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Kristaps Porzingis poised to turn New York boos into cheers – USA TODAY


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Kristaps Porzingis poised to turn New York boos into cheers
USA TODAY
NEW YORK – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the New York Knicks' first-round pick – the fourth overall – and Knicks fans booed as Latvia's slim, but gifted 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis walked on stage to shake hands and pose for photos with Silver …
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Kristaps Porzingis poised to turn New York boos into cheers – USA TODAY


USA TODAY
Kristaps Porzingis poised to turn New York boos into cheers
USA TODAY
NEW YORK – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the New York Knicks' first-round pick – the fourth overall – and Knicks fans booed as Latvia's slim, but gifted 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis walked on stage to shake hands and pose for photos with Silver …
2015 NBA draft winners and losersYahoo Sports
NBA teams continue to go big with draft picksLos Angeles Times
How Porzingis call puts pressure squarely on Phil JacksonNew York Post
New York Times -ESPN -New York Daily News
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Jamie Carragher to Wear Gary Neville Manchester United Shirt After Losing Bet

Gary Neville reckons he’s won a bet with fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher over Paulinho—and now Carragher has to wear Neville’s old Manchester United shirt.

Carragher predicted that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder would be a 15-goals-a-season man.

With rumours that Paulinho is about to leave White Hart Lane—as per this report from Sky Sports—Neville is cashing in.

We await Carra’s response.

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Emmanuel Sanders Says Patriots Shouldn’t Be Super Bowl Champs After Deflategate

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders suggested Thursday that the New England Patriots don’t deserve their latest Lombardi Trophy in light of the Deflategate controversy.

Mike Klis of 9News reported Sanders’ colorful response to a young child at former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey’s youth football camp at Valor Christian High School:

Am I mad about #Deflategate? I feel like I’m on ESPN with that question…Yeah, yeah, I’m kind of mad. I don’t think that they should be the Super Bowl champion this year. You aren’t supposed to cheat. Cheating is not good, especially when you’ve got guys who are working their butts off for 365 days out of the year and one person cheats – whether it helps them win the Super Bowl or not, they still cheated and shouldn’t be a champion.

Sanders had a breakout 2014 campaign in Denver, posting a career-high 101 catches, 1,404 yards and nine touchdown catches. The Broncos lost to Indianapolis in the divisional round of the playoffs, failing to earn the right to face the Patriots in the AFC title game.

New England was accused of using deflated footballs in a 45-7 romp over the Colts and defeated Seattle to win Super Bowl XLIX thereafter.

Following an independent investigation led by Ted Wells, heavy punishment came down on the Pats. Legendary quarterback Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games of 2015, and New England has been fined $1 million and lost its 2016 first-round draft pick and 2017 fourth-round choice.

The Deflategate saga has been in the news recently again due to Brady appealing his suspension at a lengthy hearing that took place this past Tuesday. That could have had something to do with Sanders speaking his mind now rather than closer to the release of the Wells report.

WEEI.com’s Christopher Price had an interesting layer to supplement Sanders’ remarks:

Denver defeated New England to advance to the Super Bowl the year before Sanders arrived. Whether the Broncos can mount another championship push depends on Sanders maintaining his high level of play and future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning staying healthy enough.

Between the Spygate fiasco and this latest purported rules violation, New England has developed a reputation that has to be bothersome to players like Sanders who feel they’re going about the game the proper way.

The Broncos will host the Patriots in Week 12 on November 29 in a game that could have huge playoff implications. Even though the Patriots aren’t the type of team to thrive on bulletin-board material, Sanders’ comments will still add some extra spice to the exciting showdown.

Satnam Singh, Mavericks C, Becomes 1st Indian-Born Player Selected in NBA Draft

Satnam Singh became the first Indian-born player drafted into the NBA Thursday night after the Dallas Mavericks selected him with the 52nd overall pick in the 2015 draft.

The NBA draft posted a photo of Singh shortly after he heard his name called:

The Mavs shared a Vine of team owner Mark Cuban addressing the media:

Upon moving to the United States, Singh joined the IMG Academy and averaged 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game for the post-graduate team.

