Pacers’ Paul George addresses Lakers rumors on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

Lakers fans are waiting for Paul George’s contract to be up in Indianapolis so he can head to Los Angeles and put on for his hometown. While George still has another year before he needs to make any major decision about his future, the talk won’t die down.

When the All-Star Pacers forward appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, he had to field a barrage of questions about potentially joining the Lakers. Kimmel is a Lakers fan himself, so of course he was trying to make a sales pitch as well.
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Bigs are not used to being out on the perimeter and guarding guys on the perimeter. Their whole thing is giving you space so when you pull up they just contest. It’s just part of the game. Been happening forever since I’ve been in the league. I think bigs just try to contest shots and sometimes that stuff may happen but it’s not on purpose at all. You know LaMarcus he’s a stand up guy. He just plays the game the right way. It wasn’t anything more than that. It’s just a big out on the perimeter.
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We’ll probably never know the intent, and if the incident from Game 1 had never happened then this would have likely gone unnoticed. But now all eyes are on the playoffs, and this will be a story line moving forward.

he’s set up to be more effective in the 200-225 range.

At the beginning of the year, he made a stance in terms of what he believes is right. We recognized and supported his ability to do that. But he never brought that into the locker room. We had a meeting the day after the Green Bay game that he did it in the preseason, and he explained to all the players his thought process and the mindset of what he was doing. There were some players that agreed with him and there were some players that didn’t agree with him. But after that point, we heard from the outside about what a distraction it is, except those people weren’t in our locker room and it never was a distraction. And Kap never brought that and turned it into a circus or whatever people think.
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Torry Holt Limited Jersey [He] came to work everyday extremely diligent in terms of his preparation, in terms of his work ethic in the weight room, in terms of his work ethic in the meeting room.

I really enjoyed Kap. I’ve talked to Kap maybe three or four times since we both left San Francisco. I know he’s working out hard in New York now. I think he’s a really good person and a really good player, and I really enjoyed coaching him.

Of course the main criticism towards Kaepernick has been that he’ll be a distraction for his off-field views following his anthem protest from a year ago. Giants owner John Mara essentially confirmed this by telling MMQB, All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue, referring to Kaepernick.

But Lacy is not built to get 275-300 carries like Lynch; he’s set up to be more effective in the 200-225 range. There’s no reason to overwork him or treat him like Lynch, when there’s both Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise sharing what should be more of a backfield by committee.

LaVar and Big Baller docuseries coming to Facebook

Call him LaVar Kardashian because he’s about to open his and his entire family’s lives to cameras 24 hours a day.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Facebook has ordered two new original series, one featuring Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” and the other focusing on the Ball family and the world surrounding the life of a newly drafted Laker in Lonzo and the drama one man can bring upon a family in LaVar.

Now, there are conflicting reports on Hayward’s decision. While Haynes, ESPN’s Zach Lowe and USA Today’s Sam Amick initially confirmed Hayward planned to sign with the Celtics, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA.com’s David Aldridge and multiple other reputable NBA reporters say nothing is final.

Hayward averaged career-highs in points (21.9) and rebounds (5.4) this past season for the Jazz and led them past the Clippers in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs before falling to the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. He would give any team a terrific all-around offensive threat and a strong defender on the wing.

Stay tuned. This isn’t over just yet.

It isn’t just about apologetic statements (more on that later) and suspensions; the larger challenge is the messages young players receive while forming their beliefs about people who might be different than themselves.

“The question we need to ask ourselves, as we do in any other space, is, ‘What are the traditions we’re handing down?’” said Jeff Perera, a gender equality advocate and Blue Jays fan who has spoken about healthy masculinity for nine years throughout North America. “Owning these traditions also means owning their genuine impact.”browns_005

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Michael Floyd reportedly violates house arrest by testing positive for alcohol

The Minnesota Vikings took a chance on wide receiver Michael Floyd, but the early results aren’t promising. According to TMZ, Floyd likely violated the terms of his current house arrest by failing multiple tests for alcohol.

We are aware of the situation involving Michael Floyd and are looking into the matter, the Vikings said in a statement Friday. We are still gathering facts and will withhold any further comment at this time.

When asked about the report Friday, Floyd denied the allegations:

Later in a statement, Floyd’s agent claimed the result came from the wide receiver drinking Kombucha tea, which contains low levels of alcohol:
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Chew on this: The Cavs, Celtics and Raptors combined still have barely more SuperPoints than the Warriors. That’s why the Celtics haven’t been considered legitimate championship contenders despite nabbing the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
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The analytical look is a bit more favorable for the Celtics’ supporting cast. Jae Crowder ranked in the top 30 by RPM this past season (don’t look at Thomas’ ranking). But this Celtics team isn’t anywhere near the 2007-08 superteam that beat the star-studded Lakers in the NBA Finals.

