NBA commissioner David Stern refused to put his foot down when it comes to the dancing Cavaliers. During a pre-playoff conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon, Stern was asked about the Cavs' celebratory performance during Sunday's blowout victory over visiting Boston. According to a transcript of the call, Stern was asked, "Is there some way of dealing with LeBron James, who danced on the sidelines yesterday? It was an embarrassment towards the Boston Celtics, and approaching the playoffs where emotion tends to run high?" "I missed that dance, but I think celebrations by our players do have a place," Stern said. "If I were the Celtics, I would make sure that that tape, if it exists, runs every game in the locker room as a sort of motivation. I wouldn't spend my time telling our players about that. "Although I don't know the specific instance, and sometimes you can go over the line. I don't know if he did or didn't at this time." In a follow-up the reporter stated that "it looked like a way to provoke the other team." "I certainly wouldn't want to provoke the Celtics," Stern said. "I think perhaps it was just over-exuberance at the time."(Cleveland Plain Dealer) Comment
Alex Rodriguez says he's done grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Yankees' third baseman reported to the team's minor league complex in Tampa Monday to begin the second phase of his rehab from March 9 hip surgery in Vail, Colo., and continue his quest to beat doctors' May 15 projection for his return. He said that during the five weeks he remained in Colorado, he figured out he needs to put his team first and "focus on things on the field with the Yankees." He said that the time in Colorado gave him the "opportunity to rethink things, recommit myself and really understand my responsibility to my teammates and my team." "I'm talking about 100% of my focus on baseball," said Rodriguez, who took questions after his workout and again at Tropicana Field before the Yanks played the Rays. "It's liberating that I've had an opportunity to do that and put a lot of things behind me. I've done that.(Boston Globe) Comment
Last week, we've heard that the Lions have locked onto Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. The information came from a source with knowledge of the team's thinking. This week, we're hearing the same thing, but from the player's perspective. As we hear it, Stafford is telling his former Bulldog teammates that he'll be the pick, and that he'll receive more than $40 million, guaranteed, under the contract that the team will pay him. Stafford is characterizing the move as a "done deal." If true, there's no further reason for the Lions to continue to push the "signability" nonsense, and for the Lions to announce that Stafford is the guy sooner rather than later. (profootballtalk.com) Comment
Jason Terry gets a rousing cheer from fans and teammates after scoring the game-winner (AP)
Sure he can lead Cleveland to the playoffs. But what about the old days? Meet high school LeBron.
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