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Authentic Kids Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey The important thing is that as long as you keep the main thing the main thing and you really know whose opinions you are really evaluating in terms of what’s important, who’s in the know in terms of what goes on day-in-and-day-out and that’s really our players and our coaches, McVay added. Those are the guys that you’re doing it with, that you’re going through the ups and the downs together.

It’s been nice to come to camp and just (having) no B.S. He and I can get to know the real one another. That’s been good. You kind of get back to football and being players. You get through all that — any awkwardness or anything else that might be there — and you just have fun.

Smith’s approach stands in stark contrast to how some other lame-duck quarterbacks handled themselves once a successor was tabbed. For example, Green Bay’s Brett Favre had an instant dislike for Aaron Rodgers after the latter was drafted in 2005. Sam Bradford also asked Philadelphia management for a trade — which was ultimately granted (to Minnesota) even after the request was rescinded — once it was clear the Eagles were selecting Carson Wentz in last year’s draft.

The crazy irony is that, while much of the league (usually under the cowardly cloak of anonymity) condemned Kaepernick’s protests and swore that they wanted no part of him, Kaepernick had no bigger supporter than 49ers owner Jed York, stood up for the QB’s constitutional rights and donated to related causes.

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But that’s our city. It’s very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help. Not be there to help with the recovery. Not be there to help with the process. It’s very tough.

As of Sunday night, the goal of $200,000 was raised in less than two hours, which prompted Watt to encourage people to try and reach a goal of $500,000. By Monday morning, over $300,000 had been raised.

Jenkins told reporters Long pulled him aside prior to the game to tell him he wanted to do something in support of Jenkins.

I asked him just a couple of questions, really the main thing was what message was he trying to get across, and that message was that more white men should feel the need, especially after what’s recently transpired in Charlottesville, but even before that, that more white males should take the position of an ally, in support, Jenkins said, via the Philadelphia Daily News. Not somebody who’s trying to undermine or take over or draw attention to themselves, which is why I don’t think he did exactly what I was doing. Just being able to stand alongside a teammate or brother and say ‘I support you’ I think goes a long way.

The best player in basketball retired in 1993 and tried his hand on the diamond in 1994.

Jordan’s tenure in pro baseball was fascinating, but it didn’t last long. He played one season with the White Sox’ Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. (Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf also owns the Bulls.) He was back on the hardwood in 1995.
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Tebow, the Heisman Trophy- and national title-winning quarterback from Florida, is in the midst of the same transition. Drafted by the Broncos in 2010, Tebow didn’t play in an NFL game after 2012, and he formally left the league when he signed to play ball with the Mets in September 2016. After a brief, poor-hitting stint in the Arizona Fall League last year, Tebow started playing in-season minor league ball this year.

First, a comparison of two stat lines: Jordan’s as a 31-year-old in Double-A in 1994, and Tebow’s as a 29-year-old with Low-A Columbia earlier this year. (Tebow was recently promoted to High-A Port St. Lucie, and I’ll get to that in a couple of seconds.)
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So if this thing dies out in 20 years, it dies out in 20 years, the Bengals’ veteran tackle said Monday on Cincinnati television station WCPO. That’s not really my concern, and I don’t think it’s any of these players’ concern in here either.

The NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2021. Given the unrest between owners and the union the past couple of years, not to mention NFL players complaining about their NBA counterparts getting far more lucrative contracts, many see another work stoppage on the horizon. (There was a 132-day lockout in 2011 before the current CBA was finalized.)

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Perhaps the most interesting team-building exercise is being held in Philadelphia, where the Sixers added two high-quality veterans to The Process on Saturday. J.J. Redick signed a 1-year, $23 million contract while Amir Johnson joined at one year and $11 million. The Sixers still have plenty of space left should a good young player come available or a team need a cap space dumping ground.

Philly has an opening in a weak East. Three 2017 playoff teams — the Hawks, Bulls, and Pacers — are at serious risk of falling out of the bracket. The only outside team who will be penciled into the postseason by just about everyone is Miami, based on their epic run in the back half of last season.

