Adebayor: Only Kane can save us

first_img Spurs have not missed him too much, thanks mainly to the form of Kane, who has scored 26 goals in his breakthrough year with the first team. Adebayor has been impressed by Kane’s form and thinks the 21-year-old is the sole person who can help the team bridge the six-point gap that now separates Spurs and fourth-placed United. “It’s quite hard sitting on the sidelines but I’m very happy and pleased for Harry Kane, who has been doing fantastic,” said the striker, who has scored two goals in 16 appearances. “I think he is the only one that can save our season, like I did the last season. Two years ago, it was Gareth Bale. “He (Kane) is learning through his difficult moment as well but he is fantastic player. “If he keeps scoring two goals every weekend, he can save us. “We all have a huge faith and believe in him. Hopefully, he will drag us out of the top seven and put us in the top four.” Adebayor’s has endured plenty of scrapes in his career, but even by his standards, this has been a tough year for the 31-year-old. The Togolese started the season as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice striker, but he soon dropped out of the team after a dip in form and he then angered Spurs fans by complaining about them booing the team, The former Arsenal man then flew to Ghana on a period of compassionate leave in December. Upon his return, he was the subject of deadline-day interest from QPR and West Ham, but despite some 11th-hour bargaining, he stayed at White Hart Lane. Adebayor is ready to put all that behind him though and give his all for the club. “I went through a little bit of a dark moment in my career but now I am back training hard and that’s it,” he said. “A lot of things went wrong. We are all human beings. We all go through a lot at certain time of our lives. “I think I have learned from it. I went through a lot of family issues. “Now it is behind me and I am back on the football pitch. I am very glad to be back. “I am available. I’m not 21 years old any more. I am 31 and I look at things differently. “I just have to help my team and show respect for them and show respect for the club.” Adebayor refused to reveal the exact details of what went on in the final day of the transfer window, and would not say whether he would remain at the club beyond the end of the season. He said: “The summer is a long way to go. We’ve got what, nine games to go? That is almost two months. So we’ve got plenty of time. “At the beginning of the last season, everyone wanted me out; at the end of the season, they wanted me to stay. “I just have to keep believing in myself. “And for me, sitting on the bench, as a player, I have been there before. I just have to work hard on the pitch and come back and play football. “Today, you are zero. Tomorrow, you are a hero.” Adebayor also moved to try to heal the rift that was created between him and the Spurs support in November when he said the team was “finding it hard in the head” to play at White Hart Lane while the fans were booing. “Maybe sometimes, whenever I speak, obviously it’s misunderstood and people take it the wrong way,” he said. “I don’t know if I have been punished or not but what I know is, I’m me, I’m being me, and whatever something is strong, if I have to say it and correct the thing, correct the future for the club, I will do it. “Somebody will say something that people will misunderstand and take the wrong way but I have nothing against the fans, I always love the fans.” Press Association Adebayor made his first Premier League appearance in almost two months on Sunday when he came off the bench for an 11-minute cameo in Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Manchester United. The striker has endured a torrid year which has involved poor performances, a spell of compassionate leave and a falling out with Tottenham’s fans. Emmanuel Adebayor thinks Harry Kane is the only man who can save Tottenham’s season – but he is ready to do his best too after declaring he is over a “dark moment” in his career. last_img read more

Heisler: Will we ever see the real Team LeBron vs. real Team Steph again?

first_img Paul George just the latest homegrown star to feel Lakers’ love in free agency Now to see if there’s one installment left in that Warriors-Cavaliers act you’ve known for all these years.The NBA’s roll continued with a competitive All-Star Game – or at least one with some defense, if that can be said of Team LeBron’s 148-145 victory over Team Stephen – with TV ratings that didn’t drop too much.Given the fact that all-star games compete in an increasingly bored climate, sending this event to cable, it qualified as a triumph, winning the night for TNT with a 2.8 rating. No. 2 was the tip-off lead-in show at 1.4. Of course, the main competition was only Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” which was No. 3 at 0.9.Fittingly – and hardly coincidentally – the captains were LeBron James and Steph Curry, the faces of the marquee rivalry that has taken the NBA Finals to its three best TV ratings since 2004. Heisler: Lakers don’t trust the process, they live to short-cut it Oram: LeBron James steps up to win MVP and spares us another indefensibly sterile All-Star Game If narratives drive ratings, like baseball’s invaluable “curses,” the NBA’s new age rivalry has been a gift, matching the wildly popular Steph and his free-wheeling Warriors against LeBron, the league’s grand old man and leading spokesman at 33 in his 15th season.Once rivalries needed glamour markets like the Lakers-Celtics, the granddaddy of them all. In the internet era, with personality transcending locale, this matches ugly duckling markets now known affectionately as “The Land” – Cleveland, once known for its flaming Cuyahoga River – and “The Town” – Oakland, of which novelist Gertrude Stein noted, “There is no there there.”It’s plain which team has been best: Playing in the deeper conference, the Warriors won 67, 73 and 67 regular-season games to the Cavaliers’ 53, 57 and 51, a 46-game gap in the aggregate standings.The Cavs won the East only once in the past three seasons, but, happily for the NBA, more than held up their end at the end.In the 2015 Finals, the Cavs took a 2-1 lead before the Warriors won the last three to close them out.In 2016, the Cavs lost Games 1 and 2 by 38 points combined but ultimately became the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win an NBA Finals.Unfortunately for the Cavs, the Warriors then reloaded last season, signing Kevin Durant and running them over, 4-1.Little good has happened for the Cavaliers since. Kyrie Irving demanded the trade that sent him to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, who was then dealt to the Lakers. The Cavs also got the Nets’ No. 1 pick to help rebuild when their halcyon LeBron Era ends, which looks like it’ll be soon.Not that anyone can be sure what LeBron will do. He has always waited until the end to assess his options – then shocked everyone, leaving Cleveland for Miami in 2010 and Miami for Cleveland in 2014.On the other hand, James and his Cleveland-based people look like they’re up to something … or have millions to throw around on real estate whims, or both.LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, just bought a $3 million home in Beverly Hills. Marketing point man Maverick Carter bought one in the Hollywood Hills for $3.5 million. Befitting his status as “The King,” LeBron bought one in Brentwood in December for $23 million.Once LeBron acted and the world reacted. This time the world is making its own plans ahead of time.It seemed puzzling that Irving, who hit the title winning-shot in Game 7 in 2016, would want to leave … unless you factor in the likelihood of LeBron leaving this summer, abandoning Kyrie to rebuild if he had stayed.Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert no longer panders to LeBron, looking similarly intent on not being left high and dry when/if LeBron leaves. Despite their supposedly go-for-it moves at the trade deadline, they turned down all offers for that Nets’ No. 1 pick, holding back an invaluable piece for the future.Golden State has no problems but is feeling the toll of going all-out while the Cavs coasted, highlighted by its 2016 stretch run to finish 73-9 with Curry missing three games all season, Klay Thompson two and Draymond Green one.This season, Curry has already missed 14, KD eight. Even the gung-ho Draymond has missed eight.So what if they don’t get home-court advantage? Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich, mentors to Coach Steve Kerr, led the who-cares movement, opting to bring rested teams into the playoffs and take their chances on winning a road game.Related Articles Kerr, the former Chicago Bull, compares this to the 1997-98 season when they won their sixth title in eight seasons, looking not only worn down but disinterested.Scottie Pippen delayed off-season surgery until August, saying he didn’t want to ruin his vacation, and he wasn’t back until January. Dennis Rodman left the bench in a playoff game after Jackson took him out of the starting lineup, obliging Phil to send someone to find him.“We hit a wall in ’98,” Kerr said. “You could feel it, exactly what I’m talking about (now), you could feel us losing focus, losing momentum. …“(This All-Star Weekend was) by far the most-needed break for any team I’ve ever been a part of – GM, coach, player. … I’ve never felt a situation like this where it felt so necessary to get away for a little bit.”Now to see if recent NBA history repeats itself one last time. If not, it was fun while it lasted. Heisler: Lakers get their newest, littlest franchise player AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt’s hardly a given they’ll be back, with the Warriors trailing the Rockets, who own the 2-1 season series tie-breaker and Cleveland six games out of the top seed in the Eastern Conference, scary even for the notoriously late-arriving Cavs.Not that it would be a surprise to see the Warriors pull away and the Cavaliers come out of the East – as the Cavs did last spring after tying for No. 2, sweeping the Raptors, 4-0, and running over the Celtics, 4-1.The races are such an afterthought, Nate Silver’s Fivethirtyeight.com took a look at the contenders – except the Cavaliers and Warriors.The Cavs, it said, had made too many changes to assess.The Warriors rated six words: “Out to lunch. Come back in June.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more