Monthly Archive: July 2017

Chauncey Billups knew about Kyrie Irving drama when he turned down Cavs job

When Chauncey Billups turned down the Cavs’ GM job, it came as a bit of a surprise. Who wouldn’t want to be in charge of a team that’s made three straight NBA Finals appearances with the best player in the league? But Billups revealed Tuesday morning that he knew what we all know now.

Speaking to Vic Lombardi on Altitude Sports 950 AM in Denver, Billups revealed he was aware Kyrie Irving was upset with his situation in Cleveland. As we found out Friday, Irving has requested a trade from the Cavs because he reportedly doesn’t want to play alongside LeBron James anymore.

In contrast, Noah took just five shots in 40 minutes. He made two. At least he hit the glass, grabbing 14 rebounds.

The largest lead in the overtime periods was four points, by the Hawks with 2:20 to play in the second OT.

Six players, three from each team, didn’t even get into the game (they’re officially listed as DNP-coach’s decision, not DNP-bad): Marshall Plumlee, Maurice Ndour and Sasha Vujacic for the Knicks; DeAndre’ Bembry, Lamar Patterson and Mike Scott for the Hawks.

This was the Knicks’ first four-overtime game in 66 years. They went four OTs vs. the Rochester Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) in Rochester, N.Y., on Jan. 23, 1951. They lost that game, too, 102-92. Then they had to play the next night at home; they won that game, vs. the Tri-Cities Blackhawks who are now Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys the Hawks. Thankfully for the 2016-17 Knicks, they have Monday off before returning to Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality action Tuesday against the Wizards.

Celtics outlast Cavaliers in instant classic

If the Eastern Conference finals are as good as Wednesday night’s Cavaliers-Celtics clash, we’re in for a treat come late May.

The Celtics prevailed at home 103-99 in a contest that is as thrilling as its gets in the NBA’s regular season. There were six ties and 10 lead changes in the fourth quarter.

While Boston (39-22) is not likely to pass Cleveland (41-18) for the No. 1 seed in the East, Wednesday’s gutty performance indicates the Celts will at least be a game opponent for the defending NBA champions. Listed at odds of 1/5 to win the East in Las Vegas, the Cavs have already been penciled in by league observers as the conference’s representatives in the NBA Finals.

LeBron James, who has led his team to the NBA Finals five seasons in a row (the Heat three times, the Cavs twice), logged 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season and 49th of his career.

An 11th assist would have been enough for Cleveland to win the game, but Derrick Williams missed a 3-point attempt with about four seconds left on the clock after receiving a cross-court pass from James, who passed out of an Isaiah Thomas-Jae Crowder double team.

“Our focus has always been internal, man,” Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving said. “What we Cheap NFL Jerseys China have to fix internally. No disrespect to any other team in the league, but when we’re playing at Best Place For Cheap Jerseys a high level and we’re all focused and dialed in, we’re a tough team to beat.”

LaVar Ball’s wife Tina makes first public appearance since suffering a stroke

Tina Ball has always been supportive of her sons. She is a teacher and a mother who made sure her sons’ academics were always in order which made it much easier to nearly guarantee all of their enrollments at UCLA.

But while she was always a mainstay at Chino Hills basketball games and there Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys for all three of her talented sons, she was forced to step aside after she suffered a stroke in February.

“I remember playing great and after the last game, we were just sitting there and Pop was like, ‘I need to talk to you,'” Jackson said. “He was like, ‘Jack, you had a great Summer League. You’re playing well. I really want you on my team, but there’s only one way that you gone make my team — during the season, you can’t smoke weed, Jack. You just can’t do it. I need you focused. I need you on your game because you know we have a chance to win a championship. I need you focused.'”

“Once he told me that, I shut it down,” Jackson said. “The NBA was way more Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale important than weed. Trust me.”

It all worked out just as Popovich said it would. Over the course of the 2003 NBA postseason, Jackson started in all 24 of the Spurs’ playoff games, averaging 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds to help the franchise capture its second title. Passing on puffing weed wasn’t a concession Jackson would’ve made for just anyone.

Russillo: “Does that mean that the next GM that signed you, if he didn’t ask you that question, that that wasn’t a rule you had to follow?”

Jackson: “We had to have that talk first. Let me know my role.”

Shaq and Warriors’ JaVale McGee get in profane Twitter beef

JaVale McGee has been the target of “Shaqtin A Fool” for years, and he is completely fed up with it.

Now that he’s actually started playing well as a member of the Warriors, he feels like he shouldn’t be a part of the act anymore. After all, it’s not very fun to be on the show that makes fun of your basketball skills on a weekly basis.

McGee’s frustrations reached a high point following Thursday night’s edition of “Inside the NBA” when the production crew released a fantastic “Doctor Strange” trailer, featuring all of McGee’s lowlights.

