The Home Run Derby battle that never ended

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

And neither one of them actually won the event!

Pete Alonso won the 2019 Home Run Derby, but it was the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. show on Monday night in Cleveland.

Not to take away anything from the Mets rookie first baseman, who hit 23 home runs to beat his fellow rookie Guerrero in the final round. But just like the 2008 Home Run Derby is more remembered for Josh Hamilton’s record round than Justin Morneau winning the event, this night 11 years later belonged to the runner-up.

Guerrero and Joc Pederson needed three extra periods to decide their record-breaking second-round matchup, but with it we finally reached the pinnacle of the Home Run Derby, in the fifth year of the revised rules that allowed for this type of competition.

The round took 5½ minutes of homering time for both players, then not one but two swing-offs of three swings each. In the end, both hitters were exhausted after 79 total home runs, and their embrace looked like not only a hug of mutual respect but one that helped both remain upright.

“I feel bad for him, he has to keep hitting,” Pederson told Jessica Mendoza on ESPN. “I’m toast.”

They were both tired after setting records in the second round. Guerrero is just 20 years old but already gaining legendary status for his batting practice exploits. It translated into a 29-homer first round to beat Matt Chapman, more than any other round in Home Run Derby history.

To top that, Guerrero went first in his second-round matchup with Pederson, and matched his record with another 29.

In a year with souped-up balls flying out of the park during real games at unprecedented rates, it was expected we’d see some incredible numbers on Monday. But Guerrero and Pederson took it to the next level. Pederson, who hit 21 home runs to beat Alex Bregman in the opening round, had to tie or break a derby record in the second round just to stay alive.

And he did.

Pederson hit his own 29 home runs to match Guerrero, though briefly at least on ESPN it was thought Pederson had a winning total of 30. But that was not the case, and the tie meant both would get another minute to determine a winner.

It was still not enough, as both hit eight home runs in the extra time. It’s a 37-37 tie at this point. Keep in mind the previous record for home runs in any derby round was 28.

Pederson’s teammate Clayton Kershaw was going to head to dinner with his family, but his kids implored him to stay to finish Pederson’s round.

Those who stayed were not disappointed.

After the extra minute failed to determine a winner, we got our the first instance of the second tiebreaking procedure, and the coolest of all: THE SWINGOFF. Both players get three swings, un-timed (meaning they could let pitches go with no penalty) to determine a winner.

You won’t believe this, but a single swing-off could not decide a winner. Guerrero for the first time didn’t set a huge number, hitting just one of his three swings out. But Pederson couldn’t take advantage, also hitting one of three out.

In the second swing-off, Guerrero hit his first two balls out of the park, then Pederson hit his own first swing out as well. Needing one to tie, Pederson’s two final swings remained in the park, ending the carnage.

The final tally: 40 home runs for Guerrero, 39 for Pederson, in the second round alone. Guerrero hit 91 home runs in his three rounds, 30 more than any other player has ever hit in a single Home Run Derby.

It didn’t give us a tournament winner, but the second round between Guerrero and Pederson produced a round we’ll never forget.


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

The 2019 Home Run Derby belongs to the next generation

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

This is the fifth year of the revamped Home Run Derby format, with a bracketed field and timed rounds to reduce eight sluggers into one champion. So far the revised rules have spurred excitement, with players racing the clock to either put up a big number or catch one, and the increased competition of one-on-one battles in each round.

The field

Who’s not here

Not to denigrate the field, which features some of the brightest young stars in the sport, but only three players in baseball have 30 home runs this season, and two of them aren’t participating in the derby. Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger took part in the event as a rookie in 2017, and said though he is skipping the derby this season he would consider hitting bombs when the All-Star Game is at Dodger Stadium in 2020.

The other absent power leader is Christian Yelich, though he was originally in the field and rightfully one of the favorites. But sadly a back injury means the Brewers star outfielder and reigning National League MVP will stick to Tuesday’s All-Star Game only and take Monday off. It’s a shame since his 31 home runs lead MLB, as do his 56 home runs since last year’s All-Star break.

Let the kids play

But Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is here, with the slugger leading all rookies with 30 home runs this season. Alonso is one of four derby participants — half the field — 25 or younger. The veteran Carlos Santana at 33 is the only hitter in the field older than 27.

More loot to shoot for

The relative youth of this field means the prize money is more significant for these players than in most years. The winner on Monday night gets $1 million, a figure topped in 2019 salary by only two hitters in this field (hat tip to Cot’s Contracts):

  • Santana: $17 million
  • Pederson: $5 million
  • Acuña: $1 million
  • Bregman: $640,000
  • Bell: $587,000
  • Chapman: $580,000
  • Guerrero: $555,000
  • Alonso: $555,000

Bregman will start making big money soon, when his five-year, $100 million contract extension kicks in next season. Acuña is in the first year of his own $100 million deal, though spread over seven years plus options that make his one of the most team-friendly contracts in baseball.

But for 2019 money, $1 million is a big deal to the bulk of this field, an increase over the $125,000 awarded last year’s winner, Bryce Harper. The total purse for this Home Run Derby is $2.5 million, up from $525,000 in 2018.

Rookies of the year

Ronald Acuña Jr. was the consensus top prospect in baseball before 2018, and won the NL Rookie of the Year while leading the Braves to their first playoff berth in five seasons. He’s a sleeper in this field at 10/1 odds, almost too good to pass up.

Alonso is the favorite to follow him for NL Rookie of the Year honors, especially after his torrid start for New York in his first season.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is this year’s phenom, at 20 years old the only hitter in the field that can make the 21-year-old Acuña feel old. Guerrero was at or near the top of most prospect lists before this season, and so far is holding his own with the Blue Jays, hitting .249/.328/.413, a 100 OPS+.

Guerrero only has eight home runs so far this season, but the power is definitely there, evident to anyone who has seen him take batting practice.

