Monthly Archives: July 2017

Carmelo Anthony says he understands what Patrick Ewing faced with trade rumors

Every day seemingly brings a new rumor about Carmelo Anthony’s future, with the different reports generally agreeing that future won’t come with the New York Knicks.

The 32-year-old star told reporters Saturday that all the recent media speculation has been “mentally draining.”

“You’ve got to deal with that, even though I try not to read it,” Anthony said. “And everywhere you go, even if you don’t hear about it, somebody is telling you about it, somebody is saying something. It can be mentally draining, mentally fatiguing.”

It’s given Anthony an appreciation for what legendary Knicks center Patrick Ewing faced during his 15-year career with the team.

“As a student of the game, you know what people go through in their own respective situations,” Anthony said. “Knowing the history of the game and knowing the history here and the players, (Ewing) was one of those guys who kind of can relate to what I’m going through.

“My father came in from traveling and he said, ‘Son, if you lay in this bed, you’ll be a quitter the rest of your life.’ He said, ‘Do you like football?’ And I said, ‘Of course I do.’ And he said, ‘If I were you and they moved me to be the water boy, I believe I’d drown them. I wish you would get up, re-think your decision and go on.’

“That’s tough love, but that was an important time for me because it showed me that the game is not necessarily about how it’s dealt to you, it’s how you respond to it.”

Jones, a man who already has done enough for the NFL to earn his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, still refuses to quit. Now he hopes his sharing of a new facility will start another trend.rangers_096-115x115

Injuries and roster upheaval are legitimate reasons for the Pels’ failures

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Gentry spent most of the past two seasons trying to make the Pelicans one of the league’s fastest teams. Now he’s hit the brakes, and the Pelicans are playing slower. The team and its opponents were averaging a combined 176.1 field-goal attempts per game before the trade, but that’s down to 171.1 per game since. They’re maintaining some tempo, but the Pelicans are more deliberate on both ends now.

But that might not be enough to lead to a strong finish for a team that was so deep in a hole. Gentry is 57-92 through nearly two seasons with the Pelicans, a tenure cut low by injuries and a mismatched roster. Demps was fortunate enough to land Cousins for a relatively cheap price, but after overseeing the snakebitten 2011 departure of Chris Paul, he’s gotten New Orleans to just one postseason appearance in his past five seasons.

Injuries and roster upheaval are legitimate reasons for the Pels’ failures, but wins and losses ultimately force decisions. For Gentry and Demps, there’s a dwindling number of games remaining to push those decisions back in their favor — and to hang onto their jobs.
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These aren’t clever tricks, though. The Cavs have done all that before. There’s not much that Lue is going to do in the playoffs that opposing coaches have not already imagined or seen.

With the current state of the East, Cleveland remains a good bet to face a West foe in June. But should the Cavs get there, they’ll bring the worst defense in NBA Finals history with them.

It’s what coach Dave Joerger has come to expect from his rookie shooting guard

Justin Patton, Creighton: It’s still uncertain what Patton will do with his freshman year behind him — few pegged him as a one-and-done before the season — but he played himself into the first round this season, so it makes sense for him to enter the draft. If he does, Bartelstein is also a contender for him, as well as Syracuse big guy Tyler Lydon.

Lauri Markkanen, Arizona: The big Finn impressed as a potential stretch-center, and he is a probable lottery pick should he come out. Michael Lelchitski, who mostly represents international players, including Alex Len, is said to be likely to represent Markkanen.

Fair or not, in the minds of executives around the league, this helped cement the reputation of Valanciunas as a player who is less than enthusiastic about conditioning and, at best, an anachronism in the middle — big, slow and deliberate, without providing much by way of rim protection.
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And that’s a big problem for the Raptors as they try to reconfigure their identity this summer. They’ve already shed familiar rotation players DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson, betting on the further development of youngsters they’ve accumulated in the last few years.

But the team has been unable to shed the final piece that would complete its restructuring: Valanciunas, and the three years and $50 million (including a final-year player option) he is owed.

Marcus Peters Youth Jersey It’s what coach Dave Joerger has come to expect from his rookie shooting guard. The team acquired the Oklahoma product in the deal that sent former Kings franchise player DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans during All-Star weekend in the biggest trade deadline move of the season. Hield, the sixth overall pick in the 2016 draft, broke out in March, averaging 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists on his way to being named Western Conference Rookie of the Month.

Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka each suspended one game after fist fight

Limited Youth Charles Oakley Jersey Bulls center Robin Lopez and Raptors forward Serge Ibaka have been suspended one game apiece without pay for throwing punches at each other during Tuesday night’s game, the NBA announced Wednesday.

Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire was also slapped with a $15,000 fine for not attempting to break up the fight. Instead, he shoved Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic in the melee. Both Magloire and Mirotic were issued offsetting technicals for their roles.

