Who had the best sneakers of Week 22 in the NBA?

For no particular reason,stitched nfl jerseys china players all around the league this week dusted off several now-vintage pairs from LeBron James’ long-running Nike signature series, making for a makeshift celebration of the 15-year run of James’ elite-level play.98

Nike’s LeBron series is now the longest-running consecutive signature line for an NBA player (Michael Jordan retired after his 14th Air Jordan model). James himself wore his current LeBron 15 sneaker in a special-edition colorway Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers, fittingly in Nike’s backyard. They were styled in a bright-orange-and-gray striped look inspired by some of the brand’s earliest shoe-box designs.

PJ Tucker has been honoring James’ game all year and unearthed a pair from LeBron’s second season in the league. The perfectly matching, red and silver Nike Zoom 20.5.5 model was dubbed to highlight the elite company the 19-year-old phenom was among after his rookie year. At the time, James joined only Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan as rookies to average 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Wizards wing Mike Scott also wore a pair from James’ second season, the Zoom LeBron 2, while Hawks guard Malik Beasley broke out the “Cork” LeBron X, which commemorate James’ first championship.

While still sidelined from game action for another week, Stephen Curry celebrated his 30th birthday Wednesday by debuting his new Curry 5 signature model during his pregame workout. The design takes heavy inspiration from his March 14th birthday, and the many angles, curvatures and theories related to Pi Day (3.14).nike authentic nfl jerseys cheap

Rounding out the week was a great gesture from Grizzlies teammates Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr, who wore white sneakers autographed by several young patients currently receiving care at the nearby St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

NBA and players aim to erase stigma surrounding mental health

Larry Sanders doesn’t watch a lot of television, but, from time to time, when he comes across an NBA game, he says he can easily identify players who are dealing with mental health issues.

“I’m not sure it’s obvious to everyone,” Sanders said, “but I know the signs.”97

Sanders was once a young, rising NBA star whose elite defensive skills stitched nfl nike jerseys earned him a four-year, $44 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks in August 2013. He was long, active and athletic on the court, yet his physical gifts could not offset the anxiety and depression that eventually consumed him.

He chose to self-medicate with marijuana to alleviate his anxiety and isolation. That led to four violations of the NBA substance abuse program, two suspensions and the stunning decision to walk away from pro basketball in 2015 at age 26. Sanders checked himself into Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin and enrolled in a program to combat anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Before he did, he posted a video on the Players’ Tribune detailing his struggles.

Recent public revelations by current players Channing Frye, DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love about grappling with mental health issues has naturally captured Sanders’ attention. So has news that the league and the union are formulating a more robust mental health program to address the needs of its players.

League and union sources confirm that once the new, more comprehensive mental health program is unveiled, it will function as its own entity, extricated from the league’s drug policy.

Both league and union officials concur that having mental health lumped in with the substance abuse policy was a deterrent to players who needed and wanted help with mental health concerns.

Sanders says this is a huge step forward. His struggles, he says, were exacerbated by his drug suspensions, which under the collective bargaining agreement required him to receive drug treatment when what he really was seeking was assistance with his mental wellness. As a result, he says,nfl jerseys stitched his “treatment” felt punitive instead of therapeutic.

Alvin Gentry: ‘All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game’

For the second consecutive game, the coach opposing the Houston Rockets finished the night with an epic rant against the officials.

This time, it was New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry,nfl cheap jerseys who fired off against the referees following the Pelicans’ 107-101 home defeat.86

“The thing that bothers me more than anything, and I really don’t care, we try to play the right way, and we play our asses off,” Gentry said.

“All we want is an equal opportunity to win the game. Not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game, where they call a 3-point foul from the corner. All of you take a look at the play, and if you think that’s a foul, if anybody out here thinks it’s a foul, then you tell me, and I’ll shut up, and I won’t say one more thing. You take a look at the play and tell me what you think when a guy comes up and winks and says, I got him.”

Gentry was referring to the foul called on Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday while James Harden was shooting a 3 from the corner in a seven-point game with 5:39 to play in the fourth quarter. The controversial call sent the arena into frenzy and eventually earned Gentry a technical foul for arguing, with which he also did not agree.

“When you get technical fouls called when you walk away from a guy, that’s not right,” Gentry said. “I walked away from him so I wouldn’t get a technical foul.”

Harden didn’t seem to agree with Gentry’s assessment of the play after the game.nfl jerseys cheap china When asked about the play, he said. “He got a piece of me, enough of a piece to affect my shot. Good call.”

This was clearly a breaking point for the Pelicans head man, who went on to complain about his star player not getting the same type of calls as some of the guys of his caliber in the league.

Pau Gasol opens up on playing for Tom Thibodeau, Gregg Popovich

The San Antonio Spurs big man, who is almost certainly headed to the Hall of Fame when his career ends, is one of only two active NBA players to have played for two of the most unique characters in basketball today: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Gasol and Philadelphia 76ers guard Marco Belinelli — who were Chicago Bulls teammates in 2014-15 — are the only active players left standing from a club that counts just five others as members: Nazr Mohammed, Kurt Thomas, Keith Bogans,cheap nfl authentic jerseys Malcolm Thomas and Rasual Butler.85

“How about that?” Gasol said with a smile when told of the group. “Fascinating list.”

