Month: June 2021

Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images Mark Cavendish wins stage 4 as rider protest halts Tour de France by Marisa Wikramanayake Veteran guard Danny Green is the latest player nf the Philadelphia 76ers to call out Ben Simmons in a public fashion.  It’s been a rough few weeks for Philadelphia 76ers standout Ben Simmons. After the
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12:14 PM ET Fans of Team USA should not expect to see LeBron James wearing red, white and blue again, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told ESPN’s Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin on Wednesday. “You know, Father Time takes its toll,” Colangelo said of the 36-year-old James. “… If you’re a human being, your body
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James Wiseman, Golden State Warriors, Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors. (Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports) Who is Dee Devlin? by Maria Morales The Golden State Warriors could trade James Wiseman and the No. 7 overall pick to the Toronto Raptors for former All-Star Pascal Siakam. Needing to make the NBA Playoffs after a two-year postseason absence, the Golden
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Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports Watch: Patrick Beverley called for flagrant foul for cheap shot on Chris Paul by Patrick Schmidt Basketball fans watching Game 5 between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers are in love with Devin Booker’s shoes. The Phoenix Suns are oh so close to clinching their first NBA
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(Photo by C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images) The gritty Memphis Grizzlies showed flashes of greatness this year, but there are three key moves they need to make this offseason. The Memphis Grizzlies put up a valiant effort in the 2021 NBA playoffs despite having the league’s third-youngest roster. Memphis’ roster is largely secured for next season
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Frank Vogel, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Wales vs. Denmark, Euro 2020: Kick-off time, TV details, live stream by Alicia de Artola Los Angeles Lakers star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was robbed at gunpoint back on June 17. In a bit of terrifying news, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Los Angeles
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Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images There will be a robust trade market for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton this offseason. After three years playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it seems as though Collin Sexton’s days in Northeast Ohio are numbered. Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo reported that Cleveland is exploring trade options for their former first-round pick out of
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Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) Charles Rosa says he’s won 10k betting on Patriots and Tom Brady but lost a lot too (Video) by Zain Bando The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking at potentially trading guard Collin Sexton this offseason. Promising combo guard Collin Sexton may have played his last game for the Cleveland
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8:35 PM ET Chauncey Billups has emerged as the front-runner to be offered the Portland Trail Blazers head coaching job, sources tell ESPN. Billups, 44, met with Portland’s leadership, including franchise chair Jody Allen and President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey in Seattle on Wednesday, sources said. 2 Related Billups has a longstanding relationship with
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Despite beating the dominant Brooklyn Nets in seven games, the Milwaukee Bucks face more uncertainty about their future than any other team in the playoffs. Last season, the Bucks accrued a 56-17 record that was good for best in the league. However, the team disappointed and saw a second-round exit at the hands of the
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1:43 PM ET The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to terms with Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd to be their head coach and longtime Nike executive Nico Harrison to be their general manager and run the franchise’s basketball operations, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on Friday. Kidd, who had two stints with the Mavericks
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Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks. (Mandatory Credit: Elsa/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports) Watch: Vanderbilt had the craziest walkoff win you’ll ever see in College World Series vs. Stanford by Ethan Lee Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young explained why he shimmied before hitting a 3-pointer against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference
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Clemson has produced some very good NBA players – including Elden Campbell, Dale Davis and Horace Grant – but not too many of late. The most recent Clemson Tiger who was selected in the NBA Draft was Jason Blossomgame in 2017. Before that, K.J McDaniels in 2014, Trevor Booker in 2010 and Will Soloman in
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Jun 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reacts after colliding with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in the second half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Warriors not interested in trading James
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Head coach Scott Brooks Washington Wizards (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) Ex-NFL GM absolutely destroys Aaron Rodgers, claims no one in Green Bay likes him by Josh Hill The Wizards are another NBA team searching for a new coach after parting ways with Scott Brooks The Washington Wizards‘ season was a rollercoaster ride. They started
