LeBron James vs. Charles Barkley: How NBA world reacted to comments

Early Tuesday morning, LeBron James provided uncharacteristically harsh comments to ESPN regarding Charles Barkley in response to criticism leveled by the TNT analyst.

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James said about Barkley. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.”

“Even if it’s not long-term you’ve got two arms in camp, you’ve got Ryan Mallett, and you’ve got another guy Dustin Vaughan and so you need another arm at the very least, and so a guy like (Colin) Kaepernick, if they decide to go that route, would bring them insurance and enable them to have some flexibility and I think give them some options,” the NFL Insider said on “Mike and Mike” Thursday. “But there’s been so much discussion about the Kaepernick thing that I think when a team moves that’s going to be a huge talking point.”

But the question remains with Kaepernick, what will it take to get him signed? Does he want to be a backup? That may get lost in this situation. While it’s probably right that owners don’t want to sign him either because of his political views, the backlash from fans if they sign him, or simply out of spite, Kaepernick has been a starter most of his career even though he backed up Alex Smith and Blaine Gabbert at times in San Francisco.

Will he take a backup spot, or even a third spot behind Flacco and Mallett? Or is he holding out for a starting job?

Either way, with a GM like Ozzie Newsome and a coach like John Harbaugh, Kaepernick would be with a well-run organization for the former Super Bowl starter if they decide to go that route.rangers_572-115x115

His scoring averaged increased every month since the start of the season

Brogdon hasn’t played in April because of a back injury, an ailment that will keep him out at least through Milwaukee’s matchup Saturday on the road against the 76ers, but his team’s performance in his absence only highlights the significance of his presence. In three games without the 6-5, 215-pounder, the Bucks (40-39), currently sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, have gone 1-3, dropping games to the Mavericks, Thunder and Pacers. Prior to his departure, Milwaukee had won five of six, a stretch during which Brogdon was averaging 13 points, 6.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds.

Authentic Mens John Phillips Jersey His scoring averaged increased every month since the start of the season, beginning at 7.8 points per game in November and topping out at 12.7 in March to help keep the Bucks’ dreams of reaching the playoffs alive after failing to qualify in each of the previous two seasons after losing Jabari Parker for the season in early February.
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Taken with the 36th overall pick, the Virginia product is a wiley old man at 24 years old. Six of the past nine Rookie of the Year winners have been one-and-done prospects. The list includes the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the Cavs’ Kyrie Irving, the Kings’ Tyreke Evans, the Knicks’ Derrick Rose and the Warriors’ Kevin Durant. Brandon Roy was the last Rookie of the Year to exhaust his college eligibility.

McCaw has come a long way. While Warriors executive Jerry West noted that teams would be sorry they did not draft McCaw, Kerr himself admitted last summer, I didn’t know anything about Patrick because we played all the way up until about a week before the draft and I didn’t watch much college basketball, except for my alma mater. So I didn’t know who he was..

The Hawks are 35-26 after the tough loss against the Cavs.

Poeltl and Siakam are part of a bench that is now shaping up to consist almost entirely of players who are 24 or younger, including Norman Powell (who could start), Bruno Caboclo and rookie OG Anunoby. They’re a big part of what the Raptors hope is a rejuvenating facelift for a group that seemed to have stagnated after reaching the conference finals two years ago and falling back to the East semis last year.

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Friday night was a prime example. Hardaway Jr. scored 36 points off the bench to help the Hawks nearly overcome a 25-point deficit.

Sound familiar, Atlanta?

I worked with Timmy a lot, it was great to see him get buckets like that, Korver said. I told him to go get all his money. He’s earned it.

The Hawks are 35-26 after the tough loss against the Cavs. If the season ended today, the Hawks could see the Cavs for the third consecutive year in the playoffs — this time trying to stop a familiar face.

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Easily overshadowed by the vicious dunk in this clip is the All-Star-Game-caliber defense that Holiday plays on Westbrook, giving him an unobstructed path to an annihilation of Jrue’s prized new teammate. He barely moves. Take a look at other highlights from this game and you’ll find Holiday loafing around listlessly on a number of defensive plays similar to this.

