Cavs’ Tyronn Lue appears to criticize Thunder for not playing Russell Westbrook enough

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was answering questions Wednesday about LeBron James’ minutes when he said something interesting.

Teams are suffering because they listen to what the media is saying about guys playing minutes, he said. When asked later what he meant, he added, Some teams should play some guys more minutes, and it would’ve been different series. So, whatever.

The fact he said series means he’s talking about a playoff series. Three NBA first-round series are finished at the moment: Cavs-Pacers, Warriors-Trail Blazers and Rockets-Thunder. The only player whose minutes were a topic of discussion was Russell Westbrook against Houston.
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Somehow, he got up and got all ball on James Harden to prevent a potential tying bucket. Time ran out and the Spurs, improbably, had a 3-2 lead in this Western Conference playoff series after a 110-107 victory Tuesday.

For one night, and in one enduring moment, one of the franchise’s greatest players was again one of its most important.

Manu, you know, reached back and gave us one of his Manu performances from past years, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters, per He was a stud. Ginobili finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and that one enormous block.

Ginobili said he was feeling the adrenaline rush that comes with being in the playoffs. That was evident in the first half when he drove and dunked with his right hand. (It was very unexpected, he told reporters.)

When Kawhi Leonard went to the bench with an ankle injury, Ginobili became part of the closeout group again.

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Phil Jackson reiterates he wants Carmelo Anthony to waive no-trade clause

For someone known as the ‘Zen Master’ and for being a smart man, Phil Jackson doesn’t have a lot of tact. He’s a man who loves to fight his battles in the media, just like Knicks owner James Dolan, but he’s also someone who can’t let anything go.

Well, he wants to let someone go, but that’s not the point. Jackson can’t seem to say anything that doesn’t get taken the wrong way, but it’s hard not to take what he said Friday at the NBA Combine the wrong way.

Chris Higgins Limited Jersey We’d like him to have success,Jackson said of Carmelo Anthony, per ESPN. The opportunity is narrowing. We’d just like him to have success somewhere. We’re not going to be there. Hopefully, we’ll be maybe a playoff team next year. It would be tough to consider us a possible champion.

Frye, Jefferson and special guest Kyrie Irving were talking about Ball on Friday, more specifically the perception LaVar Ball is creating of Lonzo and his younger brothers LaMelo and LiAngelo.

NBA players hear what LaVar says and see what he does – like sell shoes for $495 when his son has yet to play a second in the NBA – and it wears on them.

When he starts going off and saying, ‘I could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one,’ and … he compared Lonzo to Uber and taxi, come on. Just relax a little bit, he said. Take a step back and realize the impact that you can make, not for the moment now, but for the future. Lonzo is going to be in the NBA regardless. But at the end of the day, he still is going into another world that you can’t control.

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Donald is doing his part, as he’s motivated by more than just the thought of a massive payday.

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It’s never being comfortable where you’re at and having that mindset that you’re starting fresh and new (each season), Donald said. You’ve got to make a name for yourself all over again.

The big questions now are whether Donald will be signing his name on a new contract before camp begins and what will happen if he doesn’t.

The 11-time world champion cited a request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board to World Boxing Organization president Francisco Valcarcel for a thorough review of the refereeing and judging of the bout, which was staged outdoors in front of more than 51,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.

The WBO should take action on the request so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing, Pacquiao said. I had already accepted the decision, but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter, I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.

I love boxing, and I don’t want to see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating, he added.

Jarran Reed Jersey In a letter to Valcarcel, GAB chairman Abraham Kahlil Mitra and two other officials expressed concerns about the possible errors of the referee and the three judges who officiated the subject fight.

We … request for a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity, the statement said.

Marshawn Lynch giving 2,000 kids free tickets to water park

As Marshawn Lynch prepares for his return to the NFL for his hometown Oakland Raiders, he keeps doing nice things for the community.

Earlier this month, Lynch’s Beast Mode apparel store advertised free haircuts to kids with good grades.

Sorry, Clippers fans. The wounds are still fresh from the Chris Paul trade and there’s a chance Blake Griffin leaves L.A. as a free agent this offseason, but there’s no denying that Paul, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan comprise the strongest three-man unit in Clippers history.

The Lakers could assemble some incredible three-player teams from multiple decades. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, who won the 1972 NBA Finals together, all averaged more than 20 points per game in the same season. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were also given consideration, but who’s their third player? Glen Rice? Derek Fisher?

