NBA coach Steve Kerr blasts idiotic NFL anthem policy


The NFL isn’t merely being criticized by pandering politicians or labor unions who weren’t consulted on their anthem policy compromise, they’re catching it from other sports as well.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr blasted the NFL for its decision to mandate that players stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room, calling it typical of the way football does business.

The NBA also requires players to stand for the anthem, but professional basketball has also operated from a position of trust with its labor force, and a track record of social involvement and willingness to take stands. The NBA also consulted with players when formulating their anthem policy, which seemed to go a long way with labor.

Kerr and the Warriors are also used to sticking it to the man, as their invitation to the White House for winning last year’s NBA title was rescinded by Donald Trump after a number of players said they wouldn’t go. Kerr also referred to Trump as a blowhard, which gives him something in common with at least one NFL owner.

The response is what most would expect from players with pride in their games and we’ll likely hear similar musings in the months leading up to the start of the regular season. That’s when there will be an actual determination about how Dallas’ plan at receiver has worked out.

Ryan Tannehill will wear a brace to protect his twice-injured left knee

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed the end of the 2016 season when he injured his left knee in December. He then missed the entire 2017 season when he injured the same knee in training camp. Now he thinks it’s time to protect that knee more carefully.

I’ll wear a brace, Tannehill said, via the Sun-Sentinel. It does nothing structurally. It’s purely to prevent what started that whole train wreck with my injury.

But that’s just for the season, when he’s at risk of getting hit. In the non-contact Organized Team Activities going on now, Tannehill is without a brace and says he can do everything he needs to do on the field.

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Nothing has changed since we wrote about the possibility of the Astros trading for Britton, so if you’re an Orioles partisan, this all still applies:

… the Orioles have a good track record of finding and/or making relievers. They correctly identified that Britton’s future was in the bullpen in the first place, and Cheap Braves Jerseys they’ve been successful at polishing rough gems like Mychal Givens or liberating underappreciated pitchers like Darren O’Day. I don’t Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys know what a Richard Bleier is, but it apparently has a 1.60 ERA in 39 innings.

The Yankees do not have an ace right now. CC Sabathia is doing a fine impression of one, and that might be enough, but his underlying numbers suggest a season worse than the ERA he’s put up, and he also is averaging fewer than 5-2/3 innings per start. Aces aren’t leaving so much work behind for the bullpen. Luis Severino has a better claim to being New York’s top starter, but he’s 23 years old and the 120 innings he’s thrown this year are already a big-league career-high — does he have 200-plus frames in his arm? No one knows, because he’s never shown us either way.

On top of those questions, Michael Pineda is out for the year, and the Yankees have already used nine different starters in 2017. Their depth hasn’t impressed, there are questions at the top of the rotation, and while Masahiro Tanaka is once again pitchable, he’s not exactly the Tanaka of old, either. Adding Darvish would fix a lot of problems, and games where he can be paired up with New York’s recently upgraded bullpen are about as close to an automatic win as baseball allows.

Rock finally gets his due from the BBWAA. A seven-time All-Star, Raines was the subject of a famous decade-long campaign from the new school of sabremetric baseball writers, using advanced statistics to build a convincing case for him being one of the best outfielders of his generation.