Marcus Smart on whether he’s about that life: I can show you better than I can tell you’

Womens Latavius Murray Jersey Like I said before, I ain’t gotta talk about what I am about, I’ll just show you. I can show you better than I can tell you, Smart told a pool of reporters during Boston’s shootaround on Tuesday. It ain’t hard to find me. You heard what he said, I don’t THINK Marcus Smart is about that life.’ Last time I checked, if you gonna say someone ain’t about that life, you should know, right? But like I said, we gonna keep this Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics, not Marcus Smart vs. Jimmy Butler.

A couple of high-level retired players who aren’t totally ancient — Steve Francis and Latrell Sprewell — went undrafted. Rashad McCants, who has floated on the fringes of the NBA for seven years or so, went No. 1 overall. Several players who hadn’t been listed in any BIG3 promotional materials, including Kwame Brown, Jerome Junk Yard Dog Williams, and Moochie Norris, were picked.

Womens Eric Fisher Jersey The league’s biggest prospective draw, Allen Iverson, didn’t show up to the draft despite being the coach, captain, and star of his team, 3’s Company. His teammate DerMarr Johnson ended up making the team’s picks (which seem bad on paper). Francis, who seemed quite invested in BIG3 as players collected in Vegas for a combine and scrimmages, going undrafted actually seems quite sad. (Do they have undrafted free agents and roster size limits in the BIG3? We’ll see.)

With that, here are the full BIG3 draft results. Special thanks to the heroes who live-tweeted the affair, Joey Devine and Sean Keane.

James Harden just put together the greatest offensive season ever

Everyone knows that James Harden just put together an incredible campaign in 2016-17. His work on offense was so brilliant, that if you take a deep dive into his season, you’ll come to the realization that no one in the history of the NBA has ever had a season on that end of the floor quite like The Beard.

Harden, without another star by his side, was the nightly focal point of his opponents’ defensive game plan. But he had counters for anything and everything coaches threw at him in putting together one of the great scoring seasons you’ll ever see. You can probably count on one hand the guys that have scored as much and as efficiently as Harden did.

But he was also so much more than that. When defenses collapsed on him, he perfected the art of leveraging that attention to create opportunities and open looks for his teammates.

Whether it was feeding Clint Capela or Nene rolling to the rim or Patrick Beverley, Eric Gordon, Lou Williams, Trevor Ariza, or Ryan Anderson spotting up for 3, Harden complemented his dynamic scoring with a historically strong job setting up his teammates. Combine those two elements together, and Harden makes quite the compelling case for the greatest season of offense … ever.

But here we are, once again, with Paul George looking at elimination at the hands of LeBron James. The Pacers had a chance to win Game 1 on the road but came up short. They also blew a 26-point lead in Game 3 at home. Neither of those things were Paul George’s fault. He’s one of the best two-way players in the game who has given everything to Indiana. But have they given it back to him?
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Solomon Thomas can be next Michael Bennett for the 49ers

C.J. Anderson Youth Jersey Solomon Thomas is one of the best defensive prospects available in the draft, and No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Thomas came in No. 2 in Dan Kadar’s edge rankings for the draft, only behind Myles Garrett.

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

Limited Kids Patrik Berglund Jersey The pick shouldn’t be too surprising, considering 49ers GM John Lynch took the same class as him at Stanford in 2014.

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SB Nation’s Stephen White doesn’t think so. Instead, he sees him more as a Jack Conklin-type player on the other end of the line. While that may sound like a slight, there are much worse things to be compared to than a player who was a first-team All-Pro selection his first season in the league.

Two semesters at two technical colleges later, he wound up back in Stevens Point, playing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association and playing a relatively tough Division III schedule that featured NCAA tournament mainstays like UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Platteville. He earned all-WIAA honors in each of his seasons, then found an unexpected opportunity knocking at his door. Chryst, the coach who had tried to lure him to Pittsburgh, was now at Wisconsin.

Samaje Perine’s vicious running style should help Washington

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Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine used his size and toughness to gain tough yards for the Sooners and will continue to do just that for Washington, who selected him 114th in the fourth round. Perine, at 5’11 and 233 pounds, is a powerful back who consistently gains yards.

Two other teams, the New Orleans Saints and Titans, have a pair of first-round picks. The Saints have the No. 11 pick as well as the No. 32 pick, which they got from the Patriots in exchange for trading receiver Brandin Cooks to New England.

