Markelle Fultz thinks he can be NBA MVP as rookie, finds Lonzo Ball ‘funny’

Markelle Fultz has one message for Lonzo Ball: Bring it on.

The former Washington guard said he was amused by Ball’s claims that he was a better team leader, and expects their rivalry to continue when they are in the NBA. Fultz and Ball could be the two top picks in this year’s draft, and since they are both point guards, they’ll be linked to one another for much of their careers.

Carmelo Anthony, whose default demeanor is relaxed and easygoing, responded with anger and expletives of his own. For those accustomed to seeing Anthony live by his oft-used idiom, Stay Melo, it was jarring. Anthony’s R-rated rant essentially questioned the direction of the entire organization, according to sources. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis fired back, calling out Anthony’s effort on defense. Anthony responded again, but before things could devolve further, one Knick suggested that the players head back Cheap Giants Jerseys to the court and start warming up.

While it’s somewhat surprising to see Anthony lash out, it makes sense given his recent complaints. After the New York’s final game of the season Wednesday night, the forward wasn’t shy about saying he may have played his last game a Knick.

Anthony says he’d love to return to the Knicks, but ultimately understands the team wants to go in another direction. His recent comments makes it seem likely he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fined $30,000 for public criticism of the officiating

After seeing Kevin Durant return to form to end the regular season and find his scoring touch in Game 1 of Golden State’s first-round series, the Warriors may be without their star forward for Game 2.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr revealed Durant is questionable for Cheap Football Practice Jerseys Wednesday night’s game at Oracle Arena with a left calf strain. Shaun Livington (right finger sprain and hand contusion) and Matt Barnes (right ankle sprain) are also questionable.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fined $30,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Fizdale made his comments following the Grizzlies’ 96-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on April 17 at AT&T Center.

In his postgame comments, Fizdale referenced Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard’s 19 free throws (he made them all en route to a 37-point night) and the lack of free throws by Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph. Overall, San Antonio had a 32-15 advantage in free-throw attempts, going 31-for-32 while the Griz were 13-for-15.

I’m not going to let them treat us that way, Fizdale told reporters. I Cheap Gaelic Jerseys know (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has) got pedigree and I’m a young rookie, but they’re not going to rook us. That’s unacceptable. That was unprofessional.

Game 3 of the Grizzlies-Spurs first-round Western Conference series will be Thursday in Memphis. The seventh-seeded Grizzlies are down 2-0 in the best-of-seven.

Grizzlies’ David Fizdale shreds refs after team’s Game 2 loss

Grizzlies first-year coach David Fizdale played the no respect card, hard, after his team lost to the Spurs on Monday night in Game 2 of their NBA playoff series.

Fizdale blasted the officiating after Memphis’ 96-82 loss. He Cheap Fishing Jerseys referenced the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard taking 19 free throws (Leonard made them all en route to a 37-point night) and the lack of free throws given to Grizzlies power foward Zach Randolph, who yelled at one of the officials on his way to the locker room after the game.

James wasn’t done with Bryant.

In the third quarter, as the Cavs cut into a 25-point Pacers lead, James hit his 293rd career playoff 3-pointer to pass Bryant for fourth on the all-time playoff list. Next on the list is Manu Ginobili, who finished with 309 3-pointers. Ray Allen heads that list with 385 3-pointers, followed by Reggie Miller (320).

In honor of James moving past Bryant on the scoring list, the NBA compiled a nice highlight video of the two greats’ playoff highlights.

The only numbers James really cared about Thursday night were Cheap Football Jerseys these: 119-114, the final score as the Cavs overcame that huge halftime deficit to take a 3-0 lead in the series. He finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

Carmelo Anthony ripped Knicks in expletive-filled rant last month, per report

Carmelo Anthony kept a calm presence with the media when trade talks were swirling around him, but he didn’t #StayMe7o during a game against the Nets in March.

A report by ESPN’s Ian Begley claims the All-Star forward became upset during halftime of the game. Coach Jeff Hornacek was the first to talk, and that’s when Melo chimed in. Coaches getting upset at players after a poor performance is typical, but getting a response is a little unusual.

I have a lot of respect for him, and he’s supposed to say that. Anyone that’s your competitor is going to think that they’re better, Fultz told Sports Illustrated. To me, it Cheap European Soccer Jerseys was just funny, he just motivated me to work harder and be sure I put myself further and further in front.