For instance, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the war chest of future first-rounders could produce a 2020 superteam in time for LeBron’s supposed decline. If Danny Ainge has a change of heart and pulls the trigger on a trade, look for the following names to be on their radar: Cousins, Jordan and Drummond.

the 11th-inning outburst will help spearhead a winning streak for the Cardinals.

Oh, and they still have linebacker Dont’a Hightower, beating out, yes, the Jets, who reportedly offered more money and, apparently, more cupcakes.

They still have Malcolm Butler. They still have Jimmy Garoppollo. They extended Julian Edelman.

LeGarrette Blount and Martellus Bennett, among others, got away. They’ll be missed. Maybe. Or not. Not after all this.

Taken separately, spread out across the last three months, it looks impressive, like a champion trying to keep pace and handle the inevitable attrition.

It wasn’t a rule that we said, ‘Hey we want to just do this,’ Vincent explained Friday before an event at which he was scheduled to speak. Working with the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association), this is something that they’re adamant about.
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When you think about APR, and college graduation and kids being on campus … it affects the head coach, it affects the institution. There’s a lot of factors that come into that. Your college education is important. Your college degree is important.

Tommy Pham, up two batters after Molina, bashed a home run over the left-field wall, plating two more runs. Carpenter, batting for the second time in the inning, then sent home the inning’s final run with a double to center.

The Cardinals, who had lost five of six entering Tuesday night’s game, desperately needed the win to remain within shouting distance in the National League Central. They are four games behind the Brewers.

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By that logic Goodell feels like a team doesn’t see Kaepernick making them better. But how does adding a quarterback with a Super Bowl appearance and a career 60 percent completion percentage as a starter not make a team better.

Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger headline long list of deserving first-time All-Stars

As you probably know, All-Star voting ends on Thursday.

Womens Alexander Edler Jersey With that in mind, the goal for this column was to identify 10 or 11 rising stars who deserve their first trip to the All-Star Game. That first trip is special, any player will tell you. There’s just something about being honored, about standing out there on the field with the supertstars of the sport.
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Turns out, that’s not such an easy task this year. Sooooo many players who have yet to participate in the Midsummer Classic are having great seasons, and just mentioning 10 or 11 isn’t really fair. Think about this: There are 39 position players with a WAR of at least 2.0 (FanGraphs formula) and 19 of those guys have never been to an All-Star Game. Yeah.

So what we’re going to do instead is sort the honorable mention guys into groups, and then we’ll get around to the 11 rising stars who most richly deserve to be first-time All-Stars.

If nothing else, the offense should be better. Garcon gives the team a legitimate No. 1 receiver it didn’t have last year. A contract worth $9.75 million in guaranteed money is a lot to give a fullback, but Juszczyk is one of the best in the NFL and gives Shanahan some play-calling versatility. Fourth-round running back Joe Williams is already making waves in OTAs and could end up pushing Carlos Hyde.

Another new free agency addition is Marquise Goodwin, a wide receiver with blazing speed who is also an Olympic long jumper. Goodwin didn’t put it all together with the Buffalo Bills, but NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport recently raved about his potential with the 49ers:

I don’t know what he’s going to become, but if there’s anyone who can utilize speed, it’s Kyle Shanahan and what he does on offense.
The defense is also looking more promising than it did last year. Lynch pulled a fast one at the 2017 NFL draft, getting two third-rounders and one fourth-round pick from the Chicago Bears just to move down one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 overall. He even got the player he wanted all along — Solomon Thomas, who should immediately slot into a starting role on the defensive line. Lynch also traded back into the first round to get linebacker Reuben Foster, giving the defense two Week 1 starters right off the bat. Not bad at all.

NBA Mock Draft 2017: Blockbuster Celtics-Sixers trade doesn’t change player order in latest mock

No sooner has the NBA postseason wrapped up than we are on to the first highlight of the offseason: The 2017 NBA Draft. On Thursday, one of the most anticipated drafts of the last few years will go down, and there is plenty of intrigue remaining — even among the first few picks — as we enter crunch time.

With that, here’s how things are shaping up in our latest NBA mock draft…

Golden State will surely be heavy favorites to return to the NBA Finals and win their third championship in four years next June. But don’t expect the rest of the league to simply sit idle. Here are six potential moves that could, at least, make Golden State a little less of a massive favorite.

The first two games of the finals left the impression that there is simply no way Cleveland can keep pace with the Warriors. But the last three games were competitive, and if there was a glaring weakness the Warriors hammered into the Cavs, it was their lack of depth — especially when it comes to defending the perimeter.

