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Iman Shumpert on 2015 Knicks trade: Cavs ‘grabbed me out of hell’

In the 2014-2015 season the Cavs plucked Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith out of New York and turned them into key pieces of their title-contending franchise.

In an interview with HoopsHype, which looked at several former NBA trades, Shumpert opened up about his feelings after the deal went down. At first he wasn’t overly excited because he wanted to finish what he started, but then he realized the blessing it turned out to be.

“I was never the new kid in school or anything, so this was the closest thing for me to changing schools and going through that. For me, it would’ve been cool if [things ended differently with the Knicks]. I was hurt when I got traded, so it would’ve been cool for me if I had at least gotten to play my last games with them. I was sitting out for like a month and by the time I got traded, it was a deflating USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys feeling, especially with that season that we were having.

“I just think the Big Three sitting down and getting on the same page of understanding what they need from each other on a nightly basis and understanding that they have to trust each other and also trust the team. We had that talk in front of everyone and everyone kind of gave their opinion and kind of talked about what they expected and what we needed to do better. I think from that day on, we kind of took off and we became a better team.”

Can a similar forum have the same effect in 2017? Lue, along with the rest of the team, probably hopes so. LeBron James, who quickly left the locker room and talked before the coach (which is rare), was candid by saying, “We’re just in a bad spot right now.”

James continued: “I’m never one to shortcut the process. It’s all Vip Cheap Jerseys part of the process. It’s what I live by, that’s how I built my career, so tomorrow’s another day. It’s another opportunity, but we’ve got some work to do. We don’t have a lot of time.”

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Derek Fisher is one of the most interesting outfielders on the U.S. roster

Brendan Rodgers was the first high school player selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, taken third overall by the Rockies. The middle infielder displays above-average strength and bat speed for his position. In the Single-A California League this season, he boasted a stat line of .400/.419/.700.

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Derek Fisher is one of the most interesting outfielders on the U.S. roster. He struck out 286 times in 252 games in his first two full pro seasons, but he also managed 43 home runs and 59 steals. Fisher has perhaps the best true power in the Astros’ organization. He has the speed to play center field but his arm is weak for the position. He played almost exclusively in left field during a weeklong stint with the Astros in mid-June.

Betances threw a scoreless eighth inning in Monday’s 6-3 win over Toronto, and told Sporting News that it definitely felt good mentally to have success, even though he said he’s still not all the way back to where he feels he needs to be mechanically.

“I haven’t been really getting shelled, but the walks have been hurting me. But it is what it is, they’re there,” Betances said. “I can’t do anything about it. I just gotta go out there, believe in myself and try to get guys out.”

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NBA trade rumors: For teams chasing Paul George, Lakers problem persists

When it comes to the hunt for Pacers forward Paul George, Laker-phobia still reigns, and is still complicating the team’s efforts to move him.

Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard is trying to Cheap Soccer Jerseys Kids spin some gold out of the straw that George left for him when it hit the media last week that George was bent on heading to LA. It’s tough to trade a guy when the perception sticks that he wants to be elsewhere, one way or the other. George is a free agent next summer, and originally told the Pacers (twice) that he wants to go home to Southern California.

No one’s forgetting that, much as the Pacers would like them to.

But it has not stopped teams like the Cavaliers (willing to offer Kevin Love, likely as part of a three-team deal) and Celtics (who own, potentially, two top-five picks in next year’s draft) from engaging in serious talks with the Pacers about George. And there are still darkhorses in the George Cheap Spirit Jerseys race, like the Spurs, Clippers and Rockets.

Combining Donald and J.J. Watt would give the Texans potentially the greatest defensive line pass rush the NFL has ever seen. In 2015, the last year both were healthy, they combined for 28.5 sacks and 145 tackles. Opposing offensive lines would look like the remnants of a bee hive after a bear attack. Plus, the blockers they’d occupy would create the space Jadeveon Clowney needs to feast.

In this scenario, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie protests the team’s move to Las Vegas through internal, and obvious, sabotage. Mack and Von Miller, each former NFL Defensive Players of the Year, would create so much stress that non-Bronco offensive tackles unionize to protest their team-up. It would be a terrible year to be Philip Rivers’ ACLs; he’d spend at least two Sundays each year facing those two.

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Watching Fisher get fired last season was kind of my moon landing as a longtime Rams fan

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LOOK GOOD: The 361-Mazer comes in four colorways, black/chi (think Bulls’ black and red), midnight/vibrant (think Michigan blue and maize), black/silver (think Raiders) and grapes/silver (pictured above). For my taste, the ladder was the only real option. Straight up, those joints are popping. In Cheap Quality NFL Jerseys fact, I wish 361 Degrees would’ve gone with all bold, brash colorways. Along with grapes/silver, they could’ve added brights such as highlighter yellow, aqua blue and fuchsia.

