No fine for Phil Jackson’s end-of-season Carmelo Anthony comments

Limited Kids Darius Slay Jersey Phil Jackson was out of line when he said Carmelo Anthony would be better off someone else. At least, according to NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts.

But as out-of-line as his comments might have been seen, they will not cost him any money.

The Cavaliers, seeking another top-caliber backcourt mate for Kyrie Irving, are trying to figure out multi-team trade scenarios, according to ESPN.

The Cavaliers, per league sources, have been working today on assembling multi-team trade scenarios to try to acquire Chicago’s Jimmy Butler

The Celtics are also believed to be interested in acquiring the 6-7 Butler, who just completed the second year of a five-year, $95 million contract that includes an option for that fifth season.

Butler went to his third straight All-Star game this past season, when he averaged 23.9 point, 5.5 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game. But despite high hopes after adding Dwyane Wade last offseason, the Bulls went a disappointing 41-41 and squeaked into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

While no one knows where Butler will play next season, one thing is becoming clear — his time with the Bulls is probably over.
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I don’t think he should be compared to either of those players because they play different positions. Kobe and Michael are both 2-guards. They’re both scorers. They’re mostly like a Kyrie. They’re looking to score the basketball when it hits their hand. They’re not looking to make plays for anybody on the floor. They’re not looking to be a facilitator. That’s the role that LeBron plays because he’s such a dominant and powerful force, and he’s a great passer.
When asked who does James compare to, Pippen brought up another Lakers great.

Last-place Giants are built to win now, and doing anything but — so what now?

Last place in their division. An offense that ranks at or near the bottom of the league in almost every category. A revamped bullpen that hasn’t performed up to expectations. Injuries, age, and lousy play plaguing their biggest stars.

No, things are definitely not going how the Giants drew them up at the beginning of the year. And after a weekend that saw them drop a series in Philadelphia to the worst team in baseball, the Giants find themselves in a situation they probably didn’t expect to face for some time: stay the course and hope for a turnaround, or throw in the towel this year and attempt to rebuild And the big question: What do you do with a team that’s built to win now but is doing anything but?

You know when hes not yelling at the franchise star on the sideline, beating down a rookie receiver for no reason or committing a personal foul that essentially cost the Bengals what would have been their first playoff victory since 1991.

The Bengals, of course, gave Jones yet another extension last offseason, after those on-field incidents. Only $6 million of the $22 million was guaranteed, and the team could easily cut ties now with this latest incident. History tells us not to count on that.

But maybe this is the real start of the Adam Jones redemption story. Hes 33, with his NFL future more tenuous than ever after a mostly bad season on the field. Any conviction or plea should lead to a suspension, if the charges alone dont draw one. The Bengals are at a crossroads with their current roster on which Jones somehow is a defensive captain.

Something needs to change. Will it be Adam PacmanJones History tells us not to count on that, either.

Every Falcons employee can go to Super Bowl 51 thanks to owner Arthur Blank

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Owner Arthur Blank is paying the way for every employee in the Falcons organization to go to Super Bowl 51 in Houston, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank plans to take every employee in organization to Super Bowl. We’re talking hundreds.
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Considering airfare, hotels and tickets, that tab will add up quickly, but Blank, the founder of Home Depot who has an estimated net worth of about $3 billion, has that kind of cash to spare.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson took every team staffer to last season’s Super Bowl in Santa Clara.

He’s a two-way guy, too, but he’s definitively seen as a hitter in the pros after a great season with the Cavaliers 鈥?he hit.390 with 14 homers, 10 stolen bases and only 21 strikeouts for the entire season. He’s athletic enough to play anywhere in the outfield. On the mound, the lefty had a 3.58 ERA in 11 starts for Virginia.

He’s a prep right-hander from Texas with a huge fastball. That’s like candy for scouting directors and front-office types. Baz could easily be gone before the Phillies get to choose.

Mizzou has produced a number of first-round picks this decade, highlighted by two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Houck might not be Scherzer, but his fastball sits in the mid-90s and sniffs triple digits, and the Tigers (the ones in Detroit) would be happy with that.

Burger has a ton of power, and the Giants can use an influx of power in their system (especially in the bigs). Also relevant (maybe), eight of San Francisco’s past 11 first-rounders have come from the college ranks.

Heimlich was required to register as a sex offender beginning in August 2012.

Heimlich was sentenced to 40 months in a juvenile detention facility, but that sentence was suspended and later dropped after he completed two years of probation and sex-offender treatment, the report says.

Heimlich was required to register as a sex offender beginning in August 2012. Washington classified him as a Level 1 offender, a designation for those who present the lowest possible risk to the community and likelihood to re-offend is considered minimal.

