ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has learned that former NBA MVP Derrick Rose will meet with Pistons' management in the hopes of securing a two-year deal. Both sides are believed to be highly motivated to reach an agreement. Think of it this way: the Pistons' backcourt is in dire need of a warm body, any warm body - on the other hand, Detroit is one of the few franchises who'd willingly offered him a starting berth, let alone the keys to the offense. Bear in mind, Rose hasn't started for an NBA team in some time, and Reggie Jackson isn't just going to keel over in defeat. But with Jackson and Rose pushing each other for playing time, there's a reason to believe, the team's "accountability" would increase tenfold with him on the payroll.
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After successive redshirt seasons, Derrick Rose finally re-emerged as a ble NBA player with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season. Although he only started 13 games for the franchise, Rose's professionalism was counted upon in the wake of Jimmy Butler's calamitous exit. Rose's play even landed him a few votes for NBA silverware, which he ultimately fell short of garnering. The 2019-2020 season will be Rose's 11th in the league if you count the years spent toiling in the infirmary. With 3 All-Star berths to his credit, an MVP award, and career averages of 18.8 points and 5.6 assists - Derrick Rose is never one to wait by the phone in a cross-legged position.
Andre Iguodala Admits Warriors Lie About Players’ Injuries: Watch
Iguodala had some pretty damning revelations.
Andre Iguodala made an appearance on The Breakfast Club today where he promoted his new book and even talked about basketball and his career. At one point, the subject changed to injuries and Iguodala got pretty talkative as he snitched on the entire Golden State Warriors organization for how they treat players with injuries. The Warriors medical staff was put into question lately thanks to their handling of the Kevin Durant situation who ultimately went down with a ruptured Achilles after coming back to action too quickly.
In the interview, Iguodala explains how he had a fractured leg last year and that the team was telling the media it was a bone bruise. Since the injury was being referred to something less than it was, he felt pressured to come back which is something he knows KD was feeling.
"Last year it happened to me. I missed the last three games of the Houston series, it goes to Game 7. We barely get out of that series and now you looking at me like 'when you coming back?' And I had a fractured leg and but it's being put out there like you got a bone bruise. Like 'no, it’s a fracture.' So I’m fighting with the team, I'm fighting with people, I'm fighting with the media. Then my teammates ask me everyday 'How you feeling? How you feeling?' So with K[evin Durant], he getting it from everywhere too: 'How you feeling? How you feeling?' — not just from the team, but from family and people close to him."
Considering Iguodala's revelation, it puts Durant's injury into perspective, with some fans wanting punishment for the Warriors and how they've put their players in compromising positions.
You can watch the full interview below.
Vape Pen Explodes & Shatters Teen’s Jaw, Knocks Out Teeth
Maybe Newports are the safer option.
E-Cigarettes have been on the rise in the past five years. Many were under the impression that they’re a safer alternative to cigarettes but that might not be entirely true. According to NBC, a 17-year-old boy’s jaw shattered after an incident with an e-cigarette.
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Austin Adams had his mother to purchase the device while he tried to replace tobacco products with e-cigarettes. While using it, the e-cigarette exploded and knocked out a several of his teeth and shattered his jaw. His mother explained that the family lives in rural Nevada had was forced to drive five hours to the closest hospital that could treat his injury. “This child had a blast injury to his lower jaw, as well as burns around his lip,” Dr. Katie Russell, one of the trauma surgeons who treated Adams, said. “He didn’t recall doing anything wrong with the device beforehand, and it just exploded.”
In the past week, the FDA concluded a new guidance for manufacturers of tobacco products and e-cigarettes which suggests companies provide through details surrounding the batteries they use in fear of overheating. The FDA said e-cigarettes explode when the lithium-ion battery inside of the pen overheats.
Dr. Jonathan Skirko, a pediatric ear nose and throat surgeon who helped Adams, said that the explosion tore a whole through the boy’s gums. “The tissue kind of got vaporized,” Dr. Skirko said.
Wizards Decline Jabari Parker’s $20 Million Option, Seek Longterm Deal: Report
Jabari Parker may have found a home in the dysfunctional Wizards’ locker room.
I’d be lying if I told you Jabari Parker’s bluechip luster was still-in-effect. Right from the onset of his career, the Duke alum has battled through injuries, hindering his development in consequence. Luckily for Parker, his offensive repertoire was fully-operational the moment he stepped into the league; it was the other facets of the game which have eluded him thus far.
