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Houston Rockets Were Clueless and Unprepared for Mike D’Antoni’s Exit: REPORTS

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Houston Rockets Were Clueless and Unprepared for Mike D'Antoni's Exit: REPORTS

The Houston Rockets’ head coach role is vacant now, after four years. 69-year-old Mike D’Antoni parted ways with the team, with his contract expiring in the offseason. After being unable to take the Rockets to a title, D’Antoni decided it was time to seek a new challenge.

Aug 24, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni talks with referee Bill Kennedy (55) during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

But The Athletic recently revealed that none of the Rockets players, or even GM Daryl Morey, were aware of this decision before it was all over the media. D’Antoni had not decided about leaving completely and was expecting a call from owner Tilman Fertitta. But after waiting all morning, the call never came. That’s when D’Antoni decided it was time to test the market.

So, when they were on their flight back to Houston, D’Antoni rang up his agent and told him about his decision. Before they landed in Houston, the players were in for a shock when news flashed about D’Antoni’s decision. Morey was upset but eventually understood and respected him.

What’s next for D’Antoni and the Houston Rockets?

The Philadelphia 76ers are also looking for a coach after firing Brett Brown. D’Antoni is one of the top two candidates to take over and has an interview this week. After working with a small-ball lineup in Houston, he could be working with the tallest team in the NBA.

He will have to completely redo his tactics if he is given the job, and would be intriguing to see how he uses a team that is poor in outside shooting.

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and forward guard Alec Burks (20) and guard Furkan Korkmaz (30) react during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics in game four of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, the Rockets situation is not so bright. They made trades that suited D’Antoni’s unique approach, and now, with him gone, they look directionless. With this small-ball lineup failing, they will have to hit up the market again to start with fresh.

Another problem for them is that they have two players, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who will command over $40 million next season onwards. That locks up their cap space and doesn’t give them much room to work with since they have to rework their team.

It could be a tough off-season for Morey and the Rockets and they could be in for some shake-ups.

Sep 8, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (left) celebrates with guard James Harden (13) after dunking against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of game three in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Giants, Daniel Jones ruined two $500,000 bets

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It was another wild weekend of wagering in the NFL, as sportsbooks bounced back from a rough Week 2.

The biggest bets of Sunday came at DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey, as the book took two huge wagers on the New York Giants:

* $500,000 on the Giants +4

* $500,000 on Daniel Jones Over 244.5 passing yards

Respected money came in on the Giants, pushing the line down to San Francisco -3 on Sunday; it had opened 49ers -6.5 on the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lookahead line. The game didn’t go well for the two bettors above — or the respected money. The Giants finished with only 231 yards of total offense, Jones finished with 179 yards passing and the Giants never led, losing 36-9. San Francisco held the ball for more than 39 minutes of the game.

The Indianapolis Colts (-11.5) were a popular public play, with 68 percent of the money on Indianapolis to cover against the New York Jets at William Hill books. William Hill also took its biggest moneyline bet of the day: $52,000 on Colts at -700 odds. That bet was really never in doubt.

As ESPN’s David Purdum reported, teams that attracted sharp action at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook were the Rams, Texans, Giants, Bears, Colts and Ravens. Sharps were on both sides of Bengals-Eagles. Excluding the Eagles game, those teams were 2-3 ATS heading into Monday Night Football.

The Atlanta Falcons, 3-point favorites, blew another double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, this time to the Chicago Bears, and fell 30-26. According to ESPN Stats & Information, no team had blown multiple 15-point, fourth-quarter leads in a single season. The Falcons just did it in back-to-back weeks.

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The Giants and Daniel Jones cost two bettors $500,000 each on Sunday.N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

That game drew the highest handle at the Borgata Sportsbook in New Jersey and was the book’s biggest decision of the day.

“We took a $100,000 bet on the Bears moneyline, which obviously ended up costing us money,” said Thomas Gable, Borgata’s sportsbook director. “The other big decision for us [which went against us] was the Jets-Colts.”

Falcons-Bears was the most-bet game at PointsBet sportsbooks, which also had 70 percent of the point-spread money on the Falcons, and game with the third-highest handle. The Bears winning was one of the biggest positive decisions for Stations Casinos in the early games, according to sportsbook director Chuck Esposito.

The Bears were 33/1 underdogs on the moneyline at MGM books to start the fourth quarter. There were no notable bets on the Bears at that price. One BetMGM bettor lost $110,000 on Falcons -3.5 on a wager that had been placed on Friday.

