These responses to Dirk Nowitzki’s 30K points show us how much his peers love him


Dirk Nowitzki scored his 30,000th point on Tuesday night, and while the entire NBA celebrated his monumental achievement some of the best messages came from the players and people who know him best. Former teammates and people close to the Mavericks sent some really sweet messages.

Big congrats to my buddy Dirk! 30 stacks!!! Only six players in the history of the game have scored 30,000 points. On this day in ’98 I would’ve never believed you’d still be with the @Mavs, be an MVP, NBA Champ and in the 30k club no matter how many nights we went back to the gym for 1 on 1 and shooting battles. Unreal, historic, clutch player and better person.

Who would have ever thought this kid I carried for 1 season would go on to be the best player in Mavs history.

Official team practices don’t start for five months, but that doesn’t mean the NFL offseason will be boring. Contract extensions, free agency drama, and the 2017 NFL draft will ensure the league remains in the news throughout the spring and into the summer.

Headlines will emerge from the ether to fuel debate. Last season, it was moves like Josh Norman getting de-franchise tagged, DeMarco Murray moving to Nashville, and everything that happened to Laremy Tunsil on draft night. This year, almost anything is in play.

But plenty of breaking news will come from expected sources. A handful of veteran quarterbacks are set to find new homes in 2017, led by four-time Pro Bowler Tony Romo. Standouts like Le’Veon Bell, Dont’a Hightower, and Eric Berry are all set to ink new contracts with their teams — or send the free-agent market into a frenzy by refusing.

Here’s a breakdown of the biggest stories set to dominate the NFL’s news cycle before the draft this spring.2

NBA scouts flocked to Adelaide to watch the potential-filled teenager


It wasn’t the perfect season for the rookie, who had his ups and downs, but, when asked if he’d recommend this pathway to others who were in his position, his response was clear.

“I’ve already done that,” he said.

“I’ve told players that want to go to college, ‘don’t go to college’. I’ve already been working; I’ve been recruiting for Australia.

“I enjoyed my journey over here, and I definitely feel like it was a smart route to take, so I’ll definitely encourage other players. Especially if they’re, for sure, a draft pick; I’d definitely encourage them to come overseas and live this life.”

Ferguson entered the NBL season as, essentially, a lock to be chosen in the first round of the 2017 Draft, and that’s unlikely to have changed.

The three-time junior national team gold medallist wouldn’t divulge which teams have been speaking with his agent, but admits he has ‘a whole list’ at his home.

NBA scouts flocked to Adelaide to watch the potential-filled teenager — often coming for just the night to watch him — with all 30 teams sending a representative at some point throughout the course of the season. Now, Ferguson is back in the United States, and is looking ahead toward June’s draft, But, he’ll never forget the incredible time he spent in Adelaide.

“I’ll miss the whole 36ers family,” Ferguson said.

“Everyone’s so close. Especially my teammates, my coaches.

“I’ll definitely miss the fans because, every time I see them, they’re just very encouraging. They’re always thinking about my future, which is crazy to me. To have other people caring about me; thinking about how I am and how my future is gonna go.

“That’s pretty amazing to see from them, so I’ll definitely miss the 36ers family.”14

NBA spokesman Mike Bass affirmed Jeanie Buss’ role with the Lakers in a statement.


“Jeanie Buss is the sole Governor of the Los Angeles Lakers and under league rules, she has control over the team,” the statement said. “She has not only been a terrific leader for the Lakers organization, guiding the business before and after her father’s passing, but an incredibly influential voice among all our team owners.”

Last week, Jeanie Buss replaced her brother Jim as president of the Lakers’ basketball operations with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.

The Lakers have to vote on a board of directors and controlling owner every year, sources told ESPN. Since 2013 — the year of Dr. Buss’ death — there have been three votes to affirm Jeanie as controlling owner. This year’s vote has not yet taken place.

Lewis’ book does have a basketball tie: The first chapter (excerpted on Slate) is all about how the Houston Rockets have evaluated draft prospects under general manager Daryl Morey, including how they learned from some early mistakes.

March is the month when fluffy players are streamlined, new pitches are learned, and new swings lead to better results. March is when your favorite injured player becomes your favorite healthy player, no, seriously, this time for real, just look at him.

March is when some random A-baller who isn’t on the 40-man roster thumps a couple homers and makes you think, “Maybe, just maybe.”

It’s a hideous, Splenda-coated optimism, though, filled with false notes that your brain susses out immediately. You know it means nothing. You know that for every surprising development that’s sustained in the regular season, there are 30 that you’ll never think about again. You build this knowledge into how you approach the whole month, too. It’s why you don’t care about wins and losses. It’s why you don’t even bother looking at Grapefruit League standings before you make your predictions for the season.


Cousins was drafted in the fourth round in 2012 to be the backup


Earlier this season, Hornacek, in his first season in New York, de-emphasized the triangle, saying at one point that the club was running it “much less” than 50 percent of the time. Hornacek said late last week, though, that the club has been running the triangle more often in games after the All-Star break. He added that Jackson was not behind the decision.

