Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley had a disappointing rookie season, playing in just two games after Oakland took him with the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. But this year will be different.
That’s the word from Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who says Conley is ready to develop into the kind of elite player the Raiders thought he would be.
But as George said in Part 1 of his behind-the-scenes SportsCenter series, he takes some blame for that.
After he and Westbrook played majestically off each other in Game 5, George struggled in Game 6 as Westbrook put on his try-hard hat and jacked up 43 shots. There can be frustration playing with Westbrook, and George almost assuredly felt some at points, but throughout last season he was rigidly positive, investing himself completely into making it work with Westbrook and Anthony.
George wants to play with stars. That’s the message he’d sent to the Pacers front office, and the one he had on his mind shortly after the trade with regard to the Lakers chatter.
Ross (5-6), who has been mentioned in trade rumors, was chased by Diaz’s homer. Ross had his worst start of the season, allowing seven runs and seven hits, with three walks and no strikeouts.
I didn’t throw the ball particularly well, Ross said. I could’ve been a lot better with two outs and two strikes. That’s kind of where I really got myself into trouble.
That big fifth inning, had two strikes on Meadows and two outs, and double to left and then everything kind of unfolded from there. Days like this happen. I still had a chance to win that game, just wasn’t able to put hitters away when I had two-strike counts.
Said manager Andy Green: You’ve got two outs and nobody on and Tyson on the mound, you kind of like that situation right there. Next thing you know, bases are loaded and one pitch is hit out of the ball park, and that kind of changes the trajectory of the game. It’s a frustrating one.