Warriors forward Draymond Green is a great all-around basketball player. He just isn’t good at any other sports, according to his teammate Andre Iguodala.
Green may have all of the skills to succeed in football he can run, he can catch, he has size, it’s just that he can’t throw a football or do much else on the field. He also can’t throw a baseball, and he’s a horrible golfer.
According to TMZ, police responded to the area around 10 p.m. local time and found a large crowd of people blocking the roadway. Three people then grabbed at their waistbands and ran away from the scene, and officers pursued them. Randolph was arrested and charged with drug possession with intent to sell, a felony, after being found with a large quantity of marijuana, and the crowd became increasingly unruly as arrests were made. TMZ said six police cars were vandalized before order was restored.
CBS Los Angeles reported Randolph and another man were arrested after a mob confronted police at the site. According to the Los Angeles Times, police later formed a skirmish line in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
Online records show Randolph was arrested at 11 p.m. and booked into jail at 4:23 a.m., with his bail set at $20,000.
Randolph, 36, signed a two-year, $24 million deal with Sacramento in July. The two-time All-Star spent the previous eight seasons with the Grizzlies.
No one will be best served if the Raptors, on numerous occasions, match up against a visiting Western Conference team’s B-squad. The slight improvement in wins-and-losses won’t equate to any meaningful improvement come playoff time. In the meantime, fans should be able to go to the ACC and see Stephen Curry and the Warriors, or James Harden and the Rockets. No offense to those the teammates of those All-Stars, but the product isn’t the same without those top-tier players.
Before a team selects a player in the draft, they want to get to know everything about them. Is there anything about their past they should know about, what kind of leader are you, what will you bring to this team, and can you wolf down on some octopus tentacles?
The 7-foot center had opted out of the final year of his contract in late June, reportedly to give the team greater salary flexibility to pursue a top-end free agent. That option was worth $16.2 million.
As it turned out, the Spurs, who lost out in their bid to land free-agent guard Chris Paul, didn’t need the cap space.
Gasol, a six-time All-Star, averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in his first season with the Spurs.
In 1,119 career NBA games (1,081 starts), the 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year has averaged 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.65 blocks while shooting .510 (7,651-15,008) from the floor and .754 (4,569-6,062) from the free throw line in 34.7 minutes. He has appeared in 131 career playoffs games, averaging 15.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.77 blocks in 36.1 minutes.
And that’s without mentioning the huge defensive gap between Irving and Rubio. Irving was one of the worst point guards in the league in terms of ESPN’s real defensive plus-minus (-2.30), whereas Rubio finished just outside of the top 10 at the position (0.76).
This is not to say Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau can’t fix some of Irving’s deficiencies on the defensive end or that Irving isn’t worth chasing. He’s a spectacular player and one of the league’s best offensive weapons. He’s a threat to score 30 or more points every night.
That’s why these teams are in hot pursuit. Despite all of the controversy surrounding Irving, he has the potential to boost a team up a tier in the NBA’s hierarchy. We’ll see how much a franchise is willing to send the Cavs to get him.
The NBA wants its star players on the court as much as possible and is taking measures to ensure that happens.
The league sent all 30 teams a memo, obtained by ESPN, detailing how it will build rest into the schedule.
The schedule changes include:
This probably won’t go over well with the fans in Los Angeles, for obvious reasons. But Ball’s comments aren’t really that hot of a take. James is a better overall player than Bryant, and has him beat in every single major career statistical average.
And despite being six seasons behind Bryant, James already has more career rebounds and assists than the Lakers legend. He also has four NBA MVPs compared to Bryant’s one, and has him matched on All-NBA First Teams (11). James also has a better career field goal percentage and 3-point percentage than Bryant.
Oh, and that’s just regular season. James also has Bryant beat in playoff averages, too.
So Ball may not please the L.A. crowd with his decision, but at least he’s right.
Out West, Houston picked up nine-time All-Star and four-time assists leader Chris Paul to partner with James Harden (29.1 ppg, 11.2 apg, 8.1 rpg) in the backcourt. Paul George was shipped to Oklahoma City to give MVP Russell Westbrook an All-Star caliber running mate after lone-rangering last season in the immediate aftermath of the departure of Kevin Durant.
That’s not to mention the Warriors, fresh off a cakewalk through the playoffs, locked down Durant and Stephen Curry, winners of three of the last four MVP awards, for the foreseeable future. They also scooped up Nick Young, a 40.4 percent 3-point shooter and one of the league’s best gunners in spot-up situations in 2016-17 to strengthen a lineup that also includes 2016 3-point contest champion Klay Thompson.
Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers reportedly aren’t on speaking terms right now, according to the Athletic.
That sentiment was echoed by ESPN Thursday morning.
Warriors forward Draymond Green is never without a comeback, and he came right back at Lillard after comments he saw as maybe a bit misguided.
If the Rockets, who finished third in the West last year and added Chris Paul, aren’t yet considered contenders for the Western Conference title (and still wouldn’t be even if they added Anthony), why would the Blazers, who were an eighth seed in the West, be considered a contender with the addition of Anthony?
And while Lillard may have complained in the aftermath that he was misquoted in the tease by Bleacher Report, he probably should pump the brakes a touch because it’s going to take far more than Carmelo Anthony to make the Blazers contenders.
The championship run has its roots in forgiveness, and it started with the prodigal-son player forgiving the hair-trigger owner, for getting into his feelings, letting his petty fly and raising the bar for all time on sour grapes. For a knee-jerk reaction that made a city of jersey-burners seem measured and reasonable.
It only took three years for everything to return to normal in Believeland, though, that being a buffoonish owner doing buffoonish-owner things. And as carefully as he worded his reaction to Gilbert running off general manager David Griffin, at this time and place and after this run … LeBron James knows it.
He trusted the wrong guy. He told himself Dan Gilbert being Dan Gilbert wasn’t going be that bad, and now he knows that that’s always going to be bad, even when things are good.
James was the frog, and Gilbert was—and is—the scorpion.
MORE: LeBron tweets support for Griffin (and takes shot at Gilbert?)
The saga involving a female referee and LaVar Ball continues.
Adidas, which replaced the woman after she issued Ball a technical during an AAU tournament game, said it made the wrong decision and apologized to the referee.
The referee substitutions made during our tournament last week are not in line with our company values, Adidas said in a statement Monday, via ESPN. It was the wrong decision. We regret the situation and are looking into the matter to make sure our standards for sportsmanship, equality and fair play are met in the future.
The ratings for these three players, who are aligned with the company for the marketing campaign, have also been unveiled. George is a 91 Overall (no change from 2K17), DeRozan is an 89 (no change) and Thomas is an 89 (down from 90).
Interestingly, this is also the first look at the NBA’s new Nike jerseys along with the debut of advertisements, which many teams will have in this first year. The league recently described how every team will have four different themed uniforms and showed off one of the options for the Warriors. The screenshots feature the Association Edition jersey for the Thunder, Celtics and Raptors.
Those with NBA 2K17 don’t have to wait until 2K18 to play with rookies and all the offseason transactions. Here’s how to utilize user-created files which feature up-to-the-minute rosters.
NBA 2K18 will release on Sept. 15 to those who pre-order. Shaquille O’Neal is featured on the two pricey special editions of the game, which will be sold for $150 and $100, and Kyrie Irving is on the cover of the standard edition. No features or improvements have been revealed, but the extensive soundtrack was recently detailed.