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Trail Blazers’ Kanter, former teammate Turkoglu spar again about Turkey’s government

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The volatile, longstanding dispute between Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter and Turkish government officials has added another chapter, this time in separate interviews conducted by E:60’s Jeremy Schaap, with Kanter again comparing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a dictator, and former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, now a Turkish government official, accusing Kanter of abandoning his homeland to support a “terrorist.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The on-camera interview with Turkoglu — now a chief adviser to Erdogan — is the first with American media about Kanter. Turkoglu, who played with several NBA teams, including the Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs, played with Kanter on the 2011 Turkish national team. He is also head of the Turkish Basketball Federation. The interviews aired Sunday morning.

Turkoglu spoke carefully and deliberately to Schaap, saying that Kanter has been “openly supporting a terrorist leader” — Fethullah Gulen. Gulen is a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who has been living in exile from Turkey since 1999; he is Kanter’s spiritual adviser and a bitter rival of Erdogan’s. The Turkish government has accused Gulen of masterminding a failed military coup in the country in 2016. Gulen has denied the allegation, and the U.S. government has rejected Turkey’s requests to extradite him from his home in Pennsylvania.10

In the 32-minute E:60 interview, Turkoglu only referenced Kanter by name once and said he had nothing to say to his former teammate: “I don’t send messages to terrorist organization supporters.” In response to a question about how Americans should view the saga between Kanter and Turkish government officials, Turkoglu said: “All I have to say to all my American fellows, be careful.”

Erdogan and Gulen were once political allies, but after a 2013 corruption scandal reached all the way to Erdogan and his family, Erdogan blamed Gulen for having a role in exposing the scandal, and their relationship fractured. Kanter has been an outspoken critic of the Turkish government and Erdogan since.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Kanter, who has played for the Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks, frequently has been quoted saying Erdogan is the “Hitler of our century.” In December 2017, Turkey’s state-run news agency, Anadolu Agency, reported that Kanter faces more than four years in prison for insulting Erdogan and Turkoglu in a series of tweets posted in 2016. In May 2017, Kanter’s Turkish passport was canceled while traveling overseas. He ultimately was able to return to the United States through London. A few weeks later, Kanter’s parents’ home was raided, and his father, Mehmet, was taken into custody and charged with being a member of a terrorist group. Enes Kanter believes the Turkish government targeted his father, a genetics professor, because of the player’s critical stance against the country’s government.

Suns snap 18-game losing streak to Warriors

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Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night.

The Suns defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on Nov. 9, 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season. The Warriors followed a great win against Denver two nights earlier with a dud.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“Let’s not forget last year was way worse than this, way worse than this, with injuries and things like that. We have pretty much everybody healthy,” Stephen Curry said. “We talked about the things we need to get better at going into the playoffs and just haven’t done it. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, which I think we like right now.

“We’re getting challenged, we’re getting teams’ best shots.”9

Klay Thompson’s two free throws with 1:04 to go made it 111-108. Andre Iguodala secured a rebound after two missed Suns shots but Curry missed on a 3 with 23 seconds left. Booker then converted two free throws.

Booker’s jumper with 5:01 to play put the Suns ahead, then he made it 102-98 on a 3-pointer at 4:45. Booker hit a fadeaway at the 4:04 mark then scored on a driving one-handed dunk after Phoenix pushed in transition after Curry’s turnover.

Kevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn’t overcome Booker’s late onslaught in losing to lowly Phoenix.

“Probably the worst loss of the season, unfortunately,” Thompson said.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Booker was 13 for 23, made all nine of his free throws and also dished out 11 assists for the Suns in a back-to-back and their fourth win in five games.

Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson were a combined 16 of 42 — 8 of 30 on 3s after a 4-for-22 start — and the Warriors went 10 of 43 from beyond the arc.

“One game, you miss shots,” Curry said. “We took ones we thought we could make. If they go down this could be a totally different conversation. So don’t overreact to that.”

Here’s hoping: LeBron, Simmons still a chance for Melbourne showdown

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Marvel Stadium could be the stage for a dream match-up between NBA superstars LeBron James and Ben Simmons when Team USA take on the Australian Boomers in a highly-anticipated FIBA World Cup warm-up series.

