Report: Detroit offered Tom Izzo deal Stan Van Gundy accepted


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Detroit hireerde admits he’s concerned the feud between the Spanish FA and LaLiga will be damaging.No agreement has been reached between the two governing bodies on the new date of El Clasico between the Blaugrana and Real Madrid, which was postponed due to the d a search firm and its list of candidates included Tom Izzo, as well as Michigan’s John Beilein, Florida’s Billy Donovan, UConn’s Kevin Ollie and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, . A source speaking to Ellis denied that Izzo received a formal offer and said that he never had a meeting in Los Angeles with Pistons owner Tom Gores. 

Given Tom Izzo’s success as the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, and owner Tom Gores being an MSU alum, as a head coach sounded pretty logical. It wasn’t the first time Izzo had been linked to Detroit, and this time the franchise needed to make a splash. , and the Pistons ended up handing their franchise over to Stan Van Gundy, naming him the president and head coach.

, they offered Izzo the same five-year, $35 million deal that Van Gundy accepte’s performance and victory over Ajax.The Blues were made to fight hard against last season’s Champions League semi finalists in the group stages.But they emerged with a vital away win in Amsterdam, thanks to a late Michy Batshuayi goal.”It feels huged.

That’s no small chunk of change, especially for someone who has never worked in the in any capacity. It would have been quite a step to make Izzo both the president and the head coach, as either one of those positions would come with a large learning curve.

If Detroit really wanted him, though, it makes sense that they’d need to overpay. Izzo is beloved in East Lansing, and going to the pros would come with significant risk. It’s the same reason Brad Stevens got a six-year deal from the , and it’s why it is going to take an excellent offer to pry Kevin Ollie away from UConn or Fred Hoiberg from Iowa State.

It’s a complete unknown how Izzo would have fared in the NBA, and he’s certainly comfortable in college. Since the Pistons wound up with one of the best basketball minds on the planet in Van Gundy, things probably worked out best for all involved. 


LeBron James: ‘I need to do more because what I’m doing isn’t enough’


SAN ANTONIO —  forward said Saturday that he hasn’t looked at his stats for the NBA Finals because Miami is down 3-1 to the and put the onus on himself to lift the Heat out of what is historically an insurmounable deficit. 

“I’ve been telling myself I need to do more,” James said. “Is it too much to ask myself? I don’t know. I don’t know. I need to do more because what I’m doing isn’t enough. You know, it’s just what I put on myself.”

James is averaging 27.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 4.5 turnovers, 2.3 steals and shooting 60 percent from the field through four games against San Antonio.

When asked what his teammates, who have struggled mightily as Miami has been pushed to the brink of elimination, need to do, James was supportive.

“I just want my teammates to be themselves, man,” he said. “You know, I feel like I need to do more, too. It’s how I am. My teammates are everything. Obviously I wouldn’t be sitting up here … without them.

“You know, and they’ve been there all year, and I still believe in them. The guys that are struggling, I believe they’re going to have a big game tomorrow. The guys that haven’t been in a rhythm, I feel like tomorrow’s going to be the best rhythm they’ve been in. Tomorrow might be the game where I need to be picked up like I was in Game 1 where I caught a cramp. I believe in them, and I ride with them no matter what.”

, who shot er was proud to get on the scoresheet.”I’m really happy, it came at a key time in the game,” he said.”After I missed the chance, it was good to put it away. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had on a football pitch, to get my first Premier Le3 of 13 in Game 4, said he came into the gym in Miami on the Heat’s off day Friday just to “smell the gym” and “get a feel for the ball.” Wade downplayed any impact injury could have had on his performance. 

“It’s like I said,” Wade said, “when you shoot 3 for 13, they can poish at Olympiakos.Wolves failed in an appeal to have the match postponed after it emerged the Greek club’s owner, Evangelos Maranakis, had contracted coronavirus. Nuno paid tribute to those supporters who have still travelled to Greece despite not beint at anything. I’m fine. Way better than I’ve been in a long time. There is nothing I point out at all. Last year I had one leg and did all right. So I’m totally fine, man. I didn’t play well in Game 4. Has nothing to do with my health at all.”

No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals, something that James and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra listed as an opportunity to do something historic. 

“What we talked about is we’re not so entitled or jaded that we’re above having to fight for it, and that’s what it is right now,” Spoelstra said. “It’s competition. So we’ve got to find a wing on their game at Manchester City.After victory over Crystal Palace, the majority of Frank Lampard’s players will compete in the international break, with spots at Euro 2020 up for grabs, and then face one of the toughest games of the season with ay to fight and get this next game, and that’s what it’s all about.”


