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Ja Morant, Zion Williamson headline NBA’s All-Rookie First Team

Memphis Grizzlies phenom Ja Morant, the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year, was a unanimous selection to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team, as the league announced both of its All-Rookie teams Tuesday night ahead of the start of the Eastern Conference finals.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Morant, who finished with averages of 17.8 points per game and 7.3 assists per game in leading the Grizzlies to the brink of the playoffs after being the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Murray State, was the only unanimous selection for the two All-Rookie teams. The teams are comprised of 10 players voted on by a global panel of 100 sports writers and broadcasters, and are selected regardless of position.8

Joining Morant on the first team are Morant’s teammate, forward Brandon Clarke, Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson and Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall.

The All-Rookie Second Team includes Heat guard Tyler Herro; Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White; Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington; and Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura.cheap nike jerseys nfl

Because of the changes to the league’s calendar because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is not a season-ending awards show this year. Instead, the league has reverted back to its old format of handing out awards periodically throughout the playoffs.

Only two honors are left to be handed out: the All-NBA teams and the league’s Most Valuable Player Award.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert headline All-Defensive first team

The top three vote-getters for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert — headline this year’s All-Defensive teams, which were announced by the league Tuesday.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Antetokounmpo, who won this year’s Defensive Player of the Year award, received 97 of 100 possible first-team votes to finish with 195 points. He was followed by Davis (87 first-team votes and 187 points), Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (88 first-team votes, 185 points), Gobert (85 first-team votes, 180 points) and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (57 first-place votes, 152 points).

It is the second straight season that both Antetokounmpo and Smart have been named to the first team, and Gobert — who won the previous two DPOY awards — has been named the first-team center four straight times. Davis now has two first- and two second-team selections. This is the first time Simmons has made either all-league defensive team.7

The second team is made up of LA Clippers teammates Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley, Bucks teammates Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe, and Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo.

The Bucks became the first team to have three players named to the two All-Defensive teams since the 2012-13 Memphis Grizzlies (Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol).

Because of changes to the league’s calendar because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no end-of-season awards show, as there was in recent seasons. Instead, the league has reverted to its old practice of handing out hardware during the playoffs.

The only individual award left is for the Most Valuable Player, which Antetokounmpo, who missed Game 5 of Milwaukee’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against Miami on Tuesday because of a sprained right ankle, is expected to win for the second season in a row.nike jerseys nfl cheap

The other honors still to be announced are the two All-Rookie teams and the three All-NBA teams.

Golden State Warriors hire Leandro Barbosa as player-mentor coach

Former NBA guard Leandro Barbosa has retired from playing professional basketball and will join Steve Kerr’s staff with the Golden State Warriors as a player-mentor coach.

Barbosa, who played 14 years in the league, and most recently was playing professionally in Brazil before the COVID-19 pandemic cut his team’s season short, won a championship with the Warriors in 2014-15 and is excited to be reunited with Kerr and several of his former teammates.cheap nfl nike jersey

“He’s been my coach, when I was here he also was my friend,” Barbosa said of Kerr during a Monday conference call with reporters. “We had a really close relationship when he was a GM for the Phoenix Suns, so every once in a while we used to talk. And he mentioned to me what I want to do after I played and I always told him that I wanted to be an assistant coach, not a head coach, but be able to talk to the players, kind of teach them, I think I’m kind of good at that. He gave me the opportunity and I talked to the family, my wife, and she said, “Yes, let’s do it.”

Livingston, 35, spent five seasons with the Warriors and won three NBA championships before retiring before last season. A formal announcement by the team is expected Tuesday.7

Barbosa, 37, said he has kept in touch with Kerr via texts, but talks got more serious in the last week after Barbosa decided to retire from playing and transition into coaching. His new role will include sitting on the “back of the bench” during games, but also working out with players during practice and teaching them off-the-court lessons as well.

Barbosa praised former teammate and new Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash as someone who helped with lessons on and off the floor.

