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Rajon Rondo blasts Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler for griping to media

And the drama keeps going with the Bulls.

Point guard Rajon Rondo apparently is not pleased with recent comments by teammates Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade criticizing the Bulls’ effort. The tension was especially palpable Wednesday, when Wade questioned the Bulls’ drive after a 119-114 loss to the Hawks.

Rondo took to Instagram Thursday with a photo of himself, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and drew comparisons to when the threesome played together on the Celtics.

But that will not stop former Rams great Eric Dickerson from saying he would start Mannion over Goff from game one.

“For me, my guy that I would start the season with would be Sean Mannion,” he said on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Friday afternoon. “I’ve been saying that since last year, give him a shot, you drafted him, he was great at бн Oregon State, playing in a pro-style offense. He’s a big guy, he’s got a great arm.

“I was at practice early last year before I got kicked off the sideline, and I was standing next to some of the guys, I said, ‘He can throw it, he really can throw it,’ and I said, ‘Why they don’t play him?’ They said, ‘The money.'”

Mannion stands 6-6 and weighs 227 pounds. He completed nearly 65 percent of his passes in college while throwing for more than 13,000 yards and 83 touchdowns. Since getting drafted by the Rams, he has played in two games, but has completed 9 of 13 passes.

In the meantime, Goff went 0-7 as a starter in 2016 and completed less than 55 percent of his passes while throwing seven interceptions to five touchdowns as a rookie.
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What better record than to pass your friend-turned-enemy?

Elite Deion Sanders Jersey Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook recorded his 38th triple-double of the season in the Thunder’s 114-106 overtime victory over the Magic. Westbrook set an NBA record for most points scored in a triple-double with 57 points to go with 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

An honorable mention goes to Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who dropped 30 points and pulled down 13 boards to lead New Orleans to a 121-118 win over the visiting Mavericks. Davis is the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to have at least 30 points and 13 rebounds in four straight games.
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This stat is perhaps more reflective of his season than Wednesday’s game, but it’s important to point out. ESPN’s Royce Young noted the point guard played over 40 minutes (42) for just the fifth time this season. Every 40-minute game has come in overtime.

Considering the season he’s having, it’s impressive he hasn’t had any more games of 40-minutes. For reference, MVP candidate James Harden has 15 40-minute games while LeBron James has 20.

What better record than to pass your friend-turned-enemy? Westbrook passed Durant for most 40-point games in a single season in Thunder history. Durant had 14 40-point games in 2013-14 and Westbrook now has 15 with eight games left.

The decision may come down to head coach Mike D’Antoni but it appears he’ll leave it up to Harden.

He loves to play, and he thinks he owes it to the people to play, and I think it’s remarkable, D’Antoni told USA Today. I think it’s great. Now we’ll watch, as we get a little closer, as we get to the last two or three games we’ll have a week before, so maybe we can do something (regarding rest) then, but we’ll make sure he’s ready to go when we open up the playoffs. But again, I trust him, I trust the medical staff.

it’s where Waiters has scored the majority of his points in a Heat uniform

Authentic Mens Keith Magnuson Jersey That’s all of Waiters’ best qualities wrapped up in one possession. He comes off the pick-and-roll looking to score and kicks it out to Dragic when the defense collapses. He then makes himself available to Dragic by relocating to the corner, only to set Babbitt up with an open 3-pointer when the help defender switches onto him. He strikes the perfect balance between being aggressive within the flow of the offense while using his gravity to create a high quality look for the Heat.

Speaking of the pick-and-roll, it’s where Waiters has scored the majority of his points in a Heat uniform. It makes up for 27.9 percent of his offense in total, and he ranks in the 33.0 percentile with 0.72 points per possession. However, some of those numbers are skewed by the Heat’s slow start to the season. As FanRag’s Zach Harper pointed out, Waiters averaged 0.56 points per possession as a pick-and-roll scorer in the first half of the season. In the second half, that number has increased to 0.80 points per possession. The same goes for his improvements as a passer in the pick-and-roll: 0.80 points per possession in the first half compared to 0.98 points per possession in the second half.
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For one thing, Hall of Fame players collectively hit .337 in 1930. Voters aren’t always great at factoring for the differences between eras, even if the entire majors hit .296 in 1930. Decades on, when Frisch and other committee members were getting to work and Hall of Famers were hitting around .280 collectively, it might have just seemed like there were more great hitters in 1930, like the sport had had some kind of offensive golden age that deserved special recognition.

Stephen Curry ‘wiggles it’ in new ad for Muscle Milk

Stephen Curry is featured in a new TV ad for Muscle Milk that breaks on TNT’s coverage of Warriors at Bulls on Thursday night, Ad Age reports .

