Q&A: Ronnie 2K on Kevin Durant, JR Smith and Dion Waiters stories, what’s next for NBA 2K, more

NBA 2K23’s Ronnie 2K shares updates on the game and behind the scenes stories on Kevin Durant, JR Smith, Dion Waiters, and Harrison Barnes.

NBA 2K23, the hottest sports video game, has taken over Twitter recently, with ratings debated for the league’s top stars.

Ronnie Singh, better known as @Ronnie2K on social media platforms, spoke with HoopsHype and discussed the new additions to NBA 2K23 and behind-the-scenes stories with Kevin Durant, JR Smith, Dion Waiters, and Harrison Barnes. Singh also explained how a player’s rating is determined, how the cover athlete is selected, what’s next for 2K long-term, and more.

Browns: Looks like Alex Wright will start with Jadeveon Clowney out vs. Steelers

Jadeveon Clowney is out as the Cleveland Browns take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. This means rookie Alex Wright may be in line for the start.

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The Cleveland Browns will start third round rookie Alex Wright opposite Myles Garrett against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night. Head coach Kevin Stefanski has stated that Jadeveon Clowney is still reeling from rolling his ankle against the New York Jets and will need more than a short week to recover.

Also out is former third round pick Chase Winovich after playing 26 snaps on Sunday with little success. This more than likely means that seventh round rookie Isaiah Thomas will see a plethora of snaps, and Isaac Rochell looks likely to get called up from the Practice Squad on Thursday night.

The Browns need a bounce-back win in the worst way, and being down a starting pass rusher is not necessarily a great start towards preparation.

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Defensive coordinator Joe Woods addresses defensive performance vs. Carolina

A hard-fought win has the #Browns’ defense riding high heading into Week 2.

A monumental win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 has the Cleveland Browns positioned to be top dogs in the AFC this season. Due in no small part to the play of their defense, the Browns have become a dominant force on the gridiron, and defensive coordinator Joe Woods had a lot to say on Thursday about his unit’s success in their opening game.

Speaking to reporters at Cleveland’s press conference, Woods said that despite the defense’s concession of a few big plays that kept Carolina in the mix near the end, he was satisfied with their performance, and is looking to build on the early-season progress.

“That is life in the NFL,” He explained of the chunk plays. “It is two or three plays, and it always seems like the game goes down to the last series. You have to play really well and error free just to give yourself a chance. I was happy the way we started. I thought everything with [our] game plan went really well, but after that, the plays with the bad substitution on my part and the end of the second half, there were just two or three plays we didn’t execute well on and we got in that type of game.”

Though it might not have been a perfectly executed game in all four quarters, the Browns defense did more than enough to get the job done. Against the high-octane offenses of the modern NFL, sometimes the best a coordinator can do is hope to limit the damage and just keep the score reasonably low.

Nevertheless, Cleveland is primed to lean on their defense for more wins as the season moves along. If they can keep improving week by week and build on the momentum gained in their first tilt, the Browns will prove to be a tough out in time for the playoffs in January.

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Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. on the importance of team’s 1-0 start

A Week 1 win was just what the Browns needed to build momentum heading into the meat of their 2022 schedule.

The Cleveland Browns are out for blood in 2022 and got their season started with a bang in Week 1. Their triumphant 26-24 win over the Carolina Panthers felt like a statement of absolute dominance, even if the margin of victory was relatively slim.

The victory was made possible by several key players. Rookie kicker Cade York hit a game-winning field goal to put the Browns over the top, but it was the play of veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett that kept Cleveland within striking range of the lead throughout the contest.

In the team’s Wednesday morning press conference, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. expounded on the feeling that he got when the Browns emerged winners after the hard-fought game. He explained that he had talked to Brissett about the experience and what it meant to him to start the season with a win for the first time in his career.

“I’m just happy that he’s able to, you know, find a way to put one in the win column,” Walker said. “I told him, I think this is my first time, and probably his first time outside of his first year in New England, where we’ve started the season 1-0. That’s huge. I’ve always been 0-1 since I’ve been in the NFL, so to get that first win is pretty crucial, and I think that’s another emotional aspect of it for him, getting that first win of the year, no matter how you do it, just [to] get it done.”

While the season is far from over, Cleveland is certainly in a more advantageous position heading into Week 2 than they have been in previous years at this point. The culture of change within the Browns’ organization is palpable to all observers when compared to years past, and their Week 1 performance will serve as an important milestone in the franchise’s hopes of winning a Lombardi Trophy in the not-so-distant future.

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Ziaire Williams: ‘I want to be the best in everything’

Even though Ziaire Williams played sparingly in his rookie year, don’t think he will be sitting out for long. With Kyle Anderson on another team and Jaren Jackson Jr. injured to start the season, Williams has a legitimate shot to carve out a role …

Even though Ziaire Williams played sparingly in his rookie year, don’t think he will be sitting out for long. With Kyle Anderson on another team and Jaren Jackson Jr. injured to start the season, Williams has a legitimate shot to carve out a role with the Grizzlies.

The 6-foot-9 forward recently hosted a basketball camp at Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, hosted by Williams alongside Impact Sports and Herbalife Nutrition. Williams and his father, Ziaire Williams Sr. hope to turn the event into an annual thing. In fact, Williams made it a condition for sponsors he signed with to pay for all the expenses for clinics like this and any future ones so that underprivileged kids had a chance to come out free of charge.

HoopsHype caught up with Williams to talk about giving back to his community, his upcoming role next season, and the bond he has formed with his up-and-coming team.

Watch: Live interview with Jerry Jacobs from Detroit Lions Podcast training camp party

Dan Miller joined the Detroit Lions Podcast to help interview Lions CB Jerry Jacobs on Saturday night

Saturday night provided a treat for the fans who packed the Uptown Grille in Commerce Township for the sixth annual Detroit Lions Podcast training camp party. Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs appeared live for a Q&A period that also featured “Voice of the Lions” Dan Miller leading the interview.

We asked Jacobs about his recovery from a torn ACL and how he keeps a positive mindset about not being ready for the start of training camp. Jacobs shared some great insight on the defensive back room and the dynamics between the coaches and players under Dan Campbell.

It’s a great, candid 30 minutes with a player who fits prominently into Detroit’s future. After he left the stage, Jacobs graciously signed gear and took photos with fans — including one who had a Jacobs No. 39 jersey.

 

Dejounte Murray: Trae Young wanted me as bad as I wanted to go over there to help

All-Star Dejounte Murray discussed joining Trae Young and the Hawks, his time with the Spurs, and more with HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.

After becoming an All-Star for the first time with the Spurs, newly acquired Hawks guard Dejounte Murray is excited to form a backcourt tandem with fellow All-Star Trae Young and try to take Atlanta to the next level in the East.

Murray, who led the league in steals (2.0) and finished second in triple-doubles (13) last season, discussed his time in San Antonio, what to expect from pairing with Young, his expectations for the Hawks, and previewed his New Balance player exclusive sneakers in an interview with HoopsHype.

Interview: Lions QB Tim Boyle talks about his offseason work, playing for Dan Campbell and more

Interview: Lions QB Tim Boyle talks about his offseason work, playing for Dan Campbell and more

Lions quarterback Tim Boyle took some time to sit down with me for a phone interview before he starts his second season and training camp in Detroit. Boyle was insightful on quite a few topics, starting with his workout regimen and how he’s preparing for the season.

“I’ve been working out here in Lawrenceville, New Jersey at Test Sports Clubs with (owner/trainer) Kevin Dunn,” Boyle said. He had just finished his final workout before heading to Detroit for training camp, which begins on Tuesday for veterans.

Boyle noted he’s also been working with QB coach Tony Racioppi, who has worked with several notable QBs including Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett.

I asked Boyle about his work with Racioppi.

“Tony’s big thing is balance and making straight throws,” Boyle explained. “Quarterbacks my age (27) and older, we were kind of taught as kids (throwing) is all weight-forward and swinging and that’s how you get momentum. But if you really break down the mechanics — which Tony does a great job of — he really shows you certain steps and weight transfer, how closing your shoulder, there’s all these minute new details that I never really thought about before.

This has been the first offseason where I really dove deep into my mechanics. (Racioppi) is big on making straight throws and turning your body, making sure there is a disconnect between your upper and lower body and creating that torque.”

Boyle also noted he’s been working hard at his pocket mobility and throwing on the run. The latter of those qualities were on display in last month’s minicamp, where Boyle showed off the arm strength on the move and outside the pocket.

Boyle indicated he’s “going to be more aware” of picking situations where he can run the ball, but No. 12 quickly added, “I wouldn’t say I’m a running quarterback. If I have a lane that presents itself I will definitely go and take it.”

He was very positive and complimentary about the Lions coaches, notably QB coach Mark Brunell and head coach Dan Campbell.

“He has so much experience,” Boyle said enthusiastically about Brunell. “He played 19 years in the league and he had so much success … he sees the game differently. It’s always great to be able to bounce things off someone who had 19 great years in the NFL.”

As for Campbell?

“It didn’t take players long last year to figure out what Dan Campbell was all about,” Boyle stated. “He’s a blue-collar, tough guy and we absolutely all love playing for him.”

Boyle also noted the team-wide goal for 2022.

“We were in a bunch of close ballgames last year but we just couldn’t finish those at the tail end. That’s going to be our focus this year — getting ourselves in better position to finish those wins.”

‘Those are things I’ll never forget,’ says Juan Toscano-Anderson of winning a title with the Golden State Warriors

Toscano-Anderson grew up a Warriors fan, but that doesn’t compare to his experience as a Warriors champion.

Golden State Warriors champion forward Juan Toscano-Anderson may have jumped ship to join the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Dubs will always be a part of the Oakland native. Conversely, because of his hand in the Warriors’ 2022 title, the team and JTA will forever be entangled.

And to Toscano-Anderson, that’s the way things should be, given Golden State was a formative force in shaping the Californian into the basketball player he is today. Speaking with Warriors Wire in Mexico City for a basketball camp he hosts in his family’s ancestral country, Toscano-Anderson related what it was like for a local son such as himself to win a title with the team representing his Bay Area Warriors.

“It was amazing,” said the former Duns wing. “I think the most amazing part was being at the parade.”

Muggsy Bogues talks Michael Jordan, Hornets, Space Jam 2, Reggie Lewis, his book and more

Muggsy Bogues talks about his book, the Hornets, the teams he would love to play with, what he thinks about Michael Jordan, and more.

Tyrone Curtis ‘Muggsy’ Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history at 5-foot-3 (two inches shorter than the next in line, Earl Boykins) sat down with HoopsHype to discuss his book Muggsy: My Life from a Kid in the Projects to the Godfather of Small Ball, the old days with the Charlotte Hornets, the current team he would love to play with, what he thinks about Michael Jordan the owner, and more.