Rivers did not beat Johnson much when they were players.


A defeated Rivers said the next day, “I respect Magic Johnson, but at the end of the day, until we do something, I guess we are the Clippers.” He added, “I didn’t know being the Clippers was bad though, that’s the only thing I’ll say.”

Rivers did not beat Johnson much when they were players. And Johnson got the best of Rivers on Twitter. But he’s doing all he can to keep the Clippers ahead o the Lakers now.

Dennison loves him some fullbacks, which helps explain the Bills’ free-agency acquisitions of Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert. But the OC also has a history of using zone blocking schemes, which makes Buffalo’s decision to let efficient runner Mike Gillislee leave for New England somewhat of a head-scratcher.

Nevertheless, LeSean McCoy again will be the Bills’ No. 1 back, and if healthy, he’s still capable of spearheading a rushing attack that ranked Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys first in the league last season.

The issue for the Bills at running back is depth — Jonathan Williams and Joe Banyard are McCoy’s projected backups. Perhaps local University of Buffalo product Jordan Johnson can make the roster and steal carries as a rookie.

Signing burly, undrafted forward Nigel Hayes was a good step toward that, because Hayes can play multiple positions, and he’s a good rebounder and passer. Committing to Willy Hernangomez as a starter alongside Porzingis, too, will help. In 22 games as a starter, Hernangomez averaged 11.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.8 minutes, and though he Cheap Paintball Jerseys badly needs defensive improvement, letting Cheap Orioles Jerseys him develop next to Porzingis is a must.

A look at some of the texts sent to Jimmy Butler


Ask and you shall receive.

Jimmy Butler gave out his phone number Thursday, asking his critics to contact him directly if they have something they want to say.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” Butler said. “But with that being Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys said, my phone’s in my back pocket right now, if whoever has anything to say to me, feel free — 773-899-6071. If you want an interview, there you have it. Please do.”

In fact, the Bee noted, the Kings’ current roster has been remodeled largely via two trades over the past year or so:

The Kings acquired the draft rights to Bogdanovic last year during the NBA draft in a trade with Phoenix. The Suns drafted Bogdanovic, 24, with the 27th pick in the 2014 NBA draft and sent his rights, along with the 13th and 28th picks in last year’s draft, to Sacramento for the eighth pick in the draft (Marquese Chriss).

The Kings used the picks to select center Georgios Papagiannis 13th and forward Skal Labissiere 28th.

The other major trade sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans in February. The Kings added guard Buddy Hield and used the draft pick acquired from New Orleans (10th overall) to trade down to add North Carolina forward Justin Jackson (15th) and Duke forward Harry Giles (20th).

Because the team didn’t tender a qualifying offer to Ben McLemore, making him an unrestricted free agent, Kings GM Vlade Divac’s roster doesn’t include any player from the one he took over from predecessor Pete D’Alessandro in 2015.

And with their salary-cap situation, look for the Kings to be major players when free agency kicks off Saturday, building around players like Bogdanovic, a 6-6 guard fresh off winning a EuroLeague title with Turkish club Fenerbahce and earning a Silver medal with Serbia in the Rio Olympics.

Yankees, Red Sox interested in Marlins infielders


The Marlins could be among the most active sellers before the July 31 trade deadline, and the Yankees and Red Sox are ready to take advantage of their situation.

According to USA Today Sports, the Red Sox have informed Miami of Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys their interest in third baseman Martin Prado, while the Yankees are intrigued by first baseman Justin Bour.

Bour would be a coup for the Yankees. The 29-year-old slugger is enjoying a breakout season, hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in 65 games this season. Bour, who throws right-handed, but bats left-handed would enjoy Yankee Stadium’s short right-field fence.

Prado, 33, slashed .305/.359/.417 last season while also providing Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 solid defense at third. Though he has spent most of this season on the DL, Prado is back in the lineup with three RBIs in his last two games.

Both the Yankees and Red Sox would immediately be helped by executing these trades. New York would get another power hitter, who could help protect rookie sensation Aaron Judge. The Red Sox would be filling their biggest need.

The Marlins have already sent shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays, proving they are not bluffing when it comes to selling assets.

Despite a rough patch in June, New York will still be buyers. A starting pitcher and first baseman top their priority list, so Bour could soon be wearing pinstripes.

Golden State would give the 32-year-old Young his best chance at a title after reaching the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons and claiming two championships. Young would be an excellent replacement for Ian Clark, who is likely done in Oakland. Young could add some depth and be a nice complement to Golden State’s “Splash Brothers” of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Young is a “serious candidate” for a portion of Golden State’s $5.2 million exception, according to ESPN.

I asked Kevin Durant about the Cavs running more in Game 2.


The Cavs were able to get into the lane against the Warriors defense, a benefit of the early offense Lue was seeking — Cleveland could attack before Golden State was set. The Cavs Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys had 60 points in the paint on 57 shot attempts. They had 30 fast-break points on 19 attempts, keeping up with the 31 fast-break points the Warriors had. That was a big improvement from Game 1, when the margin favored Golden State, 27-9. That was, in part, fueled by 20 Warriors turnovers.