And when Ball claimed Summer League MVP honors despite sitting Monday’s championship showdown against the Trail Blazers, it was Kuzma whose play solidified the franchise’s first-ever summertime crown. The Utah product put up 30 points on 6-of-10 shooting from downtown and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead his Lakers to a 110-98 victory. He won Summer League Finals MVP as a result.

That’s why after his July 12 matchup against the 76ers, I caught Kuzma just before he headed to the team bus. With all the hype surrounding Ball, I wondered, did he feel he had something to prove?

“Yeah for sure,” Kuzma told SB Nation. “I wouldn’t say prove that I belong on this team but that I belong on this level. I’ve been doubted my entire life. So for me to come out here, I wanted to prove that I was worth that 27th pick. I think I’ve showed that.”

After hitting the jackpot in the draft lottery to land Ball with the No. 2 overall pick, it appears Magic Johnson has struck gold once again. Kuzma can play both the three and four. He can guard virtually every position and has the length, speed, shooting stroke, and athleticism that fits perfectly with Los Angeles’ point guard of the future.
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Heat’s Norvel Pelle obliterated 2 shots without mercy within seconds of each other at Summer League

I’m a big fan of Norvel Pelle, a 6’11 hyperathletic center who turned pro before even playing in college a few years back. Here’s what he can do.

Pelle was supposed to get his chance this year during Summer League, but then the Miami Heat big man was buried when the team traded for A.J. Hammons. Pelle only played one game before this, a nine-minute appearance where he committed five fouls but blocked three shots. On Saturday, he appeared again, blocking three more shots in just eight minutes, notably those two above.

He does that a lot, as seen here.
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Pelle isn’t the most polished player, but if you want an athletic 7-footer (basically) who can block shots, there’s no reason not to bring him in. How many of those are there really out there?

Durant is the best free agent for the second straight year, and he’s in the conversation for best basketball player in the world. Unlike 2016, though, Durant isn’t switching teams. He’s relishing life in the Bay Area too much, especially after a dominant NBA playoffs run and championship.
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Chris Paul may have bolted for Houston but Griffin is staying in LA. The Clippers and Griffin agreed to a deal worth 5 years, $173 million right before free agency kicked off. Griffin is a majestic scorer and rebounder and one of the best passing big men in the league, but he hasn’t played anything close to a full season since 2014. He’s a max-contract player regardless. His health will likely determine again whether this works out or not for the Clippers.

LaVar Ball just picked up a technical.

I know I’m being a stickler, but it sounds like I’m playing NBA Jam. It feels like Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy didn’t record their audio at the same time. There isn’t any true back and forth between them. It’s not a big deal, but it is something I noticed.

The first part of the demo seemed super stiff and then I realized that my custom character was a scrub who didn’t have any dribble moves.
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Limited Youth Rod Woodson Jersey LaVar Ball just picked up a technical. Points to the ref and looks at the crowd, We need to get someone else in here.

This was just another chapter in the Big Baller Brand book, but what truly demands attention is LaVar’s sexist and disrespectful tirade about the female official directly following the game:

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I know what she trying to say: ‘Oh I gave him a tech. I’m strong.’ That ain’t got nothing to do with it. Just call the game. If you’re going to be qualified, you better be in shape and you better know the game. And she’s bad on both of them. She’s not in shape, she’s not calling the game right. And she don’t understand.

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Team Africa is headlined by Serge Ibaka, Victor Oladipo and Dennis Schroder. Joel Embiid will be present but will not play as he recovers from a meniscus tear.

Team World is loaded with familiar faces, including DeMarcus Cousins, C.J. McCollum, Kyle Lowry, Andre Drummond, as well as both Kristaps Porzingis and Dirk Nowitzki, who spent time working out together this summer.

Team World beat Team Africa, 101-97, in the inaugural game. Now, Team Africa will attempt to exact revenge and get a victory against a tough opponent.

Combined with the guys who had one-off performances against his team, this leads to one pretty big conclusion: as an executive, Rivers seems to care a lot more about whether he once saw a player performing well than he worries about whether a player is actually any good. There are more factors in scouting NBA players now than at any point in the league’s existence, but for Rivers, I remember this guy, and he was good! still seems to be the biggest criterion.

