On June 3rd, Stephen Jackson was on ESPN’s The Jump and was asked about getting under a player’s skin. Jackson, without blinking, started reminiscing about the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs where his #8 Golden State Warriors beat the #1 Dallas Mavericks.
Stephen Jackson: “We as players, we can smell the blood, we can see when you weak. And if you’re one of their best players and you can’t take that? Im’a light you up…For example, [Dirk Nowitzki] is one of the best ever, but Game 1 we knew we had him.”
Ramona Shelburne: “Really?”
Tracy McGrady: “What?”
Jackson: “We saw it in his eyes, I saw it in his eyes.”
McGrady: “You’re talking about a man that has 30,000 points.”
Jackson: “One thing about it, I never blocked a 7-footer’s shot against the backboard after he shot it. I cheap jerseys did that to Dirk in the game, when I saw his face I knew we had him.”
Shelbourne: “Seriously? That was the game with the 8 vs the 1?”
Jackson: “And if you want your heart back Dirk and your game back, I can give it back to you ‘cause I still got it in my pocket.”
Jackson and The Big 3 made the trip to Dallas this weekend and when asked whether Dirk called him to get his game back he responded smugly, “Nah, other players might have given his game back but I still got it in my pocket. He ain’t call me though.”
Over a decade removed from that playoff matchup and Dirk Nowitzki is still playing in the NBA while Jackson is still trying to get back into the League. Several times when asked about anything Jackson claimed he was, “working to get back into the NBA…I’ve been working out, they’ll tell you, I didn’t workout when I was in the NBA. I’m working out as hard as I ever have I’m in the best [shape] I’ve ever been in.”
One player working his way back into the League and another player working his way through the record books. You decide who owns who.
Penguins fans, you may want to avert your eyes. Beloved Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be cheap jerseys China suiting up for the Vegas Golden Knights come October, and on Thursday hockey fans got a better look at the mask he’ll wear for the upcoming season.
We already knew gold and black would look good on Fleury, but this mask has got some real shine to it. The Vegas inspiration for this mask is quite in your face, as iconic landmarks from the city are on full display, including the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and the High Roller Ferris wheel.
Also adorning the mask are images of golden knights wearing centurion-inspired armor and helmets, with a Roman shield prominently visible. Plus, a horse in armor! It’s not the knights many were expecting them to be, as a more medieval style seemed likely given the Ottawa Senators, but pretty awesome nonetheless.
We also got a good look at what Fleury’s full ensemble will look like on the ice come October. Quite the sharp look!
Research conducted on the brains of 111 former NFL players jerseys found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in 110 samples, Boston University researchers reported Tuesday.
The research, led by neuroscientist Dr. Ann McKee of university’s CTE Center, is the largest update on the debilitating brain disease, which can cause a range of symptoms, including memory loss. The report doesn’t confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at the Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed (to the brain bank) because of the players’ repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before they died.
“There are cheap jerseys authentic many questions that remain unanswered,” McKee said, per The Associated Press. “How common is this” in the general population and all football players?
The NFL released a statement Wednesday in regard to the report:
“We appreciate the work done by Dr. McKee and her colleagues for the value it adds in the ongoing quest for a better understanding of CTE. Case studies such as those compiled in this updated paper are important to further advancing the science and progress related to head trauma. The medical and scientific communities will benefit from this publication and the NFL will continue to work with a wide range of experts to improve the health of current and former NFL athletes. As noted by the authors, there are still many unanswered questions relating to the cause, incidence and prevalence of long-term effects of head trauma such as CTE. The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries.
“In 2016, the NFL pledged $100 million in support for independent medical research and engineering advancements in neuroscience related topics. This is in addition to the $100 million that the NFL and its partners are already spending on medical and neuroscience research.”
The NFL has made 47 rule changes since 2002 to protect players, improve practice methods, better educate players and personnel on concussions and strengthen the league’s medical protocols. The NFL deploys 29 medical professionals on the sidelines for each game. Working with the NFL Players Association, the league enforces a concussion protocol for players that has been instrumental in immediately identifying and diagnosing concussions and other head-related injuries.
