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Flip Saunders on opening alley-oop from Rubio to Wiggins: "Once they play more together, they will be able to connect on a lot more things."
Those asking about Boozer minutes concerned about Randle: it's A) yet to be seen and B) not a big deal. You don't want Randle playing 40 mpg
No question Zach LaVine is going to win the 2015 Dunk Contest.
I'll have to study up the rules but that 4th affiliate player may need to make roster for some reg. season games, then cut before assigned
Learned today that the NBA can assign 3 players cut from camp as affiliate players to D-League - a fourth can be assigned but complicated
We're headed to overtime here in Mankato
If you hear anybody in national media say LaVine can't shoot...don't believe them
LaVine has a nice looking jumper. Very smooth
Bennett's goggles are gone. That didn't last long
Kevin Martin doing some mentoring here, with 4 threes in this second scrimmage
Anthony Bennett spent his entire rookie paycheck on issues of "Biclops."
Yep, that's Anthony Bennett wearing goggles
Now up: The Mo's vs. the JJ's in the second of three scrimmages tonight after midnight
The Mo's beat the Ricky's 29-28 in the first scrimmage of the night
Nick Young: "I might try to win MVP, might go for 6th Man, Most Improved...might try to win DPOY."
Barea being the company guy right now.
Kendrick Perkins averaged more assists a game (1.1) than Serge Ibaka (1.0). Huh.
Ricky's 2 for 2 on jumpers so far, I believe. Mike Penberthy already for Coach of the Year?
Do we need the up close shot of Kevin Martin's head while there's real stuff going on behind him?
Wiggins opens scrimmage with alleyoop dunk from Ricky and blocked shot at other end
Ricky's team vs. Mo's team here to start first of 3 12-minute scrimmages
Dennis Allen firing follows the script. NFL coaches who don't have legitimate starting quarterbacks doomed. Carr promising, arrived too late
Somebody used it on here a while ago but..Wiggins indeed is effortless when he leaps
Shabazz definitely looks lean, lighter and more explosive
"Andrew Wiggins" chant here at Dunks After Dark.
Crowd begins an "Andrew Wiggins" chant unprompted
None of this means Gruden will even seriously consider running the Raiders. But if that's Mark's #1 guy, he has to ask JG what it'd take.
Fesenko sighting in Minnesota. Last time I saw him he was chugging coffee before a Bulls exhibition game in Champaign.
Thad and Zach wearing Minnesota-State Mankato #22 strong jerseys
Mankato, are you ready?
SOMEONE PLEASE SCREENSHOT GLEN TAYLOR SQUINTING AWKWARDLY AT CAMERA
Left is Tyreke Evans' 2013-14 shot chart. Right is Eric Gordon's. And the middle is where neither shoots very well. http://t.co/BlT37lGTGD
We're T-minus 4 minutes and counting to the magic hour in Mankato
Thad Young expected to address crowd here after clock strikes midnight. ANd yes, that's 73-year-old Glen Taylor in the 2nd row tonight
Brow still going strong (Photo by Crystal LoGiudice, USA TODAY Sports) http://t.co/8cgyI1ix6P
Don't know if Mark Davis can land a star coach, but probably only hope is to tell him he can hand-pick a GM. Oh, and offer both massive $$.
Greg Anthony: "I am shocked to this day the Cavaliers gave up Andrew Wiggins."
All I'm saying is nobody was using "After Dark" in basketball until we had a show doing 40k views a week last winter
I love the Dunks After Dark idea from the T'Wolves. Looks like a great atmosphere. Why not try something new to get fans excited?
Dunks After Dark would be a great name for a show about Eddy Curry taking other ex-players out for doughnuts a la Comedians Getting Coffee.
So Reggie McKenzie had over 11 hours on flight home from London to tell Dennis Allen the news. Instead he fired him in a phone call tonite
Klay Thompson on his father: "When he sees a camera, he freakin' runs to it."
Most touching part of Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium to Kobe? "The quiet of walking off the field" into the tunnel for the last time.
