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

Mark Schlereth says it’s a good thing Tim Tebow is now playing minor league baseball instead of football.
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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.

De’Anthony Thomas Mens Jersey Whether there are a lot of options (elsewhere in the league) or not, I’m in a very good situation. As a player, you can decide what you want to do. And I have a lot of money to decide if I want to take it or not. It’s not a bad thing because I worked my butt off for it over my career, so no rush in my mind. I’ve got at least a month before my mind starts going there. I’m just going to get away and let my hair grow a little bit, get a tan.”

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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.

Here’s why LaVar Ball was so upset with Kristine Leahy

LaVar Ball has apparently been holding a grudge against The Herd co-host Kristine Leahy for at least a month.

During an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, Ball’s obvious disdain toward Leahy was evident from his first interaction with her, telling Leahy to stay in her lane.

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Isaiah Thomas, Boston’s diminutive All-Star point guard, played pickup basketball with Markelle Fultz last summer at the University of Washington and he recently said Fultz will be the No. 1 pick, for sure, according to Mass Live. Could the two point guards share the court not only in pickup games during the offseason but on an NBA court as teammates?

While it’s easier said than done, and requires Brooklyn’s league-worst record to pay off for Boston on lottery night, both players are optimistic to the possibility of playing together on the Celtics.

19.9 percent odds of No. 1 pick — The Suns addressed their frontcourt needs in last year’s NBA draft when they selected forward Dragan Bender and made a draft day trade for Marquese Chriss. Josh Jackson would immediately help Phoenix on the wing, where he would play alongside leading scorer Devin Booker and a trio of point guards from Kentucky — Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Tyler Ulis — who remain under contract next season.
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Quintin Demps was signed as the presumptive leader in his 10th NFL season

The delayed opening of the Rams’ new stadium from 2019 to 2020 was key in the NFL’s decision to push back. The Rams are set to be the home team for a game in China, and have to give up a home game for an international one in 2019.

According to Sports Business Daily, the numerous moving parts surrounding the NFL’s multiple international games also contributed in the decision to wait another year. The NFL has five international games this upcoming season, with four in London and one in Mexico City.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell first spoke about the possibility of a game in China during the owners meeting last March.

Authentic Youth DeMario Davis Jersey The size and the influence of China in the global marketplace is obviously something that you can’t ignore, Goodell said. You can’t ignore that as a sport, or a business, or as a nation. We know we have lots of fans over there, and more importantly, potential fans over there.

Goodell added that multiple teams were interested in playing globally, but China was a bigger interest.

Quintin Demps was signed as the presumptive leader in his 10th NFL season, and he’ll slide in at strong safety. Amos returns at free, but fourth-round pick Eddie Jackson has a chance to steal that position. Deiondre’ Hall is moving to safety to provide further depth alongside fellow youngsters Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson.

The Bears have three solid corners at the top of their depth chart in free-agency acquisition Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan. But depth behind them — Sherrick McManis, Johnthan Banks, Marcus Cooper, B.W. Webb, Cre’Von LeBlanc — might be an issue.

JJ Redick agrees to one-year deal with 76ers

The 76ers have added a much-needed veteran presence to what will likely be one fo the youngest starting lineups in the NBA next season.

After trading up to take University of Washington product one-and-done point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, Philadelphia has come to terms with 11th-year sharpshooter JJ Redick to fill out their backcourt. The tandem cold accompany a frontline that will may consist of last year’s top pick Ben Simmons, who’s yet to turn 21, and 2016-17 Rookie of the Year candidates 23-year-olds Dario Saric and Joel Embiid.

Of course, there’s a good chance Thomas was aware of his new teammate’s reported decision before the rest of the NBA world did. Still an impressive reaction time to Haynes’ tweet.

The Celtics, Heat and Jazz reportedly coveted Hayward before Boston apparently made a strong enough impression to take one of the biggest 2017 free agents off the market. Which is why newly-acquired Utah guard Ricky Rubio’s reaction to Hayward’s decision not to re-sign with the Jazz was, well, the opposite of Thomas’ reaction.

The only beam of hope for Rubio and the Jazz: Hayward’s agent told ESPN a decision had not yet been made despite Haynes’ report.

Thomas, 28, is entering the final season of his four-year contract with the Celtics. Terms of Hayward’s reported deal were not immediately known.

Hayward, drafted by Utah in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in seven seasons with the Jazz.

Meet the Bears season-ticket holder suing to wear Packers gear

A Bears season-ticket holder is suing the team to wear Packers gear.

Let that soak in as the NFL’s oldest and fiercest rivalry lands in federal court.

Russell Beckman alleges in his lawsuit that the Bears wouldn’t let him wear Packers gear on the sideline during pregame warmups last season during a season-ticket holder event, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Authentic Mens Devin Hester Jersey Beckman, who also has Packers season tickets, lives in Mount Pleasant, Wis., approximately 75 miles north of Chicago’s Soldier Field and 140 miles south of Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Cons: Kessler still went 0-8 as the starter, and unless he separates himself in training camp this also feels more like a stop-gap than a real-time solution for a franchise that has played alphabet soup with quarterbacks. Kessler’s accuracy is a plus, but in those eight games he had just 17 completions of 20 yards or more. When you are taking more sacks than completing chunk plays in the passing game, that’s a problem. That’s obviously not all Kessler, but it’s a factor in the decision.
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It looks like it would be easy to hit a homer, I thought. The Braves and Reds apparently agreed.

