Monta Ellis Takes the Blame

Monta Ellis Takes the Blame

The day after the timeout that wasnt, Warriors guard MontaEllis took the blame.
Here was the situation the Warriors were down 117-114 to Cleveland, andLeBron James missed a shot with a little over five seconds remaining and Elliscame down with the rebound.Rather than rush upcourt, Ellis looked over to the bench tosee if coach Don Nelson wanted a timeout. While a precious second or two ranoff the clock, Nelson implored Ellis to push it upcourt.
By the time Ellis did, all he could muster in the frontcourtwas a pass to Stephen Curry, who missed badly on a 35-footer.Its over with now, Ellis said at practice on Tuesday.Theres nothing we can do.Theres no way we can change it. I think its me. Ive got to pay moreattention to the huddle because I asked a couple of guys and they said the samething -- that coach said if we got the ball just push it down and try to get ashot.
But I wasnt aware of that and it was on me. Like I said,aint nothing to talk about, just got to pay more attention. Nelson was surprised there was confusion. Not only did heremind his players during the timeout to push the ball upcourt, but thatspretty much his longstanding rule late in a game when you need a bucket in ahurry.
We caught the ball at the 3-point mark on the defensive endwith seven seconds to go, Nelson said. There shouldnt be a question. Werepushing that, especially when you need a 3 before they can set their halfcourtdefense, before they can foul. You might just walk into one.Thats your best chance. You would think Monta would knowthat playing for me all these years that I like to push it. But it didnthappen. We missed a couple of seconds and that probably hurt us a little bit.But its not big deal. Hell know it the next time.
--Center Ronny Turiaf didnt practice on Tuesday afterspraining his right ankle in Mondays game. He is listed as day-to-day, butNelson sounded as if Turiaf wouldnt be able to play Wednesday against Miami.I dont think so, but you never know, Nelson said. Hesactually walking just OK this morning. Hell get some treatment and well see.-- Matt Steinmetz

Large group of Colin Kaepernick supporters demonstrate outside NFL offices

Large group of Colin Kaepernick supporters demonstrate outside NFL offices

NEW YORK -- Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks, showed their solidarity with him and his cause at a rally outside the headquarters of the National Football League on Wednesday.

More than 1,000 people, many wearing jerseys bearing Kaepernick's name, crowded the steps outside the NFL's midtown Manhattan offices.

Kaepernick, who once took the 49ers to the Super Bowl, opted out of his contract with the team in March and remains unsigned. Supporters say he is being blackballed for his advocacy, but some critics say he should not have sat or kneeled during the anthem or contend his lack of a job is more about his on-field talent.

Chants at the demonstration included "Boycott! Boycott!" Women's March organizer Tamika Mallory, addressing football fans, said, "I don't care how long you've been watching football, if they don't stand up for your children, turn the damn TV off."

Political commentator Symone Sanders said, "We are all standing with Kaepernick. It is time for the NFL to put up or shut up."

Earlier Wednesday, the NAACP called for a meeting with the NFL to discuss the fate of Kaepernick, who was born to a white woman and a black man but was adopted by a white couple. The civil rights organization's interim president, Derrick Johnson, said in a letter to the NFL's commissioner, Roger Goodell, that it's apparently "no sheer coincidence" that Kaepernick isn't on a roster.

"No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech - to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL's own regulations," Johnson said.

The NAACP's state president in New York, Hazel Dukes, said: "Right now, the action of the league seems to imply to young black men that this league, which is comprised of 70 percent African-Americans, only values black lives if they are wearing a football uniform."

Goodell has said the league isn't blackballing Kaepernick.

Some other players followed Kaepernick's actions last season, and some are doing so in this year's pre-season. On Monday, a group of Cleveland Browns players prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. Among those kneeling was a white player, Seth DeValve. Another white player, Britton Colquitt, did not kneel but kept his hand on the shoulder of a teammate who did.

That protest earned the ire of an Ohio Supreme Court justice, the lone Democrat holding an Ohio statewide office. Justice Bill O'Neill wrote on Facebook that he wouldn't attend any games at which "draft dodging millionaire athletes disrespect the veterans who earned them the right to be on that field."

"Shame on you all," he said.

The young A's player that could be biggest beneficiary of Rajai Davis trade

The young A's player that could be biggest beneficiary of Rajai Davis trade

The A's traded veteran center fielder Rajai Davis to the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon, clearing yet another veteran from their roster.

In return they receive 18-year-old outfielder Rafael Rincones, a Venezuela native currently playing in the Dominican Summer League.

The move doesn't come as a shock in the grand scheme of things. Davis, 36, is signed only through this season and didn't fit in the plans of Oakland's current youth movement. He did, however, have to clear waivers before this move could happen. And he joins Yonder Alonso as the second veteran the A's have shipped off after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

The move opens up the possibility of Chad Pinder getting some playing time in center field against left-handers, as manager Bob Melvin has said he'd like to get Pinder some starts out there.

With recently promoted Boog Powell playing well in center, there's the chance he could draw some starts against lefties too, so it may not be a straight platoon. Pinder also sees playing time in right field, shortstop and second base.