Klay Thompson will return from thumb injury in ‘one or two more games’

The cavalry—minus Steph Curry—is coming for the Golden State Warriors.

Hours after Warriors coach Steve Kerr suggested to reporters Kevin Durant and Draymond Green will likely be back for Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Klay Thompson said he’s not far off from returning as well.

“I’ll be back soon. One or two more games,” Thompson said, per Janie McCauley‏ of the Associated Press.

Thompson, 28, has missed the Warriors’ last seven games because of a fractured right thumb. Golden State has been without Thompson, Durant, Green and Curry for much of March, leading to an understandable downturn that has all but handed the West’s No. 1 seed to the Houston Rockets.

Curry is not expected back until at least the second round of the playoffs. However, Durant, Green and Thompson all appear close to returning.
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Durant told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that he plans to play Thursday. He has missed the last six games because of a rib injury. Green has missed the last four with a pelvic injury and illness and was initially listed as probable Tuesday night before being downgraded.

“We can overcome this,” Kerr told reporters over the weekend. “… We just got to be able to hold down the fort and understand that this is all part of the journey.”

The Warriors lost their second straight game and sixth in their last nine against the Indiana Pacers. The team managed just 81 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

“Their defense was great tonight, just their effort. They play with great effort, and that’s all we ask for,” Thompson said.

Golden State plays a back-to-back against the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns this weekend, so eyes could be fixated on those games for a potential return.

The good news keeps coming for the Golden State Warriors.

After Kevin Durant said that he will play in Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Klay Thompson told reporters that he will be returning from a thumb injury in “one or two more games.”

Thompson has been sidelined by his thumb injury since March 11 and has missed Golden State’s last seven games. The Warriors have gone 3-4 during his absence but have also played without the All-Star services of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant for significant portions of that stretch.

If Thompson is able to return in “one or two more games,” then that likely means he will play against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday or when Golden State hosts the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Nuggets’ Paul Millsap Thinks Nikola Jokic Needs to be More Aggressive

Nuggets coach Michael Malone is not the only one imploring Nikola Jokic to be more assertive on offense down the stretch. Paul Millsap, Denver’s marquee free-agent signing, said he does not want Jokic to defer to him as he continues to reintegrate himself following a three-month absence because of wrist surgery.

“He’s such a humble guy, that sometimes he looks for me to do things,” Millsap, a four-time all-star, said of Jokic. “And it’s him. He’s our team. He makes a lot of things go for us. He’s got to continue to stay aggressive, and I’m here to help him and back him in any way possible.”

Malone is hopeful Wednesday’s loss to Cleveland can still serve as a turning point of sorts. Jokic rebounded from three consecutive single-digit scoring outputs to score 36 points on 12-of-14 shooting. He also had 13 rebounds and six assists. Millsap complemented with 12 points, including two key 3-pointers as Denver staged a second-half comeback.

Malone reinforced that Jokic, who entered Friday’s game against the Lakers averaging 17.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and six assists per game, does not need to compile that level of eye-popping stats every game. But the coach wants Jokic to bring a mentality to attack and score when he gets the ball in the post, then make a play for an open teammate if a double-team arrives.
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“Nikola is our guy and he has to be the focal point,” Malone said. “And from that focal point, everybody else gets theirs …

“Stop being so sensitive of, ‘Am I going to hurt anybody’s (feelings)?’ … We can’t afford any more of, ‘Is it OK if I shoot it?’ Just play the game, man. And if you make the right play, good things are gonna happen for us.”

Chandler out, Barton in: Nuggets’ starting small forward Wilson Chandler missed Friday’s game against the Lakers because of right hip soreness that Malone said Chandler has been playing through for “quite a while” but is not expected to lead to an extended absence. Will Barton, who had previously started 21 games at small forward this season, stepped back into that role Friday.

Paul Millsap came in this off-season to the Denver Nuggets to be a leader for this team as they fought their way to the playoffs.

He got injured early on though and he is just now returning to the court. It has led the Nuggets to not really have a true leader early on in the season, and Millsap told Gina Mizell of the Denver Post that can’t be the case anymore, and Nikola Jokic needs to step up into that role.

Paul Millsap has echoed that Nikola Jokic needs to be more aggressive: “He’s such a humble guy, that sometimes he looks for me to do things. And it’s him. He’s our team. He makes a lot of things go for us…I’m here to help him and back him in any way possible.

