Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett announced that Greg Hardy will not be punished in any way after the defensive end told Garrett and Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones that he wouldn’t stand for it.
Hardy was involved in an altercation with his teammates, and with Cowboys special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia on the sidelines of the Dallas game against the New York Giants, after the Giants Dwayne Harris 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown gave New York a 27-20 lead. Hardy slapped the clipboard Bisaccia was holding, which led to the coach shoving him out of the huddle. He continued to have words with teammates Devin Street and Dez Bryant afterward.
In the locker room after the game, Hardy offered several “no comments” for his actions. The Cowboys brought Hardy in on Wednesday to discuss his actions but the meeting did not go as planned.
“We had discussed possibly suspending Greg after his outburst on the sideline of the Giants game.” Garrett announced Wednesday. “But he told us that he wouldn’t stand for it. Then he gave me a wedgie and he threw Mr. Jones onto a bed covered in loaded guns. It was at that point Jerry told him that there would be no punishment whatsoever and we would really like try to sign him to a long term deal. That seemed to calm him down.”
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The Spurs responded to getting knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last year by signing LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. Aldridge is a significant upgrade to the Spurs as a scorer and he seems to have a boring enough personality to fit right in with those robot nerds down there.
2. Houston Rockets
You might look at the Rockets and consider them a favorite to contend for the West after they went to the Conference Finals last year. But there are still a number of questions that remain to be answered. How will James Harden deal with being jilted by a Kardashian? Can 30 year old Dwight Howard stay healthy? And what is really in Ty Lawsons’ water bottle?
3. New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis might be the best young player in the NBA today. For the second straight year he led the league in blocked shots, was fourth in scoring, and eighth in rebounds. Of course, Tyreke Evans is already hurt and we know that Eric Gordon can never stay healthy. So if the Pelicans are going to make the playoffs Davis will have to play at an All-World level. So you’re telling me there’s a chance…
4. Memphis Grizzlies
If I was going to head into a back alley brawl, I would want to take this team with me. Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, Jeff Green and Tony Allen are some bad dudes. Unfortunately this isn’t a street fight. It’s basketball. And this team is another year older and still can’t shoot.
5. Dallas Mavericks
Sure, the Mavs may not have had the best offseason. Rim protector Tyson Chandler left for Phoenix. And talented shooter Monta Ellis has joined the Pacers in Indiana. And Dirk Nowitzki is just another year older.
It isn’t all bad news though. At least free agent C DeAndre Jordan said he would go to Dallas, which should really help.
We now turn our attention to the Southeast Division where the Hawks, Wizards, and Heat will battle it out to see who gets to lose against the Cavaliers in the playoffs.
Eastern Conference Southeast
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks lost SF DeMarre Carroll to free agency but managed to pick up veterans Paul Milsap and Tiago Splitter which should help them roll to an impressive regular season before folding once again in the playoffs.
2. Washington Wizards
The Wizards have a great ball handler and creator with PG John Wall and a terrific shooter in SG Bradley Beal. So why is it then that we always see Beal trying to create and kicking it to Wall for a low percentage three point shot? Maybe it is because head coach Randy Wittman can’t work a clipboard.
3. Miami Heat
Miami went just 37-45 last season and missed the playoffs. The Heat will get Chris Bosh back from his health scare and rookie Justise Winslow should give them some toughness and athleticism. And if that doesn’t help, Pat Riley is still leaving mean notes on LeBron James’ windshield whenever he gets the chance.
4. Orlando Magic
Orlando’s new head coach Scott Skiles is inheriting a team with some good young players. The Magic have four lottery selections on the roster and they will show improvement under Skiles who has a knack for coaching up young talent. And then in about three years they will grow tired of him turning beet red and screaming in their faces. And they will quit. And Skiles will get fired. But hey, it was fun while it lasted.
5. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets currently have Cody Zeller, Tyler Hansbrough, and Frank Kaminsky on the roster but it may only be because the Washington Generals are now defunct.
The NBA regular season starts this week! How will your favorite team do? Check out the Daly Dose Sports NBA preview! Today we break down the Pacific Division. Can the Warriors repeat? Will the Suns contend for the playoffs? Are Lakers fans out buying Clippers jerseys? We do our best to answer these questions.
Western Conference Pacific
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers took a strong team that went to the Western Conference semifinals and added Paul Pierce, Josh Smith, and Wesley Johnson. So the sky is the limit for this group. Of course, they are the Clippers so…it’s usually better to just expect the worst.
2. Golden State Warriors
2014-2015 was an amazing run for the Warriors but they did have a number of things break their way. They ran into teams that had injuries and they caught favorable matchups throughout the playoffs. It will be disappointing if they are unable to duplicate their success from a year ago. Mostly because we want to see more from Riley Curry.
3. Phoenix Suns
KD Lang Jeff Hornacek and the Suns struggled with team chemistry and too many point guards in 2014-2015. They pared the logjam at PG and brought in 33 year old big man Tyson Chandler to shore up the defense. Of course it is Phoenix, so how much defense are they really going to play anyway?
4. Sacramento Kings
The Kings went 29-53 in last season and then following the season they decided to totally overhaul the roster. Gone is Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, and Reggie Evans. And now head coach George Karl gets to deal with Rajon Rondo AND DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings could be improved. Then again, we could find Karl out on a ledge somewhere mumbling to himself.
5. Los Angeles Lakers
With newly drafted PG D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle returning from injury the Lakers have a nice young foundation that could meld with veterans Roy Hibbert and Kobe Bryant to start becoming competitive. At least until Bryant’s cataracts start flaring up. Or he gets the gout.
