76ers are starting to move beyond The Process

The thing with building through the draft is it’s hard to win that way unless one of those draft picks turns out to be a franchise-changing superstar like Kevin Durant. What made the Oklahoma City model so effective, and appealing, is the Thunder also hit on Russell Westbrook and James Harden in successive drafts with Serge Ibaka thrown on the top.

That kind of draft success is easier said than done. Ask the 76ers, who have spent the last four years loaded with lottery picks and winning just 75 games combined during that span.

The Sixers are an extreme case and so are their picks. Nerlens Noel didn’t play for a full season. Joel Embiid didn’t play for two, and Dario Saric took that long to come over. Last year’s top pick, Ben Simmons, didn’t see the court after suffering a preseason injury. Embiid lasted all of 31 games before being shut down again. Noel, of course, is gone, having been traded for a reclamation wing and second-round picks.

The Boston Celtics signed Hayward on July 4 to a four-year deal worth $128 million, after some fits and starts and a longer waiting period than expected. The move adds another legitimate All-Star to a Boston duo of Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford that posted the Eastern Conference’s best Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys record last regular season.

But even with two perennial All-Stars and a talented Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys supporting cast of young, two-way guards and wings (Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier), the Celtics were no match for the Cavaliers.

Greg Hardy reportedly applies to play in new Spring League

Troubled defensive end Greg Hardy could soon play professional football again.

According to The Associated Press, Hardy has submitted an application to play in the independent Spring League when it launches in April.

Quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Tevin Coleman said Shanahan should be fined after a reporter accidentally picked up the backpack during Monday’s Super Bowl Opening Night at Minute Maid Park.

I’m stressed out right now, Shanahan said during a 45-minute search for his bag, which had everything in it.

When asked Tuesday if Shanahan should be fined for briefly losing his playbook, Coleman said, Oh, yeah.

I don’t know (how much), but there would be some money involved, Coleman added with a laugh.

As for head coach Dan Quinn, he brushed off the incident as something minor that was quickly Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys resolved.

Even the reporter who grabbed Shanahan’s bag, San Francisco Examiner columnist Art Spander, addressed the incident with some levity, saying he was panicked because Shanahan had Spander’s bag with his computer in it.

Former Royal Edinson Volquez has to be happy to get more run support in Miami. We know Volquez leads the majors in no-hitters this season after pitching the first one last weekend. He’s also atop the board in allowing 4.82 walks per nine innings. The righty only walked two in his gem against the Diamondbacks, but his cautious approach seems to be working this season. He’s one of 28 starting pitchers Texans Cheap Jerseys allowing less than a home run per nine innings.

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Toronto has a problem. No one on the entire roster is remotely as good as James is, and no one can even come close. The Raptors have a collection of good players, with Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys three scoring more than 20 points on Wednesday, but All-Star DeMar DeRozan didn’t even hit a field goal until the fourth quarter, while Kyle Lowry had the quietest 20 points you’ve ever seen.

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Bird stepped down from his position once before. One day before the 2012 NBA Draft, Bird, who cited health reasons, and the Pacers announced they would part ways. One year later, he returned to his post as team president.

The ex-Celtics legend also stepped down as Pacers’ head coach in 2000 after three seasons on the job.

Bird’s departure comes at the end of a rough stretch of Pacers’ seasons. Indiana made back-to-back first-round exits after failing to reach the playoffs in 2015. Bird bulldozed the roster over the summer, adding Jeff Teague, Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young during free agency. He also replaced head coach Frank Vogel with Nate McMillan.

Paul George’s looming 2018 free agency has been well-documented. George wants to compete for a championship. The Pacers are lightyears away from contending in the East and have failed to add the help necessary to improve the team.

But then, hockey media has an uneasy relationship with incidents like this. It’s almost as if these incidents force the media to confront the results that all their talk of “team toughness”, “playing hard”, and “being accountable” actually produces – a game in which players feel the need to push the envelope of physicality and legality further and further to fit a media archetype – one that then comes back to bite them. And yet the trend continues. See also Damien Cox, no stranger to launching tirades himself, saying that Crosby’s injury is somehow “evening up” for the deeds of Matt Cooke, Tom Sestito, and their ilk – a view that only encourages players to walk even farther down this line between hockey and outright assault so they can be seen to be “making things right”, or risk getting roasted by the kind of men who would soil their pants if forced to stand up and back up their words in an NHL (or even rec league) environment.