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NBA Power Rankings Week 8

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The first week of December is starting to establish an elite duo at the top of what is becoming a top-heavy league. The win streak of the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t come close to being snapped this week, and they retain the top spot ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers. But...
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After Rockets exit, told Chris Paul to ‘just be careful’

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have a lot of shared basketball history together after almost two decades in the NBA, but there’s one specific tie between the two former All-Stars that has binded both proud men over the last year — their respective unceremonious divorces from the...
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Which player had the best sneakers in the NBA during Week 7?

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9:35 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN Already this season, we’re seeing players take themselves less and less serious with their custom sneaker themes, perhaps none more than the first week of December. After launching his own “LG9” signature shoe with upstart brand Q4 Sports a year ago, Detroit Pistons shooting guard...
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LeBron James says matching up against Carmelo Anthony ‘always special’

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Nearly two decades after first meeting at a USA Basketball camp, LeBron James, playing for his third NBA team, and Carmelo Anthony, playing for his fifth, matched up once again in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 136-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. James got the...
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Rodney Hood injury update: Blazers forward suffers torn Achilles vs. Lakers

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY4ODQ4NjY1MDk4NTk0MDAw/rodney-hood-injury.jpg Ben Pickman Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Blazers forward Rodney Hood has suffered a torn left Achilles tendon, the team announced. Hood exited Friday’s game against the Lakers after suffering a non-contact, lower left leg injury nine minutes into the first quarter. He needed assistance leaving the floor and was...
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Carmelo Anthony finally feels like he belongs again with Trail Blazers

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ON AN OVERCAST Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles, Carmelo Anthony strides along a sidewalk in sneakers, black sweatpants and a black hoodie pulled over his head. He’s heading toward the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where the Portland Trail Blazers are staying, after making the short trek from shootaround at nearby Staples Center....
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Carmelo Anthony’s NBA return has been better than expected

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY4ODMyNDI5MDQ4NDczMDEx/carmelo-anthony-blazers-start.jpg Michael Shapiro Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports How much of an apology do we owe Carmelo Anthony? The 10-time All-Star deserves at least a modicum of contrition, averaging 16.9 points per game for the Blazers entering Friday while shooting 38.7% from three. Anthony’s return to the NBA was met with...
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Carmelo Anthony’s contract with Blazers now fully guaranteed

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The Portland Trail Blazers will amend Carmelo Anthony‘s contract so that it becomes fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season, league sources told ESPN. Portland had until early January to fully guarantee the deal for the season. Anthony had signed a non-guaranteed contract last month. “I thought it was...
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Carmelo Anthony was prepared to ‘walk away’ before Blazers offer

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTY4NzczMTcyNzI2ODY3NTI5/melo-ready-to-walk-away.jpg Ben Pickman Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports Carmelo Anthony says he was prepared to move on from the NBA if the Portland Trail Blazers hadn’t offered him a contract last month. “I was ready to walk away,” Anthony told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “It’s hard, waking up every morning, not knowing...
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Carmelo Anthony was ready to walk away before Trail Blazers offer came

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Carmelo Anthony says he was prepared to walk away from the NBA if the Portland Trail Blazers hadn’t called and offered him a roster spot last month. “I was preparin’ myself,” Anthony told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in a conversation that aired on Tuesday. “And I had prepared myself to kinda...
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Carmelo Anthony leads Trail Blazers past Bulls in vintage performance

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12:34 AM ET Eric WoodyardESPN CHICAGO — There was a 376-day gap between Carmelo Anthony‘s last NBA game and when he joined the Portland Trail Blazers on a non-guaranteed contract on Nov. 19. Four games into his comeback, the veteran treated his wife, La La Anthony, to a vintage performance...
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NBA Power Rankings Week 6 – Lakers, Bucks, Nuggets rolling –

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The 2019-20 season is just over a month old, and we’ve already witnessed the abrupt fall of a dynasty, the rebirth of the Lake Show, Luka Doncic becoming appointment television and, of course, the return of Carmelo Anthony to the NBA. Which teams are rising and falling in the final...
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Which player had the best sneakers in the NBA during Week 5?

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10:00 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN With the Utah Jazz bringing back their more-beloved-over-time “purple mountain” uniforms from the 1990s, second-year power forward Royce O’Neale knew right away he wanted to create a special pair of shoes for the occasion. As custom shoes have continued to be spotted more and more...
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Sluggish at times, Carmelo Anthony posts 10 points in Trail Blazers debut

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11:51 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — It didn’t take long for the Portland Trail Blazers to get Carmelo Anthony involved in the offense. And though he ended up with just 10 points in Tuesday’s 115-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, it is abundantly clear that Portland’s objective...
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NBA Power Rankings Week 5

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The Houston Rockets are the hottest team in the NBA, and they have one player to thank — Buddy Hield. Wait, what? That’s right, thanks in large part to 35 points from Hield on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings snapped the Boston Celtics‘ NBA-leading, 10-game win streak, leaving the Rockets’ seven-game...
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Right now, the Trail Blazers and Carmelo Anthony need each other

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Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey had tried to get Carmelo Anthony in trades with the New York Knicks, tried to get him as a free agent post-Oklahoma City. Now, they were together on a call Thursday morning. Time had passed; circumstances had changed. “You need us,”...
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Sources — Carmelo Anthony won’t make Trail Blazers debut before Tuesday

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Carmelo Anthony isn’t expected to make his Portland Trail Blazers debut until Tuesday’s game at New Orleans at the earliest, league sources tell ESPN. Anthony, 35, has to complete a physical with the Blazers before the one-year, non-guaranteed contract is finalized — and that could some as soon as Saturday,...

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