Lonzo Ball says ‘Mamba Mentality’ made him wear Nikes instead of Big Baller Brand

During his best game of summer league, Lonzo Ball raised eyebrows when he opted to wear purple and black Nike shoes rather than his signature Big Baller Brand line. Apparently, that doesn’t matter if you’re a big baller.

Rose can create his own shot, and the Bucks don’t have many players who can do that effectively. Rose wouldn’t be the best fit schematically for spacing next to Antetokounmpo, but maybe the Bucks don’t need them to play minutes together.

At this point in his career, Rose should be someone’s sixth man who gets buckets off the bench. One of the Bucks’ biggest weaknesses last season was creating offense when Antetokounmpo sat. If Rose can step in and fill that role for them, it may be a good fit.

The Bucks don’t need a point guard because they have four capable ball handlers on their roster, including Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Rose doesn’t add much and won’t make them much more competitive than they’d already be in a weak Eastern Conference.

Rose is just looking for money at this point, and that’s fine. He should try to squeeze every penny out of his career that he can. The Bucks, though, aren’t the best team to pay him given their hefty payroll and lack of need at the position.

Olynyk is an interesting example. He’s a rugged defender — not necessarily a good defender, but he puts bodies on opponents. (Ask the folks he’s injured.) He Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys gets a modest share of steals and blocks, and he’s a pretty good passer and deep shooter. Miami will try to mold him into a great shooter to play behind and off Hassan Whiteside. Olynyk is not in any way a specialist: He’s a bit of a do-everything Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL center who provides more, not less, flexibility to lineups because of his shooting.

NBA free agency 2017: Paul Millsap could join the Timberwolves and create the next Western Conference powerhouse

After shaking up their roster to make a push for the playoffs, the Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t finished yet.

The Timberwolves are scheduled to meet with free agent forward Paul Millsap on Saturday, according to Basketball Insiders’ Michael Scotto. Signing the All-Star power forward could round out a significantly upgraded Minnesota starting five.

The Wolves have been the most active team since the NBA Draft. They traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the pick that became Lauri Markkanen to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick, Justin Patton. They then traded Ricky Rubio to the Jazz in a cap dump for a protected first-round pick before signing point guard Jeff Teague to a three-year, $57 million deal.

Horford was a free agent, and Teague, Korver, and Millsap were each one year away. Kent Bazemore, Carroll’s in-house budget replacement, was set to hit the market, too. In one of the weirdest offseasons in memory, Wilcox and Budenholzer decided to trade Teague (the youngest member of that 60-win core) to make way for Dennis Schroder. They lowballed Horford in free agency, paid big for Bazemore, and inexplicably signed Dwight Howard to pair with Millsap.

Horford joined the Celtics, who were in a similar spot in the Eastern hierarchy as the Hawks at the time, but on a much different arc. Bazemore and Schroder were disappointments after their paydays. Howard was as good as could be expected, but still ended up getting flipped for Marco Belinelli and the Plumlee brother on a horrible contract. Korver was traded midseason for that Cavs pick. In the process, Wilcox was Cheap Jerseys Online Free Shipping booted out and Travis Schlenk, long of the Warriors, has Cheap Jerseys Soccer China taken over the front office.

here are the 10 best cat mascots in sports

Having a good mascot is important — it can show your competition just how fierce you are. So it’s no wonder that many teams pick the fiercest animal known to mankind: the kitty cat.

That’s right, hear them roar meow! Because it’s International Cat Day, we’ve decided to rank the best cat mascots, from catty to cattiest. It was difficult, but we finally narrowed them down to only the finest felines.

The only cat mascot whose name is a biblical pun, the Sacramento King’s kitty has very long hair and is frankly kinda scary looking. If my cat looked like this, I would be upset. But maybe that’s the point!

As in many successful investigations, there IS video evidence in this case. Unbeknownst to Embiid and Meek Mill, they were being recorded when they tried and failed to catch one of the home run shots (this was a nationally televised event, after all).

Ooph. That’s pretty embarrassing, especially when you consider how much taller Embiid is than everyone else in the stands. With that much of a height advantage, how could he let the ball escape?

It’s that embarrassment that probably led to Embiid trying to claim on social media that he had caught not just one, but TWO balls.

While we obviously want to believe that Embiid is capable of catching a ball in the stands — he is a professional athlete — all the video evidence points to the contrary. Surely, if Embiid, a famous basketball player, and Meek Mill, a once-notable rapper, had caught a ball at the Home Run Derby, someone would have filmed it. But instead, we just have an embarrassing video of the duo missing.

It seems more likely that fans GAVE these balls to Embiid in a conspiracy to help him save Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys face Cheap Yankees Jerseys on social media. But as he should have known — the truth always comes out.

