11 Feb 2016 00:53:08 -0500
Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency
Surprise, surprise: another NBA team would like to lure Kevin Durant away from Oklahoma City.
The Thunder superstar and 2013-14 MVP is set to hit the open market following the end of this season. Ask 10 different people the latest rumor on where Durant will go, you’ll probably get 10 different answers. This is just the latest.
Despite losing All-NBA center Marc Gasol likely for the remainder of the season with a broken foot, the Memphis Grizzlies hope to make a push in the playoffs, re-sign point guard Mike Conley, and lure Durant to create another “big three” in the Music City.
From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:
“They are working to keep Conley in summer free agency, with Memphis planning to be one more contender with two stars that will try to persuade Kevin Durant to make it a Big Three, league sources said. Durant’s the longest of long shots in summer, but the short-term trade deadline directives are unchanged: The Grizzlies are determined to use the trade deadline to better the ros
11 Feb 2016 00:36:03 -0500
WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk
Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns is having himself one heck of a rookie season. He entered Wednesday’s action averaging 16.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
One of Towns’ biggest assets is his ability to control the low post on both ends of the court.
The Toronto Raptors found this out first-hand Wednesday night:
It’s not that DeMar DeRozan got out of the way to preserve himself. Rather, the rookie proved himself to be an unstoppable force akin to a train with no breaks.
In terms of the game itself, Anthony Towns finished 35 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wolves to an upset win over Toronto.
10 Feb 2016 23:58:39 -0500
Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196
Rafael dos Anjos doesn’t intend to break a sweat at UFC 196.
Dos Anjos will defend his UFC lightweight championship against Conor McGregor on March 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor figures to pose a big challenge, especially after knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds in his last fight, but dos Anjos hardly seems concerned.
“For me, it’s a normal fight,” dos Anjos told The MMA Hour this week, according to MMAFighting.com. “I feel focused, very in shape. Of course, it’s been different because it’s a big fight. I think it’s not the biggest opponent, not the toughest opponent, but it’s the biggest fight of my career because this guy, the way that he’s been talking, he’s been getting a lot of fans.
“He’s been very popular. But I’ve faced better guys before, stronger guys, better guys. And I think this is just going to be one more fight.”
McGregor has become a household name in the world of mixed martial arts, partly because of his success and partly because of hi
10 Feb 2016 22:28:23 -0500
WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass
Former Ohio State star D’Angelo Russell made his return to the Buckeye State Wednesday evening as his Lakers took on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
The homecoming could have gone better.
Los Angeles was getting blown out and LeBron James did this to Russell.
Cavaliers' LeBron James drops Lakers' D'Angelo Russell with below-the-belt pass pic.twitter.com/7K2piMMNmi
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 11, 2016
10 Feb 2016 21:51:12 -0500
Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story
Kobe Bryant had his typical Kobe response to the story Tyronn Lue shared with reporters on Tuesday.
Lue, who is now the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was once teammates with Bryant on the Lakers. Lue recalled a time when he and some other reserves played the starters in a practice game. It was Lue teamed with guys like Devean George, Brian Shaw and Mark Madsen against a crew featuring Shaq and Kobe among others.
What happened from there is awesome.
“Long story short is, it was a game point and [Bryant] drove baseline and I was at the elbow. And he drove baseline and I went down the lane and I pinned his dunk against the glass,” Lue recalled. “He tried to dunk it and I blocked it against the glass. We came down, Devean George made a layup for game and Brian Shaw went, ‘Ahhh, he blocked you!’ He went crazy. Kobe wanted to fight me at first and then, second, he wanted to play one-on-one after practice.”
Tell me you can’t picture that. Kobe just going ballistic over a lesser player like
10 Feb 2016 21:47:17 -0500
Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin
Back at the beginning of January, Jonathan Drouin requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since then, he’s been suspended by his club and he’s been connected to a variety of teams in the ol’ rumor mill. One of the teams believed to be the closest to making an actual offer for the for 20-year-old forward were the St. Louis Blues.
Apparently the Blues are no longer interested in making a deal.
