As Carmelo Anthony ages, disappearing Derrick Rose joins a long list of failed Knicks teammates

Well, that should pretty much do it. Whatever hope there was of rescuing something of significance from the remaining prime years of Carmelo Anthony’s career with the Knicks has been squandered. It most likely became set in stone on Monday night, when New York’s prized offseason point-guard acquisition, Derrick Rose, failed to show for a loss to the Pelicans, the eighth in nine games for the Knicks.

But the Bulls will have the difficult task of pulling off a midseason blockbuster at a time when other teams know there is a whiff of desperation within the organization.

It’s what makes last summer all the more confounding. The Bulls were in position to make a Butler trade that would have landed them a Top 5 pick and other assets. Now, it’s a little dodgier. This is expected to be a strong draft class, and without the security of knowing how the lottery will play out, teams are more leery about trading picks. On the flip side, a strong closing run by whichever team’s pick the Bulls might acquire and bad luck on lottery night could mean that the Bulls wind up with a pick that falls out of the Top 5.

This could have gone much better for the Bulls and Hoiberg if they’d approached this season determined to rebuild, if they sent away Butler and gave more chances to young players like Doug McDermott, Jerian Grant and Bobby Portis. Instead, they brought in more veterans, and more Hoiberg headaches. Now they’re stuck trying to unravel the mess.

Butler will have a much more receptive market, but the Bulls are expected to ask for a massive return, though they’re not in a great position to demand it. Butler is having a monster season—25.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists—and there is no doubt that there will be a long list of suitors. Thibodeau Nike NFL Jerseys still would love to bring him to Minnesota, and there will be interest from the Lakers and NBA Jerseys Wholesale Boston, among many others.

NBA franchise in Mexico isn’t on the horizon but is a midseason tournament?

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is in favor of an NBA franchise in Mexico City, but he might have to settle for a midseason tournament.

As the NBA continues to brainstorm ways to make regular-season games for exciting throughout the 82-game grind, NBA commissioner Adam Silver hinted Saturday of more games south of the border.

Russell Westbrook recorded his 17th triple-double of the season in the Thunder’s 121-106 win over the Nuggets. The point guard finished with 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists. This was Westbrook’s third straight triple-double against Denver.

The Mavericks’ backcourt duo of Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams failed to impress during Dallas’ 97-82 loss to the Hawks. Both guards shot just 3 of 12 from the field. Matthews finished with nine points, and Williams mustered just seven points. The Mavericks need to get younger (and just plain better).

Butler finished the Bulls’ 123-118 overtime win over the Raptors with 42 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. This came just five days after he dropped 52 points on the Hornets.

Rockets (29-9) at Raptors (24-12) 6 p.m. ET — Two playoff-contending Super Cheap Jerseys teams face off in an enticing matchup. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan lead Toronto, while James Harden has been something of a one-man wrecking crew under Mike D’Antoni. The supporting casts may decide this Personalized Cheap Jerseys showdown, however; Houston needs Ryan Anderson to hit shots from beyond the arc, and the Raptors need Jonas Valanciunas to dominate the paint.

NBA free agency: Dan Gilbert clearing path out of Cleveland for LeBron James

Who will burn LeBron’s jersey this time?

It is July 2017, and we’re just about a year out from the free agency of LeBron James. That means we are set up for about 50 weeks of mind-numbing sleuthing, interpreting a variety of mysterious quotes and cryptic tweets from James himself, hustling information from “sources close to James” and divining his preferred future destinations from his latest online photos.

James should put up a picture of a few bags of Lipton on Instagram, and he Real Cheap Jerseys will have us literally reading tea leaves.

The Browns drafted Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 pick in the NFL Draft, a polarizing pick considering the former Heisman Trophy finalist at Michigan had a diluted sample at the NFL Combine. Peppers, however, fits in well with Williams’ scheme and should play safety right away. The Browns acquired Calvin Pryor in that trade for Davis, and it will be interesting to see how he fits. Ibraheim Campbell and Ed Reynolds are other options.

Jason McCourty, who played under Williams in 2013 at Tennessee, was signed via free agency and should work well with veteran Joe Haden. McCourty could play both cornerback and safety, which is a plus. Jamar Taylor and Briean Boddy-Calhoun also return after tying Haden for the team lead with three interceptions.

Britton Colquitt returns after averaging 45.3 yards per punt last season, but the kicking competition became more intriguing with the addition of Zane Gonzalez, the 2016 Lou Groza Award winner who connected on 23 of 25 field goals for Arizona State last season. He’ll push Cody Parkey for the starting job.

The key will be from 40 yards or more, where Parkey hit just seven USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys of 12 last season. In the return game, Peppers averaged 14.8 yards per punt return at Michigan last season.

