The NBA’s version of a crowded bar: Inside the Las Vegas schmooze pit

The NBA’s version of a crowded bar: Inside the Las Vegas schmooze pit

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There's no official start or end time, but the apex doesn't reach fevered heights until well into the day. The boundaries are ill-defined, but it consists of the approximately 700 square feet of concrete behind the baseline all the way to the players tunnel. And it doesn't have a name, but everyone knows it's where to go to find someone. As another summer league game is playing out not 30 feet away, some of the most influential names in basketball are connecting, reconnecting and generally carousing on the edges of Jerry Tarkanian Court.cheap nfl jerseys china nike On this night, agent Rich Paul is chatting with a peer off to the side. Klutch Sports' announcement that LeBron James is heading west is only days old, but there's still plenty to…
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Class in session: Sean Payton, Drew Brees teach NFL Lingo 101

Class in session: Sean Payton, Drew Brees teach NFL Lingo 101

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It wasn't a particularly special play in New Orleans Saints lore -- or at least you wouldn't think so. Just a 6-yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram in the first quarter of a 2016 win against Tampa Bay.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale But NFL Films had Sean Payton and Drew Brees mic'd up for that game and captured them relaying that playcall through the headset and into the huddle. So I used it as an example when each of them agreed to sit down and dissect just what exactly they're talking about when they rattle off these cryptic, almost comically long sets of code words. When I read it off to Brees to see if he could remember when the Saints might have used it, his instant recall was as…
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Isaiah Thomas agrees to 1-year, $2 million deal with Nuggets

Isaiah Thomas agrees to 1-year, $2 million deal with Nuggets

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Free-agent guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Denver Nuggets, league sources told ESPN. Thomas met with Tim Connelly, Denver's president of basketball operations, and coach Michael Malone in Las Vegas in recent days, continuing to talk and text with them about a role and circumstances surrounding him joining the Nuggets, league sources said.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys This is a high-reward, low-risk gamble for the Nuggets, who aspire to reach the Western Conference playoffs this season. For Thomas, it is a chance to re-establish himself on a winning team, stay healthy and re-enter free agency next summer. Malone is planning for Thomas, rehabbing from hip surgery, to play a significant scoring and playmaking role off Denver's bench. Malone coached Thomas with the Sacramento…
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Beckham’s Miami MLS franchise stadium site vote delayed six days by commissioners

Beckham’s Miami MLS franchise stadium site vote delayed six days by commissioners

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The vote on David Beckham's latest plan for a stadium to house his Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami has been delayed for six days, with city commissioners still not ready to decide on the matter. Beckham, 43, was on hand as the Miami City Commision took public commentary and deliberated over the latest proposed site -- the Melreese Country Club, a public golf course owned by the city that sits near Miami International Airport.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china The Miami Herald reported that commissioner Ken Russell, a potential swing vote on the matter, was critical of the Beckham group for not doing community outreach in Melreese neighborhood, while also questioning Beckham and partner Jorge Mas about how the lost park space would be replaced among other things.…
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Which Lakers prospects are showing potential to help LeBron?

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For the first time in several years, the NBA Summer League seems unlikely to be the highlight of the Los Angeles Lakers' season. The past two summers, Lakers fans have flocked to Las Vegas, where the success of teams led by No. 2 overall picks Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball has contrasted with the Lakers' futility during the regular season. Last July, Ball and fellow first-round pick Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers to the NBA Summer League championship, the only title one of the league's most storied franchises has won in recent memory.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china While expectations shouldn't be quite that high, the arrival of LeBron James via free agency has made the Lakers' regular-season roster far more compelling. And since the Lakers finally sent their own…
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How LeBron’s decision instantly changed the Lakers, Cavs and NBA

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She woke up at 4 a.m. on July 1 with nothing to do but wait for the sun to rise. With as much as Jeanie Buss and the Los Angeles Lakers had riding on this day, she was lucky to have fallen asleep at all the night before. In a few hours, the NBA would learn where LeBron James had decided to spend the next phase of his NBA career, and Buss' Lakers had emerged as the favorites to sign him. She'd seen her father, Dr. Jerry Buss, pull off landscape-altering trades and free-agent coups like this before. cheap nfl jerseys china nike But since his death in February 2013, it had been as dark for the Lakers as it was on that Manhattan Beach morning as she tossed and…
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Mike Trout stays patient as pitchers take a pass

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When Mike Trout was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels and began his journey through the minor leagues, he vowed to never swing until the opposing pitcher threw the first strike. Trout wanted to build a foundation of plate discipline at the professional level, and it didn't matter if it meant consistently falling behind in counts as a developing hitter. He was that confident in his approach. Coaches tried to shake the habit off him, worried that he might be getting too passive, but Trout didn't budge. Through 286 games in the Angels' farm system, his patience hardly wavered. "I just wanted to have that mindset," Trout said. "It made me a better hitter when I got deep in the count."cheap nfl nike jerseys china That composure, that persistence, is…
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Belgium paid price for missed chances in semifinal defeat – Roberto Martinez

Belgium paid price for missed chances in semifinal defeat – Roberto Martinez

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Chicago Bulls forced to commit to uncertain future with Zach LaVine

Chicago Bulls forced to commit to uncertain future with Zach LaVine

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The young swingman always believed this kind of deal was coming his way -- one that will pay him $78 million over the next four years, once the Chicago Bulls match the offer sheet LaVine signed with the Sacramento Kings as they intend to do, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski. Chicago always knew this was a possibility in the high-stakes game of restricted free agency, but now that the offer is on the books, the broader question becomes: What exactly is the organization getting for all that money? It's a question that will not only hover over everything the Bulls do for the next four years but will also help define the legacy of longtime Bulls executives John Paxson and Gar Forman. The latest offer the duo made to LaVine…
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James Washington a ‘workhorse’ for Steelers and family farm

James Washington a ‘workhorse’ for Steelers and family farm

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James Washington has an exercise for developing strong receiving hands that even Antonio Brown doesn't try on social media: changing the tires on a 6E Series John Deere tractor. Years of handling that clunky jack underneath multi-ton farm machinery always got Washington right for game days. "It teaches you to hold leverage, put your shoulder into it and shove it," said Washington, the Pittsburgh Steelers' second-round pick. "Flip the tire up and lean it against the tractor, then you kind of want to wiggle it on there."cheap nike nfl jerseys from china Before Washington learned to do it all on the field for Oklahoma State, he had to do it all in the fields of north Texas. As a teenager in Stamford, Texas, with a population of less than 3,000,…
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