Lonzo Ball declares for NBA Draft, could stay in L.A.

UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball shocked few when he announced Friday that a Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky would be his final college basketball Troy Polamalu Cheap Jerseys game.

Expected to be selected in the top five of June’s NBA Draft, Ball was the only freshman named first-team All-American after averaging 14.7 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists for the most prolific offense in the NCAA.

What if LeBron isn’t quite that petty? What if he, as a basketball historian, was paying homage to former Chicago center Bill Cartwright, who manned the middle for the Bulls during their first Michael Jordan-led 3-peat? Certainly, the 32-year-old James, who grew up on ’90s hoops, remembers Cartwright’s horrific way of hoisting up free throws and baseline jumpers.

Heck, for all we know, James could’ve been mocking Hornets wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shot. It’s among the ugliest ever, too.

As Thomas did in New York when he took over, Johnson wasted no time making bold moves. The difference is that Thomas gambled on Stephon Marbury, trying to land his big chip for the future only two weeks on the job. Johnson went the smart route before the trade deadline by dealing off Lou Williams, his most reliable Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap offensive player, to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and a No. 1 draft pick this June.

The young squad is likely to continue losing, ensuring one of the NBA’s Wholesale Jerseys Usa three worst records. The last thing the Lakers want to do is win meaningless games, lose their top-three spot in the lottery and end up giving away not just their first-round pick to the Sixers this June, but also their No. 1 pick in 2019 (to Orlando). They’re in no position to lose two more building blocks, so the best course of action is to Wholesale Cheap Jerseys lose. They won’t catch Brooklyn for the worst record, but they’ll do themselves good to have Phoenix move past them in the standings.

the Cubs infamously shipped LeMahieu to Colorado in exchange for Ian Stewart

For some NBA fans, the Nuggets are potentially surprise contenders in the Blake Griffin sweepstakes. After a potential three-team trade with the Cavaliers and Pacers that would’ve sent Kevin Love to the Nuggets failed to materialize, Denver is reportedly targeting Griffin. He would add another double-double threat to the Nuggets’ frontcourt alongside center Nikola Jokic, who is coming off a season in which he averaged 16.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

In order to keep up with the arm’s race that is currently taking place in the NBA, Denver needs to add another star to its roster, and free agency might be the best avenue to do so without having to lose one of its young guards — Gary Harris, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray — or future first-round picks in a trade. After going 40-42 last season, finishing ninth in the Western Conference and one game out of eighth, Denver would boost its chances to get over the hump and safely into the playoffs with the addition of Griffin.

In December 2011, the Cubs infamously shipped LeMahieu to Colorado in exchange for Ian Stewart, who spent more time tweeting than playing in a Cubs uniform. Often cited as a rare swing-and-miss for the Cubs front office, LeMahieu has gone on to make a name for himself in Denver.

The Rockies second baseman said the trade caught him Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys off guard mostly because he saw himself as a piece of the Cubs’ future.

But LaMahieu, a second-round selection by the Cubs in 2009, had only a brief opportunity in 2011 to show the Cubs what he was capable of, spending most Cheap NFL Jerseys China of June in Chicago before returning to the minors for two months ahead of a roster-expansion callup in September. In that time, his slash line of .250/.262/.283 didn’t wow the new front office, so he was trade fodder come winter.

Five ways to improve the Big3 basketball league

The decision-makers running the Big3 basketball league took a look at their on-court and television product after the league’s debut in Brooklyn and implemented changes for Week 2 in Charlotte.

Games were shortened from 60 points to 50, with halftime taking place once one team reached 25 points. The league’s self-reflection and willingness to change its rules is a positive sign for its future success.

Sporting News attended Week 2 of the Big3 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and left with ideas for future improvements to the league. Some are as simple as changing a rule, as the league did with its point limit, while others are more ambitious and would take longer to implement.

The playing time and comfort were the catalysts for Smoak’s breakout in 2017, but his positive, light attitude toward his teammates was always there.

“He’s just a good teammate. He tries to keep things loose,” Jays outfielder Jose Bautista told SN. “He’s always messing around and joking around with the boys. He is shy, he’s somewhat of an introvert, but he’s got some Southern humor in him.”

It was a recurring theme from Martin and Bautista. And of all the Jays players so willing to heap praise on Smoak, there’s probably no player who Smoak has had an effect on more than outfielder Kevin Pillar.

The friendship that bloomed between he and Smoak off the field has left a mark on Pillar’s career. Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2017 may begin on May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping rookie Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys minicamps will be circulated at a later date.

Packers vs. Giants: Score, result, stats, highlights for wild-card playoff game

The Packers and Giants these days barely resemble what they were back in Week 5, when Green Bay outlasted New York at home in the regular season.

Sunday’s wild-card playoff matchup featured the Cheap Jerseys NFL Jerseys same venue but evolved teams and much higher stakes. This time, the Packers had no issues closing out the Giants in their 38-13 win.

The Packers entered the game as 4.5-point favorites over the Giants, a spread SN’s Vinnie Iyer figured they’d cover. Despite a slow start, they had no problem doing so.

