Rivers was part of those teams as he coached the Celtics

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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We can’t ignore the fact that guarding Green is less work than sticking with Durant

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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Marlins’ red-hot Giancarlo Stanton out Wednesday with hamstring discomfort

Paxton has had all kinds of injury issues in his career ’ he’s made 13, 13 and 20 starts the past three seasons, respectively ’ but was off to a brilliant beginning in 2017, with a 1.43 ERA in his first six starts. But he felt a bit of discomfort in his fifth start (seven shutout innings against the Tigers) and it didn’t get better in his sixth start, so he landed on the DL. He’s expected to come off the DL to make a start Wednesday in Colorado.

Hisashi Iwakuma made six so-so starts (4.35 ERA/6.29 FIP) before hitting the DL with shoulder inflammation. Steve Cishek finally returned from the DL on May 15, and relievers Evan Schribner and Evan Marshall are also on the DL. Ryan Weber landed on the DL after his first (and only) start of the season. Sheesh.

Giancarlo Stanton was held out of Wednesday’s lineup against the Phillies due to hamstring cramps, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said before the game, via MLB.com.

Stanton also left Tuesday night’s game early ’ after hitting his 14th home run of the season ’ with the same injury.

At this time, Stanton is expected back in the lineup Thursday.

Buyer beware was the theme on Stanton entering fantasy baseball drafts because he has a vast injury history. The slugger has failed to reach 125 games played in four of his last five years due to a litany of injuries.

Soft-tissue injuries are especially concerning for Stanton because he also suffered hamstring issues in 2011 and 2013. Some of Stanton’s injuries have been fluky (like getting drilled in the face), but his latest hamstring scare will be worth tracking.

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Following testicular surgery, Pirates SP Jameson Taillon set for rehab assignment

With that in mind, I decided to take a look at the injuries that have had the biggest impact on playoff races. First, a few parameters so you know where I’m coming from.

I’m only looking at in-season injuries, which means I’m staying away from guys who started the season on the DL, like David Price in Boston or Adrian Beltre in Texas. Colorado’s Ian Desmond isn’t here because he fits both of those categories.

The Pirates announced Saturday that starting pitcher Jameson Taillon will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with their Double-A affiliate in Altoona, Pa.

Taillon, 25, underwent surgery earlier this month for suspected testicular cancer. He was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list with groin discomfort before the abnormality was discovered.

Before the health scare, Taillon was 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA this season.

It is unknown at this time how many rehab starts with the Curve the 25-year-old will require before rejoining Pittsburgh’s rotation.

The good news is that, less than a month since his last MLB appearance, Taillon will be back on a professional baseball mound.

Every little step of good news is a relief in its own way, Taillon said earlier this week. Being out here, being around the guys, that’s the biggest relief. That’s my comfort zone.

And that’s understandable, considering the hundreds of hours he spent on the mechanical aspects of trying to become a quarterback in the NFL. His throwing motion with a baseball looks too similar to his throwing motion with a football, right down to the footwork.

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Chris Ilitch approved as Tigers’ controlling owner

The Angels didn’t have much margin for error if they wanted to be a playoff team this season, but one of the reasons for hope was the return of Richards, the staff ace who had a 3.18 ERA in 58 starts in 2014-15 but made only six starts in 2016. That hope was slowly, agonizingly squashed. Richards left his first start in the fifth inning (he was throwing a shutout) and initially it was hoped he would only miss a couple of starts. But the irritated nerve refused to heal, and the potential return date kept getting pushed back. At this point, an August return is the best-case scenario. It’ll be way too late for playoff hopes by then.

Chris Ilitch was unanimously approved Thursday as the new controlling owner of the Detroit Tigers after a vote.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement during a quarterly owners meeting.

After former Tigers owner Mike Ilitch died in February at age 87, Ilitch Holdings Inc. announced a succession plan in which Chris Ilitch, a son of Mike and Marian Ilitch, would take over his parents’ roles.

Mike Ilitch said then that their businesses, including the Tigers and the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, would remain family owned.

The Red Wings will debut new Little Caesars Arena as a part of Hockeytown in downtown Detroit next season.

Little Caesars Arena is right next to Comerica Park (Tigers) and Ford Field (Lions).

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Dustin Pedroia expected to miss at least two weeks with sprained wrist, report says

Dustin Pedroia is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained left wrist, but an MRI Tuesday revealed no more serious damage, according to the Boston Globe.

That’s a sprain. There’s no fractures, no structural damage, ligament or otherwise. He’s got some soreness, he’s got some swelling, so whether or not this is a three- or four-day thing or a 10-day thing, we’ll have a better read on that once [Pedroia] returns to Chicago, Red Sox manager John Farrell told MLB Network Radio (via the Boston Herald).

The Red Sox put Pedroia on the 10-day disabled list before Tuesday’s game in Chicago against the White Sox. Pablo Sandoval was activated from the DL to take the roster spot.

Pedroia suffered the injury in a collision Monday with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu. Pedroia tumbled over Abreu trying to leg out an infield hit in the first inning.