These three have won a collective five championships in San Antonio as the Spurs have won at least 50 games in every season since the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, when they won their first title. Each player has at least one NBA Finals MVP award to his name. At his peak, Parker averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game, and his three-point shot has only improved with age. Leonard is one of the best two-way players in the league and he would succeed in any era of the NBA. Duncan, a five-time NBA champion, two-time MVP and 15-time All-Star, is had one of the 10 best careers in NBA history.warriors_003-115x115

Robert Kraft says NFL must attract millennials with live streaming

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the NFL’s future will see more live streaming of games to attract millennials. And he believes that future also includes international expansion.
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Kraft told the New York Post last week that Amazon’s $50 million deal this year to live stream 10 NFL Thursday night games to its Prime Video subscription members is an important step in catering to younger NFL fans. Twitter and Yahoo have live streamed games the past couple of seasons, and Verizon will stream the Jaguars-Ravens game from London on Sept. 24.

According to the WLUK report, the criminal complaint states Green allegedly hit his 15-year-old when he became upset she would not do her chores. Green’s daughter told deputies he pushed her to the floor, into cabinets, and forcefully carried her into kitchen. The daughter said that Green punched her, and Green told deputies he slapped her upside the head.
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The complaint also notes that Green’s daughter suffered a black eye and scrapes by her eye. Green said the injuries came from accidentally hitting her glasses. After the incident, the daughter went to a neighbor’s house to call police. Green’s wife, other family members and a nanny were in the home at the time of the incident.

WLUK reports that Green was issued a $2,500 signature bond and ordered to have no contact with daughter and witnesses. He is also barred from unsupervised contact with any minors.

Green, 40, played 12 seasons in the NFL, and thrived in Green Bay as an all-purpose back. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards six times for the Packers and made four Pro Bowls. He remains the Packers’ all-time leading rusher with 8,322 yards.

Green also played a couple of seasons each in Seattle and Houston, and finished his NFL career after the 2009 season with 9,205 rushing yards, 2,883 receiving yards and 74 total touchdowns.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings 21st overall in the 1998 NFL draft.

Bell, meanwhile, is seeing the clock tick on his prime, the way it does with all great running backs. Yes, he’s still just 25 and is entering his fifth season, but you never know when either the odometer hits zero or when your team (and the league) decides it has. Either way, your earning power and leverage hit zero then, too.

Moss was drafted by the Vikings 21st overall in the 1998 NFL draft. He was considered a top talent in the class but fell due to previous off-the-field issues, as well as missing the NFL Combine.

So you asked me what I would say to him? Man, I would probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug man, he added. There’s no words I could tell him.

Moss also told a story about how Green was good with rhythm, and how it set the tone for the Vikings offense in 1998:

Game Kids Brett Kern Jersey Coach Green is up here at a podium kind of like this, if any of you knew Coach Green he could play the drums, he knew rhythm very good. So he’s up here playing a beat on the podium, so we never knew why he was playing that beat. So, when he starts playing the beat, he was basically telling Randall Cunningham, Randall McDaniel, the offense, Cris Carter and them, ‘This is the rhythm that we’re going to have to play to the whole night in order for us to be successful.’

Besides manning his customary right tackle position, Strief will play a significant role in helping to prepare a rookie to start on the opposite side. Ryan Ramczyk is being thrust into that role after left tackle Terron Armstead tore his labrum last Wednesday during a bag drill at veteran minicamp.

Elite Womens Dennis Maruk Jersey It’s a huge loss for us, Strief told co-host Zig Fracassi and me last Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Terron is such a talented guy. It’s going to be a tough replacement whoever gets tasked with that. Those are big shoes to fill.

Kentucky’s John Calipari: ‘I’m good’ with high schoolers going straight to NBA

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John Calipari has no problem with high school basketball players going directly to the NBA.

The Kentucky coach said the baseball rule would work well in the NBA world, which refers to players either directly being drafted out of high school, or going to college and then having to wait until after their junior year to be drafted.

I’m good with the baseball rule. As long as they’re going directly to the NBA, they’re paying them what they deserve to be paid and then it’s on them to look after these kids and give them a gap year if they think they can do that in the NBA, he said while at the SEC’s head coaches summer teleconference.

The Bay Area Football League suspended head coach Rah Rah Barber soon after the protest, and the team’s remaining games were canceled after a number of players opted to support of their coach by not playing.

Will Clarke Authentic Jersey The man has some stories, and ESPN told one of his most interesting stories of his time in NFL Europe. It’s a very interesting article which you should read in its entirety, but some of the quotes really do attest to what Warner had to go through just to get to the NFL.

And the first and possibly most revealing quote of this story is that Warner was possibly picked up by the Rams as a favor to an old friend.

Warner went through a lot those few years in Europe. He led the league in passing yards and touchdowns all while future Super Bowl quarterback Jake Delhomme was backing him up.