Jokic is becoming a star in this league although if there is one knock on him, it does have to do with his leadership. This season, he is averaging 17.1 points, 10.5 assists and six rebounds per game.

He is one of the most gifted passing big men in the league right now, and if he can continue how he is playing now, it could turn out to be one of the best ever.

But for right now, it’s about the team and if Jokic wants to take that next step forward in his development, he needs to take away the leadership role away from Paul Millsap, something that Millsap really wants to give up.

Whatever doubt that began to emerge about Nikola Jokic’s standing in Denver’s pecking order after three quiet offensive games was squashed Tuesday when Jokic tallied 36 points on 12-14 shooting against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jokic’s 14 field goal attempts were his highest total in the five games since Paul Millsap returned from a left wrist injury that caused the four-time All-Star to miss more than three months. Jokic also hit 10 of 11 free throws as Nuggets coach Michael Malone made it a point to find his big man on the low block early and often versus Cleveland. Jokic had 17 post-ups Tuesday, according to NBA.com and data from Second Spectrum. On the season, he averages 7.2 per game.

“Nikola needs to be like that every night, and we’ll all feed off of Nikola. And I think Nikola has to realize that,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “I think he does now.”

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With injured star Kawhi Leonard sitting on the bench, the Spurs suffered another blow Wednesday night when All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge sprained his right ankle in the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Aldridge landed awkwardly after defending Rajon Rondo’s driving layup with 7:17 remaining in the quarter. He tried to play through the pain before leaving the game at the 3:02 mark of the quarter, heading to the locker room with head athletic trainer Will Sevening.

Aldridge re-entered the game with 7:39 left in the first cheap nba jerseys half before leaving to the locker room again with 3:17 remaining until intermission.

The Spurs announced at halftime that Aldridge had an ankle sprain and would not return to action. The Spurs did not offer an update on Aldridge following Wednesday’s 121-116 loss.

Teammate Rudy Gay was optimistic Aldridge will be OK.

“I think he’ll be fine. I’m hoping he’ll be fine,” Gay said after the game. “We obviously need our big dog. He’s a soldier. He’ll play.”

For an already short-handed team missing Leonard, the setback with Aldridge could prove crushing.

The club held out veteran guard Manu Ginobili (bruised sternum) from Sunday’s rodeo-road-trip finale at Cleveland, and Aldridge missed two games during that trip to return to San Antonio to receive routine treatment on a chronically sore right knee. Guard Danny Green missed Friday’s game at Denver after coming down with food poisoning from room service spaghetti, and Gay had just made his return in Denver after missing the previous 23 games due to heel bursitis.

Veteran center Pau Gasol also contributed to the club’s injury woes, sitting out Wednesday’s matchup due to a bone bruise in his left knee that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said would likely take more than a week to heal.

In all, Spurs players have missed 149 games this season due to injuries (169 total).
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A clear timetable for Leonard’s return remains unclear.

“Of course, there’s a protocol,” Popovich said of Leonard’s status before Wednesday’s game. “He’s doing what he’s supposed to do. He’s working hard at it. He wants to be back. When and if he feels like he’s ready to go, he’ll be there.”

LaMarcus Aldridge finished Monday night’s 100-98 win over the Grizzlies with just seven points on 2-for-8 shooting. He added eight rebounds, one assist and one steal to his stat line over 31 minutes of action. It marks the first time all season Aldridge did not score in double-figures.

The Spurs fell to the Pelicans 121-116 on Wednesday, but the bigger loss came when LaMarcus Aldridge left the game with a sprained ankle.

The All-Star forward was defending Rajon Rondo when Aldridge landed awkwardly on his right foot. It appeared he was going to try and play through the pain as he re-entered the game with 7:39 left in the first half, but he went to the locker room to be evaluated with 3:02 remaining in the second quarter and did not return.

The Spurs announced that Aldridge sprained his right ankle, but the team has not provided an update and it’s not clear the severity of the injury or how long he might be sidelined.

“I think he’ll be fine. I’m hoping he’ll be fine,” teammate Rudy Gay said after the game (via ESPN). “We obviously need our big dog. He’s a soldier. He’ll play.”