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forward will try to from nerve irritation in his right hamstring Friday against the Lakers, according to Lee has missed the .Collins was interesting Manchester United this summer.The 18-year-old Irish youth international is highly rated in his central defensive position.And he has now signed a new five-year contract at Stoke, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.Pteam’s last sevenskjaer is demanding high intensity from his players tonight.United kickoff their Europa League campaign against Astana.Solskjaer said, “I think modern football is more and more about high intensity and more and more teams are successfun enjoyed a busy summer at the Copa America as he helped Brazil triumph on home soil, scoring in the final.“I was really missing training and my teammates and very keen to get back on the pitch playing again,” Richarlison said.“It is my second hol in the high games as a result of the injury, but is expected to be active against the Lakers, barring a setback during pregame warm-ups. 


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guard is and could be back on the court as early as Friday at home against the Pacers, the Sunshown new signing Moussa Djenepo that he will motivate him to improve.The 20-year-old striker joined Saints from Standard Liege on Thursday in a deal reportedly worth £14million.He told the club’s website: : “I analysed the situation a lot – I tal d admits Ethan Ampadu will leave on-loan this season.The Wales midfielder, 18, was not on the plane for Chelsea’s pre-season tour to Japan and is staying at home to thrash out a temporary move away.Lampard said: “Ethan is not here as we’re looking Sentinel reports on Thursday.Wade went through an extensive on-court workout before Wednesday’s loss to Memphis. has missed eight games in and international is on a straight season-long loan with Roma, which are keen to negotiate a permanent deal with United.After defeat to Juventus last night, Smalling declared: “My focus today is only on the season and on being successful, which meansa row because of a hamstring injury. He is averaging 19.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds over 51 of Miami’s 78 games this season.”He has to pass a battery of tests before we take him to the next level,” head coach Erik Spoelstra said.


VIDEO: Rick Mahorn, Rasheed Wallace debate best Pistons team


As the continue to prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the 1989 Bad Boys championship team Friday during Detroit’s game vs. Miami, they’ve put out some entertinterest. He came close to joining Real Madrid in January before injury scuppered the move.Palacios, who has suffered Copa America heartache with a hamstring injury forcing him to withdraw from the Argentina squengthen where needed. But also the freedom to go with youth, even ahead of the club’s biggest earners.That line-up for the win over Burnley nailed Emery’s approach. The big signings were in place where needed. David Luiz at the back. Dani Ceballos inad, revealed he is wanted by Arsenal – aining videos. The latest features Rick Mahorn asking Rasheed Wallace who woud win between the 1989 championship teahampions-elect.The Reds were comfortable 3-1 victors against Manchester City on Sunday.”They’re [Liverpool] in great form. I’m not a betting man, but I think it’s done,” said Keane. “It’s not supposed to be easy. If it was easy everyone would win leam and the 2004 team. 

The answer of who would win between those two teams is pain. Pain would win. But it would be fun to watch. Isiah Thomas vs. would be a crazy amount of fun.

The most surprising thing from the video is Wallace putting ahead of Bill Laimbeer. It’s not a totally crazy idea given where Wallace was at the time, but that one is a fun debate. 


Report: Melo, Chandler, Sanders among Mavericks’ offseason targets


ESPN reports on a number of targets for the Dallas Mavericks in free agency this summer, most notably Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

When it comes to Melo, meanwhile, what you hear is that the Mavs are quietly optimistic they will be on that short list of teams granted a face-to-face visit with the New York Knicks’ scoring machine, just as they were with Dwight Howard last summer. The sense in Big D is that Melo will give them a legit look.

It’s another ground ball that the Mavs are obligated to run out because Nowitzki is still their best player, which is something team officials acknowledge is too much to ask of the future Hall of Famer after 16 seasons. So the Mavs are bound to pursue Melo until they’re told they have no shot, because players of that caliber are rarely available and are hard to get when they are.

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ESPN also says Knicks centent regarding Kante’s transfer to the Blues from Chelsea a few years ago.It got to the stage where an armed thug threatened to kill the star’s agent.Mediapart has revealed details about the saga through their investigative reporting.The site reporteder Tyson Chandler, who won a title with the Mavericks in 2011 could be a trade target for Dallas if New York made him available, as well as Bucks center Larry Sanders. that the Mavericks were not interested in Chris Bosh because he’s not a traditional rebounding big man to put next to Nowitzki. 

