Kings’ reported interest in ex-Sixers GM Sam Hinkie sign franchise knows change needed

The Kings have received permission from the 76ers to speak with former general manager and president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Monday. Permission is required because of a non-compete clause for the 2016-17 season that took effect after Hinkie left the Sixers last April.

There has been pressure from the NBA and the team’s minority owners on Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive to put together a more “professional” front office, according to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is not yet clear how interested Hinkie is in taking a job in Sacramento.

Though Durant did mention he understood why fans are upset, he believes NBA players need “mental breaks” throughout a season.

“Players, if anything, need a mental break sometimes. And sorry, they’re human,” Durant told ESPN. “They go through so much every single day. There are so many obligations off the court that you don’t know about … family. … It might not be a physical break, it might just be a reset mentally, and I get that.

“It’s hard for you to just craft a rule out for the top players,” he said. “I’ve seen guys that’s not even in the playoffs resting, sitting out for the rest of the season. And it’s nothing Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys against those guys. I’m not trying to bash them or anything. [Phoenix Suns center] Tyson Chandler is out. They got him sitting out for the rest of the year. I’m sure he wants to play, but they’re not saying anything about Tyson Chandler, so it’s hard for me to really talk about this. It’s not a league-wide rule. It’s not a league-wide concern.

That’s not true. Tanking has been a big concern for NBA fans and executives for Cheap Flag Football Jerseys some time now — just ask the 76ers.

It doesn’t appear as though the resting problem will find a solution any time soon, but the NBA, at least, does seem interested to fixing the fad.

NBA free agency: Derrick Rose shares mutual interest with Bucks

Could Derrick Rose be on his way to Milwaukee?

The free-agent point guard shares a mutual interest with the Bucks and has discussed scheduling a meeting with team officials as soon as this weekend, ESPN reported.

According to the report, the former league MVP is expected to meet the Bucks in Los Angeles once a date is determined.

Described by the Wichita Eagle as “the greatest Shocker,” Stallworth, a 6-7 forward, earned the nickname “Dave the Rave” as an All-American who led Wichita State to the 1965 Final Four.

The Knicks, who drafted him in the first round (third overall) in 1965, darkened the lights at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night in memory of the Rookie of the Year runner-up to Rick Barry.

After his second NBA season, Stallworth suffered a heart attack at age 26 in 1967 and missed the next two seasons.

He returned to the Knicks in time for one of the great title runs in NBA history.

Though he averaged only 7.8 points per game, playing in all 82 games in the 1969-70 season, he and Dave DeBusschere stepped in when captain Willis Reed was injured in Game 5 of the Cheap Knock Off Jerseys NBA Finals and the two held Lakers star Wilt Chamberlain to four points in the second half of a 107-100 victory.

“I think (the No. 1 seed) is a goal, it’s important, but it’s not the goal,” Korver told Sporting News. “I’ve been the one seed three times going into the playoffs, and I’ve never won a championship. It’s a thing that’s nice to have home court. When you get to a Game 7 and get to play it at home, that’s obviously a big deal. But I think everyone’s prioritizing health and playing our best Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA basketball.”

Lonzo Ball’s Summer League passing highlight reel will make any Lakers fan swoon

There’s little to no room for moderate, measured responses when it comes to evaluating Lonzo Ball.

In the minds of many, the Lakers rookie point guard and son of Big Baller Brand head honcho LaVar is destined to become the next Magic Johnson or at least Jason Kidd — or the biggest bust since Greg Oden. There’s simply no gray area.

Of course, Lakers Nation is already on the bandwagon. An estimated 2.6 million viewed the Instagram video of his introduction prior to his NBA Summer League debut. The NBA revealed Wednesday it was the league’s sixth-most watched post ever on the social media platform. After witnessing Lonzo tear it up in Las Vegas, even his staunchest critics might have to admit he’s going to be something special. He averaged 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and threw in one block per game on the way to earning MVP honors and leading the Lakers to the championship.

“I just want to thank everyone at UCLA. The fans were amazing and made for a great year. The coaches were the best I’ve had, and I can’t thank them enough, especially Coach (Steve) Alford.

“I will always love my UCLA family so much, in particular the amazing teammates I had this past year. They are like brothers to me. This was the most fun year of basketball I’ve had in my entire life, and I will definitely miss it. But, I cannot wait to start my new journey.”

Bruins coach Steve Alford said he completely supports Leaf’s decision to pursue Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping his dream.

“I’m proud of what he was able to accomplish this season,” Alford said. “He brought so much to our team, both on and off the court, and we’re certainly going to miss him. TJ Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping has been an absolute joy to coach, and I know that all of us at UCLA will be excited to watch him continue to grow at the next level.”

Can the Cavs push this series to Game 5?

Cleveland threw everything but the kitchen sink at Golden State in Game 3 ‘ actually, the Cavs threw the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink and every sink in Bed, Bath and Beyond. It still wasn’t enough. LeBron James’ efficient 39/11/9 line and Kyrie Irving’s 38 points on 16-of-29 shooting kept it close until that deciding run shut the door on Game 3 ‘ and likely the Cavs’ season.