Redskins RB battle: Samaje Perine has power, pedigree to push past Rob Kelley

The Redskins were looking for more power and pop out of their backfield in 2017. They’re about to find it in rookie Samaje Perine with his passion and pedigree.

Washington has been looking for it since it had a young Alfred Morris. Matt Jones, the Redskins’ 2015 third-rounder, was supposed to have it, but he literally fumbled his way into the deep doghouse of coach Jay Gruden.

Since Washington transitioned from the zone-blocking scheme of the previous regime, Gruden has yet to feature his ideal downhill attack.

That capped a stressful and unsatisfying 2015 season that saw him go 4-9 with a 5.24 ERA. Yankees fans wanted the team to cut their losses and forfeit the final two years on Sabathia’s contract.

However, the setback only made the resilient Sabathia stronger.

Fast forward to the 2017 season and Sabathia has been one of the biggest surprises in MLB on a team that has been full of surprises all year long. The veteran left-hander has been one of the biggest pieces to the puzzle for a relatively young Yankees team.

Nobody thought that Aaron Judge would be leading the league in home runs and have a batting average above .300.

Consider the following possession against the Bucks. Notice Cheap NCAA Jerseys how Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys Mirza Teletovic hedges on the pick-and-roll but isn’t able to prevent Wall from turning the corner. As a result, Matthew Dellavedova has to fight over the screen and sprint to get back in front of Wall while John Henson leaves Gortat on the baseline to protect the basket in case Dellavedova isn’t able to stop Wall in time.

Andre Iguodala fined $10K for racial remarks, says he and Steve Kerr ‘in a great place’

The NBA has fined Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala $10,000 for “inappropriate comments” after Golden State’s loss to the Timberwolves Friday night.

NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Kiki Vandeweghe announced the fine Monday.

Iguodala told reporters Friday he was unaware that coach Steve Kerr planned to sit him and three other Warriors stars Saturday night against the Spurs, saying, “Nope, no clue. I do what master say.”

He also used the N word twice in response to two other questions. He later told ESPN he did not mean any disrespect to Kerr and his comment was an inside locker room joke. Kerr told reporters he knew Iguodala was just being his usually edgy self with reporters, telling them, “You guys just got Andre’d. You got Andre’d.”

He was content with his decision to walk away from basketball at the time but has since reconsidered.

“I miss being on a team, man,” Sanders told NBA.com last month. “I miss going to war with my teammates and fighting against another team and giving my all out there and Cheap Jerseys Bing affecting the game. My children are getting older. I have a boy and a girl, and my son talks about it all the time now, he misses me playing. Giving them something to cheer for, and my family. Having my name on my back, our name on my back. There’s a lot of value in that, there’s a lot of strength in that, for my whole family. Me being that Cheap Jerseys America person for them brings joy to me.”

Jazz prove worth against Clippers in potential playoff teaser

If you’re the type of person who hates those “If the season ended now бн” playoff scenarios, hide your eyes.

But if the NBA season ended now, the Jazz and Clippers would meet in the first round of the playoffs.

Thanks to Utah’s 114-108 victory over Los Angeles in Salt Lake City Monday night, the Jazz would enjoy home-court advantage, and host four games in that series бн if the season ended now. The Jazz are now 42-25, and hold a two-game advantage over the Clippers (40-27) in the battle for the No. 4 seed in the West, with each team having 15 games remaining.

Of course, plenty can happen between now and then, but it appears unlikely either team will catch current No. 3 seed Houston (which is four games up on the Jazz). And the No. 6 Thunder are 2 1/2 games behind the Clippers.

ESPN reporter Chris Haynes pointed out that Iguodala is famous for making off-the-cuff remarks to see reporters “squirm,” but that his comments Friday created an “awkward” atmosphere in the locker room.

“You could see reporters around, when he used that word, kind of grimacing,” Haynes reported.

Iguodala told ESPN he was in no way referring to Kerr with the “master” comment, and that it was just an inside joke in the locker room.

“Me and Steve are cool,” Iguodala said. “[People] can think Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys what they want to think.”

Kerr said after the game he plans to rest Iguodala, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Saturday against the Spurs in San Antonio, their seventh road game in the last Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale eight contests. The Warriors have lost four of their last six games.

Dikembe Mutombo trying to get group together to buy Rockets

After retiring from the Rockets in 2009, Dikembe Mutombo is looking to reunite with his former team.

The former All-Star center is working to get a group of people together to buy the Rockets after Houston CEO Tad Brown announced the team is for sale on Monday.

McGrady was a seven-time All-Star and led the NBA in scoring in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons as a member of the Magic. He also played for the Rockets, Raptors, Pistons, Knicks, Hawks and Spurs during his 15-year career in the league.

Self has led the Jayhawks to 13 straight Big 12 regular-season titles and the national title in 2008.