This is startling for a player who comes with a strong defensive reputation, and considering the Pelicans defense is 4.2 points better per 100 possessions with Holiday on the court this season.

76ers’ Joel Embiid to undergo knee surgery

76ers big man Joel Embiid will undergo surgery to repair a previously identified meniscus tear in his left knee, the team announced Wednesday.

Embiid, who missed his first two NBA seasons due to foot injuries, will miss the rest of this season but is expected to be fully healed for the 2017-18 season when he and No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons (foot) are expected to finally take the court together.

The same guy will be putting on the No. 9 jersey for the Wizards coming out of the All-Star break, but he’ll have a different name on the back of it 鈥?and on his driver’s license. The 24-year-old used his time off to complete the lengthy process of legally changing his name to the moniker everyone always used for him anyway.

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Part of his reasoning also stemmed from the fact that McClellan is his father’s name, and Mac has no relationship with him at all.

He said his mother, Angel Johnson, and the rest of the family were on board with the change.
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The West has been so dominant at the top the past few years. You have the Warriors, Spurs and now with how James Harden has been playing, the Rockets. You’ve had your solid core for a few years. How do you guys view the championship window with all that competition in the conference?

Michael Jordan upgrades his private jet

Of course Michael Jordan has a private jet.

The greatest basketball player ever and majority owner of the Hornets, is far, far too important to fly among us commoners, even y’all big baller, shot callers, who travel first class. The man has places to be, people to see and billions of dollars in revenue to generate.

Jordan wasn’t just any basketball player (See his six championships and six Finals MVPs in six appearances). So, he can’t fly just any private jet. MJ recently got his Beyonce and Jay Z on and upgraded his PJ, wrapping his G550 in the elephant print design that has made many of his Air Jordan sneakers so popular.

Such an extension’s parameters weren’t exactly known yet due to differing reports on what exactly the salary cap will be, but it can be estimated that Cousins would have received something along the lines of $220 to $230 million over the next six years (the one year remaining on his deal, followed by the extension) had he signed the deal. It’s a lot of money for a player that has been a part of the issues in Sacramento due to his erratic behavior on the floor.

Overall, while the team’s reticence to tie up that much money in such a mercurial player make some sense, it’s hard to buy that this deal is going to turn into a better outcome than signing Cousins to that contract. There’s just not enough upside.

The clear idea here is to shift the culture of the organization. In terms of that, the team has done its job. Hield is one of the highest character prospects you’ll find around the league, a genuine force of nature that will not only lead by example in terms of hard work, but also be a terrific public face for the organization as an ambassador to the fans. It wasn’t exactly a secret around the league that the Kings coveted Hield in the 2016 NBA Draft. They think highly of him.saints_017-223x223

Yankees starter Michael Pineda reportedly might need Tommy John surgery

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Yankees fans just got potentially terrible news. Michael Pineda might be out for the year.

According to MLB.com, Pineda has a partial tear of his UCL that could require Tommy John surgery.

Now with the opportunity to go anywhere he’s wanted, Kung-Fu Panda and the franchise that made him a a three-time World Series champion reportedly have mutual interest.

According to FanRag Sports, people close to Sandoval say he would 鈥榣ove’ to go back to the Giants and some Giants people have spoken behind the scenes about the possibility, and they suggest it could be a consideration.

Current Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who is slashing .297/.321/.413 and recently activated from the DL, is expected to be moved by the deadline as San Francisco boasts the second-worst record in baseball.

Brian Roberts Jersey So do the Giants give a young player a chance to claim the role or bring back a former fan favorite at a bargain deal once he clears waivers? The latter doesn’t seem like a bad idea at this point. The Giants have nothing to lose and maybe familiar surroundings could remind Sandoval and all of us of what he’s capable.

Something else to keep in mind. Lackey’s a free agent after the season, and if he’s not part of the playoff equation 鈥?he’s probably behind fifth-starter options Eddie Butler and Mike Montgomery, too 鈥?maybe the Cubs try to trade him and get something for beyond 2017. It won’t be much, but anything is more than they’d get when he walks as a free agent (assuming a qualifying offer isn’t remotely likely).

