>Despite his decision to not attend Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Josh Rosen Color Rush Jersey , Terrell Owens will be “honored” by the hall for his NFL career.Hall President David Baker tells The Associated Press on Monday that the Canton, Ohio, shrine’s mission statement begins with the goal “to honor the heroes of the game.”So Owens, who instead will be making an appearance at the University of Chattanooga , where he played college football, will be part of the 2018 class exhibit that includes a glass locker for each new member; their pictures on the light standards of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium; a role in opening videos shown within the stadium; and mention in any reference to the 2018 class.Baker said NFL Network and ESPN, which both televise the inductions, will show a video of Owens’ career to the audience at home. That video will not be shown in the stadium.“It’s difficult he will not be here to put on the jacket, unveil his bust, make a speech, and attend the parade,” Baker says. “For those things, there’s nothing we can do.”Owens has cited the fact it took three years of eligibility for him to make the hall, claiming there were false representations of him as a teammate during the voting process. He also noted that no former players vote, ignoring that Hall of Famers James Lofton and Dan Fouts are among those on the committee.The 44-year-old Owens had a mostly sensational 15-year career playing for San Francisco Quandre Diggs Jersey , Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati. He is second to Jerry Rice in receiving yards and third in touchdown catches behind Rice and Randy Moss, who is entering the hall this week and will attend the festivities.But he also eventually wore out his welcome in those cities, and now Canton probably can be added to that list.Though he will always be received properly at the hall, Baker says.“I told him I am very disappointed, it is unprecedented, and we’ve certainly been trying to persuade him to come,” Baker says. “He has a whole city here, with 4,800 volunteers who do everything to honor these guys. For him, this could be the opportunity to be honored the way I believe he always felt he should be honored.“We respect he has strong feelings of his own and I respect his right to make that decision. I invited him to the hall, even at the last moment he would be welcomed, and he is welcomed every day the rest of his life. Even though he is not here, we will honor him to the best of our ability.” The Golden State Warriors had something to prove all right: Oh yes Authentic Josh Jackson Jersey , they plan to stay on top in these playoffs despite a disappointing finish to the regular season.
Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Warriors returned to their old dominant selves at playoff time to beat the cold-shooting San Antonio Spurs 113-92 on Saturday.
”Absolutely,” Klay Thompson said about playing a memorable, statement-making Game 1. ”We did not end the season on a high note, we kind of hobbled into the playoffs. We know how talented we are. We know how good we are. We have been here before in the postseason and know what it takes to win.”
And they still know how to win in impressive fashion on the NBA’s big stage.
Durant, Thompson and Draymond Green took charge in Game 1 of the first-round series to elevate the Warriors’ intensity at last playing without fellow All-Star and injured two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee.
Thompson found his shooting touch and scored 27 points, making 11 of 13 shots, while 7-footer JaVale McGee started in Steve Kerr’s center-by-committee approach and contributed 15 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 16 minutes. Green contributed 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench as leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge was limited to 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting.
”The first quarter we looked like deer in the headlights,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors looked unbeatable again. And that was without the do-everything Curry.
Golden State said all week it’s a new season, then went out and showed it. The Warriors have plans for nothing short of a repeat title.
”We’re a championship ballclub. We know what it takes this time a year to win,” Green said. ”… We’re primed for this. A lot of people tend to forget what we’re capable of. We know.”
Golden State came with the kind of swarming defense it is so used to playing but hadn’t exhibited much lately as rotations were mixed and matched because of injuries and illness.
San Antonio couldn’t keep up from the opening tip.
”We were just very overly excited 49ers Weston Richburg Jersey , overzealous,” San Antonio’s Danny Green said. ”Overreacting to a lot of things because we are so excited that we’re in the playoffs and playing, obviously, the best team in the world.”
Beat up and missing its four All-Stars at times, Golden State endured a stretch losing seven of 10 last month.
Golden State swept San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals a year ago on the way to a second championship in three seasons and an astonishing, record-setting 16-1 postseason run.
Kerr always said his team would be ready when these playoffs came around.
The Warriors were determined to pick up their defense, and they did just that.
Green, Durant and the others quickly closed on shooters and got hands up to alter shots.
2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala moved into the starting lineup for the 2018 edition of that ”Strength In Numbers” mantra – and all those bright yellow T-shirts through the arena are there to back it.
Iguodala, who started just seven games all season before Saturday, had missed four of the final five regular-season games with a sore left knee.
Kerr went with his best defensive unit.
”I thought it was important to re-establish our defense, one way or another, win or lose,” Kerr said. ”That’s the reason this is a championship team. It’s the defense that has been the key for this team for years.”
Spurs: The Spurs, still without injured star Kawhi Leonard, never led and shot 40 percent. … San Antonio visited Golden State for the third time in as many months. They lost at Oracle on Feb. 10 and March 8.
Warriors: The Warriors had 32 assists on 44 field goals http://www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com/kevin-king-jersey , 23 of those assists on 33 made baskets through the third. … Golden State is 6-2 vs. the Spurs in the postseason at home. … The Warriors have won six straight playoff openers.
Curry, who Kerr ruled out for the entire first round, was re-examined Friday and continues to make solid progress. He will ramp up the intensity of his on-court rehab work this week with running and lateral movement as he did in recent days and is scheduled to be re-evaluated again in one week.
He worked through one-legged jumps onto his injured knee during pregame warmups and got in some shooting.
”When he’s ready, he’s ready but he’s making progress, which is a good sign,” Kerr said.
Kerr’s son, Nick, is on the Spurs staff and the team jokingly voted him out of the film room Friday for fear of him sharing Spurs secrets with the enemy.
”I let the team vote on whether they wanted him to stay in the room or not,” Popovich said. ”Truly, we did, we took a vote. It was a mock vote but they all voted that he had to leave the room. I overruled them and so I let him stay, because he’s wonderful and of course we trust him. But he did have dinner with his family last night, so we’ll see.”
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