Month: August 2020

Month: August 2020

first_imgSecond-year guard D’Angelo Russell (sore left knee) and third-year guard Jordan Clarkson (left knee contusion) are listed as questionable for Friday’s game against Sacramento.While Russell participated in parts of Thursday’s practice, Clarkson sat out entirely. Rookie forward Brandon Ingram (tendinitis in right knee) is listed as probable but would be on a minutes restriction after having limited participation in Thursday’s practice.Staff shufflingAfter working in the front office for the past 16 years, Lakers assistant general manager Glenn Carraro resigned from his position on Thursday. Although the Lakers noted Carraro wants to “pursue other opportunities,” his resignation coincides with the organization making front office changes earlier this season.Carraro had worked as an assistant GM for the past five years under longtime Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, who was fired on Feb. 21. The Lakers did not indicate who would replace Carraro. …Lakers player development coach Theo Robertson will become an assistant coach with the University of California men’s basketball team after the 2016-17 season ends next week. Robertson had also coached the last game of the Lakers’ 2016 summer league team in Las Vegas. Instead of unwinding on an overnight flight, Lakers guard David Nwaba spent his Wednesday night still on the clock.Following the Lakers’ victory in San Antonio on Wednesday, Nwaba and D-Fenders general manager Nick Mazzella made the 3½-hour drive to Hildalgo, Texas for Game 1 of the D-Fenders’ playoff series against Rio Grande Valley on Thursday.“I’m excited to get an opportunity to get a ring,” Nwaba said after playing for the Lakers’ Development League affiliate for most of the 2016-17 season. “I feel like they can use me during the playoffs and help them win a championship. It’s nice to hear that they miss me on the team.”It does not appear Nwaba will rest anytime soon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe will be in Los Angeles on Friday for the Lakers’ game against Sacramento and then he’ll play with the D-Fenders for Game 2 on Saturday. After playing with the Lakers against Minnesota on Sunday, Nwaba needs to be available to return to Hidalgo for a possible Game 3. If that scenario happens, Nwaba could play as many as eight games on consecutive days. That’s because the Lakers also play against New Orleans on Tuesday at Staples Center and then on Wednesday night at Golden State.“I’m a young guy,” the 24-year-old Nwaba said. “I don’t think it will faze me.”Nwaba, an undrafted guard who starred at University High of Los Angeles and Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), has averaged 5.6 points on 56.5 percent shooting and 3.2 rebounds in 19.1 minutes through 18 appearances with the Lakers. He originally signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the team in February, before being picked up for the rest of the regular season. Lakers coach Luke Walton has often praised Nwaba’s defensive intensity, a staple he hopes eventually influences his teammates.“He’s blowing plays up on defense,” Walton said. “Guys on our team really start to enjoy watching him do it. They enjoy playing on his unit. I think he’s done a fine job since he’s been here.”Injury updatecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgNEW ORLEANS – As Josh Hart ran off the Pelicans home court on Wednesday morning, he stopped in front of Lonzo Ball, who was chatting with reporters, to tease the point guard about when he would return to the court.“First game back after All-Star, man,” Ball responded. “I’ll be there.”Ruled out earlier this week for Wednesday’s contest at New Orleans and Thursday’s game in Minnesota, Ball said he “definitely” expects to play on Feb. 23 against Dallas, 42 days after spraining his left MCL in an overtime win against the Mavericks.While Ball has progressed to full contact practices, the Lakers will not practice until next Wednesday, by which time Ball expects to be free of the soreness that has persisted. “He will be here on Friday,” Ball said. “I haven’t (seen him) ever since he went over there, just on FaceTime.”There are autograph signings and interviews. There will inevitably questions about LaVar’s recent comments that Lonzo Ball will not re-sign with the Lakers if the organization does not also sign his other two sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo.Ball said he saw those comments, but brushed them off.“I did (see them),” he said. “No reaction. Like I said, I always just play. He always talks. Its always been the same way.”Ball also confirmed a TMZ report that he will soon become a father himself. The gossip website reported last week that Ball’s longtime girlfriend is four months pregnant.“Yup, supposed to be on the way,” Ball said. “It’s a little different, kind of unexpected. But it’s life.”All of it makes for an intense amount of pressure away from Ball’s primary focus: getting back on the court for the Lakers.