Monthly Archives: July 2017

Now the Wizards are 29-20 after the slow start — and Wall isn’t happy yet.

“Every night I have to prove myself,” Wall said. “It’s just like when I was named the number one player in high school. Everybody wanted to see if I was real, I’m here to show the world I am.”

When Wall is on the court, the Wizards’ plus/minus goes from -2.1 to 4.3. The team’s offensive rating jumps from 102.7 when he sits to 113.0 when he’s on the floor. The team also allows 2.3 fewer points per Basketball Cheap Jerseys 100 possessions than when he’s on the bench.

Wall plays with a quiet rage. On offense, he’s a player that has to be guarded for 90 feet. He drives to the bucket with speed and patience reminiscent of Le’Veon Bell as he waits for the right hole to open up. And when he can’t get to the bucket, he kicks it out to an open teammate for a jumper.

“He makes my game so much better,” Beal said. “I know he’s going to make good decisions and I’m going to get good looks. All I have to do is knock them down.”

Blount keeps Philadelphia from going all third-down, scatback type with the three-headed committee of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey. Sproles was spry getting some extra rushing work last season, but he turns 34 in June. Smallwood showed flashes in 2016 but is going into his second season coming off a Basketball Jerseys For Sale knee injury. Pumphrey has speed as a fresh-legged change of pace alternative, but he’s still a rookie fourth-rounder.

Philadelphia, after missing out on Dalvin Cook in the draft and having undrafted rookie Corey Clement as the only viable pure power option, needed Blount’s thundering style and finishing ability to round out its backfield. Blount fits well into Pederson’s offense and will find plenty of room to rumble behind the Eagles’ elite line, especially with the Eagles being able to stretch the field vertically as well as horizontally in 2017.

Amar’e Stoudemire’s apology for comments about gays falls flat

Amar’e Stoudemire says he is sorry for his recent distasteful remarks about homosexuals, insisting he was joking.

“I want to apologize for my offensive comments against the LGBT community,” Stoudemire said, per TMZ Sports. “These remarks were taken from a larger interview where a reporter was asking me hypothetical questions, and Buy Cheap Jerseys all my answers had a comedic undertone.

“The answers I gave were meant to be taken as jokes & I am deeply sorry for offending anyone.”

On Twitter, Hamersky claimed he did not have a single beer, but speaking with Deadspin he said he was drinking a beer at the time of the altercation. Although his story changed to the point where he admits to drinking, he claimed he wasn’t intoxicated.

“He had an open bottle of beer and smelled of alcohol, and I told him he wasn’t going in,” Dolan said.

The Knicks owner also released a statement to ESPN: “As Jim clearly stated, no one should come to an event at The Garden feeling as though it’s OK to be verbally abusive or disrespectful to anyone — including the owner of the arena — and not expect to be told that their behavior is unacceptable. This fan was completely Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal out of line last night and does not like the fact that he was told he was out of line, and so has chosen to spend the day tweeting away looking for his 15 minutes of fame.”

According to Deadspin, Hamersky “submitted an inquiry to the NBA to open a formal complaint against Mr. Dolan.”

‘Jeopardy!’ contestant loses everything on NBA mascot clue, and that’s just fine

OK, let’s get this out of the way before we go anywhere else. Making fun of a “Jeopardy!” contestant for whiffing on a clue you find obvious is stupid. This happens a great deal with sports clues because often sports fans can’t believe you don’t know something about or don’t have an interest in watching men and women throw some sort of ball toward some sort of target.

“We didn’t compete, were weren’t ready, it’s a shame for our team,” he said, via “We are young and all the young guys are playing and we should all be happy to be on the court. We should compete every second out there and we obviously didn’t do that tonight. We should be Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys ashamed. Next game we should go Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered as hard as we can to correct this game.”

Coach Luke Walton appeared to have the same takeaway from the loss, saying, “Young guys aren’t supposed to get tired, they’re supposed to be thrilled to be out there, that’s the disheartening part.”

With the season pretty much lost, Los Angeles has been giving guys like Zubac more minutes. But considering Walton’s criticism of the younger group’s effort, the coach might end up changing his mind and giving his regular players their minutes back.

More than anything, health may decide whether the Cavs attempt to chase the Celtics down to the final regular-season game or accept a lower seed. Lue has stated in the past health is the top priority, even going so far as to say it’s “crossed my mind” to rest stars regardless of how that may affect Cleveland in the standings.

76ers: Ben Simmons will not play this season

Ben Simmons’ debut with the 76ers will have to wait for next season.

Team president Bryan Colangelo told reporters Friday that the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft is still recovering from a broken bone in his right foot, and will not play this season.

“Want to be a GM, want to own a team, hopefully own a team and run it,” Durant said, via the Mercury News . “So I look to see what rumors are getting out there, what deals are being presented to these teams. Try to figure that stuff out. It’s fun, especially for a guy who knows that part of the business.”

Durant says he’s trying to immerse himself more in the business side of the NBA, including studying the collective bargaining agreement.

“I do (read it),” Durant said. “Obviously it affects me and affects my peers. Like I said, I want to learn more and more about the business of basketball. I try to keep that fine line of keeping it pure and fun and also knowing that this is a really big business. So I like to go through the CBA, also ask questions.”