Aldridge has been the Spurs’ top player in Kawhi Leonard’s absence with a lingering quad injury. Aldridge has been averaging 23 points and eight rebounds per game to help keep the San Antonio’s playoff hopes alive as it is sitting in fourth in the Western Conference standings.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook accused Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia of intentionally trying to hurt him when Pachulia landed on his leg late in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 112-80 win Saturday night.

Westbrook drove to the basket and shot a contested floater over Nick Young, with Pachulia trailing the play. The ball hit the front of the rim, and Westbrook and Young jumped for the rebound, clashing with each other before collapsing to the hardwood.

Pachulia, standing nearby, somehow fell to the ground and landed on Westbrook’s left leg. Pachulia then got up to join his team on offense. Upon impact, Westbrook immediately reached for his knee and began shaking his head in disbelief.

The Warriors pounded the bejeezus out of the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night, to the tune of 112-80. 80 points is the fewest scored in a game this season by the Thunder, and 32 points is their biggest margin of defeat. It was a wipeout: the Warriors won every quarter, and held the trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony to a disastrous 11-of-46 shooting from the floor.
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Late in the third quarter, in transition, Westbrook drove into Nick Young and shot a contested floater that glanced off the front of the rim. Westbrook made a futile stab at grabbing the offensive rebound, and both he and Young tumbled to the floor by the baseline as Steph Curry emerged with the ball and tore off the other way. Then something very, umm, suspicious happened: Zaza Pachulia, who’d been trailing the play and suddenly found himself standing over Westbrook and Young, sort of flopped to the floor, landing directly across Westbrook’s legs. I dunno, man—judge for yourself:

After the game, a seething Westbrook made the assembled press suffer for asking him about the play, before finally coming right out and accusing Pachulia of attempting to cause him injury:

This is obviously not the first time Pachulia has been accused of recklessly using his body as a weapon against opposing superstar players: you will remember a livid Gregg Popovich going on an extended tirade after Pachulia undercut Kawhi Leonard during last season’s playoffs, a move that basically ended that Warriors-Spurs series before it had really begun*.

I obviously cannot know what Pachulia’s intentions were Saturday night—he is, after all, a big lumbering oaf, and there were bodies on the floor at his feet, and shit happens—but, man, it doesn’t look great. If nothing else, that Pachulia often finds himself too awkward to stop himself from doing harm to opposing players (but not himself) means he owes apologies around the league. Russ was salty after an embarrassing loss, but also, sheesh. That play looks iffy as hell.

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The questions kept coming, and eventually Kevin Durant became tired of answering them.

The Warriors (41-12) play against the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-24) on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, so that meant more inquiries regarding Durant facing the former team he left via free agency in the 2016 offseason. After Durant was asked how much he stays in touch with his former teammates, the Warriors’ forward started playing the reporter role.

“I got a question,” Durant said. “Why do you care so much?”

Well, plenty of intrigue centers on Durant’s defection from the Thunder, his soured relationship with Russell Westbrook and if tonight’s game might produce more fireworks. All of those storylines have bothered Durant.

“It’s not even about the game,” Durant said. “It’s about the personal [stuff]. Can we talk about basketball for a second?”

Durant said he personally felt the shift “after the last game” when the Warriors lost in Oklahoma City, 108-91, on Nov. 22, 2017. Then, Durant and Westbrook chirped, butted heads and collected double technical fouls before a Thunder crowd that booed Durant every time he touched the ball.

Yet, that hardly compares to the 2016-17 season when Durant faced louder jeers with signs of cupcakes, a reference to the nickname Westbrook had for players he considered soft. As Warriors forward Draymond Green noted, “He was over the initial shock of it all. That’s the only difference.”

“The more times you play against them and also some of the players on that team now I don’t really know them that well,” Durant said. “Most of the guys that I played with on that team are gone.”

Since Durant’s departure, the Thunder traded Victor Oladipo and young center Domantas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George. Oklahoma City also traded center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and Chicago’s 2018 second-round draft pick.

“I’m already excited to play. I don’t get up for cheap nba jerseys marquee games. I try to get better every time I step on the floor. That’s what I’m excited about. It’s not a routine. We don’t play them as much,” Durant said. “Every game to me is an opportunity to step on the court and do what I love to do the most and perfect my craft and get better. That’s what I’m out there for, to get better and help my team win.”

