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Carmelo Anthony’s Trade, Thompson Sets 3-Point Record, Harden’s New Stat Ties Chamberlain

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The Carmelo circus continues. According to reports, the Houston Rockets will trade Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls, who will then waive Anthony so he can sign with another team. The Bulls will receive cash compensation in the trade, while the Rockets will save $2.6 million in luxury tax fees. Now the question is where will Anthony end up? There’s some talk he’ll go to the Lakers to be with his buddy, LeBron.

Golden State Warriors guard, Klay Thompson, set an NBA record Monday night hitting 10 straight 3-pointers to start the game. Thompson was on fire all night, finishing with 44 points and helping the Warriors cruise to a 130-111 victory over the LA Lakers.

The Houston Rockets James Harden continues to impress. In yet another night of scoring at least 30 points (his 20th consecutive), he answered questions about being in the same conversation as NBA great, Wilt Chamberlain (who is the only other player to have 30 plus points in 20 consecutive games), and said, it’s a “credit to the work that I put in”. Even with Harden’s impressive stats, the Rockets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 121-93.

 

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Harbaugh Confident No Violations, Rodgers Hopes Team Not Soft, Anthony Signs W/Rockets, deGrom’s Prospects

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After 13 football players at the University of North Carolina were suspended for selling their team-issued Jordan brand shoes on the secondary market, reports surfaced that Michigan athletes (not necessarily football players) may have sold their Jordan brand shoes as well. Football coach Jim Harbaugh said he doesn’t suspect any of his players violated the NCAA regulation, and as far as he can tell there won’t be any suspensions this season.

Last week Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers called his team’s practice “piss poor“. He clarified the comments this week saying he wasn’t trying to send a message and stating, “I hope we’re not that soft.”

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Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Houston Rockets. The big question is whether he’ll be a starter or come off the bench. According to Coach Mike D’Antoni, “We talked about everything. How we would handle this or do that. All he wants to do is win. He wants to come in here & contribute, even said he wanted to be the glue guy. We got to figure out what’s the best way to play him & get the max out of him.”

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Jacob deGrom helped the Mets beat the Yankees on Monday night, walking off the field to cheers from an enthusiastic New York crowd. With the win, deGrom has 7 wins and a .500 season (although he’s recorded a 1.81 ERA), so many are speculating whether his poor team performance will prevent him from winning the NL Cy Young award. Even though he’s considered one of the best pitchers in the game, according to the stats, “no starting pitcher has won the Cy Young with fewer than 13 wins.”

 

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Carmelo Anthony On The Move, NFL Puts National Anthem Policy On Hold

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Carmelo Anthony is reportedly on the move in a complicated trade.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will trade Anthony and a top 14 protected first round pick in 2022 to the Atlanta Hawks for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala. Muscala will then go to the Philadelphia 76ers for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot with Philly sending Justin Anderson to Atlanta. It’s not over yet, because the Hawks will then waive Anthony, and he’ll be a free agent where he’ll get his entire $27.9  million buyout. The Houston Rockets and Miami Heat appear to be front-runners for signing Anthony.

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The NFL has put their National Anthem Policy on hold explaining”no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks.” All NFL teams are required to file paperwork with the NFL before training camp explaining how they plan to discipline players during the season. The Miami Dolphins were the first team to submit their paperwork and suggested a potential 4 game suspension for kneeling during the Anthem. The NFL then decided to put the policy on hold (before the other 31 teams weighed in), as they knew they would be faced with a PR nightmare.

 

 

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Weekend NBA Playoff Recap

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In a recap of the weekend NBA playoffs:

Utah Jazz eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night behind the 38 points from Donovan Mitchell and the 13 rebounds from Rudy Gobert. The big question now that the Thunder’s season is over is if Carmelo Anthony will stay with the team. Anthony was traded to the Thunder last September. He could potentially opt out of his contract worth $28 million, but many feel he’ll stay with the team. He said, “I’m not sacrificing no bench role. That’s out the question. … I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damn near everything — family, moving here by myself. Sacrificed my game for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice any and everything in order for this situation to work out.”

