No Guts, No Glory http://www.ngngsports.com The Way Sports SHOULD Be Reported Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:42:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo finally apologized for ridiculous NBA tweet http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/minnesota-state-representative-pat-garofalo-finally-apologized-for-ridiculous-nba-tweet.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minnesota-state-representative-pat-garofalo-finally-apologized-for-ridiculous-nba-tweet http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/minnesota-state-representative-pat-garofalo-finally-apologized-for-ridiculous-nba-tweet.html#respond Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:42:00 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12613 Related posts:
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Pat GarofaloAfter attempting to stick by his ridiculous NBA tweet, Pat Garofalo has finally decided that the best thing he can do is apologize and attempt to move on.

Garofalo’s Twitter account has been relatively quiet since his infamous tweet besides a few tweets defending his comment and a tweet bashing fallen pizza chain Sbarro. The account was awakened on Monday afternoon when Garofalo tweeted a link to his apology on the Minnesota House of Representatives’ website.

 

Here is Garofalo’s apology:

St. Paul- Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) gave the following statement in response to his comments Sunday evening.

“In the last 24 hours, I’ve had the opportunity to re-learn one of life’s lessons: whenever any of us are offering opinions, it is best to refer to people as individuals as opposed to groups. Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized. The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize. In addition, it’s been brought to my attention that I was mistaken and the NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments,” stated Rep. Garofalo.

And now Garofalo can go back to Minnesota House of Representative anonymity.

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Marcin Gortat would like the NBA to allow in-game fights http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/marcin-gortat-would-like-the-nba-to-allow-in-game-fights.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=marcin-gortat-would-like-the-nba-to-allow-in-game-fights http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/marcin-gortat-would-like-the-nba-to-allow-in-game-fights.html#respond Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:49:13 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12610 Related posts:
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marcin gortatMarcin Gortat sat down for a Q&A with Kyle Weidie of True Hoop where he discussed some important issues and some very important issues. On the important issues scale, Gortat discussed his relationship with John Wall, his love of ripping towels, and his “Polish Machine/Hammer” nickname.

On the very important issues scale, Gortat discussed the situation in Ukraine, his desire to become the president of Poland, and wanting the NBA to allow in-game fights.

Those first two very important issues are well above our pay grade, so we’ll tackle the last one. Gortat sees how NHL fans go to games looking forward to the fight that could break out at any moment. And he believes that NBA fans would too look forward to fights if the NBA would just allow it.

I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines. That’s what I would loosen up. Because today you go to an ice hockey game, and the one thing they’re waiting for is a fight, you know what I’m saying? So if they could set it up something like that in the NBA. That if there are two guys and they have a problem, if they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight …

During the game?

During the game. Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up. I think the game … these two guys, they resolved their problem. They’re both suspended and they’re leaving. But end of the day, they fix the problem between each other, fans are super excited, and I think that would be a pretty cool idea [chuckles].

Just imagine giving Metta World Peace free reign to fight whoever he chooses for a “guick, 15-20 seconds.”
Yeah, that would be bad.

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Wichita State doesn’t get any respect, part 1,000 http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/wichita-state-doesnt-get-any-respect-part-1000.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wichita-state-doesnt-get-any-respect-part-1000 http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/wichita-state-doesnt-get-any-respect-part-1000.html#respond Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:13:24 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12607 Related posts:
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wichita-stateIt’s common knowledge that Wichita State doesn’t get any respect nationally. But we all assumed that they receive the utmost respect within the MVC.

Apparently, we were wrong in our assumption because someone in MVC offices expected the Shockers to lose to Indiana State.

H/T CBT

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Fresh off having his jersey retired, Zydrunas Ilgauskas may be on his way out in Cleveland http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/fresh-off-having-his-jersey-retired-zydrunas-ilgauskas-may-be-on-his-way-out-in-cleveland.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fresh-off-having-his-jersey-retired-zydrunas-ilgauskas-may-be-on-his-way-out-in-cleveland http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/fresh-off-having-his-jersey-retired-zydrunas-ilgauskas-may-be-on-his-way-out-in-cleveland.html#respond Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:39:18 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12604 Related posts:
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ilgauskas-jerseyOn Saturday night, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had his jersey retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers. To an outsider, the event gave you the impression that the franchise was finally moving in the right direction.

Everyone who should’ve been there was there; former coaches, former staffers, the former owner, and former players. Even the team’s most high profile former player, LeBron James, was there. And that alone would make one believe that the Cavs have come a long way.

But according to Jason Lloyd of The Beacon Journal, everything isn’t as rosy as it seemed on Saturday.

Though they won’t say it publicly, the Cavs still believe they can lure LeBron James back to Cleveland. And the fact that the relationship between James and the team has gotten much better is one of the reasons why there is still hope in Cleveland.

The potential problem in all of this is former GM Chris Grant is the primary reason for the improved relationship. He worked tirelessly trying to mend the relationship with James through his friend and agent, Rich Paul. But Grant is gone. Now add in that Ilgauskas, who James absolutely loves, will also likely be relieved of his role as assistant to the general manager, and you begin to wonder if James would be willing to return.