“I knew All-Star was going to be big,” Ball said, “especially for the signing stuff. The mix tape was already done, just a matter of when I want to put it out and I feel like that is the right time for that.”Ball will appear on an episode of Lip Sync Battle with LaVar on Thursday night, but don’t worry, that was done months ago.“Did that during the summer too,” Ball said. “It is crazy how you do something so early and it is just coming out this Thursday. So that should be a lot of fun to watch.”RISING AND FALLING – Don’t expect the remaining Lakers to make a big splash in Friday’s Rising Stars game.Coach Luke Walton said he has requested that Kuzma and Ingram play limited minutes, due to the fact it will be their third game in three days.“I need to figure out who’s coaching that team and call them and tell them not to play our players very many minutes because of the fact we had a back-to-back that they’ll be coming off of,” Walton said.Houston assistant coach Roy Rogers is coaching the U.S. team, which Kuzma and Ingram will play on, while Toronto assistant Rex Kalamian will coac the World team.Walton said 15 to 20 minutes “would be a lot to me.” Last year, Ingram scored four points in 16 minutes while D’Angelo Russell scored 12 points in 18 minutes.Ingram said he would be “absolutely fine” with a minutes restriction. Kuzma, however, may have something to say.“There’s a good chance that Kuz still argues his case (for more minutes) to whoever his coach is,” Walton joked.Added Ingram: “Kuz can have it all. He’s going to want to shoot it all anyway. He can have it all.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s at a point where I can play but it still hurts a little bit. So they want to just get that out and take this week, and we are playing good right now so no need to rush it.”Ball said he still feels soreness in his knee when he pushes off with it and tries to slide defensively.Ball was officially ruled out of Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge as part of All-Star Weekend. The NBA announced on Wednesday that Sacramento Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox would replace him in the exhibition that will also feature Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram.None of this is to say that Ball will be sitting around with his feet up when the NBA’s annual showcase descends on L.A. this weekend.Ball moonlights as a rapper and will release a mixtape on Thursday. He will be on hand for a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop, which his father, LaVar, is expected to fly in for before heading back to Lithuanialast_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LOS ANGELES — Going about parsing LeBron James’ quotes by conventional means tends to fail.Three days after what might’ve been an innocuous statement by any other player had set the NBA aflame, James was asked by a reporter to account for it. When he said he would like to play with Anthony Davis – which some NBA general managers and New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry equated to tampering – did he think he had done anything wrong?“Wrong?” James repeated back to the press.Some people thought it was wrong, the reporter said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“So?”The reporter couldn’t hear.“So,” James repeated, breaking into a giggle. While James may have laughed off the Davis comments, it’s unclear what, if any, backlash his outspoken nature could generate. ESPN reported Friday that several small market GMs were ruffled by the perception James could be trying to facilitate a path for Davis to make the leap to the Lakers. The reported news that Davis cares more about winning than money (New Orleans can offer him a supermax deal that other suitors can’t next summer) only fueled that rhetoric.On the same episode of “The Shop,” TV show host Jimmy Kimmel talked about leaning into more partisan political discussion on his own program, with a somewhat unintentional connection to James’ own voice.“It does come with a cost – it’s not without cost,” Kimmel said. “Sometimes you know it, and sometimes you don’t know it.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img The minute-long finish to James’ comments Friday night after a 112-104 win over the Pelicans was a reminder that James might just be the most powerful, most outspoken voice in sports. When he voices opinions, others tend to react. And it was all too clear that James relishes his ability to provoke, to stir the media into a frenzy and to be able to stand firm even when questioned.This is LeBron James: He doesn’t care what most other people think.He framed his comments about Davis as harmless, rhetorically prompting reporters to ask him about playing with Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Luka Doncic and a number of other NBA stars. He would play with any of them, he said, because they’re all great.The NBA has said in the past that players talking about other players cannot be construed as tampering, which James knows. That includes going out to dinner with Davis, a meeting that happened later that night, according to Yahoo Sports.But James wrapped up his quote with a more telling sentiment: “People get caught up in bunches sometimes when they wish they could control what you say, and they can’t control me. At all.