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Allen Iverson’s No.3 jersey officially retired by 76ers, remembered as one of Philly’s legendary athletes:
PHILADELPHIA (Via the Associated Press) — Allen Iverson cupped his hand to his left ear and asked to hear his favorite tune one more time.
With that command, 20,000 roaring Philadelphia 76ers fans gave AI the standing ovation he earned by stamping himself as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.
Iverson, emotional as he thanked former teammates and friends, had his No. 3 retired at halftime of Saturday’s game against Washington.
High above the Wells Fargo Center court, Iverson’s banner slipped between Maurice Cheeks’ No. 10 and Charles Barkley’s No. 34.
“They all wanted me to talk about how much y’all loved me,” Iverson said, “but trust me, the feeling was mutual.”
Iverson officially retired in October after last playing in 2010. He won four scoring titles for the Sixers and was the 2001 MVP when he led them to the NBA Finals. He never won a championship, the lone omission in a career that is destined for the Hall of Fame.
NBA: Kyrie Irving Wins Game MVP and Leads East All-Stars To Comeback Win In High Scoring All-Star Game
Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony lead the East All-Stars over the West in the highest scoring NBA All-Star game in history:
Via Sports Illustrated: Kyrie Irving took home MVP honors after leading the East to a come-from-behind 163-155 victory during a record-setting NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center on Sunday. The East’s victory snapped the West’s three-game winning streak.
The Cavaliers’ third-year point guard tallied a team-high 31 points and a game-high 14 assists to help the East make up an 18-point second-half deficit. Irving, 21, scored 24 points in the second half and 15 in the fourth quarter in his second career All-Star appearance and his first career All-Star start.
“There’s so many MVPs out there on that floor and to be named MVP among all those great stars is truly an honor,” Irving said. “It’s a blessing. I’m glad I get to bring it back to Cleveland.”
Irving, the 2011 No. 1 overall pick, becomes the second-youngest All-Star Game MVP in history, joining Heat forward LeBron James as the only players to win the award at age 21. Read the rest of this entry
Seattle’s defense shuts down Peyton Manning and Devner’s offense, bringing Super Bowl title to the Pacific Northwest:
The Seattle Seahawks’ mantra all season was to make each day a championship day.
They made Super Bowl Sunday the best day of all with one of the greatest performances in an NFL title game — sparked by a defense that ranks among the best ever.
The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl crown in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8. That masterful defense, the NFL’s stingiest, never let the five-time MVP get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history.
Seattle (16-3) was too quick, too physical and just too good for Denver, and that was true in all areas. What was hyped as a classic matchup between an unstoppable offense and a miserly defense turned into a rout.
CBS Sports Garry Parrish on the impact of Kansas freshman Joel Embiid who is emerging as the top 2014 NBA draft prospect:
LAWRENCE, Kan. — It was clear in the preseason, if you spoke with anybody on the Kansas staff, that Bill Self and his assistants believed they had something special in Joel Embiid.
The freshman big was getting a fraction of the attention reserved for Andrew Wiggins.
But his so-called ceiling, they quietly insisted, was just as high.
Perhaps even higher.
I realized this for the first time in late September when I attended a KU practice while in town. I returned home still intrigued by Wiggins, of course, for all of the obvious reasons. But the lasting image from that trip was one of Embiid — alone on the court, perfecting post moves, smiling when his coaches instructed him to show me his Dream Shake.
Everything Embiid did seemed so natural.
Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan on the fallout and saga of the 162 game Alex Rodriguez PEDS suspension ruling:
Alex Rodriguez is a sad, desperate man, and sad, desperate men do sad, desperate things like blame their sad, desperate circumstances on a beloved, deceased man. Of the many layers of pathetic A-Rod has peeled back in trying to excuse his own wretched choices, never had he spoken ill of the dead, not until Monday when his failing defense found a new nadir.