And no longer talk or worry about the Thunder.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is ready to play his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he isn’t up for divulging the depths of his relationships with players on that team.
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“I got a question: Why do you care so much?” the 2017 Finals MVP said when a reporter asked him if he talks to former teammates when they touch down in the Bay Area.

He acknowledged that there are a lot of players on the current Thunder roster who weren’t there when Durant called Oklahoma City home.

Tuesday night’s contest at Oracle Arena will be Durant’s fourth game against the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder. The Warriors are 4-1 against OKC since Durant joined them, but he sat out one of the wins last season while recovering from a knee injury.

Durant says he is fatigued by questions centered on generating quotes about how cool he is with members of the Thunder.

“Yeah, because it’s not even about the game,” he said. “It’s about the personal s—. We can talk about basketball for a second if y’all want.”

The 6-foot-11 forward is averaging 33.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in those four games versus Oklahoma City.

“I’m already ready to play, already excited to play,” he said. “I just don’t get up for marquee games; I just try to get better every time I step on the court. That’s what I’m excited about.”

The lone loss he has experienced against them came at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season. The Nov. 23 game was filled with emotions, and it featured a moment in which Durant and Westbrook were forehead-to-forehead talking trash.

It resulted in a 17-point blowout with Westbrook going for 34 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Durant said after that game that he began looking at the Thunder as just another opponent.

“We don’t play them as much,” Durant said. “I’ve been in the league for so long now [that] every game to me is an opportunity to step on the court and do what I love to do the most and perfect my craft and get better.”

Golden State, which has the best record in the NBA, holds an 11½-game lead in the Western Conference standings over Oklahoma City, which has lost four straight games.

NFL players won’t appeal $1 billion on Jerseys business

A group of retired NFL players who opposed the $1 billion concussion settlement between the league and their cheap authentic jerseys business and thousands of former players will not appeal the case to the Supreme Court, with former All-Pro offensive lineman Alan Faneca calling the decision “for the greater good of everybody.”

“It’s been a long road, and I guess wholesale jerseys authentic online there comes a point in time when you see the end of the road,” Faneca, one of the players who challenged the jerseys deal, told the New York Post.

A federal appeals court upheld the settlement in April, and the deadline for filing an appeal to the Supreme Court was Monday.

Former players already diagnosed with brain injuries linked to repeated concussions can begin receiving benefits within three months, Tom Girardi, who represented the players in the settlement, told the Post. He estimates those cheap authentic jerseys are hot would win the $10 billion profits, that between 1,000 and 1,500 players would be eligible for payments now.

Individual players could receive up to $5 million wholesale jerseys individually if they were diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The next-highest award after ALS is $4 million for wholesale nfl jerseys families of a player with a post-mortem finding of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, then $3.5 million for those cheap jerseys with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

“I think the settlement provides a small window for a large group of guys,” Faneca told the Post.

The settlement covers more than 20,000 NFL retirees for the next 65 years. The league estimates that 6,000 former players, or nearly three in 10, could develop Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia.

Fewer than 200 of those retirees opted out of the settlement, while 99 percent approved.

As part of the settlement, the NFL admitted no fault. A league official jerseys company speaking to Congress in March acknowledged for the first time a definite link between football jerseys and CTE. But the appeals court said that admission was not grounds to overturn the settlement.

The league has been dogged for years by complaints that it hid the risks of repeated concussions in order to return players to the field. The deal avoids the need for a trial and means the NFL shop might never have to disclose what it knew when about the risks and treatment of repeated concussions.

Some players who challenged the deal complained it does not cover mood and behavioral disorders that some researchers link to CTE.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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In need of an experienced backup with Tony Romo sidelined for two months, the wholesale Cowboys jerseys will work out free agent signal-caller Austin Davis on Wednesday, Bryan Broaddus of the team’s official authentic jerseys website reported.

Davis was waived Monday after starting two games for the Browns last season.

Undrafted out of Southern Miss, Davis generated momentary buzz in NFL circles when he passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the second and third starts of his Rams career in 2016.

After failing to top 250 yards in any of his next five starts, he was promptly benched for Shaun Hill and ultimately waived in September of 2015.

