Emmanuel Mudiay apologizes after ‘ejecting’ Gregg Popovich from game

Emmanuel Mudiay had regrets after trolling Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
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The Nuggets guard apologized for mimicking the official who ejected Pop from Thursday’s game. (Popovich called the official, Zach Zarba, a terrible referee.)

I apologize if I offended some but I didn’t mean no disrespect towards coach Pop, one of the Goat . I’m just trying to have fun.

Should Mudiay really have said he was sorry? He nailed the motion, after all, and Pop isn’t, um, universally loved, so plenty of folks were glad to see all of that happen.

They might not have been glad to see the Spurs, minus Pop, beat the Nuggets 118-104.

Game Marshall Faulk Jersey That makes sense mostly for one reason. Cousins stands to more than double his current annual salary of $16.97 million because the new CBA allows All-NBA selections the ability to command $40 million a year, via the designated player veteran extensions. Apparently, it hasn’t dawned on the two-time All-NBA pick that his owner, Vivek Ranadive, and general manager, Vlade Divac, have nary a clue as to how to build a winner.

But this is what Cousins needs to remember: He shouldn’t love Sacramento because staying will ensure that his grand-kids never have to work a day in their lives. He should love the Kings because, for better or worse, they’re putting their faith in him that he’ll finally grow up and lead them to the playoffs.

They say there are two kinds of leaders in team sports: good 鈥?arguably the best of the current group starts with LeBron James, who will make his annual visit to Sacramento on Friday night 鈥?and bad, including Cousins. Seven years into his NBA career and turning 27 in August, the Kings are making the ultimate roll of the dice that Cousins can become a good leader. That kind of transformation rarely happens, if ever.

Stars acquire rights to Ben Bishop from Kings in play to solve goalie woes

In a proactive play to fill their biggest offseason need, the Stars on Monday acquired the rights to goalie Ben Bishop in a trade with the Kings, the teams announced.

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The Stars’ precipitous plunge from Western Conference No. 1 seed to NHL bottom feeder this past season was largely attributed to the poor play of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen, who split time in the crease as the club allowed the second-most goals in the NHL. To address the issue, they found a logical trade partner in the Kings, who happened to have spare Vezina Trophy-caliber talent on hand.

After the expansion draft and entry draft pass, how do you see the rest of the summer playing out for the Devils?
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It’s hard to say because I don’t have the crystal ball and I don’t control a lot of things because, let’s be honest, there are 30 other teams trying to get better. But my goals remain the same since the day I was hired: the things we are doing have to help us not only in the short term, but also in the longer term. If there is a short-term thing, there has to be a real specific reason, whether it’s our culture or a specific role. For us, it’s about creating an identity with speed and passion, and a big part of that is developing our younger players, seeing where they are in training camp. Mikey McLeod (2016 first round pick), it’s either make the team or go back to junior next year. No. 1, though, it’s about having patience and knowing we have assets in terms of draft picks, prospects and cap space. Don’t rush into anything and regret it later.

Knicks reportedly lowering Carmelo Anthony’s value in trade talks with Clippers

The Knicks aren’t asking the Clippers for all that much in return for Carmelo Anthony, according to the New York Daily News.

The report claims New York is attempting to ship Melo to the Clippers, and wouldn’t even ask for one of the big three (Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan) in return. Instead, the report claims a trade would involve one or two of the following: Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Austin Rivers.

Thoughts: Leyritz was a Yankees World Series hero in the last year of his career when this deal went down. Westbrook went on to a very solid 13-year career as a reliable starting pitcher, earning an All-Star nod in 2004 with Cleveland. Ledee was a highly touted Yankees prospect, but he’d gotten lost in the shuffle a bit by the time this trade happened. The change of scenery didn’t work, though he did play for six teams after the Yankees, until 2007. Day had a couple solid seasons with the Expos (4.2 rWAR from 2002-04). Henson was well-known — he was the quarterback at Michigan — but he hit just .162 in Double-A for the Reds, who traded him back to New York the next spring. The rest of the players the Yankees dealt away — Melian, Reith, Yarnall, Ford, Meirena, Spurling and Delgado — produced a combined rWAR in the majors of minus-0.8.

Justice was huge for the Yankees in 2000, blasting 20 homers and hitting .305 after the trade, then hit three more homers in the postseason and was named ALCS MVP. Similarly, Hill mashed after the trade — he hit .333 with 16 homers in 40 regular-season games — though he was just 1-for-17 in the postseason. Sojo hit .288 after the trade, and had the game-winning (and World Series-clinching) hit with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 5.


Kyle Korver trade defies the odds in helping Cavs’ present, Hawks’ future

Jan. 7, 2017 is now a day that Kyle Korver and Mike Budenholzer will always remember. It was supposed to be a normal day, but men’s lives, as well as the makeup of two NBA teams, were forever changed.

