Lamar Odom shares chilling reality of cocaine addiction

The Players’ Tribune has proven to be a unique source for retirement announcements, farewells and anecdotes. But today’s entry penned by Lamar Odom may be the most real and powerful piece published on the site to date.

Just a quick refresher — the former NBA Sixth Man of the Year was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel in 2015 after suffering several strokes and kidney failure. He fell into a coma for four days.

Scoring 41 points and losing is never easy, but Eric Bledsoe plays for the struggling Suns, so at least he’s had some practice at putting up big numbers on the losing end. The Clippers beat Phoenix, 124-114.

Stephen Curry needed just three quarters to score 39 points on 11-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc in a 126-111 win over the Hornets. Curry has now made 10-plus 3-pointers in a game eight times in his career.

Eastern Conference All-Star Paul Millsap struggled in a 116-93 loss to the Heat. The power forward scored just nine points on 4-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds. This was an ugly road loss from a team hoping to climb the conference standings.

Warriors (42-7) at Clippers (31-18), 10:30 p.m. ET — Golden State’s potent attack could be tested on the road against the Clippers, but Stephen Curry and company are playing splendid basketball Cheap Nike Eagles Jerseys right now and should be able to pull off a win. The Warriors have done a good job keeping their Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered four All-Stars happy so far this season.

NBA trades: Nerlens Noel dealt to Mavs as Sixers get two players, draft pick, report says

The 76ers are sending big man Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a conditional first-round draft pick ahead of the trade deadline, The Vertical reported Thursday, citing unidentified NBA sources.

Much of the deadline-day buzz around the Sixers has focused on Jahlil Okafor, but Thursday’s trade moves another of Philly’s young big men.

According to The Vertical, the Mavs long have been intrigued with the 6-11 Noel and will work to sign the 22-year-old to an extension.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about Twitter Friday. The questions were about how he would have used Twitter as a player, but he used the opportunity to poke fun at President Trump.

“Twitter is great. Our president has proven what an effective form of communication it can be,” Kerr sarastically quipped. “You can even use it in international relations, policy decision-making. Policy is a different tool. It is bigly.”

He did eventually answer the original question.

“I would have complained to Phil Jackson about my playing time, for sure” Kerr said with continued sarcasm. “Phil would have used it for sure. I probably would have called out (former commissioner) David Stern on stuff. It’s best used after a few beers, too. That seems to be the most powerful use of the tool.”

Clearly the Warriors coach was in a good mood after seeing his team score Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses 50 points in the third quarter of Thursday’s game to rally for a 123-113 win over Cheap Jerseys China NHL the Clippers.

Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz declares for 2017 NBA Draft

To no one’s surprise, Markelle Fultz won’t be staying in Washington long.

The Huskies guard announced Friday he will be entering his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. Fultz declared after only one season full of spectacular individual performances but unfortunately little team success.

Durant only went after Shaq because he had engaged in a profane Twitter war with his teammate.

“I understand that Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff, make fun of players,” Durant said in February. ” It’s cool, it’s funny, but when you keep doing it time and time and time again and a guy actually disagrees with you and you threaten him I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that. It’s definitely childish.”

The now-injured Warriors star also said, “Shaq was a s—y free throw shooter, he missed dunks, he airballed free throws, he couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He was bigger than everyone, didn’t have no skill, bigger and stronger than everyone.”

In the end, Shaq promised to never mention McGee’s name again, but mainly because his mom Cheap MLB Jerseys From China stepped in. Apparently Momma Shaq didn’t say anything about Durant.

At the start of the new year, the Cavs held a six-game lead over the Celtics, but Boston is now a half-game ahead with less than 10 games to go for each team in the regular season. The Celtics have gone 10-4 in March while the Cavs have stumbled to 6-9. The East foes meet once more on April 5 at the Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping Boston Garden, a pivotal game considering the Cavs possess a 2-1 advantage in Cheap NBA Jerseys head-to-head matchups.

First gay NBA player to come out calls Amar’e Stoudemire a ‘braying jackass’

John Amaechi spent some time in the NBA, and after he retired he revealed in his book “Man in the Middle” that he’s gay. He was closeted during his playing days, but became the first NBA player to speak publicly about being gay.

So when he read Amar’e Stoudemire’s recent homophobic comments, Amaechi decided to respond:

These are serious times and we need serious people to lead important conversations, not petulant man-children spouting puerile prejudice. There is already one too many of those holding court in the media, and the world is poorer for it.

Within the world of sport there are plenty of true role models on and off the floor whose words are carefully chosen to uplift and integrate society, not join [President Donald]Trump and his grinning cabal in their ‘locker room banter.’

“Imagine if we had that energy?” Lee asked. “You’d rather have that.”

Apparently Lee would rather play in an energetic atmosphere than actually enjoy a lead in the game.

Knicks teammate Lance Thomas agreed that the silence was strange.

