It's been great. I'm the biggest family guy in the world, so having them around — my family, my fiancée, a couple of my best friends — that's my close circle, I have that regardless. But for them to be enjoying these moments with me, especially during these tough times during COVID and things like that, especially this last year, I think it’s been great. And it gives us, or at least my family, something to look forward to. More and more in the future, hopefully.Sacramento Kings
It seems likely that Lowry’s time in Toronto is over and depending on his willingness to take a pay cut for another chance at a ring, Lowry could have his pick of contenders. The 76ers, Lakers and Heat were all reportedly interested in him around the trade deadline and he’d be an enormous upgrade for all three of those teams, even if he’s playing a smaller offensive role and limiting his minutes to preserve his legs for the playoffs. There will be other “better” free agents who could switch teams this offseason but with his skill set and the teams he’ll likely be choosing from, no one has the potential to make a bigger impact in the championship race than Lowry.
"Luka's special," Kidd said. "He's been a pro for a while, but you can always get better. I think his appetite is big."Cleveland Cavaliers
Johnson’s Tennessee team crashed and burned in the tourney, but the 19-year-old showed a lot of heart and fire in the loss and then posted a 48-inch vertical at the combine. Orlando is searching for players with potential. They are a few years from competing, which means they should be gambling on potential at this pick.Indiana Pacers
Billups and the Blazers now add Curry to the reported list of assistant coaches that also includes Scott Brooks as Portland's lead assistant.
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As Team USA Basketball continues preparation for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, they will need to find a replacement for All-Star Bradley Beal. As announced on Thursday, the Washington Wizards guard will not travel with the team after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Suns were rallying back from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit behind clutch shot-making from Booker, Paul and Mikal Bridges and a succession of three missed free throws by Antetokounmpo.Atlanta Hawks
“I think that was the first thing I told Book once we got in the locker room after we got off the floor, I walked over to him and said, ‘This is just the beginning,'” Ayton said. “Now we know what we need to do and no less. We’re going to keep each other accountable for the rest of our careers together.”Charlotte Hornets
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So, the question becomes: Can Houston offer Lillard a better path to a championship than the current supporting cast in Portland? The answer depends on Lillard’s preferences, as well as the potential terms of a trade. For example, if the Rockets could keep the likes of Christian Wood, Jae’Sean Tate, Kelly Olynyk, Kevin Porter Jr., Eric Gordon, and the No. 2 overall pick (Jalen Green?) in the 2021 draft, an argument can be made for that group having more upside than the current supporting cast in Portland led by CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, and Robert Covington. (With Lillard making nearly $44 million next season, John Wall would likely have to leave Houston in any hypothetical trade for salary matching purposes.)Cleveland Cavaliers
You know, whatever happens, obviously me and Thad's relationship is bigger than just basketball. That's like my bigger brother. I want whatever's best for him and whatever's best for the team.
Frequently speaking his mind, Casspi sometimes butted heads with coaches and teammates. Put more charitably: He was passionate.
So they’ll be counted on. Although Team USA coach Gregg Popovich, who has won five NBA titles as a head coach and is well schooled in how draining the Finals are, said they’ll be eased into the rotation. He isn’t bothering trying to make them study game plans or footage on the flight over.Minnesota Timberwolves
“He popped his finger out,” Martin told reporters on Jan. 4, the day after the 41-38 loss. “He’s mid-game. They couldn’t get it back in. They wanted to go to the locker room, pop it back in and he stayed out here. He goes, ‘no, tape it up. I’m going to fight through it,’ with his finger turned sideways. Stuff like that you’re so proud of.”
That has been a weak point for him since he entered the league. Some weeks, he’ll blow you away with his zip, accuracy, and gritty attitude. Other weeks, you’ll wonder why he held onto the ball for so long or made a poor decision that led to a costly turnover. The inconsistency by Mayfield is what has him on this list, and he has to prove that he can consistently play well and win games for the Browns. Unfortunately, one good season doesn’t negate the struggles he had before.
The one analyst from Bleacher Report who believes the Titans will win the division cited their offensive addition in Julio Jones while potentially getting more production from edge rusher Bud Dupree.
