Kyrie Irving’s Failure To Win Over Boston Didn’t Surprise To Kevin Garnett — NESN.com

Kevin Garnett wasn’t surprised when Kyrie Irving skipped town. The NBA legend explained to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy on Tuesday why the point guard’s decision to leave the Boston Celtics last summer in free agency didn’t shock him at all. Garnett believes Irving’s seemingly mercurial mindset fit poorly with the Celtics’ passionately…

Kyrie Irving’s Failure To Win Over Boston Didn’t Surprise To Kevin Garnett — NESN.com

MASAI UJIRI’S GIANTS OF AFRICA HONOURS ANNIVERSARY OF NELSON MANDELA’S PASSING WITH YOUTH SUMMIT IN TORONTO

Toronto, ON (December 3, 2019) – Giants of Africa and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri will host a youth summit in honour of Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his passing, Thursday December 5th. The youth event marks the sixth consecutive year that Giants of Africa, the not-for-profit founded by Ujiri, will pay homage to the late South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

In partnership with the Hon. Ahmed Hussen and with the support of Bell Canada and KPMG, this year’s ‘Giant of Africa Youth Summit’ will bring together 500 at-risk youth from north west Toronto to celebrate Mandela’s vision of empowerment and change.  The participants will learn about the late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner’s vision for global action by encouraging youth to ‘Be the Change’.  The daytime event will feature a roster of inspiring and motivational special guests who will discuss how youth can be a force for change within their own community and around the world. Alongside Ujiri, panelists will include Ilwad Elman, the chief operating officer of the Elman Peace Centre, located in Mogadishu, Somalia, (New African Top 100 Most Influential Africans list); Toronto Raptors scout Sarah Chan; MTV VMA award winning choreographer, Sherrie Silver (New African Top 100 Most Influential Africans list); and Jamal Burger, photographer and founder of The Kickback.

“Nelson Mandela’s life inspires me to keep trying to change the world, and that led to the creation of Giants of Africa,” Ujiri said. “Personally, basketball changed my life. It took me from northern Nigeria to where I am today. I truly believe that it has the power to bring people together and accelerate transformation in the lives of youth and their community.  Giants of Africa is committed to using basketball as a tool to inspire and encourage youth to dream big.”

“There’s no better way to honour Nelson Mandela, himself a giant of Africa and a giant to the entire world, than by inspiring our young people,” Hussen said. “Youth simply need to believe that they can be successful and exceptional. As Mandela once eloquently said: ‘There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.’ Thank you Masai for your incredible leadership of providing youth with the opportunity to dream.”

A tribute to Mandela’s life will also be recognized in-game as the Raptors take on the Houston Rockets on Dec. 5.

A native of Nigeria, Ujiri’s love of basketball paved his way to becoming the first African-raised general manager for a major North American sports team. Founded in 2003, Giants of Africa leverages basketball as a tool for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world. To learn more about the organization go to GiantsofAfrica.org or follow Giants of Africa on Facebook at Facebook.com/GiantsofAfrica , instagram.com/giantsofafrica and on Twitter @GiantsofAfrica

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MAPLE LEAFS AT FLYERS PREGAME NOTES: Kasperi Kapanen has a goal and an assist in two games against Philadelphia this season.- Leads the Maple Leafs in points recorded on the road this season (6 goals, 7 assists).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (13-11-4 – 30 Points) vs.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (15-7-5 – 35 Points)

DECEMBER 3, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

WELLS FARGO CENTER (PHILADELPHIA, PA) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus PHILADELPHIA

ALL-TIME RECORD:64-92-22-7 (185 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:27-54-8-3 (92 Games)
2019-20:1-0-1
LAST FIVE:3-0-2
LAST 10:4-3-3

