Jackson is already finding that the return on Anthony is not going to be commensurate with his star power.

And there is Anthony’s no-trade clause. He would have to agree to any deal the Knicks concoct, and while he might be receptive to joining friends with the Clippers (Chris Paul), Cavaliers (LeBron James) or even Bulls (Dwyane Wade), it would be harder to persuade Anthony to go to, say, Boston or Houston.

Jackson is already finding that the return on Anthony is not going Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys to be commensurate with his star power. Anthony is still averaging 22.7 points per game, along with 6.0 rebounds. He does, among some league executives, carry a good reputation for the way he performed for Team USA in the three most recent Olympics, and some hope that he can transform his style of play with a winning team. But for the most part, general managers are wary when it comes to Anthony.

“I think he is someone who can help the right team in the right situation, but he comes with a lot of baggage,” one general manager told Sporting News. “Is he willing to be a guy who fits into your system? He has never really done that, except in the Olympics. In the NBA, he has always had things built around him. That’s a problem if you get him at this point in his career. He is 32 now. He can’t do as many things as he used to do.”

The parallels between the two sidekicks is shockingly similar. Both players put up eye-popping numbers, which has helped elevate their status as one of the best in their respective sports. However, when Barcelona or Cleveland enjoy success, Neymar and Irving are rarely at the forefront of the media. That distinction usually goes to Messi and James.

At PSG, Neymar would still have star players around him, but he would instantly be the UK Cheap Jerseys team’s most polarizing talent. It would be his team, and he would receive the bulk of the credit if he were able to lead the French giants to a Champions League victory.

Having a top-tier bullpen is the one similarity the Cubs and Indians shared in the 2016 playoffs

The reason for the sudden shift from value in rental bats to quality relievers in the baseball US Cheap Jerseys Club trade economy shouldn’t be too surprising: Front offices have realized that great relief pitching is a big key to winning in the postseason.

Winning in the postseason is generally a bit of a crapshoot: the very best team in the regular season rarely makes it all the way through to the postseason. The 2001 Mariners — widely considered to be one of the best teams of all time — were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. The Cubs, the consensus best team in baseball, still had only a 26 percent chance of winning the World Series at the end of the regular season, per 538’s playoff predictions. The AL Champion Indians had a 9 percent chance.

Having a top-tier bullpen is the one similarity the Cubs and Indians shared in the 2016 playoffs: top-tier bullpens that had been bolstered by acquiring expensive relief pitchers at the deadline.

But, if you’re league commissioner Adam Silver, or any of the league’s broadcast partners, news of Irving’s desire for a trade puts a smile on your face heading into the weekend. Should the Cavs honor Irving’s trade request — and his value will be diminished now that news of the request has gone public — they will surely not Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping receive top-line value in return. There’s little chance that, talent-wise, the Cavaliers will emerge from this debacle as strong as they were last year.

Given James’ frustration with Gilbert already, and the increasingly yapped-over possibility he will bolt as a free agent next summer, the Cavaliers have gone from powerhouse of the East to powder keg of the East.

That’s without mentioning rookie Ben Simmons

Let’s be clear about this. Any move the Cavs make happens with the Warriors in mind. Despite the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in free agency, the Cavs are still kings of the Eastern Conference until LeBron says otherwise. So the real question is: Does signing Rose close the gap on Golden State?

No, it doesn’t. While Rose showed signs of his former self last season, his style of play doesn’t improve Cleveland’s chances to win a title — in fact, it hurts the Cavs in that specific matchup.

Similarly, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown visited Bleacher Report offices to voice his animated self in the weekly, NFL-themed “Gridiron Heights” series.

Because Turner doesn’t have NFL rights, Bleacher Report decided to create “recurring, episodic-type content,” Yanarella said. The weekly, animated series appears every Tuesday.

“Doing that through a 60-second, fun, cartoon animation that spoke about the topical narratives of the league was a great way to connect with our audience,” he said.

The best thing about animation, Yanarella said, is that there’s not much competition in the sports media world.

“We see animation as a great white space in the market that really allows us to speak quickly and culturally about sports — and connect with our audience in an episodic way through their phones.”

The Sixers will continue to build around potential superstar Joel Embiid, and Nerlens Raiders Cheap Jerseys Noel, Ersan Ilyasova and Dario Saric all stepped up when Okafor missed significant time in January with a knee injury. That’s without mentioning rookie Ben Simmons, who could make his debut after the All-Star break.

The simplicity of his assessment of the National League’s best team subtly reflects Texans Cheap Jerseys both the plain strengths of the Dodgers and the perspective on his vocation that 15 years in the league has given Utley.

Giving Kluber the run support he needed were Indians outfielders Brandon Guyer and Michael Brantley

The Bucs also need improvement in their running game, which ranked No. 24 in the NFL last year. That would start with Doug Martin’s return to his 1,402-yard form of 2015. His rushing total fell to 421 yards in 2016, as he missed seven games due to injury and the final game under an NFL substance abuse suspension that will carry over to the first three games this season. Jacquizz Rodgers was an effective substitute last year, so he’ll likely carry the load early on.