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With all that said, the Washington Wizards are keen on seeing out Parker’s next developmental phase, for as long as the locker room remains in a fluctuating state, due to injury concerns, and a lack of chemistry. Parker joined the fray in February in a transaction with the Chicago Bulls that saw Otto Porter Jr. go in the other direction. The Wizards foresaw Porter Jr. as a “Max Contract” type of talent, but the hype never materialized the way they’d hoped.
Over 25 games with the Wizards last season, Parker averaged a respectable 15/7 in points and rebounds, respectively. His outlying numbers were enough to convince the Wizards’ front office of his provisional value, while the team embarked on a rebuild of major proportions. The former 2nd overall pick is on the back end of a two-year $40 million contract, pending the renewal of a “team option” for 2019-2020. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, both sides have agreed to decline the “team option” in favor of a longer-term deal with more cap flexibility. Something’s got to give in Washington, DC, you would think.
DaBaby’s Beat-down Victim Don Trag Is Now Stable: Report
The victim is now stable.
We're reporting on some good news today. The overzealous fan, who suffered from serious injuries following an altercation with DaBaby's security detail, managed to pull through based on reports from WCVB.com. Donald Saladin, who goes by the musical alias Don Trag, was rushed to the hospital after collapsing in front of his home just moments after the violent incident. His mother previously shared that Don Trag was in a coma and recuperating from the shock.
Now with her son okay, the victim's mother shared with the aforementioned news outlet: "What is most (important) to me, is just, I want my son to get better. I could've lost my son. I'm only 49, and I'm not ready to lose my children, none of them. That's why I'm always telling them, 'Don't do stuff that you're not supposed to do." Moreover, she added in reference to the brutal beating, whose video since went viral: "To see someone beating your son in the head like that, use your foot to kick him -- how could you do this? That's the only thing I can ask them. Why? Why is it worth it?"
To note, DaBaby has shared no thoughts or input on the ordeal as of yet.
DeMarcus Cousins Could Lose $150 Million In Free Agency Due To Injuries
Cousins has been struggling with injuries throughout his career.
DeMarcus Cousins shocked the NBA when he decided to sign a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors during the 2018 offseason. At the time, Cousins was nursing a torn Achilles tendon which forced him to miss the first 45 games of the season. Since returning to action, Cousins has struggled to get himself adjusted to the team’s system and in just his second playoff game, he went down with a quad tear in his left leg.
Cousins will be a free agent this summer and some executive around the league say his injuries could seriously affect the contract he receives. In a new report from Bleacher Report, one executive said Cousins’ losses could be astronomical.
“It’s going to be an enormous loss for him. He might end up in a situation where these injuries cost him $150 million. It’ll have a profound impact,” the executive explained.
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Another executive explained how Cousins lack of connections around the league could also affect his status.
“He’s moved around so much (recently) that he needs to have some real relationships with somebody, and I don’t think he’s really had that before,” they explained. “It’s a tough situation, but it’s easier when you’re already with a good group.”
Cousins has averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds throughout his career.
Halsey Destroys Her Back & Finger While Rock Climbing Naked
Halsey’s “Nightmare” tattoo works in this context.
Halsey is cut from a different cloth. She’s unlike her pop star contemporaries in the fact that she’s a little bit more hardcore than them. You would never hear about Taylor Swift going rock climbing in the nude, after all. Halsey maintains an “IDGAF” mentality in life. If she feels like buzzing off her hair and dyeing it red, she’ll do it. If she wants to consume questionable substances on a yacht with G-Eazy, she’ll do it. She continually keeps her supporters on their toes and that’s what they love about her. This week, she made the risky choice to go rock climbing without any clothes on. The decision is head-scratching, to say the least, and after you see the injuries she sustained, you’ll never want to mimic her efforts.
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The singer did not show how she injured her back and finger but she did let fans in on the aftermath, showing a photo of her entire back covered in welts and red marks. Her middle finger is wrapped up as well. Judging from the injuries she’s proudly showing off, we would assume that she fell flat on her back, slipping as she tried to climb a little higher. She doesn’t seem bothered about the mishap though. In fact, she’s still encouraging her audience to give it a try. “Don’t go rock climbing naked. Or do. Do you,” she wrote.
Hopefully, she learns from this and stays safe next time.
Carson Wentz Says Back Still Isn’t Completely Healed: "This Stuff Takes Time"
The Eagles need their quarterback ready for next season.