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus PHILADELPHIA

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (46) Jason Spezza (41), Morgan Rielly (18)
GOALS:John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (10), William Nylander (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (17), Morgan Rielly (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (36), Jason Spezza (33), Morgan Rielly (11)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (67), John Tavares (14), Jake Muzzin (10)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLYERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOPHILADELPHIA
GOALS FOR (Rank):92 (t-4th)82 (17th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       90 (t-25th)73 (6th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):16/82 [19.5%] (13th)19/96 [19.8%] (12th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):66/88 [75.0%] (t-26th)66/77 [85.7%] (3rd)
SHOTS (Rank):950 (1st)894 (t-9th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1452 (1st)1202 (t-13th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):53.8% (3rd)51.4% (9th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (2nd)53.9% (1st)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLYERS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:January 24, 1968 vs. Philadelphia (Philadelphia 2, Toronto 1)
ALL-TIME RECORD:64-92-22-7 (185 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:37-38-14-4 (93 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:27-54-8-3 (92 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:November 2, 2019 (Toronto 4, Philadelphia 3 SO)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. FLYERS

Andreas Johnsson100th NHL game (Nov. 9, 2019 vs. PHI)
Morgan Rielly100th career NHL point (Nov. 11, 2016 vs. PHI)
Jason SpezzaFirst career NHL goal (Oct. 29, 2002 (OTT) at PHI)
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Nov. 2, 2019 at PHI)
John Tavares500th career NHL game (March 21, 2016 (NYI) vs. PHI)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS16 (Matthews)
ASSISTS17 (Rielly)
POINTS31 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Kapanen)
PIMs18 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
SHOTS104 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.3% (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %60.2% (Petan)
BLOCKED SHOTS52 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS24 (Marner)
HITS61 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:51 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:14 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:17 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 6-2-0 on the road this season with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.
– Has an 8-2-3 record with a .910 save percentage and a 3.08 goals-against average in 13 career games against Philadelphia.- Tied for the NHL lead in wins (13).- Third in the NHL in saves (607) and tied for fourth in even-strength saves (494).
Tyson Barrie– 10th among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (74).
– Has four assists in seven career games at Philadelphia.   
Cody Ceci– Tied for sixth among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (92:09).- Has started 181 shifts in the defensive zone, which is tied for the fifth-most defensive zone starts among all NHL skaters.
Frederik Gauthier– Has won 56.8 percent (83 won, 63 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
Justin Holl– Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 55.5 percent at 5-on-5, which leads all Maple Leafs defencemen.
Michael Hutchinson– Ranks ninth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 10 games in saves (197).
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 56.7 percent, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters.
– Averaging 17:58 per game in ice time through nine games since returning from injury, which ranks fifth among Toronto forwards.
Kasperi Kapanen– Has a goal and an assist in two games against Philadelphia this season.- Leads the Maple Leafs in points recorded on the road this season (6 goals, 7 assists).
Auston Matthews– Eighth among NHL skaters in goals (16).- Tied for fifth among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (12).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in points (16-15-31).- One of nine NHL skaters with at least 100 shots on goal to this point of the season (104).- Has a pair of assists in two games against the Flyers this season.
Ilya Mikheyev– Second among NHL skaters in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Second among NHL rookies in shots on goal (68).- Leads NHL rookies and is tied for second on the Maple Leafs in even-strength points (4-13-17).
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (9).- One of seven NHL defencemen and 18 NHL skaters to have registered at least 55 hits (61) and at least 50 shots on goal (58).
William Nylander– Has a goal and an assist in two games against the Flyers this season.- Recorded 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) in 14 games during the month of November.- Has notched eight primary assists, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters.  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in points (3-17-20).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-12-15).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (12).- 11th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:51).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.8).- Has six assists in eight games against Metropolitan Division teams.
Jason Spezza– Averaged the fourth-most points per game (0.89) among Toronto skaters during the month of November (3-5-8; 9 GP).- Averaging 3.1 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season.
John Tavares– Has scored 19 career goals against the Flyers, which is tied for his third-highest goal total against a single opponent. – Has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in five games against Metropolitan Division opposition this season.- Leads the Maple Leafs in faceoff wins (200). He is one of 36 NHLers to have won at least 200 faceoffs in 2019-20.- Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoffs won (53.8% – 42 won, 36 lost).

