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You Pod to Win the Game

The U.S. women’s hopes for an Olympic gold medal are over. So too, perhaps, this latest golden generation of the USWNT.

Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn – they have been the cornerstones of teams that won the last two World Cups along with the Olympic gold in 2012. But they are all in their late 30s, with Lloyd nearing 40, and at the point where sticking around for another two years for the next World Cup, or three for the next Olympics, are decisions that might not be left up to them.

“Heartbreaking,” Lloyd said after the 1-0 loss to Canada in the Olympic semifinal Monday night. “Just gutted.”

It was only two years ago that the Americans won the World Cup. No reigning World Cup champion has ever won the Olympic gold, but the year’s delay of the Tokyo Games because of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed as if it might work in their favor.

They would have time to recover from the physical and emotional toll of one grueling tournament and gear up for another. They were rejuvenated by new coach Vlatko Andonovski, tacking on another dozen-plus wins to a streak that stretched back to early 2019.

But when they arrived in Tokyo, it was clear something was amiss. Though this was largely the same team that had been so triumphant in France, it bore little resemblance to it.

The offense was sluggish and disjointed, unable to mount a cohesive attack except in spurts. The midfield was outclassed, overwhelmed by teams it normally would have run circles around. The defense disappeared or couldn’t keep pace.

And a team that should have been stronger and fitter than anyone else, able to sub Carli Lloyd for Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle for Sam Mewis, Megan Rapinoe for Tobin Heath, instead looked old and deflated.

They were held scoreless in two of their three group games, and even played for a draw against Australia. They showed flashes of their old selves against the Netherlands but needed a shootout to get by a team they had beaten by identical 2-0 scores in the World Cup final and again last November.

Then came the loss to Canada, the first to the neighbors to the north since 2001 and just the fourth overall.

“I don’t know. I don’t know in this moment,” Lloyd said when asked what had gone wrong. “It happens, you know. You can’t win them all.”

But for so long, we’ve become accustomed to the U.S. women doing just that.

They have won four World Cup titles and four Olympic golds. This will be only the second time they have failed to reach the gold-medal game at the Olympics, following their shocking quarterfinal exit in 2016. They have piled up wins in bunches, their streaks going for years rather than weeks or months.

One generation transitions seamlessly to the next, a straight line from Michelle Akers, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy to Abby Wambach, Kate Sobrero, Cindy Parlow and Christie Rampone to Lloyd, Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz.

The names might change, but the dominance does not.

“This was my eighth tournament and they’ve all been different,” Lloyd said. “They’ve all been different storylines. They’ve all started and finished in different fashion. Some have been pretty. Some have been ugly. Some we just scrape by.

“This one,” she said, “we didn’t get by.”

So now the question becomes what comes next.

There is the bronze-medal game Thursday, and the Americans insisted that there is still meaning in a medal of any color.

“It’s obviously not the type of medal that we wanted, but we need to understand still how lucky we are to be able to compete for that,” Rapinoe said. “Not many people are gonna fricken get to the Olympics, much less a medal round. We certainly don’t want to lose two in a row, so we need to obviously just think about this and do what we can do better and get ourselves ready in three more days.”

After that, though, there will be hard decisions to be made.

Because of when the World Cup and Olympics occur, with only a year between them and then three years until it starts anew, USWNT players cannot really operate on a year-by-year basis. The roster takes shape not in the months leading up to the tournament but the years, so you’re either in for the whole thing or you’re out.

The Tokyo Olympics always seemed to be a natural stopping point for those players who have defined the USWNT for the past decade, and there will be even more urgency to that now.

“We kind of had a feeling they were ripe for the picking,” Canada’s Christine Sinclair said.

Much as the older Americans would have hoped to go out on top, the perfect end to a career filled with so much success, that’s no longer possible. But there will be no room for nostalgia, no patience for extended goodbyes.

“We’ve had an amazing run,” Rapinoe said. "It’s kind of sad, but I feel like it’s in good hands. This group below us and even younger than that are just a great group and fantastic footballers. I feel like we’ve done our job, but you never want to have it end.”