The Titans will first pick at No. 5, courtesy of last year’s draft trade with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams moved up to draft quarterback Jared Goff, surrendering their 2017 first-round pick in the process.

Limited Womens Phil McConkey Jersey The Rams won’t be on the clock Thursday, but keep an eye on them. They have a history of making some blockbuster trades before or in the draft. The Patriots and Minnesota Vikings will also sit out the first round, unless they trade up.

Even if there’s not a big trade, the first day of the draft usually brings a good deal of excitement. Here’s how to watch it unfold. The Saints have more pressing needs than tailback, especially now that Adrian Peterson is officially a part of the roster. Mark Ingram is coming off his best season as a pro, and while McCaffrey could add value at several different positions — notably as a slot receiver and kick returner — there is a handful of defensive players who could have an even bigger impact at No. 11. If McCaffrey falls all the way to No. 32, it seems much more likely New Orleans would be his landing spot.

Alabama set to tie Floridas 9-year streak of 1st-round picks in the NFL draft

The 2017 NFL draft is less than a week away, and several college teams across the country will be represented as their players names get called by commissioner Roger Goodell. One draft streak that will be tied on Thursday night is that for the longest consecutive stretch with a first-round draft pick. The Florida Gators had the second-longest from 1983-91 with a first-round selection.
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Frank Clark Authentic Jersey King also reported that New Orleans believes it can draft immediate contributors between picks 25 and 75. Since defensive backs are the strength of this draft class, the Saints do not need to mortgage high picks for Butler when they could upgrade through the draft. In fact, our own Dan Kadars latest mock draft has the Saints using their No. 32 pick on LSU cornerback TreDavious White.

Butlers price tag could be too steep for New Orleans, too. Trading for Butler wouldnt be a bad idea for a Saints pass defense that ranked last in the NFL in 2016, but one cornerback cannot completely fix that secondary.

Now, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Butler will likely stay in Foxborough for another season. Even if the Saints do not try to negotiate a trade with New England for Butler, other teams will likely call the Patriots to inquire about him.

In college, when youre physically superior to your opponent, some of these issues can be overlooked, but if a lineman struggles with his base in college, he is bound to struggle in the NFL when the game is faster and more precise.

Lack of practice time, which is most appreciated by current players, has no doubt hurt offensive lineman the most, but the NFL is slowly starting to fix the process. Teams are hiring offensive line scouts specifically to help identify college players — players like Ronnie Stanley, Taylor Decker, and Jack Conklin — who are able to smoothly transition to the NFL out of their college systems.

What will the San Francisco 49ers be thinking in the 2017 NFL Draft?

Yes. Even after Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett (presumably) goes No. 1 to the Browns, the 49ers would be reaching if they tried to jump on a quarterback. The team also is not in a luxury position to take another offensive skill player, and the best offensive linemen in this class aren’t worth such high picks.

Although a safety such as LSU’s Jamal Adams or Ohio State’s Malik Hooker wouldn’t be shocking, San Francisco’s choice should come down to a couple of defensive lineman, Stanford’s Solomon Thomas or Alabama’s Jonathan Allen. Thomas is a better scheme fit and has the better overall pass-rush potential wherever he lines up in the 3-4. GM John Lynch can kick off his drafting career with a fellow Cardinal product who can be a cornerstone.

But will any of these first-round series end in an upset? The consensus from our panel is no. The Clippers-Jazz matchup is the closest, but most of our voters believe Los Angeles will emerge. Even Houston-Oklahoma City, which is a competitive battle between top MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden, is a series most believe the favorite will win.

That said, most of us are expecting these series to go long. Only a few of us predicted sweeps, even with the most lopsided of series.

The cliche is that leaders lead by example, but a leader’s true power comes from the authority that his subordinates grant him. There’s not much Chris Paul can do when he scores and scores, yet no one responds to his example. There’s not much that he can do when he forces turnovers even against bigger opponents, and his teammates turn around and give up easy buckets. There’s not much that he can do when he creates and his teammates miss great opportunities.
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Heres how we picked the Raptors-Bucks series.

The following showdown is an interesting three-six matchup between the stacked Toronto Raptors and a Milwaukee Bucks team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Raptors welcomed back Kyle Lowry from a wrist injury and ended the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the league. Its a tall order for a Bucks team just scratching the surface of what they can accomplish in the future.

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Saturdays third game is a grind-it-out matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs have a new face, Kawhi Leonard, who makes the show run on both ends of the floor. The Grizzlies still have Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol, but itll be tough for Memphis to compete with San Antonios sustained excellence over the years.