To start with, I’m only looking at players who have missed (or will miss) at least 20 games. I’m not including guys who are on teams that have successfully survived potentially damaging DL stints, like when Gary Sanchez missed 27 games for the Yankees, or how the Dodgers have stayed in the NL West race without Rich Hill or Justin Turner.

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Deshaun Watson is by far the 2017 NFL Draft’s most tested QB

Even if we knew for sure a QB would be going in the top five of the 2017 NFL Draft, we’d have to argue about who it should be. North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky is the media favorite, but not by a lot. SB Nation, ESPN, and one NFL.com analyst rank Trubisky second; USA Today has him third; and SI and Sporting News fourth.

Trubisky’s also expected to be the first QB picked, maybe even No. 1 overall.

In those two wins, Hoiberg had loosened up the rotation a little, Rondo looked like he had never cared about anything more than these first round wins, and Butler was getting his comeuppance. Chicago probably shouldn’t have even made the playoffs, only sneaking in with a run arguably fueled by Wade’s injury absence. (It’s a simplified, but amusing, summation of their seven wins in their final nine games.) But once they got there, they did something that was pretty close to be unprecedented. That’s something, no doubt.

After that, the Bulls fell on their face, and you have to think this season was destined for that eventually. Winning a couple games against a No. 1 seed made it even better, only to fall apart afterwards, make it all the much better.

Chicago’s season wasn’t an unpleasant one because it was unpredictable, but because even when they did beat a good team, you knew they weren’t really going anywhere. The path to 41 wins might have been an airstrip lined with flares that Chicago spent the entire year circling before decided that, yeah, they Cheap San Francisco Giants Jerseys were fine settling it. As if anything else was ever going to happen.

For a couple games, it looked like they might nail the landing. Now, the only question is whether Butler will emergency eject from this burning husk of a team before it’s too late to save himself.

Kobe Bryant’s daughter already has a nasty turnaround jumper

We always hear about the sons of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and how good they are at basketball. But I think we have a real sleeper on our hands.

Kobe Bryant posted an Instagram video of his daughter, Gianna, working on her turnaround jumper. Take a look.

She’s 11 years old and you can legit see shades of Kobe in this shot. Plus, she’s already working out with headphones on like a pro!

I’m calling the 2028 WNBA Draft right now. Gianna Bryant will go No. 1 in that draft and I hope it’s with the LA Sparks.

I wonder if she’ll wear No. 8 or No. 24? I’m buying whichever jersey it is.

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Our own Tom Ziller has the easiest fix of them all: give teams the choice between free throws or a side out of bounds when intentionally fouled off the ball. That, too, would quell this habit instantly.

Regardless, it’s time for a change. We invented basketball and its rules, and we decided it was enjoyable. We’re the ones who spend money and waste hours in our finite lives devoted to this game. We choose to emotionally attach ourselves to what happens to our favorite players and teams. Banning Hack-a-Shaq isn’t rewriting the Bible; it’s a way to improve something we already love dearly.

Glen Coffee attempting a comeback 7 years after he retired

Glen Coffee was a third-round pick in 2009 and spent his rookie season as Frank Gore’s backup with the San Francisco 49ers. But after just one year in the NFL, he abruptly retired and chose faith over football.

Now, seven years later — the last four of which were with the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers — Coffee, 29, has filed for reinstatement and will try to make an unlikely comeback.

A return to the NFL after seven seasons away would simply be unprecedented. Bronko Nagurski once retired after the 1937 season before returning after five years away in 1943. More recently, Deion Sanders retired after the 2000 season and sat out three years before returning in 2004.

But seven years?

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” Coffee’s agent Ray Oubre told CSN Bay Area. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

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“I think this is a trade when you probably look back at it that will work out for both teams,” Browns general manager Sashi Brown said this year at the combine. “It allowed us to be in the position today where we have two 1s, two 2s, and had two 3s as well. So we do like the trade for our side, and I think time will tell how all these guys that came out of that trade will develop.”

I think the more you dwell on it and you think about it too much

You are set to play the Patriots during the 2017 season. Would you rather play them in Week 1 to get it out of the way or later in the season?

It’s like any schedule, right? We don’t have a choice. We’ll play wherever (the NFL wants) us to go. It doesn’t matter. I think whenever we get to that week we’ll do the same thing we’ve done the past couple of years. That’s try to make it as normal as possible week to week. That (Super Bowl video) will be part of our breakdown for sure, but it’s only one part. We’re going to have a few different guys, too, and so will they.

I think the more you dwell on it and you think about it too much, the more it lingers. It is what it is. We’ll move forward and learn from it.

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Records were shattered left and right, the most notable coming from Russell Westbrook, who broke Oscar Robertson’s longstanding mark of 41 triple-doubles in a single season. But it wasn’t just Westbrook who marched into NBA lore, but the league as a whole. This is a season the likes of which fans have never seen before. From the number of threes made, to the number of individuals turnovers, to Anthony Davis’ monumental All-Star scoring night, this season belongs in a class of its own.