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It was the toughest decision of my career, Budenholzer said. It was tough enough trading Kyle, and even more trading him to your rival.

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The additions of McDermott and Gibson will help as well. Gibson is not a huge offensive threat, but he’s capable of scoring 15 points and hauling in eight rebounds each night.

McDermott will help space the floor, providing Westbrook with a solid kick-out option when he drives into the lane.

The Thunder (32-25) are currently seventh in the Western Conference standings. They needed a boost to get back in the title picture and may have gotten it Thursday.

Jeanie Buss blocks brothers’ attempt to gain control of Lakers

The Buss family feud for control of the Lakers took another turn Friday, with Jeanie thwarting her brothers.

The battle for control of the franchise moved into the courtroom, as Jeanie sought a temporary restraining order against her brothers Jim and Johnny, according to the Los Angeles Times. The request was an attempt to prevent the brothers from holding a meeting next week to elect a new board of directors for the team that wouldn’t include Jeanie.

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Armed with one of the game’s greatest shots, a near-unblockable jumper, the 12-time All-NBA selection and 13-time All-Star recently moved into sixth place among all-time NBA scorers. He became only the sixth player in history to cross the 30,000-point plateau.
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The Pelicans will be able to run dual pick-and-roll sets, a lot of Clippers-like high-low actions with Cousins at the elbow and Davis on the baseline, 5-out lineups where the team looks to clear out the inside or 4-out settings surrounding Cousins on the block. The key for these lineups will be the kind of spacing they can get on the wing around their frontcourt and Holiday.

To reach their peak, the team needs to add one more shooter in order to get its spacing right. This is where losing Hield hurts, but those are the breaks when you acquire an All-Star. It’s possible Casspi can help, but general manager Dell Demps should continue to stay vigilant on the trade market for a knockdown spot-up guy.

I anticipated nothing was going to happen, Anthony said, via the New York Post. That there wasn’t anything worth looking at or exploring. I kind of knew the last couple of days. There was nothing worth bringing to the table.

Russell Westbrook has more for Steph Curry with triple-double, crazy passes

Russell Westbrook asked the question before the Thunder’s game Thursday in Toronto: Who’s Steph Curry? He answered it during the game: Not the guy to ask about NBA MVP.

Westbrook had his obligatory triple-double in OKC’s 123-102 victory (26 points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds). More impressively, he unleashed these ridiculous passes with ease.

That’s the 34th triple-double for Russ this season, just seven off the NBA record set by Oscar Robertson in 1961-62. The Thunder (39-29) have 14 games remaining.

Curry is #TeamHarden right now, basically because James Harden and the Rockets have a better record than Westbrook’s Thunder, but Russ is making that argument look less and less legit.

Later, with the Bulls crushing the Bucks by 30 near the end of the first half, Dunleavy lined up an open 3 from the left wing. Antetokounmpo bulled in from backcourt and gave Dunleavy a full-bore shoulder check, sending him sprawling out of bounds. Antetokounmpo was given a flagrant-2 foul and ejected.

Kidd was livid and laid into his young star after the game. That remains the last we’ve seen of Antetokounmpo in the playoffs.

“Stress is something we try to look at for him,” Kidd said. “Less stress for him, you know, he can get that free-throw jump shot, we think he can shoot that at a very high clip. He will get to where he can shoot the 3. But the less pounding I can help him with, the less pounding he takes, I think the longevity of him being able to continue what he is doing, that is going to help. The physical pounding teams are going to give, they’re going to touch him every time in the paint. They’re going to give him that jump shot.”steelers_127

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton loses glove over outfield wall

With 26 home runs this season, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is no stranger to sending baseballs over outfield walls.

Stanton, however, is bound to end up on blooper reels after losing his glove over the wall in Marlins Park on Sunday while attempting to make a play on Dodgers left fielder Chris Taylor’s triple to deep right center.

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Need to know: No contender has a bigger bullpen need than the Nationals, but they might have to overpay a bit to get their nearby rivals to make this deal happen. And the Nationals don’t like to overpay in trades. Still, though, can’t imagine Nationals fans would be too happy if Britton gets traded somewhere else and the Nationals wind up with a lesser option in the ninth inning.

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Need to know: The Diamondbacks might be surprise contenders, but they’re legitimate contenders. Is Fernando Rodney the answer in the ninth inning? He has 22 saves and five blown saves this season, and a 5.58 ERA doesn’t exactly inspire confidence 鈥?he’s faced 15 batters in July, and five of them have scored. Add Britton to the important-outs mix along with Archie Bradley (and his 1.10 ERA) and that changes the dynamic of this team.

