Perfect example of how Cowboys blew it on Lucky Whitehead comes days later

If you’ve spent the last few days clapping back at the Cowboys’ critics by telling them, “They were going to cut Lucky Whitehead eventually, so it’s no big deal that they did it then,” then you probably forgot about John Urschel.

Yes, a player at a different position on a different team who walked away from the NFL, at age 26, on the morning of the first day of training camp.

Weird for that to happen, isn’t it? Kind of like nothing is guaranteed, certain, assured or anything close to it. Like, say, “Ryan Switzer was drafted to take Lucky’s job, so what difference does some mistaken-identity arrest make?”

Grant, starting for Rondo, had five points and three assists in 19 minutes Wednesday.

The Chicago Tribune noted Mirotic and Zipser had big misses late in the game, something that appeared to rankle Wade and Butler.

“My thing is if you’re going to shoot those shots, you better have made that shot a lot of times and you better have put the work in,” Wade said. “And I don’t see that enough.”

“I understand that if you have an open shot, take it,” Butler said. “But at a point in the game like that … you have to get the ball to your best players.”

Given all this drama, which really has been going on for most of the season and also includes talk of Hoiberg’s job security, you’d think the Bulls were at the bottom of the East standings. In fact, they’re a game under .500 (23-24) and eighth in the conference. That’s not good enough for Wade Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys or Butler, of course, but it’s not Nets/Heat/76ers territory.

Wednesday night, though, very much feels like a turning point, in Cheap Jerseys NY Giants either direction: ahead toward a playoff berth, or down the standings and toward an organizational teardown.

NBA trade deadline: Paul George not leaving Pacers, Nuggets offered ‘monster deal’ for SF

In the end, the price was just too high.

Multiple teams inquired about Pacers star Paul George, but no one was willing to meet the lofty demands to acquire his services by Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET NBA trade deadline. Now, the four-time All-Star, averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 assists per game, will have to attempt to lead a 29-28 squad the rest of the way without much help other than budding second-year player in Myles Turner (15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg).

The Celtics and Nuggets were the most aggressive suitors in the race for George, one of the NBA’s best small forwards along with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, but, in the end, Celtics Legend Larry Birds simply wanted too much to part ways with his talented 27-year-old.

It shouldn’t have taken that, though.

The NBA was trending away from candidates like Ewing. More coaches without head-coaching experience. More without even assistant experience. More without even NBA playing experience. A Hall of Fame center with 14 years on the bench as an assistant? There was no place for him.

His place, as it turns out, is back where he began. Patrick Ewing is a novice head coach who’s as ready for the job as anyone could be.

Not this college job. The one in the NBA that he never got.

For Hinkie, this would be a shocking endpoint; the league has warmed up to his philosophies, and surely any other job would be more appealing. The Sixers are still going Cheap Game Jerseys through “The Process” years later; the Kings, meanwhile, appear to be in the midst of a decadelong ordeal. Without much to trade, and with the rest of league distrustful of the current front office after the Cousins Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys trade, free agents will be hesitant to sign with them. The solutions for this franchise aren’t evident.

Steven Adams and Enes Kanter made videos to campaign for MVP candidate Russell Westbrook

Steven Adams and Enes Kanter are doing their all to promote their Thunder teammate, Russell Westbrook, for MVP.

The race at the top is close, with Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James neck-and-neck coming into the season’s final few weeks. So the “Stache Bros” duo Cheap Echl Jerseys is doing all it can to help their guy win.

The previous record for points scored in a triple-double was 53, set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 and then tied by James Harden earlier this season.

Westbrook, who had a 51-point triple-double last year, also joins Harden, Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor as the only players with multiple 50-point triple-doubles.

The Thunder (43-31) have won eight of their last 10, but needed Westbrook’s heroics Wednesday to force overtime. Westbrook scored 19 points in the fourth quarter Cheap Epl Jerseys after the Thunder trailed 82-72 after three periods. The MVP candidate drained a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to tie the Magic (27-48) at 102-102.

He then had six points, three rebounds and a pair of assists in overtime to lead the Thunder to a victory at Amway Center. The Thunder are currently sixth in the Western Conference, but were just half a game behind the Clippers, who played host to the Wizards late Wednesday night.

Cavaliers were close to landing Paul George but Pacers backed out of trade, report says

The Cavaliers have had a stagnant offseason but it apparently wasn’t for the lack of effort.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on “The Jump” Tuesday the Cavs, under interim general manager Koby Altman, were actually very close to getting a trade done for former Pacers All-Star Paul George.

“Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George,” Wojnarowski reported. “It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert. Indiana backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal.”