After only a few pitches from Braves starter Doyle Alexander, the Reds’ first two batters Daniels and Tracy Jones had gone deep. An inning later, the Reds’ Kurt Stillwell also homered. Then Braves catcher Bruce Benedict homered. An inning after that, Murphy homered. Then Ken Griffey. The Launching Pad was at its launchiest.

Reds starter Bill Gullickson did not enjoy serving up all those launches. So, after Griffey’s homer, he plunked Braves shortstop Andres Thomas, who immediately charged the mound and set off a bench-clearing brawl. The whole series of events was, as you might imagine, quite enjoyable to my 11-year-old eyes.

Eric Decker excited about working with Titans’ Marcus Mariota

Eric Decker didn’t need much convincing to play football in Nashville.

One huge factor was working with young quarterback Marcus Mariota, who will be entering his third season with Tennessee. Decker said he admires Mariota and believes they will have great chemistry on the field.
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He’s among some of the most powerful guys in the league, Rangers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy told Sporting News. You put him up there with Aaron Judge, you put him up there with Giancarlo Stanton, in terms of power.

Since being drafted by Carolina in April, McCaffrey’s in-person interactions with the Panthers prior to Thursday were limited to a two-day rookie camp in the first week of May.

When McCaffrey was home in Colorado, he relied on nightly phone calls with Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper, who spent 45 minutes to an hour per day reviewing, explaining and quizzing the rookie running back on the latest batch of plays that the team had installed.

McCaffrey texted with his fellow running backs and studied the Panthers’ linebackers because that’s who you go against every day. He trained with strength and speed coach Loren Landow, and he worked on his route running with his father, former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.
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McCaffrey said several times that the rule that kept him from using Carolina’s facilities is what it is, but the rookie is in favor of changing it.

I would, he said, or at least make some exceptions.

Golden State has captured a lead in the first quarter of Games 1 and 2 with great energy.

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They just took it to us right from the beginning, Kerr said of Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals. I remember our offense was pushed back to half court the first few possessions. They set a great tone. I think they went up big right away, and so we got to be ready for that initial force.

Golden State has captured a lead in the first quarter of Games 1 and 2 with great energy. Can they manufacture that same fire without the Oracle Arena crowd and avoid becoming complacent?

There are a couple of things worth noting about this possession. The first is that Curry is the screener and Durant is the ball handler. The Warriors aren’t the first team to figure out the mismatches a 3-1 or 4-1 pick-and-roll can create, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s highly unusual for a 6-3 point guard to set a screen on a 7-footer in the pick-and-roll.

Elite Kids Corey Peters Jersey The second is the opportunities putting Durant and Curry in a pick-and-roll creates for the Warriors. Durant averaged 0.97 points per possession as the ball handler in the pick-and-roll during the regular season, which was good enough for him to rank in the 85.4 percentile. Curry, who made 46.2 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in the regular season, is in position to pop to the perimeter and Clark, who made 41.5 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, camps out in the corner. No matter how the Spurs decide they’re going to defend the action, they’re going to give up a high percentage look to someone in their sweet spot.

In this situation, the Spurs choose to trap Durant in the pick-and-roll and send Clark’s defender at Curry to take away an open 3-pointer. Bryn Forbes is successful with the latter 鈥?he shows just enough to prevent Curry from rising up 鈥?but he slips on his closeout and isn’t able to recover to Clark in time. As a result, the Spurs give up an open 3-pointer to Clark in the corner, which he knocks down with ease.

Draymond Green laughs at Magic Johnson’s claim about sweeping Warriors

Magic Johnson made the assertion last year that his Showtime Lakers would have defeated the 2015-16 Warriors, but he took it a step further Monday night. Speaking at event with Pat Riley, Johnson said not only would his team have defeated the now-improved Warriors team with Kevin Durant, but predicts it would have swept them.

According to Johnson, the reasoning is that this Warriors team is too little. He also said, Zaza [Pachulia], I’m sorry, referencing the Warriors’ starting center’s chances against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the paint.

Monroe called out Jackson’s decision to complement Anthony with a high-volume shooter like Derrick Rose, and another low-percentage shooter like Courtney Lee, neither of whom is great defensively.
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If they’re doing the triangle, that’s a slower game and they’re going to need more spot shooters, Monroe said.

While he did praise the pickup of a player like Joakim Noah who is a fit for the triangle, that one addition doesn’t make up for all the other pieces that were shoehorned into the Knicks’ roster.

The nostalgia of the 1973 Knicks’ championship may be wearing off for Earl The Pearl and it may just be a matter of time before other Knick legends stop backing the Zen Master.