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Michael Bennett doesn’t attend the Seahawks’ voluntary offseason workouts, and it’s not because he doesn’t love football (he does) or because he doesn’t care about staying in shape.

It’s because he and his wife, Pele, have three daughters under the age of 9, and his life outside football is very important to him.

I like to be a parent, Bennett told Gregg Bell of the NewsTribune.com. I’ve got daughters. I’m a coach. I’m a teacher at the school. I do things in the community. I try to balance my football life with my actual reality. So, to find that great balance as a human being. I think it’s important as athletes to find that.

The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end suggests other players should strive for more balance between football and their life beyond the field.

Sorry, KD isn’t going anywhere. Durant will decline his option and re-sign with Golden State to give the Warriors more financial flexibility moving forward. He just won his first championship and took home the NBA Finals MVP award. He’s right in the middle of his prime, and he’s a problem for the rest of the league.

Golden State will re-sign the top two free agents on the market. Yeah, that’s just unfair. The two-time NBA MVP averaged 25.3 points per game on 46.8/41.1/89.8 shooting splits in a down year. Pretty good.

That four-year, $44 million contract he signed in 2012 is gone, and the Warriors won’t be getting a bargain deal this time. This is a no-brainer for both sides, though.

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These guys are certainly not on the TB12 plan.

During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 12th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The first day of the 2018 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

Williams-Goss is a good flier for the team to take as a potential backup point guard. The first team All-American should be ready to play (if he ever will be) from the jump due to his physicality and IQ.

Bird is not on our top-100 list. A former McDonald’s All-American, Bird is a shooter that can hit from 3. My assumption is that this is a stash pick and that Boston had others higher on their board that did not agree to it.

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These two teams will not only be measured by their success this season, but also their places in NBA history. The bar has ben set in terms of playoff superiority by the 2000-01 Lakers, led by the dynamic duo of Kobe Bryant (28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game) and Shaquille O’Neal (28.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.8 blocks per game).

Both the Cavs and Warriors are on pace to challenge that Lakers squad for the best playoff run ever.

But last year is last year, this year is this year, Kerr said. I’m pretty sure Draymond won’t get suspended for Game 5. Maybe he will. I don’t know. But we’ll go back and tee it up again.

Green isn’t suspended, even if he teetered on ejection in the Game 4 loss, then teed off in his postgame interview afterward. Green’s one-game suspension turned the momentum last year. He’ll be on the floor Monday. So will Kevin Durant, the biggest difference in the series through four games. Durant scored 31 points in the loss. Golden State is still in control with two games at a place where they haven’t lost in these playoffs.

They’ll still have to earn it against a James-Irving combo that totaled 71 points in Game 4. Irving felt motivated by the chatter coming out of the Golden State locker room, and wasn’t afraid to speak up afterward.

Social media is everywhere, Irving said. I mean, social media is just — it raises the bar, especially the attention that goes on with it. So we see everything. I’ll be sitting up here lying saying that I didn’t see it.

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The 2017 NBA Draft is slowly approaching, and with it comes an endless stream of NBA prospect rankings and mock drafts that will last until draft day on June 22.

But who should be officially included in these rankings and mocks? We’re keeping track of all the top prospects who have declared for the NBA Draft with the early-entry list below. You can see the full early-entry list here.

The 2017 NBA Draft class is one of the deepest in recent memory. Washington guard Markelle Fultz is the popular choice for the No. 1 overall selection, but there’s plenty of talent behind him for NBA franchises in rebuild mode.

We’ve tracked the key players who are staying in the 2017 NBA Draft, as well as the ones returning to college for another year. Underclassmen who declared for the 2017 NBA Draft had until May 24 to withdraw to their name to retain NCAA eligibility. Check out the list of our top 50 early entrants.

The Warriors, who are a perfect 12-0 in the 2017 NBA playoffs as they enter the finals, are given a 70 percent chance to win the series over the Cavaliers, who enter Game 1 with an 11-1 2017 playoff record.