The Oregonian reported that it wasn’t clear whether Oregon State officials were aware of Heimlich’s record when he enrolled in 2014. The university does not require students to disclose past felony convictions in the admissions process. However, a university spokesman told The Oregonian that the school receives on a regular basis a list of sex offenders registered in Benton County, where Oregon State is located.
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More than baseball, he said. He’s a good friend. We grew close off the field. Last year he kind of got messed around in the system of free agency, so this year he goes and gets really what he deserves with a nice contract. It’s unfortunate it’s not here, but as a friend I’m happy for him.

After his first season in Chicago in 2015, Fowler went to free agency with draft pick compensation attached. That meant for any team other than the Cubs to sign him, they’d have to surrender their first-round pick in the 2016 draft. That’s a high price to pay for a guy who, at the time, had never posted higher than 3.3 WAR in a year. While it appeared the Cubs were set to move on, having signed Jason Heyward to an eight-year, $184 million deal, Fowler continued waiting into spring training.

Packers’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shifts blame away from Dom Capers … kind of

The Packers’ defense, which gave up 44 points in an NFC championship game loss and allowed 24.3 points per game in 2016 (21st in the NFL) is an easy target for offseason criticism.

Brown continued: “Domestic violence is not just physical abuse. We’re talking intimidation and threats, the attempt to control, body language. An abuser is going to abuse to a certain degree to acquire some kind of a reaction.”

During Roger Goodell’s press conference Wednesday, he briefly touched on the subject of Brown. He confirmed that there was still an ongoing investigation into his case.

“We do have an active investigation on Josh Brown,” Goodell said. “You know from last fall that we didn’t have all of the information from law enforcement. They released some of that at a later date. We now have that information, and we will continue that investigation. Until we have a final decision, we won’t be making any decisions about anyone’s eligibility on that front.”

Marshall has never been one to mince words about his playing potential. Before this season Marshall bet Steelers wideout Antonio Brown that if he had more total yardage at the end of the season, he wanted Brown’s Rolls-Royce. If Brown was the winner, he would snag Marshall’s Porsche.

Brown easily had more yards (1,284) than Marshall’s 788, and in fact so did the Jaguars’ Marqise Lee (851), Cowboys’ Cole Beasley (833) and even Cardinals running back David Johnson (879).

Marshall has had to contend with the likes of quarterbacks Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who he lobbied the Jets to re-sign this past season. Moving forward, Marshall is done trying to influence the Jets’ front office.


Tom Brady leaves Joe Montana generation no choice but to crown new GOAT

Tom Brady staked his claim to the title of greatest quarterback of all time when he led the New England Patriots to a 34-28 victory against the Atlanta Falcons in the most entertaining way possible at Super Bowl 51.

Since taking over New England’s four-Super Bowl dynasty, coach Bill Belichick has owned pretty much everyone on the other sideline 鈥?except when Mike Shanahan was coaching the Broncos. Shanahan not only matched Belichick, but also outwitted him to the tune of a 5-3 head-to-head advantage, including playoffs.

To best Belichick defensively, it takes someone with the aptitude to think several steps ahead offensively. It also requires an attitude; a calculated, cool cockiness that, like Mike, Kyle has.
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“There’s a fine line 鈥?don’t think there’s much Bill and his staff haven’t seen before,” Kyle Shanahan said of trying to out-coach Belichick. “They’ve seen a lot of football and they do it as well as anyone.

“The main thing is giving your players confidence going into the game knowing that when we do see what they’re doing, you give our players the ability to adjust for us to go in a number of different directions.”

The faces change, the sports change and the methods change, but the refrain is quite familiar: Almost had it. So close. Why can’t we have nice things?

Whitney Mercilus Youth Jersey “This one takes the cake and it’s going to hurt for a long time,” Matt Cason, 26, of Woodstock, Ga., said of Sunday’s epic Super Bowl collapse.

Final order for 2017 NFL Draft now set with Browns first, Patriots last

With Super Bowl 51 complete, we now know the final order of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Authentic Mens Vic Beasley Jersey We knew last month the Browns were picking first and, with their win over the Falcons in the Super Bowl, the Patriots own the 32nd overall selection.

When the regular season ended on New Year’s Day, picks 1-20 were set while the remaining 12 picks were contingent upon the results of the playoffs.

I grilled them on anticipated questions; on football, family and anything in their past that teams might bring up. I spent two to three hours with each player, taping the interviews with all kinds of questions (similar to what I heard in these interviews during my GM years). Then we reviewed the tapes, and I gave feedback on their answers and body language.

We also have our players take several sample Wonderlic intelligence tests so they get a feel for the types of questions and the time element (50 question test that must be completed in 12 minutes).

Youth Mark Clayton Jersey NFL teams know that this on- and off-field training work is taking place. While it’s obvious which players have been coached up in these areas, the astute GMs, coaches and scouts still can get a fairly good read on players’ personalities during their 15-minute interview sessions at the Combine. Top players can expect to meet with virtually every team, so it can become a mental endurance test, too.