On me dit que Jonathan Drouin n'est plus dans les plans des Blues de St. Louis // I'm told St. Louis Blues are out for Drouin deal #NHL #LNH
— François Parenteau (@fparenteau) February 10, 2016
Why are the Blues dropping out of the hunt after being linked to Drouin for about a month? The big piece that was previously reported to be going Tampa Bay’s way – Kevin Shattenkirk – has been called on to play a more prominent role now that the Blues are enduring at least three weeks without top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo’s injury has tweaked the team’s plans, which should mak...
10 Feb 2016 21:12:05 -0500
Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion
BOSTON — The Golden State Warriors look unbeatable.
One year after winning their first championship since 1975, the Dubs have the best record in the NBA at 47-4 and likely will make a serious run at breaking the all-time best 72-10 record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
The Los Angeles Clippers are sure to be one of the teams standing in the way of Golden State’s pursuit of back-to-back titles. The Clippers currently are the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference but probably won’t move any higher with the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Warriors holding down the top three spots.
The Clippers, barring a first-round upset, should play Golden State in the conference semifinals in a No. 1 vs. No. 4 series.
“They won the title, No. 1 and they are the team to beat,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said before Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. “They are playing at a record pace, so I don’t think I’m the only coach — every time they are on you’re
10 Feb 2016 20:30:10 -0500
Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team
When USA Basketball announced the 30 finalists for the 2016 Olympic team in January, Damian Lillard was not one of them. But after a phone call to Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo, the Portland Trail Blazers’ star point guard was added to the list of finalists on Wednesday.
“I recently received a call from Damian, and during our conversation he expressed his desire to be considered for the U.S. Olympic Team and to remain involved with the USA National Team in the future as well,” Colangelo said in a press release. “Both Mike (Krzyzewski) and I feel like Damian is playing at a very high level and that he should be added to our list of Olympic finalists. Damian has been a member of the USA National Team since 2014, and he participated in National Team training camps in 2013 and 2014, so he does have equity in USA Basketball, which is always important to me.”
In 2014, Lillard was one of the final cuts from the FIBA World Cup team, and he declined an invitation to the 2015 Team USA minic
10 Feb 2016 19:54:43 -0500
Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston
BOSTON — Wednesday night’s Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers matchup at TD Garden might seem like just another regular-season game.
Celtics legend Paul Pierce and former head coach Doc Rivers, both of whom won the 2008 NBA Finals with Boston, are returning, but both of them have already done that multiple times since leaving the C’s after the 2012-13 season.
That said, the night could be very special for Pierce, who admitted before tipoff that he’s unsure if he’ll ever play another game in Boston after Wednesday.
“It could be. I’m not 100 percent sure, but like I’ve been saying the last two years, I’m taking it year by year,” Pierce said. “This could possibly be (the last one).
“It’s always special to step into the Garden. This is the bulk of my career. I spent 15 years here, provided so many memories, winning a championship here. It’s a special floor, special fans, special building. I’ll always savor the moments that I can step on this court.”
Pierce has two more
10 Feb 2016 18:38:12 -0500
Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime
Free agent wide receiver Josh Morgan, who spent seven seasons in the league with the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears, accidentally shot himself last month, and then was charged with a crime, TMZ Sports reported Wednesday.
Police in Virginia responded to a report of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, leading them to 30-year-old Morgan, who claimed the loaded gun went off accidentally while he was cleaning it.
Morgan was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and a representative from his camp told TMZ Sports, “He’s fine. It was a simple accident.”
Morgan, who was cut by the New Orleans Saints before the start of the 2015 season, has been charged with misdemeanor reckless use of a firearm. He is scheduled to appear in court in March.
10 Feb 2016 17:26:58 -0500
Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons
Jon Beason, once a standout linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, has decided to shed his New York Giants uniform and retire from the NFL.
The team confirmed Beason’s decision in a statement. The middle linebacker cited doctors’ recommendations and a lack of consistent availability as the key reason for his departure, which is simply fitting because injuries derailed his once-promising career.
Carolina selected Beason with the No. 25 pick in the 2007 NFL draft, and he immediately made a lasting impression. The University of Miami product tallied 140 total tackles and an interceptions during his rookie campaign, finishing second in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.
