Vince Carter on playing with no crowds: “You should be focused on the guy in front of you” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

“When you toss that ball up and competition starts, and you’re in battle, how often do you worry about the fans?”

Vince Carter on playing with no crowds: “You should be focused on the guy in front of you” — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

By Kurt HelinMay 3, 2020, 12:45 PM EDTLeave a comment

It will just feel weird.

If the NBA returns this season, it will do so without fans. The games will be played in a “bubble” — in Las Vegas or Orlando — where players, their families, plus coaches, trainers, and more will live, eat, work, and sleep. The games will be broadcast, but there will be no crowds, no fans in attendance.

Vince Carter was asked about playing without fans during Sacramento’s The Grant Napear Show with Doug Christie on Saturday, and he said NBA players have to adapt to changing situations all the time (hat tip Clutch Points).

“I’ve been dying to answer this question… When you toss that ball up and competition starts, and you’re in battle, how often do you worry about the fans? Yes, you hear them cheering, and booing you, I get that. But you’re in competition, you’re in battle. You should be focused on the guy in front of you, or the task at hand.”

Responses have been mixed to this idea of fanless games, but players have come around to it as the only way to finish out the season. LeBron James has been the most obvious example, at first saying he does what he does for the fans and only wanting to play in front of them, but that position has softened and now he is pushing back on talk of canceling the season.

As another coach told me, most of the time players are playing with no fans in the crowd — every practice, every scrimmage, every summer run in the gym at UCLA or in Manhattan. Players are used to this, they will adapt very quickly, the coach said. Carter echoed that same point.

The only question is, will we get to see Carter play again? This record 22nd one is his final season, and if the NBA returns and jumps straight to the playoffs the Hawks are done, they are not in the top eight. We may have seen Carter’s final shot.

Whatever is next for Carter, we know the next place we can see him will be his Hall of Fame induction in a handful of years.

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Former Oakland A’s pitcher Matt Keough died Friday, the team announced. He was 64 years old. Keough’s son, Shane Keough, posted a tribute to the 1978 All-Star on social media. “My favorite place was always on your shoulders,” the post reads. “It makes me smile knowing McCoy will be there with you; right there on…

Oakland A’s All-Star pitcher, coach and scout dies at age 64 — Times-Standard

SHAYNA RUBIN |PUBLISHED: May 2, 2020 at 9:50 p.m. | UPDATED: May 2, 2020 at 10:20 p.m.

Former Oakland A’s pitcher Matt Keough died Friday, the team announced. He was 64 years old.

Keough’s son, Shane Keough, posted a tribute to the 1978 All-Star on social media.

“My favorite place was always on your shoulders,” the post reads. “It makes me smile knowing McCoy will be there with you; right there on your shoulders. It wasn’t always perfect but I wouldn’t change it for the world. You taught me more than you’ll ever know and I hope that I make you proud. Kick back and enjoy the eternal sunshine. Till I see you again – I love dad.”https://www.instagram.com/p/B_tWIeVlRhS/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=12&wp=500&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.times-standard.com&rp=%2F2020%2F05%2F02%2Foakland-as-all-star-pitcher-coach-and-scout-dies-at-age-64%2F#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A9313.039999920875%7D

Keough was an Athletic for seven seasons from 1977 to 1983. He was named to the American League All-Star team his rookie year, going on to post a 3.24 ERA that season. He was also named the 1980 comeback player of the year after winning 16 games, notching 20 complete games and finishing the season with a 2.92 ERA.

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Keough had stints with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros. He pitched for Japan’s Hanshin Tigers from 1987 to 1990. The right-handed pitcher returned to the States and attempted an MLB comeback with the California Angels, but in 1992 was struck in the head by San Francisco Giants’ John Patterson’s screaming foul ball while sitting in Scottsdale Stadium’s visiting dugout during a spring training game. The then-36-year-old had emergency surgery, effectively ending his baseball playing career.

Keough went on to become an A’s as a special assistant and pitching advisor. He also worked in the executive offices for the Angels and as a scout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

“Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A,” said A’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. “He had an incredible passion for the game and we were lucky to have him and his wealth of knowledge alongside us for the years he worked as a Special Assistant. He left an unforgettable impression on everyone he touched in baseball. Our sincere condolences are with the entire Keough family tonight.”

The A’s drafted his son, Shane, in 2005, where he stayed in the lower minor leagues for four seasons before his release in 2010. His father Marty Keough is an Oakland native and former outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs from 1956 to 1966. His uncle, Joe Keough, was an outfielder who played 34 games for the A’s in 1968 before playing four seasons with the Kansas City Royals.

His daughter, Kara, lost her infant son three weeks prior to her father’s death. The former “Real Housewives of Orange County” personality posted a tribute on social media.

“Daddy, please take care of my son,” the post on Instagram reads. “Teach him the circle changeup and how to find forever friends. You’re on grandpa duty in heaven now. Xoxo, Hammerhead.”https://www.instagram.com/p/B_tTTeQJxYH/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=12&wp=500&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.times-standard.com&rp=%2F2020%2F05%2F02%2Foakland-as-all-star-pitcher-coach-and-scout-dies-at-age-64%2F#%7B%22ci%22%3A1%2C%22os%22%3A9348.17499993369%7D

Keough is also survived by his son, Colton.

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