Draymond Green has three championships with the Golden State Warriors. All of them have come against a LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers team. One would think, then, that Green might be relieved he won't have to contain James in this year's NBA Finals, now that LeBron is on the Los Angeles Lakers and didn't make the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
Posted: May 25, 2019, 1:11 am
The Bucks' superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo dunked over three Raptors to lift the crowd in Milwaukee.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 11:59 pm
Doc Rivers describes what makes Warriors' best play so tough to guard originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m. streaming live on the MyTeams app. In Steph Curry and Draymond Green, the Golden State Warriors possess one of the best pick-and-roll combinations in the history of the NBA.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 7:44 pm
For three and a half years, the United States women’s national team plays to minimal fuss. Then along comes the Women's World Cup, and the glare is blinding.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 7:05 pm
Whether Kemba Walker will re-sign this offseason has been a pressing question for the Charlotte Hornets the last several years. The All-NBA honor makes Walker, 29, eligible for a supermax contract, which means that the Hornets can offer him a five-year, $221 million contract in free agency. The Hornets already had the rights to offer him more than any other team — $190 over five years — but now the gap between what they can offer and what other teams can max out at ($140 over four years) is even wider.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 6:02 pm
Barcelona star Lionel Messi lamented that his side 'did not compete' during their infamous defeat to Liverpool.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 5:51 pm
If the Lakers are going to land another superstar this summer — in spite of a front office shooting itself in the foot over and over again — it's going to be because LeBron James got involved and saved the day. Right now, the Lakers do not look like an organization free agents with options would choose, save for the fact they have LeBron. LeBron is already hitting the recruiting trail, or at least making the phone calls (that the front office can't officially), Brian Windhorst of ESPN said on Pardon The Interruption (hat tip The Sporting News).
Posted: May 24, 2019, 5:43 pm
Blazers' CJ McCollum describes what separates Warriors from everybody originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m. streaming live on the MyTeams app. The Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 5:08 pm
Derek Fisher knows what it's like to succeed with the Lakers and what it's like to be an NBA head coach. Fisher joins SI Now to discuss some of the challenges Frank Vogel and Jason Kidd might face on LA's sidelines next season.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 4:59 pm
Danny Ainge could only be kept away for so long. The Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, who suffered a mild heart attack earlier this month, already has been back with the team for weeks, head coach Brad Stevens admitted Thursday, via MassLive.com. Ainge wouldn't be forgiven for taking some recovery time after the Celtics bowed out to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 4:22 pm
Nate Scheffey gave “Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer a rare scare on Thursday. The quietly confident challenger, a technology consultant from New York City, led by as much as $12,800 during Double Jeopardy and entered Final Jeopardy just $5,400 behind Holzhauer.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 10:48 am
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas believes a return to the Premier League is most likely for struggling Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 7:47 am
The Raptors put the Bucks on the brink with a 105-99 win last night in Milwaukee. The most exciting action for Bucks fans was off the court where Aaron Rodgers engaged in a beer chugging battle with Packers teammate David Bakhtiari, and Mallory Edens, daughter of Bucks owner We Edens trolled Drake by wearing a Pusha T shirt. The 2019 All NBA Teams were announced yesterday and Klay Thompson had some strong feelings about being left off the roster.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 6:34 am
A lot better than I was," Cousins said Thursday afternoon. Following Thursday's practice, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Cousins' availability for Game 1 of the Finals on May 30 will depend on his conditioning level.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 5:20 am
With 18 seconds left in regulation, Marc Gasol inbounds to Kyle Lowry who appears to be fouled but no call is made leading to a Pascal Siakam dunk on the other end.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 3:51 am
Stephen Curry arrived in Charlotte for his sixth All-Star selection. It was a reunion for Curry, who had spent his childhood in the area and throughout his college years when he played for Davidson College about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte. Let's rewind to Curry's sophomore year -- that's when the recruiting process began.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 3:48 am
Klay Thompson's All-NBA team snub is fair, even though it seems unfair originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com OAKLAND - Klay Thompson failed to make any of the three All-NBA teams Thursday, and by now, you've probably seen his reaction. He looked as if he had been cheated out of a potential $30 million in salary and, moreover, out of his rightful place among his contemporaries. Was Thompson robbed?
