Cam Newton made an appearance at the Charlotte Hornets game on Friday night and treated the crowd to some dancing.
Newton was seated courtside, and the Panthers star put his moves on for the crowd.
— Daniel Guy (@danny_g13) November 28, 2015
J.R. Smith noticed, and he unleashed Newton’s famous Superman celebration after making a free throw.
Smith got the last laugh as the Cavaliers won. Newton’s Panthers are 11-0, though, so who’s really living good here? Keep dancing, Cam.
Stephen Curry conceded that he and his Warriors teammates think about breaking the NBA record win streak of 33 consecutive games.
The Warriors have opened their season with 16 straight wins. The streak stretches to 20 when the end of last season is taken into account. The 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers won 33 in a row, an Curry has admitted that he and his teammates want to shatter that.
“We talk about 33,” Curry said in a conference call, via Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News. “I think I’ve probably talked about it more than anybody else on the team, just because I know about the history and just really how hard it is.
“We’ve had like two 16 game winning streaks the last two years, and those are pretty special feats. For us to have to double that output, I mean we’re going to play hard and hopefully close in on that record, but it won’t be a disappointing effort if we don’t get there. Because there are so many talented teams in this league and for us to just be playing at a high level right now, that’s what we’re worried about. And if we close in and get to 29, 30 games, we’ll talk about it a little bit more.”
Curry reaffirmed the importance of taking things one game at a time, but he admitted that records were there to be chased.
“Thirty-three is a special number,” Curry said. “So there’s obviously still milestones that we can continue to go after, but you go after them by how you approach each day.”
DeMarcus Ware will miss Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots with a back injury.
Ware was ruled out on Friday and won’t suit up, the team announced, via ProFootballTalk’s Michael David Smith. Ware leads the team with 6.5 sacks, and his absence will undoubtedly hurt the Broncos as they look to put pressure on Tom Brady and the undefeated Patriots.
Denver is already forced into playing Brock Osweiler at quarterback, and Brady will likely feel much better about his chances without Denver’s most fearsome pass rusher coming at him.
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Could staff changes be on the horizon for Texas?
Longhorns assistant coach Shawn Watson mistakenly tweeted out a message on Friday afternoon that seemed to imply some sort of meeting was in his future.
Shawn watson tweeted & deleted this pic.twitter.com/ee7RjUz6SP
— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) November 27, 2015
It’s obvious that this was meant to be a direct message to someone, but who? The easy assumption here is a potential meeting with a future employer, but this could be a lot less controversial. Perhaps it was meant for a recruit, or even simply setting up some sort of media availability.
That won’t quiet the Charlie Strong to Miami rumors, even if he’s reportedly not interested.
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Kobe Bryant’s role won’t be getting scaled back anytime soon, at least according to Byron Scott.
“I would never, never, never do that,” the Lakers coach told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes on Friday about the possibility of benching Bryant for poor play. “That’s not an option whatsoever. No, that’s not an option.”
Bryant has been terrible for the Lakers, with the lowest field goal percentage among qualified players and more field goal attempts per game than points. On Tuesday, he was just 1-for-14.
However, Scott seems willing to let Bryant continue to shoot, even though it’s becoming more and more apparent that he’s not getting anything close to a good Bryant ever again.
Scott simply reaffirmed the plan to keep Bryant healthy and try to put him in position to succeed.
“Absolutely,” Scott said. “And we’ll just roll with the punches.”
Perhaps, then, Scott will want to start managing Bryant’s minutes a little better. It probably won’t transform Bryant, but it can’t hurt.
After his coming out party of 199 total yards against the Chargers in Week 1, the Ameer Abdullah hype train has largely run of steam. Since then, the former Nebraska standout has found himself largely buried on the depth chart behind Joique Bell and Theo Riddick in the Lions’ backfield for much of the season. But Abdullah’s workload is slowly increasing, having recorded a season-high 17 touches in the team’s 45-14 Thanksgiving Day Massacre of the Eagles, and according to head coach Jim Caldwell, he has earned it.