Foot Locker interviewed Singh as part of its Draft Suite:

Draft Express posted a video of Singh’s workouts at IMG:

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello figures the Mavericks were smart to at least take a flier on Singh:

In a profile on its website, IMG noted the 19-year-old couldn’t speak English when he arrived in the U.S. Upon becoming more proficient with the language, he was interviewed by both ESPN The Magazine and Sports Illustrated without the aid of a translator.

IMG also provided an infographic detailing some of the interesting facts regarding Singh’s journey:

Kenny Natt, IMG’s director of basketball, spoke to Shahid Judge of the Indian Express about what drew him to Singh and some of the best aspects of his game:

My first most memorable impression of Satnam was obviously his enormous size at 14 years of age. Second, was his warm smile, huge hands, and of course, his bubbly personality and genuine passion for the game. What was also very noticeable was his basic skills set. In the areas of perimeter shooting, touch and inside post moves to left and right-hand, he was above average for such a young and big man with a minimal number of years of formal skills training.

Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel wrote an in-depth story on Singh back in May 2013. In it, he recalls Singh’s humble origins growing up in India:

Satnam spent his first few years living in a mud hut, and the modest brick house in which his family lives today is four miles from the nearest paved road. His father, Balbir, attended school through only the fifth grade and met his wife through an arranged marriage. Balbir is also more than seven feet tall, but basketball wasn’t an option for him because he had to work on the farm. He’s a former head of Ballo Ke, a village of 800 in the Punjab, where he farms wheat, sells buffalo milk and grinds flour at his in-home mill. “We have faced hard times,” says Balbir. “The things I couldn’t do in my life, I want Satnam to do.

Should Singh suit up for the Mavericks or another NBA team during the regular season, he’d be the second player of Indian descent in the league’s history. Sim Bhullar, whose parents emigrated to Canada from India, played for the Sacramento Kings last year.

Thamel ventures that Singh could have a bigger impact than Bhullar on growing the game in India since he hails from the country.

Should Singh fail to establish himself in the NBA, his journey to the league alone will serve as an inspiration for his fellow countrymen. 

Kevon Looney to Warriors: Twitter Reacts as PF Is Selected in 2015 NBA Draft

During the draft process, many pundits thought Kevon Looney could be a lottery pick. But the power forward may not be too upset he dropped well out of the lottery, as he’ll be heading to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors with the No. 30 pick.    

Sports Illustrated announced the news on Twitter:

Looney clearly wanted to go much earlier in the draft, and his night was a difficult one, as Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated noted:

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times has more on Looney’s reaction to being selected by the Warriors:

And Looney didn’t hesitate to express his thankfulness after joining the champs, per the NBA on Twitter:

One of the reasons Looney fell down the board was concerns over his hip, though Chad Ford of ESPN thinks that could simply be a detour on the road to stardom: 

But Looney’s hip may not have been the only concern team had, per Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com:

Looney will be joining a championship roster that will see players such as MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli return.

While there will be some turnover for the Warriors—David Lee seems likely to be traded, while there is the possibility restricted free agent Draymond Green will sign an offer sheet Golden State doesn’t match, though that’s unlikely—they will hit the 2015-16 season as one of the favorites to win another title. 

That means the team won’t need to rush Looney along and can slowly groom him, and in turn, there won’t be much pressure on him entering the league. If anything, if he manages to crack the rotation and earn meaningful minutes, it will be a pleasant surprise. 

Still, the chance to be a part of a championship roster and learn from some of the best players in the league and a coach like Steve Kerr has to be exciting for Looney. He probably would have wanted to go a bit higher in the draft, but he certainly ended up in a fantastic situation. 

 

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Celtics take Louisville guard Rozier in 1st rd of NBA draft – Washington Post


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Celtics take Louisville guard Rozier in 1st rd of NBA draft
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BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have taken guard Terry Rozier from Louisville with the 16th pick of the NBA draft. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Rozier lacks bulk. He averaged 17.1 points per game as a sophomore last season but hit only 41 percent of his shots …
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