Now Grant is gone and Ilgauskas, the man James adores, the man for whom he made this highly unusual trip, will likely be next. It’s an open secret in certain circles that Ilgauskas is unhappy in his role with the Cavs. He was the assistant to the general manager, only that general manager is gone.

Ilgauskas has become a ghost at Cavs games, rarely spotted around Cleveland Clinic Courts or the Q since Grant was fired. It’s what made Saturday’s ceremony so surreal. There remains palpable unhappiness from Ilgauskas toward certain facets of the organization, yet all that was put aside and the halftime show with no budget went off as planned Saturday night.

Lloyd paints a picture of Grant using Ilgauskas’ moment as just another chance to strengthen the relationship with James even further.

It’s no coincidence how this night was chosen. The Cavs, and specifically Grant, carefully selected this date. The Heat were off for the previous two nights and happened to be in Chicago, just a short flight away. The New York Knicks, and by extension a larger-than-usual visiting media contingent, just happened to be in town. That’s what made this the perfect night for what was perhaps the first gigantic step toward James’ return to this franchise.

It was all the intricate planning of the former general manager, who was the architect for this ceremony and James’ role in it months ago. The rest of us didn’t figure it out until last week.

As for Ilgauskas’ future, no one really expects Z to return to this role next season.

So while it may seem that the Cavs had gotten themselves together, behind closed doors they seem to be the same ol’ Cavs.

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Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo have had conversations about playing together again http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/josh-smith-and-rajon-rondo-have-had-conversations-about-playing-together-again.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=josh-smith-and-rajon-rondo-have-had-conversations-about-playing-together-again http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/josh-smith-and-rajon-rondo-have-had-conversations-about-playing-together-again.html#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:45:49 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12595 Related posts:
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Rajon Rondo, Josh SmithYou would have to go back 9 years to find the last time Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo played on the same team. Back then, they were roommates and starred for high school basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy.Rondo would end up going to Kentucky and Smith would jump straight to the NBA and the two haven’t played together since.

Fast forward to the present where they routinely hear their names in trade discussions, the question becomes, could the two end up on the same team again?

Well according to Smith the possibility has been talked about on numerous occasions.

“The conversation comes up,” said Smith, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds against the Celtics. “We always tell each other how surreal a moment that would be to reconnect again in that realm. But with the different free agencies that we both have, it could be far-fetched. But it could be possible, too.”

“I thought it could have been a possibility,” Smith said. “But I’m in Detroit. I’m happy I’m here. He’s still here (in Boston), still creating his mark as a Celtic.”

It’s always great to dream about nice thing,s but I just don’t see this one happening. Smith just signed a 4 year $54 million contract this past summer and Rondo is going to be looking for a max contract when his deal is up.

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Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo thinks street crime would rise if NBA folded http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/minnesota-state-representative-pat-garofalo-thinks-street-crime-would-rise-if-nba-folded.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minnesota-state-representative-pat-garofalo-thinks-street-crime-would-rise-if-nba-folded http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/minnesota-state-representative-pat-garofalo-thinks-street-crime-would-rise-if-nba-folded.html#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12593 Related posts:
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pat-garofaloIn every profession, whether it’s sports or in Corporate America, there is always going to be someone who has issues with the law. The difference between the two is when athletes have problems with the law, it’s all over TV and people begin to make judgments without knowing the whole story.

Take the Richard Sherman and Marcus Smart incidents for examples. All you heard was people saying they were thugs despite that fact that neither of them had done anything to warrant being called that.

One of the people who fall into this category is Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo. Here is what the State Representative posted on Twitter about the NBA and street crime:

 

I’m all for people expressing their true feelings about certain things, but when you’re a State Representative you would think one would know better about posting these types of comments. I’m interested to see if Garofalo issues a statement about his tweet because this is unacceptable.

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Here’s the story of Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly running all the way to the Bucks arena http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/heres-the-story-of-giannis-antetokounmpo-nearly-running-all-the-way-to-the-bucks-arena.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heres-the-story-of-giannis-antetokounmpo-nearly-running-all-the-way-to-the-bucks-arena http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/heres-the-story-of-giannis-antetokounmpo-nearly-running-all-the-way-to-the-bucks-arena.html#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:58:44 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12576 Related posts:
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Giannis AntetokounmpoRookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a very pleasant surprise for a struggling Milwaukee Bucks team. But his play on the basketball court isn’t the only thing that people are talking about.

Giannis made headlines showing off his soccer skills earlier this month and now we have yet another item to add to his legend.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated shared a great story about Giannis on Twitter and just how far he will go for his family.

I couldn’t imagine being in the situation that Giannis was in. I guess they don’t call him the Greek freak for nothing.