Durant has plenty of time to get the answers, as he isn’t retiring anytime soon. The 28-year-old forward is scoring 25.8 points per game in his first season with the Warriors.

The rumor that Calipari wants to get back into the NBA persists, though, and with his NHL Hockey Jerseys ability to develop talent quickly and pull together schemes based on the short-lived talent he attracts in Lexington, there are teams that would certainly welcome him.

“I think the opportunity for him to be in the NBA is always going to be there for NFL Jerseys Free Shipping him,” one league executive said. “I just don’t think he’s ever going to be in a hurry to get there. I don’t blame him. You go to UK now, and he is absolute royalty there.”

Home Run Derby favorites tune up for potential showdown

The bracket for Monday’s Home Run Derby was announced Wednesday with Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Yankees rookie Aaron Judge as the top two seeds.

Each homered Wednesday, but they weren’t the only Derby participants to go yard.

The Bills’ feel-good story last season with his emergence as a 3-4 edge rusher, Lorenzo Alexander as a strong side linebacker will not produce the career-high 12.5 sacks that earned him his second Pro Bowl in 10 seasons. (His previous career high was 2.5.) But that doesn’t mean he won’t be effective Hot Cheap Jerseys in his new role, dropping back in coverage more often and patrolling the field laterally.

The key to Buffalo’s defense will be the middle man, the Luke Kuechly position McDermott relied upon in Carolina. Reggie Ragland, who missed his entire rookie season due to an Jerseys From China ACL injury, is the favorite to earn the starting spot over Preston Brown.

Now, it’s the Knicks’ turn. It will take patience to turn this thing around, but with Phil Jackson now out, the opportunity is there. The team has turned to Raptors executive Tim Leiweke as a consultant until it finds a permanent top decision-maker, and here’s hoping he brings some tough love with him. (He might, in fact, bring something else — Toronto GM Masai Ujiri — with him.)

If Leiweke needs some guidance, we’ve got five things he should do in the next few weeks to restart these Knicks:

But the injustice of it all can’t guide this decision. The right thing for the franchise is to free itself of Anthony’s deal and start over, immediately.

Dean would love to come back to America and return to the big leagues.

He also considers it fortunate that his interpreter is available at any time, day or night, and can be called upon to assist in any situation where the language barrier may be an issue.

Dean would love to come back to America and return to the big leagues. He hopes a good showing in the KBO will earn him that opportunity and bring him closer to home. And while Good Quality Cheap Jerseys he knows getting that opportunity is not guaranteed, should he find himself playing for an MLB club in the future, he’ll have deeper appreciation for the struggles his international teammates face on a daily basis.

“After having this experience, it definitely makes me appreciate and understand the guys that I played with from other countries that came to America,” Dean said. “Not just with the language, but Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys with their lifestyle as well.”

Where they stand: The Braves are probably better than most experts thought they’d be. They’ve survived an injury to Freddie Freeman, made a shrewd trade to replace him in the lineup, and have managed to play close to .500 ball while ranking in the middle of the pack league-wide in most hitting and pitching categories. In short, they’ve been a nice surprise.

Are they contenders? Also in short, no. The Braves have been mentioned in a few trade rumors, but the players they’ve been rumored to have interest in (Chris Archer, Jose Quintana) are young, controllable pitchers who could help them down the line rather than just this year. The Braves may have a bright future, but they’re not good enough to catch the Nationals this year and there are too many teams ahead of them in the Wild Card race to make much noise.

This should be a position of strength as Garrett continues to develop as an NFL pass-rusher.

Why he’s here: I’ve said this on a couple of radio shows lately, but maybe the best thing about Arizona’s strong season is this: Maybe Goldschmidt will finally start to be recognized on a national level for the superstar player he has become. By WAR, he’s been the best position player in the NL since Find Cheap Jerseys Online the start of the 2013 season, and it’s not particularly close. And he’s never been better than he has been so far in 2017. This position is absolutely packed with stars having phenomenal seasons, btw. Guys like Joey Votto, Ryan Zimmerman and Justin Smoak have been great.

Gregg Williams replaces Ray Horton as defensive coordinator after the Browns ranked 30th in points allowed last season. Williams’ in-your-face style is a welcome change for this unit, which will now mix 3-4, 4-3 and “46” looks under the veteran defensive coordinator.

Williams gets a centerpiece in Garrett, a freakish athlete who signed a $30.4 million deal as the No. 1 draft pick. Garrett will be teamed with defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, who led the Browns with 6.0 sacks as a rookie. Nose tackle Danny Shelton, a first-round pick in 2015, also should benefit Football Cheap Jerseys from Williams’ arrival. There’s depth with backups in returners Carl Nassib and Jamie Meder, plus rookies Caleb Brantley and Larry Ogunjobe.

This should be a position of strength as Garrett continues to develop as an NFL pass-rusher.

There isn’t much change here because of the additions made last season. Jamie Collins returns, and he’ll be joined by leading tackler Christian Kirksey. Second-year outside linebacker Joe Schobert should fill out the group. There is an opening after trading Demario Davis to the Jets.

