Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 6:02 AM EDT Jul 16, 2019 The NBA's wildest summer appears to be winding down. Six of the 15 All-NBA players from last season changed teams, with blockbuster overnight trades, and a ton of All-Star level players and high-level role players changing teams. In case you weren't already convinced: Welcome to the player empowerment era of the NBA. We've had a little time to digest all the moves, and let's get right to the biggest takeaway: The NBA is as wide open as it has been in years, with as many as nine teams having a legitimate chance at an NBA title. That's because the two teams in June's NBA Finals both lost superstars in free agency. Golden State's dynasty — five straight Finals appearances and three titles — as we know it is over, and Kawhi Leonard became the first Finals MVP to immediately change teams in the offseason, leaving Toronto for the other team in Los Angeles. With free agency … [Read more...] about NBA power rankings: After wild summer, title race wide open
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By Tom Orsborn Updated 7:22 pm CDT, Thursday, July 11, 2019 Lyles, a 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 8.5 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game last season with Denver. Lyles, a 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 8.5 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game last season with Denver. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 Lyles, a 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 8.5 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game last season with Denver. Lyles, a 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 8.5 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game last season with Denver. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Spurs reach deal with free agent Trey Lyles 1 / 22 … [Read more...] about Spurs reach deal with free agent Trey Lyles
The discussions are ongoing. Cal Quantrill will start Sunday, allowing the Padres to push the next starts for Chris Paddack and Matt Strahm back one day each. Barring a front-of-the-rotation type addition, Padres manager Andy Green will consider other in-house names throughout the season as the organization, one game at a time, attempts to scrap together more than 1,400 innings from its pitching staff. It’s a path the Padres, for all intents and purposes, started down last August upon placing two veteran starting pitchers on waivers. The return of one Friday night — Pirates right-hander Jordan Lyles and his 2.09 ERA — is a reminder of what the Padres just might be missing even if they remain steadfast in their commitment to discover all they can about the pitchers emerging from the game’s best farm system. “We’re growing because of the looks at those young guys,” Green said. “Yeah, you can always throw a new arm in there and have somebody … [Read more...] about Padres notes: Could starting rotation have used Jordan Lyles?
Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 10:39 PM EDT Apr 25, 2019 ESPN pundits analyze Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary after he was selected 12th overall by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday in the 2019 NFL draft: Trey Wingo Rashan Gary, when he went to Michigan, was the No. 1 recruit in the country, and he blew people away down at the combine with the numbers he put up as far as weight lifting and 40 time, and all that kind of stuff. But the knock on him at Michigan was the athletic ability and the stats never really matched up. ... He's always had everything you want in a player. You just have to get everything out that you want from that player with those athletic abilities. Booger MacFarland Here's the issue: The guy on the other side, Chase Winovich, made more plays and played better. Mel Kiper Jr. He had No. 1 pick overall numbers (at the combine). When he came out of high school, he didn't translate that into production, sack production. His … [Read more...] about ESPN on Michigan’s Rashan Gary: Ability, stats don’t match up
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 5:35 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 When Trey Flowers broke the news to his 6-year-old daughter Skyler earlier this week that he was leaving the only NFL team he’d ever known to sign a monster contract with the Detroit Lions, he tried every parenting trick in the book to convince her she’d love the move. “I just kind of hinted it to her that, ‘What if Daddy is a Lion. You like lions?’ ” Flowers said at his introductory news conference Thursday. “Obviously, a 6-year-old, she’s like, ‘Nah, I want you to stay with the Patriots,’ all this. But then I told her, cause her favorite color’s blue, so I said, ‘They got blue. Blue’s your favorite color.’ She kind of said, ‘Ah, OK, I guess.’ “So it’s just things like that. Bring your family along, I think that’s very important for me is just kind of, when your family gets involved and I think … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Trey Flowers: I’ve got a lot more work to do