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Taj Gibson thinks Mike Dunleavy is gangster http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/taj-gibson-thinks-mike-dunleavy-is-gangster.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=taj-gibson-thinks-mike-dunleavy-is-gangster http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/taj-gibson-thinks-mike-dunleavy-is-gangster.html#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:48:20 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12573 Related posts:
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Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy

Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy are teammates for the surging Chicago Bulls. The two men came from two completely different circles. Gibson is from Brooklyn and attended USC while Dunleavy is from Oregon and attended Duke. But according to Gibson, the two men formed a bond way before Dunleavy came to Chicago.

Gibson says he has always loved the way Dunleavy plays the game and isn’t surprised about by it either. Gibson spoke to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune and told him that a subway ride in New York showed him how gangster Dunleavy is.

“He takes hard fouls on guys,” Gibson said. “I love that about him. He’s not afraid.”
Gibson’s opinion of Dunleavy the person had been formed positively by an anecdote Gibson hilariously shared earlier this season. A high school-aged Gibson ran into Dunleavy riding the New York subway alone at night. Gibson said Dunleavy, already in the NBA, gave him a head nod.

“You don’t really see NBA players on the train, especially at night,” Gibson said in early January.

“That’s how gangster he was.”

The first thing that came to my mind was why was Dunleavy riding the subway late night in the first place? I guess the old “you can’t judge a book by its cover” can be said about Dunleavy because I would’ve never thought he would do something like this.

H/T PBT

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Adam Vinatieri: The NFL is trying to minimize the importance of kickers http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/adam-vinatieri-the-nfl-is-trying-to-minimize-the-importance-of-kickers.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=adam-vinatieri-the-nfl-is-trying-to-minimize-the-importance-of-kickers http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/adam-vinatieri-the-nfl-is-trying-to-minimize-the-importance-of-kickers.html#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:30:07 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12582 Related posts:
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Adam VinatieriFrom the collegiate level to the professional level, fans have a love-hate relationship with kickers. We love them when they hit a big field goal and hate them when they miss them. Kickers have come to grips with this, but now they potentially have another issue they are will have to deal with.

The fact that the NFL considering making the extra point longer or just eliminating it all together, has some kickers upset. Adam Vinatieri who is the most prolific kicker in the NFL at the moment spoke to Jim Corbett of the USA Today and he was displeased about the proposal. And in Vinatieri’s mind the importance of kickers is being minimize by the NFL.

“I don’t understand the logic: Will it make the game safer for people by moving the extra point back to a 43-yarder? If anything, players are going to rush harder because they’re thinking, ‘That far of a field goal-type try, we have to go after blocking it more,’ ” Vinatieri told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “If you want to talk about potential risk, more guys get injured on a field goal than extra point.

“This just seems like a proposal by a couple of people trying to pound their chest a little saying, ‘Let’s change it up because kickers are too good,’ ” says Vinatieri, who last season was 35-for-40 on field goals, including 4-for-6 on attempts from beyond 50 yards.

“They’re trying to downgrade our value versus continuing to put an emphasis on kicking. They’re trying to minimize the importance of kickers. I’m a traditionalist. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Vinatieri said.

Vinatieri raises a good point about the safety issues that NFL claims they are concerned about. It will be interesting to see how this issue develops.

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Gregg Popovich occasionally tells his team, ‘I’ve got nothing for you’ during timeouts http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/gregg-popovich-occasionally-tells-his-team-ive-got-nothing-for-you-during-timeouts.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gregg-popovich-occasionally-tells-his-team-ive-got-nothing-for-you-during-timeouts http://www.ngngsports.com/2014/03/gregg-popovich-occasionally-tells-his-team-ive-got-nothing-for-you-during-timeouts.html#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:45:35 +0000 http://www.ngngsports.com/?p=12580 Related posts:
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Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich has always been known for his straight forward approach. He’s not afraid to speak his mind and he’s not afraid to get on his star players when they’re not playing like he expects them to. It’s one of the main reason why he is one of the most respected coach in the NBA right now.

Popovich took part in a Q&A session with Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News Tuesday before the Spurs’ win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. McDonald asked Popovich how did he get the players to take ownership of the offense and Popovich had an interesting answer.

“That’s a good question. A lot depends on the competitiveness and the character of the player. Often times, I’ll appeal to that. Like, I can’t make every decision for you. I don’t have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk. You guys might see a mismatch that I don’t see. You guys need to communicate constantly — talk, talk, talk to each other about what’s going on on the court.

“I think that communication thing really helps them. It engenders a feeling that they can actually be in charge. I think competitive character people don’t want to be manipulated constantly to do what one individual wants them to do. It’s a great feeling when players get together and do things as a group. Whatever can be done to empower those people …

“Sometimes in timeouts I’ll say, ‘I’ve got nothing for you. What do you want me to do? We just turned it over six times. Everybody’s holding the ball. What else do you want me to do here? Figure it out.’ And I’ll get up and walk away. Because it’s true. There’s nothing else I can do for them. I can give them some bulls—, and act like I’m a coach or something, but it’s on them.

I’m pretty sure that the Spurs are used to Popovich giving responses like this, but that would blow my mind. How are you supposed to handle going to a timeout looking for guidance and have your coach tell you “I’ve got nothing for you”?

I guess it works because the Spurs definitely respond great to his coaching.

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