Jackson, of course, won a combined 11 championships while using the triangle offense as a coach in Chicago and Los Angeles, but the Knicks have struggled to run the offense during Jackson’s presidency.

“I can’t figure out how you can hire a coach and tell him how you want him to play,” former Knicks coach Larry Brown said of the Phil Jackson-Jeff Hornacek dynamic.

Revis, a first-round pick in 2007, ascended to stardom early in his career and became known as the premier cornerback in the NFL. His ability to dominate the top receivers launched the “Revis Island” moniker.

“When you’re dealing with a player of Darrelle’s caliber, these decisions are extremely hard to make,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said. “We all have a great deal of respect for Darrelle and the significance of his time with the Jets cannot be overstated. He provided an example of how a pro should approach his craft and established his place in NFL history as one of the best at his position.”

Revis also became known for his contract problems, and a bitter dispute led to his trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. The Jets received a first-round pick from the Bucs, which they used to select defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Cousins was drafted in the fourth round in 2012 to be the backup — and insurance policy — for Robert Griffin III, who was taken with the second overall pick that year. He started four games his first two seasons, one as a rookie replacement for an injured Griffin.

In 2013, Cousins started the final three games as the team benched Griffin, saying they wanted him healthy to work out in the offseason.

this should be a fairly even matchup between two of the NFC’s best teams


First of all, when Arizona sets up prior to the snap, they do a great job of not tipping their hand to the offense–milling about, playing off the line, or apparently locked in to man coverage outside. Colin Kaepernick (or any quarterback, or sometimes center) has to set protections based on what the defense is showing. Are there six defenders that look like they’re going to rush? He’s got to call a protection scheme that protects against six. What Arizona does well is to make it look like pressure will come from the left, for instance, then rush from the right (dropping players on the left into coverage).

Another thing that they like to do is the double or triple A-Gap blitz. The A-gaps are the two gaps between the center and guards. Below, you can see the center and running back pick up the double A-gap blitz by No. 50 and No. 36. What they haven’t accounted for in their protection is the delayed third blitzer, No. 22 Tony Jefferson.

“I want people to look at it and see that this man, for the time he was on this earth, did a lot of good for a lot of people.”

“Sean Taylor: A Football Life” airs Friday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

The OVER is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams and 8-2 in Philadelphia’s last 10 games on the road. Sunday’s total is set at 50.5 at sportsbooks monitored by

If the first three weeks of the season are any indication, San Francisco should take a big lead in the first half and lose it in the second. Of course, both of these coaches will be grilling their teams this week about putting in a full 60-minute effort.

Regardless of how it plays out, this should be a fairly even matchup between two of the NFC’s best teams, providing some value on the team getting the points at Philadelphia +5.5

Notable cuts tracker: Who already has been released?


Hollis Thompson Limited Jersey Free agency has yet to arrive, but that hasn’t stopped NFL teams from trimming the fat.

The first few weeks following Super Bowl LI have seen a handful of notable players cut by their respective teams, as some organizations aim to clear cap space in anticipation of the start of the new league year. Veterans who are suddenly deemed expendable have been released, as have underachieving players who entered the league as high draft selections. We’ve assembled a round-up of the most notable moves so far.

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If the Browns got a third-round compensatory pick, they would convey it to the Patriots. The Browns found out that they did get a compensatory pick on Friday, so the 103rd overall pick will be in play for Bill Belichick to use in April. The Patriots now have two third-round picks and two fifth-round picks to go with selections in the first, second, fourth (they acquired one in a trade during last year’s draft to offset the one stripped by the NFL in Deflategate) and seventh rounds.
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This is the first year that teams have been allowed to deal compensatory picks in trades and the Patriots weren’t the only ones adding a third-round selection to their collection. The Titans will pick at No. 100 with the Rams sending their compensatory pick to Nashville in last year’s trade for the first overall pick.

The Browns were rewarded with four compensatory picks, but they will only have two come the draft. They also agreed to send a fourth-round compensatory pick to the Eagles as part of Philly’s deal for the No. 2 overall pick last year. They received two of them and it is believed the higher of the picks — No. 139 overall — will go to the Eagles.

It¡¯s worth losing your job over a meat pie


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The meat pie. It¡¯s objectively one of the world¡¯s great foods, and something that it horribly underrepresented in U.S. culinary tradition. Today we¡¯re talking about in in relation to sports after Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw ate a pie on the sideline and started ¡°Piegate,¡± also known as ¡°Pieaffair.¡±

Elite Brandon Williams Jersey Shaw ate a pie on the sideline after learning that bookies were taking bets at 8-1 odds that he would eat a pie during the game. It was a lark, but also a serious violation of betting laws and created a quagmire he wasn¡¯t fully prepared for. On the plus side, he got to eat a pie.

