Allen Iverson will not play in Melo vs. Philly Sunday

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UPDATE 10:17 am: Allen Iverson’s longtime friend and manager shot down the idea that Iverson will play in the game, according to

Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime friend and manager, confirmed that the now 36-year-old Answer will not participate.

Which is a little sad, these free-flowing exhibitions are a good fit for Iverson’s game, and this would have been fun. But it’s not happening. Still, there is plenty of star power for this showdown.

9:48 am: Allen Iverson might be back on the court with NBA players Sunday.

We still won’t believe it until we see it, but organizers of Sunday’s Melo League vs. Philly showdown in the City of Brotherly Love are reportedly trying to get Iverson — still one of the most popular players ever in Sixers history — to play for Team Philadelphia, according to Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lot’s of “no comments” flying around officially.

Iverson is supposed to be in Philly hosting another event Saturday night.

The organizers also tried to recruit Kobe Bryant to play for Philly, but that appears less likely.

The return of Iverson — who wants another shot to play in the NBA after being out last season and playing in Turkey until he got injured — would add to a star-studded lineup.

Really, Team Philly needs some help. The lineup for the Melo League includes LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Josh Selby, Eric Bledsoe and more.

Philly will be represented by Tyreke Evans, Hakim Warrick, Lou Williams, Markieff and Marcus Morris plus others. That’s good enough against most teams, but Melo has one serious lineup put together.

Lonzo Ball finishes one-handed alley-oop on Willie Cauley-Stein (video)


So much attention is paid to Lonzo Ball‘s father, jumper and passes. Those are the major storylines for the Lakers rookie.

But he has such a diverse skill set, and this is absolutely part of it. Ball is a savvy off-ball cutter in the halfcourt with the athleticism to get above the rim and finish alley-oops.

But finish them over 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, who was tracking the play (though slightly late)? That’s an eye-opener, even in the Kings’ 113-102 win.

Marc Gasol makes 3/4-court shot just after buzzer (video)

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When Marc Gasol‘s 3/4-court attempt went through the net, it seemed to barely matter the ball left his hands just after the first-quarter buzzer. After all, the Grizzlies led the Mavericks by 15, anyway.

Turns out, Memphis really needed that basket.

Watch Knicks string together 28-0 run against Raptors


Toronto has been the second best team in the East this young season. Not that anyone is really convinced they will be called that by the time we get to the playoffs (or even the All-Star break, or even Christmas), but for the first 16-18 games of the season their new move-the-ball offense had them at 11-5 and looking solid.

Wednesday night the Knicks dismantled the Raptors.

Especially in the third quarter when the Knicks went on a 28-0 run to blow the doors off the Raptors (video above). The Knicks dominated the third 41-10, when Toronto shot just 1-of-16 from the floor.

New York is gaining confidence with each win this season, they are a fun team to watch that is starting to find an identity (now that a certain three-sided shaped one is not being forced upon them). Kristaps Porzingis is a monster, and while the Knicks overpaid the market for Tim Hardaway Jr. he has lived up to his contract this season. With rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina showing some nice defense and playmaking skills as a rookie (although he is undoubtedly still a work in progress), you can see a path to a strong future unfolding. There are real reasons for hope in New York. Someone just keep James Dolan distracted and away from the basketball operations side of the building.

Devin Booker forces OT with deep turnaround buzzer-beating 3-pointer, but Bucks beat Suns (video)

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I’m not sure who benefited from Devin Booker‘s buzzer-beating, overtime-forcing 3-pointer. The Suns still lost to the Bucks, 113-107. The extra five minutes featured more of the same relatively bad basketball we’d seen between Phoenix (bad) and Milwaukee (shorthanded) through 48 minutes.

But darn if this shot wasn’t really cool and clutch.