Celtics Agree To Deal With a Former Perennial All-Star: Report

Celtics Agree To Deal With a Former Perennial All-Star: Report

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The Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to "a one-year, fully guaranteed deal" with former All-Star free agent Blake Griffin, sources with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Griffin spent the 2021-22 season with the Brooklyn Nets after initially signing with the franchise in March 2021.

The six-time All-Star averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds while making 24 starts in 56 total appearances last season.

Griffin was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers at No. 1 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft following two decorated collegiate seasons at Oklahoma University and quickly emerged as one of the NBA's brightest stars.

The Oklahoma City native averaged 21.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during his eight seasons in Los Angeles before being traded to the Detroit Pistons midway through the 2017-18 season.

Griffin averaged 20.7 points and 6.7 rebounds during four seasons in Detroit.

The reported addition of Griffin comes days after the Celtics announced that starting center Robert Williams would miss the next 8-12 weeks after undergoing "a successful arthroscopic procedure."

"#NEBHInjuryReport Robert Williams underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies and address swelling in his left knee," the Celtics posted on their verified Twitter account. "Williams is expected to return to basketball activities in 8-12 weeks."

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski had previously reported that Williams was expected to miss all of training camp and the preseason due to surgery.

Williams had previously undergone meniscus surgery in March and returned during Celtics' postseason run, which ended in a Game 6 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Williams returned to the Celtics' lineup during Game 3 of the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, playing 16 minutes during Boston's 109-103 win against the Brooklyn Nets.

The 24-year-old was limited during the Eastern Conference Semifinals but appeared in five of the Celtics' seven Eastern Conference Finals games against the Miami Heat and all six games in the NBA Finals against the Warriors.

Williams started in all 61 games he appeared in for the Celtics during the 2021-22 NBA season before experiencing a knee injury during the team's 134-112 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 27.

Williams averaged 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.2 blocks per game, all of which were career highs, during the 2021-22 regular season, his fourth as an NBA player.

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Game of Longevity: Lamar Jackson vs. Josh Allen

Game of Longevity: Lamar Jackson vs. Josh Allen

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Chris Broussard: “Which QB will have a longer longevity in the league, Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen?”

Rob Parker: “I’m gonna say Lamar, because I do believe even though Josh Allen is able to run and have a strong arm. I do think Lamar is on an island on by himself, I think he’s a different type of player were you can build a team around him. He’s a different breed; the proof positive was a unanimous MVP.”

Chris Broussard: “Look, I agree that Lamar is one of a kind. But we have not seen a lot of people like him beside Vick.”

Rob Parker: “Whenever Lamar doesn’t play, they lose.”

Chris Broussard: “I would go with Josh Allen and here’s why, we know that he’s a better passer and he’s more accurate. He’s much bigger which is important for a guy who runs. Lamar is like 6’2 compared to Josh Allen who is 6’5. That for longevity matters. I think that chances are Josh Allen is going to last much longer than Lamar Jackson as a passer.”

Chris Broussard and Rob Parker breakdown the upcoming Sunday Night Football shootout between the Bills and Ravens, then the question arises - who would you rather have to start for your franchise.

Original author: Tab

Colin Cowherd Has Conspiracy Theory on Bill Belichick 'Sabotaging' Patriots

Colin Cowherd Has Conspiracy Theory on Bill Belichick 'Sabotaging' Patriots

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Colin Cowherd: “I don’t do conspiracy theories, I don’t believe in them. I’ve always had a theory about conspiracy theories – it’s less successful people who feel like society doesn’t pay enough attention to them so I’m going to come up with 'inside information' that nobody else has! I don’t buy them… BUT if you were a rich head coach with a $100 million net worth, the greatest coach ever, had your legacy, rings, and money, AND you really didn’t like the owner who in multiple books called you out and said you’re ‘impossible’ and ‘difficult’, and leaks that Belichick is ‘not a good guy’, and you thought ‘I’ve got my rings, I’ve got my house in Jupiter, Florida…’ IF I was into conspiracy theories there would be seven ways to leave on your terms and hand the owner a mess:

1. Tick off the greatest quarterback ever until he leaves.

2. Hire your kids on the staff.

3. Draft a very limited quarterback.

4. Spend a ton in free agency on players who don’t make a difference.

5. Re-hire guys who were disasters as head coaches on your staff [Joe Judge, Matt Patricia], so you have no heir apparent when you leave, and there’s nobody in the building that can be it, then assign them to roles they're not comfortable with.

