J.J. Redick is ‘horrified’ after President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office

Under Doc Rivers, members of the Los Angeles Clippers have felt free to speak their minds, and veteran guard J.J. Redick excercised that ability in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published on Friday.

Redick, who told writer Mike DiGiovanna that he “became sort of obsessed with [Donald] Trump” over the last six months, discussed his concern with how the new president has handled his first couple of weeks in office.

“I’m actually horrified right now,” Redick said. “People who are losing their healthcare, women who are losing their right to decide what to do with their body, that’s not funny to me. So, you can joke about crowd size [at Trump’s inauguration] and all of that B.S., but it’s not funny.”

“It’s about trying to get used to each other. Of course we knew what each other can do from when we matched up against each other when he was in Sacramento, but it’s different now, learning where he likes to be and where I can get my shots from, or where he can get his shots. We didn’t want to waste training camp trying to figure that out. We’re going to both use this to be ready and try to improve the team.”

New Orleans also acquired Rajon Rondo earlier this month on a one-year contract worth $3.3 million shortly after he was waived by the Bulls. Davis was impressed with Cousins’ ability to recruit his former Kings teammate during the 2015-16 season and praised him for helping build onto the Pelicans’ offense with the addition of Rondo.

“[Cousins] played with him in Sac, and he definitely knows him very well, as well as from Kentucky,” Davis said. “He definitely was a key part in getting Rondo. We’re just happy we got him. It goes back to DeMarcus just trying to help the team in whatever way possible. Helping us to go get Rondo was one of those things.”rangers_566-115x115

Dwight Howard dismisses beef with Kobe Bryant as media creation

Remember that 2012 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Steve Nash and Dwight Howard together in those classic purple and gold uniforms for the first time? Displayed prominently between them was the caption Now this is going to be fun.

Authentic Youth L.C. Greenwood Jersey No, it was not fun. Not for the Lakers, not for their fans and definitely not for Howard.

The 2012-13 season, which began with championship aspirations in Los Angeles after the Lakers acquired Nash and Howard via separate trades, ended with a 45-37 record and a first-round sweep at the hands of the Spurs. It was a tumultuous season (to put it lightly) marred by injuries and drama, most notably regarding the relationship between Howard and Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.

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O’Neal told a story from his playing days to illuminate how he was motivated by those who came before him. In March 2000, O’Neal racked up 61 points in a dominating performance against the Clippers. It was O’Neal’s fourth season with the Lakers, but the team had not yet won a championship with him aboard.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was working for the Clippers and sitting courtside, made it a point to avert his eyes every time O’Neal came down the floor. O’Neal kept looking at Abdul-Jabbar, but he could not make eye contact. The message from Abdul-Jabbar to O’Neal was clear: You have not earned my respect yet.

Every time we came down he would go like that, O’Neal said, moving his head downward. When I was averaging all those points in LA, they were saying, ‘Hey Kareem, Shaq is boom-boom-boom.’ Kareem said, ‘He hasn’t won a championship yet, he’s not that good.’ Did I cry about it? No.

Hoffman took the criticism from Black and others in strde.

Watson traced the performance back to a practice drill the team runs. The drill is called 95-95, and it’s designed to give the Suns a feel of what it takes to win in close games. Each team is given two timeouts, and the players draw up and execute specific sets.

That night went back to what we teach in practice — we didn’t give up. That’s how I played, that is how I coach. I learned from John Wooden, said Watson, who played at UCLA from 1997 to 2001. He wouldn’t allow me to disrespect the game. The first time we played the Celtics it wasn’t decided until the last few seconds.

You saw the Kings’ comeback (Sunday against the Clippers). It can always happen. I teach my guys to believe in themselves no matter how it looks.
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Watson is confident that the team will be better off in the long run because of how they handle losses.

Yeah, they took a picture celebrating Booker, Watson said. Just because we’re not winning a lot of games doesn’t mean we can’t compete. We’re always going to fight and we don’t have a tougher guy than Booker. Don’t let his smooth face fool ya.

Hoffman took the criticism from Black and others in strde.
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For the most part he was right on just about all of it, he said.

Hoffman said he and his younger teammates are all about aggressively attacking and pounding the strike zone and that they should improve as the season goes on. Unfortunately, the opposite has occurred of late. Colorado’s 5.80 rotation ERA in July is the seventh-worst in baseball, coinciding with the team’s recent slide.

We know we have to pitch better. I think that’s the main thing, Black said. So much of the team’s success is built around the pitching, and we have to get some solid starts from our guys.

Clippers’ Austin Rivers may miss start of NBA Playoffs

The Clippers expect to be without guard Austin Rivers for the remainder of the regular season and perhaps part of the playoffs, coach Doc Rivers suggested before the team’s 115-104 win over the Lakers on Saturday.

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You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise. That’s just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James will probably edge him out just off of that, Curry said Monday on The Dan Patrick Show, via NBC Sports.

