Aaron Judge, our favorite large baseball son, hit his 18th home run on Friday, keeping him at the top of the home run leaderboard for the season. The Yankees rookie is good at hitting dingers that double as free souvenirs for baseball fans.
There was one particular fan who wanted an Aaron Judge homer so badly. Unfortunately, the ball landed in the upper deck, causing the fan to get frustrated and smash himself repeatedly in the penis maybe not directly on his penis, but definitely in that area.
There will be plenty of free baseball that will land by you in the future, my dude. There’s no need to smash your penis. Anyway, the home run was good, but the Yankees ultimately lost, 7-5, to Toronto. If that fan was rooting for the Blue Jays (and it looks like he was wearing a Blue Jays jersey), well, at least something went his way.
The Reds’ rebuilding plan has been kicked in the tail a little bit, what with the surprising success of some of the Grade-C prospects they’ve accumulated over the last couple years (Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez).
This helps the Reds’ forward momentum, even if they have to be a little disappointed that the Twins got to their Plan A first. Considering the available talent, from both the high school and college ranks, it’s hard to argue with this pick.
The Minnesota Twins have enjoyed some All-Star seasons from their shortstops. Two of them since 1997, in fact. Christian Guzman’s memorable Season of Infinite Triples made the list, as did a season from the perennially underrated Jason Bartlett.
The problem, though, is that the Twins haven’t had nearly enough of them just six starting-caliber seasons in the last 20 years. Three of them came from Bartlett, one from Guzman, one from Pat Meares, and one from Pedro Florimon. That last one came in 2013, and it’s the only example from the last decade.
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.
LaVar Ball is back to his old antics, and this time it came on a high school basketball court.
Ball, coaching his Big Ballers AAU team on Saturday, didn’t like a call that was made against his team. He argued with the referee, saying, It’s not a foul, it’s not a foul and some other choice words.
Then, Ball pulled his team off the court. It’s important to note his team was winning 69-60 at the time he pulled his players off the court. Here’s video of the incident:
Ball was later asked why he made the decision to forfeit the game.
It wasn’t about the referees, Ball said outside (via itsovertime.com). Not going to have my guys playing hard and they cheating. I don’t play that.
Right after explaining, he stopped to take a photo with a teenager. Yet another classic move from Ball.
That’s brutal against the Warriors. Their elite defenders wouldn’t even bat an eye at Rose, and they would generously help off him to stop penetration elsewhere.
Oh, and speaking of defense, Rose is not great on that end. While he possesses the physical tools to be passable defensively, he often fails to give full effort and finds himself out of position. While you can’t pin all of the Knicks’ defensive issues on Rose (only five teams had a worse defensive rating than New York last season), he certainly didn’t help. The Knicks’ defense was 5.5 points per possession worse with Rose on the floor (from 108.8 to 114.3).
Imagine the looks on the faces of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant if they saw Rose switching onto them following a screen. That’s just instant buckets every time.
Placing Rose in the starting lineup next to Irving would be an odd fit, and Cleveland just signed Calderon as a backup point guard. They have enough one-way players. If the ultimate goal is to take the Larry O’Brien trophy back from the Warriors, Rose won’t get the job done.
Stephen Curry is taking a break from basketball to enjoy his other passion.
The Warriors star is gearing up to participate in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae this week after having only competed in the pro-am in the past.
Golf has been a passion of mine since I was a kid, Curry told ESPN. Not in a million years did I think I’d be on this range with these professional golfers, trying to keep up with them. But I got an amazing opportunity this week, so we’ll see what happens.
According to ESPN, the deal begins in 2019 and includes a fourth-year player option in addition to a 15 percent trade kicker.
Wall, 26, is coming off a career year after averaging a career-high 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He also shot a career-best 45.1 percent from the field.
Returning to the only team I’ve known in my professional career was an easy decision for me, said Wall in a statement Wednesday. I want to thank my family, (owner) Mr. Leonsis, (president) Ernie Grunfeld, all of my coaches and my teammates for their amazing support over the last seven years.
I understand my role as the leader of this franchise and I will continue to work hard to improve my game and make our team better. Washington, D.C., is my second home and I take seriously my efforts in the community and look forward to strengthening that bond. Our fans are amazing and I’m excited to bring them and this city continued success and a team they can be proud of.
The Wizards finished 49-33 last year before falling to the Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Try to remember what it was like watching the star player on your high school sports team soak up all the attention. Barcelona forward Neymar and Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving are still sick of that feeling.
The two mega stars are reportedly hoping to move from their current teams in an attempt to escape the shadows of even bigger stars currently on their same rosters.
So when you’re talking about negotiations on his part, I’m already extending to him that I’m willing to meet the max. But there are some things that I need out of him, and that is the commitment to be a better player than you are today.
After taking on veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford and Taj Gibson during the offseason, Taylor wants to make sure Wiggins will fully commit to leading the team.
I think it’s important. I don’t know what else you can do but look at the person face-to-face and trust that he will follow through, Taylor said. He seems like a very good person. He seems to have the ability and so the only thing it would be is for some reason he didn’t work hard enough to obtain the skill sets. That’s what you’re asking him to commit to.
Wiggins’ new contract would be an extension of his rookie deal worth a whopping $150 million. By offering Wiggins this amount of money, the team clearly is looking to get out of its losing slump. Minnesota hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2003-04 season.
Wiggins was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. In his three seasons in Minnesota, he has averaged 20.4 points per game with 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
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.
Stephen Jackson and Gregg Popovich are straight shooters.
Just ask Cap’n Jack, now a popular NBA analyst on ESPN, what he thinks of current Nets wingman DeMarre Carroll’s comments about the Raptors, his former employer, or bring up President Donald Trump around the Spurs coach.
Knowing that, it’s no surprise Popovich’s pitch to Jackson was as clear cut as they come when the two crossed paths back in 2001. Popovich knew he could use the 6-8, 220-pound Port Arthur, Texas native, but he also knew there was one obstacle keeping San Antonio from acquiring Jackson’s services.
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.
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?)
Anthony Davis loves it in New Orleans. He said as much to the Times-Picayune this week. But the more important thing to come out of that interview was his quote on a potential trade that got the NBA rumor mills swirling. The rumor that the Celtics had their eyes on Davis in a trade.
Davis heard the same rumors, but he put the kibosh on those rumors.
Irving reportedly made his request in a meeting with Gilbert more than two weeks ago, with the Spurs, Knicks, Heat and Timberwolves emerging as his preferred landing spots. The mood in Cleveland has only gotten worse since that meeting, as Irving reportedly thought LeBron James leaked his trade request and stopped taking calls from the Cavs. James was also forced to deny reports saying he is eager to see Irving moved.
Griffin believes Irving’s decision ultimately came down to a desire to find out how he can operate as the leading man on his team, not LeBron’s sidekick.
I think this is a guy who wants to know how good he can be, Griffin said. LeBron casts a very large shadow over an organization, and most of it is really, really positive. You know you’re expected to win a championship, by way of example. But what that doesn’t always allow is for a player like Kyrie to test his boundaries a little bit and see how good he can really be, and can I actually be the front man of a team like that?
You can watch the full segment about the Irving trade drama with Griffin and ESPN’s Amin Elhassan and Dave McMenamin below.