Le’Veon Bell holds top rating at running back in ‘Madden NFL 18’

Though the gap between No. 1 and 2 at running back has closed since the end of last season, the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell remains the highest rated at the position for “Madden NFL 18.”

Bell excels in a number of areas with 97 Ball Carrier Vision to find lanes, 95 Elusiveness and 95 Agility to evade defenders, and 98 Juke Move/95 Stiff Arm when attempting to avoid tackles.

Billups said when that report dropped, he wasn’t as shocked as the rest of the NBA community.

“It didn’t surprise me, I knew as they were doing their due diligence on me I was doing the same thing on them. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know. But it’s unfortunate man because he’s a special talent. So much of what he’s been able to accomplish on and off the floor has been as the beneficiary of LeBron James. That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him.

“You’re getting everything you want. You’re getting all the shots you want, you’re playing for a great coach, when the game is on the line they’re coming to you, you’re playing on national TV every week. To me, I don’t get it. Everybody has their own desires. Maybe he wants to be Russell Westbrook and go try to win the MVP and get all the shots. That’s the only thing sense I can make of it and to me that doesn’t make sense.”

Billups went on to explain why he shot down the Cavs job. While reports claimed money was Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys the issue (ESPN reported the Cavs’ offer was $1.5 million, which is well below the typical starting Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale point of about $4 million), the former NBA star said it had to do with the team’s roster.

DeMarcus Cousins enjoys career night as Pelicans top Grizzlies

DeMarcus Cousins tied a career-high with five 3-pointers and poured in his most points since joining the Pelicans as New Orleans upset the Grizzlies Tuesday.

Cousins scored 41 points and added 17 rebounds in the 95-82 win while recording blocked three shots. He also assisted on Anthony Davis’ alley-oop dunk and was glad to hear the New Orleans crowd chant his nickname, “Boogie,” during the game.

Davis added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans, who won for the Cheap Jerseys And Jordans fifth time in six games as they eye the final playoff spot in the West. New Orleans (30-41) now trails the idle Nuggets by 3 1/2 games for the sought after final playoff spot.

If the Bulls want to plan for the future, they should play young guys like Felicio and Lauvergne to see what they have. After actively shopping Mirotic prior to the trade deadline, let him walk as a restricted free agent this offseason. Tell Dwyane Wade he won’t be playing for a contender, so he should decline that player option (something he’s already considered). Rajon Rondo’s contract becomes fully guaranteed on June 30. Chicago needs to get rid of him before that point. Shop Butler for significant pieces and start fresh.

Here’s the thing: the Bulls (31-35) are only 1.5 games back of the final playoff spot in the East. With 16 games remaining on the schedule, Chicago finishes with a somewhat challenging stretch in March. Look at April, though: vs. Atlanta, at New Orleans, at New York, at Philadelphia, at Brooklyn, vs. Orlando and vs. Brooklyn. If Hoiberg’s squad is even within shouting distance, there’s a good chance the Bulls can capture the seventh or eighth seed. Heck, they are only three games behind the Pacers Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses for Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer the sixth seed. (The bottom of the East is a race to .500.)

Kawhi Leonard hits late 3-pointer, blocks James Harden to seal win over Rockets

If you haven’t been paying attention to Nikola Jokic, start now. With 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in the Nuggets’ 110-98 win at Milwaukee, the 22-year-old Serbian center registered his second triple-double in as many nights. It was his fourth career triple-double, all of which have come in his last 13 games.

Not exactly a surprise but still dud of the night worthy, Andre Drummond made just 1 of 10 free throw attempts in the Pistons’ 109-86 loss at home to New Orleans. Tonight’s honor of infamy, though, is really a team one, as Detroit shot a woeful 3 of 17 from the foul line, setting a new NBA all-time low of 17.6 percent for a single game.

Warriors (50-10) at Bulls (30-30), 8 p.m. ET TNT: The Warriors’ trek sans Kevin Durant begins Thursday in Chicago. Durant went down with a left knee injury early in the first quarter of Golden State’s loss at Washington on Tuesday night and was diagnosed Wednesday with an MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise. Even with Durant sidelined, the Dubs still may be the best team in the NBA and are listed as 7-point road favorites vs. the Bulls.

If that’s the case, it makes sense why newly-minted Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson didn’t make a strong push for George. Los Angeles can win in the long run if it can can get George to come back home next summer and join a young nucleus that includes Julius Randle (12.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg), D’Angelo Russell (14. 2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.8 rpg) and Jordan Clarkson (13.7 ppg). The Pacers have a season and half to try and change his mind. With a roster that drops off tremendously after Jeff Teague, the Pacers third-leading scorer at 15.4 points per game, George needs help to maximize his prime and remain competitive in Cheap Fan Jerseys an Eastern Conference dominated by the Cavaliers, Celtics, Raptors and Cheap Football Jerseys Xxl the surging Wizards.

Kevin Garnett improved his conditioning, communication skills by watching Beyonce

Kevin Garnett was a basketball weirdo, and that is absolutely a compliment.

