Men’s Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan Nike Black Swingman Jersey – City Edition

DeMar DeRozan is a pretty funny guy.

His frequent photo and video bombs with fellow All-Star pal Kyle Lowry have become well known to fans in Toronto over the years.

But those antics have recently taken a back seat to his “ghost handshakes,” which are becoming known league-wide.

The ghosts were back at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday wearing invisible OVO jerseys (although only DeRozan would know) during the Raptors’ second Welcome Toronto game against the Lakers.

DeRozan’s ghost friends must have brought some sort of luck to the home team because the Raps had a big scoring night in their 123-111 win over L.A.

Toronto’s bench mob combined for 61 points, including a career-high 25 points from not-so-invisible Fred VanVleet, and 13 points from C.J. Miles.

It could definitely be an advantage to have a few extra players on the court, even if they’re invisible. The first time DeRozan brought his ghost friends onto the hardwood was Nov. 9 against the Pelicans, a game Toronto won by four points.

And fans didn’t know what to think. Is he a creature of habit? Was he mocking his teammates? Was he trying to look like an NBA 2K glitch? Is he losing his marbles?

Even “Shaqtin’ A Fool” had something to say about it.

And by the next time the Raptors had a few invisible players on the floor with them, Toronto’s fans joined in on the high-five jokes.

DeRozan and all his invisible teammates won again on the night of the next ghost sighting, a 129-113 victory over Houston on Nov. 14.

That gives the Raptors a 3-0 record when the ghosts come out, so it looks like there’s a definite advantage to having a few extra friends on the court.

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey didn’t want to push guard DeMar DeRozan into taking more three-pointers even though it was obvious the game relied more and more on three-point shooting.

“He’s one of the best mid-range shooters in the history of the game, so we never wanted to say, ‘Never take those,’ ” Casey said.
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DeRozan was hesitant to take more threes because “I was comfortable and felt I was great at what I did. But I didn’t want to be forced. I didn’t want to take away something I was great at instead of looking at it like ‘I can add this to that,’ ” DeRozan said.

But both concluded that DeRozan needed to expand his game. “I critique myself and ask how I can be better at something I didn’t feel as comfortable with,” DeRozan said.

So DeRozan, who said he works on his three-point shot every offseason, took another look at his long-distance game. “I shot a lot of long twos where I had one foot behind the line and one foot in front of the line,” he said. “I said, ‘Let me take this easier the shot that will get me an extra point.’ It was just getting more comfortable with it. I understand now how it can help me.”

This season, DeRozan is shooting twice as many threes (3.2) as his career average but more important than that, he is shooting a career-high 36.4% on threes.

In his past 10 games, DeRozan is 28-for-56 on three-pointers, including 6-for-9 in a 45-point effort against Philadelphia, 5-for-9 in a 52-point performance against Milwaukee and 5-for-8 in a 35-point game against Chicago.

“I wanted to simplify the game and make it easier on me to be a complete player,” DeRozan said. “Seeing the way the league was shifting, seeing what I was good at and seeing what I could be better at. I was just trying to put all that together and master a new craft.”

DeRozan’s proficiency has helped the Raptors to a 28-11 record – good for second place in the Eastern Conference, just three games behind Boston and 2½ games ahead of Cleveland. Toronto and Golden State are the only two teams in the top five in offensive and defensive efficiency.

DeRozan, 28, averages 25.3 points, five assists, 4.3 rebounds and is shooting 48.6% from the field. At 4.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals and a career-high five assists per game, DeRozan is having his best all-around season and is a lock for his fourth All-Star Game. He’s also producing at an All-NBA rate while his dad, Frank, battles serious kidney-related health issues.

“He’s one of the hardest working players I’ve ever been around,” Casey said. “Dirk Nowitzki used to come to the gym at night. Used to have to lock the door to keep him out. DeMar DeRozan is the other guy. He’ll watch the NBA games, and then he’ll go late at night and work on his shot.”

Not only is DeRozan shooting more threes, he also has cut down on mid-range jump shots and long twos. Last season, he attempted 10.1 mid-range shots per game and made 41.2% compared to seven mid-range shots at 47.2% this season, according to NBA.com/stats. He also trimmed his long twos per game in half.

The growth of DeRozan’s game would not have been possible if the relationship between player and coach weren’t so strong. Casey was patient with DeRozan’s three-point development.

“You can’t force it,” Casey said. “Players want confidence in themselves. We can have confidence, but until that player feels that confidence and have success at doing it, it’s not going to happen. We can want him to shoot threes all we want to, but it’s up to him. We talked about it over the summer, and he’s done an excellent job of mixing his game up and having a variety of things he can go to offensively.”

