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NBA free agency: Danny Green explains why he signed with Lakers

first_img“I think our time was kinda up, but I think he was just trying to find the best situation where he could win,” Green said of Leonard and whether they were considering returning to Toronto. “And same for me, where we can win now. I’m getting older now, two or three years. The only reason why I kinda held off on Dallas a little bit is because it’s going to take some time. And I think L.A. probably is more in contention, more so sooner than Dallas is.” Green explained that the Mavericks heavily pursued him and were contenders, but he felt it would take too long for them to build a championship-winning team. Related News “So we’ve got to wait another day? And it seemed like forever, it’s only been five, six days really but damn. Day three you’re like, ‘Come on dude!’ Like, damn, feels like a month. But, I mean, I understand why he was waiting. I think he was waiting for both, or all three parties, to make moves — except for the Lakers — but the Clippers and Toronto, see what moves they’re going to make, what pieces they’re going to add to improve, or I guess to surround him. Especially in L.A.”Green and Leonard have been teammates for quite some time as the two played together with the Spurs starting in 2011. They both were traded to the Raptors last summer. “They expressed their interest, but at the same time as much as I wanted to be there, I knew that was going to be a building type of deal there and it was going to take two or three years before they started getting into the contention or to contender category I felt,” Green explained. “It all depended on how KP (Kristaps Porzingis) health-wise was, Luka (Doncic)’s coming up. A lot of things come into factor when it came to that.”It was a really hard conversation where I felt pressured into making the decision quick, because they put the heat on, but everybody in my family was like, ‘Be patient, relax, wait it out and see what happens first before you start jumping into anything.'”One aspect that made it hard for Green to make his decision was the fact that he was waiting for Leonard to decide first.“See, I talked to him in between meetings, ‘Oh I just got out of this meeting.’ ‘Alright, well how did it go?’ ‘Alright, it went good.’ ‘So, are you ruling this team out? Are you ruling this team out? Because I need to know man.’ And he’s like, ‘No, they’re still up there, they had a good meeting, we have another meeting tomorrow,'” Green said. Danny Green had no plans to return to Raptors, report sayscenter_img Danny Green became one of several free agents to sign with the Lakers after Kawhi Leonard joined the Clippers over the weekend, and he opened up about his decision on his podcast “Inside the Green Room with Danny Green.”The former Raptors guard went into detail about Leonard’s decision, while also revealing why the Lakers won out over other teams — like the Raptors and the Mavericks — that showed interest in him. Lakers free agency rumors: L.A. fills out roster with DeMarcus Cousins, 6 others after missing out on Kawhi Leonardlast_img read more

Spurs face crunch time in bid to shed nearly-men label

first_imgHaving nine Tottenham players among the four World Cup semi-finalists, a group that does not include key players Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min, underlines just how potent their squad should be.Yet since Pochettino took charge in May 2014, Tottenham have proved English football’s ultimate tease.Without silverware since the 2008 League Cup, Tottenham are in danger of becoming European football’s nearly men, a predicament that has raised the stakes for Pochettino and his players.At an age when Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola were already well established as managerial titans, the 46-year-old Pochettino is still waiting for his first trophy.Mauricio Pochettino is seeking his first trophy as Tottenham manager © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFCrumbling in the face of adversity has been a Tottenham trademark for decades and, while Pochettino has done much to raise standards at the north London club, he is yet to eradicate their tendency to repeatedly snatch failure from the jaws of success.In the 2015-16 season, Pochettino had Tottenham positioned as the most likely challengers to surprise leaders Leicester, only for a pair of damaging draws against West Brom and Chelsea to kill off their challenge.A year later, Spurs were breathing down Chelsea’s neck in the final weeks of the season, but one unexplainable tame loss at West Ham allowed their London rivals to pull away.Compounding Pochettino’s misery that season was Tottenham’s failure to make it out of their Champions League group and an FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea.Manchester City’s blistering form rendered all challengers irrelevant last season, but Spurs still managed to squander two opportunities to make a statement.Having overpowered holders Real Madrid in the group stage, they looked set for another impressive Champions League scalp after securing a 2-2 draw in their last-16 first leg at Juventus.However, despite taking the lead in the return leg, Pochettino’s team allowed Juventus to score two late goals that ended their European ambitions.– Fatigued –That frustrating setback was compounded by their FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester United — once again Tottenham led, only to limply surrender the initiative.Entering this season with the exact same cast of players — there were no signings partly due to the financial constraints of a delayed new stadium — has left Pochettino with his hands tied and the results have been entirely predictable.When a 3-0 win at Manchester United extended Tottenham’s perfect start, many pundits were quick to hail them as serious rivals for City’s title.But just days later, Tottenham reverted to type, allowing the momentum to slip from their grasp in a shock 2-1 defeat at Watford.Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Liverpool once again underlined that Spurs are far from the finished article, as a frustrated Pochettino admitted.“The reality is this type of game shows we need to improve if we want to be contenders at the end to win some titles,” he said.Harry Kane’s fatigued displays so far this season and the distraction of Hugo Lloris’s drink-driving arrest have added to the feeling that Pochettino faces the acid test of his managerial skills this season.The Argentinian must find a way to imbue his team with a killer instinct they currently lack, and if the players prove unable to respond then he will have to press chairman Daniel Levy to make signings in January.While it is too early to write off Tottenham’s chances of ending their trophy drought, Pochettino has made it clear he regards the Premier League and the Champions League as the only prizes that matter.With Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven also in Tottenham’s group, a defeat at the San Siro would be a significant setback to Pochettino’s hopes of finally getting his hands on that long-awaited trophy.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harry Kane was one of nine Tottenham players to feature in the World Cup semi-finals © AFP/File / OLLY GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Tottenham open their Champions League campaign at Inter Milan on Tuesday bidding to banish the growing belief that they lack the steel to win major silverware.Packed with dynamic young stars and well drilled by charismatic manager Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham appear to have all the ingredients required for a winning recipe.last_img read more