Green Bay will head to the divisional playoffs in Dallas, where the No. 1-seeded Cowboys await. Packers lost to the Cowboys in Week 6 this season.

The reality: Ryan isn’t the first good quarterback to ride a Cheap Jerseys Online Free Shipping second wave into true greatness.

Let’s remember Ryan, as a rookie No. 3 overall pick in 2008, set the bar high with his very first NFL pass a 62-yard TD strike. His first season as a starter ended at 11-5, with the Falcons making the playoffs as a wild card.

The Steelers and Chiefs played earlier this year Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison joked this week about forgetting the 43-14 romp over the Chiefs in Week 4.

The Steelers could do no wrong that day as Ben Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns and LeVeon Bell ran for 144 yards in his first game of the season.

The Steelers are coming off an impressive 30-12 win over the Dolphins in the wild-card round, but will get a much-improved Chiefs team this weekend. Kansas City rebounded from a 2-2 start to finished 12-4, winning five of its final six games to win the AFC West and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

You have to play good football and do what got you here,Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. There is not a lot of room for error. Thats just not what this time of the year is about. You have to have good line play on both sides of the ball. Thats what you get this time of the year.

That’s what has to worry you most

They won’t offer No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball or last year’s No. 2, Brandon Ingram, but they could cobble together a package out of a combination of their young players (Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, new draftees Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma, plus future picks).

Again, that’s not active Lakers-Pacers chatter now. But teams negotiating with Indiana have a fear that whatever they offer, the NFL Cheap Jerseys Lakers will swoop in late and try to match.

Of course, an even bigger fear among those that are pursuing George is that the Lakers remain on the sideline and make no attempt to match any deal for George. It is odd to consider — especially after the four-year wave of high-profile players who turned down Lakers’ overtures — that the Cheap La Kings Jerseys Lakers are not aggressively pursuing a trade for a star player who wants to be in LA. For some, it’s even suspicious.

“That’s what has to worry you most,” one general manager said. “If LA is not getting involved at all, then you have to ask why. Why wouldn’t they make an offer? They did at the draft, so what changed? That is when you worry that maybe all this talk is a smokescreen and Paul George has not really changed his mind about LA.”

The Knicks need to move on from the mess of the past couple of years, and though Hornacek is not at the top of the list when it comes to what went wrong, he’s got to be part of the cleaning of the slate. Besides, no team in the league has a coaching opening, so the Knicks would actually have a decent run of candidates to consider.

This is where the obligatory disclaimer goes

In short: When Young was drafted by the Titans in 2006, the owner overruled the football staff, the head coach was no fan from the beginning, and his first offensive coordinator was fired after two seasons. How much more poisonous could the grooming of a young franchise quarterback be?

In fact, “grooming” doesn’t even apply. This was borderline sabotage. If the Titans had sat down collectively and drawn up a blueprint on how best to derail a high pick Miami Dolphins Cheap Jerseys at the game’s most important position, they couldn’t have done much better than this.

This is where the obligatory disclaimer goes, that MLB Cheap Jerseys From China this doesn’t absolve Young of blame for how things turned out. There are plenty of examples of his immaturity and entitlement — or, as the aforementioned ex-coordinator, Norm Chow, put it, how he was “pampered, coddled, whatever word you want to use.”

On the other hand, expecting quarterbacks to walk out of the draft and into this job with the level head of a veteran is never wise, even for the steadiest of rookies. They’re still no better than their coaching and development.

The four-inning, six-run outing against the Padres on Wednesday did nothing to assuage the belief among some, including Braves management, apparently, who wanted to believe his ongoing struggles were just the result of something being off, or because of bad luck, or some other reason that could possibly be helped with a recent DL stint that was, officially, for a strained oblique muscle, but was essentially a respite to regroup in hopes that Bartolo Colon circa 2016 would re-emerge.

Gordon Hayward was leaning toward Jazz hours before decision, agent says

There apparently is a perfectly good explanation to why Gordon Hayward took so long to make his decision on where to play next season — he couldn’t make up his mind, even less than 24 hours before Tuesday’s announcement that he had signed with the Celtics.

According to Hayward’s agent, after meetings and visits with the Youth Cheap Jerseys Heat, Celtics and Jazz, the All-Star forward was still torn on Monday night after a meeting with newly acquired Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio.

“I think after the meeting, he thought, ‘My goodness, how can I leave this?'” Mark Bartelstein told The Vertical. “On Monday night he was very much leaning toward staying in Utah, but he had just been through this whirlwind tour in three days. He woke up on Tuesday, still not really sure what he wanted to do.”

The Clippers traded point guard Chris Paul to Houston earlier this week, but signing Griffin proves they aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.

ESPN.com reported the Celtics are discussing trades involving forward Jae Crowder and guards Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley with multiple teams. Crowder is owed $21.9 million over the next three seasons, while Bradley ($8.8 million) and Smart ($4.5 million) each have one year remaining on their contracts.

Bouton is sort of in and out these days. One minute, he’ll seem lucid, the next, forgetful and illogical.

