Clowney came to the coaches before the game and said that bruised ribs that kept him from practice Thursday were too sore for him to play.
So the 6-foot-6, 274-pound All-American watched the Gamecocks’ 35-28 win against Kentucky from the sidelines, chatting with teammates as South Carolina lost a large lead for the third straight game.
If Clowney “wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants,” Spurrier said after the game. “But if he doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to play. Simple as that.”
On Sunday, Spurrier reclassified Clowney’s injury as a muscle strain. Spurrier said the frustration he expressed a day earlier was a result of how late Clowney waited to tell his coaches he wouldn’t play.
“It was just we didn’t know he wasn’t playing until right before the game,” Spurrier said. “That is always a little frustrating. Usually the trainer or doctor comes and tells you this guy is out, and that did not happen last night. But on the other side if a player is in pain and can’t play, I don’t want him to play. None of us do.”
Asked about Clowney’s commitment to the Gamecocks, Spurrier said, “You’ll have to ask him that.”
Spurrier’s kept Clowney on a short leash with the media since early August, letting him speak only after games. Spurrier said that would change this week to give Clowney a chance to explain his injury.
Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said Saturday he thought Clowney would play during the team’s walk-through and was surprised when he learned he wouldn’t be playing.
The lingering questions about the Heat’s future have been focused far beyond this season. In particular, whether Riley can keep this team together when the luxury tax penalties become much stiffer starting in 2013-14.
“It’s doable in this tax economy, but I’ll leave that up to [Heat owner] Micky [Arison],” Riley said with a laugh. “That will all be tackled after the season, but it is doable.”
In other words, the ball is in Arison’s hands. Just like the Heat president planned ahead years in advance of the summer of 2010, Riley said he has already had internal conversations with Heat brass about how to financially keep the star-studded core intact when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt out of their contracts after the 2013-14 season.
“I don’t believe that we have to sell anybody on us anymore in 2014,” Riley said. “It’s all about winning now and when that time comes, we’ll deal with it.”
But the financial burden will begin starting in 2013-14 when taxpaying teams will have to pay $1.50 for every dollar they’re over the luxury tax line. And it gets considerably more punitive in 2014-15 when the repeater penalties hit and the tax rate increases the deeper a team is into the tax. Additionally, taxpaying teams will have more stringent roster management restrictions, including the inability to acquire players via sign-and-trades.
“It’s going to take that kind of revenue and those kinds of opportunities to be able to [keep the core together],” Riley said. “It is doable, but it’s a question of the economics of the game. There’s going to have to be some strategic planning not only from [the business] standpoint, but also personnel-wise over the next couple of years to deal with [the potential tax penalties].”
Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and ejected after using his chest to bump Ray Allen during a 97-81 loss to the Heat on Monday night.
With a little more than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Heat leading 76-70, Barea defended Allen on the ball just outside the three-point line. After flopping back when Allen used his left arm to clear him off of the ball, Barea recovered to meet Allen on a drive, bumping Allen directly with his chest as he attacked the basket, knocking the Heat guard to the floor. The foul sparked a brief exchange of words between members of the two teams, as Allen’s Heat teammates came to his defense. Check the video below
Lakers superstar center Dwight Howard sat down on Friday night to discuss a multitude of topics from his nagging injury, Lakers defense, his bout with Knicks center Tyson Chandler and more. Continue reading →
Every year sports fan hear about the next big thing. The next Jordan, The next Lebron. Well if any young baller can live up to being the next Lebron it may very well be Jabrari Parker. Yesterday, Parker picked Duke University as the school he will be attending. If you follow college basketball then you know Duke is one of the favorites every season to win the championship. So basically Duke getting Parker is like the rich getting richer. He is 6’8 out of Chicago and can shoot the ball and handle the rock like a point guard.
So is this what Olympic athletes do in between the 4 years they compete? I always wondered how athletes who compete in the games stay in shape when they are not competing. Former U.S. Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton has been keeping in shape the best way we all want to. By keeping her sex game as her focus! Check the pics of her above.
I purposely used this picture above from last year’s NBA all-star game to show how much my boy Westbrook gets up!! He is only 6’3 (probably shorter) and as you can see he is dunking right between Lebron and Dwight Howard during last year’s game. His feet are basically at their waist! I would love to see him in the dunk contest. The dunk contest has been hit or miss in recent years. Yes Blake Griffin winning a couple years ago was exciting and entertaining, but some years it is very boring. Having a star like Westbrook bring attention to it again, especially with his athletic ability would be fun. Seeing the little guys of the NBA fly through the air always looks better.
OUCH! During the St. Louis Rams game against the Minnesota Vikings, wide receiver Danny Amendola scored a touchdown. During his excitement as many football players do, he spiked the ball but this time it had a bad ending. The old man looks so hurt but I don’t think Amendola realized what he did.
The Green Bay Packers went to Soldier Field today and took care of business as Aaron Rodgers hooked up with James Jones for three touchdowns in the 21-13 win. They not only moved up to 10-4, they also won the NFC North and a playoff position. The Bears on the other hand fell to 8-6 and have lost six of their last seven games.
Meanwhile over in Houston, the Texans got a 29-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts as JJ Watt racked up a game-high 10 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble, further pushing his name for MVP consideration. The Texans move to 12-2 clenching the AFC South and a playoff berth. The Colts fall to 9-5 but can still capture a Wild Card spot with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs next week, which shouldn’t be difficult to do. If not they will need a week 17 win over the Texans which I’m sure they don’t want to have to rely on.
The Texans join the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos who have won their divisions in the AFC while the Packers join the Atlanta Falcon’s who have won their divisions in the NFC.
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