Clippers’ Moe Harkless switching numbers to honor Kobe Bryant

first_imgTo honor Kobe Bryant, the Clippers’ Moe Harkless will join a growing list of current NBA players by personally retiring either Nos. 8 or 24, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.Harkless now will wear No. 11 instead of No. 8, according to Charania, who also reported that Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie’s decision to switch to No. 26 from No. 8 and Orlando’s Terrence Ross to wear No. 26 instead of No. 8.The Dallas Mavericks announced Sunday that they’d retire No. 24 indefinitely in honor of Bryant, who was among nine people killed, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday.Harkless, a 6-foot-7 forward, started wearing No. 8 this season, his first with the Clippers. He began his career sporting No. 21 with the Orlando Magic before wearing No. 4 during his four-year tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers. On Instagram on Sunday, Harkless paid tribute to Bryant, posting a photo of himself defending the five-time NBA champion with the caption: “Still at a loss for words … thank you for inspiring a young kid across the country in Jamaica Queens to want to make something of himself, real life superhero. RIP Mamba.”The Clippers’ next game is Thursday night (7:30) at Staples Center against the Sacramento Kings. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Related Articles Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

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CHELSEA WARNING! Blues must make Premier League title statement after Euro exit

first_imgMark Bosnich says Chelsea must get over the disappointment of their exit from Europe quickly or risk derailing their Premier League title bid.Jose Mourinho’s side were knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage on Wednesday night, with Paris Saint-Germain securing a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge to progress to the quarter-finals on away goals, despite playing the majority of the match with ten men.But Bosnich says the Blues must not get too downhearted and must now focus all their efforts on beating Southampton this weekend to maintain their charge for Premier League glory.“When you suffer such a disappointment, in whatever competition, it is so important to bounce back in your next game,” said the former Chelsea goalkeeper, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It is a very fine line between success and failure. There will be a few players feeling sore and mentally a bit tired because they went out to PSG so they have to go out and make a statement to the fans and to the Premier League.”Mourinho admitted his side got what they deserved against PSG, who hardly looked hindered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first-half sending off, and Bosnich agrees that the better team won through.“Laurent Blanc got it tactically spot on, especially after Zlatan Ibrahimovic got sent off,” he said.“He left Chelsea’s right-hand side unattended and made sure they had somebody on Eden Hazard. You just have to say well done to Paris Saint-Germain.”last_img read more

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