I asked Kevin Durant about the Cavs running more in Game 2. “They were,” he said, “they came on through a nice blow to start the game, getting to the paint, and I think that’s one thing we got to cover. We can’t give up 23 points off our turnovers. Especially a championship team like that, they’re going to thrive off it.

“So they were going downhill, getting into the paint, but I just think we just stayed poised and tried to play better one-on-one defense and make them shoot over or contest. And they’re going to make some, but if we just try to make it tough on them, it will be in our favor.”

That’s the problem for Cleveland. In the end, the frenetic pace will favor the Warriors. They just have too much offensive weaponry to corral, and increasing the number of possessions is only going to give that superior weaponry an opportunity to show through.

Benjamin had a strong rookie season despite his drop problems following him from college to the pros. He missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL and didn’t totally look like his old self last year. At 26 years old, it’s possible Benjamin has already hit his ceiling. Still, another year removed from Cheap Kids Football Jerseys knee surgery should help, and the Panthers picked up his fifth-year option in a clear vote of confidence. Cam Newton’s top receiver is a prime bounce-back candidate in 2017.

NBA Finals: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to blowout victory in Game 1


The Warriors took control in the third quarter and never looked back on the way to a blowout win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Kevin Durant scored 23 of Cheap Jerseys United States his game-high 38 points in the first half, and Stephen Curry added 28 points and 10 assists as Golden State coasted in the second half. The Cavs finished with 20 turnovers and 15 assists while the Warriors had 31 assists and four turnovers, tying an NBA record for fewest turnovers in an NBA Finals game.

Did Durant stare down Rihanna on the sideline after this 3-pointer? Sure looked like it. Oh, the Warriors are still up 21 by the way.

That’s a big gamble. Scouts have raved about Fultz, and he has been better than advertised ahead of the draft to this point. The Lakers, picking second, were salivating at the prospect of the Celtics passing on Fultz.

As much as the Celtics have seemed to zero in on Fultz in recent weeks, the prospect of having Jackson and last year’s top pick, Jaylen Brown, on the wings is enticing. It would also indicate a few other things.

“The O-line is very young, but I think it has a chance to really grow,” Ballard said in March. “It’s been fun to watch that group work together.”

Instead, the new GM’s first season at the helm focused on Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys rebuilding an Indianapolis defense that ranked 31st in the NFL when it came to yards allowed per play last season His first three eight-figure contracts went to a run-absorbing tackle (Johnathan Hankins), a situational pass rusher (Jabaal Sheard), and versatile linebacker (John Simon). He turned the 15th and 46th picks of the draft into a pair of top-20 talents, overhauling the Colts’ secondary with Ohio State safety Malik Hooker and Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson.

Cavs vs. Warriors III showcases former coveted recruits, underdog prospects


The 2017 NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors will feature seven current All-Stars and four former All-Stars. The “three-match” between Cleveland and Golden State has been marketed as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love versus Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

According to multiple league sources, the Trail Blazers have been Cheap Jerseys Rugby open to deals for some combination of the picks. Portland has contract commitments to 12 players next season already, and a projected salary of $133 million, which is $12 million over the league’s luxury-tax threshold. That puts the Blazers in line for $21 million in luxury tax payments.

Any deal involving a Portland pick would likely involve an easing (or erasing) of the team’s tax burden. Portland doled out about $340 million in contract commitments — young holdovers Allen Crabbe, Moe Harkless, Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum, plus vets Festus Ezeli and Evan Turner — last summer following a solid, 44-win season. But they regressed to 41 wins this year, and apart from McCollum, none of their signees significantly improved.

The Jaguars made a bold gamble making Bortles, an intriguing but flawed prospect, the first QB off the board in 2014. Results have been mixed, at best. After a predictably rough rookie year, Bortles looked to make big strides in 2015, throwing for 35 touchdowns and 4,428 yards. However, his 2016 was a disaster. Bortles’ mechanics went to hell, as he developed a Tebow-esque throwing motion and horrific footwork. He committed to hand out turnovers like candy, the Jaguars bottomed out (again), and Gus Bradley got canned.

Now Doug Marrone is in charge, and one of his biggest challenges will be trying Cheap Jerseys Stitched to salvage something from the Jags’ investment at QB.

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton taking hits ‘scares the hell out of me’


Bo Jackson shares a bond with Cam Newton rooted in their hugely successful college careers at Auburn.

If you don’t keep you ear to the celebrity gossip streets, Wilson is married to R&B singer Ciara, also an Atlanta native. Prior to Wilson courting her, Ciara was engaged to Future. The two who have a son, a little boy named Future, together went through an ugly, public break up.

Wilson’s focus is sharper than the crease on overstarched jeans, but blaring Dirty Sprite 2, from the speakers as he’s trying to warm up for the biggest game of of the season, might get to him just a smidge…or it might fire one of the fiercest competitors in the league up. Either way, it’d be a site to behold, but it’s not happening.

