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Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, who had to come up with ways to stop Leonard, had nothing but praise for him Thursday night.

The thing that just makes him different is I just don’t know many possessions that he takes off because he plays both ends of the floor so well, Fizdale said. And his conditioning is like nothing I’ve ever seen. I mean, the guy, he just keeps coming and keeps coming and keeps coming and he finds a way to make a play, a winning play, whether it’s a steal, a block, a rebound, a drive, pass. He made plays tonight off the dribble. You know, he makes a good argument. I would say that about my own guy, too.

Leonard will have to keep up his strong performances as he and the Spurs will play fellow MVP candidate James Harden and the Rockets next.

I had my hands up while the Vermont player was shooting free throws — their coach was like, ‘Hey ref! You can’t let that Oriental do that!’ I was like, what is going on here? I have been called a ch—k by players in front of the refs; the refs heard it, because they were yelling it [like,] ‘Yeah, get that out, ch—k!’ And the ref heard it, looked at both of us and didn’t do anything.
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It’s crazy. My teammate started yelling at the ref, ‘You just heard it, it was impossible for you not to hear that. How could you not do something?’ And the ref just pretended like nothing happened. That was when I was like, yo, this is a beast. So, when I got to the NBA, I thought this is going to be way worse. But it is way better. Everybody is way more under control.

NBA Draft lottery: Sixers fans watch Sam ‘The Process’ Hinkie banner raised to rafters

The 76ers are about to be competitive again after years at the bottom of the NBA. Sam Hinkie was the man who sent them there with his Process.

Well, a good number of Sixers fans trusted the process and believed while Hinkie accumulated NBA Draft lottery picks. On Tuesday, they gave Hinkie his due. At a draft lottery party, of course.

See, some fans understood Hinkie was playing eight-dimensional chess with all those trades and second-round picks and D-League guys playing big minutes.

No doubt a statue of Hinkie will be made if Philly gets the Lakers’ pick this year and then goes 41-41 next season. (UPDATE: Well, no Lakers pick, but Philly will choose third after swapping choices with the Kings.
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If that were to happen, Markelle Fultz will look to lead the Pelicans back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, and he’ll have two All-Stars alongside him to ease some of the pressure of being the No. 1 overall pick.

0.5 percent odds of No. 1 pick 鈥?With leading scorer Goran Dragic under contract for at least two more seasons, the Heat possess a lead guard, allowing them to look to improve on the wing with Josh Jackson. He has the size, athleticism and projected shooting ability to be a building block in Miami.

Shams having himself a Russell Westbrook type of season

Woj reported the numbers on Andre Iguodala, but the Warriors player scooped everyone by reporting the news himself first.

If you look at the names, you’ll see plenty more All-Star caliber players on Charania’s side (Curry, Griffin, Teague, Millsap) than Woj’s. While Woj is still very much in the loop, Charania has been impressive since his predecessor departed.

Shams having himself a Russell Westbrook type of season, loses his fellow star & just goes supernova while Woj joins the Warriors (ESPN).

Even the names Charania got before Woj don’t really paint the full picture of how much the new ESPN reporter has been this offseason. He missed perhaps the biggest move of free agency when new colleague Ramona Shelburne broke the Paul George trade news.
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Terrelle Pryor Kids Jersey The O’Neal experience failed mightily in Toronto. The Raptors thought both O’Neal and Chris Bosh could play together, but O’Neal lasted only half a season in Canada, playing in 41 games. With his best basketball days behind him, O’Neal was traded to Miami before bouncing around to Boston, Phoenix and Golden State. He has not been in the NBA since 2014.

Had O’Neal worked in Toronto, maybe Bosh does not leave in 2010 to join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, thus one of the greatest teams in NBA history is never created.

Hibbert became a staple of the Pacers from 2010 to 2014 and caused issues for teams as a defensive presence in the paint. He was named to the All-NBA defensive team in 2014, but was traded to the Lakers in 2015 and has played on three different teams since.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge started the formation of his Big 3 and pulled off his first of two offseason blockbuster NBA trades when he shipped the No. 5 pick (Green) in the 2007 NBA Draft, Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak to Seattle for Ray Allen and the No. 35 pick (Glen Davis).

Bryce Harper won’t participate in All-Star HR Derby, but field is set

Don’t look for Nationals star Bryce Harper in the 2017 All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby.

“I’m not doing the Derby. No chance,” Harper said at the end of a postgame interview with ESPN late Sunday about participating in the All-Star Monday event in Miami.

