Keith Law’s 2018 top 100 prospects: Nos. 50-1
If you’re not going for it in today’s MLB environment, you’re — well, let’s not say tanking and just go with developing. Teams that build from their farm system, through the draft, the international market and trades of veterans for prospects, keep reaching and winning the World Series. The Royals had the No. 1 farm system in baseball in 2011 and won two pennants, including a world championship in 2015. The Cubs hit the top five in 2013, ranked No. 1 in 2015 and won the World Series in 2016. The Astros had the No. 1 farm system in baseball in 2014 and won their first title in 2017.
Ball injured his knee late in an overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 13. He woke up the next morning with pain and swelling in his knee. He was able to walk and jog on a treadmill on Saturday during the Lakers’ off day, but the team wants to play it safe and see the No. 2 overall pick be able to clear a few hurdles before returning to practice to test the knee.
The Lakers are 2-8 when Ball does not play. He missed six games earlier this season because of a shoulder injury.
Listen, the mistake I made that night was letting my emotions get the best of me, Payton said during a conference call with Falcons reporters, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In the same game, Payton was fined $10,000 by the NFL for improperly entering the playing field during the game. He explained after the loss what led to that decision, saying: I called a timeout, and then [the referee] asked me again and I said I’ve already called the timeout. Probably said it with a little bit more vigor than I was supposed to, but I had enough. I have to be smarter than that.
With New Orleans (10-4) locked atop the NFC South with Carolina, Sunday’s rematch with Atlanta looms as a doozy. Sticking to coaching his players would be a wise plan for Payton this time around.