Connections

There is a strong father-son vibe with Guerrero, whose father was a Hall of Fame outfielder. But relevant to this event, Vladimir Guerrero Sr. was the 2007 Home Run Derby champion as a member of the Angels. His pitcher that night was from his coaching staff, Dino Ebel, who is now the third base coach with the Dodgers and pitching to Joc Pederson.

Pederson, who made it to the final round as a rookie in 2015, is one of only two players in this field with previous Home Run Derby experience, and he’s facing the other in the first round. Alex Bregman, the excellent Astros third baseman, took part last year in Washington D.C. but bowed out in the first round.

But the coolest connection might be Josh Bell, who with Carlos Santana is one of two switch hitters in the field. Bell, who leads the majors in doubles (30) and RBI (84), is on pace for 55 doubles and 49 home runs, within striking distance of joining Albert Belle (1995) as the only members of the 50-homer, 50-double club.

Bell was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2011 out of high school. A mere 39 rounds later, Pittsburgh drafted catcher Jonathan Schwind out of Marist College. The two became friends, even lived together in the minors at one point, and remain close to this day. Schwind, now a third base coach in Triple-A in the Pirates system, is in Cleveland to pitch to his buddy Bell on Monday night.

How to watch

  • Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN, plus a stats and data-driven broadcast concurrently on ESPN2

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

mikenov on Twitter: 5:55 PM 7/8/2019 – Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠ – In 50 Brief Posts trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/08/555…

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

5:55 PM 7/8/2019 – Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠ – In 50 Brief Posts trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/08/555…


Posted by

mikenov
on Monday, July 8th, 2019 9:57pm

mikenov on Twitter


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

5:55 PM 7/8/2019 – Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠ – In 50 Brief Posts | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  


Michael_Novakhov
shared this story
from Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions.

5:55 PM 7/8/2019 – Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠ – In 50 Brief Posts

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠
4:41 PM 7/8/2019 – Videos: Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to new sex trafficking charges – All News Review In 25 Saved Stories | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions
Trump Administration is corrupt – Google Search
Seeking Foreign Money, G.O.P. Donor Pushed for Trump to Golf With Malaysian Premier
Erik Prince’s Secret Seychelles Meeting Was A Disaster, Mueller Report Says – Task & Purpose
Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: 12:44 PM 7/8/2019 – Is the Israeli Russian Jewish Mob behind these arms sales to Saudis’ prospects, and the related affairs, issues, events, and mysteries? – Michael Novakhov | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And O
Kirill Dmitriev in Seychelles – Google Search
Kirill Dmitriev in Seychelles – Google Search
Kyrill Dmitriyev in Seychelles – Google Search
selling access to trump – Google Search
selling access to trump – Google Search
selling access to trump – Google Search
selling access to trump – Google Search
selling access to trump – Google Search
selling access to trump – Google Search
12:44 PM 7/8/2019 – Is the Israeli Russian Jewish Mob behind these arms sales to Saudis’ prospects, and the related affairs, issues, events, and mysteries? – Michael Novakhov
2:21 PM 7/8/2019 | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions
Elliott Broidy’s Company Got Its Biggest U.S. Government Job Ever While He Pitched Trump Administration – 2:13 PM 7/8/2019 – Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠ | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions
Elliott Broidy’s Company Got Its Biggest U.S. Government Job Ever While He Pitched Trump Administration
Here are the key figures subpoenaed by Democrats in Trump probes | TheHill
Jeffrey Epstein Charged by US With Sex Trafficking, Conspiracy
GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy’s shady Trump inaugural scheme probed by federal grand jury
Grand jury investigating top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy for exploiting access to Trump
Corruption probe into Republican donor Elliott Broidy accused of exploiting links with Trump
Elliott Broidy, George Nader, and Defense Contracts – Google Search
Elliott Broidy, George Nader, and Defense Contracts – Google Search
1:19 PM 7/8/2019 – Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠ | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions
The Other Collusion Scandal – Progressive.org
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi were at competition for arms sales contracts to Saudi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi were at competition for arms sales contracts to Saudi – Google Search
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi were at competition for arms sales contracts to Saudi – Google Search
Trump approved Saudi nuclear transfers after Jamal Khashoggi killing, senator reveals | Daily Mail Online
Why Saudi Arabia wanted Khashoggi gone | Daily Mail Online
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi were at competition for arms sales contracts to Saudi – Google Search
Linking the Khashoggi Disappearance to Trump-Russia
George Nader and Jamal Khashoggi – Google Search
Saudi in Khashoggi case ‘met Flynn and Israeli strategist on Iran regime change’ | The Times of Israel
Ahmad Asiri (general) – Wikipedia
Who are Asiri, al-Qahtani dismissed over Khashoggi’s case
maj. gen. ahmed al-assiri – Google Search
maj. gen. ahmed al-assiri – Google Search
maj. gen. ahmed al-assiri – Google Search
The key intelligence official Saudi Arabia blames for Khashoggi’s murder reportedly asked about killing Iranians last year – Google Search
The key intelligence official Saudi Arabia blames for Khashoggi’s murder reportedly asked about killing Iranians last year – Google Search

 

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠
4:41 PM 7/8/2019 – Videos: Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to new sex trafficking charges – All News Review In 25 Saved Stories | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:45:03 -0400

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions.

4:41 PM 7/8/2019 – Videos: Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to new sex trafficking charges – All News Review In 25 Saved Stories

Trump Investigations News Review – Saved Stories – 25 – Saved Stories – None on RSS Dog 

Saved Stories – None
CBSNewsOnline’s YouTube Videos: Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to new sex trafficking charges
Trump Administration is corrupt – Google Search

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Chris Christie: Trump Should Worry About the SDNY More Than Mueller

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  


Michael_Novakhov
shared this story
.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the Southern District of New York presents more of a “problem and a threat” to President Donald Trump than special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

While Mueller can only investigate potential collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, the SDNY has no limit to the scope of what they can investigate.

