Jimmer Fredette catching NBA’s attention, report says

Could Jimmer Fredette be returning to the NBA?

The former NBA guard is reportedly reaching out to teams after a stellar MVP season with the Chinese Basketball Association, and the interest could be mutual, according to The Vertical.

Fredette, who plays for the Shanghai Sharks, has helped the team advance in the CBA playoffs, much in thanks to Fredette’s 37.5 points per game.

He also made headlines back in the U.S. scoring 73 points in a double-overtime loss to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions on Feb. 20, which is the fourth-highest in CBA history.

However, just because Fredette can play in the CBA doesn’t mean he will excel in the NBA. He averaged 6.0 points and 1.4 assists per game in the five years he was with the league.

Only time will tell if Fredette will make his way back to the U.S., but now he needs to focus on taking his team past the quarterfinals of the Chinese playoffs.

Following an underwhelming season, the Rockets had an opportunity to start anew by focusing their attention on building a team entirely around James Harden. Rather than trying to keep Dwight Howard or sign another star player in free agency, that meant making smaller deals to surround him with the type of players who could help him return to MVP form in a system that would maximize his all-around brilliance. It’s how the Rockets have gone from being a No. 8 seed to a No. 3 seed without making any blockbuster moves.saints_014-223x223

Brewers’ catcher Stephen Vogt exits after scary home plate collision

Womens Johnny Bower Jersey Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt left Monday’s game against the Pirates after a hard collision at home plate with Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl.

Limited Aaron Colvin Jersey Kuhl was attempting to score from second base on a base hit from Francisco Cervelli in the bottom of the fifth inning, but a perfectly thrown ball from Domingo Santana in right field was caught by Vogt, who wasn’t prepared for a collision with the 6-3, 215-pound pitcher.

Both players were clearly shaken after the impact but Vogt stayed down longer as trainers and manager Craig Counsell came to his side. It appeared Vogt’s neck and left knee were twisted on the collision.

It’s just playing more baseball, seeing more pitches being able to adjust to whatever it is, whatever they are throwing, righty, lefty, sinkerballer, submariner, Tebow said. Just adjusting to the pitches and adjusting to the game. I think that’s a part of it, but also all the coaching that I’ve got. So it’s taking the coaching, working in the cage and trying to apply that to every at-bat.

Tebow’s major league dream still faces a long road, but considering there’s improvement to be made, the next step appears to be up instead of down. Tebow appears built for this kind of grind. When asked about that, he asked a question back in response.

Maybe the Angels decide to put McCutchen with Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun in the outfield, though that team’s biggest needs are on the pitching staff. The Astros could be bold and put him in left field, while giving Marwin Gonzalez more time at third base with Alex Bregman. How about a package of McCutchen and Tony Watson to Texas, as the Rangers make a playoff push? It’s not like Carlos Gomez is irreplaceable in center.

Austin Rivers lights fuse on Chris Paul rivalry: Expect ‘fireworks’ from Clippers-Rockets

New Rocket Chris Paul made it clear he’s not going to miss Clippers coach Doc Rivers next season, and now Rivers’ son — and incumbent Clippers guard — Austin says things have gotten personal.

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Sore groin, really, how convenient, Michael Smith said Monday on ESPN’s SC6. This is not being safe and playing it smart, this is playing it scared. (The Lakers) knew Fox was coming for (Ball). Fox can recite the stats from their AAU sophomore in high school matchup. You knew he (Fox) was coming, trying to get 39 (points) again.

His problems with drugs date back to his freshman season at USC, and he has had numerous stints in rehab and run-ins with the law. Just last August, he was arrested after being found naked in another person’s backyard and in possession of meth, marijuana, syringes and a pipe. He pled guilty to five misdemeanors related to that incident in March.

It’s the greatest game on the planet and I’ve been away from it for so long, and I can’t think of anything more fun, Marinovich said. Recovery has changed every aspect of my life and made it better so why wouldn’t that carry over to the football field?

Sure, it’s only an NBA Summer League game, something only die-hard fans care much about, but when the Lakers’ team face the Clippers, all eyes will be on rookie Lonzo Ball.

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Now, to be fair, Embiid was actually the one to start this feud on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft, when he and teammate Ben Simmons called out LaVar’s son Lonzo Ball after the Lakers drafted him No. 2 overall. That much is granted.

An upset DeMar DeRozan throws basketball at ref’s head during Drew League game

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Just because DeMar DeRozan is playing pro-am basketball to stay in shape this offseason, doesn’t mean the Raptors All-Star has lost his competitive edge. During a Drew League game on Sunday in Los Angeles he did lose his cool, however.