McGee and Shaq are both naturally goofy people, so all of this could be tongue in cheek. But McGee’s frustrations could be real since most of the highlights used in the trailer were from several years ago. He’s improved as a player, and is tired of still being featured despite not having new content.

The memo, obtained Monday by ESPN.com, warns teams will suffer “significant penalties” if they don’t provide notice before a player will sit due to rest. The issue, commissioner Adam Silver wrote, will be debated at the next NBA Board of Governors meeting April 6.

Silver also wrote in the memo he believes it’s wrong for owners to defer decision-making on resting players to others within the franchise, who may not understand the impact it has on fans, sponsors, league reputation and “perception of our game.”

LeBron James, along with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who NFL Jerseys Cheap were NFL Jerseys Paypal both on the mend from knee injuries, sat out for the Cavaliers’ contest against the Clippers Saturday, which was broadcast on ABC. Irving and Love weren’t healthy enough to play, according to Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, who didn’t want James to take on the Clippers alone.

The team also drafted wideout Josh Malone out of Tennessee to help with the passing game

The rough 2017 season continued for White Sox pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who was yanked after just 3 1/3 innings in Oakland. Pelfrey gave up four runs on five hits, including a leadoff double by A’s outfielder Matt Joyce and Jaycob Brugman’s fourth-inning homer that chased Pelfrey. The 33-year-old right-hander is now 3-7 on the year with a 4.46 ERA in his first season with the Sox.

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was also roughed up, surrendering five runs on nine hits over just three innings against the Blue Jays. Three of those nine hits were home runs as Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar all took Pineda deep in the 7-6 Toronto victory.

“With [Ross] we can line him up in the slot and he can take the top off. Put a ball in his hands and let him make the plays,” Green told Mo Egger of ESPN 1530. “I Hockey Cheap Jerseys think the biggest thing with him is he’s so dynamic, we can put him all over the field.”

The team also drafted wideout Josh Malone out of Tennessee to help with the passing game. Malone is big at 6’3, and provides a good contrast to the smaller Ross. The Vols receiver was another top performer at the combine, running a 4.40-second 40-yard dash, and he can be used to fill the hole left by Sanu. At nearly the same height and weight, the rookie will give quarterback Andy Dalton a similar offensive weapon downfield.

The move makes Houston stronger, at least on paper, and possibly for only one year. The Rockets now boast what may be the league’s best backcourt after pairing Paul with MVP Jerseys China candidate James Harden. The only competition comes from Golden State, who has Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown are gone

Isaiah Crowell led the Browns with 952 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, and Duke Johnson added 358 rushing yards and 514 receiving yards. That tandem should improve on their rushing totals behind an improved offensive line. Both running backs averaged close to 5.0 yards per carry last season.

Seventh-round pick Matt Dayes, who was a reliable, between-the-tackles runner for N.C. State over a four-year career, should break in as the third back. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry for his career with the Wolfpack.

Jackson will call the plays this season, and new quarterbacks coach David Lee spent the last two seasons in Buffalo. They’ll be looking at the same riddle that has produced 26 quarterbacks since 1999.

Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown are gone, meaning Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan are the returning QBs on the roster. Kessler is the early favorite after starting in eight games in 2016. Cleveland made a NBA-style trade to bring in Brock Osweiler from Houston. Cleveland also drafted Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer in the second round, and he was the talk of rookie minicamp.

It’s a four-way competition in training camp. Kessler has the edge, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see all of them play this season.

Even though the salary cap will rise more slowly now that the lucrative national television deal has been properly incorporated, a modest increase from the $99 million current estimate for 2017-18 to $104 million in 2020-21 would square Hayward up closely with the estimate Grade Cheap Jerseys for that fourth season on a max contract with max raises from the Jazz this summer. Furthermore, he Giants Cheap Jerseys would have just turned 30 and be well aligned for a final big contract.

Graham had his best NFL season right before it was new contract time in New Orleans in 2013

It took a while for Jimmy Graham to find his groove in the Seahawks’ offense, also dealing with a torn patellar tendon along the way. His second season in Seattle got him back to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time. His 65 catches for 923 yards and six TDs more resembled what he was able to do for the Saints. Graham turns 31 in November, but players such as Jason Witten, Greg Olsen and Antonio Gates have proved that’s not necessarily decline time for a tight end.

Graham had his best NFL season right before it was new contract time in New Orleans in 2013. There’s no doubt he’ll go out into 2017 playing for his next veteran Fc Barcelona Cheap Jerseys megadeal. He was terrific last season, but he can be downright terrifying this season.

Behind Graham, the Seahawks are one of the deepest teams at the position after deciding to re-sign Luke Willson. Promising all-around second-year man Nick Vannett is the budding No. 3.

