Monthly Archives: July 2018

BIG3 becomes first pro league to allow cannabis derivative for pain management

The BIG3 is taking a big step.

The league on Wednesday announced that it will allow the use of cannabidiol for treatment and recovery for injured and ill players, becoming the first professional league to permit CBD, a cannabis derivative, for pain management.

Melton missed out on this college basketball season due to the FBI’s probe into the sport, but Cheap Jerseys Supply had he played, he could have been one of the country’s breakout stars. Although he’s not a highly productive scorer, he impacts winning in a variety of ways.

Melton delivered stats similar to Jrue Holiday during his freshman season and could be poised for a breakout in the NBA. He’d give the Lakers a nice piece in the backcourt to slot in alongside Lonzo Ball in some lineups or act as a backup in other situations.

We’re great with what we have, from top to bottom, from the front office to coaching staff to players, personnel, Harden said. Our main focus is just getting better, getting healthier.

You’ve got to realize — like it’s Chris (Paul) and PJ (Tucker) and Luc (Mbah a Moute) and all those new guys, it’s their first year. Look where we got to. Imagine a little bit more time together, it can get pretty scary.

The above chart tilts this evaluation heavily in favor of Doncic, the oversized potential initiator. Of the 30 most valuable seasons in the league over the past three seasons, 70.0 percent of them have come from perimeter players. Only one frontcourt player, Draymond Green, has cracked the top five.

The nine seasons from frontcourt players highlight some significant trends. Other than Rudy Gobert, every big man on the list is a threat to knock down an outside shot. That bodes well for Ayton, who projects Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online to be able to do the same.

Addison Russell and Chicago Cubs took advantage of the warm, windy weather at Wrigley Field to power their way to a comeback win.

Russell hit his second career grand slam, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each had two-run homers and the Cubs rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-6 on Friday.

Kyle Schwarber added his 16th home run, a solo shot in the seventh, in a late afternoon contest that started with a temperature of 96 degrees and a 12-mph breeze blowing out. Anthony Rizzo completed Chicago’s scoring with an RBI single in the eighth as the Cubs pulled away to win their third game in four following a five-game slide.

Today, probably high-end extreme of favorable to the offensive side, Twins manager Paul Molitor said of the weather. It played a little bit of a role in the game.

I got a little bit of a boost I think on Joe’s ball and on (Russell’s) grand slam.

Porter, a 6-10 small forward, is an elite shooter who has the ability to create his own shot. Though he needs to add strength to reach his full potential, Denver could get a steal if his back checks out.

Philadelphia continues to stockpile 3-and-D wings in this scenario, a luxury of having your primary initiators for the future seemingly sorted out.

Okogie is a long and strong defender who has the potential to be a one-on-one stopper in the league. He’s also a career 38.2 percent 3-point shooter. The 19-year-old would be excellent value this late in the first round.

Evans has reportedly worked out twice for the Celtics and fits the mold of what the franchise’s front office has looked for in recent years. At 6-6, he’s a versatile wing with 3-point shot and the ability to attack closeouts off the bounce.

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NBA free agency rumors: Wilson Chandler returning to Nuggets

Wilson Chandler will be returning to the Nuggets.

The 31-year-old forward opted into the final year of his contract with Denver Friday, according to a report from ESPN. He will be paid $12.8 million in 2018-19.

Denver forward Wilson Chandler will exercise $12.8 million player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources tell ESPN.

The 19-year-old has the potential to be a disruptive and multi-positional defender. He still needs to answer questions about what he can contribute offensively. He averaged just 7.9 points per 40 minutes last season.

Reid rates this highly almost entirely on the basis of his intriguing offensive skill set. He showed his ability to handle it in the open floor during the McDonald’s game, can knock down shots from outside and should be a useful dribble handoff partner.

Giannis Antetokounmpo says ‘Hell, no’ to Instagram live question about Mo Bamba being better

The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo has climbed the ranks to become one of the NBA’s best players and a perennial MVP candidate. The Greek Freak’s ability and star power generally go unquestioned, but that changed Saturday.

Antetokounmpo was taking questions on an Instagram live video when one follower asked whether rookie center Mo Bamba — selected fifth overall by the Magic in Thursday’s NBA Draft — was better than him.

Antetokounmpo replied with a confident and humorous Hell, no.

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NBA Draft 2018: Cavaliers select Collin Sexton with No. 8 overall pick

The Cavaliers made their first pitch to keep LeBron James in town Thursday by selecting Alabama point guard Collin Sexton with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Sexton, a one-and-done with the Crimson Tide, averaged 19.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season.

Now, here’s the final Big Board. These are my top 60 prospects heading into Thursday night’s draft etched in stone…

Hammon, 41, has been with the Spurs as an assistant since 201She was head coach of San Antonio’s Las Vegas Summer League teams in 2015 and ’16, leading the 2015 squad to the championship.

She is the first full-time, salaried female coach in NBA history.

The Wizards need some offensive punch off the bench. Jerome Robinson is a possibility here, but Walker would be a nice combo guard off the bench behind Bradley Beal and John Wall.

Phoenix had Aaron Holiday in for two workouts, so there’s obvious interest in the UCLA standout. But there was not much expectation that Smith would be around at No. 16, and I don’t see them passing him up.