I don’t want to say Rivers has done a bad job with the Clippers. They’ve been a good team in all three seasons he’s coached them, and he did a really good job as coach of the Celtics, so his basketball acumen deserves the benefit of the doubt. But Rivers has definitely been un-inventive when thinking about who to add to his team.

The Clippers are in a weird place.

Ryan Mathews released after 2 years with Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have moved on from Ryan Mathews, releasing the running back on Tuesday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Mathews spent most of the offseason recovering from neck surgery and missed the beginning of camp. He was released after passing a physical.

“We wany to thank Ryan for his contributions to the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We spoke today and had a productive conversation about his future and the direction of our team going forward. First and foremost, we are glad that Ryan is healthy and has been cleared to return to football activities, but given the current state of our running back position, we feel like it is best for both sides to go in a different direction. We wish him all the best as he continues his career.”

Philadelphia will head into the remainder of preseason with LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and rookie Donnel Pumphrey on the depth chart.

Either way, the Colts should be prepared for the worst and have a backup quarterback ready, which could be a big problem. Scott Tolzien was pretty dreadful in the preseason opener, completing just 2 of 5 passes for 24 yards. Stephen Morris and Phillip Walker weren’t much better as the Colts dropped a 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions. Not helping matters is the absence of starting center Ryan Kelly, who will likely be out for the first half of the season after undergoing foot surgery.

The Cowboys, for their part, don’t have too many serious injury worries, but they’re still expected to be without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s domestic violence policy. Elliott has appealed the decision in what could be an ugly legal battle, with the league office and NFLPA trading barbs on Twitter earlier in the week.
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A defenseman hasn’t won the Hart Trophy since Chris Pronger won it with the Blues in 1999-2000.

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I think it was a bad season; a lot of things didn’t go our way, Giroux told Sporting News Canada. As a group, we have to learn from that. The only way to get better is to get motivated and move forward.
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In the middle of an eight-year contract with a sizeable $8.275 million cap hit, Giroux is well aware that if the Flyers are to turn things around in the competitive Eastern Conference, it starts with him.

Burns is among the league’ scoring leaders, regardless of position. With 59 points, he’s third in the NHL, trailing only the Oilers’ Connor McDavid (67), the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (65) and the Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom (60). No defenseman has led the league in scoring since Bobby Orr (135 points) did it in 1974-75.

He’s a near-lock to win the Norris Trophy, given to the league’s most outstanding defenseman. He has a shot to win the Hart Trophy, given to the league’s most valuable player. A defenseman hasn’t won the Hart Trophy since Chris Pronger won it with the Blues in 1999-2000.

Burns is on pace to break team records he set in 2015-16 for goals (27) and points (75) in a season by a defenseman. In just six seasons with San Jose, Burns holds the franchise’s career records for goals (113) and points (304) by a defenseman, and is third in assists (191).

Yu Darvish will be available for bidding.

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Bartolo Colon’s time as a free agent didn’t last very long. After being designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Atlanta Braves, the 44-year-old veteran eventually found a new home. There were plenty of rumors that we were going to see the human .gif file himself reunite with the New York Mets. However, there was another team out there that needed pitching help in the worst way. The Minnesota Twins haven’t gotten too much production from their starters, so they decided to take a flier on Bartolo Colon with a minor league deal.

Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon’s grand tour through baseball has now led him to the land of 10,000 lakes, in what could be the final stop on said tour. There’s no guarantee that he’ll make it to the bigs with the Twins but if he does, it’ll be nice to see Big Sexy continue to insult Father Time.

Martin Prado landing on the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury complicated the Marlins plans to shop him before the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean the Marlins won’t still find a buyer before the season is over.

Elite Mike Wagner Jersey The Rangers have reportedly made it fairly clear that if they drop further in the standings, Yu Darvish will be available for bidding. They’re still in the wild card race as things stand, so there are a lot of teams out there that need pitching and are now rooting for a precipitous drop in Texas’ success over the next week-plus.

Boston is still sniffing around Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. Rivera, which makes sense now that Todd Frazier is off the market. Wilmer Flores is apparently in Boston’s sights as well for another infield option, but, like Rivera, he’s under team control for a few more years and will require a more impressive return for the Mets to give him up.