DeRozan teamed up with fellow NBA player Nick Young and dropped 41 points despite numerous questionable calls. With his team losing late in the game, DeRozan snapped after a non-call on an aggressive drive to the basket. As he complained to an official, the other team raced back for a fastbreak dunk.

Upset, DeRozan thew the ball against a wall behind the basket and was called for a technical. His frustrations carried over to the final possession when he grabbed an inbounds pass and targeted an over-hand throw at the official who called the technical on him earlier. The ball missed the ref’s head but hit him in the back after deflecting off a wall behind him.

Sure, there’s downside paying a player through his age 37 season. But Houston has eyes on contending in the 2018 playoffs, and getting a proven role player like Nene at a serviceable cost will only help that cause.
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This is all about the injuries for Meeks. When he’s on the floor, he’s a high-level shooter who can knock down 40 percent of his 3-point attempts as well as attack closeouts and create offense. He’s a capable bench option for nearly any team in the league.

The problem has been health. Meeks has only played 39 games in the last two years combined due to multiple surgeries on his right foot, as well as right thumb surgery. If he’s right, he’ll be a useful player on a Wizards team that needs some offensive punch off the bench. He’ll also be a nice floor spacer to play with John Wall when Bradley Beal sits. If he’s not healthy, this will be wasted money. It’s really that simple, and it’s difficult to judge which he’ll be.

The expectation when Horford was signed was that he’d be a high-scoring second option to support Thomas

On Wednesday, Horford was at his best in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points in a span of just seven minutes, including the dunk off his fortunate steal. He also had two assists in the quarter.

“He is a really important part of our team,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We’re thrilled he chose to be here. We play through him offensively and then we kind of rely on him to make our calls and on our coverages defensively. He does it all for us.”

The expectation when Horford was signed was that he’d be a high-scoring second option to support Thomas. That hasn’t happened, but Horford’s stats don’t always reflect his contributions. The Celtics’ offensive efficiency when he is on the floor is 113.5 points per 100 possessions. That drops considerably when he is off the floor, to 109.4 points per 100. That reflects Horford’s considerable passing ability.

The Raptors won one game against Cleveland in the regular season, though it was the last game of the year, and the trio of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sat for the Cavs. There is not much to glean from the first three games between the teams, because they all took place in the first quarter of the season, and were decided by 11 total points.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey will set the tone of the series even before it begins when he comes up with his decision on what to do with the starting five. Down, 2-1, in the series against Milwaukee, Casey pulled center Jonas Valanciunas from the starters and inserted small forward Norman Powell, moving Serge Ibaka to center. That move has given the Raptors a spark, but Casey might be more comfortable starting big against the Cavs, then moving to a small lineup if it becomes necessary.

NBA playoffs 2017: First-round predictions from NBA 2K17

Game Robert Alford Jersey The NBA Playoffs begin this weekend and typically there aren’t many surprises to come out of those seven game first round series. To get an idea of whether any might be on the horizon this year however we turned to ‘NBA 2K17’ to simulate them. Each series was simulated 15 times with accurate rosters and playoff rotations to get the best idea possible of how the specific matchups may play out.

Golden State had no trouble dispatching the Blazers, winning all 15 series and never once being pushed to a full seven games. The Warriors won 4-1 in 8 of the simulations and pulled off four sweeps.
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The struggles of the Cavs since the All-Star Break are nowhere to be seen here as LeBron James and company steamrolled the Pacers. Cleveland swept Indiana five times though they were taken to a seventh game on two different occasions.

For the past two years 2K Sports has run a competitive event that utilizes the game’s online Pro-Am mode. Participants control their single character, known as a MyPlayer, who has had their abilities and ratings built up by paying money for advantages and spending extensive time earning upgrades through playing. Teams of five then control all their own individual characters on the respective teams, with no fatigue or injuries playing a role, in games with five-minute quarters. It’s unclear how the new eLeague will provide the necessary competitive balance between the teams and the players involved.

Here is a rundown of what you need to know about the NBA Draft measurements this season.

Game Vince Wilfork Jersey At 6-6, 235 pounds, Crowder, a former high school football standout, is Boston’s most comparable athlete to LeBron James, who is deceptively listed at 6-8, 250 pounds. Crowder will likely draw the duty of being the primary defender against the four-time MVP (at least early on). Reserve forward Jaylen Brown has the Celtics’ best defensive rating among wings in their regular rotation, allowing 98.7 points per 100 possessions, but at 6-7, 225, is a much slimmer opposition. Celtics coach Brad Stevens forcing a rookie to check James would be a suicide mission.