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Ben Simmons performed so poorly during the Philadelphia 76ers’ second-round loss, some NBA fans think he’ll be suiting up for the Shanghai Sharks soon enough. Ben Simmons’ playoff struggles are well-documented. A regular-season standout for the Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA’s 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick and three-time All-Star has been the opposite of clutch
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3:40 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The idea that Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons will spend the offseason improving his shooting stroke has become an annual discussion in Philadelphia. That certainly will be the case again this offseason, after Simmons melted down at the foul line — and disappeared from Philadelphia’s offense — as the 76ers
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10:56 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN For only the second time in 50 years, the Atlanta Hawks are heading to the conference finals. The fifth-seeded Hawks knocked off the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia 103-96 in Game 7 to advance. In a back-and-forth affair, the Hawks ultimately came out on top. The game featured 20 lead
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Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, Michael Porter Jr., Dener Nuggets. (Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports) Texas vs. Southern University live stream: What channel is the NCAA baseball tournament on? by Ethan Lee Devin Booker paid tribute to his idol Kobe Bryant after dropping 47 points in Game 6 (Video) by John Buhler Damian Lillard
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Suns guard Devin Booker vs. the Clippers. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) The Los Angeles Clippers lost Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns because of some worrying deficiencies. The 2021 Western Conference Finals opened with a competitive battle between the Suns and the Clippers. Unfortunately for Paul George and Los
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4:54 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN On the day the Phoenix Suns played their first Western Conference finals game in more than a decade, Suns general manager James Jones was honored as the league’s Executive of the Year. In a tight vote, which is conducted by the league’s executives themselves, Jones got nine first place votes
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For the better part of a decade, the Golden State Warriors were the darling of the league. After three championships and five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, the Warriors fell off the horse. Injuries to their star players and the departure of Kevin Durant left the franchise in a state of despair. Now that
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Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers. (Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports) Gabe Rosado scores KO of the Year candidate, faceplants Bektemir Melikuziev in comeback fashion by Thomas Albano The LA Clippers will not have Kawhi Leonard available for the first two games of the 2021 Western Conference Finals. After clinching their first trip to the conference finals
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John Collins, Atlanta Hawks, Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, New York Knicks. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) The New York Knicks need to make a few moves this offseason to pick up ground in the East. After massively overachieving this season, the New York Knicks need to make a few moves to improve their roster
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3:47 PM ET ESPN News Services Bradley Beal won a gold medal with USA Basketball 11 years ago, leading the Americans in scoring on their way to an undefeated run at the under-17 world championship. He’s looking for another gold this summer on international basketball’s biggest stage. The Washington Wizards guard has committed to playing
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Basketball Insiders’ “Now What” series examines teams on the precipice of success. Some will succeed in their attempt to join the elite, while others will squander an opportunity or are simply out of time. Today, we’ll dissect the New York Knicks, their 2020-21 season and where they go from here. The New York Knicks had
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Basketball Insiders’ “Now What” series examines teams on the precipice of success. Some will succeed in their attempt to join the elite, while others will squander an opportunity or are simply out of time. Today, we’ll dissect the New York Knicks, their 2020-21 season and where they go from here. The New York Knicks had
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John Calipari could potentially leave the Kentucky basketball program to return to the NBA. With many NBA head-coaching openings now available, could Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari be thinking about a return to professional ranks? Yahoo Sports’ Ben Rohrbach and Vincent Goodwill report Calipari is open to leaving Kentucky for the NBA. Though Calipari has won
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Basketball Insiders’ “Now What” series examines teams on the precipice of success. Some will succeed in their attempt to join the elite, while others will squander an opportunity or are simply out of time. Today, we’ll dissect the New York Knicks, their 2020-21 season and where they go from here. The New York Knicks had
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1:47 PM ET Brooklyn Nets star James Harden is hopeful to play Game 5 against Milwaukee and will test his right hamstring before tipoff Tuesday night, sources told ESPN. Harden, pushing for a chance to play, participated in the Nets’ shootaround Tuesday morning with improvement in his right hamstring, and that prompted the team to