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Kasperi KapanenHas assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games.
John TavaresHas goals (4) and points (4-2-6) in three consecutive games.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Frederik AndersenThree wins from 200 career NHL wins.
Morgan RiellyTwo games from 500 career NHL games.

RECENT MILESTONES

John Tavares400th NHL assist (November 30 vs Buffalo)
  

INJURY REPORT

Mitch Marner (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 59

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

November 29Loaned defenceman Martin Marincin to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Players Trust joins global Giving Tuesday movement with $100,000 grant to California Strong

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 — The Major League Baseball Players Trust joined with organizations around the world in recognition of Giving Tuesday by awarding a $100,000 grant to California Strong to provide continued assistance to the thousands of people affected by wildfires and other tragic events that have devastated parts of the state in recent years.

California Strong was founded by big leaguers Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas and Christian Yelich, as well as Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and others, to address the immediate needs people and their families face following tragic events, including securing hotel accommodations, replacement of personal items and deposits towards temporary housing.

“We are excited to join the Giving Tuesday movement with our support for California Strong,” said Leonor Colon, Senior Director of International and Domestic Player Operations for the Major League Baseball Players Association.  “It is inspiring when our players unite to assist those in need in their communities.”

Braun, Moustakas and Yelich said in a prepared statement,  “We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation from the MLB Players Trust. With their help, we plan to continue to provide support, assistance & financial aid to those in need.”

The Players Trust will also support the nonprofit’s second celebrity softball tournament on Jan. 12 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Last year’s fund-raising softball event helped raise more than $1 million with the support of the actors, musicians and athletes who participated. Tickets are on sale for the fund-raising event at www.californiastrong.org

Players Trust

The Players Trust is the collective charity of Major League Baseball Players. Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes. Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1.5 million in annual grants and programs. For additional information, please visit http://www.PlayersTrust.org. Follow the Trust on Twitter (@MLBPlayersTrust) and Instagram (mlbplayerstrust).

California Strong

California Strong founders include Milwaukee Brewers members and California natives Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas, Mike Attanasio of the Milwaukee Brewers ownership group and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. The organization is committed to providing immediate financial support to victims whenever a disaster strikes anywhere in the state. For more information about California Strong or to donate, visit http://www.californiastrong.org

Former NBA Star Luol Deng Elected President Of South Sudan’s Basketball Body — KahawaTungu

Ex-NBA star Luol Deng is the new president of the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF). The 34-year-old three-time NBA All Star clinched the seat unopposed during the body’s General Assembly last month. Deng was born in Wau in what is now South Sudan, but was forced to flee the country five years later due to […]

Former NBA Star Luol Deng Elected President Of South Sudan’s Basketball Body — KahawaTungu

NBA G League Names Celtics’ Rookie Tremont Waters Player Of The Month — NESN.com

Have yourself a month, Tremont Waters. The Boston Celtics rookie has been named the NBA G League’s Player of the Month for November. He averaged 22.3 points, 7.8 assists and 1.7 steals in seven games with the Maine Red Claws this season. @Celtics #2WayPlayer Tremont Waters has been named the 1st #NBAGLeague Player of the…

NBA G League Names Celtics’ Rookie Tremont Waters Player Of The Month — NESN.com

Leafs’ Rielly on side with power play change — Toronto Sun

The Maple Leafs power play has looked a little better under Sheldon Keefe, and now there’s more changes coming. While Mitch Marner is still a few days away from rejoining the No. 1 unit, with Auston Matthews and William Nylander, Keefe has decided to capitalize on Tyson Barrie’s revival since the coaching change. He’ll now […]

Leafs’ Rielly on side with power play change — Toronto Sun