Over the course of the future Hall of Famer’s two decades in the NBA, he did just about everything physically and mentally to have an advantage over his opponents. Don’t believe it? Just listen to Clippers guard J.J. Redick.

Redick says Garnett, who was hired this season by the Clippers as a consultant, told him he learned how to talk on the court without getting winded by watching Beyonce. Seriously.

Here’s the story, as told by Redick on The Bill Simmons Podcast:

“I want to thank my teammates for being on this ride with me as well as the seniors and specifically Zay (Isaiah Briscoe) for guiding me this season. It wouldn’t have been such a smooth transition from high school to college without their leadership.”

A four-time SEC Freshman of the Week selection, Fox was named the most valuable player of the SEC tournament after leading the Wildcats to their third consecutive conference title.

Fox’s 4.6 assists per game was the best mark in the SEC and 11th nationally among freshmen.

Fox also ranked fourth in the SEC with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. His 165 Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys assists are the third most by a UK freshman in a single season.

“De’Aaron’s speed, length and ability to pick up defensively from 94 feet set him apart from his peers,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “De’Aaron came in here focused from day one, and to see his improvement from the beginning of the season to the end was special. What you saw Cheap Kings Jerseys from De’Aaron over the last month and a half of the season I think is what NBA teams will get for the future.”

Kobe Bryant just got NBA League Pass a month ago

Just because you’re rich doesn’t mean you have to spend money all willy nilly.

Lakers legend and future first-ballot Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant made an estimated $680 million during his 20-year playing career and had a reported net worth of $350 million in 2016. The man can afford nearly anything, but up until recently he didn’t have something most avid basketball fans do —NBA League Pass.

That’s right. Bryant, the man many (erroneously and blasphemously) think is the greatest basketball player ever to play the game couldn’t even watch NBA games outside his regional market if they weren’t nationally televised.

That’s pretty funny, but when you think about it, it kind of makes sense. Bryant hasn’t been home a lot during the season the past couple decades. When he was, whatever TNT or ESPN offered was probably good enough to satisfy his hoops fix. Hey, he’s still getting used to this whole retirement thing.

After jumping out to an 18-point lead with a 44-point first quarter, and a 74-48 halftime lead, the Cavaliers coasted home. Stars LeBron James (16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists) and Kyrie Irving (26 points) watched the entire fourth quarter from the bench.

J.R. Smith, Derrick Williams and Deron Williams all scored in double figures off the bench, and the reserves hit 9 of 14 3pointers on the night. The Cavs’ newest acquisition, forward/center Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Larry Sanders, missed his only shot in his first action since the 2014-15 season.

Still, the Cavaliers’ once-commanding lead on the East is gone, with Wholesale Jerseys All the Celtics and Wizards only 2 1/2 and three games back, respectively. There’s good news, with forward Kevin Love possibly expected back in the next 10 days from an injury, and Kyle Korver progressing in his comeback from a sore foot.

Coach Tyronn Lue isn’t worried about his defending NBA champions.

Gordon Hayward signing could help Celtics take next step

The Celtics have been toiling to supplant the Cavaliers as Eastern Conference champions for a couple years now. Tuesday’s news may have just helped them reach their goal.

Gordon Hayward officially picked the Celtics over the Heat and Jazz on Tuesday, ending one of the most anticipated free agent pursuits since LeBron James’ infamous decision, which resulted in him taking his talents to South Beach.

While Hayward was far less annoying about his tough decision, he too left the team with which he had spent his entire career. After making his first All-Star team this past season, and Cheap NBA Jerseys From China playing at that level a couple seasons before, Hayward became one of the more sought-after free agents of the last couple seasons.

The 6-8 forward averaged 21.9 points per game last season while shooting just under 40 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Boston desperately needed to find another shooter, one who could stretch the floor and create more room for Isaiah Thomas.

Not only does Hayward provide that missing piece, he also gives Boston fans another star for whom to cheer. The Celtics have recently done a great job acquiring high draft picks, but needed another proven veteran to really contend with the Cavaliers in the East.

With the free-agent signing of former Redskins and Eagles Cheap NFL Jerseys From China deep threat DeSean Jackson, the Bucs finally have someone dangerous to stretch the field opposite Mike Evans. It’s a perfect landing spot for Jackson, who will see plenty of action come his way as Winston shows off his big arm more in 2017. Jackson, 30, still has speed to burn against No. 2 corners outside.

The Browns drafted Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 pick in the NFL Draft

Why he’s here: With nods of appreciation to Daniel Murphy and Starlin Castro — and not overlooking the work of Josh Harrison — Altuve still is the easy choice here. He’s followed up his third-place finish in the AL MVP voting with yet another stellar campaign, even if he hasn’t generated as many Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys headlines as last year, when he started a bit hotter.

Why he’s here: Springer’s talent has long been undeniable, and he’s been a very good player the past couple of years for the Astros. In this, his Age 27 season, though, he’s taking the leap up to legitimate star. You see those 24 homers already — remember, he’s Houston’s leadoff guy — and Cheap Moto X Jerseys he’s regularly making spectacular plays in right field for the Astros.

