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Pelicans Anthony Davis exits game with injury

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Pelicans star Anthony Davis is listed as probable for New Orleans' game Saturday night against Utah.

Davis went down hard after colliding with Chris Paul during the Pelicans' 111-90 loss to the Clippers on Friday night. He was carried off the court with a bruised knee and did not return. Luckily, it appears he wont miss any time from the injury. 

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That’s good news to Pelicans fans, and perhaps surprising to those who witnessed the scary incident in real time. With the Clippers leading the Pelicans 80-63 late in the third quarter, Paul dribbled down court on a fast break then ran into Davis’s right knee at midcourt. Davis immediately began hobbling and grabbed the right side of his knee. 

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry drew a technical for arguing the play since it appeared Paul initiated the contact and Davis was called for the foul. Davis had to be carried off the court into the locker room.

Jrue Holiday is also listed to start for the injury-ravaged Pelicans, and it would be his first time starting back-to-back game夜网论坛s all season. 


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And 1 reminds us Rafer Alston, aka 'Skip To My Lou,' is playground GOAT


The big boys, Nike in particular, have a near monopoly on NBA endorsement deals. The swoosh, along with adidas, also dominates the college hoops scene. So when an upstart company known as And 1 burst onto the marketplace back in the 1990s, it entered it another way — through the streets. 

The company eventually embraced Rafer Alston, nicknamed "Skip To My Lou," as the embodiment of its brand. His prowess on New York City playgrounds spread throughout the country — forget that, the world — after And 1 featured him in several of its streetball mixtapes. Thursday, And 1 released a nine-plus-minute video of Alston's greatest moments on the blacktop, and it's a reminder why he's the definitive streetball player of his era. 

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It's hard to qualify the magnitude of Alston's impact on the game, but consider this. And 1's mixtapes were only available on VHS in limited quantities as promotional material at select footwear outlets. But much like the audio mixtapes of New York City rappers who became international stars, such as 50 Cent, everyone wound up checking them out. I remember huddling in front a floor model TV of a high school friend who had gotten his hands on one. There had to be 10 of us. It was that serious.

With each subsequent volume, Alston's rep grew bigger as did that of many of the other ba夜网论坛llers featured such as "Alimoe," "Half Man, Hal[......]

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Jeremy Lin opens up about pressures of academic success in high school

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Before Jeremy Lin was an international basketball star, he was a high school kid with high expectations for himself who felt the pressures of academic success. Sounds like any other teen or 20-something in America, right?

In a Facebook post last week, the Hornets guard and Harvard graduate reflected on his time in high school after reading a story in The Atlantic magazine titled "The Silicon Valley Suicides," which examined the increasing number of suicides in the affluent northern California community. Lin attended Palto Alto High School, on which the story was based.

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Lin said he dealt with suicide during his time in California. 

"When I was a freshman at Palo Alto High, a classmate who sat next to me committed suicide," Lin wrote in his post. "I remember having difficulty registering what had happened. A year later, a friend committed suicide. I saw up close the pain and devastation of their loved ones and in my community. I realized then that there are so many burdens 夜网论坛we don’t see the people around us carrying. I told myself that I would try to be m[......]

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Stephen Curry using soccer star Lionel Messi as inspiration to fight through injury

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Stephen Curry wants to be on the court by any means necessary — even if that means borrowing gear from another sport.

The NBA’s reigning MVP will wear soccer-style shin guards as he continues to play through a left shin contusion. He’s also approaching his game much like one of soccer’s stars — Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

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"I've got to bring out my Messi mindset tonight, so we'll see," Curry said while discussing his shin guards (via ESPN.com). "We'll keep trying out stuff till we find something that works, and then once I obviously, hopefully, get through this, I'll be back to my normal attire."

Curry leads the NBA in scoring at 29.3 points per game but has missed two games with the injury, suffered on Dec. 28 against the Kings. The Warriors staff said the bruise would take about four weeks to heal, but Curry plans on playing through the pain. The team has said he isn't risking further injury.

As for Messi, he and Curry have mutual respect for each other. The basketball star has complimented[......]

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Kristaps Porzingis puts on show for crying Knicks fan from NBA Draft


On Sunday night, Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis once again proved that he is far from a bust.

If you remember correctly, the Latvian big man was panned on draft night by pundits and fans alike. The Knicks were making a huge mistake, they said. He's the next Darko Milicic.