So, what happens next? Can the Cavs push this series to Game 5? Or will the Warriors prevail and avenge last year’s 3-1 collapse? Here are a few important factors that may decide this contest.

Maybe not, but Arthur is a respected columnist who doesn’t traffic in spurious rumors. If the I’m-outta-here sentiment did not come from Lowry himself, it likely came from some member of Lowry’s team. And it needed to be reined in, quickly.

Lowry is pragmatic, and he’s been briefed on the potential market for his services. It’s not exactly bustling. There was some hope that the Sixers would make a push toward signing Lowry this summer, bringing him home to Philadelphia. That rumor, though, did not come from the Sixers, who are not that eager to bring in a 31-year-old point guard as part of their rebuilding efforts.

Philly’s acquisition of the No. 1 pick, to be used on Markelle Fultz, has sealed that notion. Now, even those in Lowry’s camp hoping to use a potential departure to Philadelphia as free-agency leverage can’t possibly push the Sixers as a realistic destination.

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Giants’ Johnny Cueto to opt out of deal after season, report says

Johnny Cueto’s stint in San Francisco may soon be coming to an end.

After signing a six-year contract worth $130 million last offseason, the Giants starter is expected to opt out of his deal with the team after this season, FanRag’s Jon Heyman reported.

According to the report, Cueto “would listen to any extension offer” if the team is willing to negotiate. However, the Giants “don’t seem inclined” to work with those terms.

Despite Cueto’s lag, the Giants are struggling as a team with a 27-47 record that ranks last in the NL West and second-to-last in the National League.

Allen took a step back during a whirlwind year that was a mess for him, from injuries to problems with tripping to everything in between. When his game is right, though, he’s an elite collegiate scorer who also possesses a lot of athleticism and shooting ability.

Graham is another one of my picks for All-America this season, as the Kansas point guard should step out of Frank Mason’s shadow and into a spotlight that is all his own. He’s a good pick-and-roll player who can get his bucket when he wants, and he’s also turned into a solid passer.

Crawford has been a sleeper favorite of this writer for a long time, and he did nothing to quell that this year. He posted 16.2 points, 5.5 assists and nearly 4.0 rebounds per game while also getting into passing lanes and creating turnovers. He’s a consistent jump Cheap Jerseys NY Giants shot away from going much higher than this.

Heron is 6-5 with relative length and a good offensive game. He averaged 15 points per game with Auburn last year while shooting over 40 percent from 3 — a concern coming in. If he can Cheap Jerseys NHL just finish better around the rim next season, he’s exactly what the NBA is looking for from a wing.

Golden State holds a commanding 3-0 lead against the Cavaliers with a chance to close out the series Friday.

As mentioned above, James and Irving were spectacular for much of Game 3. While Kevin Love showed tremendous effort with 13 rebounds (four offensive) and six steals, he was 1 of 9 from the field in 37 minutes.

Back in Game 2, James posted a triple-double, and Love started 4 of 5 from the field on the way to 27 points. Irving had 19 points on 8-of-23 shooting and looked out of sync for a large portion of the game. It certainly wasn’t the best version of the All-Star guard.

Golden State holds a commanding 3-0 lead against the Cavaliers with a chance to close out the series Friday. Durant scored a team-high 31 points for the Warriors, including 14 in the fourth quarter. That shot could be the indelible image of this series in which the Warriors continue to knock down 3-pointers at the right time, all the time.

Durant’s shot wasn’t the dagger. It was the 16th dagger from 3-point range that put the Warriors one step closer to a 16-0 playoff run. Golden State knocked down 48.5 percent of its 3-pointers in Game 3.

This time, they did it in Cleveland. That’s even more impressive. The Warriors shot a combined 21 of 67 from 3-point range in Game 3 losses to the Cavaliers at the Q the last two seasons. This is the best Golden State has shot at Cleveland in the NBA Finals since hitting 17 of 36 in Game 4 of last year’s series.

That put the Warriors one win away from the championship. Now, they are back in that Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys spot again. The difference here, as you’ve heard a few times by now, is Durant.

He played the role of the third Splash Brother in this one. Durant knocked down two quick 3-pointers early and finished 4 of 7 from 3-point range. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys combined to hit 11 of 20 from 3-point range for the game.

Astros’ Dallas Keuchel placed on 10-day disabled list

Dallas Keuchel will miss his upcoming start, though he isn’t anticiapted to miss much more.

The Astros on Saturday placed the left-handed ace on the 10-day disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck, the team announced.

The move, retroactive to Wednesday, is expected to keep Keuchel off the field for only one turn in rotation. He was initially scheduled to start Monday in Miami against the Marlins.