“We’re just so used to the Garden being so active and loud. … It reminded Packers Cheap Jerseys me of a high school: they didn’t dim the lights, we didn’t have music,” he said. “You really had to create your own energy out there you had to create your own zone to, I guess, counteract that. We did alright in Nike NFL Jerseys China the first half but it was weird nonetheless.”

Warriors forward Draymond Green, never one to mince words, was highly critical of the lack of jams as well.

To be fair, college and high school games usually have screaming student sections to help create atmosphere. Music may not be the best alternative, but we don’t see Spike Lee and company starting a round of “De-fense!” any time soon.

He has won teams over in interviews and, so far, as a receiver at the Senior Bowl.

Pumphrey said his role model is Marshall Faulk, as expected. Pumphrey broke many of Faulk’s San Diego State records and looks to offer that same type of dual-threat value as a speedy, versatile pass-catcher.

As for most skill position players, the 40 is still the great equalizer in the minds of NFL scouts. And Pumphrey certainly is aware of that.

Right after the season, I ran a 4.48 before training at EXOS, he said. I’ve run faster in the spring. I’ll be in the 4.3s, hopefully the low end.

The Senior Bowl often invites players with historically great production because of the allure, but Pumphrey wasn’t invited simply because he’s a name to know. He’s here to prove he’s an NFL running back who can fit the Darren Sproles/DeAnthony Thomas mold.

He has won teams over in interviews and, so far, as a receiver at the Senior Bowl. He might be on track to secure himself an NFL draft selection and a chance to be a difference-maker once again on the football field.

As well as the Steelers defense played against Smith and Co., it will need to be even better next week against the Patriots. The Steelers also can’t afford to settle for field goals, like they did at Arrowhead. But if Bell can keep running it like he has been, the Steelers Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom might be able to keep the Patriots offense on the sideline.

They say defense wins championships and the Steelers played championship defense on Sunday as the Steel Curtain fell on Kansas City.

Then someone (believed to be quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, per CSN New England) was heard warning players to keep your mouth shut. Another unknown voice mentioned the need to keep it cool on social media.

We know Brown was ignoring the second part at the time. He was busy mugging for his camera and engaging nearby teammates. Guaranteed the first part will be enforced much more closely once Brown’s video circulates.

Ravens undecided on bringing back leading tackler Zach Orr

Former Baltimore linebacker Zach Orr is looking to return to football following a brief retirement, but the Ravens are unsure whether or not they are interested in bringing him back.

Orr, who led the Ravens with 132 tackles last season, his third in the league, retired due a heightened concern over suffering a severe spinal injury. But he is now attempting to come back just months after hanging up his cleats.

During his time with Chicago, Rondo appeared in 69 games (42 starts) and averaged 7.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 6.7 apg in 26.7 mpg. He shot .408 from the field, .376 from 3-point range, and .600 from the free throw line after signing with the Bulls last July.

The Bulls still have Dwyane Wade on their roster and his large contract to boot, but it appears the team is willing to lose a bit more next season as a way to get some draft picks and rebuild.

Millsap is Mr. Consistency. He’s going to get buckets and rebounds each and every night while playing exceptional defense. He switches onto guards if necessary, rotates Hockey Jerseys Cheap seamlessly and disrupts offensive flow. He’s just a pro, on and off the floor.

He’s 32, so there will be concerns on the back end of any contract Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap he’s offered, and he’s not a No. 1 option on a contender. His outside shooting leaves a lot to be desired, and if that defense drops off late in his career, that’s a problem.

Still, he’s a guy who makes your team better and won’t shake up the dynamics of a locker room.

After dealing Ricky Rubio, will Timberwolves target Kyle Lowry?

The remaking of the Timberwolves continues.

On Friday, Minnesota shipped out Ricky Rubio, the team’s starting point guard for the past six years and one of the most high-profile draft picks in franchise history, to the Jazz for a scant return package of Oklahoma City’s lottery-protected 2018 first-round pick.

After a red-hot start, the Yankees have lost 11 of their last 14 games, and they currently placed Starlin Castro and Matt Holliday on the DL. They now trail Boston by one game entering Wednesday night’s action.

The Red Sox decided to trade third baseman Travis Shaw to the Reebok Cheap Jerseys Brewers this past offseason — a decision that has come back to bite them. Pablo Sandoval has been a huge bust at the hot corner, so Boston needs to start thinking of a more permanent solution, at least for this season.

Prado, 33, slashed .305/.359/.417 last season while also providing solid defense at third. Though he has spent most of this season on the DL, Prado is back in the lineup with three RBIs in his last two games.

Both the Yankees and Red Sox would immediately be helped by executing these trades. New York would get another power hitter, who could help protect rookie sensation Aaron Judge. The Red Sox would be filling their biggest need.

The Marlins have already sent shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays, proving they are not bluffing when it comes to selling assets.