The 60-second spot shows a hiker, a traffic cop, a motorist, ballerinas and, of course, Golden State’s star point guard getting down to the 2 in a Room song Wiggle It.

Curry was born in 1988; Wiggle It was released two years later.

Mekanism, San Francisco, the agency that created the spot, wanted the ad to spotlight the way Curry sometimes celebrates after making a shot.

I think there’s a certain contagiousness that comes with Curry’s expression of joy, said Tommy Means, founder and executive creative director at Mekanism.

Curry is not wearing his Warriors uniform in the commercial because Muscle Milk is not an NBA sponsor.

Womens Braxton Miller Jersey The campaign, which also includes 15- and 30-second versions of the ad, will run through the NBA Finals, where most NBA pundits expect Curry and the Warriors to be.
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Look, I know there are strong arguments on both side of this issue. ESPN and Turner can’t complain about LeBron, who’s given everything he has in making six straight trips to the NBA Finals. And in LeBron’s defense, he was mad about being rested against the Clippers, according to coach Tyronn Lue and general manager David Griffin.

James later defended the decision by Cavs brass while also taking a long-range view.

A coach’s job is to figure out a way for their team to compete for a championship, not compete for a game, James told reporters, per Cleveland.com. And obviously it sucks at times because certain games you only play in certain cities once or you play certain teams once on their home floor, but for me personally, I want to play in every game.

Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez throw punches in Raptors-Bulls game

Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez each threw a punch that didn’t connect at one another in the Raptors vs. Bulls game in Toronto on Tuesday night.

It’s unclear what started the fight, but it’s rare to see players throw fists rather than shoves.

Both were ejected from the game with Toronto up by double-digits in the third quarter. Nikola Mirotic and Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire were each given technicals.

It’s worth pointing out that he’s had a couple off-court issues that will need to be checked out by NBA teams to make them comfortable with taking him. And in a draft where the margin between top prospects is pretty razor thin, that kind of stuff can absolutely play a factor in the difference between going No. 2 and No. 7.

Another lottery pick whose season is already over, Smith averaged over 18 points, six assists and nearly five rebounds per game this season for N.C. State. In terms of skill and athleticism, Smith probably has the highest ceiling of any guard prospect in the draft outside of Fultz. However, there will be two questions.

First, does Smith reliably use that skill level to elevate the play of his teammates? Second, will his body hold up, and will his knees check out well during medical testing? It’ll be on Smith to convince teams of these matters in interviews. The ceiling is high (the roof?), but at this stage it would also be fair to say the floor may be a bit lower with him than others.texans_129

This might be a reason Todd Frazier considers trade to Yankees surreal

Todd Frazier is a bona fide MLB star. He was a stud rookie in 2012, a home run derby champion in 2015 and an All-Star in 2014 and 2015.
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But when asked about being traded to the Yankees Tuesday, Frazier described it as surreal, and this photo may tell us exactly why Frazier feels the way he does about wearing pinstripes:

Yes, that’s 12-year-old Frazier standing alongside Yankees great Derek Jeter during the national anthem after he led Toms River East American (New Jersey) to a Little League World Series title in 1998.

Nine years later, Frazier was Big East Player of the Year at Rutgers. Now he gets the chance to star in the New York area once again — this time on the biggest stage in baseball.

The Astros have made many deals over the last few years, but of all the trades they have made one of their biggest splashes came with the A’s in 2015 when they acquired Scott Kazmir. Beyond that, one of the trades that got the Astros truly on the path to competitiveness came before the 2013 season when Houston dealt Jed Lowrie to Oakland for a package led by Chris Carter and Brad Peacock.

Plus, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow flat-out said a month ago that he likes to make trades with Billy Beane.

I think it’s because Billy Beane and I have the same philosophy, which is we want to make win-win trades, he said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. And if there’s a trade that helps your club and helps the other club even if it’s a division rival, it’s not worth putting it aside just because it’s a division rival.

Game Bilal Powell Jersey Taking all of that into account and that multiple reports have said the Astros are pursuing Sonny Gray, it would be foolish to think if Gray gets traded that he’s going anywhere but the Astros.

The Mavs have made it clear that they will match any offer for Noel

The Warriors keep improving this offseason, now getting a knockdown shooter in Nick Young. Sure, he’s eccentric. But he tossed up 18 points per 36 minutes while hitting over 40 percent of his 3s this season while mostly embracing a more subdued role. That’s a role off the bench any team can use, and you’d have to think that the culture already instilled within the Golden State locker room will help to keep some of the weirder stuff Young does in check.
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On a one-year deal, there’s not much downside here. If for whatever reason this causes a problem, the team can simply dump him and have zero long-term hindrance. Sure, there’s opportunity cost that the Warriors could use their taxpayer mid-level in another manner, but there’s not an abundance of players on the market willing to accept a one-year deal at that price. It’s a sensible move for the Warriors to take a chance on.

