NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Chatter Throughout the Association

As the NBA‘s free-agency period starts to wind down with many of the big names accounted for, there are still some interesting options out on the market, whether it be a couple of sharpshooters or a two-time NBA champion.

Teams are still hoping for some legitimate talent to sign with them as they finalize their 2013-14 rosters, whether it be veteran help or an undrafted rookie who took the summer league by storm.

Here’s a look at the latest chatter throughout the Association, complete with analysis.

Spurs’ Gary Neal to Become Unrestricted Free Agent?

After signing former Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli to a two-year deal in June, the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly set to withdraw their qualifying offer to Gary Neal and let the 28-year-old walk, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The interest in Neal should stretch throughout the NBA, from contenders to rebuilding teams. The three-year pro has shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free-throw line in his career.

Adding to Neal’s intrigue is the fact that he played better defensively in 2012-13. After opposing point guards registered a PER of 21.3 against him in 2011-12, according to82games.com, they registered a PER of 15.5 against him last season.

That’s not great, but it is a noticeable improvement.

If anything, Neal can space the floor, which is always valuable.

Clippers to Re-Sign Lamar Odom?

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA, the Los Angeles Clippers are still interested in signing free-agent forward Lamar Odom.

Earlier in the month, Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times reported that Odom was deciding between the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, who both offered him $1.4 million.

Odom averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the floor in 20 minutes per game last season. He ranked well below the league average in PER among forwards who averaged at least 15 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.

While that’s not exactly eye-opening, there aren’t many other options on the market to back up Blake Griffin at this point.

Rookie guard Ian Clark went undrafted this year, despite averaging 18.2 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc in his senior season at Belmont.

Now, after he posted 33 points against the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game, he’s reportedly drawing heavy interest throughout the NBA, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.

According to Zillgitt, the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are interested in the 6’3″ combo guard.

In seven games with the Warriors in Las Vegas, Clark averaged 12.4 points while shooting 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from beyond the arc. Against the Suns, he posted 33 points while going 12-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range.

Before that, he averaged 16.4 points (ranked sixth) while shooting 48 percent from the field in five games with the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.

One thing’s for sure: Ian Clark knows how to drop buckets. He also knows how to defend, averaging 2.2 steals in Orlando and 1.1 steals in Vegas while playing strong man-to-man defense.

So, why wasn’t he drafted?

Well, there is the matter of his size. At 6’3″, there are concerns about plopping him into the shooting guard role. He may have trouble finishing against the more physical players in the league.

But, given the way he shot the ball and defended this summer, it’s hard

6 World Football Trophy displayed in Jakarta Fair 2013

Uncommon sight in the arena Jakarta Fair 2013, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Saturday (29/6) morning. Namely, terpampangnya 6 pieces of world football trophy that is, Barclays Premier League, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, the FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Power Championship.
As a result, it immediately attracted visitors since morning menyemuti Jakarta Fair. The plan, the Trophy on display through June 30, tomorrow.
“The ultimate goal that is as representative of the matches that will be broadcast on July 1,” said Elgen Kua, Director of Marketing and Communication MP & Silva Singapore.
It is, hoped, be able to meet consumer expectations and enthusiasm and football lovers in the country. Attendance Trophy is part of the promotion of MP and Silva and bein SPORT which claims to be the home for sports fans.
“We hope that this event is able to attract the number of sport lovers who want to experience worldwide. We will give consumers an unforgettable experience and be able to see up close and even perpetuate themselves by Trophy that we provide,” he said.
Bein SPORT global sports station, launched three new HD channels in Indonesia and is working to become the home for sports fans, which is bein SPORT 1 HD, Bein Bein SPORT and SPORT HD 2 Premier League HD 3.
This new channel will be broadcasting live on July 1, 2013 and offers a new way for fans to watch the sport they love. Also, it will display the full content line-up sports broadcasts, including live premium sports content with more than 3,300 hours of soccer games and magazine show, as well as other major sporting events including the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014.
Bein SPORT 1 HD will broadcast live football matches throughout the year. This includes impressions BPL matches live every week, and the content of the club’s BPL teams such as Arsenal Football Club, Liverpool and Spurs football magazines and TV shows featuring behind the scenes coverage of the BPL and exclusive interviews of the players.
Other exciting football content including live Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Brazil’s national league (Paulistao and Brasileirão), Power Football League Championship, the major events such as the FA Cup, Coppa Italia and the Coupe de la Ligue, broadcast on national teams including England and Italy friendlies and qualification matches in 2014 FIFA World Cup featuring the top teams from South America and Europe.
Furthermore, Bein SPORT 2 HD will also broadcast live BPL matches, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, also sports a grand event held the Olympic Council of Asia, the 17th Asian Games, Inheon 2014, various tennis match of the ATP 250 Series, games like Baseball International Baseball Federation World Cup, the Italian Volleyball League, RBS Six Nations rugby competition, the Aviva Premiership, RaboDirect Pro12, which displays the Argentine national team, Wales, Ireland and others.

