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Red Kev

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The plan that did work for PG13 was a one-year rental and believing you could convince him to stay.
The 76ers should be the team willing to take on that bet with Kawhi.
Even before the Boogie Cousins thing, the moves the Lakers had made after signing LeBron guaranteed they weren’t winning this coming season.

The King comes to Hollywood

Boogie was never getting $20 million this year coming off an achilles injury and certain to miss at least 50% of the regular season. Sure it is a brazen ring chase (and it’s better to have one than not – ask Barkley), but the real reason is an extended audition to the rest of the NBA when he is back on the court to show he’s healthy so he can get that max or close to max deal the next year.

Cousins joins the Warriors for pocket change

LeBron has a player option for the year his son will (possibly/probably) get drafted.

The Decision (again): LeBron James picks his new NBA team

England just need to sit Kane and keep playing Sterling, guaranteed to not get any goals.

Germany's exit - and Mexico's near-miss - has cracked the World Cup wide open

France won’t be napping – coming up against Croatia in the next round because you finish second in our group is a surefire way to end your World Cup campaign early.

Did Bert van Marwijk's tactics cost the Socceroos a win against Denmark?

Since they’re in a must-win situation against Peru they’re going to have to start Arzani and McLaren in place of Kruse (ineffective) and Nabbout (injured).

Did Bert van Marwijk's tactics cost the Socceroos a win against Denmark?

I have to disagree, Tim Cahill’s time has not passed.

What the Socceroos lack, and sorely, is a genuine striker. A guy with the nous and instincts to find the back of the net off half chances and ricochets at the four-yard line. Tim Cahill is that guy – he is the only one Australia has. The Socceroos created a plethora of chances but did not have the finishing polish. They need someone who has the knack for slipping the ball past the keeper. When Nabbout went down, that was the time Australia needed Cahill’s magic.

Even if you disagree with that, you have to consider the emotional lift he gives the team – I can’t help but think van Marwijk doesn’t get (or doesn’t believe) that. Conservatism of the coach in keeping Kruse on and not putting in Cahill cost Australia.

Five talking points from Socceroos vs Denmark 2018 FIFA World Cup

Reality has a left (liberal) bias.

Judging Jordan: What if Twitter was around for the MJ era?

I’ve been on this train for a while and I agree, this is the best fit if James wants to win rings – Houston, Boston and New Orleans are ready now, everywhere else requires building and development. Of those, Boston won’t make the deal, Houston can’t make the deal, New Orleans is the best.

James has been talking all Finals about smart, high basketball IQ players. Rondo is the smartest player in the NBA and could be brought back on the taxpayer MLE. Stagger the minutes so that either James or Rondo is on the floor all the time and you have an elite passer with massive basketball IQ running your offence.

The Pelicans have to give up one or both of Solomon Hill or Nikola Mirotic but to have Rondo-Holiday-James-Davis plus someone as your starting lineup, that is an elite two-way team.

Of course rings may not be his number one priority.

LeBron James and the Pelicans might be a perfect match

I demand that Skip A Smith has his own Roar TV show.

Judging Jordan: What if Twitter was around for the MJ era?

Agree with that, Embiid back and they will take the series.

To me the Sixers looked exactly like a young team who started to play frantically when things began to go wrong for them (i.e. shooting less than 20% from three as opposed to over 60% in game one).

Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat: Ben Simmons, NBA Playoffs Game 2 live scores, blog

This series is now must watch for neutral fans, much like the OKCvJazz.

The tidbit that emerged I like the best is that the Cavs front office was split on the 2013 NBA Draft and that half of them wanted Oladipo instead of Bennett, including allegedly Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.

NBA first round entertainment rankings

I didn’t mean PG13 has been bad, I just mean lower than his normal level. Similar to Draymond who has also been good, just not at the level he has played at previously.

Simmons 'best since Magic' and set to seize rookie award

DPoY is an odd one. The guys you normally automatically put in the conversation have just not been up to their normal standard (Draymond Green and Paul George) or out (Kawhi Leonard).
Gobert and Embiid have been very impactful despite games missed (19 for Embiid and 26 for Gobert).
That is partly why I like AD he has been blocking and stealing a lot and has only missed 7 games.

