Guardians’ Gilbride blames himself for his team’s Week 2 loss against D.C.

What a difference a week makes for the New York Guardians. In their season-opening 23-3 victory against Tampa Bay at MetLife Stadium, they got a strong performance from QB Matt McGloin and big-time play from their defense.

However, on Saturday at Audi Field, the Guardians(1-1) were held scoreless in their Week 2 matchup against the D.C. Defenders and would lose 27-0. The Defenders(2-0) were led by QB Cardale Jones, who threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

One of the great things about the XFL is the access, and when a player is happy, sad, or frustrated, it will be on full display, which was the case with McGloin, who completed only 8 of his 19 passes for 44 yards and two interceptions. Before halftime, an angry McGloin had this to say to ESPN’S Dianna Russini

 

McGloin, who played for the Raiders in the NFL, would eventually be replaced by backup QB Marquise Williams in the fourth quarter. 

As bad as McGloin and the Guardians’ offense was on Saturday, according to Guardians head coach Kevin Gilbride, New York’s loss was his fault.

“I’m disappointed with how we played, and I told the team, ‘that’s on me,'” Gilbride said after the game. 

Obviously, this is the nature of sports. Players get frustrated, and they say things, but most of the time, the fans don’t hear it. McGloin probably said a little more than he wanted to in this game, but in the heat of the moment, stuff happens. You wonder how much this will impact the team moving forward. However, this a long season, and New York has to find a way to bounce back next week when they visit St. Louis in the BattleHawks’ home-opener. 

Photo: XFL

 

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Plant: ‘Everyone knows I want that unification fight with David Benavidez’

Fighting in front of a raucous hometown crowd for the first time in his professional career, undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) put on a show.

Plant dominated mandatory challenger Vincent Feigenbutz (31-3, 28 KOs) of Germany, scoring a 10th-round TKO Saturday night in the FOX PBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Plant, who grew up in neighboring Ashland City, successfully made the second defense of the world title he won in January 2019 with a thrilling 12-round unanimous decision over then-titlist Jose Uzcategui. “Sweethands” lived up to his moniker, breaking down Germany’s Feigenbutz before putting him away.

“I was super fueled by the crowd tonight,” Plant said. “I could have gone all night. The whole city came out. Nashville stand up!”

Plant gave them plenty to cheer about from the opening bell, landing his jab up and downstairs. The aggressive Feigenbutz, 24, struggled to land anything in return.

Plant began landing the combinations in the third, bringing the crowd to his feet with a series of well-placed volleys.

Watch early round highlights HERE and HERE.

Those shots slowly took their toll, but Feigenbutz was game. He came alive in the sixth, pinning Plant against the ropes and unloading his own combinations. Plant covered up and shook his head as if unbothered.

Watch Feigenbutz fight back in Round 6 HERE.

Plant pounded Feigenbutz in the seventh and eighth, opening up a cut on his nose and swelling his right eye. The challenger absorbed more punishment in the ninth, causing the ringside doctor to take a hard look at him in between rounds.

Watch Plant dominate Round 9 HERE.

The end came swiftly in the 10th as Plant, sensing his foe was weakening, pounded away until referee Malik Waleed mercifully stepped in. The official time of the stoppage was 2:23 of the 10th.

Watch the stoppage in Round 10 HERE.

“I felt great out there,” said Plant. “I was relaxed and sharp. I told you I was going to stop this before the 12th round. I want to dedicate this to my daughter, to my mother, my grandfather and the whole city of Nashville.”

The champion also stated his desire to unify versus unbeaten WBC counterpart and rival, David Benavidez.

“Everyone knows I want that unification fight with David Benavidez,” Plant stated. “You know who the best 168-pounder is. If you want that, you’ve got to come see me. I want that fight; I’ve been asking for it and I’m tired of waiting!”

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

Wilder on Fury: ‘He has pillow-esque fists, that’s how soft they were in that fight’

Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury(29-0, 20 KOs) outboxed WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) in their first fight. Fury used movement to have success against Wilder. However, as  much success as Fury had in that fight, he never really hurt Wilder. But, Wilder did hurt Fury, including dropping him two times, which led to the fight being scored a draw.