“I always said that Bob Mueller is not what should concern the President or the White House. That’s the Southern District of New York,” said Christie, speaking to CNN‘s Chris Cuomo Thursday night.

Aside from the lack of limitations, Christie said the SDNY could benefit from Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and Trump’s deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, both of whom could act as “tour guides” through Trump’s “business and personal life.”

When testifying before Congress this week, Cohen said he couldn’t discuss certain subjects in regards to Trump’s alleged wrongdoing due to ongoing SDNY investigations. He added that he’s in “constant contact” with the office regarding these investigations.

Christie said that while he doesn’t believe the SDNY has a case against Trump “at the moment,” they’re very likely building a case against those around him. They could also be building a case against Trump for when he leaves office, but the statute of limitations is likely to be up for many of these charges, said Christie.

“The fight that’s going to happen now, I think, is between Congress and the Southern District of New York,” said Christie, arguing that Congress is going to want to interrogate more of Trump’s associates, including his children and Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of The Trump Organization. These people could negotiate for immunity in exchange for speaking to Congress.

“The Southern District of New York, I can guarantee, is not going to want that,” said Christie. “They’re trying to build a case.”


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

mikenov on Twitter: Trump Should Worry About the Southern District of New York More Than Mueller, Christie Says fortune.com/2019/03/01/chr…

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Trump Should Worry About the Southern District of New York More Than Mueller, Christie Says fortune.com/2019/03/01/chr…


Posted by

mikenov
on Monday, July 8th, 2019 9:52pm

mikenov on Twitter


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Defying physics, Netflix gets even gayer in July

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

For anyone craving a few new style tips or just a bit of day-to-day inspiration, look no further. The new trailer for Queer Eye‘s fourth season just landed.

Season 4 of the hit Netflix revival series finds the Fab Five–Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France, returning to Kansas City, Missouri to give a few makeovers, and provide some life guidance as well. 

Related: Jonathan Van Ness from “Queer Eye” comes out as non-binary

Based on the groundbreaking Bravo reality series, the revival of Queer Eye has earned wide acclaim for its makeovers of both straight and queer people, as well as for offering inspirational and often moving perspectives for finding self-confidence.  The show has picked up three Emmy Awards, and Netflix has already renewed the show for a fifth season.

Season 4 of Queer Eye comes to Netflix July 19.


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

The internet has lots to say about this Melania sculpture erected in her hometown

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

Think down the road, a generation or two. The dust of the Trump presidency has settled in one way or another. We won’t speculate on where human society is at. That’s a dark game and we have things to do today.

But one thing’s for certain. Children will absolutely be telling ghost stories around this newly unveiled sculpture of Melania Trump that now resides in her birthplace, the Slovenian town of Sevnica.

The work is by an “amateur chainsaw sculptor” named Ales “Maxi” Zupevc, who was commissioned by American artist Brad Downey to create the piece.

And it’s quite a piece.

Art inspires conversation, and people have had a lot to say about it:


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Nivea continues to ignore homophobic controversy despite mounting public outcry

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

It’s been over two weeks since it was first reported that Nivea had been dropped by its long-time ad agency following accusations of homophobia and the firestorm surrounding the global skincare brand is only growing hotter.

Quick recap: According to Ad Ageit all started when the brand rejected an image the ad agency pitched depicting two men’s hands touching.

In a call with agency creatives, a rep from Nivea allegedly said, “We don’t do gay at Nivea,” unaware that one of the people on the call was gay.

In response, the ad agency announced it was terminating its account with the skincare company at the end of 2019, when its contract expires.

Shortly after the story broke, Nivea rushed out a statement saying “we don’t comment on unsubstantiated speculations” and touting its commitment to tolerance and diversity:

We are an international company with more than 20,000 employees with very different genders, ethnicities, orientations, backgrounds and personalities worldwide. Through our products, we touch millions of consumers around the globe every day. We know and cherish  that individuality and diversity in all regards brings inspiration and creativity to our society and to us as a company.

But the statement did nothing to mitigate the severity of the matter. Soon, the brand was at the center of a full-fledged PR nightmare, where it still remains almost three weeks later.

Despite a huge public outcry and calls for boycotts, the company hasn’t issued any further comment about the controversy.

Not only that, but @NIVEAUSA hasn’t updated its Twitter page since June 16, shortly before the scandal broke, with a tweet about it’s creme moisture body wash.

It’s almost as though Nivea execs are hoping that if they just ignore this long enough maybe it’ll go away.

Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen.

People have been furiously tweeting pictures and videos of themselves discarding their Nivea products into trash bins.

They’ve also taken to Instagram to voice their disdain for the brand:

View this post on Instagram

#byebyenivea #niveadontdogay #nivea

A post shared by Michael Colvin (@michaelmcolvin) on

View this post on Instagram

#wedontdogay #idontdonivea

A post shared by Pierre Selim (@pierreselim) on

Even George Takei has joined the chorus, encouraging his 3 million followers last week to boycott the brand:

“Nivea was shown an ad proposal from their agency that had two men touching hands. Their response? ‘We don’t do gay at Nivea.’ Well, sorry, but from here forward, we gays and our friends don’t do Nivea.”

Takei’s tweet has received nearly 21K likes and 5K retweets.

This is definitely going to require more than just a general statement about “unsubstantiated speculations.”

Your move, Nivea.

Related: Gays kick off “LGBTQ Wrath Month” by boycotting Nivea amid allegations of homophobia


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Rob Epstein & Jeffery Friedman on their Ronstadt biopic (and who will beat Trump)

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman 

We don’t just get to interview two Oscar winners every day.

Still, on a sunny day during the Provincetown Film Festival, we got to do just that. Even better: the Oscar alums are Rob Epstein & Jeffery Friedman, the directors of queer documentary classics like The Celluloid Closet, The Times of Harvey Milk, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt and Paragraph 175, as well as the narrative features Howl about Allen Ginsberg and Lovelace about porn star Linda Lovelace.