“I will be on the court, on the practice facility,” Barbosa said. “I also will be practicing with the guys because I’m capable, I’m still in shape … I will be talking to the players, all the experience that I have over the years that I play on the NBA [stage], I think I have a chance to talk to them and make them understand what this business is all about.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

For Barbosa, the new chapter comes after some emotional ups and downs over the past year, which included him and his wife testing positive for COVID-19.

“When we had that, it was [a] crazy time,” Barbosa said. “Especially for me, because I didn’t know it was that bad when I got the virus. I’m glad I had somebody that could take of me and talk to the doctors because I couldn’t fight. I didn’t have the power to fight against this virus.”

Now healthy and recovered, Barbosa admitted that he was “sad” to be leaving his home country of Brazil to come back to the United States in the midst of the pandemic, but he was looking forward to when things were back to normal in the future.

Lonzo Ball, looking to ‘lead my career,’ signs with Klutch Sports

Three years into his NBA career, New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball views this as a pivotal offseason, which began with an important business decision: Ball has signed with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the 22-year-old told ESPN.

“I wanted to lead my career,” Ball told ESPN. “Picking my own representation — just solely as my decision — was step one in that process. For me, it was an easy call, and it was the right time to make that call.”

Ball joins Klutch Sports after brief stints with Creative Artists Agency and Roc Nation.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Weeks removed from a disappointing team showing in the NBA seeding games in Orlando, Florida, Ball said he was beginning his offseason training regimen Monday, which includes two-a-day sessions on the basketball court and workouts in the weight room.

The No. 2 pick out of UCLA in 2017 blazed an unconventional path into the NBA, signing family friend Harrison Gaines as his agent and turning down endorsement opportunities with legacy sneaker companies to wear the family’s Big Baller Brand.

Coming into the league, Ball’s father, LaVar, who worked as a trainer at one point, was omnipresent. LaVar and his wife, Tina, raised three sons — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo — who all became basketball standouts in Chino Hills, California.8

During Lonzo Ball’s draft process, LaVar became a pop culture figure in his own right. LaVar publicly steered his son toward the Los Angeles Lakers, was spoofed on “Saturday Night Live” and regularly made sports talk headlines. Ball, his father and family associate Alan Foster had a falling out in May 2019 after a dispute over missing funds.

“We had a couple rumblings here and there, but everything got squared away,” Lonzo Ball said. “When your son gets older, they’re going to butt heads with their dad, and that’s what I did for about a year and a half. But everything is cool now.”

Said LaVar Ball, reached over the phone by ESPN: “He’s always been his own man. As a father, all I can do is guide him. I’m not going to take a lesser role. I am going to be his father, and that’s it.”

Lonzo Ball said the birth of his daughter, Zoey, and moving to New Orleans to get some space were helpful in mending his relationship with his father. Ball added that, despite no longer working together, he and LaVar talk almost every day.cheap nfl nike jersey

“My dad put me in a position where I am comfortable making my own decisions now,” Ball said. “I think coming into the league, he was very controlling of everything that was going on. But that was an 18-, 19-year-old kid. But now I am 22 years old with my own family. Seeing how he watched over me and stuff — it was time for him to finally let go of everything and watch me be my own man.”

However LaVar Ball’s approach may have been perceived, the basketball results cannot be argued: LaMelo Ball is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2020 draft, just like his oldest brother was.

Kemba Walker promises Boston Celtics will be ready for Game 7

For the second time in six games of this Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Boston Celtics failed to deliver a knockout blow to the Toronto Raptors.

But after Toronto’s heart-stopping, 125-122 double-overtime victory over Boston in Game 6 on Wednesday night, Celtics guard Kemba Walker remained confident he and his teammates have what it takes to finally close out the defending champions in Game 7 on Friday night.

“Why wouldn’t I be?” Walker asked. “We’re great players. We are really competitive.

