Russell Westbrook has been one of the best players in the NBA for the last decade. The 2017 MVP has nine All-Star games under his belt and will undoubtedly wind up in the Hall of Fame. That being said, many fans doubted Westbrook when he was traded to the Houston Rockets. Fans and media alike […]How Russell Westbrook Transformed Into A Superstar — CrownHoops
NHL official says number of cities offer to host neutral-site playoff games: report The NHL will have no shortage of possible venues if the season resumes as several cities across North America have reportedly volunteered as hosts for neutral-site playoff games, according to a report. via FOX NEWS https://ift.tt/34v1nh4FOX NEWS: NHL official says number of cities offer to host neutral-site playoff games: report — Auto World
The NHL will have no shortage of possible venues if the season resumes as several cities across North America have reportedly volunteered as hosts for neutral-site playoff games, according to a report.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said during an interview with ESPN Friday that the league has been contacted by a number of cities offering to host 2019-2020 playoff games if the season resumes.
“We do have people putting together the comprehensive laundry list of what we would need from facilities and evaluating some facilities on some level,” Daly said. “But I can’t tell you we’ve even finished creating a list [of potential sites], much less narrowed it down.”
According to the report, the locations include arenas in Grand Forks, N.D.; Manchester, N.H., and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The season was suspended March 12 with 189 regular-season games remaining. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday that finishing those games would be the “best” solution but given the current circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic that “may not be possible.”
Daly told ESPN there’s no table as to when the league will decide if it’s going to play out the rest of the season or move forward with the playoffs.
“We’re just starting to get our minds around that,” he said. “It’s kind of a combination of things, like when we can start a regular season [in 2020-2021] and how much time we need for an offseason, and then what does the playoff format look like, in terms of knowing what you need to have a regular season.”
He added: “It may not be on the calendar a real long way away, but it is on a decision tree, a real long way away.”
The Houston Rockets, with James Harden and Chris Paul, were one win away from taking down the Golden State Warriors during their prime, but Chris Paul injured his hamstring in a well-known pivotal Game 6. Following another loss to the unstoppable Warriors in the following season, the Rockets felt as though changes were needed and […]Chris Paul has quieted his critics with his stellar play and health — The450Times
The Knicks may have new faces in their front office, but the circus has continued to roll on, with the team still trying to sell (…)Knicks trying to sell that Kevin Durant would’ve signed with them had he not suffered Achilles injury — The Sports Daily
The Dalglish family released the following statement to supporters regarding Sir Kenny Dalglish on Friday: Sir Kenny was admitted to hospital on Wednesday, April 8 for treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics. In keeping with current procedures, he was subsequently tested for COVID-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness. Unexpectedly,…Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool Legend, Tests Positive For COVID-19 — NESN.com
When the Boston Celtics won the NBA Finals in 2008, it established that legacies, along with the memories along the way, would never be forgotten. One specifically sticks out to ex-Celtic Kevin Garnett. And Garnett, who was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame last week, went into detail about what the hours immediately following the title-clinching game…Kevin Garnett Reveals What 2008 Celtics Did Immediately After Winning NBA Finals — NESN.com
When the Boston Celtics won the NBA Finals in 2008, it established that legacies, along with the memories along the way, would never be forgotten. One specifically sticks out to ex-Celtic Kevin Garnett. And Garnett, who was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame last week, went into detail about what the hours immediately following the title-clinching game were like. “I sat in the shower until like 4 a.m. in the morning and I had my jersey on and the water on and we were all kind of exhausted,” Garnett said on SirusXM NBA Radio. “And we were all just sitting there like P (Paul Pierce), ‘Damn, I can’t believe we won this.’ And I look and he was like, ‘Man, we won this.’ And I looked and Ray was right there, Rondo was right there. We were all kind of looking at each other and was like, ‘Oh, we got to defend this. We gotta.’ And you go right into a mode of thinking about next year … We enjoyed it, but we were thinking about what was coming after this and what we need to do to be able to get back here. It was a special time and you never forget those moments.”
Pete Retzlaff, a member of the Eagles’ Hall of Fame, died of natural causes in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, on Friday, the team announced. Retzlaff was 88. Retzlaff, who was a tight end, is one of only nine players in Eagles’ team history to have his number retired. Retzlaff wore 44. “We are saddened to learn of […]Eagles Hall of Famer Pete Retzlaff dies at 88 — ProFootballTalk
Pete Retzlaff, a member of the Eagles’ Hall of Fame, died of natural causes in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, on Friday, the team announced. Retzlaff was 88.
