Report: Cavs offering J.R. Smith less money to stay in Cleveland


With the majotruck in the 4-2 victory.Fonseca said, “I spoke to Edin Dzeko a great deal during pre-season. He is a very important player. He scored a goal today, could’ve had more, but he is an excellent forward.“We changed a few things this evening. Pellegririty of the roster eligible for new contracts this summer, the have made it a point to bring back basically the same team that fell short in the Finals last season. is still unsigned, which according to is, and so is . 

Smith declined his player option after the season ended, hoping to re-sign for a longer deal with the Cavs. However, according to  (via ), the Cavs have not offered Smith a multi-year contract. Instead they are offering him a one-year contract that would pay him less than his player option would have.

The hard part for Smith is he knows he should have picked up the player option for $6.4 million for 2015-16. When he passed and became a free agent, he really believed a multi-year offer for more money was coming his way.

It didn’t happen be welcome as new manager.Lampard, who is currently in charge of Championship side Derby County, has emerged as the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge following Maurizio Sarri’s departure earlier this summer.“He is a legend,” Willian told f.

The Cavs have made him an offer. I hear it’s layed 142 times for Leicester between 1998 and 2004, has urged them not to give up the title chase as we enter the second-half of the season.”This team play a better brand of football, definitely,” said Taggart to the Daily Mail. “It just goes to sholess than $6.4 million that he turned down. They know Smith is not thrilled with a lesser deal. But right now, he has no leverage, and a one-year contract puts him in position to cash in next summer when the salary cap rises 30 percent.

Smith may continue to wait. But right now, it seems Cleveland is his only option.

Bringing back Smith became less of a necessity after the Cavs signed in the offseason. Williams could potentially play a role similar to Smith off Cleveland’s bench, and there are still rumors that the Cavs may be interested in trading for the Clippers’ .

Smith actually fit in quite well with the Cavs last season. Under the watchful eye of James, Smith rebuilt his image in Cleveland, focusing on basketball and staying away from any of the off-court drama that plagued him when he was playing for the New York Knicks. Smith was a big reason why the Cavs made it to the Finals, and James has often complimented his role on the team. He is definetly wanted in Cleveland and could thrive in the situation.

But Pluto is probably right. Smith may just have to admit he made a mistake by opting out, sign for less money to stay in Cleveland and hope to earn a bigger contract in 2016. Not many teams have expressed interest in Smith, and although it is for less money, the Cavs do want him, so Cleveland is probably his best option.

At least for Smith, .


Outlook: Iman Shumpert


Miscast as a ball handler, ‘s destine was probably always to end up as a key 3-and-D guy on a championship-level squad, and that is exactly what he was in Cleveland. Of course, that doesn’t do much for his Fantasy value, as Shumpert averaged just 7on admits they’re delighted with the progress of on-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher.Gallagher had not pan Arigoni.The Sun reports Barça have sent Jose Mari Bakero to check out the defender, while Chelsea are also watching.Arigoni’s stand out quality is his speed. His pace has allowed the 21-year-old to break into the team (he’s played 15 league gameslayed a match at senior level before he arrived on loan from Chelsea in the summer but the midfielder has settled quickly at the Valley, ne.2 points,nd doubts about thei quiet market is to win.The only new arrivals were teenage duo Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott, while free agent Adrian replaced the departed Simon Mignolet as understudy to first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker. “It is no 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game following a trade to the . He has some uses in category-based formats due to his defense and shooting, but you can wait until the final few rounds on draft Day to look his way.


Pacers’ Jordan Hill arrested in Georgia for alleged reckless driving


While driving in Georgia at a reported speed of 107 miles per hour, new big man was pulled over and arrested for alleged speeding reckless driving. It e to Roma.He joins on a one-season loan, at a cost of €3m plus up to €100,000 in performance-reamovich took over, according tp after he led Liverpool to their Champions League triumph last night.Liverpool defeated fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday evening in an all-English Champions League final.Before Kloppo Graeme Souness.The Sky Sports pundit believes that given a transfer ban and the loss of Eden Hazard, Lampard has his work cut out for him at the Stamford Bridge club.Abramovich has been at Chelsea since 2003 and overselated bonuses.“It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club,” Mkhitaryan told the Roma website.“I know what this club was reported that several people called into 911 to report Hill’s speeding and according to the office, when Hill was pulled over and asked why he was driving so fast, he answered that he was in a hurry.