Christian Covington Limited Jersey Nerlens Noel, Mavericks — The Mavs have made it clear that they will match any offer for Noel, and that figures to smack down any market on him. The Suns, in need of young big men, have the ability to make an offer around the max for Noel, but they’ve been in no hurry to do so, and the only real purpose of making the offer would be to force the Mavs to match it. The Hawks could be a wildcard, too, especially if the process drags on and Atlanta is able to create additional space by trading Jamal Crawford.

Jonathon Simmons, Spurs — The Spurs have not taken the match-any-offer path with Simmons, but they are expected to match reasonable offers, and sources indicated that they’d be willing to offer Simmons a contract in the range of $30 million over three years. Simmons is seeking an offer sheet that can beat that, and he has gotten interest from the Knicks and Kings, both of whom have the space to push Simmons into the three-year, $40 million range. Simmons averaged 6.2 points in 17.8 minutes last season, but upped that to 10.5 points in 20.4 minutes in the postseason.

2017 MLB All-Star Game rosters: Robinson Cano, Justin Upton among replacement players added

Robinson Cano has made the All-Star Game for the eighth time in his career after being added to the Midsummer Classic on Friday along with six other players.

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Stephen Curry cashed in this offseason with a five-year, $201 million deal that set an NBA record for about two weeks before James Harden topped it by nearly $30 million.

But with the flexibility Durant afforded Golden State, the front office was able to add Nick Young and Omri Casspi. As it stands, backup center JaVale McGee is the only target remaining.

The way the league works, the way the CBA works, it really kind of is up to the star player at key times to take a little haircut here and there, Kerr said. Whether that’s fair or not, I don’t know. But I do know that Tim knew it was dramatically helping his own career and KD understands the same thing. In the end, he’s going to make a fortune in his career. Already has and he hopefully is going to win more titles and that’s what he cares about.

Game Kids Vincent Jackson Jersey Now we wait until next June to see if it was all worth it for Durant.

That’s gotta be a crazy conversation, right? Well, how about we play it out?

In an unnecessary exercise that allows us to examine some of the best performances from the 2016-17 NBA regular season, let’s take a closer look at that hypothetical discussion. Person “A” watched the entire season and must tell Person “B” — the friend who just woke up and, remember, is kind of annoying — about everything that happened.

Orlando has two eight-figure centers of their own and may have trouble finding a trade partner for either Bismack Biyombo (two years, $34 million plus a $17 million player option) or Nikola Vucevic (two years, $25 million).

Chicago could upgrade on Robin Lopez but will have plenty of other avenues for their available cap space.

This new reality is fascinating enough, but it poses a truly mind-bending problem: what happens with the players already on the books and those looking for homes in free agency?

While working through potential trade destinations for Valanciunas, a substantially more shocking realization presented itself: even just counting players under team control — meaning those under contract or where the team holds match rights — very few franchises need centers.

Dallas has seemingly carried a void next to Dirk Nowitzki since Tyson Chandler’s departure but acquired Nerlens Noel from Philadelphia for Justin Anderson and two second-round picks at the trade deadline. The Mavs appear highly likely to retain his services through restricted free agency.

It was the sixth time Thomas had attempted a 3-pointer out of that play, and Thomas made three of them. Just 48 seconds later, Celtics guard Terry Rozier made an open 3 in the right corner that tied the game.rangers_092-115x115

Richard Jefferson fires back at Draymond Green for comments about Cavs’ opponents

The Cavs and Warriors still have opponents within their own conference to get through before facing each other, but that hasn’t stopped the smack talk ahead of a potential NBA Finals matchup. Draymond Green started it off earlier this week by saying Cleveland’s opponents haven’t been competing hard enough.

Richard Jefferson heard this talk and decided to respond to it on the latest episode of his podcast Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing released Thursday.

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol made just one of his first 10 shots and finished 4 of 15 from the floor with 12 points and six rebounds despite leading the Grizzlies in minutes played with 39.

Authentic Womens Matt Kalil Jersey Irving simply embarrassed Indiana’s Lance Stephenson was a nasty crossover before burying a bucket late in the third quarter.

Authentic Womens Jalen Ramsey Jersey Game 2: Bulls at Celtics, 8 p.m. ET, TNT (Bulls lead 1-0) 鈥?The Bulls surprisingly took Game 1, which was played a day after the sister of Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas died. Thomas still scored 33 in the loss, but his thoughts were obviously elsewhere. The Celtics have to be focused Tuesday to avoid a 2-0 hole.

Irving led all scorers with 37 points while Love scored 27 and was 6 for 7 from the floor with a trio of 3-pointers and a perfect 12 for 12 from the free-throw line. James scored 25 points and added 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and four blocked shots.