6. Overdraft your first-round pick [Cole Strange].

7. Ruin the culture by letting players constantly leak stuff and don’t call them out.

Then at the end of the year retire and Robert Kraft goes ‘whaaaat do I do now?? I don’t have the speed! I don’t have the roster! I don’t have the quarterback! I don’t have the coaches in the building! I don’t have the culture!’ I don’t believe in conspiracy theories and I’m not saying this is true but it’s almost as if Belichick has already made his mind up and wants out. It’s the slowest roster, leaks everywhere, kids on the staff, re-hiring guys that bombed that you could never give the job to and giving them roles they’ll fail at, reaching on picks, spending on players who don’t make a difference… Wasn’t Belichick always a genius on in-league personnel? He spent $234 million on a bunch of guys who can’t run. Just saying, if I believed in conspiracy theories… Just to make it not so suspicious you have to occasionally win some games.” (Full Segment Above)

Watch Colin Cowherd float a conspiracy theory about how Bill Belichick is currently ‘sabotaging’ the Patriots organization to spite Robert Kraft, as Colin entertains the idea of Belichick pulling a fast one on the franchise before he retires.

Check out the segment above as Colin admits he’s not a big believer in conspiracy theories but presents these seven reasons why it ‘could’ be plausible.

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Colin Cowherd Drops His NFL Week 4 'Upset of the Week' Betting Pick

Colin Cowherd Drops His NFL Week 4 'Upset of the Week' Betting Pick

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“UPSET OF THE WEEK, I’m going to take the Patriots +9.5. If Mac Jones plays the Patriots win. If Brian Hoyer plays they cover the spread. First of all, this is a ridiculously big spread for two running teams. Name the number one receiver in this game if Jakobi Meyers doesn’t play, there isn’t a number one, and I’m not even sure there’s a number two in this game either; these are running teams. The Packers offense has 5 giveaways through the first three games, and Aaron Rodgers is only averaging 228 yards passing, that’s a career-low. The Packers don’t score off-script in the second half at all, only one touchdown. I think it’s a very close low-scoring game and if Mac Jones plays I think you’re looking at a game that goes down to the last minute. 9.5 points?? This isn’t college. The number one ranked corner in the NFL plays for the Patriots, their secondary is really good, and their pass rush is decent. I’m going to take the shocker of the weekend, Patriots 24-23."

UPDATE: Patriots Have Ruled Out QB Mac Jones From Week 4 (Ankle).

Watch Colin Cowherd explain why he's picking the New England Patriots to cover (+9.5) at Lambeau vs. the Green Bay Packers as Colin believes the Patriots will outright win the game if Mac Jones plays, and cover the -9.5 spread if Brian Hoyer is the starter.

Colin is not a big believer in the Packers despite their 14-12 victory in Tampa Bay last week, as Colin didn't rank the Packers in the top 10 of his 'Herd Hierarchy' Week 4 NFL Rankings this week.

Check out the audio above as well as Colin's Week 4 Blazin' 5 here.

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Be Cautious About Doubting Tua’s Doctors

Be Cautious About Doubting Tua’s Doctors

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Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered his second serious looking injury in as many games and a lot of people are questioning the medical professionals who cleared him to play. Doug uses simple logic to refute any hint of impropriety, reminding us that these doctors are unlikely to risk their entire careers by knowingly letting him play with a brain injury. It doesn’t really make a lot of sense to believe they just really wanted him to play this one game against the Bengals.

Doug Gottlieb: “Be very cautious I think of saying these two doctors, they don’t care about their legitimacy, and their profession, and the Hippocratic Oath, and all the things that they have worked their entire lives for because they wanted to see Tua play against the Cincinnati Bengals, or because the league wanted that.”

Original author: Michael

Dolphins Criticized For Handling of Tua Tagovailoa Prior to His TNF Injury

Dolphins Criticized For Handling of Tua Tagovailoa Prior to His TNF Injury

The Miami Dolphins are facing criticism for playing Tua Tagovailoa prior to his injury during the team's primetime game against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night, just days removed from experiencing a prior head injury.

Tagovailoa was ruled out of Thursday's game after experiencing head and neck injuries during a sack with 2:50 remaining in the second quarter, the team confirmed.

On Wednesday, the NFL confirmed it was reviewing whether Miami followed its league concussion protocol after Tagovailoa temporarily exited the team's win against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday (September 25) for what was initially reported to be a head injury.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel reiterated that an independent specialist evaluated Tagovailoa on Sunday and the team complied with the NFL's protocol during his postgame press conference.

"That's why the NFL has these protocols, and there's not like every single NFL game that is played," McDaniel said via NFL.com. "There's an independent specialist that specializes in specialty brain matter, so for me, as long as I'm coaching here, I'm not going to fudge that whole situation. If there's any sort of inclination that somebody has a concussion, they go into concussion protocol; it's very strict. People don't vary or stray; we don't mess with that, we never have as long as I've been head coach, so it'd never be an issue that you guys have to worry about."

