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Jimmy Butler: 'I'm Not a Star, I'm a Good Role Player'

Jimmy Butler: 'I'm Not a Star, I'm a Good Role Player'

✕We appreciate your humility, . The shooting guard has been off to a torrid start during the 2014-15 season, leaving no doubt he's one of the future standouts at his particular position. Of course, he's already been an exemplary contributor throughout the opening salvo of the campaign, lending credibility to anyone who would like to call him a star. Based on his numbers—21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game with a 22.6 player efficiency rating, per —I'd feel perfectly comfortable bestowing that classification upon him. Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau feels the same way, as he...

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Pat Riley: Heat Want to 'Take Care of the Players That We Have' in Free Agency

Pat Riley: Heat Want to 'Take Care of the Players That We Have' in Free Agency

The won the Eastern Conference in 2020 one year after missing the playoffs, and now president is tasked with keeping his team in NBA Finals contention.Riley gave some insight into Miami's offseason plans Friday while speaking : "We know what our priorities are. It is to take care of the players that we have, that we have to make decisions on almost immediately. We know [center Bam Adebayo] has a decision to make and we do with him. We know the guys that have sacrificed for us that we really like, our free agents, especially [point guard Goran Dragic]."Among rotation regulars, Dragic,...

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Flores: Tua Tagovailoa Starting over Ryan Fitzpatrick 'Best Thing' for Dolphins

Flores: Tua Tagovailoa Starting over Ryan Fitzpatrick 'Best Thing' for Dolphins

head coach Brian Flores has confirmed that will be the starting quarterback coming out of the team's Week 7 bye. Speaking to  Wednesday, Flores said the decision to go with Tagovailoa over Ryan Fitzpatrick is Flores  the coaching staff has The Dolphins selected Tagovailoa with fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft with the goal of him becoming their franchise quarterback. There were questions about Tagovailoa, though. He hadlast November to repair a dislocated hip and posterior wall fracture suffered during Alabama's win over Mississippi State. Durability was an issue for him at times in...

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NBA Reportedly Focusing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Season Start

NBA Reportedly Focusing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Season Start

The 's 2020-21 season may open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to Yahoo Sports' .Goodwill reports the league is "focusing" on the holiday, January 18, for opening night, though a potential Christmas Day start isn't out of the question yet.A decision on a full 82-game season hasn't been made, and Goodwill said the league's focus is on returning to a normal league calendar with the 2021-22 season beginning on time next October.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to focus on getting next season started during a Board of Governors call Friday. A Jan. 18 start would give teams at...

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Should the Los Angeles Lakers Trade for Derrick Rose?

Should the Los Angeles Lakers Trade for Derrick Rose?

✕Within a couple weeks of the 2019-20 winning the championship, rumors have already surfaced about ways to make the team even better.That's understandable. Good teams are almost always trying to get better in the offseason. And the Lakers may have a bit more reason to push than other defending champions.Through no fault of its own, L.A. avoided the five opponents with the highest 2019-20 (a measure that combines point differential and strength of schedule) in the postseason, including the two teams that had a higher rating than it did.  The playoff path is almost certain to be more...

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Heat Rumors: Derrick Jones Jr. Expected to Draw Interest from Bulls, Hawks, More

Heat Rumors: Derrick Jones Jr. Expected to Draw Interest from Bulls, Hawks, More

In his fourth season in the league, Jones averaged a career-high 23.3 minutes after he returned to the team following injuries to his groin and hip. Per Jackson, Jones appeared in every game for the Heat after Dec. 1, posting an average of 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and a steal in 59 total appearances. Despite a strong regular season, Jones played double-digit minutes in just three games during the Heat's run to the NBA Finals, and he was a healthy scratch in two of those championship games. He had just 10 total minutes in the Lakers' series, and averaged 6.5 minutes and 1.5 points...

