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Embattled outfielder Yasiel Puig would have preferred a trade to another team instead of being demoted to the minors, but he admitted he has learned some humility since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A team in Oklahoma City. Nike Air Force 1 Destockage .Puig, who was placed on revocable waivers by the organization on Sunday, spoke with ESPNs Marly Rivera in Oklahoma City about lessons learned and his future in the majors -- as well as the difficulty of watching the Dodgers recent run of success.Watching the Dodgers being in first place, its very difficult, Puig said. The moment I arrived in L.A., people were crazy for me -- 50-60 thousand people [cheering] at the stadium. I got used to that amount of fans. Getting to Triple-A and not seeing as many fans is not very appealing or fun to play baseball, but this is what I have to do for my future.A reflective Puig said he has learned humility during his three-week stint in the minor leagues, despite stirring up controversy after social media posts emerged of him partying with his new teammates after a loss.[Playing in the minors] is something that has taught me humility, and I am very grateful, he said. I do not know what the future will hold in the next few hours. I dont know where I will go. I dont know my fate. God only knows my destiny, and I am here to fulfill it. He gave me many opportunities, the way [the Dodgers] did, and I put myself in this situation.Any team that picks him off waivers could then negotiate a trade with the Dodgers. He has performed well in Oklahoma City and has a .375 average, helping to raise his previously diminished trade value.Puig also apologized to both current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and former skipper Don Mattingly for his previous behavior, which included showing up late to meetings and batting practices.?He admitted that his future in Dodger blue is now out of his control.I keep hitting. Im behaving. Im doing the work I have to do, Puig said. What I did wrong before and I have been doing better the last two or three weeks that Ive been here. [Being called up] does not depend on me. All I can do is try to improve what I did wrong, the things that got me sent me here. The rest does not depend on me, thats [a decision for] the GM, the president. Only God knows where I will end up.Puig said that adapting to the rules of a major league clubhouse since his breakout season in 2013 contributed to his struggles both on and off the field.It is the same rules whether [youre] in Cuba or in the U.S., Puig said. If you dont train, if you dont respect your coaches, whether you are amateur or professional, you will have the same problems.Puig also spoke about what advice he would give to his younger self.I would give him the same advice I would be asking for right now. I would sit with him face-to-face and then tell him the things that he has been doing wrong, the things he should do better to be a better teammate and stay in the big leagues, all the things that were never done with him. Air Force 1 France Soldes . There are surprises among the Vezina candidates, but most of the others are standard top-tier performers, even if the two Hart Trophy runners-ups have never been quite as good as they have been through the first half of the season. Air Force 1 France Pas Cher . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. http://www.nikeairforce1france.fr/ . -- Derrick Rose shook off poor shooting early to hit clutch shots late and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-95 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. No. 12 Wisconsin | No. 14 Indiana | Full ListNo. 13: MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANSLast season: 29-6, 13-5 Big TenDenzel Valentine is gone. So are Bryn Forbes, Matt Costello and even Deyonta Davis. But Tom Izzo will reload, and do it with the help of a talented freshman class that features combo forward Miles Bridges. However, there are questions: Will fellow frosh Cassius Winston be able to step in immediately and run the team? Does Tom Izzo have enough up front after a couple of injuries to Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling? Will Eron Harris be reliable as a go-to guy? My money is on Izzo figuring it all out.?-- Jeff GoodmanBest case:?Elite Eight. Michigan State was a Final Four team last season, but ran into a super-hot team in Middle Tennessee. That game resulted in Tom Izzo suffering through the unimaginable: a first-round loss with a team capablee of winning it all. Nike Air Force 1 Pas Cher. It happens, but it doesnt happen to Izzo. Michigan State returns some quality talent and has an excellent recruiting class coming in, but replacing the leadership of Denzel Valentine and the shooting of Bryn Forbes will not be easy. Eron Harris, the transfer from West Virginia, will need to have his best season. Harris was terrific last season, and defended at a high level.Worst case:?Early exit. If it happened last season, it can happen again. With injuries, which always seem to hit Michigan State with more than its share, heady plans can be dashed. Already, Michigan State is battling injuries with Gavin Schilling out early for the second straight season.No. 14 Indiana | Full List ' ' '