But there's no way Gruden will come with McKenzie in place as GM. And even if it's cleared out for him, Gruden has teased many times before.
Kobe: "I haven't played for quite a while; the size of the challenge ahead is really forcing me to focus in a lot more than I ever have."
The Western Conference dunk contest team should just be the Timberwolves' rookies.
Your 3 teams: Ricky, Chase, Wiggins, Hummel, Pek & Fesenko. Mo, Zach, Corey, Thad, Gorgui & Heslip. JJ, KMart, Shabazz, Bennett, Turiaf, GR3
Key Kobe quote on what he felt like in his first 5-on-5 scrimmage after a summer of individual training: "I felt like me."
Commitment to Change: The @Raiders have have 10 Head Coaches over the past 20 seasons, just three winning seasons.
Kobe said he hasn't changed his game much since he "figured it out" in 2003. "My game has kinda been my game."
It's filling up at Dunks After Dark in Mankato...and it's LOUD with the music blaring
Nick Young: "Sometimes in the streets, people say Swaggy. I like to hear Nick sometimes or Nicolas."
Nemanja Nedovic said he hopes to win a spot in the rotation. "I want to earn the minutes. I want to earn the respect of my teammates."
Nick Young: "I run my household. Not all the time, well, sometimes."
Young: "Melo had me worried. I didn't know what he would do. I knew Lala liked LA. Women have the final say. I knew it would be over for me"
Nemanja Nedovic said he was cleared Friday and says of Stephen Curry: "I'm trying to copy some of his moves in practice."
Used to be all kinds of youth football teams called the “Raiders.” Hard to find any now. Ask all the Britneys out there why.
Get ready for the Raiders to clean house again, but who trusts Mark Davis to get it right?
Nick Young: "I might win MVP or try to go for 6th man of the year or most improved or defensive player of the year. I got robbed last year."
Gregg Popovich should be the first two-sport coach and go to the Raiders. Trade silver & black for silver & black. 10 Ws per year guaranteed
Nick Young: "Clarkson has to call me Daddy Swag. Julius has to call me Uncle Swag. It's a family affair. It's rookie duties."
Nick Young's quotes may be the most entertaining aspect of the Lakers this season and that's not a bad thing.
Doors open at Dunks After Dark. Reminds me a lot of Who concert, Cincinnati 1979
Nick Young: "I was showing Kobe the ropes this summer. I had a sit down with coach Byron Scott telling him how he should play."
I really hope that the Raiders didn't fire Allen over the phone. Raiders treating Allen like Wozniacki.
Nick Young: "Kobe worked out with me. I didn't work out with me. He came to me. I did a catwalk walking runways. It was a big deal.:
The new Spoon album is so good. Sooooo good
Nick Young: "I'm feeling great. I'm a star. That's about it."
Andre Iguodala on supporting max contract for Klay Thompson: "As a player your job is to try to help your teammates as much as possible."
Some Raiders fans are still 100% sure it's my fault. Did I draft DJ Hayden and acquire Schaub and Flynn? Guess I did. My fault.
To get a great coach, you need a smart GM. To get a smart GM, you need a stable financial/ownership situation... Raiders have none of that.
Mark Davis should hire Tom Brady's hair
Dennis Allen was Reggie McKenzie's hire, and McKenzie fought for him last off-season. This will be part of Davis' evaluation on McKenzie.
Bill Belichick out here doing his best Joaquin Phoenix impression from I'm Still Here.
Should just have Jim Harbaugh coach both Bay Area NFL teams and Michigan all at once.
Does the AP reporter who retracted his report that Dennis Allen was going to be fired get any credit now that Raiders axed Allen?
Now the question turns to Reggie McKenzie. I'd guess he keeps his job for now, but not beyond December.
There's really no comparison btw Pop and Belichick's interactions with media. Pop plays a shtick and we're usually in on the joke
I'm definitely feeling Belichick as an analyst post-coaching career.
Like three years ago the Kings didn't send anyone from basketball ops to Sloan. Now they're out here hiring Dean Freaking Oliver. Wow.