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Cody Bellinger Says His Shoulder 'Popped Out' During Dodgers' Celebration

Cody Bellinger Says His Shoulder 'Popped Out' During Dodgers' Celebration

hit the biggest home run of the season Sunday night to help send the to the World Series, but he might have celebrated too hard on the way back to the dugout. As he explained to MLB Network after the game, he hurt his shoulder with his Bash Brothers-type celebration with teammate Kike Hernandez (1:30):MLB Network The Game 7 hero for the @Dodgers!@Cody_Bellinger talks about his game-winning HR and what happened to that shoulder. #MLBTonight https://t.co/xQ7501E81PBleacher Report CODY BELLINGER HITS A MOONSHOT. https://t.co/kcNGK3szHe RelatedWho has the advantage on Tuesday? 🤔

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How the Boston Celtics Can Become a Real Rival for LeBron James' LA Lakers

How the Boston Celtics Can Become a Real Rival for LeBron James' LA Lakers

Several teams believe they stand out as L.A.'s rival (, , , , etc.), but the Lakers have always had their sights set on the Celtics and their lead in titles. If James can push the franchise to No. 1 overall with 18 championships and do so by beating Boston in the Finals, he'll cement his Lakers legacy.          Tatum Extension         War Chest of Future Draft Picks Empty?         Hayward and Kanter Options, More           Trade Hayward, Avoid Luxury Tax?           Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter, .RelatedScouts tell @Jonwass the 6'9 forward is a safer...

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OBJ Cleared to Return

OBJ Cleared to Return

Odell's COVID-19 test came back negative, clearing the Browns WR to return to team headquarters (NFL Network)Mike Garafolo #Browns WR Odell Beckham good to go. All team tests came back negative.

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Former Angels Employee Eric Kay Indicted on Charges in Death of Tyler Skaggs

Former Angels Employee Eric Kay Indicted on Charges in Death of Tyler Skaggs

Former Los Angeles Angles employee Eric Kay was indicted Friday by a Skaggs died on If Kay is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, according to Fletcher.RelatedInside the ‘hell’ the Angels pitcher’s family is enduring while coming to terms with how he diedTwitter lets Dodgers lefty have it after another tough playoff loss

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Oct 16
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NBA Execs See LeBron's Influence over Lakers Leading to a Chris Paul Trade

NBA Execs See LeBron's Influence over Lakers Leading to a Chris Paul Trade

Winning their 17th championship on Sunday, everyone in the organization—from players to coaches to front-office personnel—deserve their respect for pushing through a long, challenging season.Klutch Sports Group We officially welcome @AntDavis23! https://t.co/2rxOQG058f After his team had clinched the Western Conference Finals over the , James shared his take on Davis coming to Los Angeles:Dan Woike LeBron to @taniaganguli on what he was thinking as the confetti fell https://t.co/WinzoKl7Ow           RewindDrew Garrison Full Rob Pelinka quote on the Lakers signing KCP. I swear this is real....

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Oct 15
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Browns' Kareem Hunt on Week 6 Matchup vs. Steelers: 'This One's for Myles'

Browns' Kareem Hunt on Week 6 Matchup vs. Steelers: 'This One's for Myles'

When defensive end plays the on Sunday for the first time since he hit Mason Rudolph with the quarterback's helmet, he will do so with his team behind him.Garrett was suspended indefinitely after the Week 11 incident last year in which he pulled Rudolph's helmet off his head and hit him with it. A melee ensued, and 33 players were fined by the league.Garrett later said Rudolph used a racial slur, but the league did not find evidence to support this after an . Garrett was reinstated before the 2020 season and has started every game for the 4-1 Browns, tallying 15 combined tackles and 10...