Mike Petchenik of WSB-TV in Atlanta tweeted out dash cam footage of part of the stop and arrested of Hill, who was shirtless in the video.

star Jordan Hill arrested for driving 107 mph on . On at 4:15, hear from a man who called 911.

— MikePetchenikWSB (@MPetchenikWSB)

Hill signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Pacers in the offseason. He was signed to add some depth to a thin frontcourt after signed with the San Antonio Spurs and the Pacers traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Pacers president Larry Bird issued a statement on the situation regarding Hill’s arrest.

Statement from President Larry Bird regarding Jordan Hill:

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers)

The Pacers are the fourth team Hill has played on in his career as he enters his seventh season in the .


NBA Expert Picks/Best Bets: Another huge Warriors line; believe in Detroit


Our CBSSports.com NBA Expert Picks for Saturday November 14, 2015 from , , and . First we’ll share our best bets for Saturday, then below, we’ll measure ourselves against one another by picking three common games.

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I’m not sure the Wizards know their identity at the moment, whereas Scott Skiles seems to be carving one out with his squad. This Magic team has been terrific against the spread this year (7-2 overall, 4-1 on the roanio Conte has shrugged off a blast from Jose Mourinho.Tottenham boss Mourinho is angry with Conte talking publicly about signing Christian Eriksen.”It’s the usual. Jose and I know each other, it’s not a problem,” shrugged Conte.“Young has just arrid). Washington can win are eager to hold onto Christian Fuchs.The title winner is off contract in June and been linked with a move to MLS.However, the Leicester Mercury says the Foxes want Fuchs to sign a new one-year deal.Fuchs could extend his stay at City by another yeathis game at home, but I think we’re looking at a one- or two-possession game.

A game of two streaks. Milwaukean Henderson.The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers this season whilst on loan with Sheffield United.He has helped the Blades surge up the table into fifth.ESPNclaims Henderson’s performances have caught the eye oee is on a two-game losing streak but won’t be able to stop its skid against the Cavs, who are winners of eight straight.

The Clippers are oh-fer ATS at home and the Pistons are basically Mad Max, the Road Warrior. The Clippers are still banged up and haven’t been playing well. Believe in the Pistons.


Report: Warriors, Festus Ezeli haven’t discussed a contract extension


burst on the national stage during the NBA Finals last season, making a number of highlight-worthy dunks and big plays in key moments. Ezeli is entering his third season in the , and with his rookie deal set to expire at the end of the season, the have not even talked with the reserve center about a contract extension, according to Yahoo’s Marc Spears. 

Warriors have not had contract extension talks with C Festus Ezeli and he is expected to be a restricted free agent next summer, source said

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo)

It is easy to dismiss Ezeli since he only averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11 minutes last season but he showed in both the playoffs and in the Finals to be a more than capable center when given the opportunity. Ezeli also seems to be the perfect fit for the Warriors, especially since is often injured or can’t simply play against certain teams because of matchups. 

The Warriors are probably biding see the club now buying this summer.This term, his new midfield partner will be £63million record signing Tanguy Ndomz scored twice as Wolves magnificently came from 2-0 down to win at in-form Southampton.Nuno enthused, “The way we are this season, we must have a reaction within the competition, which is very hard when you are 2-0 down because you cannot abandon bele from Lyon, a real statement by Spurs after three transfer windows without signing anyone.”The gaffer has proven he can develop their time and seeing if Ezeli can not only duplicate his play from the postseason but expand his game even more off the bench. However, there isn’t a plethora of good young centers, so if Ezeli is able to play extremely well this season, he could be in line for a big payday next summer. If that happens, the Warriors might regret not extending him at a lesser amount when they had la in the past.Last year the Brazil international watched on as Gabriel Jesus stepped up and missed a penalty against Swansea at the Etihad, and was asked by reporters about it in the aftermath.City were 3-0 up in the match – which they would go on tthe chance.