Due to his physical limitations, Davis is best-suited for an emergency role and fans are like the Cheap Dallas Cowboys Jerseys . If he ends up in Dallas, he will likely back up preseason sensation Dak Prescott, relegating Jameill Showers to third on the depth chart.

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The Cincinnati Bengals endured a big setback early in training camp with news that first-round draft pick William Jackson III suffered a torn pec in practice, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Luckily for the Bengals, Jackson wasn’t a player the team was likely to rely on during his rookie season and the plan was always to bring him along slowly while veterans like Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard handle most of the coverage duties.

Still, losing a first-round pick is bad news. Torn pectoral muscles typically take months to come back from, so it’s possible that suffering one in August could mean Jackson’s rookie season is over before it ever began. If he is able to return from the injury it will likely be after an extended stay on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list or the injured reserve with a designation to return.

Jackson climbed up the draft boards as an unknown prospect who quickly solidified himself as one of the top defensive backs in the class during the pre-draft process. Pro Football Focus is especially optimistic about Jackson’s chances at succeeding in the NFL, even naming him the seventh-best offseason addition on a list that includes free agent acquisitions:

“William Jackson missed only five-of-52 [tackles] in college a year ago. The former Houston Cougar’s physicality and exceptional coverage skills make him a good candidate for immediate success.”

For now, the Bengals are down a man in the secondary and will likely have to add some talent to the group. Former Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall is still a free agent and Donte Whitner is another player the team has had rumored interest in.

LeBron ready, prepared to lift Cavaliers, city to new heights

With a healthy supporting cast and the strength to lead, LeBron James in wholesale authentic jerseys faces the Warriors in possibly his most important challenge.

— The great ones keep pushing the boundaries, testing their own limitations, straining for perfection. But in the attempt to pump a few more repetitions and measure his strength, can LeBron James Jerseys lift an entire city?

And not just any city. This is Cleveland we’re talking, the two-ton hunk of sports coal, a city long programmed to simply shrug its shoulders and live with the pain of going four-plus decades without a sports championship of any kind. Today, there’s suddenly a twist. There’s a chance, his best chance actually if not his last, to come full circle in a complicated relationship with the ‘Land and deliver what he and everyone in Ohio so desperately want to happen.

We’re better built to start The Finals than we were last year.

– Cleveland’s LeBron James

He always wear the cheap authentic jerseys, knows that one championship in Cleveland is worth 10 in Miami, the mistress city where he enjoyed a four-year fling before the magnetic pull of his community lured him back to Ohio. He also knows that reaching the NBA Finals Jerseys can’t be taken for granted, even though this is his sixth straight trip and therefore seems like his birthright.

Finally, he knows he’s bringing a healthy posse to the championship series, and not the band of mutts that couldn’t shoot straight last summer and dumped everything at LeBron’s exhausted feet, forcing him to give one of the all-time solo juggernaut performances. The opportunity is there to seize, and shouldn’t it guarantee that we’ll see LeBron at his very best against the Warriors in this series, which could produce a long-awaited victory parade?

“We’re better built to start The Finals than we were last year,” he said, and adding that winning “would mean everything to me.”

Should that be accomplished, the career arc of LeBron will make another sharp right turn, maybe permanently. It could be argued that no other iconic professional athlete in the social media era has taken such a wriggly journey and tasted both extremes of public love and hate. Quite a thrill ride, wouldn’t you say? The LeBron Experience is a puzzle that comes at you in stages.

Inside The NBA: Finals Preview

The Inside guys preview the upcoming Warriors-Cavs Finals re-match.

First: Teenaged sensation captured the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high school junior, gets his games on ESPN, has cheap NBA Jerseys peeps wiping saliva off their scouting reports, then gets drafted No. 1 overall by the sad-sack team up the street from Akron in a neat coincidence with possible historical ramifications.

Second: Takes NBA by storm almost immediately, builds a healthy 18-34 demographic fan base, projects as a future Hall of Famer, makes the Cavs a winner, wholesale nba jersyes, becomes beloved and respected by most if not all.

Third: Took Cavs to the NBA Finals despite being surrounded by junk, then suspiciously and infamously goes AWOL against the Celtics in the playoffs, behaves like a spoiled and entitled celebrity, kicks Cleveland to the curb after seven years in a much-panned TV selection show in favor of Miami.

