Zagoria: West Virginia’s Jones Will Be a Solid Pro


NEW YORK — Kevin Jones tested the NBA waters after his junior season at West Virginia. After getting feedback from NBA executives, the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Mount Vernon, N.Y., native opted to return for his senior season, and it has turned out to be a wise move. Jones leads the Big East in both scoring (20.9 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg) and is the odds-on favorite to be named Big East Player of the Year. “Not once have I really thought about that,” Jones,


Baron Davis scrimmages with Knicks; Debut coming soon


GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Baron Davis went through his first full scrimmage today, and is expected to make his debut sometime during the New York Knicks’ upcoming four-game road trip. Did somebody say “savior?” Just a few months ago, Davis’s back injury was so bad, he was considering retiring from the NBA. “Two, three months ago, I was really contemplating and thinking about retiring and just asking to be taken care of so I could be able to walk, walk straight or even work out


Zagoria: Shabazz Muhammad held back by one-and-done rule


If the one-and-done rule didn’t exist and high school players were permitted to go straight to the NBA, Shabazz Muhammad might go as high as No. 2 in the 2012 Draft. After Anthony Davis, Kentucky’s 6-foot-11 freshman shot-blocking sensation, Muhammad might be the most attractive option were he to be allowed to come out this year. “He would be in the conversation for sure,” our friend, Jonathan Givony of, points out. “He’s a great prospect. Lots of NBA teams have point guards and


Zagoria: UConn’s Lamb Ready to Follow Kemba Into NBA


NEW YORK — Kemba Walker stood outside the Knicks locker room at Madison Square Garden on Monday night and greeted a small group of New York reporters who had come to chronicle his homecoming. The former UConn star and current Charlotte Bobcats rookie was asked if he thought the Huskies were actually more talented without him — and Walker said he could not disagree with that sentiment. “I agree, I agree,” Walker, a Bronx native, said, pointing out that the Huskies have added a tremendous


Zagoria: Top 10 American Draft Prospects

The 2012 NBA Draft has the potential to be both very strong at the top and deep because several elite players chose to remain in college this season because of the NBA lockout, and were joined by a number of  impact freshmen. The lottery figures to be rich with bigs – scorers, shot-blockers and rebounders. Here is a look at the Top 10 Americans who could be available, including seven power forwards or centers: 1. Anthony Davis, PF, 6-10, 220, Kentucky The consensus No. 1


‘Melo Can Empathize With Chris Paul

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony can relate to Chris Paul. A year ago, the ‘Melo Drama hung over the NBA like a dark cloud. Now, the Paul sweepstakes –along with the Dwight Howard affair — threatens to dominate the NBA headlines for the upcoming season. Yet while Anthony was only involved in one successful trade, to the Knicks, Paul has already been involved in a failed trade to the Lakers and another stalled trade to the Lakers’ poor stepchild, the Clippers. The Clippers have reportedly offered center Chris Kaman, backup guard Eric


Zagoria Column: Duke’s Austin Rivers giving Papa Doc advice on Celtics trades

NEW YORK — The best thing about the NBA lockout for Austin Rivers was that it brought him even closer to his father. Without the Boston Celtics to coach, Doc Rivers attended his son’s first eight games at Duke, including making that, ahem, tough trip to Maui. “My first eight games he was at every single game front and center supporting me, which is really neat,” Austin said after scoring a team-best 18 points despite fouling out in No. 5 Duke’s 86-80 win over


Chris Paul: “My heart is in New Orleans”

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more. By Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog NEW YORK — Two years ago, LeBron James teased Knicks fans for an entire season before “The Decision” ultimately brought him to South Beach. Last year the Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes dominated the New York headlines until he ultimately landed with the Knicks at the trade deadline. Now it’s Chris Paul’s turn. The New Orleans Hornets point guard becomes a free agent next summer, and until then he will continue to answer