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Collin Sexton endeared himself to the Cavaliers with his competitive streak Authentic Marcus Mariota Jersey , speed and attitude long before they picked him in the NBA draft.
His jersey number showed them something else: He’s fearless.
Sexton made quite a first impression by deciding to take No. 2, his college number but also the one previously worn in Cleveland by All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. After showing off his jersey at a news conference Friday, Sexton said he doesn’t feel pressure to live up to Irving’s high standards.
”Not at all,” he said. ”Coming in, I’m going to set goals for myself and then as well there’s going to be team goals set. But I feel like I’m not going to have to live up to anybody’s shoes, but I’m going to come in and learn and be the best player I can be on the court as well as off the court.”
Some Cleveland fans feel No. 2 should be retired. After all, Irving made the biggest shot in franchise history in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals before asking to be traded last summer to escape the daunting shadow cast by LeBron James.
Maybe one day No. 2 will hang in the rafters. For now, it belongs to Sexton.
With an eye toward rebuilding – and maybe persuading James to re-sign this summer – the Cavs selected Sexton, the lightning-quick Alabama point guard, on Thursday night with the No. 8 overall pick. As a freshman Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey , the 19-year-old Sexton carried the Crimson Tide to the NCAA Tournament, for a brief time giving the school’s rabid football fans a late-winter diversion before coach Nick Saban blew his whistle in spring practice.
The Cavs believe Sexton, who earned his ”Young Bull” nickname in high school for his charge-ahead playing style, can help them finally offset the loss of Irving. Without him, Cleveland lacked a dependable second-scoring option for James; the club spent the entire season with a virtual revolving door at the position as coach Tyronn Lue started eight point guards.
Irving’s absence was never felt more than in the Finals as the Golden State Warriors only had to concentrate on James. The Cavs didn’t have another player capable of breaking down their defense.
Sexton gives Cleveland a new weapon.
He’s in good hands. At Alabama, Sexton played for former NBA guard Avery Johnson, and he’s being passed to Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, a 14-year pro looking forward to developing the youngster.
”I’ve watched him play,” Lue said. ”I understand who he is as a player and as a person, talked to his parents a lot throughout the course of his college selection Youth Tyler Pitlick Jersey , so I know them very well. I’m just excited, man. To be able to have a young talent that I can help mold and build and make better and teach him what suit to wear, what shoes to wear with a suit, how to tie a tie, when you go to dinner, things like that that Bryan Shaw and Robert Horry and Ron Harper and those guys taught me, so I’m very excited about that.”
Sexton wowed the Cavs during his personal workout, which came one day after Cleveland was swept by the Warriors. He attended Game 4, and as he witnessed James, Kevin Durant and others competing at the highest level the game offers Womens Tom Pyatt Jersey , Sexton could imagine one day being part of the action.
”Like the seats were shaking,” he said. ”Fans were screaming. Just I feel like I’ll be ready to play in something like that when it’s my time.”
Sexton smiled throughout his introductory news conference, which came following a nearly sleepless night in New York. And while he came across as easygoing and affable, there’s a darker side to Sexton.
On the floor, he’s ferocious.
”When you get between those lines, there’s no friends,” he said. ”When you get between those lines it’s us against them, and we’re trying to win. It’s like a switch that cuts on. It’s go time when you get on the court.”
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots has all the incentives to become the NFL’s highest paid tight end.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Thursday the Patriots have added $4.3 million in incentives to Gronkowski’s contract for the next two seasons. The deal includes $1 million in per game bonuses and $3.3 million in incentives for catches, playing time and touchdowns.
Gronkowski has the potential to make $12.3 million this season and $13.3 next year when his base salary jumps to $9 million.
If he hits all the incentives Authentic Drew Brees Jersey , Gronkowski would be the NFL’s highest paid tight end. He is fourth among tight ends in base salary, trailing Green Bay’s Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Kansas City’s Travis Kelce ($9.36 million) and Washington’s Jordan Reed ($9.35 million).
Most of the incentives are reachable if the 29-year-old says healthy.
The nine-year veteran would receive incentives of $1.1 million for 70 catches, playing 80 percent of the offensive snaps, nine touchdown catches and 1,085 yards receiving. However, he can collect on no more than three incentives.
Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in 14 games last season.
Gronkowski’s deal was first reported by ESPN.
This is the second straight year the Patriots have added incentives to Gronkowski’s contact before the start of the season.
Gronkowski has not caught a pass in limited action in the preseason. He warmed up with the Patriots before Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Giants, but he was not expected to play.
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