I¡¯m of the fervent belief that almost any job in the world is worth losing over a meat pie. For the uninitiated, this is a small, hand-held pie with buttery pastry and filled with a mixture of meat and gravy. Sometimes you can have mushrooms in it, maybe some onion ¡ª this is a free area because all meat pies are good pies.

We have been tricked by a false god in America. We have been led to believe that a hamburger is better than a meat pie. Some have gone so far as to take the common pastie, a British culinary treat and passed it off as a true meat pie. This is false. The difference between a true meat pie and a pastie is the meat-pastry ratio, which is perfect in a pie and skews too far towards pastry.

We can understand why the Kings traded Cousins, even if we don¡¯t understand the return they received in the trade. Each side needed a fresh start. But when videos emerge showing Cousins spilling his heart to his fans away from that sporting world, it strips down what makes sports special to its most basic level.

The Patriots defense allowed just seven points to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship


What differs between the playoffs and the regular season is simple: the game cannot end in a tie in the postseason, and that of course counts for the Super Bowl. The overtime period is a 15-minute frame in which both teams get three timeouts apiece. If the game is tied after that first frame, they’ll play as many 15-minute periods as needed until one of them scores.

The Patriots defense allowed just seven points to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship, albeit in sloppy conditions. Whether the Seahawks offense can gain traction early in the game or the Patriots defense maintains its momentum could swing the outcome. Here’s everything you need to tune in:

Beyonce’s performance was one of the most well-received halftime shows ever. Bruno Mars’ halftime also drew high marks for his halftime show last year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers aspect of that show left something to be desired, but all in all, this year’s performers do have some recent history to live up to.

Also per tradition, President Obama did not make a prediction for Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. He did admit that he thinks the game will be close, though he has worries about the health of Seattle’s secondary.

Although both essentially shrugged off what happened afterward, Keselowski also choose to look ahead to next Sunday¡¯s season-opening Daytona 500. His message was clear and directed not only to Hamlin, but those not eligible to compete in the exhibition race who were watching the Clash on television.

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Alex Reyes news starts Cardinals season on a bleak note


The Alex Reyes news hits the St. Louis Cardinals right where they live.

Something wasn’t right from the minute the team’s hulking, baby-faced pitcher set foot in the clubhouse Tuesday morning. He politely declined an interview request, saying he had somewhere to be. That somewhere turned out to be an appointment with a doctor that led to an MRI tube that led to the grim realization that one of the brightest young talents in the game could be dimmed for at least a year.

Nowadays, the prognosis for injuries like this is pretty encouraging long-term. Reyes is only 22 years old. He’d be nuts to prolong what could prove to be the inevitable if doctors think it truly is inevitable.

He might as well get it addressed now rather than wait until the prime of his career, his best earning years, when the team will need him the most. He and the Cardinals have known since the spring of 2013 that things could be heading this way. The first time doctors found a partial tear — also known as a strain — they were able to keep him on the field with an injection of platelet-rich plasma. Now, it looks as if they’ll have to cut open his elbow and replace the ligament.

What do the Brewers, Blue Jays, and A’s all have in common? According to Grant Brisbee, they all have underrated strengths that you should keep an eye on this season.
As they arrived for camp, the Arizona Wildcats decided to take a hint from a beloved (albeit fictional) Cleveland team from the past.

The injury to Alex Reyes makes this piece on imagining the Cardinals as sellers this season a bit more relevant.

Brett Favre revenge: Would Packers be interested in Adrian Peterson?


Game Mens Vincent Valentine Jersey The road from Green Bay to Minneapolis — a 278-mile trek along Wisconsin 29 and Interstate 94 — is not a one-way route. A woman named Sheila who answered the phone at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was nice enough to confirm that.

¡°There are two lanes eastbound and two lanes westbound,¡± she said.

Peterson can still deepen the intrigue. The Vikings’ looming decision on Peterson should be closely watched at Steelers headquarters. The Vikings are widely expected to pass on the 31-year-old Peterson’s $6 million roster bonus in the final year of his deal. That leaves Minnesota with two options: Cut him or ask him to take a reduced salary, a reality a prideful Peterson might not accept.

If Peterson is released, that $14-million-a-year clip is off the books, leaving McCoy the game’s highest-paid back. The Steelers easily could give Bell more than McCoy without jeopardizing the salary cap.

Elite Arik Armstead Jersey The Cardinals will tag outside linebacker Chandler Jones unless a long-term deal can be reached, coach Bruce Arians said during his end-of-season news conference in early January. “Chandler’s not going anywhere because, if we have to, we will franchise him,” Arians said. The Cardinals want to keep the 26-year-old as the foundation of their pass rush.

He has produced double-digit sacks in each of his past two seasons, including 12.5 sacks in 2015 with New England and 11 in 2016 with Arizona. The projected franchise tag for linebackers is $15.287 million. If he can convince the Cardinals to call him a defensive end, he could be tagged for $16.988 million, a difference of about $1.7 million more.

After his season ended with a Super Bowl victory parade in Boston, Jimmy Garoppolo would be a worthy investment if the Browns envision him as their quarterback of the future.