Even though both Harden and Westbrook has strong cases to take home the title, the Rockets have a 46-21 record compared the Westbrooks’ Thunder (37-29).

However, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard’s names have also been dropped into the MVP race, and Leonard’s Spurs were only a half game behind Curry’s Warriors for the best record in the NBA entering Monday.
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Curry’s choice is especially interesting considering it was Harden who famously complained he should have won MVP in 2015 when Curry won the honor.

With another month left in the regular season, there is still plenty of time for Westbrook to sway a few opinions his way.

But my response was definitely indicative of how I was feeling about our inconsistencies over the past couple months. I think we have to get back to what our identity is, and that’s being a defensive basketball team and being an execution basketball team on the offensive end. This team has had a lot of success together, and we’ve won a lot of games. We’ve been in a lot of playoff battles. I don’t think it takes much to sort of right the ship. It can be one game. It can be two games. We need to get back to our identity and play good basketball going into the playoffs.

Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene, nation’s top scorer, to enter NBA Draft, report says

entral Michigan’s Marcus Keene, who led Division I in scoring this season at 30.0 points per game, will enter the 2017 NBA draft, The Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the decision.

A 5-9 junior, Keene became Division I’s most prolific scorer since Long Island’s Charles Jones averaged 30.1 points per game in 1996-97.

Despite his single-season MAC record 959 points, CMU finished 16-16, 6-12 in conference.

NBA teams, who have scouted Keene frequently this season, will have to envision in him the kind of diminutive scorer who can create his own shot like the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, who also is listed at 5-9 and is averaging 29.2 points per game for Boston.

This one’s easy. The Warriors might be taking measurements for his statue as this is being written. Curry is the franchise’s first two-time MVP, the league’s only unanimous selection in history and has proven to be a transcendent offensive talent with his remarkable range and record-setting 3-point shooting.

His one glaring weakness: No Finals MVP hardware. Yet. But he intends to re-sign with the Warriors this summer, and with Kevin Durant likely also there for the long haul, there’s a good chance that the Warriors are fixtures in the Finals and one day Curry adds a Finals MVP to his Hall of Fame-worthy resume. Yes, the statue is coming, right around 2035.magic_152

MLB trade rumors: Cubs eyeing Sonny Gray even after Jose Quintana deal

Sonny Gray is now the most highly sought-after arm on the trade market this season. Or, at least the one that would make the most sense to be on the move.

While the Chicago Cubs logically would be done after trading for Jose Quintana on Thursday and giving up two top prospects to do it, they apparently have an idea that they can still get a hold of the Athletics ace.
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MLB Network reported the Cubs are still pursuing Gray, mainly because he (like Quintana) would be under control beyond 2017.

The general consensus after the Quintana trade was that the Cubs’ cupboard was bare after trading high-end prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease to the White Sox. But ESPN analyst Keith Law noted Friday that Adbert Tlzolay and Oscar de la Cruz have surpassed Cease as pitching prospects in some evaluators’ eyes during the season.
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Those two franchises have long been the bullies of the AL East, which has often been the best division in baseball. In the glory days of the Yanks-Sox rivalry, the division was those two teams and then everyone else fighting for third place. Every season from 1998 through 2004, the Yankees finished first in the division and the Red Sox finished second. In 2005, they tied for the division title with 95 wins each (the Yankees earned the tiebreaker with a 10-9 season edge on the Sox).

Frazier, a New Jersey native who was an All-Star for the Reds in 2014 and 2015 and won the Home Run Derby in 2015, is hitting just .207 with 16 home runs and 44 RBIs for the White Sox this season. Traded to the White Sox in December of 2015, Frazier has yet to find his groove in the American League. He hit just .225 in his first season with the White Sox, but did blast 40 homers and drive in 98 runs. He was a healthy scratch from Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers.

There’s an adage that says if you get out seven out of every ten at-bats

The team has not exactly arrived, but they’re improved from where they were before Scot McCloughan came on board. Allen, now with indisputable power, gets to build on what’s there — and, while he’s at it, settle the incredibly unsettled Kirk Cousins contract situation, and find out whether Jay Gruden really is the coach for the near future. The last two drafts have potential, but no matter who gets credit for it, Allen will sink or swim with them.

Another impressive debut from a rookie general manager; the Lions were on track to win the NFC North before Matthew Stafford hurt his thumb late in the season. The fact that Quinn is still working with a coach he did not hire, Jim Caldwell, and who has not given him a reason to make a change, is worth watching this season, too. Meanwhile, Stafford is surely aware of Derek Carr’s new contract, so that’s something else on Quinn’s plate.

There’s an adage that says if you get out seven out of every ten at-bats, you’re an All Star; do it for an entire career, you’re in the Hall of Fame. While it remains to be seen whether Rendon will eventually make it to Cooperstown, it certainly would seem that he’s done enough this year to warrant a ticket to the mid-summer classic.