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Oct 14
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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw Scratched from Game 2 Start vs. Braves with Back Injury

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw Scratched from Game 2 Start vs. Braves with Back Injury

pitcher has been scratched from Game 2 of the National Championship Series against the with back spasms, the team Tuesday.Right-hander Tony Gonsolin will start in place of Kershaw.It's not clear when Kershaw will be healthy enough to pitch next, though manager Dave Roberts has already the possibility that he starts Game 3 on Wednesday. However, according to MLB Network's , the Dodgers are "optimistic" Kershaw will be healthy enough to start Game 4."The likelihood is very good," Roberts Tuesday in regards to the possibility that Kershaw pitches at some point in the NLCS.Julio Urias Game 3 on...

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Oct 13
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Padres' Tommy Pham Undergoes Surgery After Stabbing, Is in 'Good Condition'

Padres' Tommy Pham Undergoes Surgery After Stabbing, Is in 'Good Condition'

RelatedWill the Rays blow out Houston? We look at how this series has gone and how it could end ➡️

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Oct 13
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Logan Ryan on Dak Prescott Injury: 'I Hope He Gets $500M When He Comes Back'

Logan Ryan on Dak Prescott Injury: 'I Hope He Gets $500M When He Comes Back'

star Dak Prescott likely saw his season come to an end after suffering a compound "I feel terrible. It was a routine football play ...You've got a guy, and I am in a similar position, he is scratching and clawing at one year on his deal to try and get rewarded, try to do the right thing, try to show up to work, try to lead his team, try to get a lucrative contract. He had to come out and prove it this year, so for him to get this type of injury...That's why I feel like Dak. I hope he gets $500 million when he comes back. He deserves it. He is a hell of a quarterback."To make the situation...

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Oct 12
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Miami Heat: Is Erik Spoelstra the Right Coach for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

Miami Heat: Is Erik Spoelstra the Right Coach for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

Erik Spoelstra is 100 percent the right man to be the head coach of , and the .It's not because he's an incredible motivator or has an impressive basketball mind.It's not because he has years of experience coaching superstars to championships or dealing with players who have big egos like LeBron and Wade.The reason why Spoelstra is the right man to coach the Miami Heat is because he has no idea what he's doing.  In all reality, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade don't need a head coach who tries to impose his will on them, like Phil Jackson did first with Michael Jordan and secondly with .LeBron...

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May 31
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Yankees Hall of Famer Whitey Ford Dies at Age 91

Yankees Hall of Famer Whitey Ford Dies at Age 91

The announced Friday that Hall of Fame pitcher , who spent his entire 16-year playing career in pinstripes, has died at the age of 91:New York Yankees The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. Whitey spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. A 6x WS Champion and 10x All-Star, The Chairman of the Board was one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber. He will be deeply missed. https://t.co/2KDi4V9SeAFord is arguably the greatest pitcher in Yankees history. He led the team to six World Series titles and was named World Series MVP when New...

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Oct 9
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Bradley Beal Rumors: Star to 'Give It a Shot' with John Wall, Wizards

Bradley Beal Rumors: Star to 'Give It a Shot' with John Wall, Wizards

shooting guard Bradley Beal, a frequent target in trade rumors, is reportedly planning to remain with the organization to "give it a shot" alongside a healthy . of The Ringer reported the news Wednesday but noted the Wizards are one of the teams at a potential "crossroads" along with the , and .Wall has made just 73 appearances since the start of the 2017-18 season because of injuries. He missed the entire 2019-20 campaign while recovering from a.The last time both Wall and Beal were healthy, in 2016-17, the Wizards finished fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 49-33 record and advanced...

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Oct 7
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Where This Lakers Playoff Run Would Rank All-Time in Franchise History

Where This Lakers Playoff Run Would Rank All-Time in Franchise History

0 of 5The are one win away from the 2020 championship following a 102-96 win over the on Tuesday.If they can prevent Miami from winning three straight games (the Heat now have a 14 percent chance to win the series, according to 's projection), this might go down as one of the most dominant title runs in Lakers lore.After Game 4, these Lakers are in franchise history in postseason plus-minus and tied for in playoff winning percentage.Numbers struggle to capture caveats, though. When basketball historians look back on this season, some might point out the novelty of the bubble, the fortune of...