“The blessing is there’s no physical pain,” Kurman said. “The awful blow is the very thing which enabled him to write ‘Ball Four’ is mangled — something he prides himself on, and he’s not going to get back to that level again.”

Said Bouton, “I can’t write a simple sentence. … It’s garbled. It’s not interesting. I almost have to explain why it sounds so flat.”

Warriors, Timberwolves among teams interested in Nick Young

Nick Young has only been to the playoffs twice in his 10-year career. The Bean Burrito would like to take the Swaggy P train back to the postseason and is trying to find the right fit.

After opting out of his contract with the Lakers last month, Young has Cheap Cycling Jerseys said he wants to sign with a playoff contender. While several teams are reportedly interested in signing the 6-7 guard, who has averaged 12 points per game over his career, there are two clubs that seem to be the favorites in landing his services.

Stanton had the 20 hardest hit home runs in last year’s Home Run Derby, according to MLB.com.

One possible landing spot for those players: Memphis. The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reported the Celtics are eyeing Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, and SN’s Jordan Greer speculated whether Bradley, Smart, a forward and draft picks would be a enough of a return.

Free agent Danilo Gallinari could become a member of the Clippers via a three-way trade with the Hawks and Nuggets, according to ESPN. Gallinari’s deal with the Clippers would reportedly be a three-year, $65 million contract. The Hawks would reportedly receive Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a first-round pick from Nike NFL Jerseys L.A. Crawford doesn’t plan on staying in Atlanta if a trade is completed, according to USA Today.

The NFL’s Twitter account shared a clip from “All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams” that reveals the moment Fisher informed his staff of his own fate. Their reactions imply that they, too, immediately realized theirs.

“We are extremely proud of Mike for his election to the All-Star team,” general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement. “It is a great accomplishment and it reflects his exceptional performance and contribution not only to the Angels but the game of baseball.

Orioles’ Chris Davis likely out until after All-Star break with ‘uncomfortable’ injury

The Orioles are going to be without Chris Davis until likely after the All-Star break losing one home run for every 15 1/2 at-bats this season. However, they are also losing a strikeout every other at-bat so maybe his absence isn’t such a bad thing.

Maddon was still fuming afterwards because the umpires overturned Anthony Rizzo’s leadoff home run — ruling it foul without going to video review. Maddon and Rizzo were obviously not happy and protested the play to be reviewed in a harsh manner.

“You have basically neutered instant replay by the way it Cheap Jordan Jerseys For Sale was handled tonight,” Maddon told reporters after the Cubs’ victory on Friday. “If it had been confirmed foul, I’m fine. But the play stood. So in other words, if we had gone right to replay immediately after it was hit and they said it was foul, I would have been in the game for nine innings.”

Maddon was also upset because later in the game the umpires Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys reviewed a home run by Gregory Polanco on a very similar situation. That only fueled Maddon and Rizzo’s fire.

“I wish the call was confirmed,” Rizzo said. “The guy made the call, then they’re going to gather? Then they don’t gather for Polanco’s? That’s kind of bulls—, in my opinion.”

The Cowboys finished 13-3 last season on the strength of the performances of Elliott, who led the league in rushing, and Prescott, who was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. If either, or both, of those players take a significant step back this season, Dallas could be in trouble.

Elliott is taking measures to ensure that doesn’t happen.

“Well, now, being more comfortable in this offense and not really worrying about having to learn what I have to do, I want to grow more as an overall player,” Elliott said on the Doomsday Podcast with Matt Mosley and Ed Werder.

NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers open to dealing draft picks, SN sources say

If you’re a team looking to add first-round picks in this year’s NBA Draft, the team to see may be the Trail Blazers, who own three first-rounders.

Love now owns averages of 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as part of Cheap Jerseys UK a quietly effective performance that has gone unnoticed with the multiple storylines unfolding around these NBA Finals as the series heads back to Oakland. How Love fits into Cleveland’s plan always seems like a question.

At least on this night, he had a good answer — as did the rest of his team.

“We have been in this situation before,” Love said. “We know that, listen, every Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China year’s different, every playoff series, every game, but we just are a team that never …”

Love stopped before finishing a thought that should resonate for a few more days.

“We never count ourselves out,” he said.

As ESPN’s Zach Lowe recently explained, though, the Warriors haven’t relied on Curry-Durant pick-and-rolls much this season. Some believe the Warriors are saving it for when it matters most — such as the upcoming NBA Finals when they face the Cavaliers for the third consecutive season — because their normal offense is good enough against everyone else. Plus, although the Warriors don’t rely on pick-and-rolls as much as other teams, they used pick-and-rolls involving Curry and Green frequently down the stretch of games last season.

Once Gregg Popovich and the Spurs unleashed their switching scheme on the Warriors during a regular-season victory, it gave other teams insight into how they could possibly slow it down. Not giving teams the ability to scout the Curry-Durant pick-and-rolls as much as Curry-Green pick-and-rolls might give the Warriors the edge they need in what should be another hard-fought series.