Monthly Archives: July 2017

Allen Iverson in the Dallas BIG3 game unexpectedly did not appear

Allen Iverson did not show up for his team’s BIG3 game in Dallas on Sunday, an absence that was unexpected for the fledging 3-on-3 basketball league.

“We had no advance warning and do not have information as to all the circumstances surrounding his absence. The league is launching an investigation to gather all the facts and then will make an informed, official statement,” the league said.

Allen Iverson

 
Iverson is one of the league’s marquee names, which kicked off in June. The Basketball Hall of Famer serves as player and coach for Three’s Company.

Iverson has played sparingly during the season. He sat out the team’s game in Philadelphia on July 16, a homecoming for the former 76ers legend.

BIG3, co-created by rapper Ice Cube, is composed of eight teams that travel each week to a different city. Other notable names who play or coach in the league include Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin and Julius Erving.

Pablo Sandoval back to the giant, waiting for the body after the release of the red socks

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval has struck a minor league deal to return to the San Francisco Giants, pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

The former Giants star is en route to San Francisco after his release from the Boston Red Sox earlier Wednesday. Sandoval, who will turn 31 in August, will take a physical for the Giants then begin playing in Triple-A Sacramento, the reports said.

Because Sandoval is on waivers, he won’t be able to sign a contract until later in the week, when he officially becomes a free agent.

“I’m waiting for Friday to make a decision, and the Giants are one of my options,” Sandoval told ESPN’s Marly Rivera by phone. “I have a few teams interested, but I can’t make a decision until Friday.”

The 2012 World Series MVP with the Giants was let go Wednesday by the Red Sox when he didn’t report after being designated for assignment last week. It officially ended the Boston tenure for the once-celebrated free agent, who never was healthy enough to live up to the expectations that came with the $95 million contract he signed in 2014.

“He did a lot here, and we’ll never forget that,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told KNBR 680 radio on Wednesday. “Sometimes, it makes sense, especially when you’re looking at it financially, it doesn’t cost you a lot.”

First baseman Brandon Belt expects Sandoval to again become a fan favorite.

“He was a big part of our World Series runs, so I think he’s always going to have a place here in San Francisco and everybody’s going to love that he’s back,” Belt said while walking into the ballpark Thursday. “I haven’t seen him in a while, so I don’t know. I think he was definitely a fan favorite, so I don’t think there’s going to be any problem with that.”

With the Red Sox unable to find a team willing to take on part of his salary, Sandoval moved on after 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 homers for Boston — but not a single one of them in the postseason.

He’ll now rejoin the reorganization he helped to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“I loved the way he played,” Bochy said. “He had so much enthusiasm, and that got infectious in that dugout. And of course, what he did for us on the field … a young guy that needed some help, so we all tried to do our part to make him a better player.

“He was a great guy to have on the club. A hard worker, a quick learner.”

The Knicks, the Rockets work in Carmelo Anthony’s trading venues

The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets have expanded the scope of a possible Carmelo Anthony trade to include four-team scenarios, league sources told ESPN.

No deal was imminent Wednesday, but the Knicks and Rockets are confident that they have a willing third-team trade partner, the sources said.

The fourth team was needed to move a particular player contract that neither the Knicks nor Rockets could or would accept in the deal, league sources said.

Anthony, 33, has two years and $54 million left on his contract.

The complexity of including multiple teams and assets in a deal creates time-consuming challenges, and there’s no guarantee that a deal can be reached.

Nevertheless, New York has been pushing hard to unload Anthony in recent weeks, although it hasn’t necessarily changed an asking price that makes the deal a challenge for Houston, league sources said. The Knicks aren’t interested in the Rockets’ older players and big contracts, so new teams have to be brought into the deal to find a way to satisfy the Knicks.

Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to the Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources said. The Cavaliers haven’t abandoned pursuit of Anthony, league sources said.

Houston moved to the top of Anthony’s list of preferred destinations with the arrival of close friend and All-Star guard Chris Paul to join MVP runner-up James Harden.

Through 14 NBA seasons, Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, has averaged nearly 25 points a game. He has played the past seven seasons with the Knicks, who say they’re committed to rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis and younger players.

The Knicks’ front office has been privately saying that the organization’s marching orders are now focusing on players 25 years old and younger, league sources said.

The Yankees’ Sanchez was tempered at Ryan’s Logan Morrison rocket

Gary Sanchez had a simple response after Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison said the New York Yankees catcher didn’t belong in the Home Run Derby.

“It’s not my fault he didn’t get selected,” Sanchez said through an interpreter.

 

Gary Sanchez is heading to the Home Run Derby.

 
Morrison has 24 home runs this season, tied for second in the majors, but he didn’t get an invitation. Sanchez has 13 home runs in an injury-shortened first half and is competing in Monday’s event.

“Gary shouldn’t be there,” Morrison told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby.

“I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago.”

Sanchez will join his Yankees teammate, rookie Aaron Judge — the overall leader in home runs with 28 — Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas and Minnesota’s Miguel Sano on the four-man team that will represent the American League.

“What can I say?” Sanchez said. “They gave me a call, gave me an invitation to participate.”Morrison said Wednesday that his comments weren’t about Sanchez.

“People can read it and say he’s jealous of Gary because he got picked, but it’s not about that,” Morrison said before Tampa Bay’s game in Chicago against the Cubs. “Eric Thames got slighted, too. How is that guy not in the Home Run Derby for the National League? It’s a flawed system.”

Sanchez has the fewest homers among those competing, but he missed more than a month of the season because of a strained biceps.

Defending champion Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, teammate Justin Bour, Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger and Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon make up the National League team.

Sanchez did have one stipulation for participating in the derby.

“I told them, ‘I don’t even know if I’m making the All-Star Game,’” Sanchez said. “If I make the All-Star Game then for sure I’ll do it. It’s an honor to participate in the event. It’s not my fault he didn’t get selected. Like I said before, I’m just happy to participate and it will be an honor to be part of it.”

Morrison might get a chance to go to the All-Star Game. Although he wasn’t chosen for the AL team, he is on the five-man ballot for the final spot on the squad.