Scotto: Future Stars Shine Bright in Jordan Brand Classic

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Jordan Brand Classic LogoThe Jordan Brand Classic introduced us to the game’s future stars. And from the looks of it, the future is bright.

Top recruits from Duke, Kansas and Kentucky dazzled in the All-American Game and showed why each program has drawn considerable buzz heading into next season.

Seton Hall – which had five recruits named to the Jordan Brand Classic – dominated the Regional Game.

Canada shined in the International Game once again thanks to Jahvon Blair’s MVP performance with the help of his fellow countryman, Anthony McNish.

In addition, Udoka Azubuike – a 14-year-old from Nigeria – looked like a man amongst boys poised to become the next top recruit in a few years.

Bernucca: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of the 2013-14 NBA Season

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espnscrewupThere were 1,230 games during the NBA season, and I read the stories and boxscores for every single one.

That is how I compile Page 2 of my weekly notes column, which features the categories Quote of the Week, Line of the Week, Line of the Weak and the Trillion Watch.

It’s also how I find gems like Mo Williams mysteriously playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.

After my column is published every Monday, I take the winners of those weekly categories and save them in a file to create this column, which summarizes the best and worst the NBA had to offer this season.

I do this because no one else who covers the NBA does it. I hope you enjoy it. 

Heisler: ‘Clipper Time’ in L.A. at last … Well, for a Moment There it Was

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crystalLOS ANGELES – It’s Clipper time, at last, in L.A., or was.

No. 3 seeds in the Western draw, with the town to themselves, at last, after finishing 30 games ahead of their cross-town rivals, the former Lakers, the Clippers had it all going for them, at last…

Well, at least until they tipped off Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors, who didn’t have Andrew Bogut although they supposedly did have all sorts of internal issues, who nevertheless held themselves together long enough to pull off a 109-105 upset in Staples Center.

“When you look at the makeup of this basketball team individually and collectively, they’re fighters,” said Coach Mark Jackson. ”Top to bottom, we’ve got a bunch of guys that survey says we’re not supposed to be here.”

Scotto: The Knicks’ $129 Million Question: Will Carmelo Anthony Stay?

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Carmelo Anthony“I want to be a free agent,” Carmelo Anthony told the New York Observer prior to the season.

By publicly saying so, Anthony’s impending free agency became a constant and colossal distraction as large as the Empire State Building and simultaneously induced a chain reaction of numerous rumors during the season.

J.R. Smith playfully alluded to the constant media speculation when asked if he would talk to Anthony about his future this summer.

“I’m not going to talk to him at all,” Smith said Tuesday. “He’s got to talk to you all every day about it.”

“Yeah, it’s the talk, it’s the topic any and everywhere I go, on the court, off the court,” Anthony said during his exit interview on Thursday. “Guys want to know what you’re going to do. Guys have their opinions, whether it’s to come play with them or do something else.”

Ironically, the same free agency speculation and drama that once consumed Denver – and ultimately forced the Nuggets to trade Anthony to the Knicks – has resurfaced in New York.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Bernucca: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the 2013-14 NBA Season

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espnscrewupThere were 1,230 games during the NBA season, and I read the stories and boxscores for every single one.

That is how I compile Page 2 of my weekly notes column, which features the categories Quote of the Week, Line of the Week, Line of the Weak and the Trillion Watch.

It’s also how I find gems like Mo Williams mysteriously playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.

After my column is published every Monday, I take the winners of those weekly categories and save them in a file to create this column, which summarizes the best and worst the NBA had to offer this season.

I do this because no one else who covers the NBA does it. I hope you enjoy it.