George Cohen

Report: Federal mediator to be back in room Saturday

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George Cohen, the federal mediator who led intense discussions between the NBA and players union several weeks back, will be in the room again Saturday.

That’s what Chris Broussard of ESPN reports, confirmed by an NBA spokesman.

Cohen led the two sides through 30 hours of negotiations in three days, when some of the most progress was made during the lockout. However, when everything went south he seemed to throw up his hands and walk away in frustration.

Having Cohen back in the room — a room filled with large groups — could help keep the discussion on point. That said, he can’t force the sides to make a deal. If both sides are not willing to come together and make a deal, Cohen can’t force them.

Still, they made progress last time he worked in this room. So, if you feel optimistic run with it.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.