Another big decision at several sportsbooks was the Las Vegas Raiders-New England Patriots game. The Patriots, 7-point favorites, had more than 74 percent of the spread money at PointsBet and FanDuel and produced the worst early window result of any game for Stations Casinos in Vegas. New England controlled the game throughout and won 36-20, easily covering the spread. It was the second-biggest handle game at Borgata.

Respected money on the Eagles pushed the spread of the Cincinnati Bengals-Philadelphia Eagles game up, as it went from Philadelphia -4.5 up to 5.5, with 80 percent of the money at PointsBet on the Eagles. The game ended in a 23-all tie.

In the late afternoon games, the Detroit Lions (+5) winning 26-23 over the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers (+6) beating the Los Angeles Chargers 21-16 helped books. More than 87 percent of spread tickets and 91 percent of moneyline wagers at Rush Street Gaming books were on the Cardinals. Rush Street took a hit on the Tampa Bay Bucs (-6) covering against the Denver Broncos, which saw 90 percent of the tickets cash.

The Sunday night game between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints was another bad game for the books. PointsBet reported 67 percent of the moneyline bets were on the Packers.

“Sunday night, [we were] definitely rooting for the Saints and the under,” The Borgata’s Gable said. The Packers won 37-30 and the game flew over the total of 52.

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NFL Draft 2017, revisited: Why Bears picked Mitchell Trubisky, let Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson fall to Chiefs and Texans

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NFL Draft 2017, revisited: Why Bears picked Mitchell Trubisky, let Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson fall to Chiefs and Texans

Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are in the NFL playoffs for the second consecutive season, playing against each other in the AFC divisional round. While the Chiefs and Texans won their divisions again, Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears didn’t qualify for a return to the playoffs, finishing behind both the Packers and Vikings in the NFC North.

All three quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. As time goes by and Mahomes and Watson increasingly look like much better NFL players, the question remains: How did the Bears take Trubisky (No. 2 overall) over both Mahomes (No. 10 overall) and Watson (No. 12 overall)?

Here’s quick look back at how it went down.

Why the Bears drafted Mitchell Trubisky

Then third-year general manager Ryan Pace was the driving force behind the Trubisky selection. With 49ers GM John Lynch in attendance for Trubisky’s pro day at North Carolina, they looked like the team most interested. Instead, Chicago made San Francisco an offer it couldn’t refuse to trade up from No. 3 overall to No. 2: that pick, two third-rounders over two years and a fourth-rounder.

There were different questions about Trubisky, Mahomes and Watson going into the draft. For Trubisky, those concerns were mainly about his limited college starting experience. In terms of arm, pocket awareness, accuracy and athleticism, Trubisky checked the most boxes with his tape and workouts. Mahomes had the bigger arm. Watson had the championship-winning pedigree.

The perception was Mahomes was a bit raw coming out of Texas Tech. The knock on Watson was that he needed to become more consistent, related to his delivery and accuracy. Some teams also were uncomfortable catering to his running ability.

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Bears coach John Fox was a big presence at Watson’s pro day, where Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sold Watson as “Michael Jordan.” But between signing Mike Glennon to a big deal as a bridge QB and a real debate on whether Trubisky, Mahomes, Watson or Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer was the best QB prospect in the class, Chicago wasn’t seen as a team locked into addressing the position so early.

Pace, knowing the Bears’ recent revolving-door history at quarterback, wanted the stability with which he became familiar while working as the Saints’ director of player personnel. Trubisky was impressive enough in the most ways at the time for Pace to think he could as efficient as Drew Brees.

Fox was headed toward being replaced after one more season, so the near future won over the immediate present. Glennon, as expected, proved he was badly overpaid. Trubisky started 12 games, hinting at his promise despite a shaky supporting cast.​

MORE: Why Trubisky will stay in Chicago in 2020

Mahomes enjoyed a meteoric rise up the draft boards, and there was a boom-or-bust feeling with him. There was sound reasoning for the Bears to go with Trubisky as their “safest” pick between a few unknown quantities.

The Bears made the 2018 offseason all about lifting Trubisky, as they hired Matt Nagy to replace Fox and then invested free-agent and draft capital into significantly upgrading the receiving corps. Pace backed up his Trubisky pick as Sports Grind Entertainment’ Executive of the Year. Trubisky passed and ran the Bears to a division title, but it was overshadowed by Mahomes becoming the runaway NFL MVP in his first season starting in Year 2.​​

Trubisky and Nagy have not meshed, and for some reason, Trubisky reined in his running skills to his detriment in 2019. He is now facing a make-or-break fourth season to determine his status moving forward in Chicago.