This year they release a personal if slightly less queer documentary Linda Rondstat: Sound of My Voice. The film pays tribute to the iconic singer of 70s and 80s hits like “You’re No Good,” “It’s So Easy,” and “Don’t Know Much,” telling her life story, that of her varied career and her subsequent retirement due to Parkinson’s Disease.

We found time with Epstein & Friedman on a shaded patio during an epic festival garden party where the three of us spotted John Cameron Mitchell, Judith Light, John Waters, and Christine Vachon all mingling among the crowd.

Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice went on to win the Best Documentary prize at the Provincetown Film Festival, and will air on CNN later this year.

I saw the new film yesterday and just loved it. You guys always do films that are gifts to the community. You’re like our historians. But Linda, she’s not someone I thought of as a gay icon, or as having a gay following. What was the appeal of doing a film about her?

JF: It was a story about empowerment. That was something we take to heart. I was just a fan and never thought about her much. But after reading her book and hearing her speak about her own life, we were impressed with her story. She’s a woman who really made her own choices and directed her own career at a time when few women were able to do that in a male-dominated world.

RE: It’s great.

JF: If there’s a common thread to our LGBTQ themed work—not that I’m looking for it—but that would be a way in.

Even in your narrative work, you deal with characters who forge their own path. How reluctant was she to get the biopic treatment, particularly now that’s she’s become even more private because of her illness?

RE: She’s always been private. I mean she was reluctant, more because she thought it was futile.

JF: Yeah, she was more dismissive. She didn’t anyone would want to see it. Why would anyone want to fund it? Why would you want to do this? And that’s just more to do with her nature. She’s not one to look back. She’s not at all sentimental about her own life or experience. She’s very much in the here and now. So I think it was more coming from that perspective than being protective. It wasn’t about protecting anything.

RE: And maybe in a way, because she’s starting to be forgotten. People under—let’s say 30, maybe under 40—don’t know her.

JF: Did you know anything about her?

I knew she did a guest spot on The Simpsons.

RE: And the Muppets?

And The Muppet Show, where she sings a song I want to be played at my funeral. It’s interesting you say she’s starting to be forgotten, because given the level of talent and given how multifaceted her career was in terms of style, in terms of her ability, in terms of her number of hits, it’s really tragic that she’s not thought of in the same breath as Tina Turner or Grace Slick or Joplin.

RE: They’re being forgotten too. People know what happened last week. There’s too much information, and nobody knows any history, which I guess is part of what our mission is. But that’s a big part of the culture. And also, memory is creating culture. There’s no way to create culture without knowing the culture that came right before you.

So comparing this to some of your earlier, more elegiac and overtly queer work, how would you say your interests have changed over the years?

JF: For me, they haven’t changed. There’s never been really any grand agenda or any grand plan. It’s really what strikes us in the moment. And that moment usually takes years to come to fruition, so we have to do something we can live with for a while. But just from a gay perspective, I think people are always surprised when we’re doing something that’s not so specifically LGBTQ-themed. But nothing has ever been a conscious decision one way or the other.

RE: Is Lovelace a queer movie?

It’s interesting that both you guys and Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato [who directed the Lovelace-themed documentary Inside Deep Throat], who are also out-gay filmmakers who tend to focus on LGBTQ themes, made her the subject of films.

JF: She gives good blow jobs?

[Laughter]

Ronstadt

Well, there is that. She was also very sex-positive, at least at the beginning of her career. She was a woman who embraced her sexuality. Whether or not that was true, or whether or not she wanted to be associated with that later on, that’s a different issue. So call her queerish interest.

RE: I like that.

JF: All our work tends to come out queerish. How could it not? That’s an element of our sensibility.

So ok. You guys have been at this 40 years…

JF: I stopped counting.

RE: Working together for more than 30 years. But we’ve been working in film for 40-ish.

So at least a third of a lifetime.

RE: Oh God, is that a third of a lifetime?

Yes, that’s a third of a lifetime. That’s a Saturn return.

[Laughter]

The point is you’ve been at this a while. Orson Welles used to say every artist should have that one thing to present to his maker to prove he deserves to go on into the afterlife. That one thing that becomes his legacy, the source of his pride. For the two of you, who have such a varied career, what is that?

JF: I feel like by other people will that be determined. Certainly, in terms of what I hear, The Times of Harvey Milk, because Harvey Milk lives in that film.

RE: For me, I guess The Celluloid Closet. Or, even though it’s less known, Paragraph 175 because it brought something long overlooked so much public attention, and helped change the law in Germany.

That’s fantastic.

RE: But Celluloid Closet in terms of touching people.

I’ll tell you I’ve shown that movie to people, and they tell me it changes their life. It shows how we mimic the movies without even realizing it, and how that affects our self-image too.

RE: Yeah, that’s why.

Incidentally, do you guys have anyone you like for 2020?

RE: Stay tuned.

JF: I have a prediction of what the ticket is going to be.

Do you want to share it?

JF: It’s going to be Biden-Harris.

That’s not terrible. I like the idea of Buttigieg-Harris.

RE: Or Warren-Buttigieg. That’d be a great change.

Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice continues to play film festivals and airs on CNN later this year.


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

7 NBA championship contenders, ranked

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

Who’s the favorite to win it all in the NBA next season?

Now that the dust has more or less fully settled on NBA free agency — well, we think it has more or less fully settled — it’s time to take stock of what teams will enter the 2019-20 season competing for the championship.

Kawhi Leonard’s decision to spurn the LA Lakers means that we don’t have a singular superteam that will, like the Warriors the past three seasons, go into the campaign the overwhelming favorite. There is some semblance of championship parity.

How deep does that parity go? It depends on the conference. In the East, it’s hard to imagine any but two teams making the NBA Finals barring further trades or major injuries. The West is more uncertain, with five legit contenders for the crown and a couple more teams knocking on the door.