Aaron Judge’s 1st-round home runs were visualized in a chart, and it’s spectacular

That’s where the humble pie comes in, because Sandoval was going to have apologize for saying those things when he signed with the Giants. And boy, did he ever apologize. He did that and more. He released a statement that called his previous comments “emotional, insensitive, and misguided.” He apologized to his teammates and said “I learned my lesson.” And then the cherry on top of it all: Pablo Sandoval actually said that he wishes that he would have re-signed with the Giants back in 2014. Now that is a complete and total apology.

Apology aside, this is just a minor league deal for Sandoval. After a terrible 2 1/2 years with the Red Sox, his career is in shambles due to injuries and persistent questions about his overall fitness. The Giants are in the middle of a deeply disappointing and unpleasant season, and are looking for literally anything or anyone that could help them. So it’s not really clear why they signed Sandoval, who doesn’t seem to have much to offer to baseball anymore. But who knows. Now that he’s cleared the air between him and the Giants, this could be Panda’s first stop on the comeback trail. Or, you know, not.

Yeah, that’s a great point. For a game that had been so deeply regional in terms of access, the ASG was everything. I think what’s interesting is that fandom is still regional, but we’re aware of the stars, you know? So it’s arguably less interesting to see the only guys you know of from other teams play each other. You see their highlights from games anyway, so it now feels more like one MLB Jerseys Usa long NBA Jerseys Cheap highlight reel with no consequences than a chance to witness greatness that used to be a treat.

All the best moments from recent ‘Game of Thrones’ theme nights around baseball

This week, a handful of MLB teams celebrated the start of the new season of Game of Thrones with themed nights at the ballpark. Of course this isn’t the first time professional teams, even outside of baseball, have used the show as a fun tie-in to market their team and it certainly won’t be the last.

A few teams had Thrones nights earlier this year and a few are set to celebrate the show during the dog days of August in the middle of its 7th season. But the teams this week that got to time their nights perfectly to the much-anticipated premiere were the Giants, Red Sox, Marlins, White Sox, and Royals.

Since Game of Thrones is consuming our lives for only two more seasons before it goes away forever, here are some of the best moments that occurred over the past few days.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy got comfortable on his own “Iron” Throne and Hunter Pence showed off his posing skills.

The National League participants, as announced by MLB on Monday night: Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon, LA’s Cody Bellinger, and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton and Bour.

It’s hard to argue with the first three names on the list. Bellinger is a breakout star this year, and the NL’s answer to Aaron Judge. Blackmon is a darkhorse MVP candidate, leading baseball with 198 total bases thanks to 18 home runs, 17 doubles and 10 triples. Stanton should be invited to compete Wholesale Jerseys NFL in every Home Run Derby for the rest of time because it’s fun to watch him kill baseballs.

The Rangers made Colon work for it, but not like they could have. Colon could go out Raiders Cheap Jerseys next time and give up four runs in one inning.

5 post-deadline MLB trades we could see in August

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, but that doesn’t mean trades are done for the season! There’s a reason that it’s called the non-waiver trade deadline after all.

From here on out, anybody who gets traded will have to pass through waivers first in order to be traded to whatever team their current club wants to send them to. Of course, their team can also revoke them from waivers should they want to keep their player, or they can try to work out a trade if they’re claimed while on waivers, or just let them be claimed, leaving the claiming team to pick up the bill.

That doesn’t mean they’re going to run out into the middle of the street with their pants off and sign six different all-stars just because they can. But they’re one of two or three teams in baseball that can absorb Stanton’s contract like he’s a regular superstar, not one of the highest-paid players in baseball.

So there’s a chance.

It’s just not a great chance. Remember that the Marlins aren’t actively shopping Stanton and how it sure makes sense for the new owners to keep him around as an example of how baseball can be great in Miami. Then remember that Frazier and Judge might man the corners for the Yankees for years, which means that unless Frazier goes in the trade, there isn’t an obvious place for Stanton.

It’s a beautiful, hilarious dream. But I can’t call it a great rumor just yet.

Before the season, we didn’t know much, but we did know that the Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Cubs, Nationals, and Dodgers were going to win their divisions. Now that we’re here, it’s a good reminder that baseball Website For Cheap Jerseys is never that easy.

Who is Kyle Farmer? Fast facts about the Dodgers’ newest hero

The Dodgers’ absurd summer run took another crazy turn Sunday night when rookie Kyle Farmer delivered a walkoff hit in his major league debut. Farmer slashed a pinch-hit, two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the Giants 3-2.

He is the third Dodgers player this season to make his major league debut. Before him came right-hander Edward Paredes … and first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger, the NL Rookie of the Year favorite. Farmer, 26, doesn’t have the same job security as Bellinger, but Sunday’s hit helped his chances of sticking as a versatile bench player. Manager Dave Roberts said last week that Farmer could play at the infield corners as well as behind the plate.

Farmer was an SEC baseball legacy. Dad Bryan pitched for Ole Miss in the ’80s. Two of his uncles played at Ole Miss and Georgia, respectively, during the same period. The family will be able to share stories when Farmer comes home this week for a series vs. the Braves.