Because if hes hurt or on the Dallas Keuchel path to enigma town, the White Sox surrrrrrrre screwed up.

Is it too early to worry about that? Of course it is! Two starts, two schmarts. Velocitys good. Hes still left-handed. A substantial back catalog of excellent starts. I want my team to trade for him right now.

At the same time, this is the future for the White Sox. Once they decided they werent going to chase the rainbow dreams of a Chris Sale/Quintana/Carlos Rodon future, they wholly committed to the idea of rebuilding. That idea includes trading someone like Quintana for all the prospects, including that one. They decided to slow-play it, though, possibly because they werent enamored of the packages the Astros and Cardinals were offering, which is perfectly understandable and fine.

Devin McCourty, Chris Long appear in video explaining decision to skip Patriots’ White House visit

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Soon after a stunning Super Bowl victory, Patriots players Devin McCourty and Chris Long — along with teammates Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount and Martellus Bennett — announced that they would forgo the tradition of visiting the White House due to the election of President Donald Trump.
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On Friday, McCourty and Long appeared in a video titled StandingPats: (Be Patriots) alongside New England fans, explaining their opposition to Trump and why they made their decision to skip.

Bryant was suspended last March after failing multiple drug tests, derailing the career of one of the leagues top young wideouts. Bryant, 25, averaged 17.3 yards on 76 catches during his first two seasons and scored 14 touchdowns.

Bryant has shared videos of his training and a photo of his infant son wearing a Steelers beanie on Instagram in recent weeks, all of which can be considered positive signs of a turnaround. Bryant also posted a photo Friday of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who died Thursday at age 84 , with the message, RIP Mr. Rooney may God be with his family.

The way its looking, Bryant should soon be back with his Steelers family soon enough. The main reason Im giving my vote to Green is because of the full array of defensive talents he brings to the floor. He can guard everyone from ball handlers to bigs, and often switches onto both in the normal flow of a possession. His ability to cover so much ground, and from so many different angles, allows the Warriors to play their devastating small lineups.

Judge dismisses rape charge against former ex-DT Ray McDonald

A Santa Clara County judge has dismissed a rape charge against former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald after prosecutors said the woman who made the allegation refused to testify.
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Judge David A. Cena dismissed the charge — one count of rape of an intoxicated person — on Monday. Santa Clara County prosecutor Chris Lamiero said in a statement that he tried to convince the victim to testify, but she refused.

The 49ers released Ray McDonald in December 2014, citing a “pattern of poor decision-making.”
The woman said she slipped and fell on a pool deck at McDonald’s San Jose home in December 2014 and continued to fall after that because of her initial head injury and alcohol consumption. She accused McDonald of carrying her upstairs to his bedroom and sexually assaulting her.
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McDonald faced a maximum of eight years in prison.

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For five games, BSU was nearly untouchable. On a per-play basis, the Broncos drastically outgained two Pac-12 opponents 鈥?Washington State by 1.2 yards per play, Oregon State by 1.3 鈥?and handled two potentially confounding conference foes, Utah State and New Mexico. As Colorado State came to town, the Broncos had proved themselves by far the class of the mid-majors.

Felix Hernandez and Mike Trout gave us the at-bat of the year so far in MLB

The best player in baseball and one of the best pitchers in the game squared off for an epic at-bat on Saturday night. Mike Trout and Felix Hernandez hooked up for a 14-pitch affair in the first inning in Anaheim.

Trout, the Angels superstar with two MVP awards and three runner-up finishes in his first five MLB seasons, fouled off nine pitches from the Seattle Mariners ace. But Hernandez, the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner and two-time runner-up, got the better of the battle with a strikeout looking.

Hernandez also struck out Trout in the third inning and held the outfielder to 0-for-3 on the night, a rare bit of success against Trout, who is hitting .367/.409/.734 with seven home runs against Hernandez, the most home runs he has allowed to any player.

Hernandez left after six innings with a 3-3 tie, then Trout feasted off the Mariners bullpen, hitting a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning in the Angels’ 5-4 win.

But that 14-pitch at-bat was sure fun to watch.

This will be the 4-5 matchup, but home-court is still up in the air. A Clippers win in San Antonio, combined with a Jazz loss to a red-hot Damian Lillard and the Blazers, allowed L.A. to leap ahead. Utah closes with the top two teams in the West, so L.A. has the edge.

Current tiebreaker: The Clippers hold a 3-1 advantage over Utah.

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