Posts Tagged ‘Criticism’

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Charles Barkley will forever be old school when it comes to the game of basketball.

He’s demonstrated this viewpoint in the past by claiming jump-shooting teams are incapable of becoming champions – something the Golden State Warriors have disproved on multiple occasions, mind you.

The latest target of his disdain is the league itself and its decision to extend the regular season to cut down on the amount of back-to-back games for its players.

“I want to commend the NBA. You know, these poor babies can’t play back-to-back games,” said Barkley, sarcastically, at an SMU athletic forum on Wednesday.

“Making $30-, $40-million a year. But we want to make it convenient for them. At $40 million a year, we can’t stress ’em out. The private jets and the four-star hotels is not enough, so I just want to commend the NBA for just making it so convenient for these poor babies,” Barkley said.

To reduce the stress level on players from travel, the NBA will begin the 2017-18 regular season on Oct. 17, therefore eliminating stretches of four games in five nights completely, as well as reducing the amount of back-to-back slates per team from 16.3 to 14.4.

Such changes will also aid in preventing teams from resting talent when they’re healthy, either on the road where opposing fans can only see them a handful of times (if that), or for nationally-televised contests. New guidelines on the matter have been submitted to the Board of Governors from the NBA’s Competition Committee, with a vote for approval coming on Sept. 28.

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Ben McAdoo put his quarterback on blast following the New York Giants‘ lackluster performance against the Detroit Lions on Monday, but Eli Manning doesn’t appear too fazed.

McAdoo called Manning out directly for what he labeled “sloppy quarterback play,” stemming from a delay of game penalty taken on fourth-and-goal in the third quarter of Monday’s contest. The two-time Super Bowl champion joined WFAN 660 on Tuesday and addressed the comments made by McAdoo during his post-game press conference the night before, according to Tom Rock of Newsday Sports.

“I know Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it … You can’t be sensitive in this business,” Manning said.

Manning also owned the fact that his team has come under heavy fire for its performance so far this season, expressing an understanding for the disappointment radiating from its fan base.

“Hey, you lose games, only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism,” Manning said.

The next opportunity for the Giants to right the ship will come when the team travels to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 24.

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After a nightmare start to the season, some in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room are expecting Andy Dalton‘s head to be the next one to roll in Cincy.

Despite having the support of the front office, some of Dalton’s teammates, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, feel the signal-caller is already on a short leash.

If Dalton was indeed benched or cut, Florio reports that some Bengals players would favor an “off the board” fill-in like unsigned QB Colin Kaepernick.

While there has been zero indication from the team regarding an interest in Kaepernick’s services, back-to-back miserable offensive performances and nine total points scored over two weeks may have Bengals management considering new options under center.

Dalton has completed only 54.5 percent of his passes for 394 yards, four picks, and no touchdowns.

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It’s no secret that Jimmy Butler and Fred Hoiberg didn’t always see eye-to-eye during their two seasons together with the Chicago Bulls.

The new Minnesota Timberwolves swingman shed some light on his relationship with his former coach, admitting that their differing personalities led Butler to become frustrated during his time in the Windy City.

“I’m confrontational. I feed off of confrontation. It makes me go,” Butler told Michael Pina of Vice Sports. “Not everybody’s like that. (Fred Hoiberg) is not that coach, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are different coaching styles and people are gonna say – which is what they did say – ‘It’s gonna be Jimmy’s team or it’s gonna be Fred’s team.’ Two total opposite ends of the spectrum. They’re either gonna try to win it now or they’re gonna go young. And you see which way they went with it. Completely fine. Yo, it’s y’all’s business. It’s y’all’s organization. It’s cool. And now I’m in Minnesota and couldn’t be happier.”

Butler’s relationship with Hoiberg got off to a rocky start when the three-time All-Star called out his coach for the former’s laid-back attitude following a blowout defeat to the New York Knicks. Their relationship didn’t improve much thereafter, as Butler appeared to call off Hoiberg’s timeout request during a game in January.