Said DeRozan: “One thing about Coach Casey he always let me be me. It’s great to have a coach like that. He gives me confidence and has trust to let me play my style of game. It makes you want to play that much harder when you have a coach like that. Then, it’s on me to figure out ways to get better and not just stay the same. He understood that in me as well.”

That bond extends beyond the court. The two attended a Finals game together last season, and when Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens visited Toronto, Casey invited DeRozan to lunch so he could talk with Wilkens.

“We went through tough times,” Casey said of a 22-43 season in 2011-12 and some disappointing playoff losses. “It’s almost like a son. You watch a young man grow up. He was one of the players who came to my press conference when I got this job. You have that special bond. It’s not like we hang out all the time. But the closeness is there. I have a proud feeling for him – to see him grow into the All-Star he is.”

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The Charlotte Hornets are putting every major player on the trading block, including All-Star Kemba Walker, former Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, and former Blazers free-agent target Dwight Howard. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN detailed the situation in an article this morning.

Overloaded with bad contracts and untradable assets, the Charlotte Hornets have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, league sources told ESPN.

Presumed parallels to the Trail Blazers’ own situation will be of interest to Portland fans, along with this paragraph:

The Hornets had already made available Nicolas Batum (four years, $100 million), Dwight Howard (two years, $47 million), Marvin Williams (three years, $42 million) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (three years, $39 million), league sources said, but those players and their contracts are largely unattractive in the marketplace.

Batum played in Portland from 2008-2015. Despite a history of inconsistency and nagging injuries, he was respected for his all-around play, including defense, play-making, and three-point shooting from the small forward position…attributes the Blazers need more of. Batum’s $25 million average salary between now and 2021 would be enough to send Portland’s accountants screaming for the hills, however.

Howard, once a perennial all-league player, was rumored to be on Portland’s wish list when he hit free agency in the Summer of 2016. He ended up signing with the Atlanta Hawks. After a disappointing season, the Hawks traded him to the Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and a 2nd-round draft pick. Howard is slated to make $23.5 million this year and $23.8 million next season.

In the two games since Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford returned from a medical leave last week, guard Nic Batum has looked more engaged.

That is no coincidence, Batum said Monday morning: Clifford is finding ways to get Batum, the Hornets’ best passer, more involved, particularly early in games. Sometimes that specifically means running plays featuring Batum. Other times, it just means leaning the offense more toward actions that have optimized Batum’s skill set in the past.

“The way he’s (had) me play the last two games, I’ve moved (with or without) the ball a lot more,” Batum said at shootaround before Monday night’s home game against the Sacramento Kings.

“I’ve been in my rhythm a lot more the past two games. Especially the last game, when we ran all the plays we used to run the first two years” since Batum was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Charlotte Hornets.

Batum’s individual statistics weren’t really different in Clifford’s first game back, a blowout victory over the Washington Wizards (11 points, four assists and three rebounds). However, in that game Clifford got Batum and fellow guard Kemba Walker heavily involved early, and the Hornets set a franchise record with 77 first-half points.

Saturday, Batum scored a season-high 26 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, and added six assists. Although the Hornets lost in the final seconds to the Miami Heat, Batum’s increased involvement offensively looked like an encouraging sign.
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Batum has had a poor season by his statistical standards, particularly as a shooter (.410 from the field, .288 from 3-point range). Clifford missed about six weeks while addressing a severe headache issue, related to sleep deprivation. Earlier in the season, Batum was also out about six weeks while a torn ligament in his left elbow healed.

“We’ve always tried to get him touches early in the game. There are two reasons for that. The other night, he was scoring. But also he makes the right play” for teammates, Clifford said of Batum. “He’s an easy guy to run plays for, because (with him in control), everybody touches the ball.”

The Hornets offense changed some this season with the addition of center Dwight Howard, who expects to get the touches near the basket regularly. Howard is second on the Hornets in scoring this season, at 15.5 points per game. Batum played less than a half of the Hornets’ first preseason exhibition before injuring his elbow, so his adjustment to playing with Howard was thrown off.

“You had an added guy that the ball goes to,” Clifford said of replacing Cody Zeller with Howard as the Hornets’ starting center. “So much of guys playing well and being in rhythm is knowing where they are going to get the ball and where their teammates are.”
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Hornets power forward Frank Kaminsky is a key member of the second unit, particularly as a scorer. Kaminsky has reached at least 10 points in 10 of his past 13 games. In that span, he’s made 21 of his past 50 3-point attempts, or 42 percent.