Simmons 'best since Magic' and set to seize rookie award

Other than MVP, none of the awards are really clear cut.
DPoY is very close between Gobert and Embiid (although I think AD is a dark horse) – with Rudy likely to get the nod now Joel will miss the last few weeks of the regular season and their games/minutes played will end up being very similar.
CoY is a wide open race with what Stevens has done in Boston, Pop in San Antonio, Quin Synder in Utah and Dwayne Casey in Toronto – all of those guys have a legit chance.
Similarly RoY is very close between Simmons and Mitchell. Which of those two guys gets votes for RoY will depend on which narrative each individual voter prefers – both are worthy winners.

Simmons 'best since Magic' and set to seize rookie award

Bancroft was Australia’s highest run getter for the series despite missing the final test.

Warner (36) and Bancroft (37) both averaged over 30, but after that Khawaja was at 20, Smith at 23, S.Marsh at 18, M.Marsh at 22, and Paine 43 courtesy of three not-outs. Throwing out the entire batting lineup is not the answer at all.

Maxwell needs to come in to the lineup, probably for Handscomb, and if they want to find space for Ferguson then Khawaja should probably move up to opener.

Realistically though Khawaja and the Marshes are better than the next lot from the shield.

Australia's batting is in crisis

The notion that the entire batting lineup needs to be scrapped is ridiculous.

No-one performed this series other than Tim Paine and Pat Cummins.

Warner (36) and Bancroft (37) both averaged over 30, but after that Khawaja was at 20, Smith at 23, S.Marsh at 18, M.Marsh at 22, and Paine 43 courtesy of three not-outs. Throwing out the entire batting lineup is not the answer at all.

Cite Shield averages all you want but understand that the guys you want to throw out perform markedly better than those you want to bring in at Shield level. Khawaja scored 347 runs at an average of 80 in his three shield matches this season, Shaun and Mitch both only averaged 38 but played very well in the Ashes. Discarding them all would be a huge mistake.

Room needs to be found in the order for Maxwell meaning Handscomb should probably make way.

The Test team needs a complete overhaul

Maybe I am naive, but part of accepting responsibility is accepting the punishment.
You can’t say ‘I was wrong, I accept that and apologise, and am accountable’ and then launch a legal fight.

Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith cricket press conferences: Live updates, blog

Did as well as he probably could.
Very good answer on the bullying angle and refusing to comment on other players, and saying he is accountable for and to himself.

Notwithstanding the ACA statement and him wanting to talk to his manager first, I do wonder why, in the vein of letting his actions do the talking rather than words, he didn’t rule out a challenge of the punishment straight up. While it isn’t my livelihood, I think just putting in the work might help in earning forgiveness and respect.

Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith cricket press conferences: Live updates, blog

Okay Chris, so they get $700M rather than $800M – maybe you think that’s nothing but I do call it significant. This scandal is absolutely a bargaining tool for the broadcasters.

Is it right for Australia to own Steve Smith?

Says you – cite examples.

I don’t personally like sledging. CA clearly deem it acceptable.
Warner’s outburst in the stairwell with de Kock was contrary to the Code of Conduct, however CA were happy that the ICC sanctions were sufficient and met the level of punishment they determined was appropriate under the Code of Conduct.
This incident is not.

What you are deliberately overlooking is that the main charges on the sheet are around the cover-up.
Your argument that this has been going on for years doesn’t stand up – there are no examples or charges of ball-tampering. This is the first time and therefore the precedent.

Is it right for Australia to own Steve Smith?

It will be a remarkable achievement to salvage a 2-2 series.

The RSA bowling attack is at least as good as, if not better, than Australia’s and now the Australian batting line-up is very fragile. Smith and Warner are the number 1 and 5 ranked test batters according to the ICC. The next two highest ranked batters are Usman Khawaja at 24 and Shaun Marsh at 25.

It is an opportunity though, whomever from the batting order stands up to be counted in this test will enjoy a good long run in the side.

Can Australia pull off mission impossible?

Magellan just pulled their team sponsorship (naming rights for home test series) after one year of a three-year deal.

Is it right for Australia to own Steve Smith?

Ch9 currently pays $100M/yr and loses money for the rights to the men’s international team. I cannot see anyone paying that this time around.

$250M is at the high end, but I can definitely see CA only getting $750M when they wanted $1B. It’s not lost money so much as lost potential money, but the impact is still real.

Is it right for Australia to own Steve Smith?

Yellow Card – introduction of irrelevant examples in an attempt to create a false equivalence.

Argument failed.

Steve Smith and David Warner shouldn't appeal their 12-month bans