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Even as he played, James was making waves with his voice: On the same night, the third episode of his HBO show “The Shop” aired, in which James said NFL owners were “old white men” with “that slave mentality” when it comes to quashing protests a la Colin Kaepernick.That quote in and of itself made waves, but the deeper sentiment was contained in the less inflammatory part of his thought: “Like, ‘This is my team, you do what the [expletive] I tell you to do or we get rid of y’all.”James bristles at such attempts to control players. That’s imprinted in his brand at this point: His media company, which caters direct-from-athletes media content with minimal filters, is called Uninterrupted. After conservative radio host Laura Ingraham famously told him to “shut up and dribble,” James spun back the phrase into a title of a documentary series he produced about athletes standing up on social issues throughout the last century.James himself has offered strong stances on social issues since his days with the Miami Heat, when he and his teammates were vocal about the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Turning 34 in just about a week, James is no longer interested in suppressing his opinions for anyone else’s convenience. In the same breath he condemned the NFL for authoritative stamping out of athletes’ voices, he praised NBA commissioner Adam Silver for allowing much more room for the league’s athletes to express their opinions.It’s interesting to note James is not completely out of NFL circles: He’s close friends with Josh Kroenke, for example, the son of Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke. With James’ level of influence and wealth, he intermingles with the team owner class – in fact, he’s said he wants to own an NBA team one day.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgOrtiz underwent a six-hour operation — his media assistant Leo Lopez told ESPN — and the Red Sox confirmed they organized his transportation so the 43-year-old can continue his recovery at Massachusetts General Hospital.”Right now, the club’s exclusive focus is on David’s health and well-being,” Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy told reporters Monday. “And we’re doing everything we can to get David back to Boston as soon as possible.” Related News David Ortiz shooting brings well-wishes, support from players The Red Sox have sent a plane to the Dominican Republic to bring David Ortiz back to Boston after he was shot Sunday.The former Red Sox slugger — a 10-time MLB All-Star and three-time World Series champion — was wounded in the “lower back/abdominal region” in Santo Domingo. “I would be hard-pressed to think of anyone more beloved than David. It’s a very difficult day for the organization.”I love David Ortiz. We all love David Ortiz. So telling my kids last night what had happened was very difficult. It’s hard to express what David Ortiz means to the Boston Red Sox. When you love someone and they come in harm’s way, it’s jarring. But you have to put those emotions aside and focus on what’s necessary.” #RedSox Statement Regarding David Ortiz: pic.twitter.com/zl2yp8NREs— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 10, 2019″David Ortiz is probably the most beloved and one of the most important players in our history, leading us to multiple World Series championships, and an active member in the community,” Kennedy added.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_img NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from Warriors’ thrilling Game 5 win over Raptors Warriors’ Kevin Durant ‘hurting deep in the soul’ after injuring Achilles in Game 5 of NBA Finals Durant’s appearance was his first since he suffered a calf injury against the Rockets in the second round.”I just feel so bad for him to be honest,” Warriors star Stephen Curry told reporters. “Nobody should have to go through something like that. Especially with this stage that we have.”Durant scored 11 points in 12 minutes in Game 5 before his injury forced him to head to the locker room.”He’s going to come back stronger. I know he is,” Golden State guard Klay Thompson said after the victory. “He’s got so much more good basketball in him.”Durant is expected to decline the player option in his contract this summer and become a free agent. Warriors’ Steve Kerr: ‘I’m just devastated for’ Kevin Durant “It’s an Achilles injury.”Bob Myers shares the news of KD’s injury. pic.twitter.com/tdQmNYDVka— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 11, 2019″It’s an Achilles injury. I don’t know the extent of it,” Myers said while close to tears at a press conference after the Warriors’ 106-105 win. “He’ll have an MRI tomorrow. Prior to coming back he went through four weeks with our medical team and it was thorough.”I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand this world. If you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. … Let me tell you something about Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant loves to play basketball. And the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.” Related News The Warriors were emotional about Kevin Durant’s injury Monday.Durant suffered a leg injury in the second quarter of Game 5 in the 2019 NBA Finals. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was “devastated” for Durant, and other members of the organization also spoke about the injury, including president of basketball operations Bob Myers. The Warriors will host Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_img“Jake’s elbow is limiting his ability to get into certain positions, so to some degree yes,” Kapler said of Arrieta’s recent struggles. “He’s having a harder time getting extended the way he normally does, especially on that curveball. This is limiting his ability to throw the ball where he wants to throw it. All of that said, Jake is a competitor and for the Phillies, it’s always worth considering if Jake at 85 percent of himself is a better option than what we have at Triple-A.”It’s not terribly uncommon for veteran pitchers to successfully pitch with issues like this one. So as of now, Jake will make his start of us against the Nationals and we’re going to support him.” Related News MLB All-Star Game 2019: Cleveland scoreboard didn’t have Gold Glove night MLB All-Star 2019: 3 takeaways from the American League’s 7th straight win Phillies All-Star J.T. Realmuto interested in signing extension, report says Jake Arrieta may be dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow, but Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said the team has no intention of shutting him down yet.Kapler appeared on SportsRadio 94WIP Wednesday, where he revealed Arrieta will continue to pitch as the team looks into a long-term plan for his elbow. Arrieta, 33, will start Friday in the first of a three-game series against the Nationals. According to Kapler, how well Arrieta does will determine the team’s next course of action. “Yeah, we’ll get some scans and we’ll take a look,” Kapler said. “I think what will give us the best indication is how he feels in his next start.”It’s expected that Arrieta will need surgery sometime in the near future. He’s been struggling with the Phillies this season, posting a 4.67 ERA and an 8-7 record so far this season.It’s not the first time Arrieta has dealt with bone spurs — his season was cut short in August 2011 while he was with the Orioles after he had surgery to remove them from his elbow.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgIn one swift trade Friday, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames both checked off boxes on their offseason to-do list, swapping left wingers Milan Lucic and James Neal .The deal is 1-for-1, however, the Oilers will retain some of Lucic’s salary and send the Flames a conditional draft pick (Neal must score at least 21 goals and Lucic must score at least 10 fewer goals than Neal, as per Mark Spector). With Lucic, the Flames get another older guy in the locker room, one that has won a Stanley Cup before, has playoff experience and can help continue to build a positive culture. He also fills Neal’s void as a physical presence and is an aggressive, big guy who can bring size and grit to the lineup.Still, Calgary does lose the opportunity to see Neal potentially bounce back and also gets an expensive player on the decline.It’s hard to say if Brad Treliving won this deal, but if the goal was to bring in someone who could mentor the Flames’ youth and bring more off the ice than on, it can be considered a victory. Just following up on @GenePrincipe and @RealKyper — only Lucic/Neal involved with EDM retaining some money and including a conditional draft pick.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 19, 2019NHL free agency: Complete list of all 31 teams’ RFAs, UFAsThis deal adds even more intensity to the long-standing Battle of Alberta, as each club again swaps players; to kick off free agency, each team flipped goaltenders when Mike Smith signed with the Oilers and Cam Talbot signed with the Flames .While both 31-year-old forwards had down years, each failing to exceed 20 points with their respective clubs, they are both much-needed assets and should be able to benefit both teams; however, every gift comes with a price (quite literally in regards to each team’s salary cap situation).Here’s how each team fared in this trade.Edmonton received from CalgaryLW James NealCalgary received from EdmontonLW Milan LucicOilers: A-This deal can actually be considered a big win for the Oilers.Edmonton needed one thing this offseason: goal-scoring. They get that with Neal (sans 2018-19, but we’ll get to that in a second).Yes, he wasn’t performing up to standards with the Flames last season, having only registered just seven goals and 19 points in 63 games. But ultimately, he’s a proven goal-scorer who should be able to fit in perfectly in Edmonton’s lineup while also providing much-needed offense.Last season was the only “off” year of Neal’s career, and a lot of outside factors also play into this; not only did he average little ice time (a career-low of 14:57) and play mainly on the bottom-6 — and sometimes solely on special teams — but he also battled an injury