Cavs’ Kyrie Irving waiting patiently during ‘peculiar’ offseason

There may be no other way to describe the Cavaliers’ offseason than “peculiar,” and that’s exactly what Kyrie Irving called it Tuesday.

“We’re in a peculiar place,” he said at Sports Illustrated’s “Fashionable 50” event in Los Angeles. “The best thing we can do is handle things with class and professionalism. Obviously we have a great owner that’s willing to spend a little money on guys that he believes in. At this point, we just see what happens throughout the summer.”

It wasn’t just what Labissiere did. It’s how he did it.

Labissiere was efficient, connecting on 11 of 15 attempts from the field and made the most of his trips to the foul line, knocking down nine of 11 free throws. Though he didn’t block a shot, he added a pair of steals and was only whistled for a personal foul twice. No doubt his presence alone in the middle contributed to the Suns shooting 40.2 percent from the field, well below their season average of 45.2. And he was clutch, scoring 21 in the fourth quarter, including the Kings’ first 14 in the quarter.

“And it’s a long, strenuous season and the NBA does a great job of putting the schedule together as best as they can. You’re going to have back-to-backs. You’re going to have certain games where certain things fall on certain nights, but a coach’s job is to figure out a way for their team to compete for a championship, not compete for a game.”

Little-known Suns forward Alan Williams continued his run of strong form by Cheap Knicks Jerseys scoring 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 12 rebounds in a 120-103 win over the Hornets. Williams Cheap Kids Jerseys has now scored in double figures each of his last four games.

Warriors, Timberwolves to play pair of preseason games in China

The Warriors and Timberwolves are headed overseas.

Golden State and Minnesota have been slated to play a pair of preseason games in China as part of the NBA Global Games China 2017, the NBA announced Monday.

The teams are scheduled to tip off in Shenzhen on Oct. 5 and again in Shanghai on Oct. 8.

“It was very disrespectful,” Brandon Jennings said.

Jennings, seeing McGee going for the 3-point attempt, purposely fouled the Warriors center for taking the shot.

“Thank God he didn’t go to the rack, it probably would have been worse for him. But any time like that, I think you should let [the] clock run out. I think it was already disrespectful that they were trying to get Draymond a triple-double, Steph was out there with 40. So, I just felt it was disrespectful.”

John Wall stood up for his teammate: “Whenever a team is up like that, supposedly, you just hold the ball and take a shot-clock violation. So what Brandon did, I don’t think it was dirty. I think it was the right play. You don’t let nobody try to embarrass you and I think that’s what they were trying to do.”

McGee, however, didn’t really care about their comments.

“I’m glad Brandon fouled me,” he said. “I was going to air ball that three. Shout out to Brandon Jennings.”

Self has a good thing going at Kansas and five years on his contract, so Wholesale Jerseys China it would take a very enticing offer to draw him away from Lawrence. He was under consideration for Wholesale NFL Jerseys China the Cavaliers job when it went, eventually, to David Blatt, and it’s hard to imagine him leaving the Jayhawks for a rebuilding project.

He has had to manage some difficult situations and oversized egos, but has maintained a high level of success. It might be a few years before he takes the chance, but Self has been and will remain on the NBA’s radar.

Breaking down new-look Browns: Hue Jackson’s vision will be clear in fresh depth chart

The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 1-15 season, but a flurry of offseason trades, free-agency moves and draft picks has flipped the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.

Cleveland will build around No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett on defense, and the offense added a new quarterback in DeShone Kizer to the mix. Second-year coach Hue Jackson, general manager Sashi Brown and chief strategy office Paul DePodesta have a vision, and it will be interesting to see how that looks this season.

Paying that foursome will be challenging in and of itself, but adding capable support players around them poses a real problem as the cap stays stable over the next few seasons Cheap NCAA Jerseys but their salaries rise either through new contracts or eight percent annual raises. It is entirely possible that ownership will buy in to this core’s ability to contend, but it would come with hefty luxury tax bills starting as soon as 2018-19 and continuing until at least 2020-21 unless the league landscape changes abruptly Cheap NFL Jerseys Good Quality during that time.

That approach also put more pressure on general manager Dennis Lindsey to either retain George Hill or find a similarly capable point guard quickly because Utah missed the 2016 playoffs in no small part because of their lack of a capable player at the position. Lindsey answered by trading for Ricky Rubio, but will that be enough? Considering Hayward has only made the postseason twice in his career, he could expect playoff appearances as a baseline for a potential suitor.

That brings Utah’s other major challenge into focus: long-term expenses. Lindsey and a strong Jazz front office have done a wonderful job drafting Hayward, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood while also adding quality veteran depth around them, but eventually those draft successes become substantially costlier (Incidentally, I wrote about this inevitability with the Jazz in October 2015).

four players in one offseason run off for a full year over marijuana.

Everything that marijuana advocates connected to the NFL — the Eugene Monroes, Nate Jacksons and others — have said has fallen on deaf ears. All the information available about pain management has led to no serious change.