The Browns drafted Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 pick in the NFL Draft, a polarizing pick considering the former Heisman Trophy finalist at Michigan had a diluted sample at the NFL Combine. Peppers, however, fits in well with Williams’ scheme and should play safety right away. The Browns acquired Calvin Pryor in that trade for Davis, and it will be interesting to see how he fits. Ibraheim Campbell and Ed Reynolds are other options.

Jason McCourty, who played under Williams in 2013 at Tennessee, was signed via free agency and should work well with veteran Joe Haden. McCourty could play both cornerback and safety, which is a plus. Jamar Taylor and Briean Boddy-Calhoun also return after tying Haden for the team lead with three interceptions.

Eli Manning upset Giants players ‘didn’t pack accordingly’ on boat trip

A few Giants players grabbed the attention of the media Monday when they posed for a photo on a boat in Miami. The boat was hosting a party filled with stars such as Justin Bieber, Trey Songz and others.

While some felt the players should be focused on their upcoming playoff matchup against Green Bay, others were more lax on the issue. You can count quarterback Eli Manning as one of the lax people, as he had nothing but jokes about the picture.

As a team we kind of always pride ourselves on being well prepared, so when I saw some of those pictures, I was a little disappointed because obviously they didn’t pack accordingly. They didn’t have any shirts, all long pants, no shorts, no flip-flops or anything, Manning said Tuesday. So I was disappointed in their packing and not being prepared for that situation.

Bradshaw won MVP honors in back-to-back seasons after going 14 of 21 for 309 yards and two TDs — albeit with three interceptions — in a 31-19 victory against the Los Angeles Rams.

Namath was 17 of 28 for 206 yards in a 16-7 victory against Baltimore, but the significance in “The Guarantee” for the AFL still carries weight today.

Bill Belichick and his Patriots players didn’t give a damn Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale about the 17-point spread, as they had called the Texans’ defense the toughest they’d face all season. But, as good as Houston was defensively Saturday night, it didn’t have an answer for the balance of New England’s offense.

SN’s NFL writers, as did almost everybody, predicted a New England victory. The question for them, and for many who considered that line worthy of a bet or two, was by how many Cheap Qld School NBA Jerseys points the Patriots would win.

Were The Cowboys Interested In Trading For Brett Favre During The Bill Parcells Era?

One of the key members of the Dallas Cowboys and their famed “Doomsday Defense” was cornerback Herb Adderley. He was a member of the first Dallas Cowboys team to ever win the Super Bowl, but before that he helped the Green Bay Packers win their first two.

Herb was one of the first common denominators between two of the NFL’s most storied franchises. Since those days many more have arisen, especially the number of players that have played for both teams.

The present-day version of the Cowboys have a quarterback that serves as the foundation of their team, #4 Dak Prescott. For a long time that iconic number four was someone who Dallas saw on the other side of the field wearing green and yellow (before all the drama), the one and only Brett Favre.

“Even now with all the success he’s had, you would never Cheap Qmjhl Jerseys know NFL Cheap Jerseys Wholesale he’s an All-Star,” Pillar said. “The way he walks around here, the way he carries himself, the way he presents himself. When you call him ‘All-Star’ or you congratulate him, he’s kinda shy about it.

“No one in here is more deserving than Cheap Professional Jerseys this guy. He’s Cheap Lebron Jerseys been a true professional.”

There’s no big secret to Smoak’s success. There’s no a-ha moment or epiphany or light bulb. Just another good baseball guy given the opportunity to play and to rake — and he has.

Baseball often teaches us that sometimes the best remedy is patience, time and dedication. It’s no different now.

The rosters for the 19th Futures Game include 27 of MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects.

The Heat have already lined up the first meeting with Gordon Hayward, and with almost $40 million in cap space, Miami could potentially sign multiple high-profile free agents. Griffin Cheap Qmjhl Jerseys could play alongside Hassan Whiteside in the frontcourt, where Whiteside’s ability to protect the rim could help make up for Griffin’s defensive deficiencies, and Whiteside could complement Griffin offensively.

Miami has point guard Goran Dragic and Whiteside both under contract for at least two more years, with promising second-year players Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson on the wing, making power forward the team’s biggest position of need. If healthy, Griffin could step Mitchell And Ness Cheap Jerseys into the Heat’s starting lineup and average somewhere close to 20 and 10, like he has most of his career.

The Futures Game will put 25 up-and-coming players from the U.S. against the top 25 prospects from the rest of the world.

The rosters for the 19th Futures Game include 27 of MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects. You can expect a handful of these players to be on major league rosters by this time next year.

It’s a lost opportunity to make a show about a 4-12 team far more interesting, a chance to give fans of any franchise some insight into why teams fail on the field. Giving the team a say in the final cut probably has a lot to do with that.

We don’t get the chance to know most of the players either. There’s one scene late in the series where running back Todd Gurley, who the team was banking on a being a big star in Cheap Professional Sports Jerseys its new market, takes over the locker room after a loss and tears into his teammates.