Questioning Scarcity Left Back

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There is an anecdote that states that if you are a football player who wants a long career, be a left back. Indeed, at the time the striker, midfielder, winger or gain a lot of praise for individual action, a fullback can rarely spotlight.

However, lack of players capable of filling this post makes more fullback provide opportunities for footballers who want to play certainty.

Although only anecdotal, stories about the scarcity of players with a dominant left foot that can last not new anymore. Let’s see Brendan Rodgers who prefer to put Glen Johnson (right defender) or Daniel Agger (center back) when Jose Enrique could not compete. Or, how Philipp Lahm is often used as a left back before David Alaba pulled from midfield by Jupp Heynckes.

So if it is almost 10 years the name Ashley Cole remains so answers to the question who the best left back in the world today, in fact it is not unusual anymore.

So what exactly is causing the scarcity of players left back in the world of football? The answer is simple. Number of left-footed players are much less dominant, so capable, or choose to be left, it would be much more minimal again.

Unmitigated, the comparison between the number of dominant players left leg with the player “legged” right can reach 1 to 4. This is evident from a study of 236 players who competed in the 1998 World Cup. This study states that 79% of footballers in the tournament often using the right foot in receiving and giving feedback. Meanwhile, only 21% are fluent in the left leg.

Similar studies give different figures. However, the average stated that the number of left-footed players less than 30% of the overall total footballers.

The small number of left-footed players, according to Gianluca Vialli, so one of the causes of the paradigm that the right-back will be the worst player on the team is filled.

This analogy: if a footballer has a good ability to survive and height above the average, so it will be positioned as a central defender. While those who have qualified technical control of the ball will be placed as a midfielder.

Then the remaining players, skill players survive and attack him mediocre, often installed as a right-back. Left footed players certainly different. He will be given special treatment because their numbers are small.

Fullback and Modern Football

Regardless of the number of players is minimal problems, left-back role in the evolution of modern football itself can not be separated from nature as a fullback. Also can not drop out of relation to other positions in the team, as well as the development of today’s tactical.

For example, on a game that gets narrowed to the middle of the field along with the popularity of the use of a 4-2-3-1 formation. With this trend, the fullback position so most get room to run, while the other players piled in the middle of the field. Being a fullback duties for “down-up” and so outlets assault, as well as widen the space game.

It mainly occurs in teams using inverted-winger role as one of the strategies in the attack. Moving winger cut into the penalty area he will be more effective when combined with a fullback to create a 2 against 1 situation with fullback opponent.
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Soon Chelsea Academy Opens in Indonesia

Chelsea has scheduled to open football academy in Indonesia with the name Chelsea Soccer School. The Blues will be sent direct staffers to oversee the club’s coach of the Chelsea Soccer School program in Indonesia.

Preparation Chelsea Soccer School has reached the final stage. As it says the sponsor, Chelsea Soccer School will come soon, stay perfect things to be more mature and ready.

Youth development program is expected to help introduce the way Chelsea play good football and correct. Not only that, Chelsea had opened my eyes to the potential that the seeds have a chance to study at the Chelsea football academy in London, England.

“Chelsea has a staff of coaches that specialized in developing international football. Essence of this program, we will be happy when football across the world can move forward,” said International Development Director Chelsea, David Monk.