Kerr’s 38 losses in almost three seasons is almost impossible to believe. The Trail Blazers and Heat each have 38 losses this season and are currently playoff teams. Other franchises would kill for this type of consistency.

Not only are his cumulative stats impressive, but the team now has 60 wins in three straight seasons, becoming the first team to do so since the 1995-98 Bulls (who featured Kerr as a backup guard).

Pretty much the only thing Kerr can’t do is hold on to a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Limited Youth Josh Reynolds Jersey The Rockets are sending K.J. McDaniels to the Nets, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This appears to be a move to give the Rockets enough room to enter the buyout market. It’s unclear what the Nets are giving the Rockets at this time.

The Nuggets offered a monster deal for Paul George, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, but trade discussions didn’t go anywhere. Denver would have trouble topping the kind of package the Celtics can put together.

Courtney Lee slams huge dunk vs. 76ers — on his own teammate

Who needs the triangle when you have hops?

Knicks guard Courtney Lee cares not for your silly triangle; he showed Friday that by putting back a massive dunk off a Derrick Rose miss in the second quarter against the 76ers.

Lee doesn’t care for triangles, or even his own teammates, apparently: He dunked on Kyle O’Quinn! He’s a center!

O’Quinn didn’t seem to care, as he casually skipped away from the dunk after it happened. Lee has played well for New York as of late, a good thing considering he’s in Year 1 of a four-year contract with the Knicks.

Despite the sudden rush of entertainment, the Knicks squandered a six-point lead and ended the half on the wrong side of a 63-53 score.

Last year, after watching Antetokounmpo notch a triple-double, Durant (then with the Thunder) noted to reporters that, “Giannis, once he starts to knock down that jumper consistently, he’s going to be a problem. I hope he doesn’t get it any time soon. He’s already a problem now, but once he starts knocking that jumper down, it’s going to be amazing to watch.”

That caused Antetokounmpo to perk up. He has studied Durant’s game closely. “When I watch KD,” Antetokounmpo said, “I think that’s what I want to play like. I want to be myself, but I love the way he plays.”

The midrange jumper is one of Durant’s best weapons. Bucks guard Jason Terry, who has played with the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki and James Harden over his 18-year career, said the prospect of playing with Antetokounmpo this season was enough for him to put off retirement and sign with Milwaukee.

The rotation has been quite uneven this season

Analysis (Foster): Going for a frontline starter now would seem to indicate the Braves believe they have a serious shot at the postseason this year. That seemed a silly thing to say coming out of spring training, but a better-than-expected first half has them in the conversation as a darkhorse contender

The rotation has been quite uneven this season, so an upgrade is definitely needed if Atlanta plans to make a run. It certainly has the prospects and expendable veterans to get a deal done, but the real question is whether it makes more sense to wait until the offseason and try to form a roster that will be in the playoff mix from opening day in 2018.

Baltimore will be very popular the next 12 days now that team owner Peter Angelos has, per Rosenthal, given GM Dan Duquette his blessing to shop the likes of Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Darren O’Day. Oh, and outfielder Seth Smith is available, too. The pitchers, of course, are the main attraction. All three are late-inning prizes, in particular Britton, the All-Star closer who is back from an elbow injury. There was immediate speculation that the Dodgers and Cubs would be big bidders for Britton. Will Angelos allow Duquette to actually make a move if a deal is agreed upon? Ehhhhh . . .

And where might he go? Truth is, this isn’t exactly a market flush with contenders looking for outfield upgrades, but that 2018 option means he’s more than just a potential rental.
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Limited Mens Cobi Hamilton Jersey He’s been connected to the Dodgers in the past, and he would still represent an upgrade in center field, where Joc Pederson and Trayce Thompson rotated starts to end the first half of the season. It’s pretty much World Series or bust for that team, and McCutchen is a much more reliable option than either of those two guys in the postseason.

NBA trade tracker: Rumors, reported trades during free agency

NBA trade rumors have flown around before, during and after the 2017 NBA Draft. Two of the top three picks in the draft changed hands; the Sixers got the No. 1 overall pick from the Celtics to select Markelle Fultz. Also, the Lakers cleared cap space in a trade with the Nets in order to make a run at Paul George, and maybe LeBron James next summer.

If Young only takes 3-pointers and plays defense next season, he’ll fit in well with the Warriors. He doesn’t need to do anything else to make an impact. They already have all the playmakers they need in Curry, Durant and Green, leaving him to focus on his role as a 3-and-D wing off the bench for as little as 10-15 minutes per game. It might not sound like much, but adding anyone who can take some of the pressure off Curry, Thompson, Durant and Green is a small victory for the Warriors.