At the end of last season, Carson Wentz suffered a stress fracture in his back which took him out for the remainder of the season. Nick Foles stepped in for him and the rest is history as the Eagles made it to the playoffs and even won a game against the Chicago Bears. Since then, Foles signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars which cemented Wentz as the team’s franchise quarterback. The QB spoke to the media on Monday about his injury status and how his recovery is going. Overall, it’s been a slow process.
“It’s still getting there. It’s still getting there,” Wentz explained. “Some of this stuff just takes time, but that’s not really the main concern, it’s just kind of how I feel. I feel pretty good with where I’m at.”
There have been questions surrounding Wentz as to whether or not he can make it as a franchise quarterback considering all of the injuries he’s sustained in his young career. Wentz understands those doubts but is ready to prove people wrong.
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“I get it. I get it,” Wentz said. “I’m looking forward to putting those (questions) behind me. I understand it’s a part of this league, it’s a physical league and things happen. But it’s one of those things that’s out of my control, and I look forward to putting that behind me.”
Only time will tell whether or not Wentz can lead the Eagles to one of the best records in football like he did just two seasons ago.
Los Angeles Lakers Officially Miss Playoffs For 6th Season In A Row
A sullen LeBron James says this wasn't the banner year he signed up for.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to diagnose the Los Angeles Lakers as a dysfunctional bunch. Where does one begin? Their fanbase would love for the greater NBA community to hold their tongue.
But why should they? I can think of at least two outlying reasons why shouldn't. As of this moment, the Lakers have been mathematically eliminated from the NBA playoffs for the 6th consecutive season, and LeBron James didn't seem too pleased to count himself amongst the Nation when he spoke to the media last night.
For starters, the Lakers have only missed the postseason 5 times in the first 65 years of their existence. So, many of the current vexations Laker fans find themselves mired in, don't hold much weight in the grand scheme of things.
The Lakers Nation has enjoyed more than its share of storied runs, thanks to historically-strong management, and the Buss' ownership team, who loves basketball with the bottom of their hearts, daughter, father, everyone combined.
Secondly, a love for the game should be a colorless thing, let alone purple and gold. Had the Los Angeles built their farmhouse from the ground-up, we might not be having this discussion at all.
In 2018-2019, we've learned a few things about LeBron James' character that certainly contributed to the team's malaise. That doesn't mean LeBron James isn't a kind individual or a thoughtful teammate, but it stands to reason that he wasn't "the right guy" for this Lakers' project.
31-41 with about 10 games left on the schedule, the Lakers are worse than they were last season, without LeBron James. So without much trepidation, the team must plan ahead, the players hobbling on one-year contracts must do the same. Lakers' fans are not to blame, but to any one of them who every played dynasty card on a discussion forum, better keep that energy close to the chest comes golf season. Sometimes the juggernauts do go soft.
ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy Suggests Trading LeBron James Is Lakers’ Best Option
ESPN's Lakers' broadcast was ripe with conspiracy.
With Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram each presumably out for the Season and some of the important thing veterans responsible of mentally "trying out," the Los Angeles Lakers do not look as if they're going to be capable to reverse their fortunes with out revisioning their toolbox, with or with out LeBron James aboard the operation.
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In reality, Jeff Van Gundy, an NBA coach, builder, and broadcaster who wants little to no introduction, is agency in his opinion that Lakers' administration ought to commerce LeBron James earlier than they lose their shot at a marquee free-agent this offseason or subsequent.
The present ESPN analyst made his ideas identified whereas calling LeBron's fixture in opposition to the Boston Celtics final night time, the sport ending 120-107 in favor of the visiting squad.
Van Gundy started his speaking level by insisting upon buying and selling LeBron as one of the best ways to rebuild the roster, particularly if landed them Anthony Davis in alternate, a concept his co-anchor Mark Jackson may hardly fathom. "What are you doing, severely?" Jackson then provided in response. "No, severely, what are you doing?
Van Gundy certainly anticipated Jackson to vary in opinion, however that did not stop him from making an attempt to persuade his co-analyst to leap on the appropriate facet of historical past along with his line of reasoning.
"You’ve bought to get on the appropriate timeline," opined Van Gundy. "I’m going to say, if I may commerce him for the Clippers into cap house, which might give me a greater probability to get Durant or Kawhi Leonard, would I not try this?"
In the top, Mark Jackson, a well-respected determine in his personal proper, selected to distance himself from Van Gundy and proceed in his play-by-play commentary of the match at hand. Now that there is a little extra time to disseminate the data, ought to Mark Jackson rethink his reluctant, at what level does LeBron James fall again all the way down to Earth once more, and change into impeachable like he was in his rookie seminar roughly 15 years in the past?