Waiters Island is keeping its residency in Miami for at least another four years. Free agent guard Dion Waiters has agreed to a four-year deal to re-sign with the Miami Heat for $52 million, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.
Waiters chose the Heat, where he enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2016-17, after reportedly considering the New wholesale nba jerseys York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.
The sharpshooting Waiters, still only 25, averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds last season while shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Waiters’ re-signing helps stabilize the Heat’s backcourt for the short-term after losing out in the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes to the Boston Celtics, and gives the team a talented, young returning core that includes Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow and 2017 lottery pick Bam Adebayo.
At about 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon, a collective, sullen exhale left the lips of just about every fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The devastating news about Kris Letang, the team’s best and most beloved defenseman, having to undergo yet another massive season-ending surgery felt like a right-hook to the gut. This sort of negative injury update is being construed to many as the Achilles heel to a successful playoff run this post-season (as well as a possible repeat championship). It was safe to say we all thought he’d be back in the lineup eventually, and when that assumption was officially destroyed, a rush of panic thrust itself across all social media platforms with numerous claims of never being able to replace him.
Are those replacement talks warranted? 100%. Sullivan’s decisions on defensive line-parings will make for some interesting conversation. However, as for the Penguins having no chance to make their mark in the upcoming playoffs, it may be unfair to make such sudden sweeping generalizations.
I know everyone is emotional at the moment, and reacting with bold assertions is a natural part of the grieving process. Letang is a remarkable husband, father, and all-around good person in so many different ways, but what’s second to his character is his tremendous talent as a skater, puck-mover, and high-scoring defenseman. This won’t go unnoticed. But cheap nhl jerseys what the fanbase can fall back on is their team’s relentless adversity and what appears to be never-ending depth chart. Just as well, they can lean on the unpredictability of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Penguins have been riddled with injuries to their top players all season, seemingly losing them all in a sort of twisted cyclical fashion. They’re used to playing without Letang, as well as other big names on the roster. Amidst those blows to the lineup, Pittsburgh acquired a few fresh faces on defense – some that are veterans with many years of experience under their belts that have proved they fit perfectly into the head coach’s fast-paced system. Ron Hainsey and Mark Streit are guys who can be relied on when the going gets tough in the upcoming playoff series. That much is clear.
Furthermore, some familiar faces in Trevor Daley and, brace yourself, Olli Maatta will be making their returns in the next couple games – Daley as early as tonight (!!) at New Jersey. Not to mention, Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust are back to traveling with the team. That will definitely alleviate some pressure off the new guys.
Here’s some regular reason stats to keep your hands steady:
Letang played 41 games this season. In the games that he started, the Pens boasted a record of 25-10-6, had a Goals For differential of 3.49, and a Goals Against differential of 2.85. Without him? Pittsburgh is 24-9-5 in 38 games, with a Goals For differential of 3.34, and a Goals Against differential of 2.97 (lower). If anything, Letang is a bonus to an already loaded Penguins roster.
Before you rush to the comments section and get all mad at me, yes, I know these numbers are from the regular season and that the playoffs are a whole different ballgame. I get that. My heart attacks from watching the Tampa Bay and San Jose series from last spring still act up every now and then. I realize success in this post-season won’t come easily – especially against Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, and what seems like the unstoppable Washington Capitals.
But I’ve also watched these Penguins battle back in a dominating capacity against adversity all year and beat up some pretty solid teams without their superstars. The playoff atmosphere, specifically amongst the sea of gold inside PPG Paints Arena, will just add fuel to their fire. What team would want to stand on the opposing blue line with that fear swirling in the back of their minds?
Last year they won it for Pascal Dupuis; this year they’re fighting for Letang. I’m not saying it won’t be difficult, because that would be stupid, but it certainly isn’t impossible.