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Adam Silver’s Memo To NBA About Resting Players, Brady’s SB Jersey Found

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered a memo to NBA Team owners expressing his concern over teams resting their players when the players aren’t injured. He wants to make sure teams report when players have actual injuries, so the media and fans know if one of their players will be sitting on the bench or participating in the action on the court. Last week the Golden State Warriors sat their stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, while the Cleveland Cavaliers sat LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Clearly the fans and media weren’t too happy watching that lineup. ESPN issued a statement saying, “As always, our aim is to serve NBA fans with the best matchups involving the league’s top stars and we share the fans’ disappointment. We understand this is a complex issue and we’re working closely with the NBA to best address it going forward from a media partnership standpoint.”

 

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The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing jersey is finally over. The now ex-director of a newspaper in Mexico City is reportedly the culprit in stealing two of Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys and possibly the Denver Bronco’s Von Miller’s helmet from Super Bowl 50. Officials were able to recover the jersey based on surveillance footage of this reporter walking in and out of the players’ locker room with a backpack. You can see the footage here. It’s reported Brady’s jersey is worth at least $500 thousand dollars.

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Dirk Nowitzki Scores 30,000th, Westbrook’s 58 Points Not Enough, LeBron Jr’s Highlights

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38 year old Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki joined an exclusive group Tuesday night by scoring his 30,000th point in the NBA. Dirk now joins only 5 other players to accomplish this feat: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Karl Malone. Many former and current NBA players took to social media to congratulate Dirk on this historic accomplishment. And, Commissioner Adam Silver wrote, “Throughout his 19 seasons with the Mavericks, Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game. The latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA’s greatest players.”

OKC’s Russell Westbrook went on a tear Tuesday night with a career high 58 points against the Portland Trailblazers, but shockingly it wasn’t enough for the Team to pull out a win. Portland 126, Oklahoma 121.

LeBron James Jr is only 12 years old and getting interest from college basketball powerhouses like Duke and Kentucky. After Jr’s participation in this year’s John Lucas All Star Weekend,  LeBron commented that his son has more skill than he did at that age. He may not be wrong. Here’s his latest highlight reel.

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Andrew Bogut Breaks Leg In Debut, Curry’s 3 Pointer While Schroder/Howard Argue

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The Cleveland Cavaliers signed  Andrew Bogut last week in a trade they hoped would boost them to another national title.  In a devastating turn of events during the Cavs-Heat game, Bogut broke his leg within a minute of his debut. According to LeBron James, he heard the snap and knew it was bad. It’s still unclear how extensive the break is and how long he’ll be out, but it’s a sad beginning for their new acquisition. Miami 106, Cleveland 98.

Steph Curry is great at draining 3’s, but it’s still not appropriate to leave him wide open to do his thing. On Monday night, the Warriors were playing the Atlanta Hawks and the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard were arguing with each other while Curry was left wide open to make his 3. It’s no surprise the coach benched Schroder at the end of the game. Hawks lost 119-111.

 

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Israel In World Baseball Classic For First Time, Cuban Doesn’t Believe Westbook MVP

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The World Baseball Classic begins today. The Classic brings the world’s best baseball players together to compete while representing their home countries. For the first time ever, Israel is fielding a team and playing in the first round against South Korea. In order for a player to be eligible to play for a country, they need to be able to apply for citizenship of that country, so in order to qualify for the Israeli team (Israel offers citizenship to anyone Jewish), officials had to track down parents’ birth certificates and Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificates. The Israeli mascot is called “Mensch on a Bench“. Players from around the world celebrate this tournament. According to Carlos Beltran, who is playing for Puerto Rico, “As a player, you play for your country, and no one wants to lose. So every player that has the opportunity to play in a [meaningful] game, we’re always going to give what we have.”

 

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For some reason, Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban is telling people OKC Superstar Russell Westbrook should not be considered in the mix for MVP. The only players he’d consider are James Harden and LeBron James. Westbrook has been leading the League in scoring, but Cuban apparently has a bias against Westbrook as he still doesn’t believe he’s MVP status.

 

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Warriors Lose Back To Back, Westbrook Another 40, Jets Release Marshall, Kaepernick No Knees

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The Golden State Warriors lost their second game in a row for the first time since April of last year. In a tough defeat against the Chicago Bulls, Steph Curry is only 4 of 31 3-pointers in his last 3 games, but with his two 3’s Thursday night, he did manage to pull ahead of Kobe Bryant in career 3-pointers. He’s now listed #11 on the list. Bulls 94, Warriors 87.

Russell Westbrook had another 40 plus night. The Oklahoma City Thunder star posted over 40 points in his third straight game. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the Thunder to pull off the win against the Portland Trailblazers. Trailblazers 114, Thunder 109

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The New York Jets are clearing the decks to bring in younger players. Their latest casualty is 33 year old wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall was voted team MVP for the Jets in 2015 but had a disappointing 2016. Marshall wrote in his Instagram account, “My teammates, such a great group of guys whom I will miss like #Crazy “.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will no longer be taking a knee during the National Anthem. By not standing during the anthem, Kaepernick felt his protest ignited a positive discussion of social inequality. Many others felt his protest created a divide in the League and caused controversy.