Anchors like safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Xavier Rhodes make the entire secondary (and the defense overall) more solid. That said, the other spots haven’t solidified completely, even with high draft picks (Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander) on hand.

Terence Newman, Zimmer’s longest-standing disciple on the Vikings, is back, which says a lot about him and how much he means to the secondary. Captain Munnerlyn moved on in free agency. A lot of youngsters need to separate themselves to match the level of play of Smith and Rhodes.

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NBA free agency 2017: Last year’s spending spree is done, and new reality sets in

A year ago, the NBA braced for a spending explosion as the new national television deal finally hit the salary cap, leading to an incredible $1 billion in available spending .

Now, in no small part thanks to the remarkable Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys irresponsibility of general managers last offseason, that $1 billion has shrunk to about $400 million for the summer of 2017.

The biggest shift actually comes at the bottom, as exactly half of the league’s teams will start the offseason looking at a Mid-Level exception as their best way to add new talent. That represents a massive change, as last year only three franchises stayed over the salary cap. Even with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement’s larger Mid-Level exceptions, having fifteen teams with less than $10 million to spend on non-minimum additions dramatically cuts league-wide free agent space.

Favre saw a significant dip in his own personal production during that 4-12 2005 season, which in hindsight makes it pretty amazing that he wasn’t pulled for the first-round rookie. He only threw 20 touchdowns, but he did lead the league with 372 completions (he also led the league Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys in interceptions with 29). Is this the point in time that Ed Werder is potentially alluding to?

But before finding his home with the Jays, Seattle was a big cause of that discomfort: Smoak was never really given the opportunity to be “The Guy” in the Emerald City. In his four full seasons with the Mariners, he played in 466 of a possible 648 games. And while no one expects 162 games out of anyone anymore, Smoak never reached the customary 500 at-bats in any year with Seattle.

Astros would love to add Mets ace Jacob deGrom

The Houston Astros have to add a starting pitcher before the trade deadline. If just because they don’t want to have to rely on Lance McCullers and Dallas Keuchel so much down the stretch that they completely wear them out before the postseason, they have to add someone.

They may have just got a line in on that someone.

Yesterday, Buster Olney reported that the New York Mets are more or less giving up on their season and shopping several players including Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Mets are open for business and the Astros will surely be making some calls, if not for a single one of those players. They have their eyes set much higher.

USA Today obtained a copy of Saturday’s MLB memo, which details the process the league goes through to test baseballs, and notes “there is no evidence that the composition of the ball has changed in any way.”

The one-page memo also notes that testing is done at least three times a year and measures the size, weight, seam height, circumference and COR (or the “bounciness”) of the baseballs. Interestingly, league tests determined that the COR of baseballs this season is “slightly lower” than the average COR of balls tested last year. The higher the COR, the greater the exit velocity of a batted ball.

The memo concludes, “The baseball in use today tests well within the established guidelines on every key performance metric. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the composition of the ball has changed in any way that would lead to a meaningful impact on on-field play.”

For whatever reasons, baseball is witnessing the biggest explosion of home runs in the sport’s history. As of the start of play Saturday, the league was on a pace to see 6,139 home runs this season, which would smash the record of 5,693 home runs set in 2000 — during the height of the sport’s infamous steroid era.

here are two truths I tell the sports radio folks.

And who knows? Maybe it will be the turning point. Rizzo has hit leadoff six times, and the Cubs are 4-2 in those games. That’s a good start.

But bigger picture, here are two truths I tell the sports radio folks.

Truth No. 1. Now that the Cubs have finally won a World Series, that’s Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys the only goal. Triple-digit regular-season win totals are cool and all, but the first step of reaching the ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs, and the reality is that the Cubs (or Brewers or Cardinals or Pirates or Reds) aren’t going to need triple digits to claim the NL Central title. Right now, the Brewers are in first place in the division with a .528 winning percentage. Know how many wins a .528 winning percentage produces over a full season?

All the numbers and all the analysis tell us baseball is becoming more of a strikeout, walk and home-run-centric game. These “three true outcomes” have increased each season. And this season, it’s reached a new threshold with home runs jumping to a level not seen since the steroid era. And yet, in the face of all that, we have Bogaerts.

Bogaerts is a big, strong and supposedly power-hitting shortstop who doesn’t hit for power, walk or strikeout much, and somehow has generated the third-most value for his team of any shortstop in baseball. Considering home runs are the currency of moment and Bogaerts has five of them, one wonders: How is Bogaerts creating value while swimming against baseball’s current?

This isn’t the story of a slap-hitting 5-5 middle infielder who comes to the plate with the metaphorical equivalent of a cricket bat, where the best-case scenario Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys is a bloop over the shortstop’s outstretched glove. Bogaerts is listed at 6-1, 210 pounds and, unlike with some players, the PR department hasn’t added a few inches or a dozen pounds.