Why the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes

Nagy was still in Kansas City as Andy Reid’s offensive coordinator during the 2017 draft. John Dorsey was still the GM before being fired later in the offseason. Brett Veach, before being promoted to replace Dorsey, was the co-director of player personnel.

That four-man combination made the Chiefs the team the most enamored with Mahomes.

Dorsey once saw the rifle of Brett Favre work for him in Green Bay, and Mahomes’ arm proved to be comparable. Veach vouched most for Mahomes after warming up to his massive pro-ready talent early in the draft process. Reid accepted how Mahomes could master his offense with his accuracy and his athleticism. Like Mahomes, Nagy was a confident, prolific, high-volume downfield college passer at Delaware. The stars aligned for Mahomes to get his shot in Kansas City.

MORE: Projecting Mahomes’ record contract with Chiefs

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The Chiefs had the luxury of already having a playoff team and a strong veteran QB solution with Alex Smith. They were aggressive, too, in trading up to get Mahomes, giving up the No. 27 overall pick, a third-rounder and a 2018 first-rounder to move up all the way to No. 10.

In recent drafts, quarterback boards have varied from team to team based how they feel a particular player can fit their offensive system and philosophy, rather than a pure ranking of QBs. The Bears’ and Chiefs’ front offices simply were called to different QBs.

In reality, the Bears didn’t pass on Mahomes because he didn’t really get the consideration Trubisky did. Had the Chiefs been the ones picking first, Mahomes would have gone ahead of Trubisky.

Why the Texans drafted Deshaun Watson

The Texans had an affinity for taking players from Clemson (DeAndre Hopkins, first round in 2013) and South Carolina (Jadeveon Clowney, first overall in 2014) high in recent drafts. Late team owner Bob McNair was a native of North Carolina and went to South Carolina.

Watson got plenty of attention for dominating in the Palmetto State, leading Clemson to the 2016 national championship and having a stellar individual college career that fell just of a Heisman Trophy. The Texans also aggressively traded up to No. 12 by giving up No. 25 and a 2018 first-rounder to the Browns to make sure they got Watson.

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Now former GM Rick Smith was all over scouting Watson and what the QB could bring to Houston with off-the-charts intangibles to go with a special skill set, much like Veach was with Mahomes and Pace was with Trubisky. Coach Bill O’Brien buying into Watson as a potential prized pupil was huge, because we know what has happened since Watson as a rookie quickly displaced Tom Savage as starter. 

Knowing what we know now about all three QBs, 20-20 hindsight says the order would have been Mahomes, Watson, Trubisky. Because NFL drafting is an inexact science based on prospect projections, the Bears did their best based on the information they had.

The bottom line: Between quarterbacks like Mahomes, Watson, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson, NFL teams thinking outside the box and more about upside has rewarded them. There’s no such thing as a safe pick at the league’s most important position.

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‘Pinstripe Pod’ Episode 31: Yankees-Indians Playoff Preview

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The Yankees will begin their push for a 28th championship on Tuesday when they begin their best-of-three game series in Cleveland against the Indians. To break down the opening playoff series, we bring you a brand new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and four-time World Series champion Jeff Nelson.

The guys open the show talking about the Yankees’ struggles this week going into the postseason. Nellie points to the team not being very good defensively and how it could hurt them in the playoffs. They talk about having to face the Indians, which is the one team they did not want to face. Can Gerrit Cole beat AL Cy Young Award favorite Shane Bieber? Can the Yankees find a way to win two out of three games?

In “Nellie’s Nugget,” Nellie looks back at some of his favorite postseason memories with the Yankees. The guys wrap up the segment making their predictions for the series. They believe if the Yankees win Game 1, they will win the series.

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Longtime NY Post Yankees beat writer George King then drops by the show. King talks about his decision to retire in November following the season. King gets into how special it was for Don Mattingly and Aaron Boone to say nice things about him after the game Sunday. He talks about some of his favorite memories covering the Yankees over the years, highlighting the memorable 2001 World Series. King discusses how journalism has changed over the years and how everything is much quicker today than it used to be. He wraps it up previewing the Yankees-Indians series and explains why the Yankees have a chance to win it.

Catch up on all episodes of “Pinstripe Pod,” a New York Yankees podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Chris Shearn on Twitter @ChrisShearnYES and Jeff Nelson @NYNellie43. The next episode of the podcast drops following the Wild Card round. 

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