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NBA executives reportedly were terrified by the possibility of Giannis Antetokounmpo signing with the Dallas Mavericks to join Luka Doncic. Forget LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Put aside the new Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. What NBA executives really feared was the idea of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic pairing
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A lot has been made about Dallas Mavericks front office executive Haralabos Voulgaris. Haralabos Voulgaris’ fingerprints have been all over the Dallas Mavericks‘ roster moves the last two seasons. Prior to joining the Mavericks front office as the director of quantitative research and development, Voulgaris made his living as a noted sports bettor. The Greek Canadian has
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12:20 AM ET ESPN Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print With the LA Clippers trying to hit their stride in their second-round NBA playoff series with the Utah Jazz, Kawhi Leonard appeared to be at the height of his powers with a monstrous dunk late in the first half. LA entered Monday night’s Game
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The Cleveland Cavaliers may be targeting some members of the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off their third consecutive season where they missed out on the NBA Playoffs. Of course, that should come as no shock, considering that was ever since LeBron James left Cleveland to join the Los Angeles
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4:50 PM ET Nets guard Kyrie Irving exited Game 4 of Brooklyn’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday with a sprained right ankle and did not return. X-rays were negative, coach Steve Nash said afterward. Irving will undergo further testing and treatment. No timetable was given for his return. Irving was
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Chauncey Billups. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) Watch Women’s College World Series Game 3: Florida State vs. Oklahoma live stream Reddit by Ethan Lee The Boston Celtics plan to interview Chauncey Billups, Darvin Ham, among others, for their head-coaching vacancy this summer. With Brad Stevens leaving the bench and going upstairs, the Boston Celtics will interview top
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Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports The Boston Celtics can have a terrific offseason by making these two big moves this summer. After losing in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the Boston Celtics need to reevaluate everything when it comes to getting back to playing championship-caliber basketball. Boston saw its long-time president of
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Basketball Insiders continues the “Now What” series with a look at the Indiana Pacers. A disappointing 34-38 record earned them a spot in the Play-In Tournament, where they crushed the Charlotte Hornets but were then destroyed by the Washington Wizards. They limped across the finish line, and now face an uncertain offseason that could be
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Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, three teams have already shown serious interest in potentially trying to sign Kelly Oubre this offseason.  Where will Kelly Oubre Jr. end up suiting up next season? After joining the Golden State Warriors this past season from Phoenix/Oklahoma City, the 25-year-old wing
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Basketball Insiders continues the “Now What” series with a look at the Indiana Pacers. A disappointing 34-38 record earned them a spot in the Play-In Tournament, where they crushed the Charlotte Hornets but were then destroyed by the Washington Wizards. They limped across the finish line, and now face an uncertain offseason that could be
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LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) David Ortiz undergoes surgery related to 2019 near-fatal shooting by John Buhler Devin Booker is the owner of LeBron James‘ last game-worn No. 23 Los Angeles Lakers jersey. In a weird chain of events, Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker
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The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. In yesterday’s edition of The Whiteboard, I mentioned how defensive matchups were fascinating variables to watch in Tuesday night’s games and it absolutely worked out. The 76ers made a
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Welcome back to Basketball Insiders’ “What’s Next” series. We previously covered the teams that missed both the playoffs and the Play-In Tournament. Now, we’re focusing on teams that are either on the cusp of making the playoffs or are trying to build contenders. The Charlotte Hornets, despite the outcome, had quite a fantastic season. There’s
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Welcome back to Basketball Insiders’ “What’s Next” series. We previously covered the teams that missed both the playoffs and the Play-In Tournament. Now, we’re focusing on teams that are either on the cusp of making the playoffs or are trying to build contenders. The Charlotte Hornets, despite the outcome, had quite a fantastic season. There’s
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What does it mean to lose so much of a career that looked like no one else’s? That’s the question Connie Hawkins leaves us with. Broadly speaking, we remember athletes for two reasons — what they did or how they did it. The points they scored, the titles they won, the times they charged into
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Ja Morant’s dad had heartfelt words for Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell after the Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs. There are no perfectly happy endings when it comes to people suffering harassment, especially when it’s racially motivated. That trauma will always remain. Still, good can always come out of bad situations. Ja Morant’s
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