McCoy and Joseph have seen steady progress from Lynch

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Why it might not happen: It’s still Vegas and baseball, which maybe isn’t like oil and water, but is uncomfortable for many. More importantly, the population boom of the turn of the century has slowed down significantly, and there’s the issue of where a team would play.

McCoy and Joseph have seen steady progress from Lynch, and at some point, he can match Siemian’s current floor on the way to finding his ceiling. Lynch was trying to be too much like Siemian last year, and he couldn’t compare or compete. This year, he’s in position to let it loose with his throwing and running, with the mental aspect being less of an obstacle.

That’s the difference between the Kubiak-Dennison precision passing system and McCoy. The new coordinator is better at adjusting his offense to the talents of his QB and thinking outside the box. He’s much more comfortable with freewheeling, which fits Lynch to a tee.

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Mark Schlereth on Tim Tebow: ‘Are you sure you’re left-handed?’

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After announcing he was leaving ESPN this week, the former NFL lineman made his first appearance on The Herd With Colin Cowherd Wednesday while Jason Whitlock was filling in as host.

It’s going to feel good for him. It’s going to be a good feeling, It’s going to be a good feeling for Oakland. But when we come here, we’re going to beat the dog s— out of him.

The best part is this quote came from the 11th annual Fam 1st Foundation Football Camp, which was hosted by Lynch in Oakland over the weekend. Even during a fun event for kids, the rivalry between the Chiefs and Raiders is strong.

To the original point, though, Peters said it’s dope Lynch gets to finish his career in Oakland, where he grew up. Coming from Oakland carries a certain amount of pride, and the fact the team is leaving in a few years for Las Vegas makes this even more special. Oakland residents have responded as Lynch had the top-selling jersey on NFL Shop in May.
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As for the rivalry, the Raiders’ success in recent years have made them a prime target for extra shots. The Broncos have their own beef with the Raiders, and the Chiefs’ professional hatred has grown as both teams have started piling up wins.

Look for the Chiefs and Raiders to really go at it on Oct. 19 as they face each other on Thursday Night Football.

Lue had hinted during the season that the Cavs were holding back their best PNR defense

About those defensive struggles … The big question for the Cavs all year, especially in the second half of the season, has been their inability to play consistent defense, particularly in the pick-and-roll. That appeared to be an Achilles heel heading into the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers just suffocated the most pick-and-roll heavy team in the league. Coach Ty Lue had his defense blitzing the play aggressively, taking Toronto out of its comfort zone. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have looked as healthy as they’ve been in a while, and James’ ability to read and cut off the pick-and-roll was a factor in forcing Toronto into poor shots.

Lue had hinted during the season that the Cavs were holding back their best PNR defense, and the way Cleveland handled Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan indicates he was right. The Cavaliers allowed Toronto 0.90 points per possession and 44.4 percent shooting on ballhandler pick-and-rolls against the Raptors, which would put them right in the middle of the pack in postseason rankings. (Against the roll man, they allowed 1.03 points per possession and 48.6 percent shooting, also middle of the pack.) The Cavaliers don’t need to be top-tier against the play, they just need to be decent. And they were.

What they won’t do: Bring back this same group. Doing so would vault them at least $30 million over the luxury tax, for a total bill of something like $250 million. You don’t pay that for a noncontender.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe spoke with the team’s general manager, Masai Ujiri, after Sunday’s loss and came away believing the Raptors won’t be able to retain everyone on the roster. There’s just not enough money to go around to keep stars Lowry and Serge Ibaka along with key contributors such as PJ Tucker and Patrick Patterson.

Charles Barkley blasts ‘idiots who use analytics’ in rant about NBA player rest

The player rest argument has subsided for the most part now that the NBA playoffs are in full swing, but Charles Barkley is still talking about it. Appearing Monday morning on ESPN’s Mike & Mike the basketball analyst started talking about player rest after complimenting Russell Westbrook.

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I only played in one organization my entire career, but the biggest thing is I came here and I was embraced. not only by the city, by up top, Wade said of the Bulls. I was embraced by the coaches, the players, and it was some good moments and some bad moments, just like every season. But I don’t regret my decision at all.