Any time an impending free agent comes to play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, they are bound to be bombarded with questions about what it would be like to play under the bright lights of Broadway. With Carmelo Anthony out of the lineup, it looked like the New York Knicks were going to be food for the 2016 free agent-to-be Kevin Durant and 2017 free agent-to-be Russell Westbrook.
But like the old adage goes, that’s why they play the games. Durant pumped in a season-high 44 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Russell Westbrook finished with 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder narrowly escaped the New York Knicks 128-122 in overtime. Durant hit the tying jumper with 16.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven points in overtime to seal the deal for OKC. Langston Galloway led the Knicks’ charge off the bench with 21 points.
Peyton Manning Under NFL Investigation Over Alleged HGH Shipments
If Peyton Manning thought Al-Jazeera America going under was going to make stories about alleged HGH shipments go away, he better think again. The NFL will conduct a full investigation of allegations that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning received human growth hormone, according to the Associated Press.
According to the Indianapolis Star, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said the inquiry, “which began two weeks ago, involves reviews of records, interviews and coordination with other agencies.” Manning, who vehemently denied all of these allegations, categorized the Al-Jazeera report as a “freakin’ joke,” “defamation,” and “complete garbage” when he was asked about it on ESPN’s NFL Countdown.
Sports Illustrated reports that the investigation currently doesn’t have a timetable for completion, but it is not expected to start until after the Broncos play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
You Absolutely Have To Read What Dwyane Wade’s Son Texted Him During A Slump
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade isn’t the MVP candidate that he was in his prime, but he is still a pretty capable player in the NBA. Wade has scored more than 20 points in four of his last five games and shot over 50 percent in each of those contests, but that isn’t impressing his 13-year-old son, Zaire.
With permission from “Flash,” Miami Herald reporter Ethan Skolnick posted screenshots of texts that Zaire sent to his father that must have inspired his recent stretch of great play.
“Hey man, you won’t get this message until after your game but i wanna say sum,” Zaire began. ” These last few away games I have been watching to see if I can help you with anything. In the game you struggled you of course shot bad from the (field). The games you played good you got to the bucket. Last night vs. the Bulls was I (think) your best game of the season.”
“When you are attacking the rim that causes (the) defense to suck in and opens up and ones for you, wide open treys for your teammates or etc… all I’m saying is stay on attack mode big dog. When you attack they will play you with a lil extra room so that’s when u use that killa instinct and shoot your midrange. And stop being so hard on yourself, most important play for a passion. It seems your playing like someone is making you. No go out there and play like it’s your last game of the season and give it all and trust your teammates.”
Let us reiterate that Zaire Wade is only 13 years old and isn’t afraid to call out his father when he’s playing lethargic and not with any love or passion for the game. That’s wisdom beyond your years, folks. Oh, and in case you forgot, Zaire has some game of his own. Wade scored 27 points in Miami’s 102-98 win against Brooklyn.
A photo posted by Ethan J Skolnick (@ejskolnick) on
Photo Credit: USA Today, Getty