Retzlaff, who was a tight end, is one of only nine players in Eagles’ team history to have his number retired. Retzlaff wore 44.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Eagles’ Hall of Famer Pete Retzlaff,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “Pete was a revolutionary tight end and one of the most productive players in the history of our franchise. . . .But Pete’s legacy goes far beyond the success he was able to achieve on the field. He gave so much to this organization and to our sport as a player, General Manager, broadcaster, and leader of the NFLPA.
“He stayed connected with the team and the city of Philadelphia for many years after his retirement. I had the pleasure of spending time with Pete over the years and I will always remember him as a true gentleman who was kind and genuine and who connected so well with others. On behalf of the organization, our thoughts are with Pete’s family and friends as we mourn the passing of an Eagles legend.”
Gordon Hayward has more than just himself to worry about when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. The Boston Celtics forward and his wife, Robyn, have three young daughters and she’s expecting the couples fourth child — their first boy. Robyn is considered to be high-risk when it comes to COVID-19, and Gordon revealed he…Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Was ‘A Little Nervous’ About Coronavirus Outbreak — NESN.com
Gordon Hayward has more than just himself to worry about when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. The Boston Celtics forward and his wife, Robyn, have three young daughters and she’s expecting the couple’s fourth child — their first boy. Robyn is considered to be high-risk when it comes to COVID-19, and Gordon revealed he and his wife were a bit nervous once the NBA indefinitely suspended its season due to the virus.
“We were definitely a little nervous about the whole thing,” Gordon said on a conference call, via MassLive’s Tom Westerholm. “Definitely didn’t want to let her — I mean anybody, but specifically her — get the virus because of the baby and we didn’t know what could exactly happen with that. So we were just very pre-cautious with everything and I didn’t go anywhere or isolate myself or anything besides just being at the house. But I did — our doctor said, ‘Not as many hugs, not as many snuggles,’ until we can figure out if I’m positive or negative. So that’s kind of what we did until we got back the results.”
Marcus Smart was the only member of the C’s to test positive for the virus. He since has recovered. And while this is giving Gordon some extra time with his wife and daughters, we’re sure he, along with the other NBA players, are missing the game they love.
Duke freshman Vernon Carey Jr. will enter his name in the 2020 NBA Draft.Duke’s Vernon Carey declares for NBA Draft — Augusta Free Press
One thing hasn’t changed about this not-very-normal new normal: LeBron James setting the tone. Even from home, James’ perspective has been sought regularly by Lakers Coach Frank Vogel and General Manager Rob Pelinka, the latter said. “Everybody knows that LeBron is a pro’s pro,” Pelinka said on a recent Zoom call with reporters. “The way…LeBron James leading the Lakers even during coronavirus shutdown — Press Telegram
“Everybody knows that LeBron is a pro’s pro,” Pelinka said on a recent Zoom call with reporters. “The way he dedicates himself to his profession is unparalleled and has been in this time. And in terms of what he does on a daily basis … I know he’s been committed to leadership, he’s been committed to continuing to inspire his teammates.
“Anthony Davis has also done that. It’s a special group of guys. They want to stay connected, they want to stay ready. If we’re fortunate enough or blessed enough that the health officials and the league find a way for us to get back to playing basketball, I know from a physical standpoint and a mindset standpoint, those two guys will be as good as any athlete in the world at staying mentally and physically ready.”
And mentally, James expressed a determination to remain upbeat, sounding not like a leader of the Lakers alone, but a leader in a broader sense.
“I think for me, mentally, I’m always pretty optimistic about everything. I feel like there’s always greener on the other side of the fence,” James said on a different Zoom call Wednesday. “I believe that this is a roadblock for all of us, not only as Americans, but for the world. This is a roadblock, it’s a test for all of us. It’s a test of our mental side, our spiritual side, it’s a test for everything.
“We grew so comfortable with how we live our life that it’s now time to take a pause. I’m very optimistic about not only just basketball, but sport. It’s not just about the Lakers, it’s not just about the NBA, but it’s everything.”
That said, James is very much in tune with what’s happening with his team – which was 49-14 and sitting atop the Western Conference standings at the start of this unprecedented pause, brought about by the pandemic that’s killed more than 100,000 people worldwide.