“We will absolutely not go down that road,” Dan Quinn told @Bighugh53 about requesting Future songs to annoy Russell Wilson.

Oh well, we’ll just have to settle for a rematch of one the better games of the 2016 regular season. The Seahawks downed the Falcons 26-24 at home back in Week 6.

College pitchers Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt) and Brendan McKay (Louisville) are both worthy of the top pick; McKay maybe even moreso considering he’s also an elite hitter. High school senior RHP/SS Hunter Greene is also an elite two-way prospect and could hear his name called with the first-overall choice.

Minnesota has until the night of June 12 to decide Cheap Jerseys And Jordans which prospect will be the next face of its franchise. Until then, here’s everything you need Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses to know about the 2017 MLB Draft, including date(s), times and draft order.

SN source: 49ers pin finalists for GM job, will conduct second interviews this week


The San Francisco 49ers arent just honing in on a new head coach.

A source tells Sporting News that the franchise is set to conduct second interviews later this week with finalists for its vacant general managers position.

49ers brass has already told some of the candidates that they remain Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys in contention for the job that opened when Trent Baalke was fired at seasons end.

Can’t tell you if Jordy’s going to practice Wednesday, but he did all the work in the (regeneration) workout (Monday), McCarthy said. So that’s a good sign.

While most players wouldn’t be able to return to the field two weeks after breaking his ribs, the sources said Nelson is different than most players. The rest of the team is hopeful that Nelson will defy the odds, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

We’re going to try to get this one and hopefully get him back if he can’t play this week, Rodgers said Thursday.

He’s been a warrior all season. I don’t think he’s missed a practice hardly all season. Different without him out there, but we’re hopeful he’s going to be able to heal quickly and be able to go.

Farmer was fired after the 2015 season and Manziel was released two months later. Neither man is currently with an NFL team.

Browns fans are surely wondering how things would have worked out had Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who led the Browns from 1991-95, stuck around. Also on Belichick’s staff those four years was Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys current Alabama coach Nick Saban, who called Belichick ‘the most organized coach that I’ve ever been involved with.’

Weekend Kickoff: Divisional round should bring competitive rematches


Each of the four NFL wild-card playoff games were blowouts, but dont expect that to be the case this Sunday.

The 19-point average margin of victory was the largest since the 1980 season, but three of the four divisional playoff games that year were decided by six points of less. The Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys only exception was a 31-16 win by the Eagles over the Vikings.

Each of this seasons divisional playoff games are rematches from the regular season. Only Saturday nights game between the Texans and Patriots will be played on the same field as the regular-season matchup.

A huge break for the Falcons. The Packers had a chance to recover a fumble created by a bobbled snap on an end-around to Taylor Gabriel in Atlanta territory, but Gabriel was able to recover after Jake Ryan failed to do so. Atlanta did have to punt, however, a couple plays later.

He’s no Michael Vick, as they say in Atlanta, but Matt Ryan had no trouble scrambling through Green Bay’s zone coverage for a 14-yard touchdown run to cap the Falcons’ third drive of the game and give them their third score. Atlanta again easily carved up the Green Bay defense on the nine-play series that went 80 yards. 17-0, Falcons.

Maliek Collins, DT, Cowboys: Ends such as Irving and Benson Mayowa give Dallas much-needed pass-rush potential. But Collins, a rookie third-round steal, deserves more attention. He Cheap Flag Football Jerseys quickly emerged as a solid starter and has been a durable linchpin against the run. He also has showed that he can get after the passer inside with five sacks all coming after Week 8.

Jordy Nelson injury update: Packers WR won’t play vs. Cowboys


Packers receiver Jordy Nelson won’t play Sunday against the Cowboys, coach Mike McCarthy announced Friday.

Nelson suffered fractured ribs in the team’s wild-card win against the Giants last weekend. He was a longshot to play against Dallas, but he wanted to wait and see how he progressed throughout the week before making an official decision.

The Packers will have a strong group of receivers, even without Nelson. Randall Cobb has returned to the lineup, and scored three touchdowns in the opening playoff round. Davante Adams has been great all season, finishing just three yards shy of 1,000 during the regular season while scoring 12 times and adding 125 yards and a touchdown against the Giants.

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So at a league meeting, Dan Rooney stood up and said, Commissioner, I would ask you to put together a committee of owners and general managers to talk about minority hiring at the head coaching position.Of course, that would filter down to other positions on the coaching staff.

After a number of meetings of a committee that included Jeff Lurie, Pat Bowlen, Dan Rooney, [Ravens general manager] Ozzie Newsome, [then-Falcons GM Rich McKay] and [then-Colts GM] Bill Polian came the so-called Rooney Rule. We had a conference call of all the owners and everyone Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys stood up and said, I as an owner agree this is the policy the league should have. We need to take it Cheap Dream Team Jerseys upon ourselves to make it work.