The Mavericks seem to be unfazed by their previous failures in big-name free agency. They their home field advantage to progress in the UEFA Champions League.The Reds are 1-0 down to Atletico Madrid in the round of 16, but now have a home game at Anfield to overturn the deficit.And Klopp knows they will need a vintage European night frommissed out on LeBron James and Bosh in 2010, Deron Williams in 2012, and Dwight Howard in 2013. Would Anthony fit well next to Dirk Nowitzki, especially considerig ESPN also reports the Mavs want crmer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is coy about contact with Real Madrid this season.There was talk of Real president Florentino Perez moving to rehire Mourinho after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui – and then later with Santiago Solari. Howeontinuity, which would bring back Monta Ellis?

Think about that for a second. Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, and Carmelo Anthony. There aren’t enough basketballs in all the world. 

Sanders is an intriguing target, though. He went through a mess of personal issus and injuries last season, and could use a stabilizing, professional environment. He fits pefectly next to Nowitzki or what the Mavericks want to do. The question will be if the Mavs let go of Vince Carter or Shawn Marion who will both be unrestricted free agents. 


Thunder’s Russell Westbrook will play Tuesday night against Mavs


After a scare against the Toronto Raptors in which left the game with an injury traw with Arminia Bielefeld.The young centre-back left the stadium in crutches after injuring his ankle.”I am really concerned about Ben Godfrey. He is in a lot of pain. He leaves the stadium on crutches and tomorrow we have a scan,” said Fomething special” in the Carabao Cup.The Toffees must defeat Lincoln City on Wednesday night if Silva wishes for his dream to come true.”We have to react and, since the day after the Villa game, the players have shown a very good reaction,” he said.”arke. “I amo his surgically repaired knee, the point guard sat out Monday night’s win over the Denver Nuggets. It was supposed to be in accordance to the Thunder’s plan of limiting Westbrook’s minutes and not having him play both games of a back-to-back. 

Thunder fans shouldn’t worry about that being just lip service to cover up a greater concern about Westbrook. He’ll play Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

. officially ruled in for tonight’s game vs on . 7 pm CT tip.

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Westbrook has had three surgeries on his right knee since injuring it in a collision with in the first round of the 2013 Playoffs. One was to repair a lateral tear in his meniscus and the other two have essentially been cleanupn has been urged to stay in London next season.Tottenham face late competition from Inter Milan for the youngster.Former Tottenham and Fulham defender Stephen Kelly would like to see the England Under-21s ace head to White Hart Lane.”Obviously with t procedures for the knee and the initial surgery. The Thunder have done a great job of surviving without Westbrook this year and are within striking distance of home court advantage in the playoffs.

However, making sure Westbrook is healthy and 100 percent when the playoffs come is essential for the Thunder getting back to the NBA Finals.


Report: Fisher expected to reach deal to become Knicks coach


ESPN reports that the are “widely expected” to reach a deal with guard to become their next coach this week. 

The New York Knicks’ pursuit of Derek Fisher to be their new coach will ramp up this week and is widely expected to result in the hiring of the 17-year veteran guard, according to NBA coaching sources.

Sources told that new Knicks prent their clash at Arsenal is.A win for United on January 1 will move them 10 points clear of the Gunners and keep up the pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.“We take a lot of belief [from the winsident Phil Jackson has been fully focused on Fisher since Steve Kerr unexpectedly decided to take the ‘ job, when Jackson and essentially the whole league believed Kerr was bound for New York.

One source close to the talks said Monday that “things could take shape quickly in the early part of the week.”

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Fisher has been the hot name on Jackson’s list since Steve Kerr turned the job down to take the Warriors’ position. Fisher playverpool DID explore the prospect of buying back Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho last summer, it has been revealed.The Reds sold Coutinho to Barcelona for £145million in January 2018 but the 27-year-old has struggled at the Nou Camp.The playmaed under Jackson for over 10 seasons in Los Angeles, and can i hopeful of re-signing Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.Last season, Kent scored six goals on his way to being named the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, but Jurgen Klopp is yet to decide whether his services will be required at Anfield.Gerrard said:nstall the triangle offense that Jackson has made his hallmark after adopting it from Tex Winter. 

The question is whether this time the Knicks have actually landed their guy after Kerr, who also played under Jackson, turned him down to head west, and whether Fisher is really ready to retire from playing. 

The Thunder, particularly , have been very vocal about trying to get Fisher to return for one more season. Jackson was recently fined for his comments on the situation for tampering, since Fisher is still under contract with the Thunder. If a deal were to be struck this week, it’s hard to understand how that also would not be tampering, since Fisher hasn’t officially retired yet, but at this point, Phil Jackson appears to not care much about any such appearances. 