over the course of the 2018-19 campaign. Prior to this past year, he’d never scored less than 20 goals over the course of his 10 seasons in the NHL. One poor season is not at all a reflection of his play, and additionally, he’ll likely receive more opportunity in Edmonton than he did back in Calgary.Still, there lies the concern in this obvious question: is there enough confidence to say that Neal can find his game with the Oilers?Let’s put it this way: Neal has proven that he still has the speed and ability to play on the top-6, and working with new head coach Dave Tippett, who he developed and rounded out his game with back when both were in Dallas, he’ll likely find his touch again. Not to mention, there’s a vacancy for a top-line winger, and he can play on either wing despite being a left-hand shot. If he plays with Connor McDavid (who he’s trained with in the offseason before), they’ll be able to find chemistry.RELATED: What does Josh Archibald bring to the Oilers’ lineup?And that’s the end goal for Edmonton: a top-6 offense. They averaged just 2.79 goals per game last year, and Alex Chiasson was one of just three 20-goal scorers, which also included McDavid (41) and Leon Draisaitl (50). Neal will be able to come in and add at least some kind of momentum, especially thanks to his strong shot and quickness.Although losing Lucic means losing a physical presence, Neal fills that void with his 6-3, 212-pound frame, which also has allowed him to adopt a physical style of play and also work well in front of the net and in the corners.The only downside to this deal is the salary; the Oilers were able to unload Lucic’s deal that carries a $6 million AAV, but in return, they take on Neal’s $5.75 million annual salary and also retain salary on their end (undisclosed). Still, they didn’t have a lot of money to work with before the trade, and given Lucic’s play, Neal is perhaps the strongest return they could have gotten.In the end, though, the Oilers are getting a player who has shown that he can still score and has had just one poor performance over his 11-year tenure in the league, where he’s accumulated 514 points over 766 games. He’s physical and a pure scorer, knows Tippett and his systems and will easily fill the void left by Lucic, who hasn’t been able to find his game with Edmonton and could not provide the offense they needed.Ken Holland hit the jackpot with this trade.Flames: B-The trade from the Flames side isn’t the worst; Neal didn’t fit in their systems or necessarily fulfill their needs in the lineup. However, Lucic hasn’t been great over the last few seasons, and his play has seen a significant decline over the last two years.In his first year with the Oilers, he was able to help establish a positive culture and produce offensively, racking up 23 goals and 50 points. However, the next two seasons, he’d combine for just 54 points; he fell to just 10 goals in 2017-18, and this past year, he had just six goals and 20 points.Overall though, this doesn’t mean much for the Flames; they didn’t lose a key offensive piece in Neal, and they won’t be getting one in Lucic — not only that, they don’t really need it with their current depth.So what does Calgary get with this deal? Mainly a strong off-ice presence, something that the Flames need more than anything given their youth; their average age is 26.7, which puts them among some of the youngest clubs in the league. Some could also argue that a lack of veteran presence (despite having Mike Smith) was one of the big reasons that they couldn’t make a deep playoff run despite clinching the Western Conference in 2018-19.MORE: Can Cam Talbot find his game with the Flames?last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgThe Dodgers have acquired LHP Adam Kolarek from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Niko Hulsizer.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 31, 2019The Dodgers wanted to land Felipe Vazquez from the Pirates, but that deal never came to fruition so they moved on and got another good pitcher.Kolarek, 30, is 4-3 with a 3.95 ERA this season for Tampa Bay. MLB trade rumors: Dodgers acquire Jedd Gyorko from Cardinals to add depth The Dodgers filled out their bullpen with the help they were looking for.Los Angeles has acquired lefty Adam Kolarek from the Rays for minor leaguer Niko Hulsizer, the team announced Wednesday. MLB trade rumors: Rays acquire Trevor Richards from Marlins in 4-player package that includes top prospect MLB trade rumors: Yankees, Rays still interested in Ken Giles despite elbow issuecenter_img Related News Hulsizer is currently on the injured list in the minors, but he is batting .265 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at the High-A level.As for the Dodgers? They got the reliever they were looking for. One of Los Angeles’ lone weaknesses this year has been its bullpen leading up to Kenley Jansen. This move certainly helps on that front.The Dodgers also added utilityman Jedd Gyorko in a deal with the Cardinals before the deadline. MLB trade rumors: Rays acquire Jesus Aguilar from Brewers for Jake Farialast_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_img