You probably saw the two clips of Fisher telling his coaching staff and his players that he was fired before the show even aired. That was the biggest story about the Rams last year, and if you had already watched those two clips, you’ve seen the narrative high point of the show.

I’m a little biased. Watching Fisher get fired last season was kind of my moon landing as a longtime Rams fan. I wanted to see more of it from All or Nothing, and really, there was nothing else interesting about the Rams last year. But it gets short shrift here as a story arc. I realize that NFL Films didn’t have cameras following Eric Dickerson around last fall; maybe they should have.

This is reality show No. 3 for the Rams since relocating. Three Cheap Reversible Jerseys shows (including one focused on the personal lives of a handful of players) about a four-win team. All that screen time is consistent with the vision articulated by the team’s COO Kevin Demoff last year who sees their business as a content production company built around a football team.

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Few players struggled with the team’s losing ways more than he did.

Should that be the case, Hayward’s decision looks very, very different. The Jazz’s competitive advantage from possessing full Bird rights transforms from a gulf to a small gap of about $5.3 million, even if he picks up that fourth-year option. That amount of money should not be scoffed at or minimized, but it is substantially smaller than the $44.55 million overall disparity, about four percent of the overall contract value for those four years and less than three percent if he opts out after the third season. (For reference, that would be a difference of about $2,000 a year for someone with a $50,000 annual salary.)

With the financial component that close, Hayward should choose his team on a wider set of factors, including team competitiveness throughout the contract, quality of life and whatever Cheap Qmjhl Jerseys else matters to him. It is entirely possible that the Jazz represent the best combination of those considerations as well. After all, they finished with a 51-31 record despite their expected starting five only playing 14 games and 152 minutes together.

Why didn’t we get more Gurley? Few players struggled with the team’s Cheap Pro Jerseys losing ways more than he did. He even gave us some insight into a locker room where it sounded like tensions were running high with his “middle school offense” comment last season. That comment came around the same time as the atmosphere around the team was described to one national insider as being like a “junior high” for all its dysfunction.

Why he’s here: Yes, he spent some time on the DL, but he’s still second in the NL in rWAR among position players, and you can be pretty sure the guy hitting .393 in 225 PAs is going to get an invite to the All-Star game.

He drove with a friend through the night to Atlanta and arrived at 3 a.m. for the morning workouts. McCoil was one of 400 participants in the tryout, and that’s how he ended up with the Eskimos.

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Mark Buerhle had a sweet buzzing going in Game 3 of the World Series

So it has been said that baseball is social sport where fans go to spend time with friends and family and grab a cold hot dog and a flat beer. But who’s to say the players can’t enjoy the game the same way?

Apparently that’s exaclty what Mark Buehrle did in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series.

Also, go figure that a roast would include NSFW jokes. Did no one at NESN see the roast of Bob Saget? Flava Flav? Rosanne Barr? No one?

But apparently the people in attendance were uncomfortable with many of the jokes told.

“Anthony [Mackie] is here because we needed someone to be racist to and Adam Jones had a game tonight,” was one joke from Tiana that was not well received.

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Doncic is arguably the most productive underage player in Europe since Pau Gasol. At 6-8, he possesses point guard skills and immense basketball IQ while playing for Real Madrid in Spain. We’ll see how he develops over the course of the next year, but he’s absolutely a candidate to go No. 1 overall.

Bamba is a freaky long center at 7-feet with a 7-9 wingspan. He also has good hands and is already an elite rim protector. The key for him is finding a role on offense (likely becoming Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys stronger on rim runs) and filling out his frame. It’d also help if he played with more consistency. But the physical tools are there as he heads to Texas in the fall.

Is the jump shot for real? If he shoots 40 percent again from 3 next season, it’s game over for a lot of teams in Michigan State’s path.

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NBA Finals 2017: Steve Kerr says Game 4 ‘got out of hand’ in third quarter

The Cavaliers stayed alive in the NBA Finals with a 137-116 victory in Friday’s Game 4.

While LeBron James scored 31 points and Kyrie Irving added a game-high 40, the discussion after the game wasn’t about Cleveland’s multiple scoring records, but how the officials stole the spotlight.

Even with a Game 3 loss in the conference finals, the Cavaliers enter the Finals firing on all cylinders. Their “Big Three” of Love, Irving and James was outstanding in closing out the Celtics, and they’ve gotten some nice contributions from the likes of Kyle Korver and Deron Williams off the bench.

But they can’t keep pace with the Warriors, winners of 27 of their last 28 games, in terms of depth. The Cavs and Warriors went seven games last year, and Cleveland returns much the same lineup this time around. Golden State has lost Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, but they brought in Durant, and Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys his playoff performance to date — 25.2 points on 55.6 percent shooting — has been exactly what the Warriors wanted when they signed him last July.