Here’s our list of seven teams with the best shots at winning the 2019-20 NBA championship, ranked. But first, we start with teams just missing the cut.

Honorable Mentions, Dismissed in One Sentence Each

Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers are quite good and might be better after a couple of roster tweaks, but lack the star punch of any of the other teams on this list after Damian Lillard (no offense to C.J. McCollum).

Denver Nuggets: Don’t hate me, Colorado, but the Nuggets feel like one of those teams that overachieves and then falls slightly back the next season after a quiet offseason spent believing its own hype.

Boston Celtics: Color me concerned about the Celtics’ frontcourt!

Toronto Raptors: The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors could absolutely stay in the mix — never count out Masai Ujiri — but it’s hard to imagine the players keeping the focus necessary to make a deep playoff run without a singular superstar like Kawhi.

Atlanta Hawks: Give it two more years.

7. Houston Rockets

The Rockets haven’t done anything worth noting this summer after missing out on Jimmy Butler and denying the Chris Paul trade rumors. P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon, and Clint Capela all remain Rockets, and it would seem that management now has a chip on its shoulder about not looking cheap. So salary cap dumps seem to be out.

The Rockets are really, really good. If CP3 bounces back a little bit and everyone stays healthy, Houston could reclaim its spot as a West contender and thus a championship contender. The Rockets started so slowly last season and had to work themselves toward excellence. But they did! Houston was one of the best teams in the league the second half of the campaign.

Remember too that while the Warriors finished off the Rockets without Kevin Durant in the playoffs, the superstar played in the first five games of the series. There isn’t that to compete with this time around. Don’t be surprised if Houston ends up the No. 1 seed and finds their window to claim a ring.

6. Utah Jazz

The Jazz were the designer title contender before Kawhi broke the NBA. Utah still belongs in the conversation until we see just how well the Lakers and Clippers work in practice. The Jazz have a stellar defense, albeit damaged a little from the losses of Jae Crowder and Derrick Favors. Now Utah has a second playmaker alongside Donovan Mitchell in Mike Conley. (Notice that we didn’t mention the loss of Ricky Rubio impacting the defense: Conley is as excellent a defender.)

The Jazz are going to be really good on both ends (almost certainly top-10, maybe better) and that’s a recipe for an awesome record and a deep playoff run. (If they can avoid the Rockets in the early rounds. That’s just a horrific match-up.)

5. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks had the best record in the NBA last season and brought back everyone of importance save for Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic. Milwaukee will again have a top defense and Giannis Antetokounmpo should remain an MVP frontrunner. You can’t expect the Bucks to be better in the regular season. The question is whether Giannis, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, and Mike Budenholzer figure out how to make it work a little more efficiently in the playoffs.

The good news is that with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford out of Boston and Kawhi out of Toronto, there are only two teams who look like legitimate threats to make the NBA Finals out of the East at this point, assuming that Kevin Durant doesn’t play in 2019-20. No offense to the Celtics, Raptors, or Pacers, who feel like the next tier down.

4. Philadelphia 76ers

Here’s that other East team with a real path to the Finals. What a 12 months for the Sixers! Now they have the most intriguing line-up in the East outside of Brooklyn with the big three of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris plus sage Al Horford and electric Josh Richardson. The bench remains shallow, the Jimmy Butler security blanket is gone, and the team’s best shooter (J.J. Redick) is gone.

The line-up is intriguing, and the biggest question maybe in the entire league is whether Simmons can be a legit star level player in the NBA playoffs. As has been discussed at length, for long stretches of the 2019 playoffs, Butler was essentially the team’s point guard. Butler’s gone now. It’s Simmons or bust.

This team came a couple of crazy Kawhi Leonard game-winners from beating the eventual NBA champion. That matters. They are a prime contender to follow it up and go further. What a story that would be.

3. Golden State Warriors

This column will be bleating this message until the Warriors start the season, like, 20-3 and everyone is forced to reckon with reality.

Do Not Forget About Stephen Curry And The Golden State Warriors. Do Not Forget About Stephen Curry And The Golden State Warriors. Do Not Forget About Stephen Curry And The Golden State Warriors.

Klay Thompson will be out for a while with an injury, and the team’s depth has taken a few hits due to the decision to pick up D’Angelo Russell in the Durant exit. But Russell is pretty good. Stephen Curry is a top-3 preseason MVP candidate (with Giannis and James Harden — Kawhi and Anthony Davis will be up there, too). Draymond Green was stupendous toward the end of the regular season and through the playoffs. This team again has something to prove. When that’s the case, the Warriors usually prove it.

Do Not Forget About Stephen Curry And The Golden State Warriors.

2. LA Lakers

The Lakers missed out on Kawhi, and the wait for him took LA out of the running for several other free agents. And the Lakers were pretty mediocre last season. However, adding Anthony Davis is a huge deal and you can’t sleep on the infusions of Danny Green and DeMarcus Cousins.

The latter might be the most important non-max signing of the summer, depending on whether Boogie accepts his role and comes back from injuries suffered in the NBA playoffs. For spells last season, Cousins looked like himself. Every bit of that he can give the Lakers in the regular season and in the playoffs will matter.

LeBron James is neck and neck with Kawhi as the best healthy playoff performer in the NBA (Kevin Durant belongs in that category, if he were playing next season). Even if the Lakers aren’t a No. 1 seed due to load management for LeBron and some adjustment period to find the right lineups and balance, everyone has to be afraid of LeBron’s crew in the playoffs.

1. LA Clippers

When the Clippers pulled off the LA coup in the wake of the earthquakes early Saturday morning, it immediately felt as though we had a new presumptive NBA champion. A couple days later, in the clarity of time spent thinking about our new basketball landscape … yep, that’s still the case. The Kawhi LeonardPaul George combo is a brilliant one-two punch on both ends. It’s beautifully interchangeable and should allow both to rest during the season.