Fourth: Portrayed as a public enemy for spurning poor Cleveland to join two fellow All-Stars in sexy South Beach (even though he never committed, you know, an actual crime), croaks in his first championship series with the Heat to the applause of many, then rights the ship by winning back-to-back titles and the grudging respect of the snobs who accused him of being an ingrate.

Fifth: Returned to Cleveland and treated like a hero by the same citizens who celebrated the burning of his jersey when he left, instantly reinvigorated the Cavs, nearly killed himself trying to beat the Warriors in the Finals last summer, now the sentimental favorite here in the rematch.

That’s a lot of different hats worn by LeBron over a 13-year career, cheap jerseys and there are vivid indications that through it all, LeBron has now found peace. He’s a father of three living in suburbia and more concerned with watching his sons’ games, a pitchman/athlete/businessman worth hundreds of millions, a philanthropist willingly and eagerly making a difference in his problematic hometown of Akron, and a historical nut who’s secure in his place in the NBA. His life as a man has evolved. Certain things don’t matter much anymore. We all walk through this door at one point.

But here’s the catch: Because he’s still playing at an MVP-level, he believes the job isn’t finished and his basketball to-do list is missing an important check-off, all because Cleveland is still searching for a title. He’ll downplay the significance of that if you ask, only because he doesn’t want to put his teammates under pressure and the emotions of a long-suffering city on high alert. And so LeBron is playing like he’s hungry instead of satisfied,wholesale jerseys, like he has something to prove even when he really doesn’t. He owes Cleveland and us nothing except his best, yet a good part of him believes he’s two months behind on the rent.

LeBron’s Consecutive Finals Appearances

Two-time champion Brent Barry waxes on how difficult it is to achieve what LeBron has done.

That’s why he paced his way through the regular season, and upped the intensity in the playoffs, and proudly carries himself as the best player in the game despite what Stephen Curry’s back-to-back MVP trophies might argue.

“LeBron knows who he is and what he wants to accomplish,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. “And although he has done plenty in his life, there are a few things he wants to get done, both from a basketball perspective and off-the-court perspective.”

He’s still young enough at 31 to stay energized and ambitious, yet old enough at 31 to apply a sense of perspective and wisdom. That’s the perfect intersection, then, for what lies immediately ahead, and the right age not only to beat a formidable team like the Warriors, but to handle himself should the Cavs win and Cleveland treats him like a founding father.

We have another year under our belt and more chemistry. We’re excited about the opportunity.

– LeBron James

Last summer against the Warriors LeBron had to do it all, not by choice, and he almost pulled it off. Crazy, when you think about it: Andre Iguodala Jersey was voted series MVP for holding LeBron to 35.8 points, 13 rebounds and almost nine assists. Is it too late for a recount?

But now: Love seems reprogrammed and will be aggressive at times. Irving won’t save Cleveland defensively — Curry is grinning and chewing his mouthpiece furiously as you read this — but can cause hell with his shooting and creativity. Others appear able to chip in: Tristan Thompson, JR Smith, Channing Frye and Curry’s least favorite defender, the irritating Matthew Dellavedova. LeBron averaged just 36 minutes this season and perhaps purposely scaled back in crunch time, leaving others to be the hero. He didn’t need to be Sisyphus in the playoffs with the Cavs steamrolling the East, losing only twice.

“Having these guys (Irving and Love) right here at full strength, having our wholesale team jerseys at full strength and the way I feel personally, I appreciate the moment, to be a part of it and to do it again,” he said. “We have another year under our belt and more chemistry. We’re excited about the opportunity.”

GameTime: Love and Irving Impact on Finals

Sekou Smith and Rick Kamla talk about the importance of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving when it comes to the success of the Cavaliers in the Finals.

Of course, the Warriors aren’t the Pistons, Hawks or Raptors. Those three teams can pool together their best players and still fail to bring what the Warriors are bringing. The Warriors are forcing their way into the conversation for top-five team all-time. That means LeBron might be required to be monstrous for two or three nights. More, if necessary.

“It’s an unbelievable team we’re going against,” LeBron conceded. “Hat’s off.”

He can do that. He can take over a game and shatter hopes on the other bench. Internally, that’s what concerns the Warriors, that LeBron has saved himself all season, to a degree, for this.

