Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 10:32 PM EDT Jul 11, 2019 It says something about the state of professional basketball when two All-NBA point guards get traded for each other and it only registers fourth among the balance-of-power shifting transactions that have taken place in the last month alone. Mostly, it says that the NBA has changed from a league where you need three superstars to win a title to a league dominated by power couples. And it says that the Houston Rockets, who a few weeks ago seemed to be contractually handcuffed to a point guard in decline alongside James Harden, were desperate to find a way out. The Rockets sent a boatload of future draft assets to Oklahoma City on Thursday to swap the bad contract of Chris Paul for the less-bad contract of Russell Westbrook, throwing a different look at a Western Conference that seems to be wide open. From a basketball standpoint, pairing a ball-dominant guard in Harden with a ball-dominant guard in Westbrook doesn’t … [Read more...] about Westbrook trade: It probably won’t work, but Rockets had to try
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Maybe it's never happened before. But his announcement last week that Gigginstown Stud will be wound down over the next few years is an admission of defeat in a fierce battle which changed the face of Irish racing. The Ryanair boss has run up the white flag. The battle began in September 2016 when Willie Mullins decided to put up his training fees for the first time in ten years. O'Leary's Gigginstown Stud, who had 60 horses at the trainer's yard, hoped some exception might be made for them. Mullins didn't agree, declaring: "I'm not willing to try to maintain the standards I have without putting up fees so that's the way it is. Everyone that comes into my yard is treated the same. We've evolved our methods of training, which obviously costs a lot, and we're not prepared to sacrifice that." So O'Leary took up his horses and walked. They were distributed among a number of trainers, but most of them and the best of them went to Gordon Elliot who had won the Gold Cup for Gigginstown with … [Read more...] about Eamonn Sweeney: ‘Michael O’Leary is a man used to winning
Jeff Zillgitt and Martin Rogers USA TODAY Published 10:18 AM EDT Mar 13, 2019 Next season has arrived early for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. While no one expected the Lakers to compete for a championship in James’ first year, a playoff berth this season was attainable. The picture was especially rosy after a 20-14 start that put them in fourth place after a Christmas Day win against Golden State. With 15 games remaining, that’s not the case. While not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Lakers are virtually done and probably will miss the postseason - a place they haven't been since 2013 - again. Los Angeles is in 11th place and 6 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. James, who has made 13 consecutive postseason appearances and eight straight NBA Finals, likely will see those streaks end. The 2018-19 season has been several mini-seasons for the Lakers’ … [Read more...] about LeBron James: What went wrong in Year 1 with the Lakers?