Many critics, however, questioned the Dolphins' decision to play the 24-year-old just days removed from the head injury, including neuroscientist and Concussion Legacy Foundation founding CEO Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., whose non-profit organization aims "to promote smarter sports and safer athletes through education and innovation, and End CTE through prevention and research," according to its website.

"This is a disaster," Nowinski tweeted along with a clip of the sack. "Pray for Tua. Fire the medical staffs and coaches. I predicted this and I hate that I am right. Two concussions in 5 days can kill someone. This can end careers. How are we so stupid in 2022."

The former Harvard football player and professional wrestler had criticized the potential decision to play Tagovailoa hours before Thursday's game.

"If Tua takes the field tonight, it's a massive step back for #concussion care in the NFL," Nowinski said prior to the game. "If he has a 2nd concussion that destroys his season or career, everyone involved will be sued & should lose their jobs, coaches included. We all saw it, even they must know this isn't right."

The NFL Players Association released a statement Thursday night confirming its investigation into the Dolphins' handling of Tagovailoa was ongoing.

"Player health and safety is at the core of the union's mission," the NFLPA tweeted. "Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing."

Tagovailoa was hospitalized before being discharged and "traveled back with [the] team in a neck brace," and initial "scans were negative," though he's scheduled to have an MRI upon returning to Miami, sources told CBS Sports' Josina Anderson.

McDaniel said that Tagovailoa was "coherent" and "moving his extremities" before being stretchered off the field, Amazon Prime sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung reported prior to the beginning of the third quarter.

Original author: Jason

Blazing Five: Colin Cowherd Gives His 5 Best NFL Bets For Week 4 (Oct. 2)

Blazing Five: Colin Cowherd Gives His 5 Best NFL Bets For Week 4 (Oct. 2)

(VIDEO SEGMENT ABOVE)

Week 3 Blazin' 5 record: 2-3

Blazin' 5 season record: 9-6

Jaguars at Eagles (SPREAD: PHI -6.5)

“I’m going to take the Jaguars. +6.5?? They’ve won back-to-back games by 20+ points. Let’s be honest, this season the Jaguars are top 10 in scoring offense, top 5 in most categories, they’ve only given it away once, and they’re getting good protection. The Eagles offense, as good as it is, has been shut out in the second half of their last two games. It seems like the number is too big. I don’t think the market has figured out quite yet that Jacksonville spent $300 million in the offseason and went and got a bunch of good players and upgraded severely at head coach. I think it’s too many points and I think it’s going to go down to the end. I have the Eagles winning 27-26. I gotta take 6.5 points here, it just makes too much sense to me.”

Colin's prediction: Eagles 27, Jaguars 26.

Colin's pick: Jacksonville +6.5

Chargers at Texans (SPREAD: LAC -5.5)

“I’m absolutely taking the Texans at home +5.5. The Texans have held all their opponents to 23 points or less, and their defense is playing great, especially against the pass. Brandon Staley, the Chargers coach, in 20 games with Justin Herbert is just 10-10. Justin Herbert is hurt, Keenan Allen is hurt, Rashawn Slater is out, Corey Linsley is hurt. The Chargers offense is 1 of 6 teams without a rushing touchdown. Also, the Chargers defense when you take out Bosa and Khalil Mack – and now Bosa is out – does not get to the quarterback. This is way too many points. The Texans are feisty, I think the game will be low scoring. I’m going to take the upset here, and I don’t even think it is an upset with all the injuries to the Chargers, 27-23, Houston.”

Colin's prediction: Texans 27, Chargers 23.

Colin's pick: Houston +5.5

Jets at Steelers (SPREAD: PIT -3)

 “I wish I was getting +3.5, I’d like it a lot more, but Zach Wilson makes his debut and I’m going to take the Jets here. Mike Tomlin as a favorite against the spread is 82-94-5 as a coach, and the Steelers without TJ Watt don’t have much of a pass rush, and their offense is a disaster. The Steelers will have some extra time to prepare, but Zach Wilson has some tasty weapons here. I think the Jets are going to score. The Steelers are always most dangerous when they’re underdogs especially in-division, but this is an out-of-division game. I think the Jets have the more talented quarterback, I get a little bit of a desperate team with the Jets, I’m going to take the Jets to win here 23-21. It won’t be pretty, Jets wins aren’t, but I like the Jets.”

Colin's prediction: Jets 23, Steelers 21.

Colin's pick: New York +3

Broncos at Raiders (SPREAD: LV -2.5)

“I think the Raiders are a mess, I’m taking Denver +2.5, I have to here. The Broncos defense has been unbelievable, it’s number two in the league, they’re good at everything. Pass rush, third down – this Broncos defense is outstanding. The Broncos have got 2 or 3 good corners, 2 or 3 good pass rushers, excellent linebackers, and a thumping safety. The Raiders defense, meanwhile is one of the worst in the league. They’re the only team in the NFL who is 0-3. By the way, the teams that beat the Raiders, none of them have won a game, so they’re losing to bad teams. I’m going to take the Broncos to win here and get on the right track. I think Russell Wilson is going to run a little bit more now, move the sticks more, keep it away from Derek Carr, 28-23 Broncos.”

