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Hill: "Every day I feel like it's my last day. So I just come out here, and that's how I play." //Yep. Rex sent that message early in camp.
Here at the Team USA showcase, Derrick Rose comes out of the tunnel for warmups & the hundreds already in attendance give a loud cheer.
I'd like to see the ratings for tonight's USA Basketball Showcase in Chicago.
Derrick Rose comes out of the tunnel for warmups and gets a big ovation from the crowd.
Up and running from Team USA's scrimmage at the Thomas and Mack Center in Vegas. For Bulls fans it will be Rose vs. Thibs.
Up and running from Team USA's scrimmage. Otherwise known for Bulls fans as Rose vs. Thibs. http://t.co/aAI5kQhR36
"Counselor" game stats... http://t.co/l14IRwb6dL
Rhode Islands EC Mathews is a really solid player.
Ryan Vogelsong is worth watching right now in the 5th inning.
Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison are free agents next offseason. Makes more sense for Thunder to bring Tibor Pleiss over then.
The fine folks at Next Level have offered to host pickup games for Adidas Nations media. Hit me for details.
You know thing that strikes you? Parsons, Lin and Asik, who played much of 4th quarter for Rockets, are on other teams now.
Sorry about the Adoulaye Ndoye Vine... had an auto correct issue. Will reload later.
Buford: "It was important to him and us to capitalize off the momentum this year creates and not have to worry about it at a later date."
... "He made a commitment to our organization, too, by doing this now and taking himself out of a free-agency opportunity a year from now."
Should clarify: Briggs is probably staging it to get the fight/payday. Cameras at each encounter. But Wlad has no interest in that nonsense.
R.C. Buford on extending Tony Parker: "His play warranted the committment of the organization ..." (cont'd)
"My minivan's boomin' with a trunk of funk..."
People thinking that's staged, it's not. I've talked to Wladimir. He's annoyed by it. And, rightfully, has no intention of fighting Briggs.
Wait as long as possible on a Friday night to announce something? Check!
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey said team still has "a few boxes to check" before deciding on guard Ian Clark during his weekly radio interview.
Hawks sold draft rights of Pleiss to the Thunder in 2010
Told Clyde his Mommy was coming to visit us at the campground. Dogs are simply perfect. http://t.co/yVkyZDyvK8
Pleiss is one of top centers in Europe, headed to Barcelona this year. Thunder plan had been 2015-'16 for Pleiss, which is still likely.
OKC probed for deal w/ 7-foot Tibor Pleiss to join NBA this season, but Euro buyout too rich, sources tell Yahoo. He was a 2010 OKC pick.
Big night tonight for DeMarcus Cousins. Can he do enough to beat out Mason Plumlee for a spot on the US National Team?
Damien Wilson must really hate Canada
Porter: Too soon to tell if Folty's a starting rotation option for this yr. Says he's built to be a starter, but more a wait n see rite now
Warriors reserve center Ognjen Kuzmic has a stress reaction in his left leg & will be sidelined 4 weeks; won't play for Serbia this summer.
Manderson is also looking at Tennessee, Florida State and Texas Tech, source told ESPN.
Can't remember it getting this windy at Lake Washington during Seafair. Hydro qualifying on hold until it calms down.
Former Oregon St signee Isaiah Manderson visiting Georgia State tomorrow, source told ESPN. Already have RJ Hunter, Ryan Harrow, Kevin Ware.
In a related story, one of the thinnest position groups on Texas' roster, experience-wise, is defensive back.
But if you're going to focus all your appellate energies on the guy who can make the biggest impact this year, DGB's the right call.
Don't have details yet on Shawne Williams deal with Heat - but expect partial/non-guaranteed over 2 years
The old staff at Texas had a similar reaction to Patterson's when Jalen Saunders was cleared Red River week 2012. OU has good lawyers.
Game 6, if you forgot, was decided in overtime. Kawhi's strip/steal of Westbrook was a pivotal play in the Spurs' 112-107 victory.
Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals was named the second best game of the 2013-14 season. It will air today at 5 p.m. on NBA TV.
Gaskins may get waiver due to fact served in military. Attended JUCO for 2 years. Teams could be in mix: Tenn, Ga Tech, Nebraska, Temple.
That post had me thinking what would happen if Rondo & Parker traded places. Imagine Pop coaching Rondo. So many one-word answers.
Tony Parker has produced approximately $156 million of value, per Basketball Reference's win shares. Spurs have paid him $107 million.
Oklahoma State 6-10 big man Gary Gaskins expected to get his release and transfer, source told ESPN. MAY be eligible this season.
Williams College standout Duncan Robinson currently on visit to Davidson; told ESPN he'll visit Michigan Monday. Likely choose from those 2.
I'm assuming Kawhi Leonard will eventually be the sixth player under contract for 2015-16.
I guess I should specify five players under "guaranteed" contract. Bryce Cotton is also signed for 2015-16, provided he makes the team.
Spurs currently (technically) have five players on books for 2015-16: Parker, Splitter, Diaw, Mills and Kyle Anderson.
four weeks until football
I see more and more kids in Chicago playing lacrosse. Something to think about ....especially young people who find baseball boring .
All six NBA players who have full no-trade clauses had to opt out and get to the open market to get them: Kobe, Duncan, Dirk, KG, Wade, Melo
This "maximum" is still (maybe?) less than Parker might have earned on the open market next summer. Hard to project, but it's possible.