Elite Mens Vince Wilfork Jersey Expecting anything more from Young would be optimistic. At 32 years old, he isn’t going to change much between now and next season. And now that he’s gone from being a starter on a lottery team back to a bench player on a title contender, it could help him transition into the next phase of his career as an efficient two-way player off the bench. The Warriors are giving him an opportunity to prove he can help them win another championship, and how he performs could set him up well when he becomes a free agent again next summer.

Elite Mens Roberto Aguayo Jersey Never mind who’s pumping the brakes on themselves this year. You can bet a lot of teams looked at the draft landscape a couple months ago and went in another direction, figuring they’d take their chances with the class of 2018.

‘No one wants to play’ in Utah, former Jazz guard Trey Burke says

Looks like the Warriors were right after all.

Matt Barnes was one Golden State player who said the Warriors were rooting for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs because the night life in Los Angeles is better than it is in Salt Lake City.

Miles will ink a three-year, $25 million contract.

The deal is contingent upon the finalization of the previously-reported trade that will send DeMarre Carroll from Toronto to the Nets.
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The Raptors’ hole at small forward opened by the Carroll trade will be filled by a combination of Miles and Norman Powell, according to the ESPN report. A 12-year NBA veteran, Miles averaged 23.4 minutes and 10.7 points per game last season, shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range.

Replacing Carroll, whose due to make $30 million over the next two seasons, with Miles’ more economical contract should keep the Raps out of luxury-tax territory.

For the Pacers, the consistent and defensively-solid Joseph fits with their plan to rebuild after trading Paul George to Oklahoma City, ESPN notes.

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McLemore just never came through on the promise he had as a former top-10 pick. He’s only been above-average in scoring efficiency once in his four years (2015) because he can’t get all the way to the rim, has never rounded out his floor game with ancillary production and hasn’t developed into anything remarkable on defense.

Both laughed off questions about Miller being a mentor. That isn’t what this friendship is.

“I call him ‘dad,’ like, ‘basketball dad,'” Jokic said, laughing off the age gap.

He’s almost like a family member to the Millers at this point. Mille said he thinks his kids, ages 14, 12 and 5, talk to Jokic more than he does.

“Jaelyn, Maverick, Mason, and Jennifer, his wife,” Jokic said with with a smile. “I know his family, we’re really good friends. Probably my best friend in America.”

It’s high praise and Jokic means every bit of it. Miller is there for him on and off the court, something Jokic needed in his first years in the United States.

“I don’t know how to describe the things he’s done for me,” Jokic said. “When I miss a couple of shots, he’s going to say, ‘Shoot more, you’re going to make it. You’re good.’ He just gives me confidence. You see him yelling at me when I’m on the court to do the right thing. It’s really easy to have eyes on the bench who’s playing for me.”

Beal was impressed by Millsap’s big shot, but he put the onus on his team to find ways to finish the comeback.

“It was a good shot,” Beal said. “It didn’t sway us one way or the other. When teams go on runs, we don’t get bothered. That’s part of the game. It’s just a matter of how we retaliate. It was just too up and down. Again, we were playing catch-up in the fourth. You spend all your time and energy playing catch-up. It kind of wears on you down the stretch.”

If the Wizards hope to regain momentum on Wednesday, they’re going to have to play with better effort and consistency. We’ll see if having the home crowd affects them like it did the Hawks.

“The home crowd was great,” Howard said. “They need to do more of that Chick-fil-A promotion on the (missed) free throws. It was so loud in here. That crowd really pushed us. We felt their energy. It was important.”

If Millsap and the rest of the jets_029 keep making “winning plays,” that crowd will have plenty to cheer about.

The Heat made a valiant run to sneak into the Eastern Conference playoff picture toward the end of the year

Lin guesses college is worse because of the atmosphere. Instead of families visiting a professional game, a college basketball game is mostly full of drunk students getting rowdy or teenagers who don’t know any better. But that didn’t stop him from being offended by everything he was hearing.

Elite Womens Kendrick Perkins Jersey The worst was at Cornell, when I was being called a ch—k. That’s when it happened. I don’t know, like, that game, I ended up playing terrible and getting a couple of charges and just doing real out-of-character stuff.

Yeah, I understand what they have to do as a team, said, Bosh, who is set to be paid $52.1 million over the next two seasons. It is a business. I know we — as athletes and owners and people involved with the NBA — never want to say it’s a business, and things like that. It’s is a business. And hurt does come in with that. But as president of the Miami Heat, I understand what he has to do.

Elite Womens Tracy Mcgrady Jersey The Heat made a valiant run to sneak into the Eastern Conference playoff picture toward the end of the year, but they fell just short of their goal.

With Bosh back, and healthy, Miami could be a threat to contend in the East next season. But he is still not sure what the future holds for his playing career.

I don’t know, he said. And that’s exciting. It’s always this kind of pressure as an athlete, people [asking], ‘What are you going to do? And you should do this? Or you should do that?’ I think it’s OK to say, ‘I don’t know what I want to do.’ I have a lot of things on my mind.