Everybody who has said, out loud or behind the scenes, about preferring to see players light up than to see them get drunk and do something truly dangerous, gets tuned out. Gordon’s original suspension, back in 2014, was based partly on a DWI arrest, as was Aldon Smith’s 2015 ban, which has not yet been lifted. The Packers’ Letroy Guion was arrested last month and charged with DUI.

The contradictory slaps on the wrist for far more heinous offenses can be recited by heart by now. Ray Rice. Josh Brown. Greg Hardy. The one- or two- or four-game hits for driving drunk, carrying guns, using performance-enhancers and being recklessly dangerous on the field.

In the midst of all that, though … four players in one offseason run off for a full year over marijuana.

It’s time to stop asking what the players were thinking, and ask the NFL the same thing.

But there’s a possibility the move could backfire. Harden’s finest seasons as a pro have come as his team’s primary ballhandler, where he’s proven he’s more than just a shooting guard. While Paul Cheap Moto X Jerseys is an unselfish playmaker, he’s also taken an average of 14 shots per Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids game throughout his storied career. There may not be enough looks to go around in the Houston backcourt.

Dolphins practiced kicking frozen footballs to prepare for wild-card game in Pittsburgh

Clay Matthews forced a fumble as he sacked Eli Manning on the second play of the Giants’ drive with a little less than nine minutes to play, and thanks to a weird sequence, Matthews also recovered Cheap Jerseys No Shipping Fees said fumble. Players initially stood around thinking Manning’s fumble was an Cheap Jerseys Online Free Shipping incomplete pass and therefore a dead ball, but it was a live and well. Matthews got the ball and gave Green Bay great field position (its own 45-yard line) to try to seal the game. It was the first turnover of the game.

The Dolphins are doing what they can to prepare for Sunday’s wild-card game against the Steelers, even if that means freezing footballs.

Miami’s punter and place kicker used pre-cooled footballs to prepare for the frigid temperatures in Pittsburgh, according to the Associated Press.

The reasoning is because the footballs become harder when its colder, and the air pressure in them fall. That means the balls can’t be kicked as far.

They definitely become hard in the colder weather,special-teams coordinator Darren Rizzi said. But theres only so much you can do in this kind of weather to practice. We actually put balls in the freezer, believe it or not. But you bring them out, and five minutes later theyve thawed out.

The Dolphins won’t have to worry about the balls thawing in Pittsburgh. The temperature for the Sunday afternoon game is expected to be 15 degrees.

Why not a third Aaron Rodgers-to-Randall Cobb connection for six A 16-yard touchdown on third down capped what arguably was the Packers’ most important drive of the game 10 plays, 80 yards and, most important, 5:14 off the clock in the fourth quarter. It was Rodgers’ fourth touchdown pass of the game, which tied a Packers postseason single-game record. 31-13, Packers.

Tom Henke’s early retirement might’ve cost him the Hall of Fame

In September 1995, Tom Henke capped a triumphant final season.

Pitching a single season for the Cardinals, near where he grew up in Missouri, Henke notched 36 saves with a 1.82 ERA, winning the Rolaids Relief Man Award. His 1.4 Wins Above Average that year are tied with Mariano Rivera for the fourth-best final season by a reliever in baseball history.

When the Falcons were up 28-3 on the heavily favored Patriots, it felt intoxicating … and yet, not real. The mighty Tom Brady was reduced to a sad meme on his way to breaking Brett Favre’s record for most postseason interceptions.

Then the comeback began — a historic comeback that proved NFL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Lions Jerseys this Super Bowl lied between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. The Falcons wouldn’t run the ball when they were up by eight late in the game. Matt Ryan was sacked and fumbled the ball. Julian Edelman made the kind of improbable catch that had only happened against the Patriots before. The two-point conversion was good. Overtime.

And then we got the ending we knew in the pit of our stomachs was coming all along, leaving us in nightmare hellscape from which we can’t escape. “To Serve Man” is a cookbook. Conrad the Astronaut’s room on Mars is a zoo exhibit. Henry Bemis has all the time in the world for his books … and then his glasses broke.

The Patriots win their fifth title; the Falcons come tantalizingly close, only to let their first-ever Lombardi Trophy slip from their grasp.

Here is where the scowls and furrowed brows begin.

According to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia, Wilson sought the help of Philip Goglia after recommendations from his wife Ciara, as well as his former trainer Gunnar Peterson. Goglia is the founder of Performance Fitness Concepts, a performance nutrition and rejuvenative health and wellness clinic.

Goglia increased Wilson’s daily caloric intake from 2,700 to 4,800, and cut out dairy and gluten. His days chowing down food look like this:

The diet has helped Wilson go from 225 pounds with 16 percent body MLB Authentic Jerseys fat to 214 pounds with 10 percent body fat.

“Still doing it religiously,” Wilson said with regards to keeping a strict diet. “Just trying to really focus on trying to eat really, really well and have great nutrition. I think it’s critical. It allows you to wake up feeling good, feeling strong. It allows you to excel throughout the day and have tons of strength and energy.”