Posted: May 24, 2019, 2:17 am
He may be a California native, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers has gone all in on his adopted state since joining the Green Bay Packers. A regular attendee of Badgers, Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers games, the Packers quarterback has done his best to endear himself to the home crowd. He even bought a minority stake in the Bucks.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 2:10 am
Giannis climbs all the way UP to snag Eric Bledsoe's lob and throw down the hammer in Game 5 vs. the Raptors.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 1:54 am
There have been rumors of infighting between Johnson and Rob Pelinka, and heading into a crucial free agent summer, it's not clear if players are looking at the Lakers seriously. LeBron has already started to do some recruiting, apparently with Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard on his call list. For the front office staff left over after Johnson's departure, there is still some belief that the glitter and glitz of the Lakers hold appeal for young free agents.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 1:30 am
LeBron James reportedly is trying to convince Kawhi Leonard to join the Los Angeles Lakers, before he's allowed to contact him. Kawhi Leonard's impending free agency is subject to rampant speculation and now LeBron James appears to have informally thrown his hat into the ring on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers. Leonard has been rumoured to be choosing between the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers, but he could end up at the Staples Center anyways if LeBron has his way.
Posted: May 24, 2019, 12:05 am
Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown explains why the N.L. East-leading Philadelphia Phillies may not make the postseason
Posted: May 23, 2019, 11:10 pm
Rip City Future is bright: Trail Blazers rookie Anfernee Simons praised for crazy potential originally appeared on nbcsportsnorthwest.com As all of Rip City reflects on the Trail Blazers 2018-19 season, April 10th 2019 will most likely be a date that fans and players will remember for years to come. It was the last game of the regular season and Portland fans got a glimpse into the future. On May 21st the media got a glimpse behind the scenes of the future and rookie Anferenee Simons.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 10:53 pm
Landon Collins isn't letting his feud with New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman go. The Washington Redskins safety went after Gettleman again on Thursday, just days after he had criticized his former general manager for letting both him and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. go this offseason. He took it a step further on Thursday, too, calling Gettleman a liar on NFL Network's “Good Morning Football.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 9:43 pm
After dealing with his most dramatic and tumultuous regular season since taking over the team, Kerr was forced to rethink the Warriors strategy after they were dealt a blow very early in the playoffs with the loss of DeMarcus Cousins. Turning back the clock to what made the Warriors so successful before Cousins arrived was not overly challenging, but dealing with the loss of Durant amidst a series against one of the toughest opponents the Warriors have faced in Houston could have been catastrophic. The bench had been under-performing throughout the playoffs and had to rely upon all of the sudden.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 9:04 pm
The All-NBA teams were unveiled on Thursday and Klay Thompson was nowhere to be found. Thompson, who is a week away from appearing in a fifth straight NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors, learned of the news when meeting with reporters on Thursday. Klay Thompson learns he didn't make All-NBA (“Oh I didn't?”) and is clearly a little ticked (it affects his next contract): “When you go to five straight Finals, it takes more than a couple All-NBA guys...Do I think there are that many guards better than me?
Posted: May 23, 2019, 8:37 pm
The top free agent left on the market, who wants to land on a contender, is visiting the Cleveland Browns. Imagine saying that sentence anytime since ... well, since the Browns came back to the NFL in 1999. Six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, has many teams interested in him.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 8:31 pm
Thursday was a day for returning members of the Patriots to meet with the media as tight end Benjamin Watson and linebacker Jamie Collins both spoke to reporters as the OTA period continued in New England. Collins was traded from the Patriots to the Browns in 2016 and returned to his first NFL team after [more]
Posted: May 23, 2019, 8:29 pm
Patrice Bergeron mic'd up in Bruins-Hurricanes handshake line is awesome stuff originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Turns out Patrice Bergeron's teammates and opponents gush about him just as much off camera as they do to the media. Case in point: the Boston Bruins' handshake line and dressing room celebration after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final. The Bruins had Bergeron and several other players and coaches mic'd up for NESN's "Behind the B" TV show, and the microphones picked up some great exchanges.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 7:30 pm
Whether he's on the lake or on the golf course, Phil Kessel's summer fun could be soon interrupted by a call from Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. Josh Yohe of The Athletic reports that the Penguins and Minnesota Wild are engaged in trade discussion “revolving” around the ultra-talented winger, while Yohe's colleague Michael Russo has suggested that Minnesota's Jason Zucker and Victor Rask could be packaged as part of the deal to acquire Kessel and veteran defenseman Jack Johnson. Kessel's future in Pittsburgh has seemed uncertain for quite a while now, with speculation surfacing not long after the Penguins wrapped up their second straight Stanley Cup season two years ago.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 6:59 pm