So what’s it like playing for two of the most interesting men in basketball? Gasol, an interesting personality in his own right, shed some light on the experience as the Spurs get set to face off against the Timberwolves for the third and final time this season, with both teams needing a win in the ever-tightening Western Conference playoff race.

“They bring a certain passion to the game,” Gasol told ESPN. “Maybe in different ways, but you see that emotion from both coaches. They both care truly and are devoted to the game.”

The preparation both coaches put into their respective systems is also something that sets them apart, according to the 37-year-old Gasol. It’s a major reason why, during his chances at free agency after leaving the Los Angeles Lakers, Gasol signed first with Thibodeau’s Bulls,cheap nfl jerseys from china then with Popovich’s Spurs.

“The conversations that I had with Thibs were positive. It seemed like we were going to be on the same page,” he said. “And when I decided to come to San Antonio, same deal. I knew Pop was an excellent coach, a guy that is at the top of the top, considered, I think, for most of us, the best coach that is out there today.”

Vikings restructure Latavius Murray’s contract entering next wave of free agency

With their biggest offseason priority in the fold after Kirk Cousins inked his three-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $84 million, the Minnesota Vikings can now shift their attention elsewhere and upgrade other positions.74

General manager Rick Spielman hinted that Minnesota wasn’t quite done in free agency, saying the Vikings will “potentially do one or two more things.” A move Thursday evening backed that up when the team restructured the contract of running back Latavius Murray,cheap nfl jerseys multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.

Given the planning by the Vikings’ front office as it relates to the salary cap, Spielman is confident the franchise will have flexibility to work with in coming seasons. Cousins’ 2018 salary comes with a $24 million cap hit, which left Minnesota with just over $26 million to use in free agency and with contract extensions before any restructuring took place.

Murray was at risk of being a cap casualty had he not agreed to a pay cut by 4 p.m. ET Friday, when $5.15 million of his 2018 salary would have become guaranteed; that would have been the sixth-highest cap hit among all running backs. The Vikings could have released Murray, whom they signed to a three-year, $15 million deal last offseason, and freed up about $5 million in cap space had he not restructured, but they worked to keep the 28-year-old in Minnesota’s backfield.

The timing of Murray’s restructuring coincides with the visit of Seattle defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to the Twin Cities. Richardson spent time at the Vikings’ facility in Eagan on Thursday before dining with coaches and management.cheap nfl authentic jerseys The 3-technique spot is one Minnesota hopes to improve this offseason. The Vikings expressed interest in bringing back veteran DT Tom Johnson in a reduced role and are also considering options for reserve tackle Shamar Stephen. Finding interior D-line depth next to nose tackle Linval Joseph is a crucial priority in bolstering the Vikings’ pass rush.

UCLA seniors Jordin Canada and Monique Billings take aim at final NCAA tournament

The GBL Lady Rebels and the Corona Diamonds faced each other many weekends in local AAU tournaments across Southern California. This was way, way back — sometime around third grade.

Jordin Canada, then on the Rebels, and Monique Billings, then on the Diamonds, knew of each other.73

Little Canada would storm down court, dropping in layup after layup,authentic nfl jerseys cheap with few able to catch up. “It was basically how it is now,” Billings said with a laugh.

And there was young Billings. She’d stretch her arms out and call for the ball on the block. “She was super tall,” Canada said.

Neither knew that they’d wind up college teammates at UCLA. Now they are in their final season wearing blue and gold together, with one last shot in the NCAA tournament. The seniors lead the ninth-ranked Bruins (24-7) into the Big Dance after falling to UConn 86-71 in last season’s Sweet 16.

The road ahead won’t be easy. UCLA received a No. 3 seed in the Kansas City Regional, and will host the first and second rounds. The Bruins face 14th-seeded American, the Patriot League champ, on Saturday. If they win, a potential showdown with sixth-seeded Iowa and Megan Gustafson, the nation’s leading scorer, awaits in the second round on Monday.

UCLA lost to sixth-ranked Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals on March 3, marking its third loss against the Ducks this season. Canada had 19 points, and Billings had 18.

Late in the first quarter,nfl jerseys for cheap Billings outstretched her arms in the passing lane and stole the ball. Canada instinctively ran down court. Billings gave the ball up to her point guard for the easy deuce. Billings clapped while both ran back on defense.

Torrey Smith to Panthers a bargain compared to other free-agent WR deals

The $5 million a year that wide receiver Torrey Smith will count against the salary cap seemed like a lot on Friday when the Carolina Panthers traded cheap nfl jerseys starting cornerback Daryl Worley to Philadelphia for him.

Particularly when you consider Smith hadn’t caught more than 36 passes in any of the past three seasons between San Francisco and Philadelphia.