MLS All-Star Game 2019: Marcos Llorente, Joao Felix lead Atletico Madrid to win Megan Rapinoe, Jill Ellis among nominees for FIFA awards Major League Soccer is “in very advanced discussions” with St. Louis, commissioner Don Garber said Wednesday at the league’s All-Star Game in Orlando as the expansion process continues to move toward 30 teams.According to SI.com, which cited multiple unidentified sources, while the focus remains on a trio of cities — St. Louis, Sacramento and Charlotte — St. Louis is furthest along in the process, a sentiment that Garber reinforced. “We are in very advanced discussions in St. Louis, and we really appreciated the details that they provided,” Garber said. “We look forward to continuing those discussions in the weeks and months ahead.”Although no franchise was awarded and no timetable for that announcement was made clear after MLS’s board of governors met Wednesday, Garber’s characterization of the league’s conversations with St. Louis was the most positive. Related Newscenter_img His assessment came on the heels of the prospective ownership group’s presentation to the board in Orlando and a more in-depth meeting with the league’s expansion committee two weeks ago. In announcing in April the intention to expand to 30 teams, Garber had said MLS “will deal exclusively with St. Louis and Sacramento for teams 28 and 29.” On Wednesday, however, Garber walked that back, saying the league also is in discussions with Charlotte, which SI.com describes “a wild-card bid fueled by Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s billions.”Per SI.com: Also in Orlando for meetings and the MLS All-Star Game were representatives from Indianapolis, Raleigh, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego.Garber said both St. Louis, which has committed to a privately financed stadium some two miles from the Arch in downtown, and Sacramento, led by new majority owner Ron Burkle, are aiming at coming aboard in 2022.last_img read more


Month: August 2020

first_imgAnthony, 35, didn’t always feel that way, particularly after an unceremonious exit following a 10-game stint with the Rockets early last season.”I felt like the game didn’t want me back at that point in time,” he admitted, describing a time in which he felt “emotionally vulnerable.” Related News Ten-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony says he has emerged from months of self-doubt, is in the gym daily and ready to find a team that wants him.”I know I can still play,” he said Friday on ESPN’s “First Take.” NBA free agency news: Patrick Patterson signs 1-year deal with Clippers His name has been linked to multiple teams, and one unidentified executive recently told The Athletic that Anthony “could fill a spot on most second units” as long as they find a role that “works for both sides.”Translation: He has been a star in the league, with the Knicks and Nuggets, but now hasn’t played in the NBA since mid-November and remains an aging free agent.”I feel like I still can play,” Anthony said. “I know I still can play. My peers know I still can play.” Warriors’ Klay Thompson speaks on knee injury, motivation for next season That was the aftermath of the meeting in which Rockets GM Daryl Morey told Anthony, a six-time All-NBA selection who led the league in scoring as recently as 2012-13 season (28.7 points per game), that he was being let go.Carmelo Anthony on @FirstTake on what went down with the Rockets pic.twitter.com/2WZa9YHawm— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) August 2, 2019″I was like, ‘What? Hold up. What the hell are you talking about? … You telling me I can’t make a nine-, 10-man rotation on this team?'” Anthony recalled thinking.That’s when the self-doubt began to creep in.”That was an ego hit. That was a pride hit,” Anthony said. “I started questioning myself after that. Can I still do this? What did I do? I asked (Morey) … he just said it wasn’t working out.”When somebody in power that tells you that they no longer need your services … for you to tell me you don’t need that no more, I honestly felt that I was fired. I felt like [what] other people go through on a day-to-day basis. People get fired. I honestly felt like I got fired.”That was then. This is now.Anthony said on “First Take” his passion for the game back.”I’m in the gym every single day,” Anthony said. He also noted “silence is not my surrender” and that he needed to quietly step away from the game to “reevaluate myself, reevaluate my career, reevaluate my life.”Players like Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony and Dennis Smith Jr. all came out for Day 1 of the Black Ops Basketball Run 🔥 (via @Cbrickley603 ) pic.twitter.com/ZB0J5ysEWO— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 25, 2019Anthony has averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his 16-season NBA career.He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in his 10 games with the Rockets, but they eventually traded him to the Bulls in January. Chicago released him immediately, and he has been a free agent since. NBA free agency rumors: Hawks ‘would welcome’ back Vince Carterlast_img read more