Fultz said being drafted No. 1 overall would be a dream come true, but Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys he has even higher aspirations for his first professional season.

No. 1 is big for me because I’ve been dreaming about it all my life. I want to come in and kill it, he said. I want to be rookie of the year … honestly, me? I want to be MVP next year.

As freshmen, Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists, while Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.6 assists for UCLA.

Watch the Cavs kill their VersaClimber workout

LeBron James’ love for the VersaClimber has been well documented, as he’s been using the cardio machine for years.

The gift (and sometimes the curse) of Mike D’Antoni’s offense is its simplicity. They have at least three shooters surrounding James Harden at all times, as well as one of the best rollers in the NBA when they play Clint Capela at center. Because Harden can break down just about any defender in the league one-on-one, it forces defenses to make the tough decision between leaving a shooter open Cheap Eagles Jerseys by throwing an additional defender at him or allowing him to score by staying home on their assignments.

The Spurs have tried a number of things to slow Harden and the Rockets down in this series. The Rockets got off to a blistering start in Game 1, setting a franchise record in the playoffs with 22 made 3-pointers. Not only did they neutralize Kawhi Leonard by stationing whoever he was guarding in the corner, they attacked LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee and Pau Gasol by having them defend Harden and a shooter — usually either Trevor Ariza or Ryan Anderson — in pick-and-pops. When the big showed or hedged, Ariza or Anderson slipped to the perimeter.

Turning point: Cleveland closed the fourth quarter strong and took all of the air out of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but it was the effort in the third quarter that really got the Cavs going. They went on a 10-0 run late in the third, cutting the Indiana lead to 10 and preventing the Pacers from scoring for more than three consecutive minutes. Certainly the Pacers inexplicably turning away from the Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys ball movement that was so successful in the first half helped the Cavs crawl back possession by possession. But give credit to LeBron and Co. for getting stops and converting on the other end.

28 pts, 6 rebs, 7 asts, 0 to. No Cav outside of LeBron has ever done that in a playoff game. LeBron just did that in the second HALF.

Larry Bird calling it quits as president of Pacers, report says

Larry Bird is stepping down from his role as the Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations, The Vertical reports.

Kevin Pritchard, currently the team’s GM and executive vice president of basketball operations, is expected to take over duties previously held by Bird.

While Bird is expected to continue working with the Pacers as a consultant, other NBA franchises may come knocking on his door. Per The Vertical, the search firm helping the Magic fill their top basketball executive role is making inquiries into Bird’s availability. While Cavaliers GM David Griffin remains the Magic’s first choice, Orlando has yet to ask Cleveland to interview him since the Cavs are still in the playoffs. Orlando fired GM Rob Hennigan earlier this month.

Chyna Thomas was killed in a one-car crash near Tacoma on April 15. Her older brother previously flew cross-country after Game 2 to spend two days with his family, and the Celtics have told him repeatedly to take as much time as he needs at home.

But Thomas feels he has a responsibility to his team, as well, so he’ll continue doing everything he can to be present on both fronts.

The support has been amazing, Thomas’ friend Alonzo Weatherby Cheap Dolphins Jerseys told the Globe. It’s meant the world for Brad (Stevens) to tell Isaiah he has as much time as he wants. Basically, don’t come back until you’re ready to. This is family before anything, and that means the world.

Despite the personal turmoil, Thomas is averaging 25.2 points, 5.6 Cheap Dream Team Jerseys assists and 4.2 rebounds through the first five games of the series.

Rockets owner Les Alexander argues with referee during Game 5 vs. Thunder

The Wizards were streaky to end the regular season, putting together a couple of four-plus-game winning streaks, but also losing five of their last eight games. Chemistry is always a question with this squad. John Wall and Bradley Beal — the team’s two best players and backcourt mates — don’t seem to like each other all that much.

Regardless, Washington has the explosive talent to cause trouble in the East this season. Shooters Otto Porter Jr. and Bojan Bogdanovic could be the Wizards’ difference makers in this series.

The Hawks won four out of their last five regular-season Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys games. They picked up two wins against the Cavs and one win against the Celtics during that stretch. Dennis Schroder will make or break this balanced team. He averaged 17.9 points, but also turned the ball over 3.3 times per game.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander was really fired up watching his Houston team play at home against the Thunder in the NBA playoffs Tuesday.

