Charles Barkley Criticizes Warriors For Playing ‘Little Girly Basketball’

An apology might be coming from Charles Barkley.

The Pro Basketball Hall of Famer and opinionated TNT NBA analyst talked about the Golden State Warriors during Thursday night’s coverage and described their style of play with a poor choice of words.

“Maybe I’m old school, but I’m never going to like that little girly basketball where you have to outscore people,” Barkley said on the pre-game show before the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Clippers matchup.

“I love (UConn women’s head coach) Geno Auriemma, one of my favorite people. I love women’s college basketball. But I don’t want it in the NBA.”

Hmm, does Chuck realize that to win you have to outscore the other team?

There’s nothing wrong with girls basketball. And, quite frankly, the Warriors’ style of play has worked pretty well for them. After all, they won a league-record 73 games last season and won a championship the season before that.

It’s likely that some of this hate Barkley has for the Warriors stems from them winning a title and him having zero rings from his illustrious career. This also isn’t the first time Barkley has criticized the Warriors. and he even criticized Kevin Durant for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder and signing with the Warriors as a free agent in July.

Being critical of the Warriors is fine. Barkley is paid to analyze the NBA, its players, and teams, but making a comparison to their style of play and girls basketball is dumb, doesn’t make sense and is just unneeded.

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Rob Gronkowski Not Expected To Return This Season, Patriots, Family Say

Tight end Rob Gronkowski continues to receive atypical treatment from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots typically stay mum on injuries, but the team released a statement in conjuction with the Gronkowski family on the tight end’s back injury suffered in Week 12 against the New York Jets. Gronkowski will undergo surgery Friday and isn’t expected back this season, though the Patriots have yet to make a final determination.

This is the second time the Patriots have released a statement on an injury suffered by Gronkowski.

Here’s the full statement.

“During the Seattle game on November 13, Rob sustained a hit to the chest that resulted in a pulmonary contusion to his lung. Rob was examined by several specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital as directed by the team, as well as an independent physician. He received medical clearance to return to play two weeks later for the New York Jets game on November 27. After a hit early in the Jets game, Rob began to experience significant back and leg pain. This injury forced him to leave the game and he did not return. With the help of the Patriots medical staff, along with the consultation of several medical experts, it has been determined that it is in Rob’s best long-term interest to undergo surgery to address his lower back injury. Rob is expected to have surgery tomorrow. We do not expect that he will be able to play for the remainder of the 2016 season, but will await the results of tomorrow’s surgery before making a final determination. Rob has always been one of our hardest workers and was voted captain for the leadership he provides on our team. We are deeply saddened any time a player is lost to injury. We are committed to assisting Rob throughout his recovery and look forward to his return to playing football for the New England Patriots.”

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Tom Brady Speaks Publicly About Rob Gronkowski’s Injury, Impact On Patriots

The New England Patriots likely will be without Tom Brady’s biggest offensive weapon for the rest of the season.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery Friday, and a Gronkowski-Patriots joint statement Thursday night said, “we do not expect that he will be able to play for the remainder of the 2016 season.”

So just how will Brady and Co. deal with the huge void left by Gronk?

“Well, you know, it doesn’t help losing great players,” Brady told Jim Gray on Westwood One before the Dallas Cowboys faced the Minnesota Vikings on “Thursday Night Football.” “And to not have Gronk out there, one of our best players and most dependable, consistent players not in the lineup, makes things challenging for us. But that’s what the NFL season is about. It’s about overcoming challenges and adversity.

“We have a lot of good players on our team that are going to need to step in and fill the void — and that’s a big void left by such a spectacular player in Gronk. So we understand the challenge that is ahead. It becomes challenging when you lose such a good player in Gronk, but I don’t think any of us are going to give up on what we’re trying to accomplish. And we’ve played games this season without him, and we’re going to need to reach a higher level as individuals so that we can reach a higher level as a team.

“Our thoughts are with him. And what he’s gone through, he’s such a mentally tough person — he’s physically tough, he’s got a great energy and spirit about him. So we’re all wishing him the very best, and we hope he gets better as soon as possible.”

Brady, who said he’s seen and spoken with Gronk since the injury, did have a hopeful message regarding the tight end’s future.

“I know the resolve he has,” Brady told Gray. “He’ll be as determined as ever to get back and get better as soon as possible.”

Click to hear Brady’s entire Westwood One interview >>

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Hurricanes D-Man Noah Hanifin Opens Scoring Against Hometown Bruins

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin scored against his hometown team Thursday night at TD Garden.

The 19-year-old Norwood, Mass., native scored a power-play goal in the second period to open the scoring versus the Boston Bruins. It came on a shot from the point and included heavy traffic in front of B’s goaltender Anton Khudobin.

Watch the video above for Andy Brickley’s breakdown of the goal in the “Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind.”

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Quebec Among Cities Bruins Fans Would Like To See For Next NHL Expansion Team

The NHL is growing.

The league awarded an expansion team to Las Vegas, and we recently learned the team will be named the Vegas Golden Knights. But if the NHL expands again, where should the next team be located?

Boston fans at Arrow Bar and Grill in Pembroke, Mass., told NESN’s Kacie McDonnell on “Ultimate Bruins Show” where they’d like to see the next expansion team, and Quebec, Canada, was one of the most popular answers. Hear what else they said in the video above.

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Hurricanes’ Future In Good Hands With Noah Hanifin, Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce

The Carolina Hurricanes’ defense has plenty of stars in the making on it.

Former Boston College Eagle Noah Hanifin gets much of the attention as a former first-round pick, but he’s not alone. Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce both are having strong seasons, too.