The Central Division is one of the most competitive in the NBA. The Cavaliers are the defending NBA Eastern Conference champions.The Bulls have a new head coach and a new system. The Bucks and Pistons are good young teams that can push for a playoff spot. And The Pacers…well they have a team too.
Eastern Conference Central
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers were limping by the time they met up with Golden State in the NBA Finals. But this season could be different. Head coach LeBron James has a year of experience under his belt. And point guard LeBron James should be improved as well. If shooting guard LeBron James can deliver in the clutch and power forward LeBron James can battle in the paint, then center LeBron James might be able to lead this team to a championship.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are the best young team in the NBA. With players like Giannis Antetokunmpo, Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, and Michael Carter-Williams all 25 or under Milwaukee could be a force for years to come. No really. I’m not kidding. This isn’t sarcasm. They are good. And young. Stop laughing.
3. Chicago Bulls
Bulls’ management was tired of all the winning that head coach Tom Thibodeau was doing and fired him after making the playoffs for five straight years. They have brought on Fred Hoiberg to bring his up tempo high scoring offense to the Windy City. It could actually work. I mean if Derrick Rose can stay healthy…Oh what am I saying? He probably got hurt as I was typing this.
4. Detroit Pistons
Ron Jeremy Stan Van Gundy takes over in Detroit where he will try to do what he last did in Orlando. So there’s good news coming, Detroit. You are going to build up a respectable team, only to lose in the NBA Finals and then bottom out, and have to completely rebuild again. But hey, it’s still better than being the Lions.
5. Indiana Pacers
Larry Bird has told head coach Frank Vogel that he would like the Pacers to run a little more this year with the departure of Roy Hibbert and David West. And that might be good news for forward Paul George and new acquisition Monta Ellis. And it is also good news for Pacer fans that will enjoy the up-tempo style. Of course it is bad news for the rest of the team that is you know….not very good at running…or making shots…or playing basketball.
Next up is our the NBA Western Conference Northwest Division. Are the Thunder ready to take the next step? Are the Blazers going to fall as much as we think? Do the Nuggets still really have a team? We answer each of these questions right here.
Western Conference Northwest
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
New head coach Billy Donovan comes to Oklahoma City from the University of Florida where he will try to instill the same principles he learned from Rick Pitino. So let’s hope Donovan isn’t currently hiring a stable of strippers. As Patrick Ewing taught us, NBA players can afford those themselves.
2. Utah Jazz
The Jazz finished 38-44 in 2014 but that doesn’t show how good Utah was down the stretch. They were 19-10 after the All-Star break and could show some more improvement this season. Of course they play in the Western Conference so it isn’t like they will be popping the champagne any time soon. Then again they live in Utah so I’m not sure they even have champagne.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
With Ricky Rubio, Zach LeVine, Andrew Wiggins, and rookie Karl Anthony-Towns the Wolves have a nice young nucleus that could be molded into an eventual winner. Of course with Kevin Garnett and Andre Miller on the roster the average age of the team is actually 59 years old. But just ignore that.
4. Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets landed Mike Malone as their new head coach after the Brian Shaw fiasco. He has a reputation of working well with young players. So rookie PG Emmanuel Mudiay PF Kenneth Faried should be able to create nice highlight films to show other teams when they leave Denver via free agency for a real basketball franchise in a couple of years.
5. Portland Trailblazers
Sure, the Blazers lost a ton of talent. LaMarcus Aldridge, Wes Matthews, Arron Afflalo, and Robin Lopez all left for greener pastures. But Portland did go out and replace those guys. I mean c’mon, they got Mason Plumlee. And Noah Vonleh. And don’t forget Al Farouq-Aminu. That’s sort of the same, isn’t it?
Yes, the NBA season is already starting. While it may seem that we just got done having LeBron James jammed down our throat 24/7, a fresh new season of more and more Lebron is already upon us.
Of course, here at the Daly Dose, we break down the NBA like no other. So sit back and enjoy our first division outlook. Here is how the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division is going to play out.
Eastern Conference Atlantic
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Boston Celtics
The Celtics have some depth at guard that should pay dividends for the future. With Evan Turner, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, and Avery Bradley they have some talent in the backcourt. And with Kelly Olynyk and newly acquired big man David Lee the Celtics also have some depth in the big white stiff category…which has always played big in Boston.
2. Toronto Raptors
After they were swept in the first round of the playoffs the Raptors knew they had to get better defensively. They went out and signed DeMarre Carroll who should help. Carroll is a terrific defender who doesn’t need the ball to be effective. And if that doesn’t work they can always send general manager Masai Ujiri out to do some public speaking again.
3. Brooklyn Nets
New head coach Lionel Hollins should have a positive impact on this veteran group. And by “veteran” I mean old. With a roster that includes Joe Johnson, Jarrett Jack, Dahntay Jones, and Andrea Barnani the Nets have a ton of experience. And by “experience” I mean AARP cards.
4. New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony has said that he wants head coach Derek Fisher and the Knicks coaching staff to hold him accountable in practice and film study this year when he makes mistakes or doesn’t give 100% effort. But not when he plays in the All-Star Game and then shuts it down for the rest of the season. That’s okay.
5. Philadelphia 76ers
If there is one thing that this team needs it is a point guard. So in the NBA Draft this summer they bypassed point guards Emmanuel Mudiay, Terry Rozier, and Cameron Payne to pick up 6’10” Jahlil Okafor. There is no question that Okafor is a talent in the post but he’s probably going to be a liability when he has to bring the ball up the floor every night.
This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint looks at the college football season at the halfway point. Who are the biggest surprises? Disappointments? Heisman contenders? And he gives you his Top 5 ranked teams right now. Plus NFL, MLB and the Daly Dose Top 5 college football finishes of all time. Don’t miss Episode 47!