If my (and others') calculations correct, Parker's extension is the max Spurs could have offered. Maximum doesn't have to be a dirty word.
Tony Parker was 19 when Spurs drafted him. He'll be 36 when new deal expires. Possible he will have spent nearly half his life as a Spur.
This is Tony Parker's third successive extension w/Spurs. Third successive time, in other words, San Antonio has kept him off open market
For those asking why Tony Parker did NOT get a no-trade clause in his new deal, it's because no-trade clauses can't be added to extensions
Apparently the bad grass pitch at TCF Bank Stadium has pushed Olympiacos' training session to U of M women's soccer team facility tonight.
Quick poll: Of guys not named LeBron James, which of this generation of superstars will win the most rings?
Dick Bavetta, who never missed a game in 39 years has become 1st ref in NBA history 2 retire v being fired or due 2 medical problems#75inDec
Paul Pierce vs. the Knicks makes that Christmas matchup sort of interesting? That's all I've got.
I'll be chatting on Twitter tonight during Team USA scrimmage. Meantime, plz check out 4 columns written from Vegas by Coach Bobby Gonzalez.
Side note: A byproduct of the Main Events/GBP deal will be that Main Events will drop GBP from the lawsuit it has filed against Stevenson.
Sims' opponent yet to be determined. Bout likely not on main Showtime, but chance to impress a lot of boxing officials in the house.
Indy boxer Anthony Sims Jr., says he will fight on Showtime card in Cinncinnati on Sept. 6 co-headlined by Adrien Bronner, Lucas Matthysse.
It's pouring at Pocono. How much for ARCA to rent Air Titan from NASCAR ?
Kyle Larson wins his 1st career Cup pole. What will he slam in a car door to celebrate after wiping the competition?
Kyle Larson wins the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Racway.
Ran into this Sox fan at the Calgary airport. Thought I was pranking him with the trades. "Allen Craig..who's that?" http://t.co/h8DTW8UktB
I'm told Monmouth has hired Fordham video coord. Duane Woodward to fill the asst. spot left vacant by Derrick Phelps. MU staff now complete
Goodell: "We can't just make up the discipline. It has to be consistent with other cases, and it was in this matter."
Don't forget - Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap continue their bid to join Team USA tonight at 9 ET on ESPN! http://t.co/HuMxRVf8Uh
HUGE thank you to Captain Jeff and the crew at the New England Aquarium Whale Watching.
Santana Moss, Trent Williams, Adam Gettis and Tevita Stevens hopped on an athletic training cart to drive them to the field. Veteran move.
Raiders WR Rahsaan Vaughn reports team went from binders to iPads with the playbook this season. “Restrictions on there… no Facebook."
Parker said last week, via the Express-News: "I felt like this was a summer I can give back to the Spurs."
Gruden: "When we go against New England, we're going to have very few periods that are live." Probably only one or two; basically 20 min.
Parker said during training camp last year he had no doubt Spurs would take care of him for taking less previously. Trust was well-founded.
Hopkins is scheduled to be in AC for Kovalev's fight tomorrow night, per source.
In short, Nash is "100% healthy" right now. He's not having nerve pain for the 1st time in a long time. But we'll see when he plays 5 on 5.
Gruden said he was worried last year that the Falcons would get the Bengals' tape and study tendencies. Not worried this year with Patriots.
Gary Vitti on Steve Nash: "Right now, he's a green light … things look better on July 31, 2014, than they did July 31, 2013."
Gruden: "To judge our 53-man roster right now is asinine."
Parker tells the Express-News: "I love the city, I love the people and our great fans. I couldn’t be happier.”
Vitti thinks the Lakers this season will "play a style of basketball that is conducive to what Kobe’s body will allow him to do."
Fight will be televised by HBO. The IBF exerted pressure on Hopkins to reach a deal by 5 pm or face a purse bid for mandatory challenger.
SI Sources: Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev have signed agreements to fight in early November. Paperwork with the IBF. Brooklyn or AC venue.
Gruden said the DBs and LBs will have to adjust to the officials emphasizing calling anything with contact five yards downfield.
That explains keeping Trent Williams out from this morning's practice.
No roster move yet for Jerry Rice Jr. He'll likely end up on IR.
Gruden said Jerry Rice Jr. tore the labrum in his shoulder and will have to have surgery.
"Damn, completely forgot I walked into this stall for a drug test" he thinks as he unrolls the dollar bill and stares at the empty cup.
Vitti on Kobe: "I have100% confidence that he'll be healthy because of the way he handles his body & the style of play we'll compete at."
How does an athlete fail a drug test multiple times w/ coke? From all I've heard you practically have to try to fail those tests w/ cocaine
I asked Vitti about the chances Kobe stays healthy this season, all things considered (attrition, age): "You’d be crazy to bet against him."
With Parker's deal taking him to age 36, remember he's said multiple times, wants to play 1-2 yrs in France professionally before retiring.
Parker's ext starts 15-16 season. He'll make $12.5M this season, last on current deal. Assures he'll see TD & Ginobili into retirement.
The "Once A Blazer" posts are meant to be fun. Listening to all suggestions here or via email/comments about guys to profile.
Have just now realized my baseball road trip next week will involve me watch the Phillies, Astros, Mets and Padres play. Whoops.
Now, SA and "free agent destination" are pretty much oxymorons but if you prefer stability, there is perhaps no better place to sign.