The Pacers accepted the best offer for George which was with the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Even though that may not seem like a gigantic haul, it’s more than the Cavaliers wanted to give up as they have reportedly been unwilling to part ways with Kevin Love this offseason.

“Listen, [Gregg Popovich] been doing this for 10 years, 12 years, 15 years and everybody was like, ‘You know what? That’s the smartest thing Pop has ever done,” James said, via ESPN.com. “Give his guys a couple games off and here they go and win five championships. That’s the smartest thing.’ But some of our coaches in our league don’t have the stature that Pop has and our head coach doesn’t have it, so he gets killed for it.

“So, I got to keep winning to help my coach be able to have a reason why he can sit his players.”

A week before James was benched, Popovich rested his stars as New England Patriots Cheap Jerseys did Warriors coach Steve Kerr Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys in an anticipated Saturday night matchup between the two teams much to the chagrin of fans and ABC.

Allen Iverson’s Big3 run more a stroll down memory lane for him, fans

Wherever he walked, they followed.

Family, friends, fans, photographers and videographers with occupational statuses ranging from amateur to professional — it really didn’t matter who they were. They all followed a shoeless Allen Iverson, a modern-day, heavily tattooed Pied Piper who has aged more than anyone would care to acknowledge, as he walked off the court in the Spectrum Center, where he had thrown each of his sneakers to screaming fans during the Big3 basketball league’s stop in Charlotte on Sunday.

Iverson and basketball have a symbiotic relationship. Iverson is who he is because of basketball, and the game is better because Iverson played it.

Conventional wisdom would say, since Eagles have a bolstered pass rush and solid safeties in Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins, that Schwartz doesn’t need to play it so safe by going with his most experienced cornerbacks. Those would be holdover Ron Brooks and two newcomers, former Colt Patrick Robinson and former Jaguar Dwayne Gratz.

Those guys have more sub-package value at the moment. Second-year seventh-rounder Jalen Mills, their top youngster, carries much more upside for the outside. While the team waits for rookie second-rounder Sidney Jones to be available from his unfortunate pre-draft torn Achilles’, don’t be surprised if rookie third-rounder Rasul Douglas gets the other starting nod, standing out with his size (6-2, 209 pounds) in man coverage.

The Eagles’ youth could serve up Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys more big pass plays Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys and struggle with top wideouts at times, but in turn, their pressure will allow them to gamble and make big plays on the ball, too.

Corner is the easily the weakest position on an otherwise daunting defense. Schwartz is aggressive enough to live with the risk in search of bigger reward.

It fits the theme of the Eagles taking it to opponents more this season, forcing the issue offensively and defensively.

the Celtics have collected three lottery players

That’s all misplaced, though. There is a worst-case scenario that is unfolding with the Celtics that is not, really, bad at all. This is a team that has been to the playoffs three straight years, that won 53 games and reached the conference finals last year. They will be a solid playoff team again next year, no matter how their current pursuit of Utah free agent Gordon Hayward goes.

But the Celtics are also a “Process” team, to borrow the rallying cry of Sixers fans. By next summer, they will be every bit as neck-deep in top-of-the-draft players as Philadelphia. While many hail the way former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie collected draft picks over the years, the Celtics are held to a different standard, expected to toss around assets for veterans at every turn.

Since 2014, the Celtics have collected three lottery players, none picked lower than sixth (Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum). In that same span, the Sixers have amassed five lottery picks, the lowest being Dario Saric at No. 12 in Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys 2014. They have two No. 3 picks (Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor) and two No. 1s (Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz).

Earlier in the offseason, it was clear the Bengals Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys planned to reinvest in skill players. The team released several veteran players, and let others walk. During free agency and the draft, they loaded up on younger guys with outstanding 40-yard dash times. Now, Marvin Lewis’ team will see if going all in on speed will help them rebound from their disappointing season a year ago.

Giants’ ‘NYPD’ nickname doesn’t faze Packers

The Packers know they will be facing a stout defense in the Giants, but they didn’t seem fazed by the Giants’ NYPD nickname.

New York’s secondary began calling itself the New York Pass Defense, or NYPD, which frankly has the Packers chuckling.

Well we’re in Wisconsin, so we don’t have to worry about Cheap Jerseys NFL that, Green Bay receiver Davante Adams said, via ESPN.com.

The woman then told a friend who lives at the building that Coleman was among those involved, according to the police report.

My client denies participating in this incident, Spellacy said in the statement He will fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities and looks forward to clearing his name from what has been alleged.

Spellacy said he is confident video will show Coleman was not in the lobby when the assault took place. A source told Cleveland.com that people Coleman knows may have been involved in the incident.