Recently, during a conference call, Wilder discussed Fury’s power, and according to Wilder, he was not impressed.

“Going back on that fight, reminiscing and going back in that fight, I can’t tell you any rounds where I felt like I was threatened by his power,” Wilder said. “Like I said before, and many quoted me on it, and you can continue, that he has pillow-esque fists, that’s how soft they were in that fight. 

“Maybe my adrenaline was too high to even feel anything, even after the fight, sometimes after the fight you may feel a little sore or whatever, even after the fight I didn’t feel anything. I took all his punches that he landed and I walked right through it.        

“I don’t respect his power; he’s just a tall big man that can move around a ring, and that’s about it. As far as power, there’s none there, and I don’t think he’ll be able to develop it. I don’t care what trainer he brings in; you just don’t develop that power in a couple of weeks or in a month because you have this trainer that comes in.

“At the end of the day, I don’t see his trainer developing it. What fighter has he had that he developed to give them power? We’ve got to look into that as well. So, if he doesn’t have no fighter that he developed and into a power puncher, then how is he going to do that for Tyson Fury in this short amount of time that he has? It’s impossible. It’s impossible. As a guy with dramatic power to the limit, I would know these things, I’m an expert at that.”

After being dropped in the 12th round, Fury did have Wilder stunned in that round, but again, he never had Wilder in serious trouble. In the rematch, I don’t think Fury will have the power to stop or seriously hurt Wilder, but Fury is a big man, so anything is possible.

Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

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Booker to replace injured Lillard in All-Star Game

The NBA announced today Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard on Team LeBron in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Booker’s first career All-Star selection. TNT and ESPN Radio will air the game live at 6 p.m. (Phoenix time).

The 24th different player in Suns history to be named an All-Star, Booker’s selection is the 63rd all-time for the Suns and first since Steve Nash in 2012.

Booker will also replace Lillard in the 3-Point Contest as part of All-Star Saturday Night, live on TNT and ESPN Radio at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15. The 2018 3-Point Contest Champion, this will be Booker’s fourth time participating in the event.

The fourth-youngest player in NBA history to score 7,000 career points after reaching the milestone on Jan. 28, Booker is averaging 26.4 points (10th in NBA) and 6.3 assists (19th) while shooting career bests of 49.6% from the field (30th) and 92.0% from the free throw line (2nd) in this his fifth season.

He is the only player to rank in the top 30 on the NBA leaderboard in points and assists per game plus field goal and free throw percentage as he is scoring efficiently and creating for his teammates at a level rarely seen in NBA history; Booker is currently just the eighth player ever to average at least 25 points and six assists while shooting over 49% from the field for a season, joining basketball legends LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade and Jerry West.

Booker will play in the 69th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center in Chicago. TNT and ESPN Radio will air the game live at 6 p.m. The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will feature Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis as captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo selected the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.

As part of the new format for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, the two teams will compete to win each quarter for their designated charities, Chicago Scholars for Team LeBron and After School Matter for Team Giannis. The fourth quarter will be untimed and the teams will play to a Final Target Score (the leading team’s cumulative point total through three quarters plus 24), meaning that the game will end with a made basket instead of with the clock running out.

Booker and all members of Team LeBron will wear the No. 2 in the All-Star Game to pay tribute to the late Gianna Bryant while Team Giannis will wear the No. 24 of the late Kobe Bryant. Both teams will wear jersey patches displaying nine stars, representing Kobe, Gianna and their seven friends and teammates who tragically passed away in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26.

Winner of the 2018 3-Point Contest, this will be Booker’s fourth time competing in the event and fifth time competing at All-Star Saturday Night. Last year in Charlotte, he scored 23 points in the opening round of the 3-Point Contest but did not advance. In 2018 in Los Angeles, Booker set an event-record 28 points by making 20-of-30 shot attempts in the final round to take home the trophy. In 2016 in Toronto, he advanced to the final round against Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry as a 19-year-old rookie, the youngest competitor in 3-Point Contest history. Booker also participated at All-Star Saturday Night in New Orleans in 2017, competing in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Booker (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020) is the only Suns player to make as many as three career appearances in the 34-year history of the 3-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday Night. Booker in 2018 and Quentin Richardson in 2005 are the only Suns players to win the event. Suns General Manager James Jones won the 3-Point Contest as a member of the Miami Heat in 2011.

