Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr come to JaVale McGee’s defense in beef with Shaq

JaVale McGee has been an easy target for Shaquille O’Neal for quite some time, but the Warriors center is done with the constant ridicule — and so are his teammates and coaches.

After McGee and Shaq engaged in an ugly Twitter beef following the Warriors’ win over the Clippers on Thursday night, Golden State star forward Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr defended McGee. Both agreed Shaq’s jokes had gone too far.

“Shaq was a s—y free-throw shooter. He missed dunks. He airballed free Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys throws. He couldn’t shoot outside of the paint,” Durant said. “He was bigger than everybody. He didn’t have no skill, but he was bigger and stronger than everybody. And he’s still a great player, but you had your flaws, too, as a player. And he played on five or six teams, too. So it’s not like he was just this perfect center.”

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his breakout season by scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in a 99-85 win against the Pacers.

Nikola Jokic, one of the NBA’s fastest-rising stars, was at his best again in a 119-99 win over the Celtics. Jokic scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while hauling in 10 rebounds with seven assists and four steals.

Draymond Green recently made fun of the Hawks for not game-planning Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys against him, but he can’t make that claim Friday in a 103-102 loss to the Timberwolves. Green scored just five points on 1-of-8 shooting in 38 minutes. He did add seven assists and six rebounds, but he’s expected to be the team’s third scorer with Kevin Durant out. He has not stepped up, though.

Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell looks healthy playing hoops

Le’Veon Bell appears to be recovering well from offseason surgery.

The Steelers running back hasn’t been participating in workouts since being franchise tagged in February, but retweeted a video (with some NSFW language) Sunday night in which he was recorded playing a pick-up game of basketball.

After playing through a groin injury for weeks and then aggravating it during the AFC Championship Game in January, Bell underwent a procedure on his core muscle in March. The NFL launched an investigation into why Pittsburgh omitted Bell’s injury from report, which remains open.

Bell, who is set to earn $12.7 million if he doesn’t reach a long-term contract agreement with the Steelers by July 15, has rushed for 4,045 yards and 26 touchdowns since being drafted in 2013 despite missing 14 games because of injuries and suspensions.

Each NBA team is allotted a pair of two-way contracts that allow players to move between the NBA and D-League without counting against a team’s 15-man roster.

“The quality of play has improved significantly in the D-League,” Cuban said. “The delta from there to the NBA is shrinking every day. Particularly for guard play. With the new two-way contracts Cheap Jerseys Made In China it will improve even more and we could see more players that have an impact in the NBA.”

Remember Jones, the man who put on a show at this year’s Slam Dunk Contest? He took a winding path to the NBA, declaring for the draft after a freshman season in which he was ruled immediately ineligible when his test scores were canceled by the ACT in March of 2016. He went undrafted but made his NBA debut on Nov. 19. However, he Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own didn’t play in consecutive games for Phoenix until mid-February, after playing 19 games for the Northern Arizona Suns in the D-League.

Pitcher who gave up home run to Tim Tebow throws perfect game in minors

Safe to say, Domenic Mazza has shaken off the home run he gave up to Tim Tebow.

Mazza, a Giants minor leaguer, threw a nine-inning perfect game Tuesday for Augusta (Ga.) against Lexington (Ky.) in the Single-A South Atlantic League. Mazza struck out nine batters; as impressively, he needed just 85 pitches (60 strikes); that’s a huge reason he was allowed to go all the way and toss the first nine-inning perfecto in league history.

My agent actually kept things pretty quiet, Zeitler said Thursday night while preparing to take an early-morning flight to Cleveland. I know on Day 1 a couple of teams came in and started talking. As it went on, it came down to New Orleans and Cleveland.

It sounded like Cleveland just offered the best deal. My agent suggested I go with it.

Further, Zeitler said, he hasn’t had the chance to talk with too many people in Cleveland as to what the team’s vision is for him, its plans to improve after a 1-15 season, or whether Browns coach Hue Jackson is using the same offensive concepts used when he was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator. About everything Zeitler knows about the Browns stems from having played against them as an AFC North rival for the past five seasons while with Cincinnati.

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Angels owner says team will play in Angel Stadium through 2028

The Angels apparently have decided to stick with their current stadium situation in Anaheim.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that team owner Arte Moreno said the Angels now plan on playing in aging Angel Stadium through 2028. According to the Times, that’s when the team’s lease at the 51-year-old stadium runs out, although Moreno has until October 2018 to exercise an escape clause that would terminate the lease after the 2019 season.

Moore was slated to be Tony Romo’s backup last year but instead spent the season on injured reserve due to a broken leg suffered during the first week of training camp in August, ultimately opening the door for Prescott to take over under center and become a rookie sensation. Moore had previously played three games in 2015 after Romo was injured, completing 61 of 104 passes for 779 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Poised to be Dallas’ No. 3 signal caller this season, Moore could end up competing for the No. 2 spot at camp this summer if the team eventually decides to release Romo.

Moore, 27, went undrafted in the 2012 but was later picked up by the Lions. He spent his first three seasons playing under Cowboys coordinator Scott Linehan in Detroit before signing with Dallas in September 2015.

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