It’s beginning to look like the Blazers plan to remake their bench. They decided not to tender qualifying offers to backup guards Pat Connaughton and Shabazz Napier, who could have been restricted free agents, and were apparently unwilling to beat a modest deal for Ed Davis from Brooklyn.

Portland’s first addition to help mitigate those losses is Stauskas, a 2014 lottery pick who played just 523 minutes between the Philadelphia 76ers and Nets during the final season of his rookie contract. Stauskas did shoot a career-best 40 percent on 3s, but still rated substantially worse than replacement level because he contributes so little else in the box score.

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NBA Awards 2018: Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons urges 76ers to add ‘big free agent’

I love that guy like a father, Barkley told USA Today. It was awesome.

Give these two guys their own TV show.

2018 NBA awards ballot: How would playoff performances change MVP, ROY voting?

Sporting News looks at the biggest missed opportunities in NBA Draft history team-by-team, from a Pistons pick that would have been smart but also may have cost them a title to a Wizards pick that might have made Michael Jordan’s playing days less painful.

We tried to keep perspective on what each player we called a bad choice offered his team. We also tried to be realistic about a player’s stock entering the night of the draft, so that we avoided cases such as every team passing on Manu Ginobili.

But we had fun with this look through NBA history. Flip through this gallery to see NBA icons in the jerseys they probably should have been wearing.

Among the other teams that have looked into trading up are the Sixers, Cavs, Bulls and Celtics, who might have to give up top rookie Jayson Tatum for a top-five pick, which is a non-starter for Boston.

As for the Clippers, if they wind up keeping their picks, there is a growing sense that Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has already been tabbed for one of the spots. UK forward Kevin Knox and Texas A&M center Robert Williams have drawn the most interest from the Clippers outside of Gilgeous-Alexander.

Of all the big-name players the Raptors could use as trade bait — Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan — and as much as the team is hoping to find a way to slip ahead of the Clippers to land Gilgeous-Alexander, their trade options are limited by too-hefty contracts and a center market that makes Valanciunas more valuable to Toronto than anything they’d get back.

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Vince Velasquez leaves Saturday’s game in the second inning after being hit by a line drive and making the throw to first base.

If his right arm isn’t healed in time for his next start, maybe Vince Velasquez can pitch with his left.

Ambidextrous, indeed.

Hit on his pitching arm by a line drive, Velasquez made a dazzling throw with his left hand, and Philadelphia overcame an early injury to its starting pitcher to beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Saturday night.

It is well-known he is one of our best all-around athletes, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. You just would never predict that.

As the game goes, you kind of get that flat feeling, Mattingly said. He was just a handful. He’s able to do some different things with the ball and change gears on you.

Three relievers completed a 10-hitter for Arizona’s fourth shutout of the season.

That complication is going to make trade talks extremely difficult for the Spurs before Thursday’s draft.

They are not going to want to rush something like that, one general manager told Sporting News. The teams they’re dealing with are looking at too much uncertainty, and that’s got to drive down the price they’re willing to pay. The Spurs will have a hard time getting fair value for him, but you’d rather get quarters on the dollar than pennies on the dollar.

Another executive pointed out that it was around this time last year that rumors about impending deals swirled around stars Paul George and Kyrie Irving, and there was some inkling that those deals could be finalized before the draft.

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Michael Porter Jr.’s status is unclear but Nuggets confident about his recovery

Michael Porter Jr. fell to No. 14 in Thursday’s NBA Draft amid medical concerns, and although his status remains unclear, the Nuggets appear confident they can get Porter back to where he needs to be on the court.

I have little doubt that we’ll get him right, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Friday, via The Denver Post.

Many teams at the top of the draft skipped over the 6-10 forward out of fear about his long-term medical outlook. He played only three games in 2017-18 with Missouri, suffering a back injury just two minutes into his college career. That injury, a herniated disk, required surgery.

Kroenke told The Undefeated he was uncertain about whether Porter would play in summer league or during the 2018-19 season.

Michael is an incredible talent and we were surprised to see him available at No. 14, Kroenke told The Undefeated via a text message. We know the risks associated with him due to his recent back injury at Missouri, but he’s an incredibly hard worker, is an outstanding young man and we think he will fit in well with our up-and-coming group in Denver.

The Nuggets likely will not rush Porter’s return to the court.

Embiid did not play a single game in his first two years out of Kansas after being taken with the No. 3 overall pick by the 76ers in 201He went on to play a mere 31 games in his third year out of college as he dealt with multiple injuries.

He apparently doesn’t think he’s comparable to Porter though even though the No. 14 pick by the Nuggets played just three games in college.

Futhermore, Embiid doesn’t want to be compared to the No. 1 overall pick in Deandre Ayton.

Ayton has similar size, athleticism and shooting ability to Embiid, but the 76ers center took a shot at another part of the former Arizona center’s game.

Whether or not Embiid has stolen the show remains to be seen, but with more than 30,000 likes and retweets he certainly has captured people’s attention.

The 6-7 wing didn’t appear to improve much as a sophomore based on strict box score metrics, but he became a more diverse shooter and shot creator in his second season. Denver needs a long-term solution at small forward, and the 20-year-old could help.

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