The 2020 3-Point Contest features a new look with the addition of two shots in the “MTN DEW Zone” – two locations positioned equidistant between the traditional racks at the top of the 3-point arc and the adjacent “wing” rack. Each of the two ball pedestals in the MTN DEW Zone is located six feet behind the 3-point line and holds one special green ball worth three points. In addition to the two new shots, the 3-Point Contest will continue to have five main shooting locations – four racks containing four official NBA game balls (each worth one point) and one multicolored “money” ball (worth two points) as well as one “all money ball” rack. With the addition of the MTN DEW Zone, the number of balls in a round has increased to 27 from 25, the amount of time in a round has expanded to 70 seconds (1:10) from 60 seconds (1:00) and the maximum possible score in a round has risen to 40 points from 34 points. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round.

Inoue: ‘It is my goal to be the undisputed bantamweight king’

A five-foot-five-inch, 118-pound Japanese monster is ready to take over the Las Vegas Strip. WBA/IBF bantamweight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue, the three-weight world champion climbing the mythical pound-for-pound rankings, will make his Las Vegas debut Saturday, April 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in a unification bout against WBO bantamweight world champion and fellow three-weight kingpin Johnriel Casimero.

Inoue is coming off a memorable decision in the 2019 Ring Magazine and ESPN.com Fight of the Year against future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire. This will be Inoue’s first bout under his long-term promotional agreement with Top Rank.

Inoue-Casimero and the 10-round bantamweight tilt featuring WBO No. 1 contender Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. and WBO No. 2 contender Jason Moloney will stream LIVE on ESPN+ beginning at 9 p.m. ET. In the final undercard bout on the ESPN+ stream, former super featherweight world champion Andrew Cancio will take on Tyler McCreary in a 10-rounder.

The preliminary bouts will air live on ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET) and will include the return of former world title challenger Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo in a 10-round super lightweight bout.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Ohashi Promotions, MP Promotions, TGB Promotions and SGG Sports Promotions, tickets priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 (not including applicable fees) go on sale Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased online at www.axs.com or by phone at 888-929-7849.

“The ‘Monster’ is coming to Las Vegas, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “He is a generational talent, a fierce competitor who is ready to take the United States by storm. Casimero is a seasoned champion, and Inoue knows he’s in for a firefight at Mandalay Bay.”

Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs), 26, won his first title in only his sixth pro fight, knocking out Adrian Hernandez to win the WBC light flyweight crown. He is 14-0 with 12 knockouts in world title bouts, as he defended his light flyweight title once before moving up two weight classes to knock out long-time WBO junior bantamweight world champion Omar Narvaez in two rounds in December 2014. He defended that belt seven times before setting his sights on the bantamweight division. His first three bantamweight title bouts lasted a total of four rounds, as he catapulted up pound-for-pound lists with stoppages over Emmanuel Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Payano. The Donaire bout — the final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament — was the ultimate gut check, as he suffered a broken orbital bone before prevailing in an instant classic.

“It is a tremendous honor and a dream come true to headline a card in Las Vegas against a great fighter like Casimero,” Inoue said. “It is my goal to be the undisputed bantamweight king, and I am coming to America to put on a great fight for the fans. I would like to thank Mr. Bob Arum and MGM Resorts for making my Las Vegas dream a reality. Now, the work begins, and I will kick off my 2020 schedule at Mandalay Bay in devastating fashion.”

Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs), from Ormoc City, Philippines, is a newly minted bantamweight world champion who upset South African southpaw Zolani Tete via third-round TKO last November in Birmingham England. A world traveler, Casimero has won world title bouts in Mexico, England, China, Panama and the Philippines, in addition to interim world title bouts in Argentina, Nicaragua and the United States. He is on a five-bout winning streak and is in his physical prime at 29 years old. The Inoue-Casimero winner will be one belt shy of completely unifying the division, as WBC world champion Nordine Oubaali holds the final piece of the championship puzzle.