“I think it’s the best since he’s been here, “ Clifford said of 7-footer Kaminsky’ third season in the NBA. “He’s a product of work. He’s very diligent, and when he works, it’s very concentrated and intense.

“He’s in rhythm and there is no hesitation right now. When he’s half-open, that ball is in the air. I don’t think there is anything more important for him than that. His exceptional trait, particularly for a man of his size, is to attack closeouts” when defenders over-commit to getting to him on jump shots.
Zeller progress, but no scrimmage

Reserve center Cody Zeller had left knee surgery in mid-December to repair a torn meniscus. Zeller has been cleared to do some light, non-contact work on the court – hopping for jump shots and some balance-and-agilty drills. The next significant step would be clearance to start playing 2-on-2 or 3-on-3, to test the knee’s healing. No timetable has yet been established for that step

“He’s doing a lot of conditioning, everything that he can,” Clifford said.

Projected recovery time was six to eight weeks. Zeller had the surgery Dec. 12, so eight weeks would be approximately the end of January.

Men’s Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams Fanatics Branded Blue Fast Break Replica Jersey – Icon Edition

When you think about the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are the first players that come into your mind?

They’re probably Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony.

But one more player is starting to get more recognition and he may be one of those household names in the future — Steven Adams.

Adams is currently averaging 13.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks this season. But not everything can be seen in the numbers.

Adams has given the Thunder a formidable inside presence, giving the Big 3 some pick-and-roll opportunities and forcing opponents to take lower-percentage shots away from the basket.

It can even be said that Adams is the glue that makes the Big 3 work. Westbrook gets additional assists with pick-and-roll opportunities with Adams. George and Anthony enjoys more shots as Adams gets rebounds.

But what is Adams’ secret? What makes him so effective on the inside? Is it the long hair and the beard?

According to Royce Young of ESPN, Steven Adams doesn’t even think that he is stronger than other players. Adams thinks that it is not always about raw strength. Sometimes, it’s about finesse.

And that’s why his secret is the application of jiu-jitsu principles to find leverage against other players.

The West is a blood bath right now. The Golden State Warriors are as formidable as ever. The Houston Rockets are shooting lights out with Chris Paul. The San Antonio Spurs have a resurgent LaMarcus Aldridge. Even the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to compete for the top spots in the West.

If the Thunder want to increase their chances against the teams in their powerful conference, they have to maximize all the help they can get. And that may mean more jiu-jitsu for Adams.
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There’s been a lot of talk about the All-Star voting lately. Most of them are serious issues, like whether the draft involved in the new format of the All-Star game should be televised or not.

It’s a breath of fresh air to get news that are not so serious.

Fred Katz of Thunder After Dark shares Steven Adams’ feelings about Enes Kanter, after Kanter supposedly voted for Adams as All-Star.

“What a douchebag. What a d—. He’s being a d—.”

It’s obviously something not to be taken seriously. They’ve been teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder until last off-season, when the Thunder traded Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round draft pick to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony.

The trade looks like it’s for the better for Adams and Kanter.

Adams is getting a lot of attention despite having Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Anthony on the same court. He is averaging 13.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and one assist per game. He is also having a good pick-and-roll setup with Westbrook and rebounding the ball to give more offensive chances for George and Anthony.

On the other hand, Kanter is slowly building his name with the Knicks. When the trade occurred, everybody was talking about Anthony and the Thunder. Nobody was talking about Kanter and the Knicks. But Kanter is getting his minutes and proving himself to be a player that the Thunder can miss. He is averaging 13.4 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Despite going their separate ways, it’s good to see that Adams and Kanter still seem to get along.

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Freida Bosh, the mother of two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh, was arrested in Texas for exploiting a disabled person, reports NBC Miami. Exploiting a disabled person is a third-degree felony.

Police had a warrant to search her house in DeSoto, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, on suspicion of drug distribution activity. The police report states that Bosh and a man named cheap jerseys China Johnathan Brown, who was also arrested, allowed a disabled person to live in the home, which is registered to Chris Bosh, for personal profit or gain.

Bosh allegedly forced the disabled person to pay a portion of his disability check as rent for her and Brown. The victim was also intimidated into participating in Brown’s drug distribution practices, according to the NBC report.
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Bosh was reportedly okay with the practice because Brown provided her with free narcotics and marijuana.

Bosh, 33, is an 11-time All-Star who won two championships as a member of the Big Three (with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade) with the Miami Heat. He hasn ot played since the 2015-16 as he’s dealt with blood clots.

NBA star Chris Bosh missed his shot at evicting his mother from his DeSoto home Friday, a week after police raided the house in search of drugs.

He sued his mother in October to get her to leave his property — and he won — but she filed an appeal to flip the final ruling in her favor.