The Bill Belichick press conference is high entertainment. He got his droopy dog all over my living room TV
The Patriots better Belichick themselves before their season Beliwrecks itself.
It's on TV now, so it must be true. http://t.co/NbNZeeuprd
Gillette and Covidien -- a grooming and health-care company aren't the sponsors I'd want behind Bill Belicheck right now.
Pats got BBQ'd tonight. (I'll show myself out.)
That's where New England's at. Losing a week after playing them close on the road gets your fired.
Who do you want as the Raiders head coach next season?
Here we go again. Fox Sports reporting the Raiders just called Dennis Allen and informed him he was fired.
And... THAT one I believe. Glazer has a pipeline to Dennis Allen.
Nash on if he can sustain through season: "It’s been such a bad run with that thing, that nerve, that I don’t want to make any forecasts."
Somewhere Colin Kaepernick is watching this Bill Belichick press conference saying, 'He talks too much.'
Nash has reported feeling great about nerve issues in back. So I asked him how confident he can sustain issue through season.
Dilfer, Steve Young and Ray Lewis burying the Patriots worse than the Chiefs. I agree with everything they're saying. BB let Brady down.
I think Steve Young just challenged people to fight him on behalf of Tom Brady.
The two Rob Lowe's look like old Tom Brady and now Tom Brady.
That can't possibly be true, can it? I mean... (OK, fine. I'll shut up about football. *Goes back to writing about Rondo and Brad Stevens.*)
Jimmy Garoppolo's 1st TD toss..they are dancing in the streets in Charleston
Might have to jump on the Broncos-Peyton bandwagon before it's over.
Gronk just Kelce'd those defenders into the end zone.
So the Chiefs lead the Patriots 41-14. If you can figure out this years NFL give me stock tips or lottery numbers, something helpful!
QB controversy in New England
Had no idea tonight was the first time a HOF QB had a bad game. Cool to see history.
So, Chiefs stomp the Pats. If the Royals can beat the A's on Tuesday, it'll be the most glorious 48 hours for KC sports fans since...when?
Hope neither of those dudes play for any other team. So cool in this day and age.
Frye sees similarities between last year's Suns and this year's Magic. Like PHX was, ORL is projected to struggle but could surprise people.
I'm in a really good place right now on social media - lets ruin it with a plane Q + A. I'll log back on post takeoff and we'll rap.
If I'm Charlie Weiss, I let Bob Kraft know I'm not under contract with anyone anymore.
Janeane Garofalo. I didn't know she backed up Brady. Interesting!
Red Sox finished last in the AL East. Brady looks incredibly mortal. Celtics are lottery bound yet again. Boston, you had a good run.
Channing Frye said Ronnie Price, Marcin Gortat, Tobias Harris praised the city, fans, facility and roster, which persuaded him to join ORL.
How old do I feel? At Wizards media day, son of a guy I covered in his prime showed up at the end for pictures. damn you, David Stockton.
Aaron Gordon on if he's eyeing Rookie of the Year: "Of course, but at the same time I'm going to do what's best for the team first."
Put in Rohan Davey.
So, this week we just keep Michigan quarterbacks on the field no matter what?
Wait, your penalized for dropping to your knees after a touchdown? OK, the NFL makes zero sense.
Wait, what was that last penalty on KC for? Kneeling?
Aaron Gordon: "Some older guys fall into the idea that it's okay to lose. As young guys, we don't know any better. We expect to win."
That's unsportsman like?
After Jeter retiring, I think all my old-man hopes rested on Tom Brady. Now I'm feeling incredibly ancient.
This has to be Tom Brady's worst game ever.
Can't wait to recline my seat and troll the entire internet
Rob Hennigan on Nik Vucevic and Tobias Harris: "We don't envision a scenario where either of those players aren't with us moving forward."
Rob Hennigan: "We're in discussions with Nik and Tobias' representatives ... Our hope is to try to get [extensions] done before [Oct.] 31."
Remember the Titans and Van Wilder are both on right now. What a way to start the beginning of the new year.