Beason earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2008 and a second-team award in 2009, recording Pro Bowl nods in three straight years (2008-2010). He registered at least 121 stops in each season.
Following the tremendous start to his career, Beason inked a deserved five-year, $50 million contract extension that made him ...
10 Feb 2016 17:14:12 -0500
Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer
Now that Peyton Manning has made his love for a particular brand of beer so clear, other brewers are trying to get the Super Bowl-winning quarterback to suck down their suds.
In fact, the Brewers Association is trying to capitalize on a potential publicity opportunity by sending Manning a case of craft beer to get him interested in other brands rather than just Budweiser:
The Brewers Association sent Peyton Manning craft beer, so he won't drink Budweiser. My suggestion? Drink it all pic.twitter.com/jLb4l6rLS7
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2016
According to their website, the care package included:
– Black Bavarian (German-style Schwarzbier) | Sprecher Brewing Co. | Glendale, WI – Apricot Blonde (Blonde Ale) | Dry Dock Brewing Co. | Aurora, CO – Craft Lager (American Lager) | Upslope Brewing Co. | Boulder, CO – Colorado Kolsch (German-style Kolsch) | Steamworks Brewing Co. | Durango, CO – Racer 5 IPA (India Pale Ale) | Bear Republic Brewing Co. | Healdsburg, CA – Samuel Adams Bo
10 Feb 2016 17:12:46 -0500
Report: Police recommend charges against LeSean McCoy
An arrest warrant is expected to be issued against Bills running back LeSean McCoy, and the Philadelphia police have reportedly recommended criminal charges be filed against him stemming from an alleged assault of two off-duty police officers.
According to ABC-6 Philadelphia, warrants are imminent against McCoy and three others involved in the alleged assault. Investigators submitted their report to the District Attorney’s Office recommending McCoy face charges, including aggravated assault. The off-duty police officers involved will reportedly not face charges.
The alleged assault took place early Sunday morning in Philadelphia and began when a member of McCoy’s party tried to grab a bottle of champagne ordered by one of the officers. One officer was allegedly punched and thrown to the ground where they were kicked, punched, and stomped on repeatedly, including blows to the head.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported that the NFL has begun its own investigation of the incident, though McCoy has not
10 Feb 2016 16:39:17 -0500
Heat interested in Kings’ 3-point specialist Omri Casspi
At 32.3 percent, the Miami Heat have the third-worst 3-point field goal percentage in the NBA, and therefore could use another shooter on the perimeter. One of the options Miami has reportedly explored is trading for Sacramento Kings long-range specialist Omri Casspi, per Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald.
As of Wednesday, Casspi is shooting 42.2 percent from behind the arc, tied for ninth in the NBA among players with at least 100 attempts. His 89 made 3-pointers are eight more than Heat All-Star Chris Bosh, and he’s averaging 12.3 points off the bench for Sacramento.
Miami is down a 3-point specialist after guard Tyler Johnson (38 percent on 3-point attempts) had surgery to repair an issue with his rotator cuff last week. He is expected to miss two months.
Casspi, on a two-year, $5.8 million contract, is a cheap replacement to fill the void left by Johnson, and sources say the Kings have expressed interest in Johnson, even though he’s out for two months and perhaps the rest of the season.
10 Feb 2016 16:10:10 -0500
Rick Pitino thinks Louisville should be fined $10 million for scandal
Rick Pitino believes the punishments against Louisville for their sex scandal are misdirected and should be targeted at the school rather than the current players. To that end, Pitino would prefer if Louisville were fined an eight-figure sum rather than be banned from postseason play.
“My opinion is the school should be fined $10 million,” Pitino told SI’s Seth Davis. “They shouldn’t be allowed to collect any money from the tournament. The coach should have to take a hit in his salary, 20% or 50% or whatever. The kids should not be penalized, but [athletic director Tom Jurich] has no choice. He has to comply.”
Pitino continues to say that he had no knowledge of the sex parties that were alleged to have involved his players. He says the people in the program know that he would have been so outraged by the parties that they went to great lengths to hide them from him. However, he still understands why people believe that as the program leader, he should be held responsible for what happened.