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Oct 7
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Report: Astros Looking for Revenge Against 'Haters' After Sign-Stealing Scandal

Report: Astros Looking for Revenge Against 'Haters' After Sign-Stealing Scandal

The spent the entire 2020 season as the sport's public enemy No. 1. One win away from an ALCS berth, it appears the Astros have used the hate for motivation.    of SNY.tv reported the Astros have sought revenge against "haters," including teams like the , , and . All four clubhouses have had outspoken critics of Houston in wake of the team's sign-stealing scandal.Houston's Lance McCullers Jr. and Josh Reddick later took to Twitter to publicly deny the report:Lance McCullers Jr. This is such fake news. We just here to play ball. We are focused and into the idea of winning... because it’s the...

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Oct 7
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NBA Rumors: Heat Seen as 'Top Destination' for Stars via Trade, FA by Execs

NBA Rumors: Heat Seen as 'Top Destination' for Stars via Trade, FA by Execs

Regardless of how things play out for the in the NBA Finals, they have positioned themselves as a premier landing spot for talent. Per The Ringer's , various front-office executives ""Maybe it will be a free agent. Or maybe a player under contract who will seek a trade in 2021, since the Heat have good young players who could be traded in addition to first-round picks in 2025, 2026, and 2027. Keep in mind: Miami emptied the draft pick cupboard to acquire LeBron and Bosh 10 years ago. Who knows what could happen in the coming years with , , , , or any other team facing a crossroads."It's...

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Oct 7
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Lakers Have Had Championship Blueprint Around LeBron, Anthony Davis All Along

Lakers Have Had Championship Blueprint Around LeBron, Anthony Davis All Along

On a night when dropped 20 points and four assists in the second half alone and Anthony Davis drilled a dagger three-pointer to seal a 102-96 victory over the , it was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who delivered the most salient message of all: that these , now one win away from an title, are more than the two stars credited with bringing them here.This is the real epiphany of their season. The idea that the Lakers are dispelling underdog notions is a sham. They were billed as one of the league's foremost championship favorites before the season ever tipped off. Their status persisted throughout...

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Oct 7
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Former MLB Pitcher Charles Haeger Dies After Being Wanted on Suspicion of Murder

Former MLB Pitcher Charles Haeger Dies After Being Wanted on Suspicion of Murder

Former pitcher Charles Haeger was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Arizona on Saturday, Scottsdale Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ben Hoster said in a statement.According to the Associated Press (h/t ), "Arizona police were initially searching for Haeger with probable cause to arrest the 37-year-old on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.Haeger's ex-girlfriend, who has been identified as Danielle Breed, was found fatally shot in Scottsdale on Friday. Breed's roommate told police he saw Haeger emerge with a handgun from her...

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Trevor Bauer Will Consider All Contract Offers, Including Astros, as Free Agent

Trevor Bauer Will Consider All Contract Offers, Including Astros, as Free Agent

Since the moment the were eliminated from the postseason by the , Twitter users from all corners of the baseball world jumped into 's mentions in an attempt to convince him to sign with their favorite team. It doesn't appear as though the likely National League Cy Young-winner has made up his mind just yet. In fact, he appears willing to hear more offers than previously thought.Asked in a tweet on Saturday if he'd be willing to sign with a franchise he's spent all season ridiculing for their cheating scandal, Bauer said he'd consider "all offers." Trevor Bauer I will consider all offers...

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Oct 4
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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Takes Shot at Warriors Fans 'Who Came out of Nowhere'

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Takes Shot at Warriors Fans 'Who Came out of Nowhere'

Kyle Goon 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍 https://t.co/gALTPgshlJ RelatedHeat guard won't play tonight vs. Lakers with torn plantar fasciaHeat big man (shoulder/neck) won't play tonight vs. Lakers, but there's hope he could return for Game 3

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