More than 90,000 tickets have been sold for the two-match series to be held in August as teams prepare for the World Cup that kicks off in China on August 31.

USA Basketball national team director Sean Ford and Basketball Australia acting chief executive Paul Maley led a delegation that toured the Docklands facility on Tuesday afternoon.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Ford outlined the difficulties involved in assembling a roster of NBA superstars, but is hopeful James, an unabashed fan of incoming coach Gregg Popovich, will opt to play.10

“I think he would like to play for coach Popovich, but of all the athletes, LeBron probably has the most going on both on and off the court,” Ford said. “I mean we would love to have him … who wouldn’t, right?

Whether ‘King’ James is present for the August 22 and 24 games or not, Ford is confident there will be plenty of big-name NBA talent on show for the locals.

“It’s hard for us to say ‘These five or six guys will be here’,” he said. “I’m confident that we will have a quality team here with high-level NBA players … who exactly they will be I can’t say right now.”

Meanwhile, Simmons remains coy about his availability for the 2019 World Cup.

With a mega-dollar contract extension with Philadelphia 76ers in the offing, he has a lot to lose if he suffers a major injury playing for his country.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“He is a 22-year-old and most of us can only comprehend a little bit of what his life is like,” Maley said. “He’s in the middle of a season where they are legitimately hopeful of going deep into the playoffs, then there’s contracts coming up and all sorts of things.

Beverley: Clippers ‘want it more’ than Lakers

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“There was seven people in here on media day,” Beverley explained in the Clippers locker room after beating the Lakers. “I told Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander], look [around] the room, there’s seven people … watch at the end of the year [how many more there will be]. Like I said about us being the best team in L.A., a lot of people don’t believe me, it’s fine.

“Women lie. Men lie. Numbers don’t.”

Like Beverley, the Clippers just keep grinding and proving people wrong as they’ve won three straight and are in seventh place in the Western Conference standings despite trading away their leading scorer and rebounder, Tobias Harris, at the trade deadline.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Meanwhile, the Lakers’ season keeps fading away as LeBron James watched his team fall for the ninth time in the past 12 games.

Beverley played a significant part in adding to the Lakers’ demise with 13 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. He took on the assignment of guarding James and picking him up at half court at times as well.9

“Aggravating, defensive, hard-nosed, competitive,” teammate Montrezl Harrell said of Beverley. “That is what he brings to our game, that is what he brings every night. Before the coaches even went down to who’s got who, Pat came in and said I got LeBron.

Beverley’s tenacity helped set the tone for the Clippers. Beverley came into the game with something to prove, reminding some in the locker room on Sunday after the Clippers defeated the Knicks that he had predicted who would be the best team in L.A. before the season began.

Even though Beverley plays like he has something to prove every night, the Clippers guard looked extra motivated against the Lakers.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“I played for Miami, with LeBron,” Beverley said of being in training camp with the Heat in 2010. “They cut me. I got drafted by the Lakers, they traded me to Miami. Bron got there, they cut me.

Iguodala: Curry still ‘underrated,’ No. 2 PG ever

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Golden State superstar Stephen Curry has won two MVP awards and three NBA championships, but he is still “underrated,” according to Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala.

In fact, Iguodala believes that Curry is the second-best point guard of all time at this point in his career.

“I still think he doesn’t really get the respect he deserves,” Iguodala said after watching Curry drop 28 points in a 120-117 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. “Guys think he uses a lot of screens and guys think they can draw mismatches with him defensively, but he’s a real problem. I think I told [Kevin Durant], he said he missed me on the shot he took, and I said, ‘Y’all two are like Michael Jordan, there’s no such thing as a bad shot.’ That’s for real, and people don’t understand the presence they bring to the court. Especially on the offensive end.”

Iguodala, who later said that Magic Johnson is the best point guard of all time, does not think that Curry ever will get the respect he deserves.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“It is what it is sometimes,” Iguodala said. “But when you sit down and have serious conversations, that’s when you — he’s the second-best point guard ever — you argue that.”9

Curry took Iguodala’s comments in stride after helping the Warriors finish off a win at the end of a long four-game road trip.