Steph Curry 3-point Tracker: On pace for 400 makes in 2015-16


We’re just nine games into the 2015-16 NBA season but we’re already seeing some pretty special things from the reigning MVP . The ‘ superstar has already knocked down 44 3-pointers in his first nine games of the season and is connecting on 45.3 percent of his attempts.

This wouldn’t be so insane except for when you watch the type of 3s he’s taking ont Irwin think Pogba is a maverick that can provide match-winning moments on the pitch, and that should outweigh his sometimes negative impact on teammates.”There’s not too many players of Paul’s quality,” Irwin said. “He’s got plenty of players in fr a nightly basis, it’s enough to make a video game button-masher blush at the shot selection. Hnnes whizkid Eduardo Camavinga.The 17 year-old midfielder has been one of the great revelations in Europe this season – and Real have moved quickly to register their interest.L’Equipe says Real have made it clear they want to bring Camavinga to Spaine’s Steve Nash’s skill set with ‘ shot selection. With his 44 made 3s through nine games, Curry is currently on pace for 400 made 3-pointers this season.

Check out the latest Curry tracker:

Not only are these projections ridiculous but Curry has now hit a 3-pointer in 82 straight games. He’s seven off the second-best streak in history set by Dana Barros and 45 games away from tying Atlanta’s for the top streak in NBA history.

Steph Curry has hit a 3 in 82 consecutive games. Kyle Korver has the record.

— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS)

It sounds absurd to think Curry can make 300 3-pointers in a season, l Ndombele insists his personality hasn’t changed since moving to Tottenham.The midfielder joined over the summer from Lyon for a fee rising to over €70m.Ndombele told Foot Mercato: “I have not really changed. As you said, I’ve only been here for a et alone start approaching 400, but after what we’ve seen from him the last couple of years, is there any shooting feat that seems unreachable by him?


Lakers center Roy Hibbert too tall for roller coasters at Six Flags


Standing a couple inches over seven feet, is an imposing figure on a basketball court. However, Hibbert’s height is not advantageous at Six Flags.

caught up with the new Lakers center and aMurphy says Trent Alexander-Arnold should be played further forward with England.The Reds fullback has failed so far to hold down a regular position in the England set-up – something that Murphy has challenged on TalkSport.”Trent is becoming a real tsked where he would like more appropriate and accommodating seating for a very tall man like himself. Not skipping a beat, Hibbert lamented about the seating on roller coasters and sadly (although he wasical on Monday before signing a five-year contract yesterday.Milan director Paolo Maldini was key to the deal. He personally convinced the player during a meeting in Ibiza to reject a proposal from Bayer Leverkusen.Maldini considers Theo fundamental smiling) revealed that he is unable to ride the roller coasters at Six Flagss in doubt.The Mirror says City are yet to start talks with the £48million defender about a new contract.Stones, 25, expected to be offered fresh terms by City this season, with two years left on his current deal.But negotiations have still not star because he is too tall.

Poor Roy, he is literally living the opposite life of Tom Hanks’ character in the 1988 movie Big. Hopefully, Six Flags will hear Hibbert’s plea and fix their seating so tall people like himself won’t be discriminated for heightism at their theme parks.


serving as the top two bigs off the bench.


As expected, the rolled out a starting frontcourt of and , with and serving as the top two bigs off the bench.

All four players are likely to average double-digit minutes to begin the season, but Leonard’s versatile skill should allow him to hold down a starting job and make him a viable draft target foidfielder is on his way to Barca this summer.”I like him. He’s a great, young player and Barça, of course, need more players if they are to win the Champions League. They are dominating LaLiga but yeah, he’s a signing for the future,” Deco told Sporr fantasy players. Particularly in leagues that weigh field-goal, free-throw, and three-point percentages, Leonard will be particularly valuable, as he’s boasted above-average marks in each category throughout his career.

With he Watford-boss-Quique-Sanchez-Flores-set-sacked-Sunday-following-just-one-win-10-matches.html”>Daily MailWatford-boss-Quique-Sanchez-Flores-set-sacked-Sunday-following-just-one-win-10-matches.html”> says Sanchez Flores is to be sacked on Sunday follthe promise of more minutes, Leonard now figures to challenge for double-doubles most nights in addition to providing the strong percentages.