We’re all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children’s game

“I feel good,” Colon told reporters after Wednesday’s game. “I just feel like I’ve hit a bad streak and it’s tough to snap out of it. That’s all you can do. You just have to work and try to get out of it any way you can.”

But that’s the thing. Once Father Time taps your shoulder, there’s no Cheap Womens Baseball Jerseys getting out of it, no matter how good you feel.

“We’re all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children’s game,” goes the quote from “Moneyball.” “Some of us are told at 18, some of us are told at 40, but we’re all told.”

It’s not just the offense that’s getting a little fresh blood, either. The team’s vision was clear when it released linebacker Rey Maualuga (30 years old) and let 35-year-old Karlos Dansby walk, and signed the 26-year-old Kyle Minter to play alongside second-year player Nick Vigil. The Bengals also drafted three linebackers: Jordan Willis, Carl Lawson, and Jordan Evans.

William Jackson III, their first-round pick from 2016, is set to make his NFL debut after missing his rookie year with a torn pec, too.

However, the defense, which allowed the eighth-fewest points last year, still has its key players from last season. The Bengals will bring back Pro Bowl defensive linemen Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, and they locked down top cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on a five-year extension.

The Bengals might be counting on youth to fill the holes on their roster, but Cheap Youth Soccer Jerseys they still need their veterans to help catapult the team back into the playoffs. They will soon see how the newer and faster players fit in with the roster. Whether it’s an immediate success or takes a few years to foster, the Bengals seem committed to speed.

Kings’ reported record $36M deal with Bogdan Bogdanovic continues makeover

The Sacramento Kings have made another move toward youth, though clearly not as a cost-saving measure, as their rebuild continues.

By making Bogdan Bogdanovic the highest-paid rookie in NBA history with a 3-year, $36 million deal, according to the Sacramento Bee, the Kings have handed the franchise’s future to younger players.

Considered one of the best shooters in Europe, he averaged 14.6 Fc Barcelona Cheap Jerseys points on 50 percent shooting last season, including 43 percent from 3-point range.

If Clayton Kershaw had taken his regular turn in the rotation, he would’ve started Wednesday, not Wood. But manager Dave Roberts used an off-day to juggle his rotation, getting an extra start for Kershaw before the All-Star break on Sunday, which, under MLB rules, will make the pitcher NL players voted to be their starter in Tuesday’s All-Star Game ineligible to pitch. Kershaw was more interested in the extra start. “He’s made it very clear his priority is the Dodgers,” Roberts said.

The NL determines a replacement for Kershaw, and the Dodgers appear confident Wood, 26, is the guy. “He’s very deserving,” Roberts said. “Obviously, he’s pitched well enough to join that team.” Said Wood: “It’s something you dream of as a kid. It’s hard to even fathom right now.” But it’s not so hard to fathom, considering the left-hander’s numbers: In addition to being 10-0, he has a 1.67 ERA, good enough to lead the majors, except …

Wood, unbeaten this season, didn’t even begin the year in the Dodgers’ rotation, so he doesn’t have enough innings to qualify for the league lead (a pitcher needs a minimum of one inning pitched per team game to qualify for the ERA title). But his ERA is a full quarter of a run better than NL leader Max Scherzer’s 1.94 ERA. Wood ranks 42nd in the NL in innings pitched but is good enough now to 1) get a win when the Find Cheap Jerseys Online Dodgers got one hit after the second inning and had a grand total of four Wednesday and 2) be an All-Star.

It’s a problem that Shazier and the Steelers are eager to solve.

The Patriots have been to seven Super Bowls since 2001, winning five of them. They’ve also only missed the postseason twice in that span.

It’s a problem that Shazier and the Steelers are eager to solve.

“I feel we are going to get them when we need to get them. And Cheap Infant Jerseys at any day, I feel we can win the Super Bowl. We might have had a problem in the past, but I think we are going to be ready this time.”

The Steelers made it all the way to the AFC Championship last season, only to lose to the Patriots 36-17 in a game that was never really close. Pittsburgh hasn’t beaten the Patriots since the 2011 regular season, so there’s no question the Patriots have to be a nagging pain for the Steelers.

Because of his pitching background, Na boasts a plus arm from the outfield. In fact, he sat in the low 90s in a surprise relief pitching appearance during a 2015 playoff game. Originally, Na had the speed and agility to play in center field, but was later transitioned to right field. A KBO scout told me that Na profiles fine as a corner outfielder in MLB. While he could still play center field in Korea, he lacks the ability to immediately read the ball off the bat to play a nimble center field in the big leagues.

As noted, a bulk of Na’s values come from his bat. He has a very simple hitting Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys mechanism. Load, quick step forward and launch. Na has a batting stance and swing that can be described as “clean and efficient.” He has a slight uppercut stroke that generates doubles and home runs when locked in. Here is a gif of his home run swing:

It’s no coincidence that Shazier and the Steelers are feeling confident right now, though. His comments come on the same day that the Pittsburgh Penguins visited Steelers practice and brought the Stanley Cup — arguably the nicest piece of hardware in professional sports.