Per Lions insider Tim Twentyman on Friday, Caldwell credited the rookie Abdullah with “growing and developing and building trust,” which is part of the reason why he has seen offensive role increase lately.
At just 22 years of age, Abdullah is already an electrifying playmaker that can factor in the running game, the passing game, and the return game. Though he has struggled with ball security issues and mental lapses at various points over the course of his rookie year, Abdullah has largely put that behind him now that the season is beginning to wind down.
The No. 54 overall pick in last April’s draft, Abdullah currently leads the team in rushing yards and is seventh in receiving yards. With the 4-7 Lions in the basement of the NFC North and not having much to play for, getting in some consistent reps for their prized rookie, one whose long-term upside is through the roof, would most definitely be in their best interest.
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One of Chip Kelly’s assistants in Philadelphia says that the Eagles coach is staying with the team.
“Chip isn’t going anywhere,” defensive coordinator Billy Davis said on Thursday, via NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks. “Nope. I promise you that.”
Davis also affirmed that Kelly is committed to the team.
“Absolutely,” Davis said. “Not kind of committed. All-in committed. I know it. He is a fighter. He don’t run.
“You see the way he acts day-by-day,” Davis said. “No change in Chip.”
The NBA is reportedly reconsidering its policy about who gets credited for victories when a coach is on leave.
The policy has come to the forefront this year, with Steve Kerr on leave for health reasons. Kerr is receiving credit for Golden State’s 16-0 start, despite the fact that Luke Walton has coached the team in all 16 games.
However, a source told the San Jose Mercury News’s Diamond Leung that the NBA is reconsidering its policy and may give Walton credit for the victories.
There is no word on when the league will make a decision, but with a decision on coach of the month honors due in the coming days, someone from the Warriors will undoubtedly need to be credit for the historic start.
Walton has said that he doesn’t care who gets the credit, but even if Kerr still has his fingerprints on the team, it’s only fair that Walton get credit for doing a fantastic job.
Nick Foles has been borderline anathema when he’s been under center for the Rams this season, but despite the team’s persistent efforts to keep him as far away from the starting lineup as possible, he has managed to find his way back into the fold.
Foles, who was benched last week in favor of Case Keenum, is now expected to start in Week 12 after Keenum was concussed in the team’s loss to the Ravens last Sunday according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN NFL Nation. Keenum has yet to clear concussion protocol, clearing the way for the 26-year-old Foles to potentially reclaim his starting gig against the Bengals.
Fisher says QB Case Keenum hasn't yet cleared concussion protocol. Plan for now to start Nick Foles but they'll see how Keenum feels Sat.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) November 27, 2015
The former Pro Bowler Foles has been a nightmare in nine starts for the Rams this season. He has completed just 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,678 yards, posting seven touchdowns and six interceptions, as the team has gone 4-5 with him as their starting quarterback.
Keenum wasn’t much better in his spot start, going 12-for-26 for 136 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens before going down.
With Foles, who has shown almost zero chemistry with the St. Louis receivers this season, pressed back into action, it looks like the Rams will have to continue relying heavily on their top-10 defense if they want to keep their razor-thin playoff hopes alive.
LSU coach Les Miles reportedly told members of LSU’s Gridiron Club that Saturday’s game would be his last as head coach of the Tigers, according to two reports.
Miles told attendees at a group luncheon that he will “always be a Tiger” and thanked them for “a great 11 years,” and confirmed that he would not coach LSU’s bowl game, according to Tiger Rag’s Cody Worsham. NOLA.com’s Jim Kleinpeter corroborated the report, citing attendees who said that while Miles didn’t explicitly say as much, he made it clear that Saturday’s game would be his last and called LSU his second family.
Wolsham cited sources who said that Miles appeared in good spirits, while Kleinpeter’s source told him that Miles was “emotional but in control.”
The reports confirm the growing sentiment that LSU is done with Miles, with Jimbo Fisher being speculated as a potential replacement. This is the strongest indication yet that Miles’s days at LSU are numbered.
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