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of Newsday reports.Afflalo has been held ou


guard (ankle) was held out of practice again Tuesday, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Afflalo has been held out sincpzig in the Champions League.The North Londonal boss Unai Emery is delighted with Kieran Tierney after his return from injury.The summer signing from Celtic backed up his impressive debut last week with another quality display in Thursday’s comfortable win over Standard Liege.Asked about Tiernn club must score at least twice to overturn a 1-0 deficit for the first leg to knockout the Germans.They’ll have to do so without Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Stephen Bergwijn in attack. But Mourinho is se Saturday while battling a sore hamstring, and with the regular season only three weeks away, the Knicks will continue to be cautious with their projected starting shooting guard

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forward (jaw) has been cleared strength within their squad.The Gunners have been accused of lacking mental toughness after an up and down start to the season.But Pepe, who arrived in the summer from Lille for a club record fee, believes they are heading in the ring his opposite number at Bournemouth, Eddie Howe, for a top job.Howe is one of the most highly rated young managers, with the 42-year-old being linked to the Everton job.If the Toffees were to sack Marco Silva, Howe would be high on their list of caght direction.The to practice this weekend, but he won’t participate in 5-on-5 contact until mid-October, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

Gordon underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw in mid-July. The Magic will be monitoring him closely and limiting him until he’s fully cleared. Missing the start of training camp could hinder his chances of earning a spot in the starting lineup, but his summer league performance and defensive versatility will accentuate coach Scott Skiles’ philosophy.

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Time starting to run out in Carmelo Anthony’s battle with history


“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” – John W. Gardner

Somewhere there is a line between the player we expected  to be and the player he actually is. We expected him to become a generational talent, battling with his friend and fellow 2003 draftee for the title of best player in the league and one of the best ever. We keep waiting for that history to play out on screen for us, the narrative molding around him. Instead, history keeps rolling on, coursing through his career with a much different story to tell. Anthony is what he is, a great scorer, a good player, a big name, but a player who remains standing on the outside of the legacy he seemed destined to author. History is moving on without him.

And he’s running out of time to change that. 

This is a sobering realization, but think about it. Anthony turned 31 last season. Volume scoring combo-forwards coming off knee surgery after the age of 30 don’t project particularly well over the last section of their career. Anthony could hang on and play for another seven to nine years, sure. But peak Melo really only remains in play, given his 30,000 minutes played, for about another four years at maximum. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Anthony fall off dramatically after age 34, or at least slip from being a No.1 option. So he’s got 3-4 years to change the perception that he’s a volume scorer with which you can’t win at any sort of siginificant level. Barring a trasenal’s players were going “crazy” after Sunday’s draw with Watford. The Gunners were up 2-0 at half-time but the hosts eventually clawed their way back to steal a point.And Leno has revealed how his teammates responded in the dressing room after thede to a real contender, do you see the improving enough in that time span to really alter the way we think of Melo?

The fascinating thing about Anthony is that he’s as accomplished within the scope of his generation as he is lacking when compared to his peers. He’s an eight-time All-Star, a six-time All- selection, and is 13th among active players in MVP-vote shares. He’s finished top-3 in points per game five times in his career. That’s a terrific resume. Melo can justifiably be called one of the best players of his generation. That’s a sufficiently vague qualification to reach him, but it’s still a level of performance most human beings never even sniff in any field.

The problem, of course, is when you really start to compare him to his contemporaries. Melo has the fewest win shares of any active player with eight All-Star appearances and has the sixth fewest win shares of any eight-time All-Star in NBA history. (Win Shares is a metric used by Basketball-Reference that estimates the number of wins contributed by a player. If Value Over Replacement Player is more your bag, he’s second-worst among active players with eight All-Star appearances, fourth-worst all-time. It’s very hard to spin the numbers in his favor, although he’s top-half in PER all-time among eight-time All-Stars. It helps to throw up shots for PER.)

Now, few players ever reach eight All-Star appearances, so that’s a tremendous accomplishment on  its own. Carmelo Anthony is a Hall of Famer. There’s no question about that. However, at this point one thing has become clear: History is chasing Carmelo Anthony, not the other way around.

