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Amare Stoudemire: If I’m the owner of the 76ers, I can’t commit to giving James Harden a max deal

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Nets coach and former NBA big man Amar’e Stoudemire recently slammed Harden, saying that he does not deserve to receive a max deal from the Sixers. “I can’t commit to that,” he said of offering James Harden a max deal. “If I’m the owner of the Sixers, I cannot commit to giving him a max deal. I just don’t see the dedication that I would need to see from my top 75 player. You have to be able to have a certain level of determination and focus on being the best player you can possibly be and also be there for your teammates when they need you the most. … If he’s not capable of doing that as a max player, I’m not going to be willing to now give you a max contract if you’re not showing me that you can handle the situation.”

Source: Jonathan Sherman @ ahnfiredigital.com

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich

A lot on the line for James Harden in this series: si.com/nba/heat/miami…1:24 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN

Optimistic view is Nets finally learned. Catering to Irving got them 1 playoff series victory in three years, a wronged head coach (Atkinson), a silly choice of DeAndre over Jarrett, a disgruntled (Harden), a damaged (Simmons) and an enormous payroll.

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Anthony Puccio @APOOCH

Former Nets assistant Amar’e Stoudemire questions James Harden’s dedication, commitment on ESPN pic.twitter.com/TCgKj8uRgy12:44 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Joel Embiid is back at his customary spot with James Harden at the far basket as we get let into shootaround before tonight’s Game 6. Embiid wasn’t on the court when we got let in prior to Games 3 and 4. – 11:11 AM

Rob Mahoney @RobMahoney

James Harden has become a conditional superstar: theringer.com/2022/5/12/2306…9:58 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU

Most 40-point games, last 4 postseasons:

Giannis Antetokounmpo (now 7)

Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant (6)

Devin Booker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell, Jamal Murray (4)

Damian Lillard (3)

– James Harden, Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum (2) – 9:53 PM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael

Game on the line who do you trust to make the 3 in a pivotal playoff game: Harden or Giannis?

Do you want to trust your stats or your gut? – 9:46 PM

StatMuse @statmuse

Most 40-point playoff games since Giannis joined the league:

17 — LeBron

10 — Durant

9 — Harden

7 — Giannis pic.twitter.com/09viZnVP9A9:34 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer

From today’s press conference, Sean Marks started the season by predicting extensions for James Harden and Kyrie Irving. He ended it by being much more cautious after a wild year. On the start of a crucial Nets offseason: theathletic.com/3306751/2022/0…6:19 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype

“Not sure if this is breaking news to anyone, but players have biases and agendas, too. Just look at what happened during the All-Star starter selection after James Harden forced his way out of Brooklyn. Kevin Durant refused to take him.”

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Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto

Sean Marks on James Harden: “I think when players’ minds are made up, I think it’s foolish to try & change their minds. If it’s not a fit & you’re paying a guy $30+ million & it doesn’t work, you have to make a decision. I think that’s something that we did. We pivoted quickly.” pic.twitter.com/RtKB0geZ6A3:53 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA

Is James Harden still that guy for the Sixers?

@Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine discuss the tough situation Philadelphia is facing right now

#PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/jMOlJh9iUs2:36 PM

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On a recent episode of The Athletic NBA Show, Sam Amick shared some intel on James Harden’s contract situation with the Philadelphia 76ers. Amick says Philadelphia may know Harden won’t demand a max deal in free agency. “When the Sixers got him, their intel was that he would potentially be willing to take less. And obviously, you know, nobody knows him better than Daryl (Morey),” said Amick. -via RealGM / May 4, 2022

Sam Amick: When the Sixers got (James Harden), their intel was that he would potentially be willing to take less. And obviously, you know, nobody knows him better than Daryl (Morey). -via Spotify / May 4, 2022

“So here’s my second conspiracy theory,” said Zach Lowe on his podcast. “This one, James Harden himself just debunked, if you care about what is said at press conferences. So James Harden, it was reported I think by The Athletic, that James Harden opted in as part of his trade to Philadelphia. Then it was reported hours later that he in fact had not opted in. Then it was reported days later that the reason he had not opted in was that he just missed the deadline to file the paperwork with the NBA league office. The fax got stuck in the machine. Or the signature couldn’t be found or something. “Here’s the conspiracy. This is the one going around the league that James Harden, to be clear, just debunked. He’s going to decline his option, re-sign for less money, so that Philadelphia can dump Tobias Harris into somebody’s cap space and open up if they dump some other people an almost, almost, almost max slot for a third star. That’s the one that’s going around the league. And people who say that are like, ‘If that happens, some eyebrows at the league office might be raised.’ -via RealGM / February 16, 2022

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Miami football first three game times announced including Texas AM primetime

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Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The first three 2022 Miami football games have been announced. Miami will open the season by hosting Bethune-Cookman at 3:30 p.m on the ACC Network. In week two Miami will host Southern Mississippi at noon on the ACC Network. Miami will play its first road game at Texas A&M in week three at 9 PM on ESPN.

The Hurricanes game at the Aggies kickoff time could be pushed back that night. Mississippi State plays at LSU at a 6 PM on ESPN prior to Miami and Texas A&M. Miami returns home to conclude non-conference play against Middle Tennessee State on September 24. The MTSU kickoff will be announced later.

Miami leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 2-1. The Hurricanes won the most recent games in 2007 and 2008. Miami will be playing Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi for the first time. The last time Bethune-Cookman and Miami played was in 2019 in a game that was the first win for Manny Diaz.

The entire 2022 Miami football schedule will be played on Saturdays. Miami is at Clemson on November 19. That is the game most likely on the remainder of the Miami football schedule to be played in primetime. Miami opens ACC play against North Carolina on October 8 following a bye week.

The remainder of the 2022 Miami football schedule is October 15 at Virginia Tech, October 22 versus Duke, October 29 at Virginia, November 5 against Florida State November 12 at Georgia Tech and November 26 against Pittsburgh. Miami has an entirely new non-conference schedule in 2022 from their 2021 opponents.

This could be the last season the ACC plays with divisions. The NCAA ruled earlier this month that divisions are not required to play conference championship games. Miami was second in the ACC Coastal Division in 2021 with a 7-5 record overall and 5-3 in the ACC. Miami gave ACC Champion Pittsburgh its only 2021 loss.

The Hurricanes will be seeking to avenge losses to Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia. With all three games at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami should be favored versus FSU, UNC and UVA in 2022. In the inaugural season with Mario Cristobal as the head coach, Miami should receive a lot of attention nationally.

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WWE’s Gable Steveson reportedly wants to return to Minnesota Gophers amateur wrestling

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Gable Steveson might not be done with amateur wrestling.

According to TwinCities Pioneer Press, although Steveson said that last season would be the end of his amateur wrestling days, he has one year of NCAA eligibility remaining and he is looking into possibly coming back for the Gophers’ 2022-23 season.

Gophers wrestling coach Brandon Eggum said, “I know he would like to wrestle, and he loves competing.” He added, “It would have to be something he works out with the WWE and Vince McMahon.”

Eggum said that the details have to be ironed out. No word yet on how this will play out with WWE. Steveson is under a multi-year WWE contract and the company has high hopes for him to become a star somewhere on the level of Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar.

He got a big introduction last year at SummerSlam and was introduced by Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania in Dallas. There was talk that he would start on the Raw roster after Mania but he has yet to get into the mix.

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CM Punk mocks WWE’s decision to move Money In The Bank PPV to a smaller building

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As was noted earlier, WWE has moved the Money In The Bank show from Allegiant Stadium to the much smaller MGM Grand Arena, thus canceling out hopes to turn Money In The Bank into one of the “big 5” shows as far as ticket sales.

CM Punk took to Twitter to mock WWE’s decision by including a photo of Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan from WrestleMania VII advertising. Punk is referring to WWE moving Mania VII from the LA Coliseum to the smaller Los Angeles Sports Arena. Ticket sales were nowhere near close to selling out and it was reported at the time in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE was claiming that they moved to a different building because of bomb threats due to the heated angle between Slaughter and Hogan. The Observer noted that the ticket sales were actually to blame. Low ticket sales are likely to blame in this case as well.

The latest update on Money In The Bank ticket sales (via WrestleTix’s Patreon) is that WWE had Allegiant Stadium set up for 27,114 tickets. As of May 20, they had sold just 19,594 tickets. Allegiant Stadium can hold around 65,000 fans for NFL games and likely more than that for a wrestling event.

CM Punk making fun of WWE moving out of the stadium and into a smaller venue for MITB. When this happened in 1991 for WrestleMania VII, WWE said the move to the smaller building was because of bomb threats. pic.twitter.com/48mdO7Ra85

— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 27, 2022

CM Punk making fun of WWE moving out of the stadium and into a smaller venue for MITB. When this happened in 1991 for WrestleMania VII, WWE said the move to the smaller building was because of bomb threats. pic.twitter.com/48mdO7Ra85

— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 27, 2022

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