“This is my dream fight. I have traveled the world and fought in 10 countries. I’ve won world titles at 108, 112 and 118 pounds,” Casimero said. “But ever since I saw my hero and fellow countryman, Senator Manny Pacquiao, fight in Las Vegas, that has been my dream. To everyone who thinks I am the underdog on April 25, I will shock the world and show the fans who the real ‘Monster’ is in the ring.”

Greer (22-1-1, 12 KOs) has won 19 fights in a row, but as he heads into the most significant bout of his career, he’s made a significant change. After seeing his seven-bout KO streak ended with a pair of close decisions over Nikolai Potapov and Antonio Nieves, Greer has moved his training base from Southern California to his hometown of Chicago. He has reunited with former trainer George Hernandez and is training at Garfield Boxing Gym, the place where he developed from amateur standout to promising professional. With a world title shot in his sights, Greer is not taking chances.

“I know what I’ve done before, and I know that I’m capable of,” Greer said. “George is the perfect man for the job. We have great chemistry. I love being back in the gym with him. This is what separates the boys from the men. I’m just ready to show the world who I am. At Garfield, the young kids keep me hungry. They don’t care about my ranking or that I’ve fought on ESPN. Chicago keeps me humble. Thanks to Moloney for taking the challenge, and I look forward to getting busy April 25.”

Moloney (20-1, 17 KOs), from Australia, will be fighting for the second time away from home as he seeks a second world title shot. He fought for the IBF bantamweight world title in October 2018 in Orlando, Fla., dropping a split decision to Emmanuel Rodriguez. Moloney has fought three times since, securing a trio of knockout wins during a successful 2019. In his last bout, he blitzed Dixon Flores in two rounds on an ESPN+-streamed card that also featured his twin brother, 115-pound interim world champion Andrew Moloney.

“I’m extremely grateful for this big opportunity. Fighting in Las Vegas has been a dream of mine for many years, and I’m looking forward to having a very impressive win over Joshua Greer Jr. and moving another step closer to becoming world champion,” Moloney said. “April 25 is a very important day for us in Australia and New Zealand called Anzac Day. It is a day of remembrance, where we pay our respects to all those who have served and died for our beautiful country. I will do whatever it takes to win this fight, and I will dedicate this victory to all those who have served for us.”

Cancio (21-5-2, 16 KOs) had a dream start to 2019 when he knocked out Alberto Machado in February to win the WBA super featherweight world title. He stopped Machado in three rounds four months later, but he was dethroned in November via seventh-round knockout by Nicaraguan veteran Rene Alvarado. McCreary (16-1-1, 7 KOs), from Toledo, Ohio, is looking to bounce back from a unanimous decision defeat last November to former two-weight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton.

“I’m very excited to start my next chapter with Top Rank on April 25 against Tyler McCreary at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and on such an outstanding card,” Cancio said. “I know how formidable an opponent McCreary is, but I’ll be more than ready to be victorious and put on a great show for the fans when I return to battle.”

“It’s another big opportunity, something I couldn’t pass up,” McCreary said. “He’s a former world champion, but he’s no Carl Frampton. This is a steppingstone for bigger fights. I have to get past him to see the bigger names. I learned a lot from the Frampton fight, and that experience is the number one teacher for me.”

Suns sign Jonah Bolden to 10-day contract

The Phoenix Suns today signed forward Jonah Bolden to a 10-day contract. He will join the team and be available to play in tonight’s game vs. Golden State.

Bolden, in his second NBA season, played 48 games including 10 starts with the Philadelphia 76ers over the last two seasons, averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. He played in 10 playoff games during the 76ers’ run to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2019.

The 6-8, 225-pound forward was the 36th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2017 NBA Draft after playing one season at UCLA and one season with KK FMP in Serbia. A 24-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, Bolden helped Maccabi Tel Aviv to the 2018 Israeli Premier League Championship before joining the 76ers and making his NBA debut.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 17 players.

