Our foremost concern is the welfare of Michael and his family,

Tight end Eric Ebron (85) returns for his fourth season and Ameer Abdullah (21) is back from injury, giving the Lions a solid returning skill position core. Detroit rebuilt its offensive line, with Rick Wagner (71) and T.J. Lang (76) acquired through free agency and Greg Robinson (73) filling in for the injured Cheap Euro Jerseys
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“Our foremost concern is the welfare of Michael and his family,” Goodell said in his statement. “While we understand the Las Vegas police department will address this later this evening, the issues Michael has been raising deserve serious attention from all of our leaders in every community. We will support Michael and all NFL players in promoting mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they loyally serve and fair and equal treatment under the law.”

Oh man, Janoris is a competitor. He says Dez’s route-running is limited and that Jackrabbit [Jenkins] is just too quick for Dez. In the second game, he was just reading Dez’s routes, and it was easy for him. I mean, Dez is strong, but he does not use his strength. He tries to use his quickness, but he is not quicker Cheap Fishing Jerseys than Janoris.

I was impressed by one specific play of yours from last year, a second-and-29 against the Bears and Jay Cutler. You were in the perfect position for an interception, and there was no room for him to fit the ball in there. How do you prepare for a QB like Cutler?

Manu Ginobili did this throughout their title-filled run of excellence in San Antonio

After Griffin departed, the Cavaliers offered the spot to Chauncey Billups … who took like two weeks to decide before ultimately turning them down. For the duration of free agency, the team was ran by their assistant general manager, lacking a true top guy. (As it turns out, the assistant Altman may end up taking over full-time, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.)

Now we’ve arrived back at the start. To recap: the Cavaliers were thwacked in the Finals by the Warriors, failed to improve their roster despite options that were out there, let their general manager go and couldn’t find a replacement, and are possibly witnessing their top two stars both leaving the team within the year. That’s not how the offseason was supposed to go.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili did this throughout their title-filled run of excellence in San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki did this before winning a championship in Dallas. LeBron James took less than the max in Miami, where he won two crowns. This is almost as normal as superstars in their primes signing for as much money as possible.

No other superstar should feel any pressure to do what Durant has done: not by fans, not by their teams’ owners, not by teammates. It’s a personal choice. It’s a priority check. And it’s perfectly legitimate to prioritize ensuring you’re making every dollar possible during your brief NBA career.

In this realm, the right choice is the choice that makes you happiest. Durant has no responsibility to anyone but himself. If he chooses to take less to maintain the status quo for the Warriors without pushing Lacob into perhaps untenable financial penalties, so be it. If he chooses to take every dollar possible even at the potential cost of tough decisions by management on the rest of the roster, so be it. It’s his choice.

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Ainge could be considering the idea of flipping some of those assets in a trade for Marc Gasol.

Danny Ainge needed a big win. After amassing as big a pool of assets as anyone’s ever produced, he let both Paul George and Jimmy Butler get traded for pennies on the dollar. He didn’t even offer anything for Butler and was only going to take George after signing Hayward, which the Pacers didn’t want. Had he also failed to land Hayward in free agency, the inevitable rumbling of his managerial ineptitude would surely have gotten louder.

But Ainge got the deal done. He signed the biggest fish in the pond to a four-year, $128 million max contract, creating a legitimate Big 3 of Hayward, Isaiah Thomas, and Al Horford. In an Eastern Conference that watched two perennial all-stars get traded to the West, Boston’s all but solidified itself as second place in the East.

Now, Ainge could be considering the idea of flipping some of those assets in a trade for Marc Gasol. Man, it must be good to be a Celtics fan right now.

Of the 31 players to receive votes for an All-NBA team, only nine were from the Eastern Conference. Every Western Conference All-Star received an All-NBA vote, including Butler and George, who were traded to the West this summer.

East All-Stars Kemba Walker, Kevin Love, and Anthony failed to garner any All-NBA consideration.

Instead, Western Conference snubs like LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Karl-Anthony Towns, Damian Lillard, and Nikola Jokic stole votes across the board.

Now, only one of ESPN’s Top 14 players to enter last season remain in the East (you can probably guess who that is.) According to FiveThirtyEight, 22 of the top 30 players — ranked by a slew of advanced metrics, including a three-year rolling average of Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares per Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping 48 minutes and Player Efficiency Rating — reside in the West.

Even Brook Lopez, whose numbers were hidden Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys beneath a paltry Nets record, was shipped to Los Angeles for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.

Watching NBA players learn their ‘2K18’ ratings is priceless

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that NBA players care about their 2K ratings just as much as we do.

If Porter signs Sacramento’s offer sheet, because of the way restricted free agency works, the Wizards will have 72 hours to decide whether they will match the contract or allow Porter to Cheap Professional Sports Jerseys sign with Sacramento. Porter hasn’t signed it, meaning he may give the Wizards a chance to match the offer without going through the complications of restricted free agency. Either way, all signs point to Porter returning to Washington.

Porter will reportedly be meeting with other teams in the coming days, which is partly why he hasn’t made his decision yet. However, if the Wizards were hoping to sign Porter for less than the max, then those hopes seem gone.

Meanwhile, the Wizards have reportedly offered John Wall the new “supermax” extension, but he’s waiting to see what the team does this offseason before accepting it. Perhaps signing Porter is the sign Wall needs to commit for four more seasons beyond the two he still has under contract.

Despite Hayward’s departure this summer, the Jazz would have to clear additional cap space to fit a max contract. Porter’s max contract with a new team will begin at $24.77 million for the 2017-18 season. The salary cap is $99.09 million this season, and Utah has just over $89 million committed to players.

The Jazz must have room for his salary available before making an offer. To even get in the ballpark, Utah would need to move the final year of Derrick Favors’ contract, worth $12 Cheap Lakers Jerseys million. Teams would be more likely to take Favors’ expiring contract if Utah attaches a pick to the deal. The Jazz will also need to waive veteran forward Boris Diaw, whose $7.5 million salary is non-guaranteed next season.

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.

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