The NBA needs a good series here, and the mere fact that it’s a third straight matchup means it will be compelling. But the Warriors just have too much frontline talent.

After missing six games to injury his rookie year, Lewan has Cheap College Basketball Jerseys stayed mostly healthy and developed into one of the league’s better left tackles, making his first Pro Bowl last year. He’s also a notorious hothead who’s prone to Wholesalepenalties (including an ejection for shoving a referee), but the Titans will put up with that as long as he keeps locking down Marcus Mariota’s blind side.

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NBA playoffs 2017: LeBron James gives perfect response to fouls, funk in Game 4

LeBron James faced a unique challenge in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics on Tuesday.

How do you go into attack mode after picking up four first-half fouls? How do you bounce back from an 11-point dud and deliver that alpha masterpiece everybody is looking for every single night?

James didn’t deliver one of his 50-point specials in response, but he might have played two of the smartest quarters possible instead. He finished with 34 points in a 112-99 victory that has the Cavaliers one win away from a third straight NBA Finals appearance.

With the defending champion Cavaliers expected to face the Warriors for the third season in a row, this year’s NBA Finals will be a “historic event,” says Dave Roberts, ESPN’s vice president of production. Roberts has been aggressive since taking over as show runner on “First Take” last year, so look for a boatload of current and former NBA stars to visit the set as special guests.

“We’re all hoping that history will be made with the third-in-a-row Finals between the Cavs and Warriors. With that being anticipated, we hope to close out this NBA season as strong as we’ve Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK steelers_126been,” Roberts told Sporting News in an interview Tuesday.

Probably the most under-the-radar bust of the first round. Smith played a grand Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys total of 53 defensive snaps in his rookie year and 127 in 2015. He has 23 tackles in three years. Smith is still on the Eagles roster so I won’t grade it a complete F — perhaps he’ll find a role in Jim Schwartz’s scheme — but this is one of the bigger blunders of the Chip Kelly era in Philly.

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you get tickets to a Broadway show and you wind up with the understudy instead of the star

That’s the problem with all the whining about players who rest. It works. The Warriors and Cavaliers are the evidence. They’ve not only arrived at this Finals meeting as expected, they got here in frighteningly efficient fashion, with a combined 24-1 record.

Even the issue of respect for fans — the most legitimate of the anti-rest arguments — wobbles when the success of the Cavs and Warriors is considered. It’s bad, obviously, for national television audiences to miss out on watching the league’s stars in what should be an important game because those stars are home sipping lemonade in a hammock. It’s bad, too, for fans who bought tickets to see Curry, James or Irving, only to find Ian Clark, Richard Jefferson or Deron Williams.

But sometimes, you get tickets to a Broadway show and you wind up with the understudy instead of the star. You’re not going to get Bette Midler in “Rochelle, Rochelle” every night.

Besides, should the Cavaliers and Warriors configure their season and their plans for rest around fans in Memphis and Miami? It’s never wise to tick off the national broadcasters, but should their allegiance be toward a mid-March television audience? Shouldn’t it go toward their own fans in Cleveland and the Bay Area?

For a guy who had to learn a brand new playbook two weeks before the regular season, Bradford could’ve been a lot worse last year. He wasn’t particularly great, but Bradford did his part to avoid mistakes, throwing 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions (though he did lose Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys steelers_126five fumbles). He even set the single-season record with a 71.6 completion percentage, which will be a weird trivia answer in 10 years.

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Tom Brady: My dream is to play an NFL game in China

Tom Brady spent a busy week visiting China to promote his special line of sleepwear through Under Armour, and while there he revealed how he wants to help spread American football to the country.

Ryan has continued to step up as a leader to make sure the focus is on the upcoming year and not last season’s final game.

“When we started as a team in April, we got together before that as players down in Miami, it was time to move on. It was time to look forward,” Ryan said.

Ryan was a dominant force in 2016, throwing for 4,944 and 38 touchdowns. In the NFC title game, he stymied the Packers with four passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and 392 passing yards.

But can the Falcons be the first team since the Bills in 1993 to return to the Super Bowl after losing the previous one? Ryan thinks so.

“This year’s group is different and this team is different,” Ryan said. “We have to find a way to become the best football team that we can. Find ways to get better and improve. That’s what we are trying to do.

“Our focus is what is front of us. We learned a lot from last year. We’ll Buy Cheap Jerseys Online take those learning lessons with us, but we have to find a way to make this group the best group that we can be.”

Hill’s stats could dip next season. It’s hard to imagine teams will continue to kick to him, and they also have a full season’s worth of film on the unique ways the Chiefs featured him in the offense.

But Hill likely hasn’t reached his ceiling as a wide receiver either. Andy Reid Best Cheap Jerseys From China has made it clear he expects to get Hill more involved in the offense in 2017.steelers_038