Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. eliminated by Clippers' Montrezl Harrell in NBA2K tournament
Derrick Jones Jr. will have to go back to beating up on his Miami Heat teammates, with his run in ESPN’s NBA2K Players Tournament ending with a quarterfinal loss Thursday night to Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell.Playing as the Dallas Mavericks, Jones lost 71-66, with Harrell playing as the Portland Trail Blazers.Heat teammate Kenrick Nunn said he was not surprised Jones advanced to the quarterfinals.“He goes to the game 24/7,” Nunn said.But after upsetting top-seeded Kevin Durant in last week’s opening round, Jones ran into an opponent who was coming off a first-round blowout of ...
Sid Hartman: Kevin Garnett was a risk worth taking for Timberwolves in 1995 draft
MINNEAPOLIS — In 1995 there were all kinds of signs coming out of Target Center that the Timberwolves were interested in drafting Kevin Garnett, the top prep basketball player in the nation.Then-head of scouting Jerry Sichting had been following Garnett around and watching tons of his games, and Flip Saunders, then working as general manager, had been giving hints that Garnett was a special player.At the time, Michigan was the top basketball program in the nation. The Wolverines were a few years removed from the Fab Five, and coach Steve Fisher was bringing in top players every year. The Wolve...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
SDSU's Nathan Mensah remains on track to resume basketball career
For San Diego State center Nathan Mensah, coronavirus social-distancing mandates have meant for everyone else what it did for him over the past three months.Work out all you want, just don’t play basketball against anyone else.Mensah has remained in that sort of medical purgatory since late December, when he suffered what the Union-Tribune reported was a pulmonary embolism — a blood clot in his lungs treated with anticoagulant (or blood thinning) drugs that preclude contact sports for fear of internal bleeding. With the college season’s abrupt end before the NCAA Tournament, and with weeks or ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kristian Winfield: Trae Young is the heavy favorite in H-O-R-S-E — unless dunking is allowed
The NBA is bringing back the H-O-R-S-E competition, and Trae Young is probably going to win it.Young headlines an eight-person group of NBA and WNBA players, who will compete in a tournament-style series of games of H-O-R-S-E that will be streamed live from their homes. The other competitors include Thunder guard Chris Paul; 2020 Hall of Fame inductee and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings; Jazz guard Mike Conley; three-time WNBA All-Star and Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley; Bulls guard Zach LaVine; and NBA stars turned television broadcasters Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups.It should be fun. It sh...
New York Daily News
How SMU coach Tim Jankovich is leading the basketball program during lockdown
The context to pretty much everything that head coach Tim Jankovich talks about as it relates to SMU basketball has to have a caveat.When talking about the future of college basketball, there’s the underlying and undeniable uncertainty of when that future resumes.As the coronavirus pandemic continues its deadly rush through the United States population, it’s unclear what that will mean for the 2020-21 basketball season. It’s a thought college programs are pondering while still mourning the loss of 2019-20 finale.“I’m trying to stay optimistic and hope that, you know, the brilliant people in th...
The Mercury News
Mets catcher Wilson Ramos continues to work on his new stance during his coronavirus quarantine workouts
As professional athletes experience abnormal daily schedules that include idleness and boredom, more and more players are heading out to their backyards, driveways or empty garages to post quarantine workouts on their social media handles.Wilson Ramos was the newest member of the quarantine workout club. Late Wednesday night, the Mets catcher posted a 38-second video of himself, decked out from head to toe in protective gear. Ramos, crouched and wearing a catcher’s helmet, methodically caught 12 balls and deposited them into a small pile beside him.Clearly, Ramos was working on his framing beh...
New York Daily News
Flyers' Carter Hart misses 'electric' Wells Fargo Center, says he would need a week or two to be ready to return
PHILADELPHIA — Carter Hart’s first full NHL season has gone well, but he knows a goalie’s reputation is built on the way he plays in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which may or may not be held because of the coronavirus pandemic.Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, acknowledged earlier this week that the regular season, suspended March 12, may not resume. He sounded hopeful, however, that some sort of playoff format will he held in the summer.That would work for Hart.“I was definitely excited to hopefully play a playoff game this year,” the Flyers’ goalie said in a conference call Thursday. “It’s ev...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
David Murphy: Eagles draft needs begin with wide receiver, but history demands they consider others in first round
PHILADELPHIA — There are lots of words that NFL fans dread hearing from their favorite team on draft day.Measureables.High character.Dave Gettleman is on the clock.Here in Philadelphia, I’m getting the sense that, this year, the center of the bingo square is, “Best Player Available.” Part of that might have to do with past psychological trauma.There was a stretch where the best player available always seemed to be a defensive end who we would later learn was not, in fact, the best player available. Mike Mamula, Jon Harris, Jerome McDougle, Marcus Smith — if they gave out Lombardi Trophies for ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Falcons GM Dimitroff homeschools for a most important draft
Now that it is mandated that he work from home, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has not cleared out such luxuries as a bed or a kitchen sink to make room for the oversized draft board. He hasn’t broken any neighborhood covenants by parking a CIA-surplus satellite truck in the driveway as a backup in case the internet goes out. Not yet anyway.Earlier this week Dimitroff uprooted his laptop during a media video conference and conducted a quick tour of where he’ll help mold the Falcons’ future come April 23-25.Draft Central appeared to be a room off his home office that consisted of a co...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tua Tagovailoa's agent challenges reports about QB's health
Tua Tagovailoa has told the world he’s totally healthy, and will be ready to play football in 2020.He’s training in Nashville, working to ensure that’s true, and has shown NFL teams video of those workouts, which are being conducted nearly five months after he had his hip dislocation and fracture surgically repaired.However, rumors have started swirling that the former Alabama standout recently failed at least one NFL team’s physical at the NFL Combine, and concerns about his health and durability could result in his stock falling in the upcoming draft.His agent Leigh Steinberg went on the def...