Hear more about the Hurricanes before their matchup Thursday night with the Boston Bruins in the video from “Bruins Face-Off Live” above.

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Joe McKnight Shot And Killed In Apparent Road Rage Incident In Louisiana

Joe McKnight has been shot and killed. He was 28 years old.

The former USC, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight’s body has been identified by family members, according to Nola.com.

McNight was shot and killed at 4 p.m. ET in Terrytown, La., following a road rage incident, Jefferson Parish sheriff Newell Normand told WDSU’s Scott Walker, and the shooter is in custody, WDSU’s Travers Mackel reported.

An unnamed female witness told Nola.com that she saw two men arguing, and that the other man shot McKnight and said, “I told you, don’t you f— with me,” before shooting him again.

The Jets’ 2010 fourth-round pick, who was born in Kenner, La., played in 39 games for New York over three seasons. He joined the Chiefs in 2014 and played in the Canadian Football League in 2016.

NFL players and his former teams have been posting social media tributes. Here are a few:

Rest in peace, Joe McKnight.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/vtEihPomt9

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 1, 2016

#FightOnForever Joe McKnight.

The former USC running back was shot and killed today in Louisiana. https://t.co/6gPTBCHz5A

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) December 1, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe McKnight and his family.

This is a heartbreaking loss.

— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 1, 2016

Just got a message saying my former teammate Joe McKnight was killed today. This hurt to the heart. I can’t stop crying. #RestInPeace

— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) December 1, 2016

RIP my brother Joe McKnight this one hurts bad

— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) December 1, 2016

Heart hurts to hear about Joe McKnight. Prayers and condolences to his family and loved ones. Rest in heaven brother #RIP #StopTheViolence

— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) December 1, 2016

He was the coldest RB ever to watch in High school. Middle of class pulling up rivals highlights smh. I’m sick… https://t.co/q3K0xaafQA

— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) December 1, 2016

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Thunder Star Russell Westbrook Has Pretty Simple Approach To Rebounding

Russell Westbrook is only 6’3″.

Yet somehow the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard is averaging 10.5 rebounds per game and last night recorded his NINTH triple-double of the young NBA season, the 46th of his nine-year career.

So how is the five-time All-Star such a force on the glass? It’s not that difficult, according to him.

Westbrook on his FT rebound when he wasn’t looking: “I just be chilling there, act like I’m not doing nothing” pic.twitter.com/0SsZtctvqG

— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 1, 2016

This strategy is clearly working for Westbrook, as he is averaging a triple-double on the season and has led the Thunder to a 12-8 record, good for fifth-best in the Western Conference. It’s safe to say that he is an early front-runner for the MVP award.

While the “just chill and act like I’m not doing nothing,” approach works for Westbrook, I would not recommend employing this strategy at your day job.

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Adam Schefter Signs Extension With ESPN, Deal Includes NBA Role

Adam Schefter, NBA sideline reporter. What?

As first reported by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, ESPN has signed Schefter to a multi-year extension, which includes some new gigs for the NFL Insider, including NBA sideline work.

Schefter won’t be joining the Doris Burke’s of the world, but when his NFL workload is light, he will assist ESPN in their NBA coverage as a sideline reporter, simply for the fun of it.

“I love what I do but you are always curious to try different things,” Schefter said. “I know people think of me as this robot who doesn’t do anything outside of NFL news, injury reports, contact extensions, and hirings and firings. I love all that stuff but everyone likes to do things a little different or outside the box.”

Schefter explained that as a result of playing daily fantasy games, following the NBA has become a new hobby for him.

“I went from knowing nothing about the NBA a couple of years ago to knowing every player on every roster,” Schefter said. “It’s become a side hobby and the bosses are aware of that.”

Another one of Schefter’s roles under his new contract will be a podcast, tentatively titled “Know Them From Adam: The Adam Schefter Show.” The show is set to hit the airwaves in January, and he already has his eyes set on big time guests, namely president-elect Donald Trump.

Schefter says the reason for taking on these new roles simply to try something different.

“There are certain things that get your juices flowing and big stories in the NFL get my juices going, but they have gotten my juices going for 26 years,” he said. “This is something new and fresh. I am going to love it.”

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Rob Gronkowski Injury: Fantasy Football Impact Of Tight End’s Back Surgery

Rob Gronkowski likely will play in as many games as he’s missed this season, which is bad news for him, the New England Patriots and many fantasy football owners.

It was a no-brainer to pick the Patriots tight end early in fantasy drafts. When he does play, no other tight end can match the fantasy numbers he puts up. But there’s a chance he’s ran his last route of the 2016 season, as he will have back surgery and reportedly miss eight weeks.

That means there’s a chance he could come back in time to play in the Super Bowl if the Pats make it, but there appears to be no chance he’ll return in time to help you win a fantasy championship.

Of course, this is nothing new for Gronk fantasy owners. You drafted him knowing he probably would miss time at the beginning of the season with a hamstring injury, and he later missed the Pats’ game against the San Francisco 49ers with a reported lung injury. But this one is different. At least for those injuries, there was a return date in sight, and he rewarded fantasy owners with four straight weeks of huge production from Oct. 9 through Oct. 30.

But that won’t be the case this time. So, if you haven’t already, it’s time to look at the waiver wire and see who’s available, although with Gronk’s history, hopefully you already have a potential replacement on your bench.

Some potential players owned in less than 75 percent of leagues on Yahoo are Zach Ertz, Cameron Brate, Gary Barnidge (Week 13 bye), Julius Thomas and C.J. Fiedorowicz. Are they all great options? No. But they are better than nothing.

So it’s time to get creative if you’re a Gronk fantasy owner. Your season depends on it.

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