Stefan Bondy: Why Kevin Durant should return for the playoffs
NEW YORK — By the time the NBA season resumes, it will have been about four months since video surfaced of Kevin Durant driving past teammate Nic Claxton and elevating for a one-handed dunk.Four months.He was well enough back then to participate in a 3-on-3 scrimmage, and history tells us that the 13 months following his Achilles surgery is plenty of time for recovery. Both Nets GM Sean Marks and Durant’s agent, Rich Kleiman, have said recently that Durant’s rehab is on schedule with no setbacks.So it’s time to take off the bubble wrap for the Orlando bubble. After all, the Nets signed Durant ...
New York Daily News
Why switching Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew to WR this fall makes sense
Jamal Agnew has done a little bit of everything in his NFL career.He has been the Detroit Lions’ regular kick and punt returner since he entered the league in 2017. He has seen time as a gadget running back and offensive weapon. He has played some as a backup cornerback and on special teams.And when training camp opens this summer, the Lions hope to make him a wide receiver full time.Peter King dropped an interesting nugget in his weekly Football Morning in America column Monday, when he wrote that Agnew, the Lions’ fourth-year cornerback and return man, took part in a virtual wide receiver po...
Detroit Free Press
Who will Detroit Pistons hire as GM? Chauncey Billups makes sense; here are a few others.
Two years after Ed Stefanski was hired as senior adviser, the Detroit Pistons are looking to hire a general manager to work under him.Per an NBA source, the organization is looking outside to make the hire. However, the source didn’t rule out the possibility of an internal hire.Here are five candidates who make sense, in alphabetical order:———Shane BattierAge: 41.Currently: Miami Heat vice president of basketball development and analytics.Why he makes sense: He has local ties and has already been considered for the job. Battier was the 1997 Michigan Mr. Basketball after a stellar career at Bir...
Detroit Free Press
Ex-Chiefs coach Herm Edwards calls NFL incentive for minority hires 'bad for football'
NFL owners last week tabled a proposal to reward teams that hire minority coaches by giving them a better third-round draft pick.However, teams will be required to interview at least two minority candiate from outside their organization for a head coaching opening and at least one for an open defensive or special-teams coordinator job. One minority candidate must be interviewed for a vacant general manager’s job, too.“Perhaps if the new rules work, they will become known as the ‘Bieniemy Amendments’ to the Rooney Rule,” columnist John Feinstein of the Washington Post wrote. “Eric Bieniemy, the...
The Kansas City Star
La Velle E. Neal III: Play ball? Baseball sorely needs to find some answers this week.
Take it from someone who knows. Deadlines can be a good thing. And perhaps that’s what’s needed for baseball to begin by early July.To be clear, there’s no official countdown clock in place. But there are two things the members of this $10.7 billion industry should keep in mind as the sides are expected to meet this week — the calendar and their bank accounts.If Major League Baseball truly wants to start in early July, then owners and players quickly need to reach agreement on how to navigate through this pandemic. Initial reports had the league wanting to start a second spring training by Jun...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Michael Rand: Twins' Class AA team rents its stadium on Airbnb for $1,500 a night
The likelihood of a Major League Baseball season happening in some fashion this year hinges on players and owners getting together soon on a deal. It’s far from certain, but progress at least they’re trying.What seems closer to a certainty, however, is that any truncated, fan-less season in MLB will leave minor league baseball shut out — while a canceled MLB season would do the same. Either way, more than 100 teams and ballparks in small towns, mid-size cities and large metropolises figure to have a gaping hole on their calendars and revenue sheets in 2020 if there are, as expected, no minor l...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Tigers' Alex Wilson 'in limbo' as pandemic puts last stand on hold
DETROIT — When the shutdown came in early March, veteran reliever Alex Wilson packed up the RV he was living out of in Lakeland, Florida, and drove 18 hours back to his home in College Station, Texas.That’s a lot of lonely miles for a 33-year-old relief pitcher at a career crossroads to contemplate his life.A mainstay in the Tigers bullpen from 2015-18, Wilson spent most of the 2019 season in Triple-A with the Brewers and Cubs but was back in Tigers camp this spring as a non-roster invitee.He knew coming in that it might be his last real chance to extend his big-league career. And then, with W...
The Detroit News
Benjamin Hochman: 'You're not alone' — no shame in mental stress for athletes, especially during pandemic
Fifteen falls ago, a college football team played 11 games in 11 different cities, because its city, like the team itself, was drowning.Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. A deluge of floodwater overtook the campus and the city. Many players and coaches lost their homes. But Tulane University’s football team still played its season. The emotional toll on these players and coaches — the mental stress and fatigue — was like another overwhelming storm, this one invisible.I think about those players occasionally — I was a reporter covering the team for the New Orleans newspaper. And ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ira Winderman: Seed NBA playoffs Nos. 1-16, then re-seed
It was a playoff proposal that predated pandemic. It also would have been the road more traveled.So the NBA continually has tabled the intriguing notion of seeding the playoffs Nos. 1-16 — the 16 teams with the best records getting in, regardless of conference.For most, the mileage made it impractical, with the NBA Finals, with the 2-2-1-1-1 playoff format, singularly becoming a tedious coast-to-coast exercise. Then multiply that by four.Consider, for example, a Miami Heat four-series grind first versus the Sacramento Kings, then the Portland Trail Blazers, then the Los Angeles Clippers and th...
Dolphins owner Steve Ross says NFL will 'definitely' play this season, 'planning to have fans in the stadium'
The NFL will play this season, Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross said Tuesday morning, and fans being in stadiums are part of those plans for now.“I think definitely there will be a football season this year,” Ross said on CNBC. “The real question is will there be fans in the stadium? Right now, today, we’re planning to have fans in the stadium. But I think the NFL is looking at, and is very flexible, so that we will be able to start on time and bring that entertainment that is so needed for all of us in this country.“I think the one thing we all miss is our sports. I don’t think a lot of people...