And that duo is being added to a team that made the NBA playoffs in the West last season, albeit replacing Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Incredible.

Given Kawhi’s historic playoff run and PG-13’s top-3 MVP finish last season, this Clippers team looks incredibly imposing and it’s difficult to imagine what could derail them outside of major injury or some other team going on an absolute tear at the right time. I’m excited for every prospective playoff match-up in the West right now. The Clippers are giving us not just parity by keeping Kawhi away from the Lakers. The Clippers are giving us life!


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Jeffrey Epstein, Tom Steyer, Eric Swalwell, Lil Nas X, Maleficent, Jaden Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker: HOT LINKS

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

EMPIRE? New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs bill allowing congressional committees to access the president’s state tax returns: ‘The bill requires state tax officials to release the president’s state returns for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose” on the request of the chair of one of three congressional committees: the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation.’

BIG MOVIE STAR. Sarah Jessica Parker once reported a co-star for sexual harassment.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN. New sex trafficking charges against millionaire financier: “The new charges, described in a 14-page indictment brought by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, could lead to a much harsher penalty. Epstein is charged in a two-count indictment with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, for crimes alleged to have occurred between 2002 and 2005. Each charge carries a penalty of no less than 10 years in prison, with the possibility of a life sentence. The Justice Department is also seeking to seize Epstein’s mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where some of the alleged crimes occurred.”

ERIC SWALWELL. Out of the race? “Eric Swalwell will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon in Dublin. The event was announced Sunday amid rumors his presidential campaign is nearing its end.”

TOM STEYER. Ready to enter? “Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist who toyed with a 2020 presidential run before deciding against it, has told people he plans to announce that he’s entering the race for the Democratic nomination, according to three people familiar with his plans. Steyer had said in January that he was passing on a 2020 run.”

2020. Iowa, Nevada caucuses to allow voting by phone: “The tele-caucus systems, the result of a mandate from the Democratic National Committee, are aimed at opening the local-level political gatherings to more people, especially evening shift-workers and people with disabilities, whom critics of the caucuses have long said are blocked from the process.”

ENDORSEMENT OF THE DAY. Victory Fund endorses Dan Baer for Senate.

KEVIN SPACEY. Actor questioned by Scotland Yard about sexual assault.

MAUREEN DOWD. It is Nancy Pelosi’s parade.

SMOKE SCREEN. Netflix promises to reduce on-screen smoking after complaints about Stranger Things.

BOTSWANA. Government to appeal law legalizing gay sex: ‘The court’s ruling in June, which was praised by international organisations and activists, meant Botswana joined a handful of African countries that have legalised same-sex relationships. The attorney general, Abraham Keetshabe, said in a statement released late on Friday that the high court was mistaken in its conclusion in overturning the colonial-era law.’

I LOVE YOU. Jaden Smith launches food truck offering free vegan meals to the homeless.

SANDWICH OF THE DAY. Lil Nas X makes a panini with Gordon Ramsay.

CLOSE CALL OF THE DAY. Venice, Italy: “The Costa Deliziosa was filmed veering toward the bank of the Giardini della Biennal in the popular Italian tourist destination during heavy rain, strong winds and lightning. The huge vessel was being pulled along the canal by other tug boats in order to straighten itself out, narrowly avoiding hitting the dock’s edge and other smaller boats near it.”

TRAILER OF THE DAY. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

TRAILER OF THE DAY 2. A Black Lady Sketch Show.

MONDAY MUSCLE. Guto Oliveira.

View this post on Instagram

Boa noite!

A post shared by Guto Oliveira (@gutobahia) on

The post Jeffrey Epstein, Tom Steyer, Eric Swalwell, Lil Nas X, Maleficent, Jaden Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker: HOT LINKS appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

A timeline of the Brooklyn Nets’ journey from rock bottom to contender

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

It’s been a long five year journey but the Nets are finally here

With the additions of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets have turned themselves into one of most intriguing teams in the NBA. But this was no overnight transformation. It’s been a long, tedious journey back to relevancy for the Nets after a series of blockbuster moves for aging stars blew up in their face.

Despite initially not having any of their own first-round picks during their rebuild, Brooklyn slowly made smart moves to build its team up. General manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson were instrumental in helping creating a culture where younger players could develop and become better all-around players. Marks also did a fantastic job of opening up salary-cap space so Brooklyn could sign the duo of Durant and Irving without compromising its core. With two bonafide All-Stars on their roster, along with a good supporting cast of young talent, the Nets have an intriguing future ahead of them.

Here’s how Brooklyn went from rock bottom with little hope to a team that attracted two of the biggest free agents in the game.

Jul. 11, 2015: Waiving Deron Williams

Cost-cutting moves were already underway with the departures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2015 when the face of the Nets bold title dreams departed. That was when Brooklyn announced it would buy out the remaining two years and $43 million on Deron Williams’ contract, allowing him to go where he pleased.

Brooklyn initially traded for Williams in 2011, then re-signed him to a five-year deal worth $98.5 million in the summer of 2012. But rather than continue his rise as a premier point guard, his play dropped off after the 2012 season, thanks to injuries and struggles adjusting to the New York market. In his four and a half years in Brooklyn, he never played a full 82 games once and only played more than 70 one time.

The Nets ended up paying Williams $27.5 million to not play for them and stretched out his contract until the 2020 offseason.

Feb. 18th, 2016: Hiring Sean Marks

With the Nets floundering the next season, they fully pivoted to rebuilding with two crucial moves. First, they hired Marks, who had held positions with the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant roles both in their coaching staff and front office.

There were a lot of candidates for this position, including former Phoenix Suns GM Bryan Colangelo and current Timberwolves head man Gersson Rosas, then the vice president of basketball operations for the Houston Rockets. Colangelo was the early favorite, but by the end, the Nets decided that Marks was their guy and worked overtime to get him to come to Brooklyn.