It seems unlikely that Butler will endure the same problems in Minnesota now that the 27-year-old has been reunited with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

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In his first meeting with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, new head coach Travis Green didn’t sugarcoat his feelings about the twins’ play last season.

“In our first meeting with Travis Green, he told us we were not good enough last year,” Daniel told Sportsnet 650 on Monday. “We use that, we like that. He’s honest with you. He’s going to keep us accountable.”

Last season, Daniel tallied 15 goals and 44 points in 82 games – his lowest point total in a full season since he posted 31 (with 14 goals) in 31 games during 2002-03. That was the twins’ third season in the league.

Meanwhile, Henrik was a bit better, finishing the 2017 season with 50 points in all 82 games. That tied his 2014 production – when he played just 70 games. Still, 50 points is his lowest total in an 82-game season since 2003-04 (42 points).

Green’s comments suggest there will be pressure on Daniel and Henrik to step up this season. Daniel says that every season, the twins approach training camp feeling that nothing is guaranteed.

“For me and Henrik, we always come in every year not expecting to make the lineup,” he said. “We have to work hard in training camp. We have to come into camp in good shape. We have to be really good in the preseason games. That’s always been our mindset.

“That needs to be the mindset for the young players too.”

 

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Former WWE RAW Women’s Champion Sasha Banks was a guest on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast prior to winning and dropping the title last month. Interestingly, Banks discussed her propensity for losing the gold shortly after attaining it, a factoid that has found its way into Banks’ ongoing story arc.

According to Banks, repeatedly losing the women’s title soon after winning it has been a blow to her confidence.

“I’ll be honest about something. I’m a three-time RAW Women’s Champion, right, which is awesome. Within a whole year, I’m a three-time Women’s Champion, which, to me, is a lot. I am a three-time two-week holder of a championship, so that took away my confidence so much.”

Moreover, in Banks’ estimation, either WWE does not see ‘The Boss’ as a viable champion or the company wants repeated title changes to keep people talking.

“I thought, ‘okay, I lost it the first time.’ Then, when I won it back, I was like, ‘okay, maybe I can show them that I can keep it for longer than two weeks.’ And I don’t know. Was it something with me or do they just want to keep [flip-flopping] I don’t know. So the last reign, I wasn’t used the Monday night and the following week, Charlotte closed out RAW, cutting a promo on her father. I run out and get beat up by Charlotte. And then, the following pay-per-view, which was an iron woman match, I tapped out with one second left, and went to overtime, and tapped out. So to me, you’re telling me I couldn’t hold out for one more second not to tap out? But then I still lose. It’s stuff like that that really brought down my confidence levels, like maybe there’s something wrong with me and they don’t see me as a champion or legit they wanted to have all these title changes and they wanted people to talk about it.” Banks added, “but then, in my last run, I was like, ‘okay, I have two more weeks till the pay-per-view, I might lose, I might win. I have no idea.’ And those things, I didn’t find out till the day of, the night of.”

Additionally, Banks shared that she is out to prove that she can be the champ for more than two weeks.

“I just want to show to myself that I can do it and I can show to the company that I can be a champion for more than two weeks. And I want to be going down in history as the greatest women’s champion of all time because I’m already going down as the greatest women’s wrestler of all time.”

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Damian Lillard isn’t one to forget a slight.

After earning All-Star honors earlier in his career, the Portland Trail Blazers point guard believes he’s been snubbed by voters the past two seasons, saying he should have four appearances at this point.

“It should’ve been ’16 and ’17, too,” Lillard said during a Q-and-A in New York for NBA 2K18.

The 27-year-old has filled the stat sheet over the past two seasons, averaging 26.1 points, 6.4 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 0.9 steals in 150 games.

While Lillard has been lethal on the offensive end, he also plays in a conference that boasts a number of top-tier point guards, including Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, and Chris Paul.

Should he fail to make the All-Star team this season, don’t be surprised if Lillard drops another track to voice his frustrations.