A $100 bet on the Warriors and a Golden State series victory would win $38. A $100 bet on the Cavaliers and a Cleveland series victory would win $230. That means a winning bet on the Cavs pays about six times the amount of a winning bet on the Warriors.

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Attles recalled that he very nearly did not take up coaching with the Warriors. He’d been an assistant coach while also a player from 1968-70, but when the team struggled at the end of the 1969-70 season, the team’s former owner, Franklin Mieuli, approached Attles.

He called me in one day and said he wanted me to coach, and I turned it down three times, Attles said. And he said, ‘well, I can’t really go home yet until I receive the recognition to coach.’ And I said, ‘well, Mr. Mieuli, you’ll never go home again.’ Finally the next day he said, ‘well, OK, it’s too late, so go home and think about it.’ And finally talked to my wife, and she convinced me to do it. And I said I would do it for 30 games, and I coached about a long time.

James scored just 11 points, which is his fewest total in his last 58 playoff games. He’s now scored fewer than 15 points six times during the playoffs in his career, which is six more times than Michael Jordan ever had.

Even more surprising is the fact he went scoreless over the last 16 minutes of the game. Here are his total stats in the final 16:31: 0-of-4 from the field, 2 turnovers, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 0 points.

One more: this is the largest blown lead (21 points) of any James-led team in his postseason career. He was previously 49-0 when leading by 20 or more points.

Ironically, Rivers was part of those teams as he coached the Celtics when they had Paul Pierce and brought in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Although, to be fair, Garnett and Allen were brought in via trade. A fairer comparison would be LeBron James and Chris Bosh teaming up in Miami with Dwyane Wade.

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As Jefferson points out, pushing James off Durant can be more strategic than simply giving LeBron a rest.

(James) doesn’t need a break. I just think that it’s smarter for us, Jefferson said Sunday. You can’t just always try to be the strongest; you have to be the smartest. And I’ve just viewed this as an opportunity for him to roam around, to go and grab loose balls, to play passing lanes. So he’s not just taking a break on defense; he’s actually doing so much more.

Now, if you can grab the rebound and push it, he’s not at the point of contact in a few of these situations. It’s not like we’re resting him on defense. We’re not putting him in a corner and telling him to guard anybody. He was guarding Draymond, their other All-Star. So he still has a lot of responsibilities also.

We can’t ignore the fact that guarding Green is less work than sticking with Durant, but James had a team-high four deflections to go with two recovered loose balls and four shot contests in Game 4. While James will likely defend Durant on key possessions late in the game, letting him roam as a free safety can work in certain lineups.

Just like last year, the Texans and Titans are the biggest threats to the Colts’ quest to earn their 10th South title in the past 15 years. The rest of their schedule features games against the Browns, Rams, 49ers, Bengals, and Bills. In all, only two of Indianapolis’ 16 games will come against teams that won 10 games or more in 2016.

Of course, all bets are off if the unstoppable force known as the Houston defense crashes through the Colts’ offensive line and sends Luck to IR in Week 9.

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Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo is not known as a pacey runner, but the big power hitter scampered around the bases for an inside-the-park home run Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Gallo hit a towering fly ball to left field in the fifth inning. Blue Jays outfielder Steve Pearce raced back to get under the ball, but played the ball poorly, and it shot off the wall back into the outfield as Pearce slammed into the wall.

While Blue Jays outfielders scrambled to reach the ball, Gallo cruised around the bases for his 19th home run of the season.

The inside-the-park home run was Gallo’s second hit of the night and he added a double to raise his paltry average above the Mendoza line at .202.

Despite Gallo’s homer and three hits, the Blue Jays still held a 7-5 lead after six innings.

We’ve seen what Ibaka looks like at his peak. He can completely change how an opposing offense operates with his ability to protect the rim and alter shots. He has developed a reliable 3-point shot (39.1 percent last season), forcing defenders to respect him on the perimeter.

But what version of Ibaka are you getting? Can the 27-year-old forward reach his old Thunder status? As he has drifted toward the 3-point line, his inside game has dropped.

If the Raptors don’t bite the bullet, keep an eye on the Heat and possibly the Hawks as suitors, especially if Millsap walks.