Because they don’t have the same draft capital of other teams and need a quarterback, left tackle, cornerback, safety, pass rusher and running back (among other positions), the Jets arguably are in the worst position in the NFL.

Free agency is a tough place to go to fix a roster, but with a general manager and a coach on the hot seat, it may have to be the route the Jets take.

Everything about baseball’s youth revival is great

I’m no baseball Grinch. I love styling. I love this new-school version of hardball. It brings life, energy and personality to a game that’s been devoid of it for decades. At some point, baseball got way too tight, and not in the cool way.

Remember Al Hrabosky and his shtick? Or what about Dave Parker flaunting his famed Boppin’ T-shirt? At some point baseball started shunning character and fun.

Everything about baseball’s youth revival is great: The highlighter-yellow compression sleeves, the outfield dance parties, Making Baseball Fun Again, those are all good things for the sport.

Game Kids William Perry Jersey I love players pimping a home run that lands in little Jimmy’s ice cream 10 rows up in the left field nosebleeds. But that’s not to say that a player should abandon all sense as Bautista did Wednesday. You’re still playing within the confines of a — wait for it — team. You’re still playing with 24 other guys in the clubhouse. If you’re doing it in a game when your team is down a million runs to a sub-.500 team, that’s about as look at me as it gets.

The Rays won’t give him an extension because that’s not how they operate with their budget constraints.

Limited Youth Earl Thomas III Jersey Why he could move soon: Hand is a lefty reliever in his Age 27 season who is averaging 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings. That’s pretty appealing to a contender looking for back-end-of-the-bullpen help. He’s under club control through 2019, which means the Padres don’t have to trade him, but his value also is pretty high right now with his production (1.82 ERA) and those years of control, which means he’ll bring back a higher price today than he will this time next year.

Undrafted free agent signings 2017: Every team’s pickups in one place

The 2017 NFL Draft may be over, but that doesn’t mean teams are done adding important contributors for the upcoming season. Scores of NCAA athletes will start the next chapters of their football careers by signing as undrafted free agents.

The class of 2017 could also produce some memorable contributors. College standouts like Jarron Jones and Hardy Nickerson Jr. should all draw plenty of interest this spring. Though they’ll face long odds to make an NFL roster, the path they’ll walk is far from uncharted territory.

There’s a laundry list of players who have emerged from the embers of the draft to make a major impact in the NFL. All-Pros like Wes Welker, Priest Holmes, Kurt Warner, Antonio Gates, John Randle, James Harrison, Jessie Tuggle, and Tony Romo all took the long way to the league. They turned out to be unexpected boons who didn’t cost a cent in draft currency.

We’ll have a complete list of undrafted free agent signings as they come in.

Part of moving past that loss for Freeman will be making opposing defenders pay for trying to stop him on the field. He’s preparing for that by making sure he gets his mind and body right for the coming season.

“Mentally, you know you’ve got to get over the Super Bowl,” Freeman said. “But physically, just getting my body in tip-top shape, come back bigger, faster and stronger. And also my eating … trying to change that. And just working.”

Putting the Super Bowl behind them hasn’t been an easy task for any Falcons players. Head coach Dan Quinn has set the tone by encouraging players to “embrace the suck” and “eat a crap sandwich with a smile,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jeff Schultz.

Tom Brady is so good he might help win a court case in California.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that a lawsuit filed against late-night TV host Conan O’Brien, alleging that he and his staff stole jokes in 2014 and ’15, can move forward, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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One of comedy writer Alex Kaseberg’s jokes in question, came after the Patriots’ close win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49, in part because of Seattle coach Pete Carroll’s ill-fated choice to throw the ball at the 1-yard line instead of handing it off to Marshawn Lynch.

I come back at the end of some days gasping for air with my hands on my knees. She’s non-stop, one of her aides says.

It takes the energy and the meticulousness of someone like this to think they can make an impact. It has to be hardwired into your being to believe that the NFL and other sports leagues that may endanger player health are worth starting a public war with.

You put on your uniform. You take your helmet. You eat your pills. There’s this gladiator aspect, a bloodlust to the game of putting these brawny, mostly black men out on the field for a mostly white audience to, ya know, Schakowsky says, making a crashing noise to finish her thought.

Game Markus Wheaton Jersey Speaking of football: she’s a fair-weather fan. She likes the Bears, but she hates Jay Cutler. Well, maybe, not hate. But she sure as hell doesn’t like him.

Thank goodness he’s gone! she says. Cutler crossed her after announcing his open support for Donald Trump, a man she definitely loathes. I don’t think anyone in Chicago misses him. I’m sorry.

She’s not, not really.