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center was back in action Wednetico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has hinted their row with Barcelona over Antoine Griezmann’s move is over.There has been controversy following a dispute over Griezmann’s exit to Barcelona.”I’ve always said that players play where they ll again do battle with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo at The Best FIFA Awards later this month.The trio have been named as the final three for the Men’s Player of the Year, after a 10-man shortlist including Harry Kane, want, Griesday after missing more than a month due to a knee injury, and he made an impact in a 102-88 win over the Grizzlies.

Turiaf was able to play 22 minutes off the bench and he played well in filling up the box score. He scored 11 points on 5 of 5 shooting and added seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks in the win.

Turiaf should continue to play a solid role moving forward, with the team hit hardJosh King and Callum Wilson.The youngster made his debut for the Cherries last season and enjoyed an excellent loan spell at Oldham, where he scored 12 goals in 20 appearances.Speaking of his learning experience throughout pre-season, he told the Dai by injuries in the frontcourt. He is averaging 4.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 24 appearances this season.


Warriors find rhythm in a Game 1 without any flow, beat Clippers


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This game was nearly ruined by officiating. One team didn’t win or lose because of teveral Manchester United players felt uncomfortable attending their awards night on Thursday.Player of the year Luke Shaw acknowledged it had been a “bad season” in his acceptance speech.An insider told the Daily Mail: “Most of them felt uncomfortablhe officiating. Instead, everyone involved and watching came close to losing in what should have been a fun, free-flowing game Saturday afternoon. There were 51 fouls called and 60 free throws shot, plus a few reviews to thwart any pulse from this game.

Even with constant stoppages and star players sent to the bench because of questionable foul trouble, we still managed to get a pretty good second half, and the put on a shooting display in the third quarter reminiscent of their incredible 2013 run. The Warriors shot 70 percent in the third quarter, led by ‘s 10 points and supplemented by and  scoring eight each in the period. 

In a three-plus minute stretch in the third, we saw an incredible display of basketball by both teams in which the Warriors and scored on 12 of 16 possessions. They totaled 30 points, 15 apiece, with execution so dizzying that the game became nearly too fast to process. 

The rest of the game was marred by ticky-tack foul calls, which sent and to the bench early and often. Iguodala had four fouls in only 11:33 in the first half; Griffin had three fouls in 3:53 of the first half. By the end of the third quarter, both players had five fouls and eventually fouled out. 

Glen “Big Baby” Davis managed to give the Clippers some good minutes off the bench, before the team decided to go with smaller lineups around , who played 45 minutes.  and stepped up in the iguodala’s absence for the Warriors, who already were  (fractured rib). And it was the Warriors’ resiliency that proved the biggest difference.

They shook off an injury to the big man that compls a necessary decision for the club’s future.”There’s no doubt it’s harsh from a human and personal perspective,” he said.”I get that. But I’ve got to make a professional decision and what I think is best for the football club is not perhaps what theetes their title contending aspirations, and they shook off trying to find rhythm in a game devoid of it. They shook off the road environment and once again being a 6-seed trying to prove their capabilities against a highly-favored 3-seed. Mark Jackson found a way to keep his team engaged and believing in themselves. They went from hurting themselves with 23 turnovers to hurting the Clippers witNorwich City defender Jamal Lewis is attracting rival Premier League interest.The Mirror says Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for Lewis.Jairo Riedewald has been operating at left-back since injuries ruled out Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp.And while Riedewald has done a decent job, Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is keen to bring in more cover for the crocked pair.h 40.7 percent 3-point shooting, 45.5 percent in the second half. 

This wasn’t the look of the series we were expecting. We were expecting to see two offenses, playing more up-tempo and finding fun ways to score. We got a glimpse of that at times and will hopefully get more of it throughout the rest of the series. For now, it’s up to the Warriors to figure out how to keep finding moments of execution on both ends of the floor. They survived a game in which didn’t make a single shot in the fourth quarter, which is good but something that needs to be solved.

For the Clippers, they need to figure out how to regain an advantage they were sure to have.  was fantastic throughout most of the game, but possibly too overworked at the end to hit clutch free throws he badly missed. That’s where Blake Griffin staying on the court comes in, so he can have the entire offense flow through his scoring threat instead of Paul’s. 

And hopefully all players will figure out how to stay away from the whistles and remain on the court. Otherwise, we could really lose out on a great series.