David Robinson: Spurs would be ‘crazy’ not to want Irving

When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, he listed the San Antonio Spurs as one of his preferred destinations.

Spurs legend David Robinson would love to see his old team make a move for the All-Star point guard.

“We’d be crazy not to want a talented guy like that. He’s been a force for (the Cavaliers),” the 52-year-old Hall of Famer said Monday on SiriusXM NBA Radio‏.

“I certainly think you add a talent like that to a system that can … enhance his impact in the game and make him more efficient.

“It’s just an enjoyable atmosphere where your teammates encourage one another, love one another. I can only see positive things. … We can only dream about good stuff like that.”

Irving, 25, would serve as a promising replacement as San Antonio’s starting point guard with the 35-year-old Tony Parker entering the twilight of his illustrious NBA career and still recovering from injury.

Related: Which of Kyrie’s 4 reported teams of interest is the best fit?

It’s worth noting, though, that Irving wants out of Cleveland and into a situation where he can be the focal point on offense. That’s reportedly what LaMarcus Aldridge sought when he signed with the Spurs two years ago, but he’s had to play second fiddle to superstar Kawhi Leonard. The same dynamic would likely materialize in San Antonio between Irving and Leonard.

And while the Spurs may have been one of the 20 or so teams that contacted Cleveland to inquire about Irving, they don’t appear to be one of the favorites to land him. The Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves are believed to be the front-runners in the Irving sweepstakes based on the assets they can send back to the 2016 champs.

The four-time All-Star averaged 25.2 points, 5.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals last season for the Cavs, who made their third straight Finals appearance. He has two guaranteed years remaining on his deal in which he'll earn about $ 39 million.

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Crazy: Car Plows Through Counter-Protesters At White Supremacist Rally In Virginia!

Multiple people were reported injured after a vehicle drove through a crowd of counter-protesters Saturday after police put a stop to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. According to reports from the scene, counter-protesters were celebrating driving the white supremacists from Emancipation Park, which was supposed to be the site of the main rally when a car drove right through a crowd injuring multiple people. Posted By Persist

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Chargers’ Hayward: ‘It’s crazy’ I’m not considered among best corners

Casey Hayward didn’t feel very respected after the Green Bay Packers let him walk out the door in 2016, and after leading the league in interceptions as a Charger last season, he’s still not getting the appreciation he wants.

The 27-year-old cornerback told Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne that his statistics are "bananas" compared to the players considered by most observers to be the best at his position. With 16 interceptions and only six touchdowns given up in his five-year career, he might have a point.

"When you put my numbers up against other people's numbers," said Hayward, "it's crazy that people aren't saying my name."

Hayward tweeted in May that he felt his statistics spoke for themselves in 2016.

While he’s frustrated that he hasn’t been in most conversations to determine the best cornerback in the league, Hayward plans to put on a repeat performance this season so that his critics have to take notice.

“I want to be the best corner in 2017,” said Hayward. “That’s what I strive to be. I thought I was the best corner in 2016. Let’s see who’ll be the best corner in 2017.

“When I do it again, people will say, ‘Oh, he did it again.’ And I’ll get my true due.”

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2017 Hall of Fame breakdown: Kurt Warner’s long, crazy journey to Canton

Matt Williamson is a former scout for the Cleveland Browns and spent 10 years at ESPN as a scout and co-host of “The Football Today Podcast.”

The NFL season is right around the corner, and this year's Hall of Fame inductions will rightfully kick off the campaign. The 2017 class is composed of Morton Anderson, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Kurt Warner. Over the next two weeks, we'll highlight the four best-known players – Warner, Tomlinson, Davis, and Taylor – beginning with the former quarterback.

Warner’s journey to the Hall of Fame was as unlikely as anyone's who has ever been enshrined. He came from nowhere to reach superstardom.

Even more impressive was that he enjoyed two separate stints of greatness – with the Rams during “The Greatest Show On Turf” years and later with Arizona – despite going through a significant career hiatus in the mid-2000s.

Warner played for St. Louis from 1998 until 2003, dominating the early years but then appearing in just nine games over the final two seasons. He then went to the Giants, playing 10 games there during Eli Manning’s rookie campaign.

In 2005, Warner joined the Cardinals and played just 16 games across his first two seasons. He found himself in a playing-time battle with Matt Leinhart, a young, highly touted quarterback from the 2006 draft class.

Warner outlasted the Leinhart threat and finally regained his status as a premier signal-caller during his final three NFL seasons.

His career arc, right from the get-go, was amazing. It took an injury to Trent Green for Warner to even get his first starting opportunity. We may never have heard of him otherwise.

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What about Warner as a player? In St. Louis, he played under head coach Dick Vermeil, but the offense belonged to coordinator Mike Martz. Warner had a fantastic supporting cast around him. You know the names: Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace, Torry Holt, and Isaac Bruce, just to name the other Hall of Fame-level talents on that legendary offense.

But it was Warner who made it all go.

Never an elite athlete, Warner navigated the pocket very well while always keeping his eyes downfield. In fact, over his career he often showed outstanding toughness and discipline by holding the ball until the last possible instant before firing a strike downfield and inevitably getting drilled by a fierce pass-rusher. Warner took a lot of big hits, which endeared him to his teammates and showed a great dedication to winning.

But it also made him a great fit with Martz, along with Bruce Arians in Arizona. Both of those offensive minds stressed deep drops and deep shots downfield. And neither coach ever put a premium on protection. That suited Warner perfectly. He led the NFL in average gain per attempt three times, while Martz and Arians had the right quarterback for their systems.

Warner also had a strong arm and a very quick release. Especially with the Rams, he excelled firing the ball into tight windows in the middle of the field on deep digs and crossers. He completed countless passes that many quarterbacks wouldn't even attempt.

He had a great mind for the sport and processed information very quickly, and played some of his best games when it mattered most. In fact, Warner was the first quarterback in history to throw for 300 yards in a Super Bowl three different times, including a 414-yard effort in Super Bowl XXXIV in a winning effort over the Titans.

It was an incredible journey. Warner went from being undrafted and then cut by Green Bay, to bagging groceries, playing in the Arena League, and then moving to NFL Europe before latching on with the Rams, starring briefly in New York, and finally resurrecting his career in Arizona. And now, he'll be in Canton for eternity.

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Harper can’t stay in NYC for more than 3 days: ‘It’s pretty crazy and hectic’

If Bryce Harper can't stand New York City for more than three days, how will he sign a contract to play there for 10 years?

The former National League MVP decided to rip on the Big Apple once again, only a few days after calling New York Mets fans "rude."

"Going to New York City for a couple days, I want to get out of there in about three days," Harper said, according to Scott Gleeson of USA Today Sports. "You go there for three days, it’s pretty crazy and hectic, and I want to go back home. I want to go back home to D.C."

Related: Harper says Yankees speculation part of human nature

When asked about the Yankees specifically, Harper had better things to say, admitting he wants to build a winning culture with the Nationals similar to that of the Bronx Bombers and went on to sing the praises of rookie sensation Aaron Judge.

“They’ve got tradition. That’s the thing I want to do in D.C. That’s why it’s so amazing to be able to start with a team that you can build the most tradition you can with,” he said.

“(The Yankees) got a lot of great talent, but that’s their team, and Judge is doing a great job being a leader of that team. He’s paving the way for all of those guys out there. But I just try to focus on doing what I can to help (the Nationals) win on a daily basis.”

Harper will earn $ 13.6 million this season and is under contract for $ 21.6 million in 2018 before becoming a free agent the following year. Several teams including the Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned as possible fits for the free-agent-to-be.

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