From 2006 to 2008, an exhaustive search was launched in Congaree — the Ivory-billed’s distinctive double-knock had been reportedly heard — which has thousands of acres of thick cedar swamps and old-growth bottomland forest, prime Ivory-billed habitat. Exactly 8,893 official survey hours later , no conclusive evidence was found.

Still, hope exists in Congaree and elsewhere in the American South.

Same for Tebow. Hope exists, though an eventual call-up to the majors based on merit (more on that in a moment) feels like the longest of long shots right about now. More Gamecocks than Ivory-billed, but not by much.

He’s batting .230 for the Fireflies, with a .319 on-base percentage, three home runs, 14 RBIs and a .688 OPS. To be fair, I should point out that it’s not like anyone on that club is lighting it up, though — of the 13 players with at least 35 at-bats, only two of them are batting higher than .245.

What does that mean? It’s honestly hard to know.

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NBA playoffs 2017: Zaza Pachulia says Gregg Popovich was ‘very big part’ of death threats

When Zaza Pachulia hopped below the feet of Kawhi Leonard while Leonard was shooting in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, some people thought his intentions were to injure San Antonio’s star forward.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s comments after the game added fuel to an already raging fire.

Pachulia, on the other hand, has been left with the carnage eating away at his reputation. Many now believe the 33-year-old center is a dirty player. Pachulia and his family have even received death threats.

While Pachulia believes he could deal with the backlash had it been directed at just him, he blames Popovich for making the situation an even bigger deal than it already was.

The Warriors are now 14-0 in the postseason, but the coach warned against complacency after the Cavs surged back from 3-1 down to win last year’s Finals between the two teams.

Kerr said: “It’s been a great run, but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series. Trust me, we know, it was 2-0 last year and we lost.

“Playing an unbelievably good, competitive team, dominant team. They have what two, three losses the whole playoffs? Now we’ve got go back there, this is where the series Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys changed last year.”

Is this still the biggest question mark of the first round? With Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick entrenched as the starting CBs, Dennard hasn’t really had a chance to see the field in Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys meaningful snaps. It’s possible he simply plays out his rookie contract and tests the free agent market next spring. Dennard isn’t a complete bust yet, but the Bengals might’ve been better off using this pick on a higher-need position. Grade: C

Aaron Judge gets his own special section at Yankee Stadium

One of the silliest things about the MLB Draft is people comparing prospects to former stars. I get the motivation: The average fan knows little about these players, and comps are an easy way to get an idea of what type of player the prospect is on the field. But Adell has been compared to everyone from Bo Jackson to Byron Buxton to Melvin Upton Jr., and that’s more than a bit crazy. What you need to know is this: Adell is a ridiculously talented prep star with a big upside who could wind up pretty much anywhere in the first round.

Remember that HR-to-K ratio Haseley’s teammate, Pavin Smith, has put up this year? Haseley isn’t far behind, with 14 homers and 19 strikeouts heading into the ACC Tournament. Must be something about those Virginia hitters, eh? Oh, and Haseley’s batting .400 with a 1.186 OPS and 10 stolen bases, to boot.

The Yankees on Monday unveiled an 18-seat section in the right field stands of their ballpark to promote rising star Aaron Judge, their right fielder.

Tickets to the section are not for sale. Instead, the team will choose 18 fans each game to sit there, and they’ll receive a judge’s wig and a gavel that says All Rise or Let’s Go Yankees, according to Ruocco.

Ruocco reported the Yankees conceived the idea for the special section during spring training, and as they saw more and more fandom about this right fielder, they decided to finally implement that.

Ahead of Monday’s action, Judge led MLB with 15 home runs and had 30 RBI with a .321/.421/.707 slash line.

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Famed White Sox broadcaster Ken ’Hawk’ Harrelson to retire after 2018 season

You can put Ken Hawk Harrelson on the board for one more season in the White Sox broadcast booth.

The renowned 75-year-old broadcaster will return for his 34th and final year in the booth in 2018 with a schedule of primarily Sunday home games, the White Sox announced Wednesday. Harrelson has cut back his schedule the past two seasons since he lives in Indiana and drives about 90 minutes each way to and from the ballpark.

The Braves next batter, Joe Adcock, clubbed a homer to center field to give the Braves a 3-0 win and ruin Haddix’s nearly-perfect night. Well, not exactly.

Aaron, not realizing the ball had gone out and thinking it had landed in the outfield, left the field after he saw Mantilla cross the plate, knowing the game was over. But Adcock then passed Aaron between second and third, and both men were ruled out. Adcock was credited with a double, and the Braves won 1-0.

Haddix’s line score: 12.2 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts. Game score: 107. In other words, Haddix’s loss to the Braves that day in Milwaukee was one of the greatest pitching performances in history.

Haddix’s day aside, Burdette deserves props, too. He went the distance for the Braves (which is ludicrous), scattering 12 hits (but no walks) over those 13 innings. Yep, it was a different time.

A 12-inning perfect game? Rare. A 13-inning Baseball Jerseys Custom complete game? Also rare. Both happening in the same game? We won’t see that again.