“Every day he texts me when I wake up in the morning and tells me that same comment,” Curry said, with sarcasm. “I got some work to do to get to No. 1 apparently.”

Iguodala’s comments also gave Curry a chance to promote the tour he has set up for prospects who fly under the radar.

“Underrated.com,” Curry said after being told of Iguodala’s “underrated” remark. “Check out the tour. They’re in Philly today and tomorrow. I’m trying to share that with the world for sure. Underratedtour.com, sorry.”

Curry said he is not thinking about his own legacy at the moment, but his teammates already know the powerful force he has had on the game all over the world.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“Most important is [his] impact on the game of basketball,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “Have you been to a high school game or a middle school game — Mark Jackson said a few years ago, ‘Steph is ruining the game of basketball.’ We all was pissed off like, ‘What, what is he talking about?’ I went to some high school games, and I said I see what he’s talking about. He’s not talking about Steph per se that’s ruining basketball, but he’s making a lot of other people think they can do what he does. And it ain’t the case. And so organization good, game good, team good, but the game of basketball is really where he makes his hay.”

Celtics owner: ‘Worst February’ I can remember

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Count Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck among those disappointed with the team’s performance of late.

Speaking Saturday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Grousbeck said the Celtics just finished the “worst February” he can remember since taking over the team in 2002. The Celtics were 5-6 last month, including a finishing stretch in which they lost four straight games.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Grousbeck acknowledged that the Celtics aren’t necessarily worried about finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference, adding that the team as constructed has “the capability of getting to the Finals.”1

“We also have the capability of losing in the first round,” Grousbeck said, according to Boston.com. “We have a very, very good set of opponents in the East, all of whom have beaten us in the last month.”

Grousbeck’s uncertainty echoes comments that some of his team’s players have made during the season. Amid that losing stretch to finish February, guard Marcus Smart said the team is “just not together,” while Kyrie Irving has more than once discussed the need for some of the younger Celtics players to mature and understand their roles.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Heading into Sunday’s game against the Houston Rockets (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), the Celtics (38-25) sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for fourth and home-court advantage in the first round.

“I really have a lot of hope for these guys,” Grousbeck said. “I give us a chance. I don’t think anybody wants to play us in the playoffs. I really do think, after 16 years in the league, that these guys still have a chance.”

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins calls recent struggles ‘frustrating’

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The larger question mark for the Warriors is that the much-hyped All-Star starting five of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Cousins has struggled to find a consistent rhythm over the past few weeks. When all five are on the court together, they have been outscored by one point this season, according to ESPN Stats and Information data. In the group’s first two games together in wins over the LA Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, the group outscored both teams by a combined 35 points.

Since then, they have been outscored by 36 points when the five men play together. Despite the recent struggles, Kerr remains confident the group will soon find its groove.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

“I think the lineup has been good at times,” Kerr said. “I just think there have been several games like this one where we get off to really slow starts, and we got to just be ready to play right from the beginning, but small sample size at this point for lineup-combination stuff. So, we’ll watch the tape and try to get better and try to start better.”10

While the sample sizes indeed remain small, it is worth noting that when Curry, Durant, Green and Thompson play with anyone besides Cousins this season, that group has outscored opponents by 195 points. To Cousins’ credit, he understands that teams are going after him right from the start in games, and he is trying to find ways to fix the same issues.

“Guys are attacking me in the pick-and-roll,” Cousins said. “It’s obvious. I just got to be ready for it, be prepared for it, try to stay out of f—ing foul trouble.”

Cousins acknowledged that the rehab process and his recent performance have been “frustrating,” but he remains steadfast in the belief that things will turn around for him soon, relying on an ongoing dialogue with Rick Celebrini, the Warriors director of sports medicine and performance.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“He’s preached this to me since the time I stepped foot here,” Cousins said. “There’s gonna be good days, and it’s going to be a lot of bad days through this process. Obviously, I’m in the bad days right now. With every storm, the sun shines at the end.”