Former Miami Heat star Chris Bosh decided it’s time to let go of his palatial waterfront mansion.

Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, purchased the six-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom house for $12.33 million in 2010, shortly after Bosh (along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, marking the beginning of the Big Three era) signed with the Heat. This summer, the Heat announced Bosh was waived due to blood clots hindering his ability to play.

The Boshes are selling the Miami Beach home for “personal reasons,” One Sotheby’s International Realty broker Diane Lieberman, who has the $18 million listing, told the Wall Street Journal.

Leiberman was unavailable for comment for this story.

The 11,709-square-foot “resort-style” home was custom built in 2009 and features high ceilings throughout, as well as a rather minimalist aesthetic that includes an entirely all-white décor in the living and entertaining rooms. There’s a sleek gourmet kitchen with white cabinetry and a breakfast island, as well as a formal dining room.

The lavish two-story home is equipped with an elevator and there’s also a guest house located on the 0.5-acre property.

Outside, there’s a courtyard garden, a covered summer kitchen as well as a heated infinity pool and spa.

It’s the end of an era in Miami for three of its most famous basketball players—once Bosh parts ways with this house, Wade will be the last of the Big Three to keep a home in Miami. James (who recently scooped up a second Brentwood mansion) sold his own three-story Florida property in 2015, and while Wade previously listed his own 12,000-square-foot pad, it’s now off the market, so perhaps there’s a chance he’ll be maintaining a presence there.

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Dwight Howard lost control of the ball on his way in for an apparent dunk when he was fouled from behind by Zach Randolph. As Howard tried to regain his footing, the ball floated about 3 feet above the rim and then fell straight back down and through.

“I don’t know how it went in,” Howard said with a grin.

On a night when Charlotte set season highs in several offensive categories, Howard’s play was symptomatic of just how good things were going for the struggling Hornets.

Howard had 20 points and eight rebounds, Kemba Walker added 12 points and 10 assists, and Charlotte built a big early lead in beating the Sacramento Kings 131-111 on Tuesday.

Nicolas Batum scored 21 points, Jeremy Lamb added 16, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams had 10 points apiece to help the Hornets to their third consecutive victory in Sacramento.

“To score the way we did, really just did a lot of good things offensively,” Hornets interim coach Stephen Silas said. “We need to carry that over because our offense has not been very good up until this point, up until this trip. But things are starting to click a little bit and it’s good.”

Charlotte came in as one of the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting teams but repeatedly got open looks from beyond the arc, especially in the first half when the Hornets made 10 of their season high-tying 15 3s. Lamb and Batum hit three apiece to pace the outside shooting.

Four days after stunning Golden State to begin their four-game trip, the Hornets set season highs in scoring and for points scored in the first half (72). Charlotte’s previous high was 129 points in an overtime win over Washington on Nov. 22.

“It was pretty good,” Howard said. “I still think our defense could have been a lot better. We gave up too many points in the paint. One-on-one defense, especially for the bigs, could have been a lot better. We’re going to take the positives but there are some things we still have to improve on.”

Zach Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento. Skal Labissiere added 17 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for the Kings, who have lost five of six.
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“Teams are definitely confident that they can come here and shoot well,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “It’s just what it is until it’s not.”

Charlotte led 32-25 but didn’t pull away until an 18-4 run midway through the second. Four different Hornets made 3-pointers, and Howard had a dunk and short hook on consecutive possessions.

Walker added a three-point play and Williams had a 3-pointer as part of another run for Charlotte, and Batum’s short jumper put the Hornets up 72-52.

Sacramento made a brief surge in the third to pull to 76-65, but Kidd-Gilchrist scored eight points over the next 2 1/2 minutes to extend Charlotte’s lead to 88-71.

Most of Charlotte’s open 3-pointers came as a result of the Hornets’ pick-and-roll offense that was basically unstoppable. “It was more of our ball movement,” Silas said. “We stayed in the pick-and-roll basically the whole game, as much as we could. And we were making the extra pass and getting those open 3s.”
TIP-INS

Hornets: Charlotte was 26th in 3-point shooting going into the game but went 15 of 32 from beyond the arc. The 10 3s in the first half were one more than the Hornets were averaging over a full game.

Kings: Sacramento trailed at the break despite shooting above 60 percent for most of the first half. … De’Aaron Fox scored 17 points in his return after missing eight games with a right quadriceps tear sustained against Minnesota on Dec. 14. The fifth overall pick in the draft, Fox shot 5 of 12 and had four assists. … Frank Mason bruised his left heel Sunday against Memphis and will be re-evaluated in a week.