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Kaepernick Will Become A Free Agent, Durant Injury Not As Bad

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Colin Kaepernick, the SF 49ers QB who started a nationwide national anthem protest controversy last season will now become a free agent. He’ll test the market with other teams to see what kind of contract he can get. It’s also possible he’ll test the market then work with the Niner organization to come back.

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The update on the Warriors’ Kevin Durant is apparently better than many anticipated. He suffered a grade 2 mcl sprain and tibial bone bruise. I have no idea what that means, but apparently many are relieved it’s not worse and feel Durant could be healthy for the playoffs. There are 20 games remaining in the regular season with the Warriors sitting comfortably at #1 and Durant should only be out for 4 weeks.

 

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Durant Suffers Knee Injury, McIIroy Takes Heat Playing With Trump, Jets Release Revis

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Kevin Durant suffered a knee injury which could impact the rest of the Golden State Warriors season.  The Warriors announced they will release the results of his MRI soon. In the first quarter of the Warriors loss to the Washington Wizards, Golden State’s Center Zaza Pachulia was fouled and accidentally fell into Durant’s leg. An injured Durant would be devastating for the Team.

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Current #3 in the world, Rory McIIroy has been taking some heat for playing golf with President Trump. Some on social media claim he’s making a political statement. According to McIIroy, he was just excited to play with a sitting President. He said,  “I wanted to go there and see 30 Secret Service and 30 cops and snipers in the trees. I mean, it was just a surreal experience for me to see something like that. That was part of the reason I wanted to go and play. It’s not as if we were speaking foreign policy out there. We were talking about golf and the grass that he put on the greens and the grass that he’s putting on the greens at Doral. We talked golf the entire day. I think he was happier to talk golf than anything else that he has to do these days.”

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The New York Jets released 31 year old cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis has been to the pro-bowl 7 times and was such a force in his day, he was nicknamed “Revis Island” for his domination of opposing receivers. Revis will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9th, but he’s still dealing with a run-in last month in Pittsburgh where he was charged with aggravated assault.

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Tebow’s Spring Training With Mets, Lakers & 76er Moves, Seth Curry Finding Stride

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All eyes are on former Heisman Trophy winner (and former Denver Broncos and NY Jets QB) Tim Tebow at spring training for the NY Mets. Most agree Tebow, at almost 30 years old (and not having played on a baseball team since his junior year in high school),  has no chance of making it to the Majors, but he’s creating a sensation in Florida. Tebow knows he’s got an uphill fight, but seems to be enjoying the challenge. He said, “Obviously, I knew it’s a big challenge. You’re picking up a sport after 12 years of not playing it, but I understood it. I think part of the challenge in it being so hard is part of why it’s something I’m enjoying and loving. Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things in sports, but I’m enjoying it very much.’’

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In some player moves, the Los Angeles Lakers released Jose Calderon who is expected to go to the Golden State Warriors. The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be high on the list to grab Andrew Bogut, who was released by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Seth Curry (not a typo, he is Steph’s brother) is finding his stride with the Dallas Mavericks. As a shooting guard, Seth is averaging 16 points per game with a game high 29 points in Monday’s win over the Miami Heat. If the Mavs keep it up, they could secure the final playoff spot in the West and play Steph’s Golden State Warriors. That would be a fun matchup to watch!

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Jameis Winston Elementary School Speech, Cousins Era Bad Start

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, the #1 pick in the 2015 draft, has been getting criticized by the media for a speech he gave at an elementary school Wednesday morning. He was at the school to speak about his three life rules: God, school, and accomplishing anything you put your mind to. When one boy in the audience started acting up, Winston asked all the boys to stand (and the girls to sit) and said, “But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!” Winston admitted afterwards it was “poor word choice”.

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In his first game on his new team, DeMarcus Cousins played well but it wasn’t enough for the New Orleans Pelicans, as they were destroyed by the Houston Rockets. Making the night much worse, Cousins teammate (Omri Casspi) who was also traded by the Kings to the Pelicans, broke his thumb during the game and will be out 4-6 weeks. It was a rough start for the Pelicans. Rockets 129, Pelicans 99.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors, NJ Governor Chris Christie May Join Sports Talk Radio

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3:00 today is the NBA trade deadline. It’s hard to imagine a player waking up this morning wondering whether he’ll be playing in his scheduled game this evening or packing his bags and flying out of town. One of the biggest rumors surrounds the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony and whether or not he’ll stay with the team. As of this morning, the chatter has died down and looks like Anthony will travel with his team to Cleveland to help the Knicks compete against the Cavaliers. Trade rumors are flying around with other big names too such as Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia’s Jahil Okafor, and Indiana’s Paul George.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s second term is ending soon and many are wondering if he’ll switch careers and go into sports broadcasting. Popular sports radio personality Mike Francesca is looking for a replacement and said he’s considering offering the job to Christie, who’s expressed an interest in this line of work particularly since his offers for positions within the Trump organization haven’t been all that appealing. Christie seemed enthused last week when describing what his son said about the new gig, “He said, I can’t believe I’ve been listening to you talk about sports my entire life and that someone might actually pay you to do that. He said, I can’t imagine how great that would be for you,”

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