1. Melo will replace Kevin Love in NBA All-Star Game
With the Cavs forward out a projected six weeks following arthroscopic surgery, Adam Silver selected Anthony to take Love’s place in New Orleans this weekend. Sure, Melo is having his standard high-scoring season (tied for 15th in points per game), but this selection can’t help but feel like a pity move. “Sorry you’re saddled with the league’s worst owner and a president who constantly calls you out. Why not get away for a weekend and remember what it’s like to play with actual talent?” How does this impact the ASG odds? It doesn’t really. But it might help Cleveland’s title chances, as Melo and LeBron get a chance to strategize on a way to bring Anthony to the Cavs. (Only sort of joking.)
2. Nets and Hornets need a break
The Nets come into the All-Star break losers of 14-straight, all but clinching the best odds for the draft lottery now that second-worst Phoenix is nine games clear of them. With that first-round pick going to the Celtics (enjoy Lonzo Ball, Boston!) there’s little to be excited about in Brooklyn, but at least they aren’t alone in their misery. Charlotte has lost 11 of its last 12 (the only win coming over Brooklyn), and has covered just two of the last 13. They won’t be teams to ride down the stretch.
3. Branden Albert hits the market
The Dolphins released the 32-year-old tackle to make way for Laremy Tunsil on the outside. Albert may not have had his best season in 2016, but he shouldn’t be out of work for long. He joins a tackle market filled with injury-prone players, like Ryan Clady, or guys that are even older than he is, like Andrew Whitworth. For my money, the Fins’ futures should drop slightly. The run game (and offense in general) has been much better with Albert than without over the last two seasons.
4. Tiger Woods cancels press conference
If you were one of the few still holding out hope that Tiger would miraculously return to his old form this year, then that hope may have finally been dashed. Woods’ back spasms were so bad, he couldn’t even attend a press conference on Wednesday for an event he wasn’t playing in! Apparently his back is so bad, he was told by his doctors to “stay horizontal.” For Woods’ fans, I would give the opposite advice: avoid laying down … any money on him this year.
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