Nick Nurse to Coach Team Giannis in 2020 All-Star Game

Nick Nurse will coach in the NBA All-Star Game one season after winning a championship.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse will coach Team Giannis in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago on Feb. 16. 

Nurse’s Raptors (35-14) defeated the Pistons on Friday. The victory meant that Toronto clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference for teams with an eligible coach. 

Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer is ineligible because he coached in the game last year.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel will head-up Team LeBron.

Nurse is in his second season as Toronto’s head coach, having won the title in his first season leading the Raptors. Nurse was previously a Raptors assistant and also spent six seasons as a head coach in the NBA G League.

On Thursday, the game’s reserves were announced.

Here’s a look at the full pool of players:

The league announced that the format of the All-Star Game will be different this year. The league has turned each quarter into a mini-game for charity before an untimed final quarter with a target score that will decide which teams wins.

The team that is victorious will be the first to reach a target number determined by the total points the winning team scored through three quarters—plus 24, a homage to Kobe Bryant.

The All-Star draft will take place on Feb. 6, with James and Antetokounmpo drafting the starters and then the reserves. 

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Author: Ben Pickman

This Cybertruck-inspired iPhone 11 Pro costs $15K and isn’t made by Tesla or Apple

Phones are rounded rectangles now. Have been for years — ever since the iPhone killed the QWERTY slider dead. They’re getting rounder and rounder, in fact, as manufacturers continue to figure out how to bend OLED screens and raw metals to their will. They’re far too samey, unless you count an array of sci-fi inspired foldables that are so far basically just recreating the flip phone.

I want something edgier to exist in the world. And now, just as Tesla’s Cybertruck shook up the world of automobile design, a Cybertruck-inspired phone has emerged to maybe, possibly, OK probably not inspire the same sort of design in phones.

The exorbitantly priced Cyberphone, which is effectively just a fancy shell around an Apple iPhone 11 Pro, was…

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Author: Sean Hollister

Markets blogger Zero Hedge suspended from Twitter after doxxing a Chinese scientist

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter says it has permanently suspended markets blog Zero Hedge’s Twitter account, @zerohedge, for violating the company’s platform manipulation policy. On Wednesday, Zero Hedge posted a blog that doxxed a Chinese scientist and strongly suggested without evidence that the scientist created the strain of coronavirus that’s currently spreading around the world.

That blog lists a name, photo, email, and phone number that are reportedly tied to the scientist, and suggested that readers “pay [him] a visit” if they wanted to know “what really caused the coronavirus pandemic.” BuzzFeed News reported on Zero Hedge’s blog that doxxed the scientist earlier this evening, ahead of the Twitter suspension.

The Verge is not publishing a link to Zero…

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Author: Jay Peters

Remembering Kobe: Lakers Honor Bryant In First Game Since Death With Countless Tributes

Tributes honoring Kobe Bryant were in abundance at Staples Center ahead of the team’s first game since Kobe and his 13-year-old Gianna’s death.

Tributes honoring Kobe Bryant were in abundance at Staples Center ahead of the team’s first game since he and his 13-year-old Gianna’s death. LeBron James addressed the home crowd with a series of reflective and emotional remarks just before tipoff.

Moments earlier, Usher stood at center court and sang “Amazing Grace.” Cellist Ben Hong performed “Hallelujah” as a montage of Bryant’s career and life played on the jumbotron. Boyz II Men also sang the National Anthem as Bryant’s two jerseys were lit in the rafters.

 Additionally, 24.2 seconds of silence were observed, honoring Bryant and his daughter.

The Lakers have left two courtside seats vacant in honor of the two Bryants.

The team wore No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys out during warmups. 

A Bryant No. 24 jersey was captured pregame hanging next to LeBron James’ locker.

A decal has been put down on the Staples Center floor.

Jersey patches commemorating Bryant’s death have also been sewn onto jerseys.

Additionally, t-shirts with Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 on them are placed onto seats, while coaches on the bench will all wear a pair of Kobe’s signature sneakers during the game.

Earlier Friday, Staples Center asked that fans without tickets to the Lakers’ game against the Trail Blazers watch the tribute to Bryant and the eight other people killed in Sunday’s helicopter from home. The game is expected to tip at 10:30 p.m. ET with a pregame tribute beforehand.

Bryant and Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. 

Friday marked the first Lakers game since his death as the NBA decided to postpone Tuesday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The team reunited for a luncheon and shared their own memories of the Lakers legend. The team practiced on Wednesday and Thursday but coach Frank Vogel was the only person who spoke to the media. 

LeBron and Anthony Davis have not spoken to the media yet, though both posted emotional tributes on Instagram. Both James and Davis also received tattoos earlier this week in honor of Bryant.

Bryant is the only player to have two numbers retired and hanging from the rafters. The team retired his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys in Dec. 2017. 

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and their three daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

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Author: Ben Pickman

The 10 Best Valentine’s Day Gear Gifts for the Adventurous Gal

It is that time of year again: Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away. The countdown turns on the social pressure to find a timely, well-thought gift for your main squeeze. Consider though, if your main squeeze happens to be an adventurous gal; your best bet is not to give some disposable gesture.

Somewhere between practical and indulgent lies the perfect gift for those of us more oriented to the outdoors. We dread the thought of those millions of canned-line greeting cards and spent chocolate boxes ending up in the recycling bin—or worse yet, the trash. Rather, we prefer the idea of getting something special that we’ll end up using together and keeping forever—not unlike the love that the holiday is meant to celebrate.

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Author: Katharine Erwin