NBA Finals 2017: As Mike Brown evolves, Warriors stay on title track

It took Mike Brown some time to figure out what, exactly, was going on when he first got to work as the Warriors’ new top assistant coach.
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Now that the Warriors have the look of the Lakers, circa 2000-2004 when they reeled off three titles and made four trips to the NBA Finals in a five-year span, the pressure is squarely on Johnson, a first-time team-builder, and his rookie GM, Rob Pelinka. They have no choice but to draft someone who will become a cornerstone of a championship contender. Says who, LaVar Ball?

Mens Blake Wheeler Jersey No, actually, former Lakers executive Jerry West. The architect of the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant mini-dynasty has been with the Warriors for six years as an executive board member, showing his eye for talent and team-building when he lobbied to trade Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut, and voiced his opposition when many in the organization wanted to trade Klay Thompson for Kevin Love. West’s contract is up and he wants to return to the Lakers, where he helped build the Showtime teams of the 80’s, to give Johnson pointers on building a contender. But apparently, the feeling isn’t mutual.

Peterson’s Vikings career ended with a whimper, as knee injuries limited him to just three games last season. That left it up to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to carry the running game, with little success. Minnesota finished dead last in the league with 75.3 rushing yards per game, averaging a pitiful 3.2 yards per attempt.

A big reason for that was the offensive line, which was a straight-up disaster. Minnesota gave up 38 sacks, 10th-most in the league, and Bradford was under constant pressure thanks to the turnstiles on the line of scrimmage. The line allowed 104 quarterback hits, seventh-most in the league. Pro Football Focus ranked this as the fourth-worst line in football, and it was painfully obvious that changes were needed.

The talent drain has mirrored the nosedive in wins.

That recent dominance is what Tomlin is asking his team to find the emotional energy to avenge. The added beef about the teams’ relative divisional playoff game times is a facade for the Steelers facing total disrespect as underdogs.

Tomlin can go big in his motivation and talk about how the Patriots gained advantages with their spying and deflating scandals. He can go small and tell his team the Patriots only won in Heinz Field back in Week 7 because they were with Rob Gronkowski and the Steelers were without Ben Roetlhisberger.

The numbers dont tell the whole story, but they tell a lot of it. Since that Richard Sherman interception in the end zone that sealed their 23-17 loss to the Seahawks in January 2014, the 49ers have gone 15-32. Since Thanksgiving 2014, theyre 8-28.

That’s under three coaches, Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly. When they replace Kelly as expected, theyll have four in four seasons.

The talent drain has mirrored the nosedive in wins. Ironically, one of the few key components of those contenders, Colin Kaepernick, has survived. Virtually everything around him on both sides of the ball has changed, though.

Michael Crabtree, the target of the end-zone throw in that NFC title game, is gone. So are Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Alex Boone, Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Chris Culliver, Tarell Brown and Donte Whitner.

NaVorro Bowman has been injured twice since that game (notably including during that game). Rookie Chris Borland arrived the next season, then retired after that lone season.

Joel Embiid very confident in Sixers getting Markelle Fultz

Joel Embiid is an open book. From asking Rihanna on a date to trolling other players on Twitter, Embiid is going to let you know what is going on in his mind.

Saturday afternoon Markelle Fultz was on his radar. While it’s rumored the Sixers and Celtics are discussing a possible trade for the No. 1 pick, Embiid seems pretty convinced that the Washington Huskies guard and consensus No. 1 overall talent in the draft is destined to join him and Ben Simmons in Philadelphia.

Just how convinced is he? Well, he’s already got a locker set aside for him.
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If the Sixers were to trade for the No. 1 overall pick it would be their second straight No. 1 pick after they took Simmons from LSU last year. The 76ers took Embiid and Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick the previous two years.

Elite Womens Doug Baldwin Jersey Fultz is in a tier by himself in this draft. Not only does he have elite scoring ability, but his vision should allow him to be a top-shelf lead ball handler in today’s NBA. The lack of a clear weakness stands out in a crowded group of at least slightly flawed players at the top of the draft.

Once you get past Fultz, there is a wide variety of directions you can go. I choose to go with Jayson Tatum, for the simple reason that finding players who can create efficient shots and knock them down from the wing are incredibly valuable. You may quibble with the efficiency part of that equation due to Tatum’s developing jumper, but his ability to create separation is strong, and his work ethic is even better.

Jackson is an elite athlete with a competitive drive to match. The key for him will be the jump shot. If the numbers from this season hold true, he’ll be an All-Star. If the mechanics are more indicative of long-term problems, he’ll have some issues to overcome in the spacing-oriented NBA.