Retired WR had CTE Before Death; When will the NFL Properly Address this Issue?

On Tuesday, the family of legendary Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas released findings from a study conducted by the Boston University CTE Center.

Legendary Broncos Receiver Demaryius Thomas

The study concluded that researchers had diagnosed the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Katina Smith, Thomas’ mother, began to familiarize herself with CTE and the symptoms patients deal with. She recognized her son’s changed behavior and how he isolated himself and wondered if he had CTE.

Smith’s statement to the press said,

“He was just so young, and it was horrible to see him struggle. His father and I hope all families learn the risks of playing football. We don’t want other parents to have to lose their children like we did.”

Stage 2 CTE is associated with progressive behavior and cognitive and mood abnormalities. Thomas’ family says he was struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and trouble with his memory in the years before his death.

Broncos WR, Courtland Sutton, pays tribute to his friend.

Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System, director of the BU CTE Center and VA-BU-CLF/UNITE Brain Bank said,

“Like so many that have gone before, we found stage 2 CTE in the brain of Demaryius Thomas. The question I keep asking myself is ‘When will enough be enough?’ When will athletes, parents and the public at large stop ignoring the risks of American football and insist that the game be changed to reduce subconcussive hits?”

She has a point. I love football as much as the next guy but, when will enough be enough? We are losing guys that have given everything to play the game of football. We all love watching players like Thomas, but none of us want to lose players because of CTE. We have to keep the discussion on the forefront because CTE is not going away, and the repercussions players are dealing with including losing their lives has to end. Thomas shouldn’t be gone. Let’s take the opportunity to continue studies and learn what we can to improve player safety at all levels of football in the future.

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Tweet from Jeanie Buss Garners Much Attention about What’s Next

7/5/22

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Tweet from Jeanie Buss Garners Much Attention about What’s Next

Like so many of us, Jeanie Buss misses Kobe Bryant. Buss doesn’t tweet often, but this past Sunday she wrote, “I miss KB. He would understand and explain everything that I’m not allowed to. Honestly he was the greatest Laker ever. He understood team over self. Meaning your rewards would come if you valued team goals over your own then everything would fall into place. All can reply.”

Her tweet has Laker nation wondering if something was behind her cryptic tweet. Laker nation is in need of change coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in Laker history. Acquiring Russell Westbrook didn’t help the Lakers like they had hoped, but trading him didn’t seem like a viable option with the league’s lack of interest.

The Lakers may have been given a lifeline. There are talks that the Lakers and Nets are in talks about trades centered around Westbrook. The trade would bring Kyrie Irving to Laker nation.

Whether Buss’ tweet was telling of what’s to come for the Lakers is to be seen. Buss would have most definitely sought KB’s opinion on what the Lakers should do. We feel you Jeanie Buss. We all miss KB. Here’s hoping he sends some help from heaven. The Lakers sure need it.

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Darius Garland signs what could be the biggest contract in Cavs’ history

7/2/22

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Darius Garland signs what could be the biggest contract in Cavs’ history

Darius Garland’s agent, Rich Paul, confirmed Saturday that the 2021-22 All-Star had come to agreements on a five-year, $193 million maximum contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. If Garland makes the All-NBA team next season the deal could rise to $231 million, which would be Cleveland’s most expensive contract in franchise history.

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Garland was the No. 5 overall pick in 2019 NBA Draft. The guard is coming off the most stellar season of his young career, averaging 21.7 points, 8.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Garland shot 46.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from deep. Garland is the first Cavalier since Lebron James and Kevin Love to make the All-Star game too, two franchise legends.

The Cavaliers record increased drastically last year. They finished with a respectable record of 44-38 with Garland leading the pack, along side Big Man Jarrett Allen, and big time rookie Evan Mobley. Last year, the Cavaliers won more games than the previous two seasons combined and they were able to finish above .500 for the first time since LBJ’s last year. The future is looking bright in Cleveland

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Stevens has given the Celtics a facelift again

By: Joey Willow (Twitter: @ApollanRise)

7/2/22

Brad Stevens has given the Boston Celtics a facelift…again

Banner 18 has been somewhat of a sticking point for the Boston Celtics and their fans since the magical IT-led playoffs run in the 2016-17 season, which fell short of glory in a brutal Eastern Conference Finals loss thanks to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Though the Celtics fell short of reaching the Finals that year, the fact that they had made it so far with such a ragtag group and a PG the height of an average American male gave Celtics fans a newfound hope after losing the Big Three. The next year, IT was traded away because of a nagging hip problem that would cause him to never be the same. This left the Celtics completely retooled. Danny Ainge was still the GMwho made some moves that looked to be genius at the time.


Of course, those of us in the NBA world, and especially in the Celtics sphere that have rehashed the chronicles of the Kyrie Irving-led superteam that never was, thanks in part to gravity having its way with Gordon Hayward to begin that fabled 2017-18 season. The Celtics fell short once again, despite getting two games closer that time around.