On Sunday, the Jazz played the first game of the West semi-finals against the Houston Rockets. With the Rockets’ James Harden’s 41 points, the game was never close and the Jazz are down 0-1.

The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night and will now match up against their historic rival, the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Monday night.

A Curry-less Golden State Warriors easily cruised through their first game of the West semi-finals against the New Orleans Pelicans. With Kevin Durant’s 26 points and Draymond Green’s triple-double, the game wasn’t close. The most exciting part of the game was the courtside appearance of Beyonce and Jay-Z. Coach Steve Kerr said Steph Curry will be back for game 2 on Tuesday night.

LeBron James came through again with a huge game 7 and series win over the Indiana Pacers. LeBron kept the Cavaliers series alive with 45 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, all while suffering leg cramps.

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NBA Postseason Rankings Set, Carmelo Meets With Jackson, Marshawn’s Airport Fiasco

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The NBA regular season ended Wednesday night the and the playoff seeds are set. The Boston Celtics secured the #1 seed while the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the #2 seed in the East. The Golden State Warriors had the #1 seed wrapped up in the West for awhile now with the San Antonia Spurs grabbing the #2 seed. The post-season begins this weekend. For more on the matchups, click here.

Now that the New York Knicks season is over, rumors continue to fly on whether the organization will trade Carmelo Anthony. Anthony has two years left on his $124 million 5 year contract. Carmelo will meet with coach Phil Jackson to discuss options, but admitted it was “hard to trust” Jackson because he was openly critical of him this season. He said, “If somebody was talking bad about you indirectly at your job, what would you do? You would feel a certain way. You would want that person to come straightforward with you.”

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Everyone knows of the United Airlines fiasco this past week, but Marshawn Lynch had his own airport pr disaster when he slapped a phone out of a teenagers hand trying to get an autograph from him. To make matters even worse, he walked back to the teenagers and spit at them. For a guy trying to end his retirement and get hired by a new team (the Oakland Raiders), disrespecting fans is not exactly the best way to ingratiate yourself to management.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors, NJ Governor Chris Christie May Join Sports Talk Radio

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3:00 today is the NBA trade deadline. It’s hard to imagine a player waking up this morning wondering whether he’ll be playing in his scheduled game this evening or packing his bags and flying out of town. One of the biggest rumors surrounds the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony and whether or not he’ll stay with the team. As of this morning, the chatter has died down and looks like Anthony will travel with his team to Cleveland to help the Knicks compete against the Cavaliers. Trade rumors are flying around with other big names too such as Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia’s Jahil Okafor, and Indiana’s Paul George.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s second term is ending soon and many are wondering if he’ll switch careers and go into sports broadcasting. Popular sports radio personality Mike Francesca is looking for a replacement and said he’s considering offering the job to Christie, who’s expressed an interest in this line of work particularly since his offers for positions within the Trump organization haven’t been all that appealing. Christie seemed enthused last week when describing what his son said about the new gig, “He said, I can’t believe I’ve been listening to you talk about sports my entire life and that someone might actually pay you to do that. He said, I can’t imagine how great that would be for you,”

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Kushers Won’t Buy Marlins, Green Claims Dolan Slave Master, Anthony All Star Game

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Jeffrey Loria, the current owner of the Miami Marlins, looks like he’ll be nominated as the next US Ambassador to France. Loria is interested in selling the team,  and one of the rumored buyers was the Kushner family. According to reports, the Kushners have now bowed out expressing a conflict of interest (Jared Kushner is married to Ivanka and is the Senior advisor to Trump).

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NBA Commish Adam Silver tried to mediate and put an end to the Charles Oakley vs James Dolan feud, but the Warriors Draymond Green brought the topic front and center again. Green, on his podcast, called Dolan’s treatment of Oakley a “slave master mentality”. He said, “It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines, and all this stuff for your organization.But now all of a sudden, when he say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”

Carmelo Anthony will play in his 10th All Star Game on Sunday. He was offered the injured Kevin Love’s spot in the Eastern Conference. The ironic part of this swap is that there has been talk the last few weeks of a Anthony/Love trade before the NBA trade deadline. The All-Star swap, however, was not exactly the big trade people were talking about.