Smack dab in the middle of the lawsuit he filed against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to overturn his suspension for all of 2014 came the attack on Michael Weiner, the late leader of the union and inarguably the most respected person in baseball before cancer took his life in November. Though admiration alone does not a make a good man, nobody inside the union or out ever questioned Weiner’s virtue or willingness to fight for players. He argued for those who flouted the doping rules to which they had agreed. He helped Ryan Braun escape unscathed from a positive test. Even Alex Rodriguez, a liar, a manipulator, a narcissist, everything Weiner wasn’t, would still receive his best effort because he was part of a union, and a union’s strength goes south to north.
ESPN Los Angeles on the latest news that Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant is Out again with left knee fracture:
Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday.
Bryant suffered the injury Tuesday night during the visiting Lakers’ 96-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. An MRI exam Thursday revealed that Bryant played for a half against the Grizzlies with the break.
The news is an undeniable blow to the Lakers, who in late November signed Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension before the 35-year-old had made it back onto the court from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last April.
“It’s too bad,” coach Mike D’Antoni said at the team’s practice Thursday. Read the rest of this entry
Chicago Bulls star PG Derrick Rose injures his other knee vs Blazers, out again indefinitely after right meniscus tear:
Via CBS Eye on Basketball:
The news for Derrick Rose isn’t completely devastating but it’s also not good. When he went down with a right knee injury in the third quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, it was immediately feared that he had torn his right ACL and would be done for the year. While the injury isn’t quite that serious, the team announced on Saturday that he has a meniscus tear in his right knee and will require surgery.
He’s out indefinitely.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose sustained an injury to his right knee against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery. Rose is out indefinitely, and will not accompany the team on the rest of its current road trip.
USA Today’s Sam Amick on the buzz surrounding the elite level future NBA talent at the Champions Classic in Chicago:
The traffic between Philadelphia and nearby Trenton, N.J., was heavier than normal on Feb. 10, 2002, with a parade of NBA scouts, coaches, and executives clogging I-95 because they all had somewhere special to be.
Seventeen-year-old LeBron James of St. Vincent-St. Mary was facing off against fellow high school phenom Carmelo Anthony of Oak Hill Academy, and the hordes of talent evaluators who were already in town for the All-Star game gleefully made the 35-mile trek to see these young stars who already seemed destined for greatness. It was, as one executive who was on hand that day described it, “a day where you felt the earth move.”
It moved again on Tuesday night, when three of the top contenders for No. 1 pick in the celebrated 2014 NBA draft took part in the Champions Classic in Chicago that likely will be remembered in the same vein as the James-Anthony faceoff by the estimated 80 NBA types who were on hand. Power forward Julius Randle of No. 1 Kentucky set the bar extremely high in the opener (27 points and 13 rebounds), showcasing his power style in a 78-74 loss to No. 2 Michigan State.
Sports Illustrated’s MLB Insider Tom Verducci on David Ortiz’s Epic World Series MVP Performance for Boston Red Sox:
BOSTON — It was after two o’clock in the morning when David Ortiz bounced out of the Red Sox clubhouse for the first time as a three-time world champion. He was surrounded by a phalanx of friends and fans that grew with nearly every step as he walked underneath Fenway Park. Ortiz does not walk alone, no more than does a rock star or a five-star general, and he exhibits qualities of both at all times.
A trio of admiring police officers brought the entourage to a brief stop. One of them, Chief Jeffrey Silva of the Westwood, Mass., Police Department, pulled out his cell phone to take a picture. His eight-year-old son had one question for him when he left for work that day to assist the Boston P.D. in keeping the peace for what would be one of the biggest nights in the city’s sports history, Game 6 of the World Series, the first opportunity for the Red Sox to win the series at home since 1918. “Dad,” his son asked, “can you get me Big Papi’s autograph?”
Boxing Legend Mike Tyson, Spike Lee and HBO Films Present “Undisputed Truth” Premieres November 16th
HBO & Boxing Great Mike Tyson team up w/ director Spike Lee on new film “Undisputed Truth” based off Tyson’s “One Man Show”:
Premieres November 16th; Official HBO Video Trailer: