Category: Sports

“[Karl-Anthony] Towns has the tools to be a plus defender. He looked like he would be one — and soon — during the first half of his rookie season, and he has somehow gotten worse and worse since.”

— Zach Lowe on Karl-Anthony Towns’ defense as of late

“Somehow, Carolina [Panthers]’s Jerry Richardson took heat for not acting like a phony. He barely supported his players, didn’t join them on the sideline, and seemed like our safest bet to make a condescending remark that would make everything worse. The players settled the tension a few days later when Richardson invited the captains over to his planta — er, his house for dinner, then probably thought about reenacting Get Out scenes with them before deciding against it.”

— Bill Simmons on Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson regarding recent NFL protests

“We all know the warts: [Kyrie] Irving plays no defense, he’s a chucker, and Cleveland has been a disaster whenever Irving has had to play without [LeBron] James. As our Adrian Wojnarowski reported, teams have long had concerns about his night life. He does not profile as the best player on a championship team.”

— Zach Lowe on Kyrie Irving

“There’s no secret that she was one of the most unpopular players in the locker room so a lot of players have their opinions about her.”

— Boris Becker on Maria Sharapova’s recent return to tennis following a 15-month doping ban

“I don’t want [Manu Ginóbili] to ever retire. I’m gonna squeeze every last ounce of juice out of him. I’m gonna use him like a bar of soap.” — Gregg Popovich on Manu Ginóbili’s future retirement from the San Antonio Spurs from the National Basketball Association