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Venus/Serena Williams Final, Will Carmelo Go To Cavs?

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Venus and Serena Williams 2It will be a Williams Sister Final in the Australian Open. Serena and Venus Williams will play each other in the final on Saturday. This will be Venus’ first grand slam final since 2009 and their ninth playing each other in a Grand Slam. Serena has the edge with 6 wins to 2. If Serena wins on Saturday she’ll regain her #1 ranking. For Venus, a win would be a testament to her hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity. Since 2011 Venus has been battling an auto-immune disease called Sjogren’s which causes fatigue and join pain.  Venus fought back and didn’t let the disease define her. As Serena stated, “After everything Venus has been through with her illness and everything, it’s a win-win situation”. Venus went on to say it best, “This is a golden time, a golden time. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” If you’re up, you can watch in real time 3:30 am ET Saturday morning.

 

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Even though the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, it’s been reported the team has approached the Cleveland Cavaliers to waive the clause and trade him to for the Cavs Kevin Love. Carmelo and LeBron are friends and have communicated how much they’d like to play together. LeBron also hasn’t been shy about complaining his team needs another star player, but the Cavs aren’t letting on to what their plans are prior to the February 23rd trade deadline.

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Cavs Top Bulls, Knicks Grab Home Win Over Pelicans, Patriots Accused Of Using Less-Inflated Balls

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Kevin LoveIn the NBA, everybody knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been struggling lately, but on Monday it looked like they were back in decent form.  They took on a Chicago Bulls’ team that is having their own woes, and the Cavs played like a solid unit.  They got Kevin Love more into the mix, and their new big man addition, Timofey Mozgov, gave them some solid rebounding.  The Cavs easily topped the Bulls, and look to be getting back on track.  Cleveland 108, Chicago 94.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Knicks have been arguably the worst team in the NBA this season, but on Monday they showed marked improvement and did their best to try and grab the home win against the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Pelicans were without their star big man Anthony Davis, and the Knicks took advantage.  The game came down to the wire, but an unselfish Carmelo Anthony hit Jose Calderon in the corner for the game winning three-pointer.  This was a great win for the Knicks in front of their fans in a packed Madison Square Garden.  NY Knicks 99, New Orleans 92.

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deflated footballFinally, the NFL is investigating the Patriots for something very strange.  It’s being reported that the Pats MAY HAVE, emphasis on MAY because this sounds pretty ridiculous, used slightly less-inflated balls.  It’s hard to know why they would do this or how it would adversely affect the Colts, but the Colts are sounding some alarms.  All the Pats players have been laughing this off in media interviews, but if the NFL finds out this was true, then the Pats could lose draft picks.  The Pats highly covet their draft picks and this would be a huge blow for them.  We shall see shortly what the NFL discovers.

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Knicks In Disarray, Redskins’ Fight On Camera, Wisconsin Coach Leaving For Oregon State

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Tim Hardaway JrIn the NBA, the New York Knicks are having a pretty awful season and it’s being reported that the organization is in total chaos.  Apparently, the players are yelling at each other after games, they all hate Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, and they think that Carmelo Anthony is a ball hog. It seems a lot of the fury is between Tim Hardaway Jr. and Carmelo Anthony.  This team is in disarray and will likely need to send some guys out of town if they want to rebuild.

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Speaking of teams in disarray, we also have the Washington Redskins.  Their once lionized franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is likely going to be shipped out of town after the season, and now players are getting into fights after practice.  On Wednesday, wide receiver Andre Roberts threw punches at cornerback teammate Bashaud Breeland.  This was all captured on camera, and made the national media, which is not good for team chemistry.  It will be interesting to see how they try to mend the fence.

Finally, in some shocking college football news, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is leaving the school after 2 years to take the head coaching vacancy at Oregon State.  Wisconsin is a larger program than Oregon State, which seems like a step down, so you have to conclude that there was something unsettling for Andersen behind the scenes to leave.  One potential reason was the academic standards of Wisconsin, as Andersen couldn’t target high quality junior college players because they had poor grades.  It seems as if this move will enhance the rivalry between Oregon and a newly re-vamped Oregon State.

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