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Jeremy Lin Perspectives

HOWARD MEGDAL: It never occurred to me that I might root for a player as vociferously as Patrick Ewing. But Jeremy Lin might just get there for me.

ROBERT SHATZKIN: I’m scared to fully embrace the Linsanity. Continue reading

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LeBron and the NBA Finals

JASON CLINKSCALES: Most people are going to see LeBron James out of whichever polarized prism they choose to look through. This, unfortunately, creates a perception by many in the sporting public that he and the Miami Heat lost the NBA Finals as opposed to the truth; the Dallas Mavericks won it on their own merits. This wasn’t purely a case of team versus talent – a good bit of the viewers for this series were unfamiliar with the Mavs, but the ‘team’ label worked for them – this was a case of one well-constructed team executing over another whose flaws were exposed as the series wore on. Continue reading

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Carmelo and the Knicks

JASON CLINKSCALES: The Carmelo Anthony talk has annoyed some, but that’s because they see some similarities to the LeBron James hype and eventual departure to Miami. However, there are very few commonalities between the two. Anthony has said very little compared to James and here wasn’t nearly the frothing at the mouth or silly customized jerseys for the Denver Nuggets forward as for the former Cleveland Cavalier.

AKIE BERMISS: I was born under a star-crossed sign! Mercury was in retrograde! I was cursed by an evil warlock for the heroic deeds of my father! Well, it was something like that at least, because all my life I’ve been Knicks fan. And that can mean only one thing: constant, inexorable suffering. When we had Patrick Ewing back in the 90s, we spent every spring being the foil for the likes of Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller. No matter how cohesive the team was, how stifling the defense, or how triumphant the 4th-quarter comebacks were, we always wound up losing. Missing out. Just barely getting a whiff of what it would be like to be champions. And every time, we fell short. Fast forward to 2011: we’re having a pretty good year, Amar’e Stoudemire has brought up back from the brink of utter Isaiah-Thomas-ness (our name for Perdition), and all-in-all things are starting to look up. Then, there came word that Carmelo Anthony was strongly considering playing for New York. Continue reading

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Sportsman of the Year: Drew Brees, Michael Vick or LeBron James

Krysten Oliphant: The sports person of the year has to be New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

CHRIS PUMMER: Brees might be a nice guy, but nothing defines the competitive spirit of the modern athlete better than knowing you’re so good that you can tell everyone else to go fuck themselves. That’s why LeBron James is my Sportsman of the Year. Continue reading

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More Deserving Fanbase: Cubs or Indians?

BRAD GOLDBACH: In terms of fan bases in suffering, not many can compete with the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, but when looking at an all-sports landscape, those fan bases aren’t even in the same league of pain.

Cleveland seems to be in permanent sports purgatory, while Chicago, Cubs aside, has done pretty well for itself over the years.

SHANNON MCCARTHY: The Cubs drought is an integral part of the fabric of baseball. Who would we at once mock and empathize with, what curse would we invoke if they were to go and do the unthinkable? The Curse of the Really Crappy Sports City doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. (Sorry, Cleveland, it’s all I can come up with.) Continue reading

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The Knicks and Carmelo Anthony

KIYAN SOBHANI: Can the New York Knicks obtain Carmelo Anthony without giving up an important piece? The answer is yes. No matter who you ship off on the Knicks roster (besides Amar’e) for Melo you’re significantly improving that team. Randolph never really was that impressive for the Knicks. If the Knicks can get Melo playing alongside Amar’e and Felton they instantly become a contender.
MIKE SILVA: Although the thought of pairing Amar’e Stoudemire with Carmelo Anthony is enticing, it can’t be done at the expense of gutting the roster. After ten years of a rudderless ship, the Knicks appear to be headed in the right direction with a young roster full of intriguing upside. That is why I am a proponent of Donnie Walsh monitoring the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but not trading either Danilo Gallinari or Anthony Randolph. In my opinion the waiting game works in the Knicks favor. Continue reading

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What the FIBA World Championships Meant

MIKE CUMMINGS: About 10-odd days ago, Team USA won its first FIBA World Championship in 16 years, defeating Turkey 81-64 in the final at — wait, you hadn’t heard? Well, for real, it seriously did happen, and it was actually kind of a big deal to basketball fans, apparently. But unless I was missing out on something, mainstream American sports fans didn’t seem to care. At all. While this raises the possibility of some bad forest-related jokes — ‘If Team USA won a championship and no one heard about it, did it really happen?’ — it also raises some interesting questions. Chiefly among them: What the heck happened to international basketball?

To me, the strange part of the recently-completed FIBA World Championships isn’t the lack of interest here in the United States. The Redeem Team simply reinforced for all but the most-observant fans that the USA reigns supreme, unless we send our B-team. And perhaps that is so.

But the difference in passion seen among the other countries this summer is what struck me. And there are several possible reasons. Continue reading

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Allen Iverson’s Next Stop

ALEX PREWITT: The days of stardom for Allen Iverson seem like little else but a distant memory. Gone are the fadeaway jumpers and swift crossovers, in place are more doubters than ever before. Failure has replaced success for the greatest player under 6-feet in NBA history. The 30-points-per-game seasons are a thing of the past, bumped off Iverson’s legacy in favor of his detrimental four-game stint with Memphis and his stock market-like crash into oblivion.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I believe the grand final move that could rehabilitate the unjustly-maligned career of Allen Iverson could be a move to the New York Knicks. This is predicated on New York also acquiring Carmelo Anthony, of course.

But a team with Anthony/Iverson/Stoudemire would be awfully entertaining to watch. And it could be what Allen Iverson is remembered for. Continue reading

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Carmelo Anthony’s Value

HOWARD MEGDAL: Carmelo Anthony’s value to the Knicks is such that they should trade whomever it takes to get him, and give him a max contract, without thinking twice.

ALEX PREWITT: There’s no doubting Carmelo Anthony’s ability as a top-flight NBA player. Through seven seasons after leading Syracuse to the NCAA Championship, ‘Melo has never averaged under 20 points per game and has led the Nuggets to the playoffs in all seven years. But with rumors swirling regarding his imminent departure from the Rocky Mountains and Anthony’s pending free agency next summer, we can expect that some squad will throw a gaudy contract at ‘Melo to make him the cornerstone of the franchise. But does he belong in the elite level of players deserving of a max salary, or in the upper echelon of NBA studs along with fellow ’03 draftees LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? Continue reading

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Brett Favre’s Return

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: You know, I drove past Brett Favre’s compound – err, home – last weekend on the way to a wedding in Hattiesburg, Miss., and it explained everything about that man. His estate is a large piece of property (untold acres, actually) surrounded by not only a thick of trees so dense that you can’t even tell what color his actual house is, but also this giant, lit up fence with columns lining Interstate 55.

MIKE CUMMINGS: I’m not sure there’s a counterpoint here. Does anyone like Brett Favre — or LeBron James, for that matter — anymore? Is anyone interested when ESPN breaks into a rerun of First Take to breathlessly bring us the news that Brett Favre is having ketchup with his eggs this morning? Well, apparently so, because they keep showing it, and if ESPN is good at anything, it’s knowing what its audience wants. So what are we to make of this latest round of nonsense from a formerly well-respected, transcendent athlete? Continue reading

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