In a perfect situation, Irving and Love are made for the ultimate stage and LeBron facilitates his way through the series, but how likely is that against the Warriors? The Cavs will be required to pull the emergency rip-cord at some point and beg him to respond with a fury. He will need to lift the confidence and the spirit of his teammates, and by extension, the psyche of a city by the lake, still waiting for its ‘ship to sail.

That wouldn’t necessarily make him the best player in NBA history. Certainly the strongest, though.

Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting.

Will Jeff Hornacek Be Puppet or Puppeteer for Phil Jackson, NY Knicks?

Give New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson this cheap wholesale authentic jerseys: The man knows how to cast smokescreens.

In what can only be described as a shocking turn of events, the Knicks are just about set to hire former Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek to be their next sideline-ambler, according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.

Nothing is official, but a source tells Beck it’s only a matter of time before that changes:cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys is that right?

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For Jackson’s next trick, he will now mostly, or wholly, bury his loyalty to the triangle offense. He has to…right?

Or does he expect Hornacek, like Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis before him, to be the next malleable vessel through which he imparts his own agenda?

The Knicks Jersyes have been linked to Jackson’s battle-tested system since he grabbed the franchise’s reins in March 2014. And he essentially canned Fisher, a branch off his own coaching tree, because the first-time head honcho didn’t properly utilize the various triangle resources, including Jackson, wholesale jerseys for cheap, at his disposal.

Hence why Fisher’s now-temporary replacement, Rambis, was considered the favorite to land this gig. He has deep-seated ties to the triangle, and Jackson closed the 2015-16 campaign driving his bandwagon.

Even as Jackson expanded his coaching search wholesale nba jersey in recent weeks, interviewing higher-profile candidates like David Blatt, Frank Vogel and Hornacek, it seemed unlikely, if impossible, that he would hire anyone other than Rambis—especially after Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton, another triangle disciple, agreed to become head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Jackson wants the Knicks to run the triangle and even held cheap jerseys basketball, a two-day triangle seminar a week after the season for approximately 10 players,” the New York Daily News‘ Frank Isola wrote. “Jackson cannot handle the physical demands of coaching an 82-game season, but he believes he can have a greater influence on the team by having Rambis, who shares his vision and philosophy, in charge.”

Hiring Hornacek represents a sudden, and unanticipated, about-face.

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Any ties to Jackson, however loose, suggest compliance with his motives. And Hornacek jerseys, unlike Rambis, is someone who allows the “Zen Master” to win the press conference.

Viewed in this light, Hornacek is just another puppet, albeit one who stands a better chance of inoculating Jackson against further invective.

Only jerseys, Hornacek’s arrival cannot solely be seen through that scope. He is not new to the coaching game. And despite the mutual respect shared between him and Jackson, he is not another triangle loyalist. He has his own style, his own offensive principles.

And for what it’s worth, Jeff Van Gundy believes he’ll get a chance to leave his imprint, per SiriusXM NBA Radio’s Noah Coslov:

This is a big step for the Knicks and Jackson, if true. Hornacek’s Suns pushed the pace and chucked threes. They deployed smaller lineups. They were allergic to long twos.

Just look at the disparities between Phoenix under Hornacek and New York’s squads: where to buy cheap sports jerseys?

Those basketball jerseys cheap and Hornacek teams were never religiously committed to pick-and-rolls, but they ran substantially more than Jackson’s Knicks.

Last season, operating mostly within Hornacek’s offensive constructs, the Suns finished possessions with pick-and-rolls more than 22 percent of the time. Though that ranked in the bottom 10 of the league, the Knicks finished 29th in total pick-and-roll usage, going to them on just over 16 percent of their offensive sets.

To see if Hornacek really has control of New York’s on-court product, we must first see the results of his arrival, because this unexpected entrance alone isn’t enough.

The Knicks need to play faster. They need to shoot more threes. Their guards must have the freedom to attack the basket.

Kristaps Porzingis needs to play more center, beside Carmelo Anthony at the 4, with three other shooters surrounding them.

In the end, New York must look like a team fit to play in today’s NBA, exhibiting minimal, if any, allegiance to the triangle offense.

Then, and only then, can we be absolutely sure that Hornacek is more than just another strategically placed minion carrying out Jackson’s vision.