For Indonesia, the Chelsea coach sends four staff, including Monk, who was present to give a coaching clinic at Samsung’s event held on Sunday (07/21/2013). They will choose the local trainers who train the task feasible Chelsea Soccer School. However, Monk et al still oversee the performance and development of the Chelsea Soccer School in Indonesia.

“We do a selection of some trainers from Indonesia in Malaysia, some time ago. Process is rigorous. If not feasible with the vision and mission of Chelsea, so we did not choose. Now, we have found three decent coach for Chelsea Soccer School,” light Monk.

Murray wants to ‘compete’ against Serena Williams

Andy Murray, who had just won Wimbledon Click, discourse seriously considering one of the best players facing the world today, Serena Williams.
Information collected by the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, said Murray will be playing next year when the game could be used for social purposes.
This kind of game is not foreign to famous athletes.
They used to go down in a variety of competitions or games for a donation.
A few weeks ago as Murray fell in the men’s doubles match to a cancer foundation in English.
Not the first
Novak Djokovic-who defeated Murray in the Wimbledon-also organized a charity event just a few hours after being dropped off in the final round.
Discourse match Serena Williams Murray-Murray was first revealed via his Twitter account and initially only for the banter alone.
But it turns out Serena is also interested and the proposed location of the game in the United States.
Match between boys and girls tennis player ever popular in the 1970s and 1990s.
Bobby Riggs won against Margaret Court however noted defeat against Billie Jean King.
Jimmy Connors beat Martina Navratilova in the meantime.

Respond Ilicic Relaxed Competition at Fiorentina

Firenze – Josip Ilicic never hesitated to join Fiorentina. For business playing position and guarantee so starter, he was not too bothered.

25 years old attacking midfielder was recruited with the official nine million euros and coupled with a performance bonus clauses. Italian club Fiorentina a second after the last three seasons defending Palermo.

He was pretty sharp last season, scoring 11 goals from 31 games in all competitions. However, he was unable to save Rosanero from the relegation zone.

“When my agent called to tell Fiorentina offer, I did not hesitate at all,” said Ilicic to Firenze Viola and told Football Italia.

“Fiorentina have proved last year that they are the strongest team in Italy. They play beautiful football and there are many champions here, led by a coach who is very ready. Fiorentina is a team built to win.”

Stevan Jovetic’s departure to Manchester City left a hole in attack Vincenzo Montella. Ilicic have a chance to fill it, even though he personally claimed ready to be placed anywhere.

Owner of 22 caps with the national team that Slovenia still has to compete with other players such as Adem Ljajic and Joaquin Sanchez. Problem is, he did not want to bother.

“Too early to talk about tactics, but I was a flexible player so we just have to wait and see into the future.”

“I will talk with the coach, but it will not be difficult to play with so many attacking players who have character. Personally I am not too concerned about competition in the team.”

Vincenzo Montella’s side to be one of Serie A’s most active shopping in the transfer market after bringing Mario Gomez, Joaquin Sanchez, Marcos Alonso, Massimo Ambrosini, and Oleksandr Iakovenko.

MotoGP legend Enthusiast Follow Suzuka 8-Hours Race

SUZUKA – Event Suzuka 8-Hours Race this weekend ensured full participation of the iron horse jockey legend. One of them former MotoGP champion 1993 season, Kevin Schwantz, who will be riding the Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Not himself, Schwantz Suzuki team participating in will also partner with Yukio Kagayama and World Superbike legend, Noriyuki “Nitro” Haga. Schwantz was looking forward claiming back down in the event that there has been 11 years that followed.

“I’m looking forward to race at the Suzuka 8-Hour with Yukio and on the seat Noriyuki Suzuki GSX-R1000. Suzuka has a special place in my heart because I won my first 500cc Grand Prix here, “said Schwantz.

“The last time I took an eight-hour event was in 1992 with Doug Chandler and we could not finish the race due to mechanical problems. With only two riders, it will be difficult physically. Now with three riders and still be heavy for me though not as before, “he added.

“I myself have never won at this event and now with my colleagues tough as Yukio and Nori, I think we have a chance to win it,” Schwantz closed, as quoted by Crash, Thursday (25/07/2013).