Coach Dirk Koetter also needs his defense to step up against both the run and pass since Tampa Bay ranked a mediocre 22nd in each area last season. Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David will lead the way, and significant improvement will be needed from 2016 top pick Vernon Hargreaves, the corner who was targeted more than any NFL defensive back last season and allowed a 71 percent completion percentage.

As for Tennessee, its path to a division title should be easier. A big reason the Titans are a popular pick to win the AFC South is their major upgrade in talent over the past two years. That starts with Mariota, and quarterback issues for the other teams in the division are major factors. Mariota is the second best quarterback in the division behind Andrew Luck, but the Colts QB is returning from shoulder surgery and will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list. The Colts have no chance if Luck is not healthy.

Giving Kluber the run support he needed were Indians outfielders Brandon Guyer and Michael Brantley, who each drove in three runs in the victory over the Blue Jays. Guyer hit a three-run homer in the sixth while Brantley went 3 for 4 with a double and scored twice.

The Rockies also got three RBIs from a pair of players in their 13-3 drubbing Patriots Cheap Jerseys of the Pirates. Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds, who homered twice, drove in three runs apiece. Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon, who NFL Jerseys Free Shipping also homered, each had three-hit games.

MLB rumors: Cubs still have moves to make before trade deadline

The Cubs made baseball’s first big trade of July, acquiring starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox at the All-Star break.

The reigning World Series champs pretty clearly aren’t done, though. Remember, unlike many teams considered Series contenders looking for trade upgrades (hi, Astros!), the Cubs aren’t locked into a playoff spot. They still have to make the postseason, though it’s worth noting that they were 5.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central when they made the trade with the White Sox, and now they’re only 1.5 back in the division.

The Cubs have been connected to most other names on the trade market, including big-ticket items like the A’s Sonny Gray — like Quintana, an outstanding young starter with years of club control remaining.

They might not get Gray (OK, they probably won’t get him, not with other very motivated teams in that chase), but the Cubs still have needs. Let’s take a look at their options.

Yes, even the authors — including the renowned CTE expert Dr. Ann McKee, who is quoted in the Times article — acknowledge that the study itself is bound by the fact that these were brains donated by players and families that saw the symptoms already.

Even factoring that in, any football player, no matter when he (or, increasingly, she) started playing, who dodges this particular cognitive bullet is beating astronomical odds.

Everybody who trivializes the advance of science on this subject as some kind of vindictive, self-serving “war on football” — and you know who you are — is playing a dangerous game about a dangerous game.

And if you’re piling on top of that by scolding players who agonize over Rugby Cheap Jerseys this and fight with what they have left for some kind of reparations for what they surrendered for Soccer Cheap Jerseys others’ entertainment, you have to step back and face reality.

Yes, Sporting News is picking the dang Patriots to win Super Bowl LII, too

The 2017 New England Patriots are good enough to put all of us NFL contrarians in our places.

Sporting News, just like every other sports publication on earth, is picking the Patriots to win Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, 2018. To pick against them to repeat would make us certifiably insane.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not want to hear that his unpredictable, exciting football league that’s trying to rebound from declining TV ratings enters the season with a foregone conclusion. Even the Golden State Warriors are jealous of how much of a stone-cold, lead pipe lock the Patriots are as reigning champions in 2017.

Lin struggled to stay healthy last season in Brooklyn, dealing with ankle and hamstring issues, but averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists in 36 games. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told Russell that he plans to work the two guards together.

Given his struggles in LA, Russell said he felt a certain kinship Cheap Lions Jerseys with Atkinson, an assistant coach for seven years before finally getting a crack at head coaching in Brooklyn.

“I have talked to him a lot,” Russell said. “We talked last week. He is an amazing guy because he is a hard worker, he has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. He was an assistant a long time and he had to pay his dues. He has a lot of credibility. He speaks, I listen.

“I feel like all those things kind of complement myself and where I am now, that’s the way I try to go about my business.”

Russell said he understands that the Nets will be going with young players and will likely take Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale their lumps in the coming years. But he knows well the ins and outs of playing for a rebuilding team. It doesn’t scare him.

The art of NBA players trolling fans with emojis before trade deadline

If you’ve been following the NBA action on Twitter lately then you’ve likely noticed players engaging in bizarre behavior.

Since the players are coming off of the All-Star break, they have more free time than usual, leading them to be on Twitter a lot. This has resulted with many players doing subtle things to their Twitter page, or in their tweets, that are driving fans crazy.

While it’s possible some of them actually have meaning, most of them are players just messing with people.

“Everybody is just looking for something,” Knicks guard Brandon Jennings said, via the New York Times. “First of all, players are not going to say anything anyway if it is something. I think it’s just fun because you can mess around with people.”

Gobert finished the controversial win with 16 points and 24 rebounds. Rodney Hood led the team in scoring with 28 points.