Colangelo was eventually hired by the Philadelphia 76ers to be their President of Basketball Operations a couple of months later. He eventually resigned from the post following an odd scandal when his wife revealed that she had multiple Twitter accounts which she used to tweet out private information about Sixers players.

Feb. 25th, 2016: Waiving Joe Johnson

A week later, the Nets bought out Joe Johnson’s contract, removing the final vestige of their expensive failed title run. They had initially traded for Johnson, on one of the league’s heftiest contracts, in 2012 in a deal driven in part by fears of losing Williams in free agency. Johnson was on the final year of that deal in 2016.

Despite being 34 years old at the time, Johnson still provided the Nets with some offense. He averaged 11.8 points and was still an dangerous threat from three, shooting 37 percent on four attempts per game. But he had to go for the rebuild to commence.

April. 17th, 2016: Hiring Kenny Atkinson

After firing Lionel Hollins back in January, the Nets found their new coach shortly after the regular season ended. They chose Atkinson, who had spent the previous four seasons with the Hawks, and gave him a four-year contract. Atkinson, a New York native, was lauded as a developmental coach and someone who fit the culture Marks was trying to build. He previously coached with the New York Knicks and in France as well.

In his opening press conference, Atkinson expressed great interest in wanting to work with Marks and help lead the Nets back to relevancy.

“It really made me aggressive in pursuing this job. I said this is a guy I would love to work with on a daily basis. I’m excited to go forward with Sean and build a strong Brooklyn Nets team and build a sustainable club that’s going to be patient but is looking to improve over the long term.”

July. 7th, 2016: Trading for Caris LeVert

Brooklyn didn’t have a first-round draft pick of its own until 2018, but the reconstruction of the roster began when they traded for one. On draft night, Brooklyn dealt veteran forward Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for their first-round pick and a future second rounder.

The Nets used that first-round pick to draft Caris LeVert, a productive player at Michigan whose stock slipped due to a series of foot issues.

In an interview with Michael Scotto of The Athletic, Marks thought very highly of LeVert’s game and was even more impressed about his attributes off the floor.

“He has great values, great character. If you watch him and how he conducts himself that’s exactly the type of people we’re going to bring in here regardless of the basketball attributes.”

July. 19th, 2016: Signing Joe Harris

Harris was an end-of-the-bench player for the Cleveland Cavaliers before foot surgery cut his 2016 season short. But despite only been playing in the league for two years up until then, the Nets saw enough to sign him to a two-year, $2 million dollar deal.

In his three seasons with the team he’s quickly become one of their most important players. Harris averaged career highs in points, assists, and rebounds per game last season as he continues to improve during his tenure in Brooklyn. He is a crafty shooter who can burn defense when given enough room. Harris shot a league high 47.4 percent from three, giving the Nets some scoring punch from the outside.

December 2016: Signing Spencer Dinwiddie

With no draft picks of their own, the Nets needed to stay stayed active and take chances on young players. They had used the G-League to develop and find new talent, having discovered rotation big man Quincy Acy through that method previously. But in December, they struck even bigger, signing Dinwiddie to a three-year, partially guaranteed deal.

A former second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons, Dinwiddie had washed out in Detroit, and been cut by the Chicago Bulls before being placed on Chicago’s G-League roster, allowing Brooklyn to acquire him. In a story with NBC’s Dan Feltman, Dinwiddie recognized he had limited options and took a chance by signing with Brooklyn, saying:

“I was told that there was no other opportunity. There was no other option. So, obviously I wanted to be in the NBA. So, I signed.”

Dinwiddie has become the leader of the Nets second unit. He averaged 16.8 points per game in 2018-19 and can play both guard positions. Atkinson can either have him running the offense as the main guy or he can play off the ball, using his shooting to keep defenses on their heels.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Dinwiddie was also instrumental in recruiting Kyrie Irving over the course of last season. They were classmates in a Harvard Business class and became friends through that.

Feb. 22, 2017: The Bojan Bogdanovic trade

Needing an additional scorer for a playoff run, the Washington Wizards worked out a trade with Brooklyn to acquire Bogdanovic, then Brooklyn’s top offensive option. The Nets were able to extract Washington’s 2017 first-round pick in the transaction, which they then used on Texas center Jarrett Allen. In his first two seasons Allen has become an anchor in the middle for the Nets. He gives Brooklyn a dominant presence on the glass and at the rim defensively. Allen also is a force inside the paint, shooting 72.3 percent on shots at the hoop.

July 2017: Trading for D’Angelo Russell

With the Los Angeles Lakers looking to create cap flexibility, the Nets pounced. They moved longtime veteran Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal to take on Timofey Mozgov’s contract. In exchange for doing so, Brooklyn acquired Russell, the former No. 2 pick who had fallen out of favor in L.A. following an incident with teammate Nick Young over an infamous Snapchat video recording. It was a huge distraction for a young Lakers team and it didn’t help that Magic Johnson had some harsh words for the point guard following the trade.

View this post on Instagram

Dang, Magic

A post shared by Sports Blog Nation (@sbnation) on

The Nets saw the move as a way to acquire a lottery pick without actually having a pick of their own:

“We’re always in talent acquisition mode here, we will be for awhile,” Marks said during Monday’s introductory press conference. “But I think adding a player, specifically D’Angelo, who’s 21, we could have easily drafted someone a year older than him. So the fact that we get somebody here 21 years old, can develop — Kenny and our player development coaches, as I’ve said many times, that’s what I’m banking on.”

Nov. 12th, 2018: LeVert’s awful leg injury

There were positives at the beginning of the 2018-19 Nets season. The team competed in close games, their core was playing well, and LeVert was morphing into a potential star.

But then disaster struck in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves when LeVert jumped up to block a shot and fell down hard, breaking his leg in the process. It was a gruesome injury, as players, coaches, and fans watched in agony as LeVert was stretchered off the court. Players on both sides huddled up in a circle in prayer. Nets teammate Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was in tears.