I haven’t seen the video, so I’m relying on somebody I trust, Spellacy Cheap Jerseys On Sale said. They saw the video, and they know Corey, and he was not in the elevator or in the lobby when this happened.

Coleman, a first-round pick out of Baylor in last year’s NFL Draft, hauled in 33 receptions for 413 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Freeman, whose agent said his client deserves elite pay once his rookie contract is over, said he studies tape of former NFL backs like Marshall Faulk and LaDainian Tomlinson so can be mentioned among the greats one day.

Like media days in the past, there were some strange things to see, like Cooper Manning doing interviews with a suit made of dollar bills and actor Kel Mitchell reprising his role from the 1997 movie, Good Burger.

You’ve got to go get a second opinion

“They all were just shocked,” Orr said at the news conference. “Everybody that broke down the situation to me were pretty much lost for words because they were trying to figure out how I have been playing football this long without anything major happening.”

Orr said Friday morning that “it was probably a premature decision for me to retire so early just because I listened to one doctor.”

“After people found out I only went to one doctor, they were telling me, ‘You’ve got to go get a second opinion,'” he continued. “It was kind of eating at me. Obviously, I wanted to play ball. I love ball. I went ahead and did that.

“Every opinion after that I found out that I’m not as at NFL 21 Cheap Jerseys great a risk. Really, there was only one doctor that looked me in the eye and told me I was at greater risk. The rest of the doctors told me I wasn’t.”

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Where they stand: The Rays find themselves smack dab in the middle of the most competitive division in baseball, looking up at the Yankees and Red Sox while fending off the Orioles and Blue Jays. Their offense ranks in the top three in team OPS in the American League, and while their pitching stats don’t rank quite as high, they’ve done well enough to stay in contention.

The Saints have no margin for error this season

Orr said he began training in earnest last month for an NFL comeback. Orr, 25, enjoyed his best NFL season in 2016 with a team-high 132 tackles playing alongside C.J. Mosley at inside linebacker.

Orr attributed much of his success to Ravens linebackers coach Wink Martindale for working with him since entering the NFL as an unsigned college free agent from North Texas in 2014.

“He saw the potential in me,” Orr said. “Every Manchester United Cheap Jerseys day the last three years he worked with me. It all just came together.”

Unfortunately for Martindale and the Ravens, it looks like another team willing to take a chance medically shall reap the rewards from the type of player Orr has become.

“There’s a higher percentage of (doctors) thinking I’m not at increased risk than the latter,” Orr said. “Talking it over MLB Cheap Jerseys From China with them and my family, we’re real confident. This is something I’ve played my whole life.”

Their kickers seem fine — veteran punter Thomas Morstead still isn’t going anywhere, and kicker Wil Lutz survived a rocky start and Payton’s recent quick trigger to finish strong. But they needed help across the board last year in coverage and returns, as well as protection on kicks (three place kicks blocked last season).

Signing Ginn and drafting Kamara will help enormously on returns. So will hiring a new special teams coach (ideally), Bradford Banta, although those coaches often end up being used as scapegoats when one or more disasters strike.

The Saints have no margin for error this season, so this area needs immediate, drastic improvement.

Tearful Rams players took blame for Jeff Fisher’s firing

NFL coach firings, even when justified, create unfortunate ripple effects, as referenced here Thursday. On Friday, season two of “All or Nothing,” a documentary about the 2016 Youth NFL Cheap Jerseys Los Angeles Rams, became available for streaming and revealed more brutal realities of coach Jeff Fisher’s firing in December.

Hours after Fisher was fired, he informed his players in a team meeting. Heads bowed and tears flowing, the players were visibly shaken by the news despite its rumored inevitability in the media.

A mournful silence overtook the meeting room in the seconds after Fisher walked out following his final address to the team. That is, until one unnamed, off-camera player spoke up.

Few teams in the NBA need a small forward less than the Celtics. With Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum already on the roster, Boston seemingly has the No. 3 position covered.

Yet the temptation to sign Hayward, who averaged 21.9 points last season, was too much to ignore for the Celtics, who badly need another star. Hayward and Stevens have already proven they can lead a team deep into the postseason (at Butler), so Danny Ainge can accept a little positional clutter to reunite player and coach.

Dr. Alec Kloman, a neurologist, characterized Bouton’s first stroke as “catastrophic,” as it had a massively adverse effect on his language skills. Bouton had to relearn how to read, write, speak and understand.

Bouton is suffering from more than just the aftermath of the strokes, however.

“The fear is that over time, 80 percent of patients progress into a demented stage in the next five years,” Bouton’s wife, Paula Kurman, said of his disease. “It’s a shot across the bow. You’re being warned that something is coming.”