed wedding for her brother, with well-dressed black male servants.       Continue reading