0 of 10 Nell Redmond/Associated Press From the world-beating Golden State Warriors to the willingly beaten New York Knicks, every NBA team has a weak link in their first five. That said, these soft spots in the starting group aren't all created equally. Some are youngsters promoted too quickly and forced to learn on the job. Others might be temporary replacements for injured regulars. Those groups have excuses. The 10 worst starters we've selected do not. To get beyond the growing pains, 2018-19's rookies and sophomores are excluded. To control for temporary assignments, players must have made 40-plus starts. To narrow the list to potential trade candidates, only those with at least partially guaranteed contracts for next season are considered. These 10 players are ranked from worse to worst by a combination of advanced stats, on-court impact and the always trusty eye test. Then, each gets hypothetically sent away from his current squad through a realistic trade. 1 of 10 … [Read more...] about Trades to Replace the NBA’s 10 Worst Starters
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PEORIA, Ariz. — As a kid in Portales, N.M., Logan White made his way with his hands, collecting dusty lessons from rugged ranchers and farmers in a community rooted in the peanut and dairy industries.White would bail hay, build fences, drive tractors, clean pigpens and do just about anything that needed doing in a place with a welcome sign proclaiming, “Home of 17,000 Friendly People (and three or four old grouches).” The place that once held the unique title of nation’s largest producer of organic peanut butter before a company known as Sunland closed now hovers closer to 12,000, according to U.S. Census estimates.As a fourth-grader, White’s mother would shuttle him after school to the long-shuttered Leeder’s Café, 35 miles away in blink-and-miss-it Melrose.“We were very, very poor, almost like migrant farm workers,” said White, of his upbringing in Missouri and later New Mexico. “We moved from town to town. I grew … [Read more...] about Column: Painful childhood helped shape critical Padres cog Logan White
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 17, 2019 Trey Flowers was in the eighth grade when a doctor told him he’d never play football again. Flowers was a do-everything star in junior high at the time, so much bigger and stronger than everyone else that as a youth he had to borrow a helmet from nearby Alabama A&M because it was the only one big enough to fit his head. He played defensive line and as a fullback, and when one opponent was having an especially tough time bringing him down, players from the team started diving at his legs. Flowers injured his knee on one such tackle, and when his father took him to the doctor the next day, the two were left alone in a room to digest the bad news. “When the doctor walked out of the room I asked Trey, I said, ‘Well, what do you think?’ ” Robert Flowers, Trey’s father, recalled in a phone interview with the Free Press on Friday. “He said, ‘I’m gonna play … [Read more...] about Why Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers a true prize free agent
In fantasy football, the quarterback is the least valuable of all the major positions and is easily replaceable. The state of it is to the point where we commonly see owners stream different players and approach their starter on a “week-by-week” basis. This phenomenon might be the most out of touch with reality as it gets in our little fake game.No one needs to remind us that in the real-life NFL, the quarterback is far and away the most valuable position in the sport. The money supports that reality. We currently have 16 quarterbacks making over $20 Million per year, six making north of $25 Million and several more set to remake the market in the next few offseasons.Recent years have brought us the understanding that the good young quarterback on a rookie contract is one of the biggest team-building edges in the game. We’ve watched as organizations like the Bears, Rams and Chiefs have stacked assets around their discounted starter. Yet, it was a January piece by The … [Read more...] about Ranking every NFL starting quarterback: Are they worth their contract?
By Matt Kawahara Updated 9:52 pm PST, Thursday, January 24, 2019 MOBILE, Ala. — Niners center Weston Richburg recently had surgery on his knee and quadriceps and faces an “extensive rehab” this offseason, general manager John Lynch said Thursday. Richburg, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the 49ers in March, started 15 games in 2018 but played through at least the knee injury for much of the season. “I think it affected his play late in the year,” said Lynch, who is on hand for the Senior Bowl. “He was having trouble anchoring, I think. So we decided to go in there and get the thing cleaned up.” Lynch said the 49ers hope Richburg will recover by the start of training camp in late July and that Najee Toran, Eric Magnuson or Mike Person — an impending free agent — could fill in for Richburg during the team’s offseason program. Defensive back D.J. Reed will have surgery Friday to repair a labral … [Read more...] about 49ers center Weston Richburg has knee, quadriceps surgery