Garcia on Spence fight: ‘It wasn’t my night and not the fight that I wanted to fight’

Mikey Garcia says he will prove he can win a World title at Welterweight and become a five-weight World champion as he prepares to face Jessie Vargas at 147lbs at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Saturday February 29, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

Garcia (39-1 30 KOs) has stayed at Welterweight to meet Vargas (29-2-2 11 KOs) following his World title clash with IBF ruler Errol Spence at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in March, stepping up two weights following his comprehensive win over Robert Easter Jr in a unification clash in Los Angeles in July 2018.

The 32 year old returns to action just under a year since his meeting with Spence, and has chosen to remain at 147 pounds to meet former WBO Welterweight ruler Vargas, the former two-weight champion himself looking to return to World title level.

Garcia understands that fans and media alike are curious to see him remain at Welterweight and not go back down to 140 pound or 135 pounds – and the man himself says that he will shine on the first night of the latest phase of his glittering career.

“I think that there’s a lot more that I can do at 147 pounds,” said Garcia. “The Spence fight was not a representation of that, it wasn’t my night and not the fight that I wanted to fight, I just couldn’t perform and once in a while you have an off night and it happened to be that night for me. I need to show my fans and the boxing world that I can do a lot more, even at 147 pounds.

“A World title in a fifth division is very exciting. I would love to fight for a title again at 147 pounds, claiming a World title in a fifth division would be amazing and that’s why I am staying at 147, but there are other motivations for me in the sport, I’m not done, there’s a lot more to accomplish. After this fight I’ll look at options at 147 pounds and 140 pounds, I’m not stuck at either weight, I’m keeping my options open.

“I have a lot of legacy to build still, I want to create a bigger legacy for myself and for my family. I’m not done. I still feel I have a lot more to accomplish and I know I will. I’m in the prime of my career right now. There’s no looking back or stopping me right now.

“I consider this the third stage of my career because I am coming off a loss. Can I come back stronger and better than before or am I done? Past my prime? That’s why I’m here to prove it to everyone that I’m not any less than what you saw in previous years, in fact, I am only getting better. I’m not declining at all; I’m fast, strong and talented, and I consider this next part to be the best years of my career.”

Garcia’s clash with Vargas is part of a stellar night of action in Frisco, with the longest reigning British World champion Kal Yafai (26-015 KOs) puts his WBA World Super-Flyweight title on the line against the former pound-for-pound king and four weight World ruler Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (48-2 40 KOs) and rising Mexican sensation Julio Cesar Martinez (15-1 12 KOs) makes the first defense of his WBC World Flyweight title against unbeaten European champion Jay Harris (17-0 9 KOs)

Murat Gassiev (26-1 19 KOs) will make his long-awaited Heavyweight debut against Jerry Forrest (26-3 20 KOs), Israil Madrimov (4-0 4 KOs) defends his WBA Inter-Continental Junior-Middleweight title in an official eliminator for the #2 position in the WBA against Venezuelan Charlie Navarro (29-9 22 KOs).

Matchroom Boxing USA talents Diego Pacheco (8-0 7 KOs) and Alexis Espino (5-0 4 KOs) get their first taste of action in 2020 and headline star Garcia will showcase two of his Garcia Promotions charges with 20 year old unbeaten Texan Flyweight Jesse Rodriguez (10-0 6 KOs) clashing with Marco Sustaita (12-2-1 10 KOs) over ten rounds and unbeaten Mexican Middleweight Leo Ruiz Acevedo (6-0 4 KOs) taking on Dennis Knifechief (12-11 7 KOs) over six rounds.

Photo: Matchroom Boxing

Marrone on McAdoo: ‘He has mentored several great quarterbacks throughout his career’

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Ben McAdoo as the team’s quarterbacks coach, the club announced today.

“Coach McAdoo brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the quarterback room, and we’re excited to add him to our offensive coaching staff,” said Head Coach Doug  Marrone. “He has mentored several great quarterbacks throughout his career, and his understanding of the position will be a valuable addition to our team and for the development of that group.”