Despite a rough patch in June, New York will still be buyers. A starting Super Cheap Jerseys Fans pitcher and first baseman top their priority list, so Bour could soon be wearing pinstripes.

2017 AL All-Star team announced: Aaron Judge, trio of Astros highlight roster

Yankees rookie Aaron Judge dominated American League All-Star voting the way the rookie slugger has dominated opposing pitchers, earning a starting spot in the 2017 All-Star Game on July 11 in Miami, in voting announced Sunday night on ESPN and MLB.com.

Judge is joined in the AL outfield by Mike Trout of the Angels and George Springer of the Astros.

Two of Springer’s Houston teammates were also named starters – second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa.

The All-Star Game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET July 11 at Marlins Park Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys and will be televised by Fox.

Moments later, after Rams executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff told the team John Fassel would serve as interim head coach for the final three weeks of the season, All-Pro punter and team captain Johnny Hekker stood and expressed his regret.

“Coach Fish gave us all a chance, men,” a tearful Hekker said to his Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys teammates. “We didn’t do s— with it. It sure hurts. (Fisher) gave us all a shot. We did nothing with it. Moved, it was a distraction, he handled it like a man. He gave us Premier League Cheap Jerseys every opportunity we needed. And we didn’t hold each other accountable.

“We cannot sell ourselves short moving forward, guys. As leaders, I mean, I’ve let you guys down. I haven’t been there. I haven’t done my best. And I’m sorry. I’m sorry to Coach Fish. He’s not going to hear it but …

“We all gotta wear it. We all gotta know that that man’s gone because of us.”

The Rams lost the final three games of the season and finished with a 4-12 record. Sean McVay was hired in January to replace Fisher as head coach.

Steve Smith: Retiring as Panther ‘not on my radar’ as suspension would loom

As if his undesirable departure from Carolina wasn’t reason enough, Steve Smith has a legitimate excuse to not retire with the Panthers.

During his appearance on the “Rich Eisen Show” Tuesday, the former Ravens wide receiver said returning to retire with the team that drafted him in 2001 won’t happen anytime soon due to a looming suspension.

“Thankfully, nobody was hurt. I don’t think this is going to interrupt any Wholesale Jerseys All events at the stadium.”

Nissan Stadium is scheduled to host the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup match against Panama on Saturday. Ticket holders will not be displaced because no tickets for the damaged section were sold. A Titans spokesman told Omnisport the team only sold “tickets in the upper deck on one side of the stadium and the damage was on the opposite sideline, which wasn’t going to be open for that game.”

The owner of Pyro Shows, which operated Nashville’s fireworks show on Tuesday, explained the malfunction.

“The shells are supposed to go off in the air, but this one came back down and didn’t go off until it landed in the upper deck,” Lansden Hill told Titans Insider. “It was just one of those things that will occasionally happen. That’s why the fire code requires that we keep the crowd a Wholesale Jerseys Usa certain area away from it. We know out of every 1,000 shells not all of them are going to work right.”

The Raptors have put together consecutive 50-plus win seasons, both ending with losses in the playoffs to the Cavaliers. This past season, Toronto’s ouster came in the Eastern Conference semifinals; in 2016, the No. 2 seeded Raptors took the Cavs to six games in the East finals.

Broncos’ 6 best coaching candidates to replace Gary Kubiak

The Broncos won a Super Bowl in Gary Kubiak’s first season as head coach. They will need to find a good replacement after learning of his decision to retire following his second season.

John Elway’s first priority in his new hire is clear find the candidate best equipped to lead a talented Denver team back to the playoffs.

That doesn’t necessarily mean going offensive-minded again like Kubiak, however.

Trailing 34-16 midway through the fourth quarter, the Texans (10-8) were driving for what could have been a spread-beating score. But Osweiler’s third pick prevented a touchdown, or even field goal, as he overshot tight end Ryan Griffin and instead found Patriots safety Duron Harmon.

The Patriots (15-2) won in all three phases of the game and got an especially great night from running back Dion Lewis. The fourth-year back from Rutgers helped the Patriots reach an NFL-record sixth straight conference championship game by becoming the first player in postseason history Cheap Jerseys Kids with a rushing touchdown, receiving score and kickoff return for a touchdown.

I was able to make some plays, but I still have to clean up some things, Lewis Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own told CBS Sports. It means a lot to be able to help my team win. Hopefully next week we can come out strong.

The Patriots will play host to either the Steelers or Chiefs in next Sunday’s AFC championship game. Either team will have revenge on its mind. The Patriots knocked the Chiefs out of the playoffs in the divisional round last season. New England handed the Steelers a 27-16 loss at Heinz Field in Week 7.

Whichever team the Patriots get next week, Brady will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s outing. The best Brady is a pissed off Brady and he’s probably not pleased with his performance, despite the win.

It’s important to try to go out and have a good week and fix some things, Brady told reporters after the game. We’ll learn from it and try to be better next week.