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The two-time MVP struggled in Game 4, shooting 4 of 13 from the field (2 of 9 on 3-pointers) and finishing a game-worst minus-25 in the box score after leading the series at plus-52 through three games.

Cleveland did a better job keeping a body on Curry, particularly in defensive scrambles and rotations. The Cavs invited Draymond Green to shoot as much as he wanted, and the strategy has worked the past two games. Green was only 1 of 9 from 3-point range in Games 3 and 4. It’s not ideal to leave any Warriors shooters open, but if you have to make the choice, you pick Green every time.

Just as time off between the conference finals and the NBA Finals allowed us to speculate what would happen if Cleveland lost, the same question can be asked about the Warriors. So again, let’s speculate.

What if Golden State loses the NBA Finals? Here are three possible narratives that would follow a Warriors loss.

Kevin Durant’s reputation takes critical blow
On May 29, Carlos Boozer was a guest on Fox Sport 1’s The Herd, and he said Durant’s NBA season starts when Game 1 begins.

He’s right.

Everyone expected Durant and the Warriors to reach the finals. Golden State won a championship without Durant and then won 73 regular-season games while he was still in Oklahoma City.

He joined the Warriors to win a ring, and anything short is a monumental disappointment. Everyone with a Twitter handle or a microphone is going to let Durant hear about it if he falls short — like he did so many years in Oklahoma City.

Remember three years ago when the Daily Oklahoman published a headline reading Mr. Unreliable?

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The Warriors and Cavs have faced each other in three straight NBA Finals, and are on a course to meet for several more. This naturally makes the two teams rivals, whether the players want to admit it or not.

The guy has sources and can say many a thing on good authority, and he has it on good authority that LeBron James wants nothing to do with the Los Angeles Clippers.

I got from a very good authority, a very good authority, that LeBron James will never be a Clipper, he said to show host Freddie Coleman in the wee hours of the morning. I can’t tell you who, but I’m going to tell you it’s somebody that knows, and LeBron James will never be a Clipper.

First the Clippers have both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin opt out of their contracts Friday and now they hear this. It has not been a great 24 hours for the Clippers organization.

As for James, he has a player option for the 2018 season that he can opt out of if he chooses, but odds are he will pick that one up and take one last shot at the Warriors next year. Then he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2019. The Clippers would love to get him. It appears they won’t.

He set rookie records that year for passing yards and touchdowns, too. He finished 2011 with 4,051 passing yards and 21 touchdowns, adding 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. The following season, his stats dropped off.

But was it really a sophomore slump? Newton had 3,869 passing yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012, which is closer to his career average of 3,629 yards and 23 touchdowns per season.

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Andre Iguodala has been strong off the bench. He is already a plus-9 in 11 minutes and is playing tenacious defense all over the floor.

Something to keep an eye on: Golden State had eight offensive rebounds in the first quarter alone. Cleveland won’t survive if that continues.

Durant and Stephen Curry lead the Warriors with 10 points each. James has already posted 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Hey, it’s a close playoff game!

We’re right where we want to be, Kerr said. Disappointed that we didn’t play better the other night, but aware that we are playing a great team. And they were desperate, and they outplayed us. So we’re where we need to be. We would love to take care of business. We’re planning on playing a lot better (Monday), and we’ll see what happens.

There are, too, the fans. The faithful in Oakland have a bad rap around the league, and part of that goes back to that 1974 World Series. Fans in the stands bombarded Dodgers left fielder Bill Buckner with shrapnel, beginning innocently enough with streamers but graduating to an apple that hit Buckner in the back of the head and a whiskey bottle that landed near his feet.

Said Buckner: Terrible people. Most of them weren’t here all Cheap Denver Broncos Jerseys year — and now, all of a sudden, they are big A’s fans.

Such an accusation cannot be leveled against this year’s Warriors and their Cheap Dream Team Jerseys backers. They’ve been there all year — and beyond. Give me our fans any day, Warriors forward Draymond Green said. Love those people. It would be amazing to win it at home for them.

It’s only been 43 years.

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