Anthony is in danger of falling through the cracks of history and winding up as a player left behind — a volume shooter who had some memorable moments, whose scoring acumen will be lauded by his peers, whose talent will forever remain unquestioned … but who ultimately won’t crack the all-time-great conversation. For most players, that would be OK, it’s a tough group to crack. Except Melo has always flirted with that tier. It was always assumed that his individual talent would eventually collide with a few seasons of real team success that together would define him as one of the game’s best. He came close in 2013 as the Knicks won 54 games and Anthony worked his way into the MVP conversation, but it’s hard to say he really made a historic impact that season. In the end, the Knicks were bounced in the second round. 

In large part, since forcing his way to New York in a trade (while the n Smith insists his squad should be deep enough to handle injury absences.Villa have lost influential duo John McGinn and Tyrone Mings to injury in recent weeks and Smith says the onus must be on others to step up.“I have a squad of 22 players who Knicks somehow allowed Denver to rob them in the deal, because it’s the Knicks), Anthony’s career has been largely forgettable. That’s not to say he hasn’t been good. He has been, clearly. In recent years he’s been more efficient and given more effort on the boards. Tragically, his 2014 season was maybe the best of his career in terms of what he put into the game, but the game gave him nothing back that season as the 2013 team was proven a sham and completely fell apart, resulting in the arrival of Phil Jackson.

You want proof that history is getting dangerously close to forgetting about Anthony? Consider that blog Denver Stiffs unveiled a column last week featuring the best players at each position in their history. Anthony was undoubtedly a small forward in Denver, where he had the most success wins-wise in his career. Anthony’s only conference finals appearance in his career history came in 2009 with Denver. (Interesting note: Anthony wasn’t selected as an All-Star in 2009, and it was one of his lowest years statistically. He missed the game due to injury, though, and would have likely been selected otherwise.)

So did Anthony register as the best small forward in Denver history? Not according to Stiffs, which selected Alex English. That would seem preposterous to most modern-day fans without historical context. But when you look at the comparable . English shot 51 percent through his first 12 years, Anthony 46 percent. Anthony’s a better rebounder, English a better distributor. The only real difference, as you might expect… Anthony shot more, which is kind of impressive since we’re talking about Alex English here.

Did I mention English was four years older than Anthony in his 12th season?

because they didn’t delineate between the forward spots. That’s acceptable, Anthony has played in the post and as a power forward in lineups often enough, even in Denver, to justify moving him in there. But he’s not the best forward in Nuggets history. Think about that. No offense to the Nuggets, but we’re not exactly talking about a team riddled with starpower here. And Anthony isn’t even the best at his position, all-time.

The same problems occur when you compare him to Knicks history. Bernard King is an all-time great who Anthony is so often compared to because of their scoring acumen. And again, , King comes out on top. He was equal in every other phase of the game except scoring, and more efficient, despite the 3-point shot not having been implemented in his time. Once again, Anthony just got up more shots.

Even if you think beyond the numbers that Anthony was superior to English and King because he had the ball in his hands so often, or the difference in talent, or just because “I know what my eyes tell me,” — which is a terrible approach, by the way — he’s still only in that tier.

Again, Melo is a fantastic player. It should be noted that English was a first-ballot Hall of Famer. King, on the other hand, languished for decades waiting to be brought into the Hall before his induction in 2013. Basketball addicts know the names Alex English and Bernard King well and speak of them in glowing terms. They’re reserved for those conversations, though, not spoken of as the game’s true greats.

It shouldn’t be Melo’s fault that his draft class included LeBron James and , or that his friendship with those two impacts the conversation. But it does hang there. These guys are talked about in the same narratives, at least for now, and Melo just doesn’t measure up. Then there’s , and here’s where we hit “debatable” territory.

Our own . Last year Paul failed yet again to make the conference finals, keeping his total at zero, compared to Anthony’s 2009 appearance. A retort, however, might question whether Anthony has ever beaten a team as good as Paul did last year in the first round vs. the , on a bad hamstring no less. Or that Anthony played the past four seasons in the Eastern Conference, while Paul has battled at the toughest position in the toughest conference and for the last seven years has been viewed as one of, if not the best point guard in the league.

If Paul retired tomorrow, despite his playoff foibles, his contemporaries, fans and the media that covered him would call him the best point guard of his generation. Nobody would say the same thing about Melo as it pertains to forwards, certainly not since came into the league in 2007. 

What makes this situation more distressing is not only the underwhelming state of the Knicks (which is a step-up from last year), but the opportunity Anthony had to correct course. His free agency in 2014 gave him the chance to pursue a winning environment. If you want to defend Anthony’s career, the place to start is his lack of a supporting cast. That 2009 Nuggets team’s second-best player (and best overall leader) was Chauncey Billups, post-Detroit. His best Knicks team featured after the injury reaper had come to sow the seeds of surgeries past, or , defensive stalwart but non-superstar.

Anthony could have gone to Houston with Harden and Howard. He could have joined Chicago with , a great coach (who would have driven him into the ground, but still) and a great supporting cast. He could have joined Rick Carlisle and in Dallas and saved both himself and Dirk from this late-career ignominy they face. Instead, whether it was love of his hometown, trust in Phil Jackson, or good ol’ fashioned financial intelligence, he returned to New York.

And then last year happened.

This year promises to be better. I tentatively have the Knicks slotted into the 8th seed, though I’m not even 50 percent confident in it. They have actual NBA talent in and , and the youngsters should be improved. Anthony will have nights where he dominates the highlight shows, where his YouTube clips will be mind-bending. Anthony will once again be relevant in NBA terms. His team won’t come anywhere near title contention, that’s clear, and it’s difficult to see a path that leads to his winning jewelry in New York within the next three seasons. The clock is ticking.

That’s why , . That’s why , a rebuilding team. It’s why so many people wonder what Carmelo Anthony, 31-year-old veteran superstar, is doing on a team that is trying to change its ways and slowly rebuild for the future. What’s the point of Melo on this Knicks team? To pad more statistics? To help transition New York to a future era of job as manager of Wales.Giggs helped Wales qualify for their second consecutive European Championships by beating Hungary this week.Ferguson, speaking at a fundraiser for international football charity Grassroot Soccer in London, said: “Ryan was alwasuccess he’ll never personally see?

The Knicks need a black swan to correct their trajectory, it’s the only thing that’s going to dramatically alter their title chances. reaching his highest Kevin Durant/Dirk Nowitzki hybrid immediately is their best and maybe only chance, but for Anthony, would this even work? Let’s face it, Melo has never been willing to be the complementary player in the NBA that he has been during his Team USA career — which by the way has been highly successful. He’s still trying to win on his terms, and the very specific conditions that would allow for that tp happen are running out of time to develop.

Maybe Melo doesn’t care about these things. He’ll always be remembered in New York as a great basketball player, and he’s made more money than most people could ever dream of making. He’s married and has a son; there’s more to life than basketball. He has repeatedly made it clear, like most players, that he doesn’t care what media or columns like this one say about him. Anthony came from unbelievable struggles in Baltimore as a child to be the man he is today. Who cares if he’s better than Alex English? But players do consider their legacy, it’s pretty clear in every Hall of Fame induction how much it matters. Players want to be remembered as great. 

Every game, every minute, is building toward the end of Melo’s career now, and away from his apex. He can still be considered in his prime, but not for long. This wouldn’t even be a conversation for most players; that alone is proof of how talented and good Anthony is. He has the ability to be a player worthy of legend. Whether that’s as a No. 1 option or “alpha dog” is another discussion, but the talent is undeniably there. For Carmelo Anthony to conquer history’s pull on his cape towards “good, not great,” something has to change soon. Father Time’s undefeated, but there’s still time for Anthony to choose how that battle ends.

Where does Melo go from here?


Byron Scott rips ‘soft’ Lakers after Kings score 80 points in the paint


Byron Scott   of calling his teams “soft,” and it was just a matter of time until it happened this season. It ended up taking just a few days.

The coach held littltalks with Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.Leonardo signed Bakayoko on a season-long loan last summer as AC Milan sports chief and has remained in contact with the player’s camp.RMC says he is now actively in talks with Bakayoko’s representativese back after allowing the to score 80 points in the paint in a 132-114 loss on Friday. There was a lot of talk about the Lakers’ defense improving with the addition of , but e Bakayoko after their touchline row during victory over Bologna.Gattuso asked Bakayoko, on-loan from Chelsea, to warm up after a Lucas Biglia injury, but he was so slow that the coach called up Jose Mauri instead and the two men exchanged clear insuthey’ve started the season by giving up 244 total points in two losses. 


“We just sucked,” Scott said of his team’s defense. “Simple as that.”

“Defense is obviously a big concern,” Scott said. “Transition defense and lack of effort, also. We just didn’t come with a focus tonight for whatever reason at the start of the game.”

Does Scott have any answers as to why his defense failed again?

“I don’t. I wish I did,” he said. “If I did, I would solve it.”

He added, “Again, we started off real soft. They started off real aggressive. They came up, they picked us up 94 feet. We were careless with the ball. From that point on, it seemed to go downhill.”

“Basically, they had their way with us. I told [Lakers players] at halftime, ‘Sooner or later, you’ve got to man up. You’ve got to man up. It doesn’t come down sometimes to X’s and O’s. You’ve got guys going at you. You’ve got to man up.’ “

Lack of effort, soft, manning up. These are his go-to terms after embarrassing blowouts. It’s getting rather repetitive, but there’s not much you can say after something like that. The Kings ran the Lakers off the floor, starting with a 40-point first quarter and hitting the 100-point mark before the fourth started.

Sacramento guard only needed 24 minutes to score 21 points and hand out eight assists. Rookie center , who started for the first time in his career, had 17 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and a steal, shooting 7-for-8 from the field. , but let’s be realistic here: as great of a rim protector he can be, it takes more than one man to make a good defense.

In all likelihood, the Lakers will continue to struggle on defense all year. That was the concern going into the season, and the problem might be even worse than anyone thought. It’s safe to say this won’t be the last time Scotdraw with Burnley.Neal Maupay’s second goal of the campaign put Albion in front against the Clarets, but Jeff Hendrick’s long-range effort levelled the contest in the first minute of stoppage time to momentarily silence the Amex.Potter said, “Apartt says something like this. 


NBA Offseason Report: Can Memphis be better doing the same thing?


The gave the a scare, but once Steve Kerr moved onto and began ignoring the Grindfather offensively completely, the jig was up. Still, they had a successful season and could have made the Western Conference Finals with one more regular season win and the 2-seed. 

Instead, they enter the new season vs. a somehow-improved Western Conference and they still didn’t fix their biggest issue. But hey, they got back, so things are still pretty rosy for the Memphis Blues. 

Marc Gasol (re-signed), (free agency), (trade), Jarrell Martin (draft)

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I don’t want to be overdramatic here, but Gasol leaving would have been followed shortly by ash falling from the erupting volcano that FedEx Forum would have become, and all professional basketball life would’ve ceased to exist in the city of Memphis. Gasol is central to everything the Grizzlies have planned both short and long-term. As Memphis’ defensive anchor, biggest offensive playmakler and strongest leader, he established himself over the past two seasons as the clear best and most important player on the team.

Losing Gasol would have left the Grizzlies without a center and trying to patch together a contender without a top-20 player, and it also could have spurred the departures of , Tony Allen and over the next 18 months. Instead, Gasol re-signs, and now not only can the Grizzlies hope this current configuration , but it also opens a window to whatever comes after the Grit-Grind era as Memphis can now plan for the next phase with Conley and Gasol on board. 

In short: it was really, really important. I mean, look what happened to Portland. 

Well, they didn’t sign a big-time shooter, did not make any coordinator moves that would seems to change the snail’s pace at which they play, and they’re still going to struggle in creating and making 3-pointers. But they did addd one small twist: Matt Barnes. 

For years, teams have beaten the by doubling and/or and making Matt Barnes beat them. Last year, Barnes came closest to breaking that system, and came up huge all year, especially in the Clippers’ first-rosounding board.Solskjaer revealed the pair chatted over a cup of tea at Keane’s Cheshire house, ­rekindling a friendship that started in United’s heyday under Sir Alex Ferguson.He revealed, “I’ve already been at his house for a cup of tea. I keep und win over the . He shot 37 percent from 3-point range, and did so reliably. His shot chart looks exactly like what the Grizzlies need, at least on the cheap: 

Barnes doesn’t take bad shots and he hits corner threes — an irreplaceable commodity in today’s that the Grizzlies have long lacked. He can still cut to the rim and score from the baseline as well, to keep defenses honest. Still, Barnes fell short of being a true knock-down shooter for the top offense in the league last year. So you can either look at it as “Barnes contributed to the best offense in the NBA” or “even on the best offense in the NBA, Barnes wasn’t spectacular.” It’s a pretty standard glass-half-empty/half-full situation. 

Either way, Barnes is an upgrade, and it opens the door for Memphis to look to move on an expiring contract for a better shooter. is also still around, and if he can stop making young-guy mistakes and learn to be a plus-defender, he has real potential to earn meaninful minutes and legitimately contribute to a contending team, which is no small thing.

Well, they were the second-best team in the Western Conference for most of last year, and many Warriors attested to the fact that Memphis gave them their toughest playoff challenge. They won 55 games and earned the 5-seed in the crazy Western Conference, missing out.Kicker says the Irons are in contact with Hertha about bringing the former Chelsea star back to London before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.Now 34, Kalou has found himself sidelined by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and has hit out at his treatment this week on the 2-seed by a single game. Getting better is going to be tough, especially when you consider the are healthy again, the Spurs got , the Clippers no longer have a bench that stinks like a poultry processing plant, and the landed . Oh, and the Warriors are still pretty good, too. 

The good news, I suppose, is that Memphis didn’t really get worse. They lost Kostay night.Los Rojiblancos are now eight points behind first-place Real Madrid and remain five points behind second-place Barcelona, who play on Sunday.The hosts were the much better side in the opening exchanges at Ipurua and thought they’d taken the a Koufos, who was arguably the best backup center in the league, but in adding Brandan Wright, they landed a smart, athletic finisher who can make plays and protect the rim. At least one member of their fleet of reserve power forwards (Martin, , Green) should be able to produce. 

The Grizzlies will again defend at a high level, and may improve upon what was a top-15 offense until their post-All-Star swoon last year. That should be good enough for a playoff spot and maybe even homecourt advantage in the first round. But it still doesn’t put them on the level of the Spurs, Thunder and Warriors among the super-contenders in the West. 

They’ll just have to grit their teeth and grind on. Memphis isn’t going backwards, but they may not have made up any ground in the West either.


WATCH: Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins dunks on Pistons’ Aron Baynes


The Rossi.Like Ranieri, De Rossi will leave at the end of the season after Roma decided against offering him new terms.The coach said: “What would I have done? I am a coach. If I had been asked as a coach what to do with De Rossi, I would have said that are becoming aeat by Levante.Dembele was controversially left out of the squad for the Levante game, nt Shkodran Mustafi can have a big part in his plans.The club tried to sell the former Everton academy player in the last three windows — but found no takers.But Arteta said: “I’ve worked with players like this, I’ve had team-mates like this and despite having returned from a two-game suspension, and it came back to haunt Valverde as he could not call upon the mercurial Frenchman from the bench, although hppointment viewing on League Pass, and part of that is that a highlight is possible on every possession. Out of nowhere, might decide to just fly toward the basket and dunk on somebody.

His latest victim: center .

Baynes is a tough defender who was signed to protect the paint. If you’re just a little late against someone like Wiggins, though, you’ll end up on a poster.


VIDEO: Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins’ ‘cousins’ are hilarious pranksters


big man is a man of many talents. On the court, he is a walking double-double and expert passer. His talents carry over to off the court, where he is apparently a skilled actor.

In a commercial for a Sacramento-area car dealership, Cousins dressed up as his “cousins” who just crge following the departure of Fran Escriba.Escriba was sacked after Celta’s 1-0 defeat to Getafe on Sunday which left them 18th in LaLiga Santander.This is Garcia’s first job as a coach in Spanish footolo winger Jeremie Boga has left the door open to a return to Chelsea.Chelsea do have a buy-back clause but reports in Italy suggest the clubs are negotiating to remove it.However Boga has hinted he could return to the club, if he feels he’ll get a cball following spells with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Brian’t stop pranking each other while on the job.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Cousins came up with some nd rejuvenate his career in Serie A after a disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge”AS Roma are pleased to confirm the signing of Davide Zappacosta from Chelsea on a temporary deal,” Roma confirmed on their website.”Zappacosta joins the Giallorossi frof the pranks in the commercial himself. After all, he has plenty of experience .