You didn’t expletive tell me about it.’ He’s like our Team Mom in a way.” Myers didn’t want to text and drive. Better news: He was going to the Warriors, the defending champs, a team with available minutes at the center spot and a system that meshes well with his preferred style of play, the transition game. “There was an era where you might’ve been screaming out of a different emotion than joy hearing you got traded from the Bulls to the Warriors,” Bob Myers joked at Bell’s introductory press conference in Oakland on Friday. Bell continued the party with family and friends, answering congratulatory text messages. So he called it back: ‘Who is this?’ It was Draymond Green. Don’t call me,’ ” Bell said. “But he said after this night, we have to get back to work,” Bell said. “We’re trying to get rings over here.” Bell doesn’t have any prior relationships with Warriors players. Steve Kerr called him soon after he was drafted. “That’s good for me,” Bell said.
Lonzo's Lakers and the Fan Who Was Offered Yeezys for LaVar Ball's BBB Hat. He was so sure of his eldest son Lonzo's NBA destination that he came prepared with a special Big Baller Brand hat resplendent in purple and gold. Nothing about how this saga has turned out feels real, and that's partly why people are so incensed. At this point, it feels like we're the ones on something. It wasn't long after the pick was announced that the Balls dropped a special "Sho'Time" edition of the Big Baller Brand ZO2 sneaker, now available for preorder for the low, low price of $495—as though this was fated by the basketball gods from the start. The Triple B is still, as Lonzo told reporters after his selection, "a premium brand," and that brand is now officially a part of the National Basketball Association. Hats similar to the one LaVar threw into the crowd in Brooklyn run from $32 to $100 for a special-edition black and gold leather cap. How is that different from what LaVar Ball has done with Big Baller Brand so far? Lonzo's dad is not suiting up for the Lakers, even if he might secretly want to. It's unknown if things will eventually fall into place for Lonzo and the Lakers, but it's become increasingly foolish to doubt the prognostication of LaVar Ball.
The 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year betting odds have two big names at the top. We didn't have to wait long after the completion of the NBA Draft for the first betting odds on the 2018 Rookie of the Year race. On Friday, online bookmaker Bovada released the opening lines on the top 12 candidates for that award, and a certain Big Baller leads the pack from the comfort of Los Angeles — followed by a pair of Philly teammates looking to turn The Process into The Result. Without further ado, here are the opening betting odds for the NBA's Rookie of the Year, courtesy of OddsShark.com. Lonzo Ball, Lakers: +250 (5/2) Ben Simmons, 76ers: +300 (3/1) Markelle Fultz, 76ers: +500 (5/1) That's right — because he missed all 82 games last year, Simmons is still technically a rookie and has better odds to win the 2017 Rookie of the Year award than his new teammate Fultz. Dennis Smith Jr., Mavericks: +1600 (16/1) Jonathan Isaac, Magic: +1600 (16/1) Malik Monk, Hornets: +1600 (16/1) John Collins, Hawks: +2000 (20/1) Justin Jackson, Kings: +2200 (22/1) Lauri Markkanen, Bulls: +2200 (22/1)
Vegas releases MVP betting odds. Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports The Brovada gambling website released its opening MVP odds, which include Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson as "place your bets" peers. The worst thing about the NFL and Las Vegas – other than young players with fat stacks that are going to soon be calling it home – is that you can get a taste of where the Vegas head is at by deciphering the tea leaves when it starts taking bets. When it comes to putting odds on players, quarterback is where the party is at. The first running back to show up on Vegas sportsbook Brovada’s initial betting odds on 2017 NFL MVP was Ezekiel Elliott at 20-1. But, in a clot of players at 50-1 to be the league MVP are two 2016 Minnesota Vikings staples – current quarterback Sam Bradford and former franchise faceplate Adrian Peterson. Here is the list of players June degenerate gamblers have the opportunity to place bets on for the Most Valuable Player for 2017: 4-1: Tom Brady 7-1: Aaron Rodgers 9-1: Derek Carr 12-1: Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson 16-1: Matt Ryan 20-1: Ezekiel Elliott 25-1: Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton 33-1: David Johnson, Marcus Mariota 50-1: Bradford, Antonio Brown, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer, Adrian Peterson, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford 66-1: Odell Beckham Jr., Rob Gronkowski, Alex Smith, Ryan Tannehill, J.J. Watt, Jameis Winston 100-1: Blake Bortles, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, T.Y. In the 50-1 betting world, former first overall picks hold sway – along with an aging running back, the best wide receiver in the game and a guy (Rivers) who ended up in San Diego when Archie Manning was the most embarrassing sports parent in professional sports – Big Baller Brand 1.0. Watt represents the first defensive player, which is a sad testament to how fantasy football has skewed the perspective of the meaning of Most Valuable Player. The eventual MVP is likely on the list that Brovada provided.