Which is why those moments after the final whistle felt so poignant. This was an end to more than just the USWNT's gold medal hopes.

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Warriors Agree To Sign Otto Porter

hoopsrumors.com 03 August, 2021 - 02:10am

The Warriors have reached a deal with free agent forward Otto Porter, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Porter turned down the mid-level exception elsewhere in order to join Golden State on a minimum-salary deal, sources tell Haynes (Twitter link).

Porter, 28, was a reliable three-and-D wing earlier in his career, earning a maximum-salary investment during the 2017 free agent period when the Wizards matched his four-year, $106MM+ offer sheet from Brooklyn.

However, injury issues derailed Porter’s career in recent years. He has played just 42 games since the start of the 2019/20 season and has spent time with the Bulls and Magic since being traded out of Washington in 2019.

If Porter stays healthy, he’d be a terrific fit on the wing in Golden State, helping the team space the floor on offense and handle opposing forwards on defense. Porter is a career 40.2% three-point shooter and has averaged 10.9 PPG and 5.0 RPG in 441 regular season contests since entering the league in 2013.

Ring chase? This guy’s trying to resurrect his career. He knows the Warriors will do him right and he’ll get paid if he has a nice season. Ring Chase LOL.

You don’t know nothing about ball

Nice! Solid get on a vet min. Hopefully he can stay healthy

Silyman : but cant stay healthy

Does this mean Kuminga is gonna start off in the GLeague?

Thought we were gonna focus on a backup Point Guard and Center? We need a healthy and reliable Center.

Who really cares about Marty’s take? 6 hours into Free Agency and you are already throwing a hissy fit. Calm down.

Bowman has been gone for a season. Mannion is having a nice Olympics.

Nets miss out on yet another free agent. Annoying.

Porter is a great signing for the minimum.

He’s not a sniper at all

I’m calling it. Porter will play a game or two, get around 14pts, 5 rebs ……… then he’ll come down with an injury and will be out for the rest of the season.

Injuries could be a huge problem for Golden State. They can’t count on Steph, Dray, or Klay to stay healthy for the entire season at their age.

Smoking weed is bad for your health.

Injuries are a problem for every team, not just the Warriors. Young players also get injured.

On a minimum contract…Nice. Looks like Paschal is a goner. It raises the possibility of them signing Patty Mills. Now, they they need to find a sign and trade for Oubre. They need that veteran depth.

Lakers offer Otto Porter MLE, but he is just 28 years old, too young to become a Laker

I believe Porter took a discount, but I’d be surprised if any team offered him $9.5MM for 2021/22.

Tax payer MLE probably at 5.9M

Great get if he’s still alive. Hopefully, GSW didn’t take this for granted. Guys with his combo F skill set could probably get offered minimum contracts for 10 years after their death, no questions asked.

Bad 1st day for W’s as they failed to sign Batum and then Bazemore.

Starting to fear Oubre will be gone

Warriors Agree To Sign Otto Porter

RealGM.com 03 August, 2021 - 02:10am

The Warriors have reached a deal with free agent forward Otto Porter, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Porter turned down the mid-level exception elsewhere in order to join Golden State on a minimum-salary deal, sources tell Haynes (Twitter link).

Porter, 28, was a reliable three-and-D wing earlier in his career, earning a maximum-salary investment during the 2017 free agent period when the Wizards matched his four-year, $106MM+ offer sheet from Brooklyn.

However, injury issues derailed Porter’s career in recent years. He has played just 42 games since the start of the 2019/20 season and has spent time with the Bulls and Magic since being traded out of Washington in 2019.

If Porter stays healthy, he’d be a terrific fit on the wing in Golden State, helping the team space the floor on offense and handle opposing forwards on defense. Porter is a career 40.2% three-point shooter and has averaged 10.9 PPG and 5.0 RPG in 441 regular season contests since entering the league in 2013.