Colin's prediction: Broncos 28, Raiders 23.

Colin's pick: Denver +2.5

Patriots at Packers (SPREAD: GB -9.5)

“UPSET OF THE WEEK, I’m going to take the Patriots +9.5. If Mac Jones plays the Patriots win. If Brian Hoyer plays they cover the spread. First of all, this is a ridiculously big spread for two running teams. Name the number one receiver in this game if Jakobi Meyers doesn’t play, there isn’t a number one, and I’m not even sure there’s a number two in this game either; these are running teams. The Packers offense has 5 giveaways through the first three games, and Aaron Rodgers is only averaging 228 yards passing, that’s a career-low. The Packers don’t score off-script in the second half at all, only one touchdown. I think it’s a very close low-scoring game and if Mac Jones plays I think you’re looking at a game that goes down to the last minute. 9.5 poitns?? This isn’t college. The number one ranked corner in the NFL plays for the Patriots, their secondary is really good, and their pass rush is decent. I’m going to take the shocker of the weekend, Patriots 24-23."

Colin's prediction: Patriots 24, Packers 23.

Colin's pick: New England +9.5

All spreads are provided by Fox Bet. Spreads are posted when Blazin' 5 airs Friday at 2 pm ET and are subject to change.

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Where Were the Grown-Ups Looking Out for Tua??

Where Were the Grown-Ups Looking Out for Tua??

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Miami Dolphins QB, Tua Tagovailoa suffered a frightening injury last night, getting slammed to the ground, being carted off the field and sent via ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation. This comes after an injury he suffered just four days ago that had every appearance of being a concussion, even though it was reported as a back injury. Dan wonders if perhaps Tua shouldn’t have been in last night’s game in the first place and whether there was anyone looking out for his best interests. The NFL Players Association was wondering as well considering they had already launched an investigation into the handling of his injury on Sunday.

Dan Patrick: “Where are the grown-ups in the room? Somebody needed attention. ‘It’s not a concussion. We’re going to have a doctor, and an independent doctor, and he’s cleared, and he’s back in!’ OK. He did come back in, seemed to be OK. Then there’s last night. So, four days later, playing and suffered a concussion...Did anybody think, maybe Tua shouldn’t’ve played last night? Anybody?”

Original author: Michael

Following Tua Tagovailoa's Head Injury, Expect an Overcorrection by the NFL

Following Tua Tagovailoa's Head Injury, Expect an Overcorrection by the NFL

Miami Dolphins v Cincinnati Bengals

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Following Tua Tagovailoa's scary concussion on Thursday Night Football, 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe wonder how the NFL will change their policies regarding head injuries going forward. Jonas Knox predicts they will overreact like they usually do. Brady Quinn believes that will lead to players hiding injuries more than ever before and LaVar Arrington explains what happens to players who get labeled "injury prone."

Jonas Knox: "Every time there's an incident that's a bad look on the NFL that plays out publicly, all of a sudden there's an overcorrection pretty quickly... The reality of the situation is it's still a violent sport and people are gonna get cracked that that's just what it is. So what is going to be the overcorrection here? Is it every time somebody takes a blow to the head, they have to come out for a play?"

Brady Quinn: "It's not that, it's worse. They're probably gonna make them sit out the following week regardless. And here's the truth of the matter: You're gonna have more players who hide it then in that case because they're not going to want to sit out the following week and you're gonna see more teams who don't want to have players who have concussion history on their roster for that reason."

LaVar Arrington: "Once you get labeled that guy, the clock is ticking on them to replace you. That's just the reality of it. If you get to the point of where you're damaged goods, then that's exactly what you are. You're goods that are damaged. And what do you do when you have damaged goods? You replace them. So, of course you you find a way. They always tell you the best ability is availability...

We're all under the stress and the strain and the pressure to be on that field. And don't think for two seconds Tua wasn't feeling that stress and that pressure of making sure that he was getting on that field. We all do."

Original author: Lee

The Twins Should Let Carlos Correa Go

The Twins Should Let Carlos Correa Go

Cleveland Guardians v Minnesota Twins

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Twins SS Carlos Correa spoke with the media regarding his upcoming free agency after the season and Correa offered up a quote that Ben Maller says confirms everything you need to know about Correa.

Ben Maller: "This guy is bad mojo. Bad mojo. Correa is a grifter, he's a scam artist. One of the masterminds with Jose Albooove, Alex Bregman, George Springer, and the other members of the 2017 Asssstros. The Twins are better off without this cat."

Original author: Justin
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