With that being said, the hunger and urgency for Banner number 18 only grew stronger and stronger by the day. Rising leader Marcus Smart, rookie Jayson Tatum, and an improving Jaylen Brown were making their case as a strong, homegrown core that was only a bona fide veteran superstar or two away from owning the Eastern Conference for years to come. As we found out, it didn’t turn out that way with the duo of GM Danny Ainge and Coach Brad Stevens leading the C’s

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Now, fast forward to present day. Yesterday could potentially end up being a day that will be remembered forever in the illustrious history of the Boston Celtics franchise.

Two weeks removed from their devastating collapse versus Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, recently ascended GM Brad Stevens is already on the prowl for talent that can immediately improve the depth and scoring of the team.

In consecutive bombshell moves, the Celtics traded Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, and a few other pieces of cannon fodder to the Indiana Pacers for former Rookie of the Year guard, Malcolm Brogdon. The Celtics also snagged solid veteran wing and former Hawk Danilo Gallinari on a two year deal.

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The Celtics core is here to stay, and they finally got through the ECF checkpoint they had been struggling to surpass for years. Now, with a dazzling young head coach in Ime Udoka, it seems like Brad Stevens is feeling the urgency for Banner 18 that Celtics fans have been strongly desiring the last five years. The acquisitions of two career 15ppg players that can make plays and create their own opportunities will now unlock the next thing these Celtics need to make it all the way to a ring: rest.

Via: USA Today

It was apparent in the Eastern Finals against Miami that the Celtics were running ragged. It was abundantly clear and ultimately fatal against the well-rested Warriors in the Finals that the Celtics’ starters were completely out of gas. Down the stretch of this past season, the Celtics predominantly ran 7 or 8 man rotations, with the core players getting minimal rest in the latter half of the year, and none at all in the postseason. Some chalk this up to being a mistake on the part of Coach Ime, but it was obvious from the little bit of playing time the deep bench guys got that they simply could not be trusted to produce or provide much benefit to the team. This lack of truly viable depth pieces has been a recurring issue for the Celtics for several years now, and it didn’t help that the core wasn’t yet stable and the team was getting a new star point guard every year, only for them to quickly wash out. Unlike in years past, the core has stabilized, and now Brad Stevens has seen the chance to lay his foot down more firmly on the gas pedal.

Also, Brogdon and Gallinari are two experienced and solid NBA players that could start on a number of teams. The Celtics will likely be employing them to lead the second unit with Derrick White and allow for starters to play a less obscene number of minutes every night. Just imagine…what could the Celtics have looked like if all of their starters could play 5 to 10 minutes fewer every night down the second half push of this past season? Fortunately for Celtics fans, we will find out in just a few months exactly how valuable it can be to the team. It’s been a long and desolate search for playmaking point guard depth and legitimate NBA player wing depth (looking at you, Nesmith). The NBA offseason is long and full of chaos, and though it has only begun, it seems that Brad Stevens and the Celtics don’t have much searching left to do for the missing keys towards Banner 18.

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If true, this could be The Greatest Super-team EVER

By: OutOfSightSports

7/1/2022

11:00 PM ET

If true, this could be The Greatest Super-team EVER

It’s that time of the year again. Faces signing and being traded to new places, rookies are inking their new deals, and NBA Free Agency is at a full swing! With all that is going on, this could potentially be the most important out of all the moves, if true,

There has been conversations around Kyrie Irving & LeBron James potentially reuniting, according to Stephen A. Smith.

On Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith brought up the fact twice.

It has been reported that Kyrie and the Nets contract talks still remain at a standstill. Irving has a player option worth approximately $37 million, but wants a longer-term deal.  

 With Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook having similar shooting issues, this would need the Nets to participate in an Irving sign-and-trade, which would likely require the inclusion of a third team willing to take on Westbrook.

Everything Stephen A. claimed:

“He’s calling LeBron already. He’s calling LeBron,” Smith said.

“Remember that dude that he left, that he didn’t want to be a sidekick or little brother to? Remember that? Remember that [Brian Windhorst]? Remember that [Monica McNutt]? I happen to know he’s calling LeBron these days. Isn’t it beautiful how the world turns? There was once a soap opera called ‘As the World Turns.’ It’s ‘As Kyrie Turns.’ That’s the soap opera. We’re gonna hold onto that one all summer long. This is where he’s at.”

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The Donovan Mitchell Situation: What we know as of now

By: OutOfSightSports

7/1/22

7:45 PM

The Donovan Mitchell Situation: What we know as of now

Mitchell, 25, has been a star since being drafted 13th overall in 2017. Mitchell has averaged 23.9 points, 4.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals throughout his five seasons with the Jazz.

These numbers explain why Mitchell is a prized asset. Past speculation about his future has also generated more interest into the topic. Here is a timeline of what has transpired, who is claiming what, and everything we know up to this point about the situation:

A huge Woj bomb, this helped fuel the speculation even more after the Gobert trade. Will the Jazz rebuild?
Almost all league executives seem to think Spida is on this way out.

Hoop Central is a very solid source, who is virtually never wrong. A must follow on twitter for basketball junkies.
I’m sure letting go of two of his closer friends wasn’t the best of ideas if they want to bring him back.
NBA Beat writer Andy Blarsen believes he may or may not be traded.
Valid point from a valid source.
Nobody really knows for sure.

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