Robin Lopez

Bucks' Robin Lopez wonders if A's free haircut voucher was a message


Bucks' Robin Lopez wonders if A's free haircut voucher was a message

Robin Lopez loves his Seattle Mariners. When talking about the team, he often refers to them as an entire unit, saying "we."

The Milwaukee Bucks center attended the A's game to watch his beloved Mariners play at RingCentral Coliseum on Wednesday. He won a voucher for 50 percent off of a hair cut, and he was trying not to take it too personally:

Lopez went to high school in Fresno, so he appeared to be happy to make the trip to see his favorite team. Unfortunately, he witnessed a rocking by the A's, who defeated Seattle 10-2 on Wednesday. But he got to hang out with Stomper, so it wasn't a complete loss.

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The rough road trip for the Mariners hopefully will not lead to a new hair cut for Lopez -- that Sideshow Bob look has always suited him. 

Why Warriors should consider these 12 under-the-radar NBA free agents

Why Warriors should consider these 12 under-the-radar NBA free agents

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 90 minutes before each home game and 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

With the 2019 NBA Draft now complete, it's time to turn our attention to free agency.

Who are we kidding? The focus has been on free agency for nine months now.

The Warriors' clear priority will be to re-sign Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney. But even if Klay and KD were to return, their rehabilitation from their respective devastating injuries will keep them out for most -- if not all -- of the season. So, the Warriors will look outside their organization to add talent.

There will be heavy focus and speculation on the Warriors pursuing free agents such as Rudy Gay, Wes Matthews, Seth Curry, Rodney Hood, JJ Redick and Austin Rivers. The fit is obvious for most of those players, and it will be up to the Warriors to convince one of them to take less money and sign on the mid-level exception.

But let's look at more under-the-radar free agents whom the Warriors could pursue for next season.


Kings takeaways: What we learned in 129-102 blowout win over Bulls

Kings takeaways: What we learned in 129-102 blowout win over Bulls


SACRAMENTO -- Just what the doctor ordered.

After a tough East Coast road trip, the Sacramento Kings returned home to Golden 1 Center looking to get back on track against a struggling Chicago Bulls team.

The Bulls played tough through the first quarter, but the Kings outscored their guests 32-17 in quarter No. 2 for a considerable halftime lead. The second half was more of the same, with Sacramento blowing out Chicago by a final of 129-102.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings moved back toward the .500 mark at 34-35 on the season. This is the most wins for the Kings franchise since the 2007-08 season.

Bagley wants more

Still battling a minutes restriction, rookie Marvin Bagley is making the most of his opportunities. The rookie power forward looks 100 percent healthy and ready to dominate down the stretch.

Against the Bulls, the 6-foot-11 leaper dropped in 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go with nine rebounds and a block in just 21 minutes of play. 

Sacramento is taking the cautious approach to his recovery, which is the right move. He has star potential and should be a fixture in the Kings’ lineup for the next decade. 

Giles Takeover

Bagley isn’t the only rookie big the Kings are throwing at teams. Harry Giles is earning more minutes every time he steps on the floor. 

The 20-year-old center went to work in the second quarter, blocking shots and running the floor for putbacks. He even finished the half with a technical foul for jawing with Robin Lopez.

Giles’ confidence is at an all-time high on the court. He finished the evening with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks off the bench. 

Fox and Hield

De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield make the Kings’ machines go. The duo played limited minutes due to the score, but they were dominant when they were on the floor. 

Fox torched the Bulls for 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes. Hield added 16 points, four assists and three steals in 24 minutes. 

These two set the table, and the rest of the team followed suit. A blowout victory is exactly what this team needed to open their four-game homestand.