Game Cameron Meredith Jersey Crowder’s rating is the next best at 104.3. He simply must man up and do a better job than the last time the Celtics faced Cleveland on April 5. James finished with a game-high 36 points on 14-for-22 shooting and added 10 rebounds and six assists to lead his team to a 114-91 win on the road. James had his way with Crowder, Brown, Bradley and Marcus Smart. LeBron even took it to Horford at times.

But every once in a while, there are players that didn’t have previously known numbers, and even a few that catch us by surprise. Still, you may be asking yourself: why does this stuff matter? Well, positional size in the NBA is important to roster building. The bigger a player is for his position and skill set, the more effective he’s likely to be especially defensively and the larger his margin for error is in terms of sliding up or down positions.

Here is a rundown of what you need to know about the NBA Draft measurements this season.

Could Jimmy Butler trade join historic draft day deals in changing course of NBA history?

On June 29, just a week after being traded, Jimmy Butler was introduced as the newest member of the Timberwolves.

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Coach Joe Gibbs told The Washington Post each position group engaged in some form of team-building activity, and the defensive backs played paintball.

It was kind of bizarre, but every now and then something like that happens, Gibbs said of what he called a freak accident.

As for the midrange attempts that seem to go against everything the Rockets stand for, their reliance on 3-pointers and shots at the rim actually makes them more predictable against elite defenses. Knowing they want 3-pointers, layups and nothing in between, the Spurs had success running the Rockets off the 3-point line and contesting their shots at the rim with Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge in the playoffs.

Although executing that game plan is much more difficult than it sounds 鈥?there aren’t many teams with the discipline to stick to it for 48 minutes and the versatility to execute it 鈥?it’s a big reason why they were able to outlast the Rockets in six games.

Jim Boeheim calls triangle ‘worst offense ever’

Jim Boeheim is not a fan of the triangle offense. He’s also not a fan of the way the Knicks have treated Carmelo Anthony in recent seasons.

Boeheim and Anthony teamed up together at Syracuse in 2003 to win the national championship. Since then, Anthony has become an NBA star, but his career has been a bit beleaguered in New York.

Another source added: “We love him here. He would fit.”

Colon was popular with Mets fans and teammates over a three-year stint with the team from 2014-16, during which he won 15, 14 and 15 games and was an All-Star in 2016. He served as a steadying veteran on the staff and a mentor in the clubhouse, particularly with Spanish-speaking players.

However, he fits with the Mets in another way this season: He has been hampered by injuries, only coming off a three-week stay on the DL on Wednesday because of a strained oblique.

The Mets are looking for a veteran pitcher who could help fill the void left by Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Robert Gsellman (Zack Wheeler also has been on the DL but is expected to be activated Saturday).

Just last month, the Ogden Raptors, the short-season Single-A affiliate of the Dodgers, announced “Hourglass Appreciation Night,” which the team touted as a “better way to remind the world that baseball needs no clock” by featuring “18 hourglass-shaped color commentators,” and later boasted “gorgeous women whose curves rival those of any stud pitching prospect!”

After intense pressure from fans, both male and female, and members of the media, including myself, the team canceled the promo. In years past, would we have questioned that night? In the pre-social media era, would a sexist idea have so quickly reached the masses and been benched?

Baseball is America’s pastime. And much of what baseball was is a thing of the past.browns_042

Shady win by Washington NFL team in Supreme Court, but it still counts

Give the legal team for Washington’s NFL team credit. Its approach to reclaiming its federal trademark to the Redskins name was one of the more cynical, disingenuous, backhanded moves imaginable.

And apparently, it worked.

Monday’s Supreme Court decision giving First Amendment protection to trademarked slurs doesn’t automatically hand the team victory. It’s still one battlefield in an ongoing war. Those who are fighting to the last breath to get the team to change the offensive name got what seemed like a solid win in 2014. That’s been reversed.

I was on a flight, so clearly (Dorsey) couldn’t get to me. So you know he left me a voicemail, but the issue is they released me so late on Friday I wouldn’t become a free agent until Monday anyways. So I would at least think that, you know, have the respect for me enough to at least have a conversation with me. You know what I mean, not really find out through a voicemail, Maclin said, via ESPN.com.
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Part of the reasoning behind the Chiefs’ release of Maclin was his decline in productivity — he had only 44 receptions for 536 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. Maclin said part of the reason he had his worst NFL season was because he never fully recovered from a groin injury.