On a day of close finishes, Paul George scored 34 points with five rebounds Cheap Hockey Jerseys and four assists to lead the Pacers to a 97-96 win over the Hawks. George, who was mentioned frequently in trade squabble before the trade deadline, drained six 3-pointers to show off his versatility.

Stephen Curry roused out of his slump to score 31 points with eight rebounds and six assists in a lackluster 112-105 win over the Knicks. Both teams were upset with Madison Square Garden for choosing to quell Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer all music during pregame and the first half of play in the interest of giving fans an authentic basketball experience.

Russell Westbrook: Mark Cuban said before the Mavericks’ 104-89 win over Oklahoma City that Russell Westbrook was “not” an MVP candidate this season. Westbrook did little to help his own case Sunday by shooting just 8 for 24 from the floor, while compiling a miserable minus-14 ratio on the plus/minus scale.

Wizards avoid letdown in trip to Toronto, score all-important ‘W’ over Raptors

The Wizards’ 105-96 win in Toronto on Wednesday was not only emphatic, it also put Washington (36-23) a nose in front of the Raptors (36-25) for third place in the Eastern Conference. Securing the No. 3 seed is important, of course, because in all likelihood it means avoiding Cavaliers until the conference finals.

Making the Wizards’ road triumph even more impressive is that it came the night after they earned a 112-108 win at home over the Warriors. Wednesday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre had the look of a classic let-down spot for Washington.

But the Wizards outscored the Raptors 38-20 in the second quarter and never looked back.

Trailing by 22 after three quarters, Toronto’s 13-point edge in the fourth was superficial.

Bojan Bogdanovic, acquired from the Nets ahead of the trade deadline, came off the bench to score a game-high 27 points for Washington. He shot 9 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 7 from long range.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Raptors, who have been without Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl Kyle Lowry for their last three and are not expected to get their starting point guard back for several weeks.

The Wizards and Raptors play again Friday night in Washington, their final meeting of the regular season. With the teams splitting the first two, the winner of the third claims the season series, a Cheap Fan Jerseys potential important tie-breaking factor when it comes to playoff seeding.

Larry Sanders to sign with Cavs after being out of NBA for two years

Larry Sanders will sign with the Cavs, according to multiple reports, returning to the NBA for the first time since leaving the league in December 2014.

This has been rumored for a while, but discussions finally got to a point where the sides agreed on a deal. Sanders will undergo a physical Monday and, pending results, sign his contract, which could include an option for a second season.

At 6-11, Sanders was a once a promising big man with the Bucks as he averaged nearly a double-double during the 2012-13 season (9.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg). He ended up leaving the team due to “personal reasons” that he would explain a few months later.

Iguodala clarified his comments Monday.

“It probably was the wrong time to express myself งาง฿ I feel like it’s the wrong time because it puts my team in the situation and my coaching staff in that situation,” he told reporters, via the Bay Area News Group. “I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr. And he knows that. He spoke to you guys about it.

“But Steve in his words still may not be งาง฿ someone still may not believe him. But he and I are in a great place. We don’t even have to speak about it because in no way, shape or form was I talking about him.”

Still, Iguodala didn’t seem to mind that his remarks offended some people.

“I talked about that with my wife, as far as what the word ‘offends’ means,” he said. “Because I think I offended someone when I went to the golf course yesterday. You know what I mean? We kind of live in a world right now that our team is Cheap Kings Jerseys so much in a spotlight งาง฿ that any move can offend someone. So you can’t Cheap Kids Football Jerseys live life not trying to offend someone.”

NBA trades: Kings virtual GM in ‘NBA 2K17’ won’t make DeMarcus Cousins deal with Pelicans

Reaction to the Kings’ trade of DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans was swift and absolute, with NBA social media dog-piling the Kings organization for what’s perceived as a poor return on their superstar player.

It wasn’t just fans and media questioning USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys the deal, however; “NBA 2K17,” through its trade logic, provided its own evidence that the Kings didn’t get nearly enough for Cousins.

Schroder’s original allegations came after a Celtics 103-101 win Jan. 13.

“I’m playing basketball,” Schroder told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time. “If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”

Thomas responded then by saying Schroder was not someone the two-time All-Star concerned himself with, saying that Schroder was “not on [Thomas’] level” before denying the allegations.

“I don’t talk about nobody’s mom. I don’t cuss at nobody’s mom,” Thomas said. And I don’t talk about people’s families. So whatever he said, that’s Vip Cheap Jerseys a 100 percent lie, and he knows that.”

Thomas and Schroder can settle this feud on the court, as the Hawks take on the Celtics in Boston on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The Wolverines’ strong finish, which included a run to the Big Ten Tournament title and a trip to the Sweet 16, helped rescue what had been shaping up as a mediocre season for Michigan. But Beilein has been considered an NBA possibility for a few seasons now, in part because his free-flowing, two-guard offense Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap would be a good fit in the league.

At this point, there’s always been more talk of interest in Beilein Wholesale Jerseys Cheap than actual interest, but he is still a coach NBA teams have been watching.