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|鈥?Anthony Barr has scrolled through the social media hate messages directed at him from disgruntled fans of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.One of them even arrived in the mail .When Barr and the Vikings visit Green Bay on Saturday night Clay Matthews Jersey Youth , the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker is bound to be the primary target of jeers at Lambeau Field. Barr, after all, delivered the hit that broke Rodgers’ collarbone and sidelined him for nearly eight games, derailing a promising season for the Packers.“It’s inevitable. Aaron Rodgers is to Green Bay what LeBron is to Cleveland,” Barr said. “You’re responsible in a way for their guy going down, you’re going to take some heat. It just comes with the territory.”No matter how profane or vile the sentiments on Instagram or , Barr has shrugged them off. That’s befitting of his laid-back Los Angeles personality, a soft-spoken style that’s a polar opposite of the strength, instinct and speed Barr has displayed on the field in Minnesota’s dominant defense.“He’s having a great year. He’s playing really good. He’s been very active. He’s on top of things. He makes a lot of checks for the defense,” said coach Mike Zimmer, who helped make Barr the first draft pick of his tenure when the Vikings took him ninth overall out of UCLA in 2014.With the athleticism of a running back that he started his college career as, Barr has represented the prototype for a linebacker in Zimmer’s 4-3 scheme with the ability to blitz by the center, drop into coverage and roam from side to side in run support. He’s third on the team with 84 tackles, eight for loss, according to statistics compiled from the coaching staff’s film review.“I didn’t really know what to expect or where I was going to fit in Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , but I soon learned that there was a spot for me and that I could make an impact in different ways,” Barr said, leaning his 6-foot-5, 255-pound frame back in a folding chair at team headquarters after a recent practice.Smarts are another important asset.“I’m very situationally aware,” he said. “I feel like they’ve done a good job, the coaching staff and my teammates, of really easing the learning curve for me.”Near the end of the 2016 season that was a disappointment for most everyone in purple, Zimmer said Barr sometimes had a “tendency to coast a little bit.” Perhaps that was simply part of the Southern California cool he carries, but the comment from the coach served as motivation for Barr to raise his performance in 2017.Off the field, he’s plenty inspired, too.His mother, Lori Barr, is the engineer of the fledgling Raise The Barr foundation, which is designed to support single moms with college scholarships and day-care assistance, among other benefits. The focus is on applicants from California and Minnesota Cheap Robert Golden Jersey , for now. The goal is to one day spread the program nationally.“You see these people and think we were once in their shoes. It just reminds you of where you came from and how you got to where you are,” Barr said. “It just makes you appreciate everything that’s come your way.” Barr’s father is Tony Brooks , once a star running back at Notre Dame. He and Lori dated while they were in college, and Anthony was born the month before Brooks went to the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1992 NFL draft. They eventually broke up, though, and the Barrs moved to California to be near family.Lori worked as a waitress to help continue her higher education, all the while raising Anthony on her own. She finished her degree, became a counselor and, later, a school principal. Anthony still tries to check in with Brooks from time to time, but they’ve never had a close relationship.“My mom’s been an educator almost her whole life and is a very selfless person,” Barr said, reflecting on the impetus for starting his foundation last year. “I have a lot of those qualities, too.”Raise The Barr has reached double digits in scholarship awards.“We do feel like education is the benchmark to breaking the cycle of poverty,” Barr said. “Education is knowledge is power Dante Pettis Jersey , as cliche as it sounds.”Rodgers won’t have the opportunity for revenge on Saturday night, because he’s been placed back on injured reserve with the Packers eliminated from postseason contention. Brett Hundley will start instead , with the NFC North champion Vikings (11-3) chasing a first-round bye for the playoffs.The fans might not have forgotten Barr’s takedown of Rodgers to the U.S. Bank Stadium turf on Oct. 15, but the Packers haven’t exactly been dwelling on it more than two months later.“It’s football. You take hits like that, and things happen,” Packers linebacker Nick Perry said. “You can’t control those things.” The Latest on the NBA Awards, where the league’s individual honors are being presented (all times local):
James Harden of the Houston Rockets is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
He joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.
Harden led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four. He helped the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins.
Harden beat out Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans.
Oscar Robertson commends the activism of today’s NBA players, although he wonders why more white athletes aren’t speaking out.
”Where are the white athletes when this is happening?” he said backstage at the NBA Awards. ”It’s not just black athletes when you see injustice in the world.”
Robertson went on to say he hopes ”the whites and the blacks can get together, even with the football,” a reference to NFL players who have taken a knee or sat in silence during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
The Hall of Fame guard was presented with the NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The NBA gave Oscar Robertson a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bill Russell gave Charles Barkley something else.
Barkley and fellow Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were the presenters when Robertson received his honor. After Barkley mentioned Russell, Boston’s Hall of Fame center flipped his middle finger in Barkley’s direction.
Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season. His antitrust case against the NBA also ushered in free agency for players. Robertson says that was his most important assist.
Russell received the inaugural award last year.
The name on everyone’s lips around the NBA isn’t at the league’s awards show.
LeBron James isn’t attending the show, where he’s vying for a fifth career Most Valuable Player award.
James has until Friday to tell the Cavaliers if he will pick up his $35.6 million option for next season or opt for free agency. Rumors about his future have spawned a cottage industry in the sports world.
Dwane Casey has won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award for his work with his former team Falcons Game Jerseys , the Toronto Raptors. He was fired last month and has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history. Toronto won a team-record 59 games. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time.
Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston.
Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers is the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.
The guard became the first player to average at least 20 points for the first time in his 13th season or later. He led the league in fourth-quarter points and scoring average.
He beat out Houston’s Eric Gordon, last year’s winner, and Fred VanVleet of Toronto.
Williams kissed his two young daughters on his way to the stage after becoming the Clippers’ third winner in the last five years.
Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz is the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The center was the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive first team.
Gobert anchored a Jazz defense that ranked second in the NBA in defensive rating.
He beat out Anthony Davis of New Orleans and Joel Embiid of Philadelphia.
Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers has won the Most Improved Player at the NBA Awards.
The guard averaged 23.1 points in his first season with the Pacers. He earned his first All-Star berth, too.
Oladipo also led the league in steals for the first time.
He beat out Clint Capela of Houston and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets.
Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers has won Rookie of the Year honors at the NBA Awards.
The guard averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to post those numbers in a season.
Simmons helped Philadelphia to a 52-30 record, including ending the season with a 16-game winning streak.
He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston.
The NBA Awards aren’t just about the hardware. Everyone gets fed, too.
Players and their guests are sitting down to dinner at the second annual show. On the menu is salad with avocados, grapefruit and green goddess dressing, and a main course of wild seabass with rice and steak.
Dessert is a vanilla cream puff, chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and pavlova with lemon curd and blueberry.
Jeanie Buss says she has complete faith in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ front office no matter how Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka want to build the team, whether it’s through trades, free agency or the draft.
Buss says she asked them a year ago to identify a style of play for the team and make decisions that reflect that style. She describes the Lakers’ style as fast and says it’s about passing and sharing the ball while committing to each other as a team.
Buss is the team’s controlling owner and president. Johnson is the team’s president of basketbal.
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