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Amari Cooper Ends Night With 200 Yards In A Win Against The Chiefs

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Oakland Raiders wideout Amari Cooper has had bit of a quiet season this year. The first 6 games of the season Cooper only had 18 receptions for 146 yards. After two consecutive NFL Pro Bowl seasons, Coop was did not look like himself on the field.  On TNF, Cooper put any talks of him being in a slump to rest.

Cooper caught 11 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders edged the Chiefs 31-30 by scoring a TD on the final snap of the game. Cooper scored Oakland’s first touchdown of the game on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Derek Carr with 8:11 left in the first quart

Cooper caught his second touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make it a 13-10 game in favor of the Raiders, which became 14-10 after the extra point. Carr found Cooper open on a crossing route over the middle.

Amari was the first Raider player with 200 receiving yards in 52 years.

Cooper broke his previous career high of 178 yards. “We have a lot of playmakers at the receiver position,” Cooper said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “And we went into this week saying that we wanted to take more shots, more explosive plays. It was huge for me, it was huge for the team. Anytime that anyone can create some explosive plays, get first downs, we’re going to have more plays on offense. And eventually we’ll keep scoring.”

While talking about Cooper after the game, quarterback Derek Carr said “nothing changed in his demeanor or his mentality” heading into Thursday night and Cooper said he “went out there like I do every game.” The approach may have changed, but the results were a major step up for a player the Raiders need if they are going to make Thursday’s win the start of a better run.

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Kyrie Scores 47 Points In Overtime Comeback Win

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Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 47 points to win overtime against the Dallas Mavericks. The All-Star point lead overcame a 13 point deficit to lead the team to their eighth comeback win.

“We’re just unwavering in our approach, and I think that we’ve been that way.” said Kyrie after the game, “In the last few games, we’ve been down quite a few, so for us it’s just about battling back when teams get a comfortable rhythm, whether it’d be in the first half or the second half. As a group, we continue just to stick together throughout anything and everything.”

What made the Irving’s night even more special is that he became the first player since Larry Bird to score 47 points in a Celtics uniform.  Irving’s 47 points in Dallas came on 16-of-22 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. He scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in overtime.

According to NBA.com statistics, Irving leads the NBA with 65 points on 24-of-39 shooting (61.5 percent) in clutch situations, as defined by the final five minutes of regulation or overtime with the score within five points. Portland’s Damian Lillard ranks second with 55 clutch points; Cleveland’s LeBron James is third with 41.

“It’s just fun, man. Just fun, that’s it,” said Irving, “I don’t want to say that the NBA’s like playing at the park, but for me, I kind of just see it as that fun basketball. Just being out there, the fans are into it, especially when you’re on the road or you’re at home. And it’s just a fun environment, but you don’t want to always be in that situation. But if it is warranted for you to kind of be in that situation and you got to take over, that’s what you do.”

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Kobe Bryant Says He Wanted To Play For Duke

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Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players of all time. But he never attended college. For years Kobe has said he would have chosen either Duke or North Carolina if he had to pick schools.

On Sunday night one fan decided to ask Kobe to answer one of the biggest “What If” questions. The fan tweeted “If you went to college, which school?”

In 2013, Kobe said he would’ve selected North Carolina. Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2013, he changed up his story and said that he would have attended North Carolina to play with Vince Carter.

In 2017 Kobe responded with “Duke”.

During an interview in 2007, he suggested that he would have attended Duke, where he could have played at Cameron Indoor Stadium alongside guys like Elton Brand and Corey Maggette.

“I love [Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski],” Kobe said at the time. “[But] the truth has to come out.”

Kobe is just having fun with all of the fans. Kobe was too talented to not to go straight into the NBA and his career speaks for itself. Bryant is not losing any sleep for not playing in the 96-97 NCAA Tournament.

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Lebron James Would Sign Kaepernick If He Owned A Team

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It is clear that no NFL team will sign Colin Kaepernick. It doesn’t matter how many injuries they have at QB or how poorly their QBs are performing. Many people have spoken out about the NFL treatment of Kap. Even celebrities have chimed in on the topic from Jay-Z, John Meyer, to Steph Curry. Lebron James has also been outspoken about the Colin Kaepernick clearly being blackballed by the NFL owners.

Lebron James spoke to ESPN about the NFL the blackballing Kap. Teams that desperately need a quarterback have refused to sign Kap. The Broncos have championship defense but are 3-7 thanks to their QB play. Broncos QB Trevor Sieman has been sacked 25 times and thrown 10 INTs. The Jets are fine with taking Ls with Josh McCown. McCown only has 4 wins as the leader of the Jets and has been sacked over 35 times.

“I love football, but I’m not part of the NFL. I don’t represent the NFL. I don’t know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that. Just watching, he’s an NFL player.” said James “He’s an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he’s been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that.”

Sure the GMs will find a way to blame everyone except the QB. It is the poor offensive line, the other team outplayed us, or we have to go back to watch the tape. Owners stay quiet in public so they don’t have to get their hands dirty, but everyone who watches the games know what the deal.

“The only reason I could say he’s not on a team is because the way he took a knee,” James said. “That’s the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks — first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks — that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let’s just be honest.”

It’s hard to say otherwise with so many NFL teams in need of quarterbacks. The Bills just allowed Nathan Peterman to threw five interceptions in the first half. Peterman was the first quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL to throw five interceptions in a half.

At the end of the day, the NFL is a private business. Owners are more willing to have teams under .500 than to take a chance on Kap. But for Kap his actions has transcended the sport and that’s still worth something.

VIA: ESPN

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