Today the Knicks got destroyed by the Spurs. The Spurs are still great, and the Knicks are missing Tyson Chandler, but this can’t say good things about the Knicks’ ability to stay near the top of the East.
Some of the teams around the league had tough decisions to make on Thursday with the talented but unproven players they have on their rosters. With the deadline approaching for rookie extensions, do you pay big money knowing those players could hit the market and sign huge offer sheets? Or do you let the season play out and hope that they don’t exceed your expectations? With Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, their respective teams have decided to take a risk.
STORY OF THE DAY:
After trading for Bledsoe in the offseason, the Phoenix Suns have failed to reach an agreement with the guard who is ready to blossom. The Utah Jazz are on the same boat after failing to lock up Hayward. The two players will now be restricted free agents when the summer arrives. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has details:
After failing to reach an agreement on a rookie contract extension before Thursday’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, talented young forward Gordon Hayward will enter restricted free agency next summer, too..
Also, the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe were unable to come to an agreement on a rookie contract extension, and the young point guard will join fellow 2010 draft class members Hayward and Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe as three of the most prominent players in July’s restricted free agency period.
The sides never came close on a deal, remaining several million dollars apart, league sources told Yahoo. Hayward had been seeking a deal in the four-year, $50-million plus range, sources said.
In today’s news, Spurs star forward Tim Duncan is listed with a chest contusion, while the deadline for teams to sign players to contract extensions looms.
There are many tragedies in life that many hope to never have to experience.
One of the saddest realities in life is that of a parent outliving their child.
There are also many things—evil, terrible things—that no one should ever have to bear in life.
The worst of which, perhaps for a parent, is harm inflicted on their child at the hands of a criminal—whether verbal, physical or sexual abuse or even abduction or death. The burden of knowing that your child suffered such trauma is immediate cause for pain, sorrow and anger and can leave scars that can take years to heal.
Sadly, such tragedy struck the family of Adrian Peterson, 2012 NFL MVP and star running back for the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson’s two-year-old son, who had been in critical condition since Wednesday, died Friday due to wounds inflicted by the man in whose care he had been entrusted—his mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Patterson.
Patterson is in custody and will face felony charges. Peterson and his family, meanwhile, are faced with the difficult task of grieving a loss is incomprehensible.
Several NBA athletes took to Twitter to pour out their heartfelt and sincere condolences.
It was 12 years ago today that the horrors of 9/11 were etched into the annals of history, yet the events of that day still seem so recent.
Two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City causing them to collapse and two other planes flew towards targets further south—one crashing in a field in Pennsylvania, the other hitting the Pentagon in Washington.
Today, as many across the United States take time to reflect on the tragedy that occurred so many years ago, so to do our favorite NBA athletes.