Sep 17, 2020
Los Angeles Lakers Champion Compared To Ex-Eagles QB Donovan McNabb [WATCH]
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Getty Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Thursday evening.
Donovan McNabb retired from football in 2011, but he was the man during his playing days with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He set some records too.
McNabb is the bird’s all-time leading passer with a total of 32,873 yards.
McNabb is also the Eagles’ winningest quarterback with 101 victories. Philly honored Donny 5 McNabb by retiring number 5 jersey and putting him in the Philadelphia Eagles’ Ring of Honor.
Apparently, McNabb was also the man on the basketball court in high school during his playing days at Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, Illinois.
So who did Donny 5’s game resemble?
“I’ll give a name, Mitch Richmond,” Antoine Walker, McNabb’s former high school teammate told me on the Heavy Live With Scoop B Show.
SPRINGFIELD, MA – AUGUST 8: Mitch Richmond speaks during the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on August 8, 2014 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
“I would say Mitch Richmond. A big 2-guard. He was probably more athletic than Mitch because Donovan was REALLY athletic in high school; but can shoot the three, tough, get a bucket for you…he was a big part of my success in high school.”
A Naismith Hall of Fame inductee, Mitch Richmond is a six-time NBA All-Star, 1989 NBA Rookie of the Year and a member of the Lakers’ 2001-02 Championship team.
The Golden State Warriors’ fifth pick in the 1988 NBA Draft out of Kansas State, Richmond has a career average of 21 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in stops with the Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and the Lakers.
Antoine Walker says that Donovan McNabb played two sports in high school and he was quite good. “You know, I used to have to hold it down for about four or five games until he gets himself together from football,” he said.
Heavy on Celtics With Ex-NBA All-Star Antoine WalkerFormer NBA All-Star and NCAA and NBA champion Antoine Walker joins host Brandon "Scoob B" Robinson to talk about the NBA playoffs, the Celtics championship odds, and more.2020-09-07T21:10:20Z
“Because they were playing for a state title every year. But after that, we needed him. He was a terrific athlete. I tell everyone that Donovan could’ve easily played Division I basketball. Was he major Division I? No, but he was probably mid-major. He could probably be a mid-major player that could play real minutes and be a part of a real program. But Mitch Richmond, if I had to compare him to a pro would be him. I don’t want people to under look that he was just a football guy playing; it’s funny because in school, back then it was like, you wanted to go to college. I know now it’s different. Everybody wants to go pro. But back then, you wanted to go to college and we used to argue every day about college, about what school we were going to and Donovan said: ‘I’m going to be playing BOTH sports. If the school wants me, they got to take me with both sports.’ Got something for you that you didn’t know: You know Donovan was on the team when we won the National Title. Yeah. He was on the roster. He was on Syracuse’s roster. He was on the bench and he was dressed in uniform so yeah, he played two sports for a couple of years on the low before he decided to just – because that was a part of him going to Syracuse; he had to be able to play both sports. So a lot of people didn’t know that.”
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AL West champion Athletics finally get their playoff series
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien and the Oakland Athletics are finally getting a full playoff series.
After consecutive losses in the wild-card game, the AL West champions hope a longer series boosts their chances for a deep postseason run.
“It’s a little different than last year for us and also in ’18 where it’s just one game and you want to be so perfect and win that game,” Semien said. “It’s a three-game series, we’re at home and play good baseball.”
Oakland gets its shot against the Chicago White Sox in the best-of-three wild-card round having advanced just once during 11 previous playoff trips since 2000, when they reached the 2006 AL Championship Series before being swept by Detroit.
Both clubs navigated a challenging 60-game regular season, bolstered often by their top sluggers. The A’s finished 36-24, Chicago at 35-25.
Oakland will send 22-year-old lefty Jesús Luzardo out to start Game 1 on Tuesday.
“To be able to do it at a young age is a blessing,” said Luzardo, whose season was briefly delayed by a positive test result for the coronavirus despite never having symptoms. “I hope this is just the first of many.”
Right-hander Lucas Gioloto (4-3), who pitched a no-hitter against the Pirates on Aug. 25, takes the mound for Chicago.
Here are some things to watch for in the best-of-three round at the Coliseum:
ABREU’S BIG BAT
Jose Abreu hit 19 homers — second in baseball — and led baseball with 60 RBIs while playing in all 60 games.
Matt Olson led the A’s with 14 homers.
“I think a lot of the teams feel they’re just getting going,” Semien said.
Semien and right-hander Chris Bassitt, Oakland’s Game 2 starter, both were drafted by the White Sox and came to Oakland in the same December 2014 trade.
The connection might mean a little more if they had played with Chicago recently, but “that was so long ago,” Semien said. He has certainly paid attention to the White Sox from afar.
“They’re going for it this year,” Semien said. “I know a lot of those guys over there, primarily the same coaching staff besides the manager. It’s going to be a battle. It’s nice to be at home. I think we played them well at home in the past. Even though there’s no crowd I just feel like it’s a tough place for an opponent to come into.”
Luzardo (3-2) has the opportunity to help Oakland get over a big hurdle: advancing. The A’s want to show the baseball world they have the talent to go further — much further.
Sean Manaea returned last September to go 4-0 and earn the wild-card start over Mike Fiers before faltering. Liam Hendriks lost it the previous year at Yankee Stadium.
Luzardo struck out four in three innings of relief in the 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay in last year’s AL wild-card game.
“I think getting my feet wet in postseason baseball last year really will help me a lot throughout this year and moving forward in my career,” he said. “I’m glad that they trusted me and gave me the confidence to go out there and throw three innings last year.”
The A’s are missing a key part of their infield without Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman, sidelined by a season-ending hip injury that required surgery. He hit 10 homers and drove in 25 runs.
Midseason additions Tommy La Stella and Jake Lamb have filled key voids.
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