Through 78 games this season, the 27-year-old is hitting an even .300 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs, and has an OPS of .951, good for 13th overall in the MLB. He also ranks fifth in the majors in WAR at 3.8, according to the Fangraphs variation. Not to mention that he’s one of the best defenders at the hot corner, near the top of the leader board in runs saved on defense.
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Elite Mens Nat Berhe Jersey And yet, it was announced Thursday that Rendon finished third in the National League Final Vote, decided by the fans, behind the Dodgers’ Justin Turner and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, both also third basemen.

The question is, with those numbers, why is it that so many fans outside the nation’s capital know so little of Rendon?

Marlins suing former season ticket holder for property, report says

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While baseball fans flock to Miami for the All-Star break, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is focused on ruining any relationship he has with his local fan base.

According to court records obtained by the Miami New Times, Loria is suing a former season- ticket holder to seize a $725,000 building he owns in Oakland Park, Fla., after he reneged on his season ticket contract.

According to the New Times, Kenneth Sack signed a four-year contract for season tickets in 2012 at $16,200 per ticket for a total price of $129,600. Sack paid the full $32,400 for the first season but wanted to walk away following the year, arguing the team didn’t hold up its end of the bargain.

As Mike Florio notes at Pro Football Talk, Schlereth’s new deal with FS1 was probably finalized before Horowitz was fired last week.

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Whether Eric Shanks, and whoever he appoints as Horowitz’s successor, wants to keep Team Jamie intact is another matter. Shanks told John Ourand of Sports Business Journal that it will be steady as she goes at FS1.

Shanks also rubber-stamped Horowitz’s hiring/firing decisions, including his controversial move to dump 20-plus journalists at FoxSports.com in favor of native advertising-like videos for Undisputed as well as Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock’s Speak for Yourself.

At its core, these are high-profile, credible personalities that people enjoy watching on television, Shanks told SBJ. The idea of Embrace Debate’ really has been overplayed. Good TV is good TV.

We can’t give them any airspace

Finley was never the best shooting guard in the league or necessarily the first player you named from the Mavericks teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s. But Finley just continued to get buckets over a 15-year career. He had a smooth shooting stroke and could still reach high altitude well into his 30s. (What I’m saying is I really liked Michael Finley as a kid and thought the Mavs were fun. The child version of me pushed him higher here.)

“Their 3-point shooting is a problem,” coach Scott Brooks said. “They’re one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league and they give you two 5s that can shoot 3s in Al (Horford) and Kelly (Olynyk). So we have to do a good job in making sure we are ready to guard the 3-point line. We can’t give them any airspace.”

As much as Isaiah Thomas — and his 86 points in two games — has been a problem for Washington, as much as a lack of depth is sapping the good play of the Wizards starters, as much as players have lamented the lack of toughness on the roster, what’s really killed the Wizards in the first two games has been an inability to contest Boston’s 3-point shots.

McCollum had already said he’d like to see his team land George on Twitter. Tuesday, he reiterated his affections for the small forward, who averaged a career-high 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds while helping the Pacers qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season since missing the postseason in 2014-15 when George missed nearly all of the season with a compound fracture in his right leg. In an interview on SportsNet New York reporter Taylor Rooks’ podcast, McCollum said he’s spoken with George about his rise to stardom and shared his thoughts on what George could bring to Portland.

Rooks: Paul George. You want Paul George to be a Blazer?

McCollum: I think this is tampering. At this point, I tweeted it. So, we have to be careful with what we say. I don’t know what type of viewership we’re facing here, gonna face right now with this.” jets_008

Green has had ups and downs in Boston this season

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I really believed that, Thomas said. We have so much confidence in him. I know when he is on the court, he spaces the floor, not just for myself but for everybody. Even if he’s not making shots, you have got to respect his shot because he is a hell of a shooter. I love when he’s out there, because he gives me space to go to work, and also another outlet when I’m in trouble, because I know he can knock down those shots.

Green has had ups and downs in Boston this season, playing 47 games and averaging 11.4 minutes. That was mostly because rookie Jaylen Brown proved more NBA-ready than expected early in the year, and Stevens liked Brown’s length and defensive instincts off the bench. Green did put up 18 points, one off his season-high, in the Celtics’ regular-season finale.

Just trust Andre, Donovan said when asked how he’ll handle that situation. I believe in Andre, and he’s a really, really valuable and important piece to our team. Obviously in the moment, in that situation, you’ll have to make a decision as a coach for what’s best for the team. But for me, I think it’s important that I show confidence in him and belief in him that he’s certainly a much, much better free-throw shooter than what he has shown in this series.

Roberson is 2-of-17 from the foul line the series. Those numbers are especially bad, but he wasn’t too much better in the regular season, making just 42 percent of his foul shots. Making matters worse, the Rockets began laughing at him at the sideline after he continued missing.
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This is for his development and for his growth. He needs to get up there and be in these situations, Donovan said Tuesday. And obviously if it’s not going well, then I’ll have to make a decision. But first and foremost, I think it’s important that he understands I have confidence and belief in him.