“That was a hard-fought game right there. We could have given up. We didn’t. We made plays throughout the whole game, two overtimes.nfl nike jersey cheap

“I’m confident. We have a good group of guys and we love playing basketball with each other and we love making each other better. I know we’ll respond. We’re going to come out and play hard again.”

The Celtics — or the Raptors, for that matter — couldn’t have played harder than they did in this one. Bodies were flying everywhere, and both teams hardly made a single substitution down the stretch. In fact, the Celtics didn’t make a single one in the fourth quarter or in either overtime.2

But, in the end, it was Toronto that managed to make just enough plays to survive in this series — the first coming when Walker made an unreal pass to Daniel Theis for a dunk with .5 seconds left in Game 3, only for Raptors forward OG Anunoby to drill a buzzer-beating 3-pointer right after.

The difference between that game and this one, however, is that Walker was virtually nonexistent. After Walker had his way with the Raptors for the vast majority of this series heading into Game 6, Toronto coach Nick Nurse utilized a box-and-one to limit Walker to just three shots — all misses — in the first half.

Walker finished with just five points on 2-for-11 shooting in 52 minutes Wednesday night, as he was unable to make the kinds of plays that he made seem routine both against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round and then against the Raptors for much of this series.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“The second half, I just couldn’t really find a rhythm,” Walker said. “I thought I had a few good looks, but it just wasn’t enough to help my teammates out tonight. Just a bad offensive night for me, terrible offensive night for me.”

Kyle Lowry clutch, but Norman Powell ‘saved our season,’ Raptors’ Fred VanVleet says

An exhausted Kyle Lowry was down to his final media question of the night.

As he thumbed through his phone Wednesday evening, searching for a picture of the three stitches he received in his chin after taking a midgame elbow by Boston Celtics guard Brad Wanamaker, the Toronto Raptors’ point guard was asked about the game played by teammate Norman Powell.

While his head was still searching for his phone, he quipped, “Can I say what I really want to say?”

“F—, that was great,” Lowry said. “Thank you, Norm. That was f—ing unbelievable. S—. That was cool. We needed that.”

It was Lowry’s shot with 11.7 seconds to go in the second overtime that put Toronto up four and in position to win the game. But after a Jayson Tatum 3-pointer, it was Powell’s free throws with five seconds left that helped to ice the game.nike nfl jersey cheap

Toronto had to deal with a 3-point attempt by Marcus Smart and survive an inbounds pass with 0.7 to go without fouling, but when the buzzer sounded and the Raptors held on for a 125-122 victory, this Eastern Conference semifinal series was headed to Game 7.

“I think everyone came into this series expecting a long series,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “I don’t think we lived up to that in the first couple of games. We were able to work ourselves back into position to give ourselves a chance and Game 7 to go to the Eastern Conference finals … all you can ask for is a chance, so …1

“Long game, longer than we all would have asked for, but time to get some rest and go back at it again.”

Powell had a chance to finish off the game at the end of the first overtime with an isolation play drawn up just for him. He missed a long 3-point attempt, but he also came out firing in the second overtime to ensure his team took home the victory.

Powell scored 10 points in the second overtime, had a key block on Daniel Theis, hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with 1:23 to play and added a steal that turned into an and-1 to put Toronto up four with 38.7 to go.nfl nike jersey cheap

“He saved us. He saved our season,” VanVleet said. “That is his trademark now. You never know when it is going to happen, but it always happens at some point in the playoffs, so he was huge for us. Obviously, Kyle was steady the whole night, but Norm really gave us boost there.”

The play at the end of the first overtime was almost identical to one Toronto coach Nick Nurse drew up for Powell in the first game of the season.

Way back on Oct. 22, 2019, the Raptors opened the season against the New Orleans Pelicans and that game was tied at 117 in the final seconds of regulation. And like he did Wednesday night, Nurse called for Powell to be isolated at the top of the key. Powell didn’t hit the shot, but Toronto still went on to win.