Cousins was optimistic coming off the All-Star break that his struggles would be in the rear-view mirror after Kerr revealed that the 25-minute-a-game restriction Cousins had been on since returning was no longer in effect. The lingering frustration for Cousins is that he hasn’t been able to close games the way he is used to — and he didn’t do so again late in the Warriors’ loss on Saturday.

NBA: How to watch Week 20 on ESPN

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It’s set to be another huge week of NBA action in the States, and here’s how you can catch the best of it on ESPN and ESPN2.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Televised action kicks off a couple of days earlier than normal when the Boston Celtics visit the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at midday on ESPN. That match is immediately followed by a meeting between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets in the Mile High City at 2.30pm.9

On Thursday at 12.15pm on ESPN, the Detroit Pistons get some rare air time when they head to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs, while at 2.35pm, the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers resume hostilities in Hollywood.

Friday morning from 11am will get you in the weekend mood, as ESPN will be showing the Minnesotsa Timberwolves and Indiana Pacers going toe-to-toe. china nike nfl jerseys cheap That match is followed at 1.30pm by the 76ers and Thunder clashing in Oklahoma City.

Kick back on Saturday from midday when the Washington Wizards head to Boston to face the Celtics on ESPN, while at 2.35pm, Giannis Antetokounmpo the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks head to Los Angeles to face the struggling Lakers.

Rounding out the action on Sunday is a midday showdown on ESPN2 between the Golden State Warriors and the 76ers in Philly.

DeMarcus Cousins blasts NCAA system after Zion Williamson injury

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Cousins, who spent one season at Kentucky before being selected with the fifth pick in the 2010 NBA draft, said he enjoyed his time in college, but he has a different perspective after almost a decade in the professional basketball.

“I loved my experience in college,” Cousins said. “… But with that being said, just how crooked the whole NCAA business is — I actually saw a post the other day where I think the highest ticket for that UNC-Duke game was $2,500, $3,500. How much does Zion Williamson see? That’s who they’re coming to see, so how much of that is he getting? Actually, who does it go to? How does it benefit any player on that team? But if they were to get $20 and a free meal, they’re this bad kid, they get a bad rep, uncoachable, or thugs, whatever the case may be. So it’s bulls—. It’s been bulls—.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Cousins believes the G League route, over time, will gain more traction with younger players looking for a different route to the NBA.10

“The D League/G League route,” Cousins said, “I think that’s helpful. Obviously, it’s not a popular thing right now, but I think it will grow over time. You’ve seen a couple of young guys in that program already.

“So it was kind of cool what [LaVar] Ball did with his whole little league. I think it’s a cool thing. Obviously he doesn’t have the greatest name and people look at him in a foolish manner, but what he’s doing makes sense. He wants to help these kids. He understands how the college level, he understands how it’s corrupt. He saw what his kid went through. He sees what his other two boys are going through, so I think there’s ways [to fix the system]. Obviously everything with basketball is a trendy thing, so once the ball kind of gets rolling for that, I believe more people will be willing to join it.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was more demure in his thoughts regarding what Williamson’s next step should be.

“I have no comment on what he should do for his future,” James said Thursday. “If he needed any advice, he can find a way to find me, but it is not for you guys, it is not for someone to go sit across the table and say, ‘Well, LeBron said this about this kid.’

“He has to do what is best for him. His family has always been his support system. I just wish great health for the kid, but that’s not my lane to talk about what he should do going forward.”

Knicks’ losing streak sets single-season team record

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The New York Knicks set a single-season franchise record Monday when they lost their 17th consecutive game 107-104 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Knicks, who last won Jan. 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, broke their previous record of 16 straight defeats set in 2014-15 when they finished with a franchise-low 17 wins.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

This season’s Knicks team is now 10-46 — the worst record in the NBA — with 26 games to play.9

The franchise’s longest overall losing streak was over the course of two seasons, from March to November 1985.

Monday’s 17th straight loss also tied the Knicks with the New York Mets — who lost 17 in a row in their expansion season in 1962 — for the longest single-season losing streak by any New York-area team in the past 100 years.

As one of the three teams with the worst record in the NBA, the Knicks right now have a 14 percent chance of getting the first overall pick in the NBA draft.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Their next chance to end this current skid comes Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.