By perimeter, we mean Kevin Durant. In addition to the offensive load LeBron James had to carry, he was also tasked with guarding Durant for far too much time. When the Cavs inserted Richard Jefferson, Durant immediately went on the attack and exposed him.

“The Decision” to take his talents to South Beach allowed James to play with Wade for four seasons. The middle two brought the championships, including a 66-16 record on the way to a repeat.

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Draymond Green ‘doesn’t feel wrong’ for costing Warriors the Finals in 2016

Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, which allowed the Cavaliers back in, and eventually bring home the title. Many say Green’s suspension cost the Warriors, and the fiery forward would agree with them.

Mens Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey He said the Warriors losing the series was his fault following their Game 7 loss, but he expanded on those thoughts recently to ESPN for an E:60 profile. Speaking to Tom Rinaldi, Green said he believes if he didn’t react the way he did, the Warriors would have won the series. But he still doesn’t regret his actions.

Despite the loss, LeBron James tied Magic Johnson (eight) for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history. James scored 29 points with 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but too often he settled for outside shots when he was having his way with Warriors defenders in the paint.

At times, this game looked more like a 3-point contest than an NBA Finals game. The Cavs, who made just 8 of 29 shots from beyond the arc, played right into Golden State’s hands.

Cleveland is now in a deep hole. Kevin Love stepped up with 27 points Sunday, but the rest of the team did little to help James take on Golden State’s plethora of dangerous players.

Heading back home, Cleveland needs to formulate a game plan that focuses on getting James, Love and Tristan Thompson looks in the paint. Post touches will not only provide Cleveland with better scoring opportunities, but will also slow the tempo.
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The Warriors, with Kerr back leading them to victory, look like a team that can handle any situation. It will be interesting to see if they can remain hot in Cleveland.

NBA Finals 2017: Draymond Green told Kevin Durant the Warriors didn’t need him

The Warriors had it all.

Limited Mens LeGarrette Blount Jersey In 2014-15, they rose to prominence, taking the basketball world by storm. They won 67 regular-season games on their way to an NBA championship sparked by the play of Stephen Curry’s first of consecutive MVP seasons.

The following season they took even more, posting a best ever 73-9 record as Curry won the MVP unanimously only to have their repeat dreams thwarted. A LeBron James-led Cavs team, which Golden State downed the previous season as All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sat with injuries, came back from down 3-1 to capture the 2015-16 title.

Kerr said his wife, Margot, informed him of his error as soon as he sat down from his speech. Full of shame, Kerr immediately walked over to Curry in order to apologize.

It was a horrible oversight, Kerr said. What he means to the franchise, I should’ve finished with up with him. How in the hell could I forget Steph Curry?

What I should’ve done is gone back up there and grabbed the mic. What I would’ve said, what I should’ve said, is he makes this whole thing work. Everything revolves around him. The whole culture revolves not only his talent, his unselfishness, but his joy.

He’s the person most responsible for what we’ve built, and I didn’t thank him.

Curry averaged 25.3 points per game this season, down from the 30.1 he averaged in 2015-16 but still his second best career mark. In the NBA Finals, he averaged 28.8 points per game, second only to Durant’s Finals MVP-worthy 35.2 points per game.

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So, yeah, we believe Kerr when he calls this an honest mistake.

McDermott built his chops as the long-time protege of late Eagles blitzing guru Jim Johnson.

Ryan made a lot of noise and boasted with little results. McDermott will be fiery, but he also won’t bring out the bold silliness. Gase was the right type of no-nonsense personality to put in a division with Bill Belichick. McDermott fit’s that profile, too.

McDermott built his chops as the long-time protege of late Eagles blitzing guru Jim Johnson. He mastered his craft under Ron Rivera. Carolina has developed into an elite pass-rushing group. His background in the 4-3 is a good thing for the Bills, because Ryan miscast his talent in the 3-4.

Buffalo should welcome a return to the base scheme that worked very well with Jim Schwartz in 2014. McDermott can restore Marcell Dareus as a top-flight disrupter away from the nose and also maximize the ball-hawking talents of cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore. The Bills fell apart up front against both run and pass under Ryan. McDermott doesn’t need to do much to fix that.

When McDermott walked on as a college defensive back at William & Mary, he learned a lot from a standout senior wide receiver and team leader named Mike Tomlin.

McDermott grew into the same type of captain before he left the Tribe. That’s also where he became a superb student of the game, knowledge that he would use to later develop his versatile scheming.

Remember, even before Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem, all sorts of leaks were coming out of the 49ers about how toxic he, his attitude and work ethic were all, of course, coming in the wake of the divorce with coach Jim Harbaugh that dragged his former quarterback choice down with it. The dysfunction in and around his employers pre-dated any protest.vikings_013

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