Kahnle’s breakthrough was not only completely legitimate, it supported his skill set as one of the 15 most closer-worthy pitchers in baseball (and that could be understating it). Thanks in large part to a mechanical tweak — shortening the leg kick in his delivery — he was able to slash his walk rate by more than half, while boosting his average fastball velocity to a career-high 97.8 mph. And yet he might not even start the year as one of the first three relievers in saves on his own team.
But the Thunder chose cap flexibility and avoiding luxury-tax payments instead of keeping its core together. They traded James Harden to Houston for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and a pair of first-round picks. Houston, not Cleveland, is now the biggest threat to Golden State’s championship hopes, while Westbrook is the only pillar of OKC’s Big 4 remaining, though they have ostensibly successfully rebuilt around him.
The Warriors will face a similar predicament soon: Cough up the cash or sacrifice everything they’ve built to evade hefty luxury tax fees. They are already paying a bigger luxury tax bill than any team in the league, but that may change in the years to come, especially if the core as is fails to fend off the Rockets.
Remember: Thompson told The Vertical’s Shams Charania he felt Kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us. We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing shit because my game isn’t changing.
Must they run their mouths like that? Ingraham said in the segment. Unfortunately, a lot of kids — and some adults — take these ignorant comments seriously. Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids: This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball. Oh, and LeBron and Kevin: You’re great players but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble.
I actually laughed first when I saw the reports. Then I watched the videos and saw how it was put off. I had no idea who she is or what she do, but she won in that case because now I know who she is. For her to go up there and say what she said… First of al I would have had a little more respect for her if she wrote those words, she probably said t right off the teleprompter but that’s ok.