LeBron James and Tristan Thompson explain beef they had in Cavs huddle

Cameras caught LeBron James and Tristan Thompson involved in a heated exchange during the second overtime period in Sunday’s game. The two Cavs players appeared to be very upset with one another, so it became a topic of discussion once the game was over.

“I have to do a better job of not showing up my teammates out on the floor. I had the right intentions in my mind, but I had the wrong intentions come out of my mouth,” James said on Fox Sports Ohio once the game ended. “I take full responsibility for that as the leader of the team. So I got to be a lot better at that and be able to keep that in-house in the locker room and when we’re watching film.”

It began with a nod to the coaches who helped James get where he is today, then unfolded into a speech on the virtues of tough love.

“As a kid, they showed toughness and stayed on me every single day! Never sugar coded nothing, told me to real and lit me up when I wasn’t applying. Reason I’m saying this is I believe this is a major part of the reason why kids don’t succeed as much because the leaders, coaches, etc., won’t get on them because their afraid of losing the kid, or losing the sponsorship that comes with the kids, or have their own agenda on how much they can benefit in the long run from the kid not realizing they’re cheating the s— out of the kid.

“We as kids don’t know. We need to be pushed, kicked, loved, then pushed and kicked again cause that’s what brings and breads the hunger inside of us! Whoever u are out there please stop worrying about u and if u really care for the kid NFL Cheap Jerseys give them the guidance as my Coaches, mentors did Cheap Kids Soccer Jerseys for me!”

Judge hears argument for new trial in murder of Michael Jordan’s father

Claims of a misleading testimony and misconduct by the prosecutor and jury in the trial for the murder of Michael Jordan’s father could result in a new trial nearly 20 years later.

A North Carolina Superior Court judge heard arguments on convicted murderer Daniel Green’s claims for just over an hour Wednesday in a Robeson County courtroom. According to The Fayetteville Observer, Judge Michael Beale has agreed to accept some witness statements as he considers request for hearing on whether Green should get a new trial.

Attorneys for Green have long argued Green was not present when James Jordan was killed during a 1993 car-jacking. His legal team now contends it has the evidence to challenge the case.

The lawyers claim Green was in a different location when the elder Jordan died, but he did help get rid of the body and drive Jordan’s car. Larry Demery is the one who shot Jordan, the attorneys say, but Demery pinned it on Green during the 1996 trial as part of a plea deal with prosecutors for a lesser sentence.

Per the Charlotte Observer, other potential evidence which could help Green receive a new trial include:

The Cavaliers big deals this offseason have been with Jose Calderon and Jeff Green. The team also re-signed Kyle Korver and brought over former draft pick Cedi Osman from Turkey on a three-year deal.

What can the Cavs do though? They are hamstrung with the contracts they gave to Tristan Thompson after the 2014-15 season and J.R. Smith after the 2015-16 season.

Smith is entering the second year of a four-year, $57 million contract, while Thompson is coming into the third year of his five-year, $82 million contract.

The offseason is going to remain peculiar for Wholesale NFL Jerseys the Cavs because there isn’t much the team can do with the little Wholesale Jerseys money it has at this time.

Colin Kaepernick goes ‘home’ to Ghana to find his independence

Colin Kaepernick remains unfazed by the fact he remains unsigned by NFL teams.

The former 49ers quarterback tweeted a minute-long video Tuesday of a trip he took to Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trade hub in Ghana, and questioned the celebration of Independence Day in the U.S.

Smith said that Pacquiao was robbed by judges Waleksa Roldan, Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan, who scored the fight 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 respectively in favour of Horn.

It was a bogus decision, Smith said.

It’s stuff like this that hurts the sport of boxing … it’s a horrible decision.

The Philippines Government’s Games and Amusements Board, meanwhile, has written to the WBO to seek a thorough review of the fight and possible sanctions against the referee and judges if warranted, but the officials stopped short of asking for the result to be overturned.

Lonergan said that Smith was pretty vocal with Cheap NBA Jerseys what he had to say but I’m sure maybe [Horn’s] promoter will be just as vocal as Stephen A back.

We’d have to talk to Jeff about that and see if he wanted to go. I’m sure he would.

Fresh from conquering Pacquiao Mountain, newly crowned welterweight champion Jeff Horn said he is eyeing a big-time fight in Las Vegas.

Now, the Thunder’s bet is that they can head off Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping that exodus by pairing the two and pushing OKC back into the top quarter of the West standings. A Westbrook-George pairing obviously does not put the Thunder on the same footing as the Warriors, but if enough goes wrong elsewhere, it’s not hard to imagine the Thunder landing in the Top 3 in the West.

It’s not just that Scherzer is getting lucky with at’em balls.

After the game Sunday, I asked Scherzer whether he takes any more satisfaction watching a hitter swing and miss at a pitch or whether he prefers seeing a frozen batter take a strike.

“It doesn’t matter how you get a strike,” he said. “You’re trying to sequence guys so that you can throw out pitches with two strikes. Most of the time that means a strikeout, but if that means a lazy fly ball or weak contact, that’s just as effective as well. It’s trying to find the right sequence so that you can throw your best pitch with two strikes.”

But really, 10.1 strikeouts per nine is great for a starter. And 12.2 is kind of ridiculous.

It’s not just that Scherzer is getting lucky with at’em balls. This is the best Fielding Independent Pitching mark of his career.

Opponents are batting just .159 against Scherzer this year, with a BABIP of .222, mostly because even when they do make contact it’s not good contact. Check this out: His line-drive percentage of 14.1 is best in the bigs among qualified starters, and his rate of 26.5 percent “hard” contact is third in the majors. Good stuff.

In 2016, the Cubs sailed through the regular season almost without hiccup, but the same could not be said for Richard. He saw himself as a starter, but the Cubs wanted him in the bullpen. And as a reliever, he struggled. In 25 appearances for the Cubs last season, Richard posted a 6.43 ERA and had a 1:1 K/BB ratio, numbers Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys that wouldn’t fly with any team.

Joe Theismann rips 49ers for giving Colin Kaepernick prestigious award

Joe Theismann was not impressed with the 49ers’ decision to give quarterback Colin Kaepernick the organization’s Len Eshmont Award, presented to the player who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an Cheap Jerseys NFL Nike original member of the 1946 49ers team.

While the franchise designation should mean a $12 million salary for Bell next season, it also gives the player and team a window to negotiate a longer-term deal. As one of the best offensive players in the league, such a contract could mean big time playmaker moneyfor Bell, according to the report.

While Bell has dealt with suspensions and knee injuries over the last few seasons, he was the NFLs 2016 regular-season leader in touches per game (28.0) and yards per game from scrimmage (157.0) and was second in rushing yards per game (105.7 ypg). He missed the first three games of the season due to suspension.

Signing stud wide receiver Antonio Brown to a long-term deal is also high on the Steelersoffseason to-do list, the report says. Next season is the last under Browns current deal with Pittsburgh.

The 5-8 speedster from Abilene Christian was signed by the Browns as a free agent in 2014. He spent two seasons with the Browns, but was cut prior to the NFL season Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal as the Browns finalized their opening-day roster.

The Falcons picked him up and he became a breakout star with 35 catches for 579 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for another score.

As Gabriel had a big impact on the Falcons offense, Lewis was a gamechanger for the Patriots. Lewis was a fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011 but traded to Cleveland in 2013. The Browns gave up on Lewis after a broken leg cost him his lone season with the Browns. The Colts had a chance at him, but cut him after just a week in 2014.

Struggling Yankees bullpen illustrates mental challenges of the game

The past two weeks have been uncharacteristically brutal for the Yankees’ bullpen.

One of the game’s best relief groups over the first half of the season, Yankees relievers have posted an awful 5.52 ERA over the past two weeks, the third-worst mark in the AL. The bullpen’s poor performance since mid-June is a major reason why New York fell out of first place in the AL East, four games behind Boston.

To Martin’s point, with that playing time, Smoak is showcasing what he can do: His first All-Star appearance was bolstered on a .300 average NFL Cheap Jerseys Nike and 22 homers in the first half, both career highs. He’s got an OPS way over .900 and is on pace to shatter his previous career-high of .768. The playing time has certainly helped, and Martin said it’s showed in his approach.

“It’s not that he’s swinging less aggressively, it just looks like there’s less effort in his swing. It’s letting him swing at the pitches he Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale wants to. He’s not chasing,” Martin told SN.

“They threw the book out on him. You’d pitch him in, and then you’d throw him breaking balls down, below the zone. He’s not swinging at those pitches anymore. He’s forcing guys to throw strikes over the plate. With that power, with that raw power, and that swing, he’s gonna crush the ball, and that’s what he’s doing.”

Though Smoak played in 126 games last season, 82 were at first base. As with pitchers, position players like to know their roles. Being the Jays’ everyday first baseman this year only helped Smoak.

Neither the veterans nor the youngsters should have much trouble adapting.

Change is welcome in Chicago after a 3-13 season, its worst in more than 30 years, and a third consecutive last-place finish in the NFC North. And change is what the Bears will get.

Dennison is expected to bring more zone blocking to an offensive line that’s used to a mix of power and zone. Neither the veterans nor the youngsters should have much trouble adapting.

The biggest question mark with this group is where second-round pick Dion Dawkins fits as a rookie. If the Bills are not comfortable letting him play right tackle immediately, he’ll slide to right guard, opposite Pro Bowler Richie Incognito and in between Eric Wood (center) and Jordan Mills (right tackle).

With that in mind, what follows is a lineup of Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys players who made the unlikeliest appearances in an All-Star Game. Before we roll out the selections, we need to lay a few ground rules.

First, no pitchers were considered for this project. Since 1990, there have been over 100 pitchers who have made only one All-Star team. Wading through them would have been impossible. Second, only players who made an All-Star Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys team since 1990 were considered. Third, career WAR was used as the primary determining factor in who to select for this team.

There were a few exceptions, but overall, this is a list of players who made an All-Star Game with the lowest total value added over their career at their position when compared with other All-Stars.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see whether you remember these unlikely All-Stars.

NBA free agency rumors: Thunder target Rudy Gay, and for good reason

His free agency isn’t being met with as much fanfare as Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward’s, but teams in the market for a quality small forward aren’t sleeping on Rudy Gay.

Gay, who averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per for the Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys Kings in 2016-17, will hold court this weekend, entertaining representatives of teams seeking his services, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In contrast, Carmelo Anthony averaged 22.4 points per game as well but got paid more than double what Lowry did. Klay Thompson finished .1 under Lowry on the scoring chart, and he received a max deal from the Warriors.

After spending his first seven NBA seasons with the Jazz, who picked him in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, the 6-9 forward was a four-time All-Star for the Hawks. But Millsap returned to the Western Conference after agreeing Sunday to a reported three-year, $90 million contract. It’s a significant raise from the $38.7 million he’s received over the last two seasons.

While he was “definitely” disappointed the Hawks were not interested in re-signing him, Millsap did say he was “very appreciative” of the time he spent in Atlanta.

“The city of Atlanta has been unbelievable to me,” Millsap said. “I know that they are probably a little disappointed, but I appreciated all the love that they showed to me. Atlanta is still going to be my summer place. My family is still going to be there. They’ve been great.”

In Hayward’s lengthy post, he cited Stevens as the main reason for leaving the Jazz.

“It was such a tough decision. But there was one person who I knew I could talk to about it from every angle, who I knew would give me the smartest and most honest perspective available: Coach Stevens,” Hayward wrote.

Ricky Rubio shares heartfelt thanks, farewell to Minnesota

Ricky Rubio, traded Saturday to the Jazz, took time to thank the Timberwolves organization and fans in Minnesota, a place, he said on Instagram, “I’m proud to call бн home.”

“I remember arriving here like it was yesterday,” Rubio recalls of being a rookie from Spain scarcely 21 years old. “I stepped out of the airport and was overwhelmed with Cheap Dan Marino Jerseys your support. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Although Rubio is headed to Utah, he writes of Minnesota in the present tense: “What we have in Minnesota is special, and you don’t know that until you live here.”

Hayward has spent his entire seven-year career in Utah, so his heart may belong there. With Rubio leading the offense with his keen vision, Hayward may be able to put up career numbers in a Jazz jersey next season. But that might not be enough to persuade him to stay.

Heat Miami must feel as though the quartet of Hayward, Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside would be enough to contend in the Eastern Conference. They may be right, but the Heat still feel like the third wheel in this chase.

Hayward’s ability to stretch the court would open things up for Dragic off the drive, and Waiters on the other wing. He is also good enough defensively to give Whiteside more freedom in the paint Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap to block shots and rebound. However, it would be a bit surprising if he picked Miami.

Celtics Few teams in the NBA need a small forward less than the Celtics. With Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum already on the roster, Boston has the No. 3 position covered.

Yet, the temptation to sign Hayward must be strong for the Celtics, who badly need another star. Hayward and Stevens have already proven they can lead a team deep into the postseason (at Butler), so Danny Ainge could probably accept a little positional clutter to reunite player and coach.

What if the Warriors lose? Three narratives that could follow Golden State into the offseason

Anticipation for Cavs-Warriors III is building to the point where it could rival the final installment of what many consider the greatest sports trilogy ever — Ali-Frazier III aka “The Thrilla in Manila.”

For those who do not understand the magnitude of Ali-Frazier III, just imagine the excitement that would surround a third Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz fight. Then multiply that by 10.

Given all it took for them to prevail against the Warriors to fight off Cheap Kids Football Jerseys elimination in their Game 4 win Friday night, the Cavaliers are faced with a challenge nearly as improbable as they attempt to become the first team in postseason history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit. It might not take an all-time great effort for Cleveland to prevail against a Golden State squad which had won each of its previous 15 games this postseason and hadn’t lost since April 10. However, considering what they had to pull off in order to pull out a win Friday, it’ll likely require a gargantuan output for Cleveland to close the series 3-2 and earn a shot to tie it at three games apiece.

All they had to do was… score a NBA Finals-record 49 points in a quarter, the way they did during the first 12 minutes Friday to build an early 16-point lead.

All they had to do was… set a playoffs and finals record with 86 points at the half and 115, another finals mark, through three quarters. Boston scored 79 in a half against the Lakers in the 1985 Finals. Dallas scored 83 in a half in the playoffs against Sacramento in 2003.

All they had to do was… put up 137 points, the most ever scored by a team facing elimination and the third most in finals history. It was the highest point total in the finals since the Lakers scored 141 in Game 2 against the Celtics 20 years ago.