Jefferson, who is 37, said Wednesday he will return for a 17th NBA season and third with the Cavaliers. The 6-7 forward made the announcement on the “Road Trippin'” podcast hosted on LeBron James’ “Uninterrupted” multimedia platform, via ESPN.com. With Jefferson back, the Cavaliers active roster is at 12 players.

The 6-7 forward will play the second year of a three-year deal for $2.5 million and could earn $2.6 million the following season, but would likely opt out. He will also save the Cavs some money because the team would have to fill his spot on the 12-man roster with all or part of the taxpayer’s mid-level exception ($5.2 million) or with a veteran’s minimum contract that would probably be higher than what they’ll pay Jefferson.

Jefferson averaged 5.7 points in 79 regular-season games and 3.9 points in just 12.8 minutes per game during the postseason.

More recently that toxicity was debated when a brawl broke out during a Nationals-Giants game. After Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland lobbed a pitch at Bryce Harper’s head drilled Harper in the hip with a 98 mph fastball, supposedly because Harper homered twice off Strickland in the 2014 NLDS, Harper charged the mound and the benches cleared. The incident inspired more debate about how players conducted themselves under baseball’s unwritten rules. Most fans, and many in the media, weren’t on board with Strickland’s aggressive action.
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let’s hope this has a better outcome than the Harden-Dwight Howard partnership.

The same can be said of coaching, which Turner quickly realized after his first foray into the profession as a graduate assistant at the University of Oregon in 1975. Ten years later, Turner became Los Angeles Rams wide receivers coach and has been on an NFL staff every season since, until now. That stretch included head coaching stints with Washington (1994-2000), Oakland (2004-2005) and San Diego (2007-2012).
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Tavon Austin Authentic Jersey For Houston’s sake, let’s hope this has a better outcome than the Harden-Dwight Howard partnership. Yes, that super duo reached the 2015 Western Conference finals — at the expense of Paul’s Clippers, mind you — but GM Daryl Morey couldn’t find a third star to complement Harden and Howard, so he retooled by letting Howard walk to Atlanta. A year later, Morey’s still searching for the third piece. While it’s true that the 1994 Rockets won a title with only two stars (Hakeem Olajuwon and Otis Thorpe qualified), that year the NBA didn’t have Michael Jordan — or this Warriors team.

How they move up: The Rockets whiffed on Paul George this time around, but they could revisit a trade if the Oklahoma City experiment falters. Don’t dismiss an acquisition of Anthony or DeAndre Jordan, which would give them their first big three since the 1996-97 team featuring Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Morey’s best friend, Charles Barkley.

DeMarcus Cousins would be an interesting target, but it’s doubtful New Orleans would take Ryan Anderson back, even if Clint Capela and a future first-rounder were attached.

That’s what makes a guy like Semi Ojeleye so intriguing.

That’s what makes players with diversified portfolios so valuable.

Ojeleye has an interesting story on how he got to the precipice of the NBA. Out of high school, the 6-7 forward committed to Duke and played a season and a half there before transferring to SMU to receive playing time. There, Ojeleye blossomed under the coaching staff, led by Tim Jankovich after Larry Brown left the program. Instead of turning into a true big, Ojeleye became an inside-out threat on both ends of the floor.

We really emphasize player development, assistant Jay Duncan said. And with Semi, it was easy. His work ethic is second to none. He just lives in the gym. You can’t stress that enough. How much time the kid puts into perfecting his craft is crazy. We’d get back at something like 2 a.m. from a road game, and he’d be in the gym getting shots either after the game or first thing in the morning.
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Kevin Love made six of the eight 3-pointers he attempted, and wound up with 23 points. Even J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson, who have been near-invisible for much of this series, finally produced at levels that would seem more familiar to Cavs fans. Smith had 15 points, and Thompson had 10 rebounds and five assists he logged 11 rebounds and five assists in the first three games combined.

If we’re fetishizing the rough-and-tumble 80s and 90s these days, then Game 4 was a beauty. There were seven technical fouls in the game, a flagrant foul and a set of referees left with battered reputations after a game they struggled to keep under control.
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What could be better than a game that was highlighted by a lengthy, midcourt face-to-face confrontation between Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Kevin Durant, longtime friends and arguably the best two players in the league? It wasn’t quite Larry Bird and Julius Erving grasping each other’s throat, but by modern standards, it was heated.

