Scotto: Durant Atop MVP Discussion with Historic January

Kevin Durant

BROOKLYN – Kevin Durant treated the league like a game of NBA 2K14 on a nightly basis in January. Durant is a 7-footer with the handle of a guard, the shooting ability of a sniper, the leaping ability of a kangaroo and the rebounding ability of a power forward. Basically, he’s the player we all created from scratch in a video game as kids with the ratings boosted as high as possible. Recently, Durant added “Slim Reaper” to his list of nicknames

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SH Blog: Irving denies wanting out of Cleveland, Anthony and Woodson like small ball

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Aside from the fact that they are an infinitely disappointing team this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have some serious problems on their hands. One of them, of course, is the lack of productivity from their first overall pick Anthony Bennett, but we’ll save that issue for another day. The biggest problem is their supposed franchise point guard Kyrie Irving. It was recently mentioned in our blog that Irving had noticeably changed – not for the better – since coming back from last season’s

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Sheridan’s MVP Rankings, Jan. 29 Edition: Is the Race Over?

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Back from Vegas, I took in the Lakers-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday and listened to a dejected Pau Gasol lament a lack of effort and espouse his frustrations over a lost Lakers season. You can be damn well sure he is looking forward to the trade deadline, waiting to find out if he’ll play a single meaningful basketball game before summer arrives. But once summer does arrive, the big Spaniard is going to have a lot left in the

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SH Blog: Bryant still weeks away from return, La La thinks Anthony will remain in New York

Kobe Bryant

Don’t expect Kobe Bryant to return to game action any time soon. The Los Angeles Lakers guard missed his first 19 games of the season after undergoing offseason surgery on his torn Achilles tendon. When he did return, Bryant managed to last just six mostly-underwhelming games before suffering a fractured leg that has kept him out of action for the last 20 games. According to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, Bryant won’t be back for at least another two weeks and perhaps even longer:

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Bernucca: Fixing the Fans’ All-Star Mistakes

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NBA fans do an awful job of protecting the image of their favorite sport. This is not the NFL, which has been America’s pastime for a generation and can do no wrong in the eyes of its fans. The only time the NFL has an image problem is when a storm affects satellite reception. This is also not baseball, which has a considerable image problem with its collection of prima donnas on PEDS. But it also has more than a century of

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Scotto: Is Carmelo Anthony Stuck in New York? — UPDATE

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It took seven words from Carmelo Anthony to bring hysteria to New York before the season started. “I want to be a free agent,” Anthony told The New York Observer. Since then, the $129 million question hovering over the Knicks – like the Chase Bridge at Madison Square Garden – is whether the franchise can re-sign Anthony to a maximum contract this offseason. On the surface, it appears less likely Anthony will remain in a New York state of mind by summertime

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SH Blog: Rose likely to play in World Cup; is Melo still likely to leave NY?

Carmelo Anthony

If you’re a regular reader of my weekend blogs, you might know that I grew up in Baltimore, and I’m more than a little proud of my city. We’ve got a storied history of people who became legends in their fields leaving town and becoming closely associated with bigger cities with brighter lights. Tupac Shakur and Babe Ruth both went to high school in Baltimore, just to name a couple. Another former Baltimore resident is Carmelo Anthony. He attended Towson Catholic

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NBA players react to Carmelo Anthony’s historical night

Carmelo Anthony

It has been a down year of sorts for Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. After coming off a year in which they were the second best team in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks have struggled mightily to a 16-27 record – fifth-worst in the conference. With news that offseason acquisition Andrea Bargnani would be out indefinitely due to a torn elbow ligament, some wondered whether the team’s fortunes would turn for the better. The reason? Anthony would return to the

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