Adrian Wojnarowski, Senior NBA InsiderMay 23, 2023 11:07 pm ET
The Phoenix Suns are nominating four candidates for the final round of interviews this week, including two NBA championship coaches Nick Nurse and Doc Rivers, sources told ESPN on Tuesday night.
Sources said that Nurse and Rivers will face senior management as well as two rising coaching stars: Suns assistant coach Kevin Young and Sacramento Kings assistant coach Jordi Fernandez.
Sources say Nurse has become a prominent candidate in the Suns’ and Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching quests. Nurse is one of three finalists in Milwaukee, sources said, including Golden State assistant coach Kenny Atkinson and Toronto assistant Adrian Griffin. Sources say he also interviewed the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Suns are looking for a successor to former coach Monty Williams, who was fired after the Suns lost in the Western Conference Semifinals to eventual conference champion Denver Nuggets. The Suns are offering a job that includes two of the league’s best players, Devin Booker and Kevin Durant.
Nurse’s five seasons as a Toronto coach included an NBA title in 2019, an NBA Coach of the Year award in 2020, and a 227–163 (.582) record.
Rivers compiled a 154-82 (.653) record in his three seasons, including 54 wins in 2022-2023, the franchise’s highest since 2000-2001. According to research by ESPN Stats & Information, the 66ers were one of three teams ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive effectiveness. Rivers had 16 consecutive winning seasons as a head coach.
Young coached in the G League for eight years, including head coaching for the Utah Flash, Iowa Energy and the Delaware 87ers. Toronto Raptors and Suns. Young has previously interviewed for head coach positions with the Sixers, Utah Jazz, and Washington Wizards in recent seasons.
Fernandez was an important part of Michael Malone’s Nuggets coaching staff for six seasons before becoming the Sacramento Kings’ deputy head coach under NBA Coach of the Year Mike Brown in 2022. He is a native of Badalona, Spain.
Georgia wide receiver Marcus Rosemie-Jexent was arrested Tuesday on charges of reckless driving and speeding. He was requested by Athens-Clark County Police and posted bail in less than an hour. Athletic.
Rosemie-Jexent is the fourth Bulldogs player to be arrested on off-season driving charges and fifth since the start of the 2022 season.
Defender Jalen Carter was arrested on March 1 ahead of the 2023 championship. NFL Draft Mix and match reckless driving and street racing. The allegations were linked to a January incident involving team member Chandler Lecroy, who crashed his car and died in an alleged street race, as did Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock.
Carter did not contest the charges and received 12 months probation, a $1,000 fine, 80 hours of community service, and was required to take a mandatory safe driving course.
Willock’s father files $40 million wrongful death lawsuit lawsuit v. Georgia Athletic Association in connection with the fatal accident. The lawsuit alleges that Carter had an “excessive speeding pattern” like the player had previously. previously cited for driving at nearly 90 mph in the 45 mph zone on the Atlanta highway.
Linebacker Jason Dumas-Johnson was arrested for racing and reckless driving just five days before the incident that killed Willock, and wide receiver De’Nylon Morrisette was arrested on multiple driving-related charges, including drunk driving, earlier this month.
Defense attorney Javon Bullard was also arrested last fall on charges of driving under the influence, but was never formally suspended for the incident.
Folks, the NFL offseason is coming to a point where everything is running its course. In fact, football won’t be played until maybe August and when the teams start their off-season training, the content is DRY.
EXCEPT HERE IN SB NATION.
The intersection between professional sports and anime is huge, especially in football. The traditional shōnen-amime mantra of going beyond your limits and defeating your enemy is synonymous with football, and everyone has wanted to be a Super Saiyan at some point.
Well, let’s turn that around today. We are going to build a whole football team from anime characters. It’s right. Whole starting offense, all starting defense and special teams. For the sake of team building, we will use God’s favorite staff, 21 staff, and use the 4-2-5 defense.
Okay, let’s start with the most important position.
Defenders: Shikamaru Nara, Naruto
Okay, listen to me. My QB needs to be smart enough to put everyone in the best position to succeed, but still be able to win with his own strength and what he does best. Shikamaru may look like your traditional QB game manager, but he’s best at winning with his wits and thinking ahead, and he can improvise when the going gets tough. His quick wits should help keep the attack on track as well as keep the ceiling high thanks to his ability to play off the structure.
Backup: Trafalgar Law, One Piece
Running back: Son Goku, Dragonball Z
Universe 7’s Strongest Warrior is my leader in this attack, and while he may not score very high on the S2 Cognition test, you can’t doubt measurable numbers. His speed makes him a home run threat every time he touches the ball, and he has the strength to do the dirty work between tackles. Saiyans are also said to get stronger during battles, so Goku won’t get tired when we get to the 4th quarter. Ultra Instinct Goku will be a TROUBLE in a running game.
Alphonse has shown that he is willing to do the dirty work when it comes to alchemy, often being second fiddle to his brother Edward. However, his versatility comes in handy here as a defender. He has the size (he’s literally a shenanigan of steel) and the strength to be the leading blocker in a running game, but also the agility and quickness to be a problem against opposing midfielders. He is also extremely reliable, which will come in handy on this team.
Backup: Thien, Dragon Ball Z
Tight End: Katakuri Charlotte, One Piece
Versatility is the essence of playing with this pick, and Katakuri will help the offense in both running and passing games. With the power of the Mochi-Mochi fruit, Katakuri must dominate the grappling point and also be extremely aggressive and physical in the running game. Just enter it into the area code and Katakuri will go and pick it up. He might take a break for a snack, but hopefully we can keep it under control.
Backup: Mirio Togata, My Hero Academia
Wide receiver: Monkey D. Luffy, One Piece
Apply the same idea of being the monster at the Katakuri capture point to Luffy here. Despite being a little short, Luffy has the speed and play power to dominate the outside. He could be a Ja’Marr Chase type of player, just take the ball in his hands and let it work.
Wide receivers: Shinra Kusakabe, Fire Force
This attack requires a lot of speed boost and we get that in Kusakaba. A person’s legs make him move so fast that he can disintegrate into particles whose speed exceeds the speed of light. He may be one of the fastest humans in anime, and that speed makes him a dangerous deep threat. Combine that with Luffy and Katakuri’s ability to catch fish and we’re cooking on gas guys.
Backups: Kakashi Hatake, Naruto, Piccolo, Dragonball Z
Left tackle: All Might, My Hero Academia
The symbol of peace appears here on the left, in which case we choose All Might from the first and second seasons, NOT after he completely loses his power. All Might has the strength, agility, and mindset to be an elite left takle as long as he maintains All Might’s peak form in the game.
Left Guard: Big Mom, One Piece
Every offensive line needs one and only one linesman who is a little out of his depth. This is the role of Big Mom. In the left-back position, she can use her brute strength and nasty temper to buckle on that side of the offensive line and leave the opponent’s defense behind her. She can also literally take souls, which is why we needed this on our team. Starvation is a serious problem, but I’m sure we can work it out.
Center: Jimbei, One Piece
The First Son of the Sea is in the center because we need someone to tie this offensive line together. Someone who doesn’t mind hiding from radar to keep the ship stable. Jimbei is strong, smart and ready to do the dirty work that we need in the center.
Right Guard: Bubblegum, My Hero Academia
Who bypasses it?
I think so.
Right Grip: Alex Louis Armstrong, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Armstrong is probably not the fattest player to put at fullback or center, but placing him in the right tackle seems like a good place for him. He can use his strength and willpower to reinforce his line of attack, which is a feature of the Armstrong family.
Now let’s move on to defense, where we have very strong attackers.
Defensive Ending: Thorkel, Vinland Saga
HE DELETED THE HORSE SO HARD THE HORSE FLYED INTO THE AIR! HE THROWED A BOULDER INTO THE VIKING SHIP AND DESTROYED THE FLEET! PUT THIS MAN ON THE EDGE AND LET HIM COOK!
Defensive end: Yujiro Hanma, Baki
They call this man “The Strongest Being in the World”. Not you. not a human. CREATURE. A light lock for this line of defense.
Backups: Eustass Kidd, One Piece, Silva Zoldyck, Hunter x Hunter
Protective tackle: Kaido, One Piece
In the One Piece universe, this person is the most powerful being in the world. A huge man who can also transform into a dragon and destroy islands on his own. Line it up in the bow rig and let it work.
Tackle: Broly, Dragon Ball
This is probably the biggest choice on the boom or bust list. Depending on which Broly we get, this line of defense will be absolutely intimidating. Dragonball Z Broly gave all Saiyans absolute hits, and while Dragonball Super Broly probably wasn’t that crazy, it’s just as strong. Super Broly is fine here, we just need some extra training to reach his full potential.
Backups: Franky, One Piece, Toppo, Dragon Ball Super
MIKE Linebackers: Jiren, Dragon Ball Super
It was a choice that I have fixed from the moment I decided to do this exercise. Jiren is versatile enough to wear multiple hats for this defense and has the devastating power to play all over the field. The battles between him and Goku were legendary in the Tournament of Power, and the practice battles between them will be just as amazing.
Backup: Asta, Black Clover
WILL Linebackers: Bucky Hanma, Bucky
Range, athleticism and bad temper give Bucky Hanma a head start in WILL. This defensive front is full of tough guys and it will be hard for you to try to dribble against them.
Backup: Eijiro Kirishima, My Hero Academia
Cornerback: Vegeta, Dragonball
It may not be high, but you can’t measure the amount of DAWG in it that Vegeta has. The prince of all saiyans talks a lot of crap, and we need that energy outside, around the corner. He has the athleticism to hold his own despite his size and his pride won’t let him lose to anyone ever.
Corner: Ichigo Kurasaki, Bleach
Remember that shitty conversation I made about Vegeta? Same for Kurasaki who is bigger than Vegeta and makes our defense the coolest non-CB duo of all time.
Backups: Yusuke Urameshi, Yu Yu Hakusho, Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto
Nickel Corner: Naruto Uzumaki, Naruto
It was an easy choice. Nickel corners have to wear a lot of headgear, and in modern protection they have to be able to do a lot. Uzumaki can be literally everywhere on the field at the same time as their shadow clones, and flooding the field with a lot of Naruto will make this passing defense impenetrable.
Backup: Krillin, Dragon Ball
Security: Gohan, Dragon Ball
Another choice I had when I first started this exercise. Gohan may wear multiple hats for this protection when playing in the deep parts of the field or moving into a running game. This ability to be versatile, combined with his seemingly limitless potential, makes him an easy choice for my QB defense. He definitely wears a green dot.
Security: Saitama, One Punch Man
The range and raw athleticism that Saitama can bring to this team is immeasurable. He also has one-hit knockout power, which makes him dangerous due to the opposing defense crossing the center.
Backups: Future Trunks, Dragon Ball Z, Katsuki Bakugo, My Hero Academia
Special commands also matter, so we have our kicker and player ready.
Kickers: Sanji, One Piece
The man literally does not fight with his hands. You must have some educated legs to do this. Sanji’s strength and range also allows him to strike from any distance as we cross the enemy’s 40 yard line.
Players: Nezuko Kamado, Demon Slayer
Yes, she is a demon, but she can also literally kick opposing demons, which makes her a great choice for our player. Just catch the ball and kick it far.
To top it all off, here’s who we have as head coach and coordinators.
Head Coach: Erwin Smith, Attack on Titan
Listen and tell me you won’t run through a brick wall for this man.
Offensive Coordinator: Anya Forger, Spy x Family
Now you’re probably wondering: JP, why are you holding a five-year-old child responsible for a crime? Well, it’s simple. This five year old has psychic powers and can tell what someone is thinking by looking at him, which will come in handy when we need to make adjustments to an attack. I would make her head coach, but she is five years old and I don’t think she’s ready for it yet.
Defense Coordinator: Senku, Dr. Stone
An incredibly intelligent character who can create and solve problems when things go wrong. Protection is in safe hands.
This team will most likely destroy every NFL team on its way to the Super Bowl because it’s simply the greatest team ever made. If they dedicate their hearts, ignite their hearts and go further plus ultra, they will win every game.
The Southern Section has produced some pretty good professional golfers like Tiger Woods and Collin Morikawa, but even they would have been impressed with what junior Matthew Robles of Warren did Thursday in the Southern Section individual final.
Robles hit 10 under 62, setting a course record at Riva Ridge Golf Course and winning the championship.
“He was great,” coach Josh Buell said.
Robles chipped twice, one for the eagle, the other for the bird on the 18th hole.
It’s freshman Teddy Turo ’26 leading the young Loyola Golf team to the River Ridge CIF-SS Team Qualifier in Oxnard!