McAdoo, 42, has 17 seasons of coaching experience, including 14 seasons in the NFL. Most recently, McAdoo served as the head coach of the New York Giants from 2016-17 after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2014-15. As head coach of the Giants, he led the team to an 11-5 record in 2016 en route to a playoff berth.

In McAdoo’s two seasons (2014-15) as the offensive coordinator for the Giants, he inherited an offense ranked 28th in 2013 and improved them to 10th and eighth, averaging 367.2 total net yards per game in 2014 and 372.3 total net yards per game in 2015. Under McAdoo’s tutelage, two-time Super Bowl MVP QB Eli Manning averaged a 62.9 completion percentage, 4,290 yards and 30 TDs.

In 2012, in his first season as the quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers, McAdoo mentored QB Aaron Rodgers, who was named the NFC Pro Bowl starter after completing 371 of 552 attempts for 4,295 yards and 39 TDs against eight INTs. Rodgers also led the NFL in passer rating for the second consecutive season (108.0). In 2013 as the quarterbacks coach, despite losing Rodgers for seven games with a fractured collarbone, the Packers’ offense finished the season ranked third in the NFL (400.3 yards per game) and sixth in passing yards (266.8 yards per game).

Now, whether it’s Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew, the Jaguars are hoping that McAdoo can help Jacksonville’s quarterbacks get to the next level. 

Russell on Tank Davis: ‘He definitely don’t have the skills that it takes to mess with me’

On Saturday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, WBC 126-pound champion Gary Russell Jr.(31-1, 18 KOs) continued his winning ways with a unanimous decision over Tugstsogt Nyambayar. 

Now, the 31-year-old Russell wants bigger fights, and he is willing to move up to 135 pounds to do it.

After his victory over Nyambayar, Russell expressed his desire to fight Gervonta “Tank” Davis, who made his 135-pound debut in December with a win over Yuriorkis Gamboa in Atlanta. Russell wants the fight and has no problem doing that fight next.

“I’m not gonna say he’s a great fighter,” Russell said about Davis on Saturday night. “I do take my hat off to him because I watched him come up in the amateurs. I’m glad that he had the opportunity to provide a sense of financial stability for his family and friends, and all. But he definitely don’t have the skills it takes to mess with me. That’s the reason why he’s choosing, with his team and Floyd(Mayweather), and everybody else is choosing to keep him away from me.

“They handpick who they wanna fight. I don’t handpick who I fight. I fight whoever says they wanna fight me. Let’s make the fight happen.”

Davis, who is from Baltimore, MD, and Russell, who represents D.C., would sell big in the DMV, and Russell agrees.

“The fight would sell,” Russell said. “We could fight in D.C. Everybody and their mother and their grandmother would come to that fight, so let’s make the fight happen.”

I think this would be a great fight and a fight that would excite a lot of people. Davis brings power, but Russell brings the speed, so this fight could be very compelling Currently, Davis has a legal situation to handle after he was recently charged with simple battery, so who knows how much that would impact him moving forward, but for now, let’s hope they can make this fight happen!

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Mavericks sign Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.  In a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers on guard/forward Ryan Broekhoff.

Kidd-Gilchrist (6-6, 230) is an eight-year veteran who holds averages of 8.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 25.1 minutes per game in 433 career games (356 starts) with Charlotte. He is a career 47.5 percent shooter from the field.

The second overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was an early entry candidate after his freshman season at Kentucky, which culminated in a national championship. He was a consensus Second Team All-American and also earned First Team All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team honors for the Wildcats. He was also selected to the 2012 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team following the school’s title run.

Kidd-Gilchrist started 353 of 357 games for Charlotte from 2012-13 to 2017-18. As a rookie, he made 77 starts and averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists en route to earning NBA All-Rookie Second Team accolades.

The 6-6 forward was born in Philadelphia and attended prep powerhouse St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., where he was a teammate of Nets guard Kyrie Irving. He won a Gold Medal with the U.S. National Team at the FIBA Under-17 World Championships in 2010 and was named Mr. Basketball USA in 2011.