It looks like a bargain now when you look at the deals top free-agent wide receivers who have accomplished less got in free agency.62

Chicago gave Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson, coming off an ACL injury, a three-year, $42 million deal. He has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns since being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft.

Kansas City gave Sammy Watkins a three-year, $48 million deal with $30 million guaranteed. The former Clemson star had 39 catches for 593 yards and eight touchdowns last season and has caught only 67 passes combined the past two seasons between Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams.

Washington gave Paul Richardson a five-year deal that could be worth up to $40 million with $20 million guaranteed. Richardson had a career-best 44 catches last season at Seattle and has only 95 in four seasons.cheap nfl jersey

Smith, 29, despite a down couple of seasons, has 302 career catches for 4,951 yards and 39 touchdowns in seven seasons between Baltimore, San Francisco and Philadelphia. He also has a Super Bowl ring that he won last season with the Eagles.

He had 13 catches for 157 yards in Philadelphia’s three playoff wins, including five catches for 49 yards in the Super Bowl victory over New England.

So $5 million against the cap doesn’t sound so bad versus the average salaries between $8 million and $16 million a year that others received.

Malcolm Butler says Patriots never gave him reason for not playing in Super Bowl LII

Cornerback Malcolm Butler told the Boston Herald that he was never given a reason for why he didn’t play in Super Bowl LII, but he reiterated that he has no hard feelings toward his former team, the New England Patriots.

Butler, who agreed to a deal with the Titans this week, authentic nfl jerseys cheap hasn’t spoken with Patriots coach Bill Belichick since the Super Bowl, he told the Herald.61

“I never got a reason,” Butler told the newspaper on Wednesday. “I feel like this was the reason: I got kind of sick. I went to the hospital. They probably thought I was kind of late on the game plan. I wasn’t as locked in as I should be and could have been a matchup deal. It could have been anything.

“But Bill Belichick has been doing this for a very long time. He took a veteran out of Super Bowl XLIX [against the Seahawks] and put in a first-year rookie, and that turned out right, so you could never question his decision. It didn’t work out right [against the Eagles].nfl jerseys for cheap It didn’t work out the best for me or him or the New England Patriots. But I can say he won more than he lost, so it is what it is. I always have love for New England, Bill Belichick, Mr. Kraft, all those guys. Life just goes on.”

Butler was replaced in the starting lineup by Eric Rowe in Super Bowl LII. The Patriots primarily played a three-safety nickel package in the game, but when they added a sixth defensive back in their dime package, they initially had safety Jordan Richards on the field in the first half before tapping cornerback Johnson Bademosi for that role in the second half.

Adelaide United unfazed Marco Kurz-to-Sydney FC rumours grow

Adelaide United players have vowed to not get distracted by speculation their coach Marco Kurz is a target of A-League leaders Sydney FC.

Kurz has been touted as a potential replacement for Graham Arnold when he departs the Sky Blues at season’s end to become Socceroos boss.

But Adelaide midfielder Daniel Adlung says Reds cheap nfl jerseys from china players must focus on their bid to make the finals rather than the future of Kurz.

Adlung says the Sydney FC speculation isn’t a surprise given the German coach’s stellar first season at Adelaide.52
Kurz, a 48-year-old with coaching experience in the Bundesliga, has steered Adelaide to sixth spot in the A-League.

And while still scrapping to secure a finals slot, Kurz has won plaudits for his moulding a largely inexperienced squad and overcoming a spate of injuries.

Kurz’s United were beaten in the FFA Cup final by Sydney FC nfl cheap jerseys, who are on the hunt to replace Arnold when he departs at the end of June.

The Sky Blues hierarchy were also believed to have been further impressed by Kurz when United held the league pacesetters to a scoreless draw in January.

Adelaide’s team in that game featured 11 South Australian players — six of them under 20 years old.

Jamie Carragher suspended by Sky Sports until end of Premier League season

Jamie Carragher has been suspended from his role as an analyst at Sky Sports until the end of the Premier League season, the television network announced on Wednesday.

Carragher was suspended indefinitely earlier this week after a video emerged of the former cheap nike nfl jersey Liverpool defender spitting towards Andy Hughes’ car following Liverpool’s defeat at Manchester United, with the spit hitting Hughes’ 14-year-old daughter.49

In a statement, Sky Sports said it has taken the decision to bench the 40-year-old pundit following an internal review of the incident.

“Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again,” it said.

“Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.”

“We have been feeling under siege. It has been really worrying,” said Hughes, 42, from north Wales. “I have received threats, death threats and all kinds of abuse, and I don’t know how to deal with it. I worry for my daughter’s safety, I really do.”

Edmund King, the president of British motoring association AA, said recording the incident on Saturday was a criminal offence itself and felt both drivers “perhaps need road safety refresher courses.”

Explaining why he decided to record the cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale incident while driving, Hughes said: “When you see someone off the telly, you get a bit giddy.

“As he was ex-Liverpool as well, I thought I would just have a bit of banter about the result. I just wanted to have a laugh with him because he comes across as a very amiable guy.”

Carragher said he has spoken to the family and apologised for what he labelled “a moment of madness.”