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Making the postseason is the minimum expectation inside the Cowboys’ organization. A lengthy playoff run is something Dallas officials believe is squarely within their grasp. If they want to make real noise in the NFC they need to pay particularly close attention to the following three games.NFL Miami Dolphins Team Face Coverings
Jacksonville upgraded at the strong safety spot this offseason by signing Rayshawn Jenkins from the Los Angeles Chargers, and it seems Cisco was drafted to eventually start at safety, as well.NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings
Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Wyatt Teller is still proudly stuffing the Steelers in a locker over their AFC Wild Card performance. NFL Washington Redskins (Football Team) Team Face Coverings
“I’ve been around a lot of rookies as a player and coach and he’s unique in the way that he has absolutely like, picked up the finite details of this defense already,” Jeff Ulbrich said of Sherwood in June. “His ability to command the defense, run the huddle, make the adjustments, make the checks, the calls, the whole thing, [it’s] very exciting.”NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Team Face Coverings
All eyes will be on Jalen Hurts as the Eagles kick off their 2021 season with training camp next week, but just after Hurts, everyone will be watching the competition at left tackle. Because I don’t just view this just as a competition for the left tackle spot in 2021. This could be a battle for the right to be the Eagles’ next left tackle. The guy who wins this job could end up holding it down for the next decade.NFL Cincinnati Bengals Team Face Coverings
From Yahoo's Scott Pianowski: "No one views Myles Gaskin as a sure thing, but he’s Miami’s best back and there’s ability here, especially in the passing game. Gaskin averaged 8.3 yards per target last year, tops among qualified backs, and secured 41-of-47 targets. This all came in 10 games; if his 200-pound frame can handle something close to a full season, we’re looking at a profit pick.NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Team Face Coverings
No matter the size of the tear, the Buccaneers failed to list Brady on any of their injury reports in 2020 with a knee ailment.
Nov. 2: Trade deadline ends for the 2021-2022 NFL season at 4 p.m. EST Nov. 3: NFL players with four seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the 2021-2022 NFL season and postseason. Nov. 16: NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET to sign franchise players who are eligible to receive offer sheets. Franchises also have until 4 p.m. ET to sign their unsigned franchise and transition players. After the deadline, any player who hasn't been signed is prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2021. The same goes for rookies and UFA tenders.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings
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Those are lofty words from Daniels. But the Bengals did draft Burrow at No. 1 overall for a reason, and that was to become the face of the franchise.
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"He's an excellent player," coach Matt Rhule said late last season. "He's an excellent professional. He's an even better person. When we talk about the brand, he's all of that.''
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The Chargers have top-end talent on the roster. They have a legitimate quarterback. They hope a new coach will be a success. Will it finally result in success? NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Team Face Coverings
3. Alex Karras and Paul Hornung were suspended for gambling in the 1960s, but Savitch says Rozelle did nothing when Hornung was later seen with an illegal bookie.
Marcus Maye could be looking for new scenery soon, especially after being given that atrocious offer from the Jets. This could be Joe Douglas’ second straight time he failed to lock up a talented safety, and the Saints could be the beneficiaries of his failure.
Sigler (5-5): Philadelphia caught the Saints asleep at the wheel last year, but that shouldn't happen again. A better-prepared and battle-proven Saints squad should run away with this one. Hudak (7-3): Philadelphia pulled off somewhat of a shocking upset last season in Jaelan Hurts’ debut, but the Saints won’t make the same mistake twice. They’ll take an extra lap around Lincoln Financial Field after righting last year’s wrongs with a win. Kistner (7-3): I feel like it all started to go wrong last season when the Saints underestimated Philly. Won't happen again this season. The verdict: Saints win (6-4)NFL Minnesota Vikings Team Face Coverings
After Milwaukee managed to pull out Game 4, thanks to some incredible heroics from Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton down the stretch, Antetokounmpo said he believed in Holiday and trusted him to make the right plays going forward to lead the Bucks to victories.Washington Wizards
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Mavericks looking to add former Suns coach Kokoskov to Kidd’s staff originally appeared on NBCSports.com
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Wizards hiring Wes Unseld Jr., son of franchise great, as head coachCharlotte Hornets
NEW YORK (AP) Television ratings for the NBA Finals and playoffs posted sizable increases over last year. But that was the only good news for the NBA as far as viewer numbers.Sacramento Kings
The 2021 Olympics are nearing closer, and the 12 women’s basketball teams that have punched their ticket to Tokyo are hoping to return to their home countries with a Gold medal. Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Japan, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Spain, Serbia, South Korea, and the United States are the 12 squads that will compete in August for the gold.
Although his experience as an assistant and his familiarity with the organization made him an obvious candidate for the job, Unseld still described ''almost a feeling of disbelief'' when he finally received it.Atlanta Hawks
Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy marveled at Chafin’s approach back in April, as the mustachioed reliever rocketed into cult hero status.Detroit Tigers Face Coverings
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Baltimore took a bunch of flyers on veterans this offseason such as Matt Harvey, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco, but those additions have underperformed or been injured to create any meaningful value on the field or in the trade market. Cedric Mullins has had a breakout season, hitting .314/.378/.536 with 16 homers and 16 stolen bases, posting 3.8 bWAR, good for 10th among all position players, ahead of established stars such as Manny Machado, Juan Soto, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts. -- LeeColorado Rockies Face Coverings
This level of success has surprised many around the game of baseball, and now the Giants find themselves in a position to add to their roster.