Do you think Josh Norman’s most fun matchup is Odell Beckham Jr. or Dez Bryant?

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Norman and Beckham both have big personalities, and their tussles never disappoint. But is Norman vs. Beckham definitely the best matchup? Not so fast.

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It hasn’t been officially ruled that Keuchel won’t be back in time for the All-Star break, but he likely won’t be pitching for the American League.

We are reaching a point where we are going to have to be making a decision about the break, Hinch said. We’re sort of in the gray area of whether or not we’re going to be able to push him fast enough to get back before the break.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has experience with smaller, explosive playmakers like Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Brian Westbrook. Reid said last week Hill is still learning but the Chiefs will find a way to balance his workload.

Hill believes the Chiefs will have a diverse offense and doesn’t expect to be its centerpiece. That said, the diminutive receiver will do anything the coaching staff asks of him, joking that he’d even line up at tight end.

Golden State is the first team in history to start the NBA playoffs 12-0.

The Warriors are the first team to enter the NBA Finals undefeated since the 2001 Lakers and the first team (along with these Cavs) since the 2011-2014 Heat to make three consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

Golden State is the first team in history to start the NBA playoffs 12-0. The 2001 Lakers likely would have started 12-0, but with the best-of-five first-round series, they held an 11-0 record entering the NBA Finals before losing Game 1 to the Allen Iverson-led Sixers. LA took the next four games to finish 15-1 overall.

If their current net rating holds (16.8), the Warriors would easily have the best net rating of any NBA champion over the last 30 years. The 2001 Lakers finished with a 13.7 net rating. The 1996 Bulls, who previously held the best regular-season record ever at 72-10, completed the postseason at 12.1.

For a more apples-to-apples comparison, here are the best net ratings entering the NBA Finals since 1990:

This is where all those complaints about the resting of players disintegrate. The reason that teams find days for star players to skip is because it works. The argument ends there.

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Olivia Munn, Ciara and others show that dating an NFL quarterback is a no-win situation

Sustaining a relationship with an NFL quarterback is no easy feat. Besides the arduous travel schedule, scarce opportunities for date nights and limited privacy, dating a professional quarterback can lead a woman to be the subject of constant tabloid fodder when things go poorly on the field.

Ciara. Olivia Munn. Jessica Simpson.

Ciara fell prey to the sexism that pervades todays football media culture within minutes of the Seahawkscrippling playoff loss to the Falcons last weekend.

No, the blame did not belong to the Seahawks’ defense that ceded 36 points to NFL MVP candidate Matt Ryan and his dynamic arsenal of weapons. Instead, Twitter placed blame on Russell Wilsons significan’t other, who jinxed the starting quarterbacks once-storied ability to command a triumphant offense in the postseason.

The Cowboys were rewarded for what still was a special season by having unwavering trust in Prescott. Now Prescott can trust that they will make the necessary adjustments to take a close one in a likely similar situation next year.

Time ran out on Prescott’s dazzling debut season well before many first and foremost those in Dallas expected. But he still has tons of it on his side.

The mature makeup is what got him to this point. It’s also what will get him and the Cowboys to come back and go well beyond.vikings_089

Former Lakers coach Byron Scott is still criticizing D’Angelo Russell’s work ethic

D’Angelo Russell was selected second overall by the Lakers in 2015, which typically means he’ll get a chance for plenty of minutes in his first season. That wasn’t the case, though. Instead, the coach at the time, Byron Scott, held the rookie out for much of the season while constantly criticizing him in the media.
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Well, a year removed from being the coach in Los Angeles, Scott still has some concerns about the young player. Speaking to The Orange County Register, Scott says he doesn’t regret how he handled the young player and explained his reasoning.

Kerr isn’t wrong when he says the Cavs are a great team, but there’s a pretty obvious reason why the Warriors are considered the heavy favorites. They have four All-Stars, including two recent MVP winners, and have been one of the most dominant teams in NBA history.

The Cavs winning last year doesn’t really factor into this year at all when it comes to underdogs. These are two very different teams from a year ago. The Warriors added Kevin Durant while the Cavs added Kyle Korver. A slight difference in talent.
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Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn’t want to use the underdog title at all.

We’re not going to use that as motivation, Lue said recently. It’s like, we’re in the NBA Finals. That’s enough motivation alone. Not worry about what it says in Vegas or what people are saying about underdogs. We’re not using that as an excuse. We’ve got to come out and play. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that’s to win a championship. So that’s what we’re focused on.