Krause, who died March 21, was twice named NBA executive of the year and was the architect of the Bulls’ dynasty in the 1990s.

McGinnis was a six-time All-Star, earning the honor three times in the ABA and three times in the NBA. As a member of the Indiana Pacers, he shared the ABA MVP award with Julius Erving in 1974-75.

Lobo led UConn to the 1995 national championship and was a member of Team USA’s gold-medal winning team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

The Class of 2017 will be inducted Sept. 8 at the facility in Springfield, Mass.

In the 2016 playoffs, the Cavs completed sweeps against the Pistons in the first round and Hawks in the second round on the road, beat the Raptors in Game 6 of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys Eastern Conference Finals in Toronto and won the title in Game 7 on the road against Nike NFL Jerseys Supply Golden State, giving the world enough 3-1 jokes about the Warriors for the rest of eternity. The core group knows this team is capable of reaching a higher ceiling than any other East rivals when running at its highest gear, and after the historic comeback last June, there won’t be any panic in the locker room.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, no longer Roger Goodell’s BFF, trying to get past Deflategate

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he’s taking the high road in his post-Deflategate relationship with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. That means he’s fighting his instincts.

‘I don’t know if (the relationship) will ever be the same, but in order Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys to do what is best for the Patriots franchise long term, I believe it is best to compartmentalize and move on,’ he said in a wide-ranging interview with Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. Kraft was long considered to be tight with Goodell. ‘Like our quarterback, I am trying to remain positive and look to the future rather than dwell on the past. As a native New Englander, that’s easier said than done, but I am doing my best to put the matter behind me.’

That’s one thing I want to get cleared up. I’ve been watching TV a lot this week and every time they show that picture (the infamous boat picture), right before or right after they show it, they say, ‘They were down there partying with Lil Wayne at the beach.’

First of all, I didn’t see those guys at LIV, he said in an interview Sunday with Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys NFL Network. I don’t know if I’m… helping them or not, but I didn’t see them not one time at LIV that night. BUT, I was told they were there AFTER I left.

A few days later, Big Blue was getting worked by the Pack in Lambeau. The Giants swear one had nothing to do with the other, not that Lil Wayne is really worried about that. For him, it’s on to Arlington for a divisional showdown with the Cowboys. He likes his guys’ chances.

Hines Ward named ambassador for 2018 Winter Olympics

Hines Ward is going to the Winter Olympics.

The former Steelers receiver was named as an ambassador for the 2018 Games in PyeongChang. Ward, 41, was born in Seoul to a Korean mother and American father, but raised in Georgia.

“I have been blessed during the years of playing football and I am honored to be able to give back in some way to the Republic of Korea by supporting the Winter Games,” Ward said in a statement released Tuesday. “It is going to be an amazing event and a fantastic chance to see the world’s Hanson Brothers Cheap Jerseys top winter athletes perform in Korea.”

To return to form, Schwarber knows he’s got to learn to use the whole field while hitting.

“I want to work the middle of the field, do things like that,” Schwarber Jerseys Supply told the Tribune. “I don’t want to be known as just a swing-and-miss kind of guy. I want to be a guy who hits .300 and can hit home runs, but a guy who can hit .300 first.”

So far, Schwarber’s approach is working against minor-league pitching. He’s hitting .391 (9-for-23), with four home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts at Triple-A. Those numbers have led some to speculate his return to the Cubs — who could certainly use more offensive pop — will happen sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, Schwarber is remaining positive about his plight.

“This is a part in your career where you figure out who you really are, and I’m not the one who is going to back down from a challenge. I embrace it,” he said.

Raptors get league’s youngest GM, but could lose team president to NY in same week

A day after being named the youngest general manager in the NBA, Bobby Webster of the Raptors had to deal with conflicting reports on Thursday about whether President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri would stay with the franchise.

Stanton, who has 23 home runs this season after hitting two on Wednesday, will face off in the first round of the Derby against Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who has 13 home runs. It will be another Yankees-Marlins matchup on the other side with Judge, who has an MLB-high 29 homers, going against Marlins first baseman Justin Bour, who has gone yard 18 times this season.

The rest of the Home Run Derby bracket, which was released by Real Cheap Jerseys MLB on Wednesday, will have Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas — and his 24 homers — against Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has 20 long balls. The other first-round matchup is Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, and his National League-best 24 homers, against Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, who has 19 homers this season.

The Panthers went from 15-1 and reigning NFC champions to the ultimate Super Bowl Sports Cheap Jerseys hangover in 2016, going 6-10 and finishing last in the NFC South. They are trying to recover and rebound in the right way: offensively.

After Carolina took the division and then the conference on the strength of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in 2015, rival Atlanta followed suit last season. Another team in the South, New Orleans, ranked first in total offense. The Saints and Falcons were 1-2 in that category.