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Indiana Pacers star Paul George had one of the most gruesome injuries you’ll ever see during a scrimmage with Team USA over the summer. Not only did the horrific injury wreck the Pacer’s up coming season, it could take years for George to return to his all-star form. However, it appears that George is trying to do his best to return possibly this season as the 6’9 swingman is already doing drills on the court without a boot.
The Pacers will obviously take it slow with George as there is no reason to rush their prized young swingman back to the court with a rebuilding year likely ahead. But if George can make a late return to the court and get some games in before the end of the season, it likely will help him return to form much quicker than to miss an entire season. It’s a great sign to see George elevating on his jump shots. And with over five months to go before the playoffs start, I’d say there is a good chance we’ll be seeing PG-13 return to the court by the time spring rolls around.
ESPN New York didn’t beat around the bush when labeling Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann and of course, Alex Rodriguez. The popular sports website put a hilarious tagline on the three overpaid and underachieving New York Yankees. “The Three Stooges,” was the tagline ESPN New York placed on the three Yankees players and it couldn’t be more fitting.
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There are a few people in the NBA that you will never win a beef with and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of them. Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver made a statement to his fans in regards to Popovich sitting several players including Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili during a preseason game recently. Well, coach Pop didn’t exactly take this well and followed up Sarver’s dig with an explanation followed by a hilarious insult.
Via Spurs Nation:
“As I said, the silliness begins,” he said. “Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you’re interested in putting on a show. In that case, the facts get in your way, as in this case.
“We had five guys we didn’t send: Patty Mills had a shoulder operation over the summer. Tiago Splitter (calf) has been out the whole preseason. Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) was out and is still out for 10 more days. The other two, Duncan and Ginobili, are two of the oldest guys in the league who just came back from a 13-day European trip.
“The only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t say it in a chicken suit. I’ll just leave it at that.”
Please don’t ever change, Popovich.
Dion Waiters believes by the end of the year he’ll be mentioned in the same breath of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The explosive guard out of Syracuse has had an up and down tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers since being drafted fourth overall in the 2012 NBA draft. But this season, Waiters is predicting the Cavaliers will be referred to as the “Big Four” by the end of the year.
When the Cavaliers’ “Big Three” is referenced, no one is talking about Waiters.
“I ain’t worried about it,” he said Saturday. “They’re going to say Big Four at the end of the year, or Big Five. I like being that dark horse.”
Waiters has put up decent numbers over the course of his first two seasons, but that hasn’t translated into wins and he’s not meshed well with star guard Kyrie Irving. If things start off bad for Waiters and the Cavs, he could find himself on the bench or traded away by the end of the season. Maybe Waiters should pump the brakes on the “Big Four” talk and learn to play within the offense. Waiters hasn’t exactly had the greatest preseason.
Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter had an impressive block on Jannero Pargo in transition during their exhibition game against the Charlotte Bobcats tonight and made it known. The second year swingman out of Georgetown swatted Pargo’s layup attempt and told the speedy point guard to “Get that (expletive) out of here.” This is the second time in the past few days that Porter has had an impressive block. Otto sent a player from Maccabi Haifa shot into the stands on Wednesday.