Ring chase? This guy’s trying to resurrect his career. He knows the Warriors will do him right and he’ll get paid if he has a nice season. Ring Chase LOL.

You don’t know nothing about ball

Nice! Solid get on a vet min. Hopefully he can stay healthy

Silyman : but cant stay healthy

Does this mean Kuminga is gonna start off in the GLeague?

Thought we were gonna focus on a backup Point Guard and Center? We need a healthy and reliable Center.

Who really cares about Marty’s take? 6 hours into Free Agency and you are already throwing a hissy fit. Calm down.

Bowman has been gone for a season. Mannion is having a nice Olympics.

Nets miss out on yet another free agent. Annoying.

Porter is a great signing for the minimum.

He’s not a sniper at all

I’m calling it. Porter will play a game or two, get around 14pts, 5 rebs ……… then he’ll come down with an injury and will be out for the rest of the season.

Injuries could be a huge problem for Golden State. They can’t count on Steph, Dray, or Klay to stay healthy for the entire season at their age.

Smoking weed is bad for your health.

Injuries are a problem for every team, not just the Warriors. Young players also get injured.

On a minimum contract…Nice. Looks like Paschal is a goner. It raises the possibility of them signing Patty Mills. Now, they they need to find a sign and trade for Oubre. They need that veteran depth.

Lakers offer Otto Porter MLE, but he is just 28 years old, too young to become a Laker

I believe Porter took a discount, but I’d be surprised if any team offered him $9.5MM for 2021/22.

Tax payer MLE probably at 5.9M

Great get if he’s still alive. Hopefully, GSW didn’t take this for granted. Guys with his combo F skill set could probably get offered minimum contracts for 10 years after their death, no questions asked.

Bad 1st day for W’s as they failed to sign Batum and then Bazemore.

Starting to fear Oubre will be gone

Warriors Rumors: Otto Porter Jr. Agrees to Contract with GSW in Free Agency

Bleacher Report 03 August, 2021 - 12:22am

Sources: Otto Porter Jr. turned down the midlevel exception elsewhere to play for the Warriors at the minimum. https://t.co/CszqvrO37w

Porter was acquired by the Orlando Magic in March as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls. He made just three appearances for the team before being sidelined for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.

The 28-year-old St. Louis native averaged 9.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 28 games for the Bulls and Magic during the 2020-21 season.

Porter's best statistical year came with the Washington Wizards in 2017-18 when he averaged 14.7 points, 6.4 boards, 2.0 dimes and 1.5 steals while shooting 50.3 percent from the field in 77 games.

At his best, the Georgetown product is a reliable two-way contributor with the ability to defend multiple positions, but his offensive efficiency has dropped in a more reduced role over the past few years.

His versatility could still make him a valuable asset if he can overcome his recent injury woes.

Porter's stay with the Magic was a short one, and now he'll look to begin rebuilding his value with the Warriors after signing the free-agent deal.

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Warriors Rumors: Otto Porter Jr. Agrees to Contract with GSW in Free Agency

NBC Sports Bay Area 03 August, 2021 - 12:22am

Sources: Otto Porter Jr. turned down the midlevel exception elsewhere to play for the Warriors at the minimum. https://t.co/CszqvrO37w

Porter was acquired by the Orlando Magic in March as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls. He made just three appearances for the team before being sidelined for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.

The 28-year-old St. Louis native averaged 9.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 28 games for the Bulls and Magic during the 2020-21 season.

Porter's best statistical year came with the Washington Wizards in 2017-18 when he averaged 14.7 points, 6.4 boards, 2.0 dimes and 1.5 steals while shooting 50.3 percent from the field in 77 games.

At his best, the Georgetown product is a reliable two-way contributor with the ability to defend multiple positions, but his offensive efficiency has dropped in a more reduced role over the past few years.

His versatility could still make him a valuable asset if he can overcome his recent injury woes.

Porter's stay with the Magic was a short one, and now he'll look to begin rebuilding his value with the Warriors after signing the free-agent deal.

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