Suzuka 8-Hours Event Race time will be followed by 63 riders and expected, Suzuka will be met 80 thousand fans at the final session, Saturday (07/27/2013) future. Last year, the event was won by a trio of Jonathan Rea, Kosuke Akiyoshi and Tadayuki Okada that carries the FCC TSR Honda team.

Mo Farah breaks record 2 1500 Meter Run

Mo Farrah (foto : Reuters)

MONACO – Mo Farah broke the record for the United Kingdom category run 1500 meters when undergoing Diamon League in Monaco yesterday (07/20/2013). Previously, Steve Cram holds the record for the last 1985 years.

See his record broken by the Somali-born runner, Cram said he was surprised considering he was laughing at a joke before Mo who want to break that record.

“I was surprised. Mo had joked to record megalahkan United Kingdom and I laughed. But I have to take my hat off to him, to 5000 meter runners seemed, could berlaris eperti it very hard to believe, “said Cram told BBC Sport.

3 minutes 28.81 seconds was the time recorded by Farah Cram to pass time record for 3 minutes 29.67 seconds which had stood for 23 years. In addition, a time of Mo also passed a European record for the fastest, Fermin Cacho who recorded a time of 28.95 seconds for 3 minutes.
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Revisiting the Chris Wondolowski argument, now in a bigger and better context

The book on Chris Wondolowski has usually read like this: sensational striker in league play who may be stretched to make an impact internationally.

It’s really not an awful thing to pin on someone; nobody is accusing the man of drowning kittens here. Taylor Twellman and Jason Kries were other examples of terrific strikers in Major League Soccer who probably reached their top level in league soccer.

Only, with Wondolowski, a few fans and a selected bunch from the chattering class got caught up in the moment and lost some larger context recently. The Earthquakes’ forward did hit six goals in three matches – but the quality of competition was league level. Given international caliber service and backed by international level teammates, Wondolowski is certainly capable of doing the business against overmatched regional small fries.

But it always looked like typical sports overreaction, this flawed tendency to make big, sweeping judgments from every match. (Or, in this case, the false bottom of a short series of them.)

So a week ago, some people were already handing him a ticket to Brazil. Very prematurely so. I wrote as much six days ago.

Now here we are today with two more samples to study. Wondolowski went 77 minutes last week against Costa Rica and then 60 on Sunday against El Salvador. Total goals: zero.

(MORE: What we learned about the United States vs. El Salvador)

He wasn’t awful, not by any stretch. “Wondo” is just not the difference maker that Landon Donovan is. He’s not the athlete that Eddie Johnson is. He doesn’t have the ability to create on his own the way some others in the U.S. player pool can. Wondolowski’s game gets somewhat limited at international level.

Here’s what MLSSoccer.com’s player ratings had to say: “One simple assist pass aside, Wondo was often either stranding himself from the offense or slowing it down. It didn’t help his cause that Eddie Johnson replaced him with such a strong display.”

The New York Times was more harsh still in its ratings. “Never seemed to find a place in the quick-moving U.S. attack.”  Jeff Carlisle at ESPN FC did like the striker’s link-up play, offering that is “was miles better than it was against Costa Rica, as he set up Corona’s goal and sprung Donovan with a telling through ball.” But he also noted the struggle “with some of El Salvador’s physical antics.”

It’s not over; two matches remain. The problem is Johnson, the Seattle Sounders’ striker scored immediately upon coming on Sunday. He seems certain to start in Wednesday’s semifinal, which means the San Jose man’s minutes will dwindle fast.

As I also wrote last week, roster spots are always a zero-sum game; for every roster winner there is a roster loser, in other words. Wondolowski may or may not make the final 23 for Brazil, but you have to circle the man you want knocked aside.

Jurgen Klinsmann pattern of player selection says that Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson are all ahead of Wondolowski in the forward depth  pool. (Depending on how you want to count Dempsey, that is.) Landon Donovan is, too; we can probably all agree on that.

Today, Joe Corona looks more likely to make the roster than Wondolowski, even if he is  playing a slightly different position. Either way, it’s a roster spot, and that’s one