Mookie Betts laces a double to left field, scoring Jackie Bradley Jr. to give the Red Sox a 4-1 lead in the 7th inning
Posted: May 23, 2019, 6:31 pm
Given the chance to mimic his first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens on camera, Mayfield doesn't hesitate. “In seventh or eighth grade — he's gonna kill me for this,” Dorsey told Yahoo Sports, divulging a detail from Kitchens' past. Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens talks with quarterback Baker Mayfield during an NFL football organized team activity session at the team's training facility Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Berea, Ohio.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 6:13 pm
The Houston Rockets want to keep the core that got them to another Western Conference semifinal even if it seems there might be some issues to iron over with the team's two stars. James Harden and Chris Paul reportedly closed their season — another series defeat to the Golden State Warriors — with verbal sparring amid a disagreement over ball distribution, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. Harden, Paul have 'tense moments' in Game 6 According to Charania, there was a “clash of styles brewing” in the Rockets organization throughout the season, with Paul looking for more ball movement.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 5:47 pm
originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging. On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football: You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 5:47 pm
Barcelona are hoping to win an historic fifth-straight Copa del Rey crown when they take on Valencia on Saturday.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 5:22 pm
originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Derek Carr and Antonio Brown connected on their first deep touchdown as Raiders teammates Wednesday in Alameda. It doesn't count in the box score and there's no points on a scoreboard, but this is still a pretty sight to see for Raiders fans. Brown burned defensive back Lamarcus Joyner as Carr hit his new star receiver in stride at organized team activities.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 5:03 pm
The prep work started long ago, with the front office identifying potential fits for their most tradable players. The Giants have a pretty good idea of the teams, fewer than a dozen, that could realistically make a deal work, and when Bumgarner and his representatives presented their updated no-trade list, they had hit just about every option. A few of those teams have scouted him already, but the Braves on Thursday will become just the second, joining the Yankees, to face him this year, and the Braves long have been rumored as a top choice.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 4:30 pm
After failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, Fernando Alonso lost out on the opportunity to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport this year. NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. thinks that the Spanish driver "absolutely" made the right call by n
Posted: May 23, 2019, 4:25 pm
Former featherweight champion Urijah Faber says he is seriously considering a return to MMA competition at 40 years of age.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 4:13 pm
Daniel Carcillo hopes he's a cautionary tale about what repeated blows to the head can do to hockey players. Given that a study estimates there are roughly 59 concussions per National Hockey League season, Carcillo is not alone. (May 23)
Posted: May 23, 2019, 3:57 pm
Zion Williamson has dominated the conversation around the 2019 NBA Draft, but projected No. 2 pick Ja Morant joins SI Now to explain why that doesn't bother him.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 2:49 pm
Sixers mailbag: Suitors for Tobias Harris? Ben Simmons for LeBron James? originally appeared on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com We asked for your questions regarding how the season ended, free agency and the draft.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 2:48 pm
According to JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Antonio Brown-free Steelers locker room is drama-free and full of great chemistry.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 1:58 pm
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr joins "Good Morning Football" to discuss the Vikings defense, head coach Mike Zimmer and his outlook for the 2019 season.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 1:52 pm
The Red Sox are well aware there's a Stanley Cup Final happening next week and are planniing accordingly.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 1:03 pm
To beat Rafael Nadal, opponents have to be at their very best over a long period of time, according to former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 11:34 am
The top European basketball players make about $20 million less a year than Porzingis' next contract, but sure he'll go.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 10:58 am
Gonzalo Higuain lost his cool in Chelsea training ahead of their trip to Baku for the Europa League final against Arsenal.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 8:31 am
Tottenham vs Liverpool, Champions League final 2019: What date is the game, where is it and what are the latest odds?
Tottenham vs Liverpool, the 2019 Champions League final. After two incredible comebacks - Liverpool vs Barcelona and Spurs against Ajax - we have an all-English final.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 8:28 am
Ron Rivera and Greg Olsen explained that the Carolina Panthers are monitoring the fitness of star quarterback Cam Newton.
Posted: May 23, 2019, 7:48 am
Wide receiver Malachi Dupre was waived by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday to make way for the addition of defensive tackle Terrell McClain. Dupre appeared in one game for the Cardinals last December and played five offensive snaps for the team. A seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2017, Dupre has bounced between [more]
Posted: May 23, 2019, 7:22 am