Grizzlies rule Jaren Jackson Jr. out for season due to meniscus tear

The Memphis Grizzlies, having already lost their first three games inside the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort, were dealt a significant blow to their playoff hopes Tuesday when promising young forward Jaren Jackson Jr. was ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a meniscus tear in his left knee.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

The Grizzlies announced Tuesday night that Jackson “experienced an unstable landing after making contact with an opposing player with contesting a shot” during Memphis’ loss on Monday to the New Orleans Pelicans, with further evaluation revealing the meniscus tear.8

Jackson, 20, had been outstanding in the first three games for Memphis, averaging 25.3 points per game — including 33 on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers — and averaged 17.4 points while shooting nearly 40% from 3-point range this season. He and presumptive Rookie of the Year Ja Morant have already formed one of the most explosive one-two combinations among young players in the NBA and helped power Memphis into the Western Conference’s eighth playoff seed heading into the NBA’s restart.

But after three tough, close losses to open play — Friday in overtime to the Blazers, Sunday to the San Antonio Spurs and Monday to the Pelicans — Memphis is now just two games ahead of the Blazers and Spurs for eighth in the West, and with all five games remaining (vs. Utah, Oklahoma City, Toronto, Boston and Milwaukee) coming against surefire playoff teams.nike cheap nfl jerseys

The eighth- and ninth-place teams in the West will play against one another in a play-in tournament later this month at the conclusion of the eight seeding games — assuming there are four games or fewer between the two teams, something that is all but guaranteed to happen now. The eighth-place team will have to win one of two games to advance to the face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, while the ninth-place team would have to win twice.

LA Clippers’ Patrick Beverley exits with sore left calf; team to be ‘cautious’

LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley injured his left calf in the first quarter and did not return against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Beverley, who started the game, left with 3 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in the first quarter with what the team called soreness in the calf. He was listed as questionable to return before being ruled out in the third quarter.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“I don’t think it’s bad,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the Suns stunned the Clippers 117-115 on Devin Booker’s buzzer-beater. “We’re going to be very cautious, I can tell you that.”7

Beverley had four points and two rebounds in his third game back since leaving the team briefly to tend to an excused family emergency. His injury comes as the Clippers were getting closer to being whole. Lou Williams rejoined the team for his NBA restart debut against the Suns after spending 10 days in quarantine following his departure from the bubble to tend to a family emergency.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Forward Montrezl Harrell is still not with the team, and Rivers said there is no update on a timetable for his return yet. Harrell left the team on July 17 to tend to a family emergency. The forward recently posted on social media that his grandmother passed away.

Damian Lillard’s birthday wish is for Trail Blazers to make playoff push

Damian Lillard can remember only one time in his life not having a birthday party, so as he turned 30 on Wednesday his teammates made sure he got to celebrate in the NBA bubble despite being away from his family.

But Lillard had only one birthday wish: “My only ask as a birthday gift is, let’s not waste our f—ing time out here,” he said to his teammates.

“The easy thing to do would be to come here and make up the excuse that we haven’t played in months, guys haven’t played and were rusty, we weren’t comfortable, not used to playing at this time. It’s a lot of ways out the back door,” Lillard said Thursday, explaining his message. “I just wanted to make sure we understood this is a great opportunity for us to come out and make a push for the playoffs. Everybody’s basically starting from scratch.”cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Teammate CJ McCollum said he reached out to a team staffer when the Trail Blazers arrived at the Walt Disney World Resort about doing something for Lillard’s birthday. It was an off day, so the Blazers gathered in a private room to eat dinner and drink some wine. After Lillard delivered his brief speech, he turned and blew out the candles on his cake, which presumably was served to the team.

“Obviously, nobody wants to spend their birthday in the bubble, especially their 30th birthday,” McCollum said. “Just tried to figure out a way to make it interactive for everyone and have a good time outside of their rooms and have a good meal with some wine and things of that nature.”8

Lillard, though, is always business, and with the Blazers entering the restart ninth in the West, 3½ games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot, he had his mind on making a push for the postseason.