Ohtani has been the anchor, with a 3.49 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 4-1 record over his first 13 starts. Alex Cobb has also been solid, with a 4.23 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 6-3 mark over his first 13 starts.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Coverings
What was it like to accomplish a lifetime dream of getting your first major league hit after just one pitch?
It remains to be seen what the next steps are following the postponement of the first of four-games in this weekend series.Houston Astros Face Coverings
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It’s a future you can already start to see, whether a lot of fans — or some players — want to see it yet or not.Minnesota Twins Face Coverings
An improving feel for pitching, to be expected after so much injury-induced start and stop at the beginning of his American career, has helped Ohtani’s two-way ambitions stick in 2021. New York Mets Face Coverings
After conducting testing and contact tracing involving members of the New York Yankees’ organization, the Club’s home game tonight vs. the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium will proceed as scheduled.
The first step will be playing well ahead of the July 30 trade deadline. General manager Perry Minasian said it’s realistic the Angels could attempt acquiring big league help if they’re still in the race by then. But if they’re not, he could have potential trade pieces to deal away too, including players on expiring contracts such as Raisel Iglesias and Cobb.
That would mean posting a .630 winning percentage over the final 73 games. For reference, even while playing nine games over .500 since May 23 — when they were a season-worst eight games under .500 — the Angels have only had a .605 winning percentage in the 43-game stretch.
And if the Mets aim higher, Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose Berrios should be their top target -- especially when you consider that both Stroman and Syndergaard could walk after the season.Arizona Diamondbacks Face Coverings
There is expected to be a strong market for Marte, with the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves likely to show interest. The Astros have received solid production from Myles Straw and Chas McCormick in center field and might prefer to upgrade their bullpen. The Phillies and Braves, meanwhile, both rank in the bottom-five in OPS in center field and desperately need upgrades as they battle in an increasingly winnable NL East.Kansas City Royals Face Coverings
"One ... is just to be the best leader I can be and help my teammates any way I can once I get down to Bradenton," Davis said. "Help guys get better. When we work together, it's best for everybody."Houston Astros Face Coverings
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke to media on Wednesday ahead of the team's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, and gave injury updates on Luke Voit and Corey Kluber.
Barrera, a 2016 sixth-round pick out of UT Austin, first reached the majors in 2019 but only appeared in two games. He then sat out the entire 2020 season for testing positive for the banned substance oral Turinabol, or DHCMT. Barrera sued MLB over his 80-game suspension, which was later reduced in a settlement.
Here is how the Braves plan to use Pederson and where he is expected to hit in their batting order.Los Angeles Angels Face Coverings
“He's a big part of this team and I feel whenever he's out there, we’ve got a chance to win every game,” said Adbert Alzolay, Saturday’s starter.
Until Monday morning, when it was finally taken down with the help of a giant crane.NFL Cleveland Browns Team Face Coverings
But in a town barely large enough to fill one section at Buffalo's Highmark Stadium, Brown managed to do exactly that thanks to his size, a film session on a classmate's computer and a coach who had a little time to spare.NFL Minnesota Vikings Team Face Coverings
This week, I spoke to a director of Pro Player Personnel to get his thoughts on which team might be this year’s to make the biggest leap.
When Lenox High switched to eight-man football in 2004, Allen Dukes couldn't have been more on board. The Lenox native had coached eight-man in Missouri and was excited to do the same in his hometown.NFL New York Giants Team Face Coverings
This is consistent with what general manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury have said before. Keim is on the record as saying there is a spot for him if he wants to play, even though their receiver room seems pretty full.
The New Orleans Saints are back on the road in Week 5, and our 2021 opponent preview continues with the Washington Football Team. For fans sorely missing Drew Brees, this game should invoke some good nostalgia; it was against Washington on Monday Night Football where Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.
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Last year’s virtual NBA Draft had a few location background and emotional highlights, but much like NBA games themselves, it is just better with everyone in the same room.Detroit Pistons
The celebrations came after Giannis Antetokounmpo capped one of the greatest NBA Finals performances ever with 50 points as Milwaukee beat the Phoenix Suns 105-98 to win the series 4-2.Memphis Grizzlies
Just two years ago, the Bucks had the league's best record and were two wins away from their first NBA Finals since 1974 before losing a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals against Toronto.
That capped off a come-from-behind win for Milwaukee, which was almost blown out of the arena in the first quarter but settled itself in the second, held a double-digit lead through the end of the third and much of the fourth, then held on at the end.Indiana Pacers
Murphy's last pro league was Roller Hockey International from 1992-99. He was inspired after seeing kids playing roller hockey on concrete instead of ice. King joined Murphy and Alex Bellehumeur in developing the league.
“The Pelicans want to surround Zion Williamson with guys who can get buckets, and Kispert is an absolute sharpshooter from deep – 40% from three during his four-year college career, including 44% last year – who could slot as a more dynamic Joe Harris on a team with a megastar at its center.”
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