Here is where the scowls and furrowed brows begin. Five minutes didn’t go by in the offseason without another conversation about how the Saints needed another pass rusher to complement a pretty solid line that featured Cam Jordan. They had two first-round picks, moved up on Day 2 as part of the Cooks trade … and didn’t end up picking one. Nor did they sign an impact pass rusher.

They do have Nick Fairley inside, on the comeback trail. They also have Sheldon Rankins, a 2016 first-round pick expecting to play a full season after breaking his leg in training camp last year. And they shored up other areas of their defense. But it will be less noticeable as long as they have questions up front.

Yankees, Red Sox interested in Marlins infielders

The Marlins could be among the most active sellers before the July 31 trade deadline, and the Yankees and Red Sox are ready to take advantage of their situation.

According to USA Today Sports, the Red Sox have informed Miami of their interest in third baseman Martin Prado, while the Yankees are intrigued by first baseman Justin Bour.

Bour would be a coup for the Yankees. The 29-year-old slugger is Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply enjoying a breakout season, hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in 65 games this season. Bour, who throws right-handed, but bats left-handed would enjoy Yankee Stadium’s short right-field fence.

That makes the Timberwolves, flush with nearly $30 million in cap space, a suddenly dangerous competitor for teams looking to keep their point guards. Minnesota is certain to make a play for Toronto All-Star Kyle Lowry, as has been rumored, and could see New Orleans’ Jrue Holiday as a backup plan. Holiday and his agents have been pushing for a max deal from the Pelicans, who sorely need to keep him.

So while Brady didn’t really say much of anything, it is worth noting that he at least acknowledged the comments made by his wife. This is the first time he’s answered a question about it, and considering his profile, it likely won’t be the last.

But even with all of the concussion concerns, Brady reiterated to ESPN that he wants to play into his mid-40s. And he says Gisele will continue to root him on, even if she doesn’t like what it’s doing to him.

“She’ll support me as long as I continue to want to play,” Brady said on “E:60.” “She’s like my mom, the two of them sitting next to each other in the suite watching me get hit all day, I’m sure is not fun. They know how well I take care of myself, too.”

Russell Wilson launches ‘elite QB’ training academy

Move over Mannings. There’s a new NFL quarterback entering the world of instructional quarterback academies.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has started a new academy, called RWQB, which claims it will provide “the highest level of instruction for quarterbacks of all ages, NFL, college, and high school.”

McFadden released the following statement Monday night:

“The other night, while at home, I received a call from my nephew that Cheap Discount Jerseys there was a shooting at the club where he and some of my relatives were. He told me that he got shot, many other people were shot and that some of my relatives were among those shot. Out of concern for all of the people affected by this horrible tragedy, I went down to the scene to check on my relatives and to offer any help I could.

“I appreciate all of the people who have reached out to check in on my family. We all appreciate your kind words and prayers. At this time, I am asking people to respect the privacy of my family and their medical status.

“Finally, I want to again send my thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the shooting.”

McFadden’s mother told relatives Marvell Harris (23), Wallace Muhammad (35), and Marquette Muhammad (16) were shot and others were inside the club when shots were fired during a concert. The condition of McFadden’s relatives were not disclosed.

But Boston might not be done just yet. According to Chris Mannix of The Vertical, the Celtics could be a potential trade suitor for Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. Boston has a treasure Nike NFL Jerseys From China chest full of assets (Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, multiple first-round picks) that may interest Memphis. However, the Grizzlies would be embracing a full rebuild in that scenario, and they likely would demand a huge package in exchange for Gasol’s services.

Dodgers’ Corey Seager day to day with hamstring injury

Corey Seager will be missing in action most of this week.

A $5 million payment goes to a player who has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The estate of a second player will receive $4 million because he was found after his Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale death to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease of the brain. Based on the payout amounts, both players played at least five seasons and were at least 45 years old.

The original settlement was approved in 2015 between the NFL and thousands of former players in a class-action lawsuit, and upheld in appeals court in 2016. The settlement process began accepting claims in late March, and a process for evaluating former players’ eligibility began June 6.

The AP reports nearly 15,000 former players have registered for benefits, out of a potential pool of more than 20,000. Players with Alzheimer’s, dementia, ALS or Parkinson’s are eligible for benefits.

Under terms of the original settlement, it “cannot be considered an admission by the NFL of liability, or an admission that plaintiffs’ injuries were caused by football.”

The Cowboys used back-to-back picks on cornerbacks, with Chidobe Awuzie from Colorado in the second round, and Jourdan Lewis out of Michigan in the third round. They also got a couple of late-round secondary players, safety Xavier Woods and cornerback Marquez White, in the sixth round.

The Cowboys brought in free agent Nolan Carroll, who previously played for the Eagles. Carroll was arrested for DWI this offseason and could miss time if the NFL decides to suspend him for it. These new players join Orlando Scandrick, who started 10 games for Dallas last year, and Anthony Brown, who had nine starts. There’s going to be a heated competition for starting roles.