“That’s the mentality he’s had coming down here from the beginning,” coach Terry Stotts said. “Even though we enjoyed the festivities, I thought it was typical Dame. Having his eye on the task at hand.”

Lillard has been consistent in media sessions saying he expects his team to be ready and come out aggressively in the eight seeding games, but he wanted to deliver a blunt, to-the-point message to teammates.nike nfl cheap jerseys

“We’ve talked about coming here being locked in and ready to play, but we haven’t addressed it in that way,” Lillard said. “Like, seriously let’s not come out here and take this for granted and see how it goes. Let’s come out and be aggressive and put our best foot forward and live with whatever the result is. But at least have the effort and mind in the right place where we could do that. That was my reason for saying that. If we come out here loose and let’s see how it goes and not really determined, you’re setting yourself up for failure.”

There’s considerable optimism within the team about its chances, with starters Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins healthy and said to be looking good in practice. The Blazers have some actual depth, rather than scrambling to fill lineup spots, and have amped up their size after being a team that struggled with rebounding and interior defense.

The Blazers have been a playoff staple in the Lillard era, but because of injuries this season, as well as underperformance in other areas, they haven’t been able to continue the momentum of last season that fueled a surprise run to the Western Conference finals. But with eight games ahead, the Blazers are aiming to win six, which they believe would put them in position to force the play-in series.

James Harden returns to Rockets practice after bubble arrival delayed

James Harden pleasantly surprised the Houston Rockets’ coaching staff by showing no signs of rust as a full participant in Thursday’s practice, his first since arriving at the NBA’s Walt Disney World Resort campus five days after the team flew to Orlando, Florida.

“He looked good,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He probably was rusty for about 30 seconds, and then he was back.”

Harden, who cited “some family issues” as the reason for his delayed arrival, said it was the first time he had played 5-on-5 in more than a month. Teammate Ben McLemore said Harden looked like the “same old James” during the team’s scrimmage.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I think the world knows, no matter what’s going on, James Harden loves to hoop,” said Harden, who is averaging 34.4 points per game and is a virtual lock to claim his third consecutive NBA scoring title. “He’s a competitor, so today in practice we got after it. We played a couple of quarters and we pushed ourselves, and I’m doing a lot of trash talking as usual, just to get the guys motivated and keep pushing.”

D’Antoni anticipated easing Harden into practice after a layoff of more than four months. But Harden told D’Antoni that he believed he was ready to fully participate right away.7

“I thought we’d have to ramp him up a little bit, but he’s been going hard before he got here,” D’Antoni said. “I didn’t see any difference whatsoever. Now, we’ll watch [Friday]. If he’s sore or something else, then maybe we’ll back him off, but right now he’s full tilt. He looks like he’s ready to go.”

The Rockets are still awaiting the arrivals of Russell Westbrook, their other perennial All-Star guard, and recent addition Luc Mbah a Moute. Westbrook announced this week that he tested positive for COVID-19 before the Rockets’ departure for Orlando.

“Once we get Russ back and we’ve got our full roster healthy and we get in shape like we need to be, we can compete with anybody,” Harden said.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Harden plans to participate in the Rockets’ scrimmages in preparation for the eight-game seeding schedule. He acknowledged, though, that his goal for the Rockets is to hit their stride as the playoffs begin next month.

Houston is tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for fifth place in the Western Conference standings with a 40-24 record, a game behind the Utah Jazz. Harden indicated that the Rockets would treat the seeding schedule as somewhat of a tuneup period, noting that there was no such thing as home-court advantage in the bubble-like atmosphere.

“We don’t have any fans, so it’s you versus us and we’re going to have to figure it out,” Harden said. “If you’re fourth seed, fifth seed, sixth seed, it doesn’t really matter. For us, it’s about being in shape and making sure that our offense and our defense is crispy and we’re all on the same page. We’ll play anybody.”