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There was the lasting image of a youthful Knicks fan crying into his glasses when the pick was made official.

But in just a few short months, Porzingis has turned Knicks fans on their heads, and the same little boy who was sobbing on draft night is now smiling ear to ear, especially on Sunday when he met with Porzingis before the afternoon tip against the Bucks.


Kristaps Porzingis! This is Jordan, the former crying Knicks fan. I am your number 1 fan now! 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year! Go get them KP. @kporzee

A photo posted by @cryingknicksfan on Jan 10, 2016 at 4:25pm PST

According to the various Instagram photos, Porzingis' older brother helped set up the meeting.

Once the ball was tipped, Porzingis once again wowed the basketball world, this time putting back a reverse tip-dunk and banking in a 30-foo夜网论坛t 3-pointer to beat the shot clock.

He may not win the Rookie of the Year award, but there is no doubt Porzingis is the most popular rookie in the league.

What were once tears of sadness are now tears of joy.


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Wyclef really wants Zaza Pachulia to be an all-star, makes song about it


Wyclef Jean (don't even ask 'Who?' I know y'all remember the Fugees) really wants Mavericks big man Zaza Pachulia to be voted an NBA All-Star. 

He wrote a song about it. Wanna hear it? Here it goes:

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The 12th-year pro is averaging a double-double at 10.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. That's singing good.

And if you've serio夜网论坛usly never head of the Fugees, here's an introduction.


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George Karl makes case to remain Kings head coach

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While the Kings are reportedly considering "immediate dismissal" of George Karl, the embattled coach is trying to take it one game at a time. 

"I don't have any control over what other people are thinking or saying. That's their storm," Karl said via ESPN.com. "My preference would be it wouldn't be there. But there's always energy today. Then once something gets out, it magnifies and grows and becomes a storm. That's not my storm. My storm is the Boston Celtics."

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According to multiple reports, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac were “livid” after Friday night’s 128-119 loss to the Nets, the team’s sixth loss in seven games. As a result, they are “strongly weighing” firing Karl. Paired with frustrations between Karl and All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings locker room is questioning Karl's coaching philosophy. 


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Joe Johnson sends Jusuf Nurkic tumbling to the floor with vicious crossover


Joe Joh夜网论坛nson has been playing in the NBA for 14 years, yet he can still drop a defender like a bad habit.

The Nets guard hit Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic with a crossover Monday night that may have caused Nurkic to re-evaluate every choice he had made in life up to that point.

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That deserves to be on an And 1 Mixtape. But Johnson wasn't done yet.

With 1.3 seconds left on the clock and Brooklyn down two points, Johnson caught a pass at the top of the key and let it fly.



Did he call glass there? Doesn't matter. Game over. That's seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson to you, sir!


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Wizards' John Wall suffers bruised knee, unsure he'll play in All-Star Game

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Wizards guard John Wall, who suffered a bruised right knee in Thursday night's 99-92 loss to the Bucks, said afterward that he wasn't sure if he would be able to play in Sunday's All-Star Game.

"If I can't move and I need more time then I won't [play Sunday]," Wall said, per the Washington Post. "But it'll be frustrating not to."

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Wall suffered the injury in the first quarter in Milwaukee when he and Bucks guard O.J. Mayo collided. Wall was able to play 41 minutes but received treatment at halftime and after the game, according to the Post.

"It's a deep bruise," he said. "As you can see, it's swollen. It hurts, and I'll do as much treatment as I can on it."

Wall is an All-Star for the third consecutive season.


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Sixers reportedly exploring possible deals for Jahlil Okafor

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The 76ers could be preparing for another shakeup before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.

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The Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times reported that Philadelphia is determining other teams' interest in Jahlil Okafor, the No. 3 overall draft pick who’s averaging 17.1 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

The report added that a deal is not imminent.

While Okafor, 20, has proved to be a skilled offensive big man and solid rebounder, he’s had several off-the-court issues.

Meanwhile, Sixers center Joel Embiid is reportedly rehabbing his surgically-repaired foot in Qatar. How the Sixers view his future could affect their plans for Okafor.

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A frontcourt combo of a healthy Embiid and Okafor could be the foundation the Sixers have been seeking in recent years.

If Sixers chairman Jerry Colangelo isn’t optimistic about Embiid’s return, it could be back to the drawing board for Philly.


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