With the Rockets one win from clinching a second-round berth (Houston went on to win 105-99), Alexander went on the court to argue with referee Bill Kennedy during play at the end of the first quarter.

Alexander told the Houston Chronicle at halftime he was really upset Cheap Discount Jerseys when he confronted Kennedy. He declined to elaborate on what was said.

One thing we do know: Alexander is really passionate about his team.

Warriors’ Kevin Durant returns for Game 4 vs. Trail Blazers

It’s hard to get an accurate representation of what the Cavs will look like in the playoffs this year due to their propensity to rest starters on a semi-regular basis. The Big Three of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are all healthy and ready to lead this team back to Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys another Finals, but they need to rediscover their chemistry.

Love is the X-factor for Cleveland. James and Irving can score when needed, but Love’s presence in the paint (19.0 points, 11.1 assists per game) will be important against physical teams.

Despite making myriad offseason moves, the Pacers looked sluggish to begin the season. They have since bounced back, led by Paul George’s 23.7 points per game. Myles Turner (14.5 ppg) and Jeff Teague (15.3 ppg) are perfect complementary pieces to George’s well-rounded game.

Warriors small forward Kevin Durant will be back in action Monday for their Game 4 matchup against the Trail Blazers, the team announced.

Durant missed the last two games with a left calf strain. He suffered the injury during Game 1, and had been questionable ever since.

There is no word on whether or not Durant will start, but he will at least Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys be available off the bench. Patrick McCaw has been starting in his place.

Despite Durant’s injury woes, Golden State is in search of a sweep.

Jazz mascot bulldozes Clippers fan who pushed kid during on-court race

The 6-11, 240-pound Pole played in all 82 of the Wizards regular-season games and averaged a double-double for the just the second time in his career, going for 10 points and as many boards a night. He’s the muscle on a team that predicates itself on the perimeter production of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. He’s as rough as they come.

Dude pulled up to his own basketball camp in a military vehicle with a gun the size of Lil’ Bow Wow on top of it.

You think he’s worried about a somebody barking at him after they get tangled up in the paint?

The first-round series between the Clippers and Jazz has been a back-and-forth battle so far, but the Jazz mascot just kicked it up a notch.

Two fans in attendance for Sunday’s Game 4 stepped on the Vivint Arena court during a break in the action to race in giant plastic balls. It appeared to be your typical in-game entertainment. Nothing out of the ordinary — until one of the fans employed some dirty tactics.

The adult fan, wearing a Clippers jersey, turned back and pushed the much younger fan, sporting a Jazz jersey. Jazz Bear refused to let this move go unpunished.

As George later conceded, no, it’s not. Both George and Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird — yeah, that guy hit a few clutch shots in his career — agreed Miles Cheap China Jerseys got a good look before the buzzer went off.

A lot of me, of course, being the leader of this team wants the Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys last shot. And wants the game to be decided by me, George said (via NBA.com). But at the same time, I’ve got to have trust for my teammates. C.J. has been in that position in this season where I needed him to make a big shot. And I’ve kicked it to him and he’s made the big shot. I thought he had a good look. A very makeable shot for C.J. But I was selfish in the moment. I wanted that shot in that moment.

Rashad McCants: Olympics ‘part of the rollout plan’ for Big3 league

Rashad McCants doesn’t plan on using the Big3 league as a way back to the NBA.

He has his sights on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The International Olympic Committee recently added 3-on-3 Cheap Jerseys In Toronto basketball to the Games, and McCants said that was “part of the rollout plan” when rapper Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz founded the new 3-on-3 professional league this year.

“That’s what makes all the players really excited to be a part of this league,” McCants told Omnisport this week.

In Bogaerts, the Red Sox have, if not the oddest of ducks, then certainly an unusual one: a big, strong up-the-middle player who, more than anything else, puts the ball in play in an era devoted to anything but.

Bogaerts’ style would fit well in previous eras less focused on power. We all dig the long ball, and in any given situation a strikeout can be exhilarating, but what baseball really needs more of is hits. Balls put in play — singles, doubles and the occasional triple — are what we love baseball for, the athleticism of the players, the speed and the teamwork, and the precision of the game.

Otherwise, baseball turns into a combination of darts and a driving Cheap Jerseys Mastercard range. It’s batting and pitching practice put together.

Bogaerts is bringing old-school baseball back, and that might be the most valuable part of his game.