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Need to know: This is absolutely a longshot, mostly because the Cardinals don’t know whether they’re buyers or sellers, but the ninth inning has been messy this season. Britton would solve that issue, and then suddenly guys such as Trevor Rosenthal, Seung-hwan Oh and Kevin Siegrist become powerful arms ready to get big strikeouts in any inning.
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Phil Jackson said Wednesday he’d need a lot in return to trade Kristaps Porzingis

The Bulls on Thursday agreed to trade star wing Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick (Justin Patton) in this year’s NBA Draft to the Timberwolves for guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick (Lauri Markkanen).

Dunn was the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft out of Providence. LaVine, a first-rounder of the T-Wolves in 2014 out of UCLA, is coming off an ACL injury.

Phil Jackson said Wednesday he’d need a lot in return to trade Kristaps Porzingis, but the 7-3 star is available. Jackson, in an interview with MSG Network, made a point to mention that Porzingis skipped his exit interview with Jackson after the season ended, so pettiness isn’t limited to players.

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ESPN.com reported the Celtics are discussing trades involving forward Jae Crowder and guards Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley with multiple teams. Crowder is owed $21.9 million over the next three seasons, while Bradley ($8.8 million) and Smart ($4.5 million) each have one year remaining on their contracts.

One possible landing spot for those players: Memphis. The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reported the Celtics are eyeing Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, and SN’s Jordan Greer speculated whether Bradley, Smart, a forward and draft picks would be a enough of a return.
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Free agent Danilo Gallinari could become a member of the Clippers via a three-way trade with the Hawks and Nuggets, according to ESPN. Gallinari’s deal with the Clippers would reportedly be a three-year, $65 million contract. The Hawks would reportedly receive Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a first-round pick from L.A. Crawford doesn’t plan on staying in Atlanta if a trade is completed, according to USA Today.

Cowboys rank as world’s most valuable sports franchise, Yankees second

The Cowboys, for the second year in a row, top Forbes’ worldwide sports franchise valuations, as the publication calculates Jerry Jones’ NFL team to be worth $4.2 billion.

The Yankees, valued at $3.7 billion, are second on the list, up from fourth last year.
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While Manchester United ($3.69 billion), Barcelona ($3.64 billion) and Real Madrid ($3.58 billion) round out the top five, the rest of the top 10 is populated exclusively with U.S. franchises.

The Cowboys, they win. They just don’t ever show up during the playoffs, though. Like they always disappear in the playoffs. I got a great depiction of the Cowboys fan base during the regular season last year. They were on cloud nine. You couldn’t tell them anything. Anything. Because they were gonna win the [championship], that’s all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying.

And then the minute they lost, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt, the excuses start flowing, it’s just amazing to me, that fanbase in general, they can’t handle defeat. Still to this day they say the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch.
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Williams spent most of Wednesday morning responding to the upset Cowboys faithful. There are way too many to put here, so you can browse his timeline for all of his clapbacks, but some of our favorites can be viewed below.

Those numbers are blowing my mind. Missing this season will forever be my biggest regret.

Oh, nothing. Anyway, Stephen Curry set the NBA record for 3-pointers in November when he hit 13 only one game removed from shooting 0 of 10. Klay Thompson scored 60 points in three quarters in December. He only played 29 minutes. Draymond Green recorded the first triple-double in NBA history with less than 10 points in February. He had 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

So I guess you could say the Warriors are still pretty good, huh? Am I right?

Asking a question doesn’t qualify as a joke, but yes, Golden State is the best team in the league. A couple other crazy games: Chris Paul had 20 assists and zero turnovers against the Pelicans in December. He was the first player to pull that off since Rickey Green in 1984. Devin Booker dropped 70 points on the Celtics in March. He’s only the sixth player to ever hit the 70 mark. And Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz for 59 points, a Trail Blazers single-game record.

Those numbers are blowing my mind. Missing this season will forever be my biggest regret.

More than the time you were really into parkour and tried to jump over a car but instead dove head first into the bumper of a Miata, putting you in the coma you just woke up from?

The Clippers enter the playoffs riding a seven-game winning streak thanks to a balanced scoring attack that features six players averaging at least 12 points per game. Chris Paul is still the heart and soul of the team, but both he and Blake Griffin missed time with injuries this season.

DeAndre Jordan is a load in the paint (12.7 ppg, 13.8 rpg), and it seemed like teams stopped hacking him as soon as he passed halfcourt.

Speaking of balanced scoring, Utah features 11 players averaging at least 6.2 points per game. Gordon Hayward (21.9 ppg) is the star, but a number of players can rise up and win games for the underrated Jazz.falcons_061