Analysis (Rivera): It’s a smart move for the Twins, who are determined to have as strong a second half as they did a first (not very strong, but strong enough to land them in the AL Central race). They parted with No. 22 ranked prospect Ynoa to get the deal done, which seems a bit lower than what Atlanta was expecting. Still, the deal got done and both teams stick to their 2017 plans.

Analysis (Gatto): Seattle adds a solid relief piece for the remainder of this year and the 2018 season, but giving up four prospects to win the bidding seems excessive. Miami takes a Lebron James Cheap Jerseys small step toward rebuilding with the addition of four minor leaguers, a group led by Hernandez, a 19-year-old outfielder, and Miller, a 22-year-old right-hander. Schiraldi is the son of former major Mitchell And Ness Cheap Jerseys league pitcher Calvin Schiraldi.

Athletics investigating fight between security guard, female fan

The Athletics are investigating an incident during Monday night’s game against the Giants in which a security guard and fan fought in the Oakland Coliseum’s upper deck. Several fans captured the disturbance and aftermath on video.

One short clip appears to show a security guard punching a woman and dragging her to the ground by her hair as other guards try to intervene in the confrontation.

When no trade was made and the Yankees acquired Sonny Gray, the Red Sox got Eduardo Nunez and even the Rays got help in the forms of Lucas Duda and Steve Cishek, the Astros were left asking why they didn’t receive reinforcements.

“I think deep down, we were all down in the dumps because we had a pretty good shot to help this team get over the hump to where we need to be,” Reddick said. “That time has passed and we can’t dwell on that, we have the confidence in everybody we have now, we just have to get out of this slump right now.”

This slump has the Astros sporting an 11-13 record post All-Star break and a 2-6 record post-trade deadline. Houston has lost two straight games to the White Sox with games started by two of their most consistent starters over the last few years in Keuchel and Collin McHugh.

The team is in a funk and Reddick is right — they need to get out of it.

No matter how baseball changes over the years, the human element helps to keep it unchanged at its core.

There is no doubt that new technology has helped push the game NBA Jerseys Cheap into the 21st century, but the principles are still the same. Baseball, as it’s played on NFL Cheap Jerseys the field by the players, still looks very similar to the game that Babe Ruth played 100 years ago.

Jose Ramirez helps Indians maintain winning streak with latest hit barrage

Jose Ramirez is putting up eye-popping numbers this season.

That trend continued Friday, when the breakout star led the Indians to a 9-3 win against the White Sox. Ramirez collected four hits with four runs scored, a home run (18) and three RBIs (55).

Ramirez’s latest hit barrage bumped his average to a cool .322 this season, while helping the Indians win their eighth-straight game.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi could have taken Gray out when Gomes came up, as he had Chad Green warming up in the bullpen. But again, Gray had fought out of trouble all night long; this was just the one time he didn’t.

Gray is a bulldog who doesn’t let a walk or an error get him down. He could have packed it in after giving up two unearned runs on three first inning errors, but he didn’t. Instead he gave the Yankees a chance to win and kept them in the game when their lineup wasn’t at its best and with Aaron Judge on the bench.

Gray was not perfect Thursday, but apart from one pitch, his start boosted the Yankees’ hope of winning a pennant. He put the Yankees in striking distance, gave them a quality six innings, fought out of trouble and put the bullpen in a position to hold a lead. Had it not been for one US Cheap Jerseys hanging curveball, the narrative would have been different in this one.

As it stands, Gray’s Yankees debut was a good one even Wholesale Jerseys China if he’d like that one pitch back.

Marlins talent starting to lead to wins

The MLB playoff race is starting to heat up. The Marlins are likely on the outside looking in, but Saturday’s 7-3 win against the Reds provided examples of why Miami could still be a force this season.

“Maybe I wish I could have gone back and said thank you, but who knows, maybe there is a lot more of those to come, maybe there’s not. All I know is that I heard it, I felt it, I appreciated it.”

The Tigers are quickly falling to the bottom of the American league, and Verlander, 34, may be running out of chances to win a World Series.

Sonny Gray has been on almost every contending team’s shortlist this summer. The Athletics ace has rediscovered his form this season after struggling last year. The Astros and Yankees have also been hot on his heels.

Darvish is the most curious out of the three. After giving up 10 earned runs Wednesday against the Marlins, he raised his ERA over 4.00 for the season. While talented, Darvish, who is set to become a free agent after this season, may not be worth the risk considering he is essentially just a rental.

Out of the three, Gray seems the most likely to move this summer. Whether or not he will Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply end up in Los Angeles remains to be seen. Verlander would provide the Dodgers with a strong veteran Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys arm with tons of postseason experience, but he is also the oldest and most expensive.

National League teams will be paying close attention to how this develops over the weekend, waiting to see how exactly the Dodgers improve their roster.