Wide receiver Kundarrius Taylor commits to Sooners. Kundarrius Taylor (Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page) OU is not done yet Friday, adding a second commitment following the pledge of wide receiver Kundarrius Taylor. Dominoes are falling like crazy for Oklahoma recruiting, and it’s clear Memphis Ridgeway wide receiver Kundarrius Taylor didn’t want to be left out. Taylor, a three-star receiver, became OU’s second commit of Friday and the first receiver for OU’s 2018 class by committing late Friday afternoon. http://www.scout.com/player/215213-kundarrius-taylor?s=73 The addition of Taylor continues the crazy wave of momentum rolling for OU right now under first-year head coach Lincoln Riley. Taylor becomes the fifth commitment since Riley took over June 7 and the fourth for the 2018 class. Despite being from Memphis, Taylor has always had OU on his mind. It’s the way things are done. Although Taylor is the initial wide receiver commitment for #RileysReign, there are going to be plenty coming in the upcoming days. Taylor also had offers from Mississippi State, Auburn, Tennessee and UCLA, among several others.
Detroit Tigers release struggling closer Francisco Rodriguez. The Tigers announced this afternoon they have recalled right-handed pitcher Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo. But he has struggled all season and couldn’t be relied on lately, regardless of the situation. “We were down two runs,” Ausmus said of the decision to use Rodriguez against the Mariners on Thursday. The Tigers were swept in a four-game series at Safeco Field and fell into last place in the American League Central Division. Rodriguez has allowed seven runs on seven hits in four appearances since voicing his displeasure about his non-closer role. He allowed nine home runs over 25 1/3 innings and was 2-5 with six blown saves. Rodriguez had 44 saves last season for the Tigers. Each of the players were signed to contracts worth at least $5.5 million per year: Sanchez ($16.8 million), Pelfrey ($8 million) and Lowe ($5.5 million). Lowe and Pelfrey were released during spring training.
I took each school and added up the numbers for their spot with each voter (Robert, Zach, and listeners) and then took the average. It is also important to note that I placed Oklahoma State 7th in my poll, the listeners had the Cowboys 6th, and Zach had the Pokes 5th. Florida State - QB Deondre Francois is smooth and they have a back to replace Dalvin James... Defense is loaded... Ohio State - Another veteran winning QB in J.T. Oklahoma State - Cowboys have 2nd team WR corps better than most and Mason Rudolph at QB... Gundy has new contract and feels good about team. Clemson - First team to show up without a veteran QB... Wisconsin - Badgers return good parts of defense that was very stout in 2016... Stanford - Could be too low... QB Keller Chryst is healthy... More talent up and down the depth chart than last season. Canes are loaded on defense and with skill talent but still deciding on a QB to replace Kaaya. They also have a veteran front seven on defense, Leach won't care but the fans will.
Deandre Ayton, Arizona, Fr. It’ll be fascinating to see which Ayton we see every game at Arizona. A 6-foot-9 center with a 7-foot-4 wingspan and freakish athleticism that averaged 11.9 points, 8.2 boards and 2.6 blocks as a freshman, Williams made the decision to return to College Station for his sophomore season when he had the chance to be a first round pick — potentially a lottery pick — in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Aggies should be really good next season, and that will help, as will the fact that there is actually a point guard on the roster. : Gifted with an incredible 7-foot-9 wingspan, the 7-foot-1 Bamba has the chance to be one of the best defensive players in the nation this season. Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State, Fr. : Late-blooming big man Jaren Jackson Jr. has a chance to be a rare Big Ten one-and-done player. Wendell Carter, Duke, Fr. Trevon Duval, Duke, Fr. : A freakish athlete at point guard who can play well above the rim, the 6-foot-2 Duval will help stabilize the point guard position for Duke this season.