LeVert had been the Nets best player up until that point, and it felt like a humongous blow to everyone. The injury was not as serious as expected, though, and LeVert returned on Feb. 9, albeit not at the level he showed early in the season.

Dec. 7, 2018: The rally against Toronto

The Nets walked into this matchup against the eventual champions on an eight-game losing streak and an 8-18 record of 8-18. But despite 32 points from Kawhi Leonard, the Nets walked away the victors in overtime, 106-105. Russell scored 29 points, while an Allen layup with 1:04 left ended up being the winner. It was a shocking victory and one the Nets knew they had to get, as Russell noted to ESPN after the game:

“Needed that. Really did. It was tough. We knew what we (had) to do to get it. So now we just got to keep going.”

The win gave Brooklyn a spark of life. They won nine of their next 10 games and embedded themselves into the playoff conversation. Russell and Dinwiddie were catalysts for this stretch, with both leading the team in scoring in those victories.

Mar. 19th, 2019: The 28-point comeback in Sacramento

This, more than his All-Star appearance, was Russell’s coming-out moment.

At this point, the Nets were circling around .500, but were in the middle of a three-game losing streak. A West coast trip had not gone well up until that point, and it wasn’t getting any better against the Sacramento Kings. Brooklyn trailed, 103-78, at the end of three quarters and the game looked over.

But then the Nets stormed back with a comeback for the ages. They outscored the Kings 45-18 in the fourth, and much of it was due to Russell, who scored 27 in the quarter.

Brooklyn capped off the comeback when Hollis-Jefferson made a layup in the dying moments of the game, allowing the Nets to escape with a 123-121 victory. It was one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history and the largest ever in the Nets’ franchise.

April. 7th, 2019: Nets clinch a playoff berth in second-to-last game

As the buzzer sounded on the Nets 108-96 win over the Indiana Pacers, they had done it. For the first time in five seasons the Nets were going back to the postseason. With a record of 42-40, the Nets had done enough just clinch the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Atkinson was extremely pleased with how the Nets defied the odds the entire season, saying in the post game press conference:

“Proving everybody wrong. The predictions and even their head coach. They proved me wrong”

Even Russell himself couldn’t believe it.

May. 25th, 2019: The first Kyrie Irving rumor

The Nets made a great opening impression in their first postseason appearance since 2014. They scored 31 in each of the first three quarters to stun the 76ers, 111-102, on the road in Game 1.

Philadelphia battled back to win four straight and finish the Nets off in five games, but that one victory, along with a thrilling Game 4 in Brooklyn, still left a lasting impression. This was also the beginning of the free agency rumors beginning to swirl around the team.

As reported by Nets Daily’s Anthony Puccio, the Nets had mutual interest in Irving dating all the way back to late May. “Irving’s camp has kept a close eye on the Nets as the season progressed and the team got better, with the playoffs only helping their case,” Puccio reported in an SNY piece.

This was the first time a big-name free agent was that strongly linked to the Nets in the Marks-Atkinson era. Being rumored to land Irving opened a lot of avenues, since their salary-cap situation allowed them to pair him with another max level player.

The plan to get two stars to Brooklyn worked. Irving not only inked a deal with the Nets but it set the foundation for them to sign Kevin Durant.


From 2011 to 2013, the Nets made bold gambles to acquire Pierce, Garnett, Williams, and Johnson, and got burned when they failed spectacularly. With all their draft picks in Boston’s possession, the Nets were in the worst shape of any rebuilding team in recent memory.

Now, they have two superstars, and enough role players to fill out the rest of the roster. What a climb out of the abyss.


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

mikenov on Twitter: Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: 12:44 PM 7/8/2019 – Is the Israeli Russian Jewish Mob behind these arms sales to Saudis’ prospects, and the related affairs, issues, events, and mysteries? – Michael Novakhov trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/08/124…

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: 12:44 PM 7/8/2019 – Is the Israeli Russian Jewish Mob behind these arms sales to Saudis’ prospects, and the related affairs, issues, events, and mysteries? – Michael Novakhov trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/07/08/124…


Posted by

mikenov
on Monday, July 8th, 2019 7:06pm

mikenov on Twitter


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

mikenov on Twitter: Trump inaugural committee vice chair investigated over whether he ‘used role to drum up foreign business deals’ independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…

Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Trump inaugural committee vice chair investigated over whether he ‘used role to drum up foreign business deals’ independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…


Posted by

mikenov
on Monday, July 8th, 2019 6:51pm

mikenov on Twitter


Spread the love
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

US border agents forced migrant man to hold ‘I like men’ sign at ICE center

Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the El Paso Processing Center, a facility operated by ICE, allegedly forced a Honduran migrant to walk around carrying a handwritten sign reading “I like men” in Spanish. According to CNN, the alleged act was meant to humiliate the man, and a CBP agent reported the March 5 incident to his supervisor via email.

Related: Memers eviscerate Trump after Oval Office address about ‘crisis’ on southern border

“This report has been made and is currently under investigation,” an El Paso CBP spokesman said in an email, per the El Paso Times. “CBP takes allegations of mistreatment of individuals in our facilities seriously, and all allegations are reported to both the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Office of the Inspector General and the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility. Any employee found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable.”

As the Times points out, many Central American immigrants are LGBTQ individuals trying to escape transphobic and homophobic oppression and violence at home.

Related: This stunning photo series documents LGBTQ refugees on the Migrant Caravan as they wait for asylum

A CBP agent previously told CNN that a supervisor in El Paso joked about running over migrants with a car, with that source adding that being derogatory is part of border patrol culture.

Representative Joe Kennedy III recently toured the El Paso and Clint detention facilities and gave the following appraisal of the conditions there:


Spread the love
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    151
    Shares
  •  
    151
    Shares
  • 151
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •