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Rex Ryan still angry with Mario Williams for defensive scheme criticism

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Mario Williams made it quite clear during his time with the Buffalo Bills that he wasn’t a fan of Rex Ryan’s defensive schemes, and Ryan is still upset by his public criticism.

Ryan told Jenny Vrentas of the MMQB that he was particularly bothered that Williams, who signed with division rival Miami during the offseason, complained about having to drop into coverage.

“Now look, with some of the comments [he made], do I wish him well? Not really,” Ryan said of Williams. “But, he’s on Miami. If he would have gone somewhere else, maybe. He’s a good kid, but I am used to some mean motherf—ers that play out there. The Terrell Suggs, Jarrett Johnsons of the world. I screwed them, too; I had them drop [into coverage], too. Not one of them bitched. Von Miller [dropped into coverage] in the Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s what’s asked of him; that’s what his job is. Your job is to play.”

Ryan used Ray Lewis as an example of a player who would sell out for the team instead of putting himself first – apparently in contrast to Williams.

“I’ll never forget, I used to have Ray sell out for maybe the 11th guy on defense,” Ryan said. “Ray Lewis is going to be one of the greatest defensive players in the history of the game, if not the greatest. That’s when you’ve got something special, and that’s what we are trying to build here.”

Williams very publicly called out Ryan for his schemes early in the season, and it’s probably not a stretch to say that his days in Buffalo were numbered from that point forward – particularly when you consider that the Bills coach is rather annoyed when people question how he runs his defense.

H/T Buffalo News

Warriors owner Joe Lacob bowed down to Klay Thompson (Video)

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Klay Thompson put the Golden State Warriors on his back when they needed him the most on Saturday night, scoring 41 points and breaking the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a playoff game. His performance was so good that his boss even bowed down to him after the game.

Following Golden State’s Game 6 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Warriors owner Joe Lacoob was spotted bowing down to Thompson in the tunnel headed into the locker room.

Because of Thompson and Stephen Curry (31 points), the Warriors kept their season alive despite trailing by five at halftime in front of an incredibly rowdy OKC crowd. Just when it seemed like the Thunder were in control, Thompson made 11 three-pointers and Curry added six of his own.

“We all really, really didn’t want this to be our last game,” Thompson said, per Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman. “Me and Steph, we had to hunt our shot.”

Earlier in the week, we shared some info with you that shed light on just how nervous Lacob seemed with his team looking outmatched early in the series. Suddenly, the Warriors are heading back to Oakland with the series tied 3-3. Can you really blame Lacob for bowing at Thompson’s feet?

Klay Thompson thought he should have made even more three pointers

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Klay Thompson set an NBA playoff record with eleven made three pointers in Saturday night’s clutch win against Oklahoma City. Impressive, right? Well, in Thompson’s mind, it was underwhelming.

In Thompson’s mind, he’d missed out on a chance to hit even more threes, feeling that he should have had at least 13.

Thompson didn’t actually find his shooting stroke until the second quarter. He made just one three in the first quarter and missed a few good looks, so he probably has a point. Still, the more important thing is his three point barrage – particularly his fourth quarter, where he went five of six from deep to deliver 19 crucial points – kept the Warriors alive in the series.

Even better news for Klay is that the stat sheet won’t make for difficult and confusing reading after this one.

Texas QB Shane Buechele completes pass to friend on jet ski (Video)

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Shane Buechele is looking to make a strong impression and win the starting job at Texas as a true freshman. If he’s able to keep making throws like this one, the gig is his.

Buechele posted a video on Twitter Saturday that shows him completing a pass to a friend on a jet ski, showing some incredible timing and accuracy:

It looked like something out of a Dude Perfect video, but that was real. We’ll be seeing that video played by networks throughout the upcoming season, that’s for sure.

Buechele also had a very strong showing in Texas’ spring game, so winning the starting job is definitely a real possibility.

Steven Adams gets sweet revenge with huge dunk on Draymond Green (Video)

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Sorry, Draymond. You just had it coming.

Steven Adams got sweet revenge on Draymond Green during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday by dunking right on the Warriors forward:

After the way Green got Adams in the nuts twice earlier in the series in highly-publicized incidents, it was only right that Adams got him back. As a bonus, Draymond got served with the Crying Jordan face.

Chase Utley gives Mets the ultimate F-You

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Chase Utley, man. That guy sure knows how to play the villain like a regular Jack Parkman.

Utley delivered the ultimate F-You to the New York Mets on Saturday, his second game of a series that marked his first time playing in Citi Field since the infamous slide incident in last year’s playoffs.

As a refresher, Utley’s reckless slide broke Ruben Tejada’s leg during the NLDS against the Mets. He had a suspension overturned, but the slide led MLB to change its rules.

The slide became such a controversial point around baseball that it led the former longtime Phillie to become even more hated among NL East rival Mets fans. Their fans even sent him death threats.

On Friday, Utley proved he wasn’t shaken by the hostility from Mets fans by going 1-for-2 with 4 RBIs, including a bases-clearing double in the ninth to tie the game at five. On Saturday, he was even more productive.

First Utley struck out to lead off the game. When he faced Noah Syndergaard again in the third, the massive pitcher was ejected for throwing at Utley — and missing him — with a 99 mph heater. Utley struck out in that at-bat, too. But that would not portend what was to come.

Utley clubbed a solo shot in the sixth to break a scoreless game, all while Mets fans chanted “Hit him!”

As if that weren’t enough, he then mashed a grand slam in the seventh to put the Dodgers up 6-0.

So let’s just recap:

– Utley is hated in New York
– Utley is booed by Mets fans who want the team to hit him
– Syndergaard is ejected for throwing at Utley but missing him
– Utley rebounds from two strikeouts to hit two home runs

Utley now has 38 career home runs against the Mets, the most he’s hit against any opponent. He just loves making their lives miserable.

Andrew Bynum seen rocking blond hair

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It’s been a long time since we’ve had any updates on Andrew Bynum much less any new additions to our infamous “Andrew Bynum hair watch” category here at LBS. But it is with great pleasure that we can share a story involving both!

A woman who works at a Dave & Busters in Pittsburgh shared a photo on Instagram during the week of her with the former NBA center:

Met my first professional player tonight, Andrew Bynum, at D&B. #andrewbynum

A photo posted by Rachel Haberberger (@haberberger) on

Of course, we’re much less interested in the woman than we are how Bynum looks. It’s all about that blond hair. Some compared him to Demolition Man, while my favorite turned him into an extra for Eminem:

Now the real value of this post is being able to re-check one of our best tags ever on this site, the “Andrew Bynum hair watch” tag.

Johnny Manziel partied with Leonardo DiCaprio in New York

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Johnny Manziel’s tour of partying has gone nationwide, with his latest foray taking him to New York where his crew reportedly bumped into actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Daily Mail reports that Manziel’s crew began their night Thursday at Lavo Nightclub in New York. After that, his group reportedly headed to Up & Down club but was denied entry. Thankfully they got a lifeline from Leo, though.

The Daily Mail says Manziel’s group bumped into DiCaprio outside Up & Down and they all headed over together to 1 Oak, another club.

It’s not a surprise to hear that Manziel was denied entry at one of the clubs. Not only was he thrown out of a Las Vegas club last weekend for getting into a physical scuffle with another patron, but another report says he has been banned by many nightclubs. That same report also said Manziel has a serious drug problem and rebuffed an intervention effort by his friends.

The free agent quarterback is still waiting for a resolution to his misdemeanor assault case in Texas over an incident with his ex-girlfriend. He has been dropped by two agents since February and multiple sponsors.

Russell Westbrook wears tiger-striped jacket to Game Six (Video)

This is where I make the joke that Russell Westbrook is going for the kill.

The ever-fashionable Thunder point guard donned a jacket with tiger stripes as he arrived at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday for the potentially decisive Game Six of the Western Conference Finals.

Oklahoma City holds a 3-2 series lead on Golden State and can close things out at home Saturday, so feel free to make all the “smelling blood” jokes that you’d like.

This is turning into something of a trend, too. Westbrook seems to have a taste for stripes – even if they’re in poncho form. The outfits are going to get real if the Thunder make it to the NBA Finals.

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Alex Rodriguez shares daughter’s hilarious Parents Day assignment

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Alex Rodriguez’s daughter profiled her father for a Parents Day assignment, and her work gave us some interesting insights on the man himself.

What kind of insights? Namely that the man isn’t very adventurous in his home life, apparently. Also, he still has a Blackberry.

Cut an apple? Come on, A-Rod. Step it up. You can do better than that.

Also, as Rodriguez notes, he’s 40, not 43. Maybe he likes to seem older and wiser.

It’s still a nice little portrait into Rodriguez’s home life. And hopefully if the two play football together, he goes easier on her than he did on the Fox Sports video board back in October.

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