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Report: Hue Jackson is ‘in the loop’ with Browns’ draft plans

Contrary to some reports, Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is looped into the team’s draft plans this season. According to NFL.com’s Michael Silver, Jackson was kept out of the loop last year under then-general manager Sashi Brown, but his replacement, John Dorsey, has handled things differently, and Jackson is aware of the team’s draft plans….Read More

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Spurs players give Ettore Messina high marks after Warriors series

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina had to step in for Gregg Popovich during their series against the Golden State Warriors, and his players were impressed by the work he did.

After the death of Popovich’s wife, Messina handled the final three games of San Antonio’s series loss to the Warriors, and those who played for him feel he’s ready for a promotion.

“He handled it very well, with great composure,” Spurs veteran Pau Gasol said, via Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “He handled the adversity and also the opportunity really well. He sent the right message to the team coaching the right way. He was always sharp and in control of the situation. He did a good job.”

Both Gasol and Manu Ginobili, veterans who know the league well, think Messina is ready for an NBA head coaching opportunity.

“Messina has been one of the top head coaches in Europe,” Gasol said. “It’s hard to get that opportunity in the NBA, but if there’s someone who should get it, it should be him.

“It would be a great step, kind of like when the first European players came to the NBA and proved they could play and make a difference and handle themselves well.”

“I think the time has come,” Ginobili added. “For sure, he’s very capable and experienced.”

Messina has an incredibly accomplished overseas resume, but would become the first European head coach in the NBA if he were to land a job. At least one team is reportedly lining him up for an interview.

Terry Rozier trolls Eric Bledsoe on Instagram

Terry Rozier can’t stop clowning Milwaukee Bucks counterpart Eric Bledsoe.

The Boston Celtics guard, who has been matched up against Bledsoe in their first-round series, started some beef when he called him “Drew Bledsoe” (after the retired NFL QB) in a postgame press conference. That led to Bledsoe firing back and claiming that he didn’t know who Rozier was after the next game.

On Wednesday, Rozier doubled down on the taunt in spectacular fashion when the New England Patriots posted a picture of the actual Drew Bledsoe, who played with them for nine seasons, to their Instagram page. Rozier “liked” the post and left a comment that simply read, “My guy.”

The Celtics are now up 3-2 on the Bucks, and Tuesday’s Game 5 proved that the bad blood between the two players is very real. Rozier (16.2 points per game, 6.6 assists per game) has gotten the better of Bledsoe (12.6 ppg, 4.0 apg) on the court in the series, and now that appears to be true off of it as well.

Andy Roddick tweets perfect response to Kanye West’s sneaker boast

Andy Roddick has his doubts that Yeezy has actually jumped over Jumpman.

In a post to Twitter on Wednesday, hip-hop star Kanye West tweeted a claim that he was the “single-highest paid person in footwear” and that he made more money on shoes than even His Airness himself, Michael Jordan.

The incredulous boast was met with ridicule from a skeptical Twittersphere and even got essentially debunked by ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell.

Roddick got in on the fun too and tweeted this hilarious response to Mr. West.

It’s a quality self-roast — though Roddick was one of the best of his generation and the No. 1-ranked player in the world at one time, he had the misfortune of peaking at the same time as Roger Federer, who is widely seen as the greatest tennis player of all-time. Head-to-head, Federer had a career record of 21-3 against Roddick, including a perfect 8-0 in Grand Slam matches.

Jordan probably wouldn’t mind the Federer comparison either since he appears to be a big fan of the Swiss legend.

Report: Dez Bryant wants ‘big one-year deal’

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Dez Bryant wants to prove to the rest of the league that he’s still got it before cashing in on free agency.

According to NFL reporter Ed Werder, the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver wants a one-year deal to prove himself before hitting free agency again next year. Bryant is so behind this idea, in fact, that he reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens.

One year “prove-it” deals are risky, as one player learned this season. It’s a big boom or bust proposition, but Bryant has always been one to back himself. It sounds like he will be waiting a little bit to find a new team regardless.

Report: Browns have discussed trading No. 4 pick

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It’s no secret that the Cleveland Browns will be keeping the first overall pick in the NFL Draft and taking a quarterback, but there’s some more doubt about their second first-round selection.

According to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Browns have fielded calls about the No. 4 overall pick and are, at least, willing to listen.

It is entirely possible that nothing comes of this, or that something could be dependent on who’s still on the board at No. 4. That said, the Browns are in need of talent everywhere, and they could fetch a significant haul if they traded the pick to a quarterback-needy team. Perhaps one of these franchises could make an offer they can’t refuse.

Draymond Green hits back at Chris Webber over broadcast commentary

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Even when Draymond Green is being praised, he finds the slight and uses it as fuel.

In an otherwise innocuous bit of commentary, TNT broadcaster Chris Webber praised Green’s importance to the Golden State Warriors, while noting that the forward may not start for every team in the league.

“This is the impact Draymond Green has,” Webber said. “Yes, if he was on other teams and expected to score, he may not be in the starting lineup on certain teams. But on this team, he’s one of their most valuable players.”

While Webber’s assertion is arguable, Green certainly didn’t think much of it, taking shots at the former NBA star during his postgame press conference on Tuesday.

“I don’t think he can find many GMs or coaches that wouldn’t say I wouldn’t start on their team,” Green said, via Logan Murdock of Bay Area News Group. “I’m fine without scoring the ball. I think I’ve created a new lane for guys in this league to where you don’t have to score 20 points to be an All-Star or be a starter in this league.

“That’s fine and my jewelry fits well. So I’m doing really pretty good. You know, much love to C-Webb, though, from Michigan, State of Michigan, you know, we good.”

It’s the way Green works. Even praise is twisted into criticism to use as motivation, and if it helps him out, so be it.

Report: Hue Jackson is ‘in the loop’ with Browns’ draft plans

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Contrary to some reports, Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is looped into the team’s draft plans this season.

According to NFL.com’s Michael Silver, Jackson was kept out of the loop last year under then-general manager Sashi Brown, but his replacement, John Dorsey, has handled things differently, and Jackson is aware of the team’s draft plans.

It’s quite something that it has to be clarified that the head coach of the team with the first overall pick knows who the team is planning to take the day before the draft, but that’s the Browns for you. An earlier report about Jackson being left in the dark ensured that some clarification was needed, but apparently the Browns are running things a little more smoothly these days.

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