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Mark Cuban, Magic Johnson trying to buy MLB’s Dodgers

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Here’s the consensus in Los Angeles — whoever buys the Dodgers will be an upgrade over the previous owner. So long as you don’t need to use the franchise as an ATM machine and run it into the ground while being a public spectacle, you’re an upgrade.

An auction of the Dodgers as part of an ugly divorce process is taking place and a couple prominent NBA players are trying to be that upgrade, reports the Los Angeles Times.

One is Mark Cuban, the Mavericks owner who was deep into bidding on the Texas Rangers before losing to a group led by Nolan Ryan. He has said there is real value in the Dodgers franchise, but that he learned lessons from the last process and would not overbid.

But he is not the preferred favorite son — Magic Johnson is. Magic has bid along with longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten and money man Mark Walter. Magic Johnson sold his minority share in the Lakers last year looking to take a larger role in another professional sports team. Living in Los Angeles, I would say this is largely the bid favored by fans because it has someone who gets sports and Los Angeles, a baseball guy and is well financed.

In the end what the fans want will be moot — money will talk. The final sale process is expected to be around $1.5 billion.

These are the initial bids and all we know is that more than 10 came in. The MLB and Bud Selig will spend the next month pairing the bids down to 10. Outgoing owner Frank McCourt will pick from there. McCourt wants to keep the parking lot (the valuable real estate) around the stadium, but no ownership group worth its salt would let him keep that asset and revenue source, or want him around the team in any way.

Knicks allow John Wall to grab clutch rebound, score on break to ice game (VIDEO)

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The New York Knicks couldn’t get out of their own way on Thursday night, even with a historic performance from Carmelo Anthony. With the Washington Wizards in town, it was John Wall‘s finishing ability that pushed the Wiz over New York, 113-110.

The final 45 seconds were hectic, as Wall took the lead for Washington with just 32 seconds left after drawing a foul on Carmelo.

Down by 1, Anthony then missed a jumper with 18 seconds left and the Knicks allowed Wall to do this:

Wall would go on to steal the final possession from the Knicks, and the Wizards left MSG with a win.

Gregg Popovich gets ejected, standing O after screaming “You’re a terrible referee” (VIDEO)

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Gregg Popovich can be a fiesty dude, and sometimes he just wants to get his team pumped up. After news that Pau Gasol was going to be absent from the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, perhaps this was his way of doing that?

Late in the second quarter in Denver, Popovich was seen arguing with a baseline official as play continued on. Pop was hit with an initial tech, and as the officiating crew walked away he blasted ’em with the best dad insult I’ve heard in a long time.

“You’re a terrible referee!”

GOT ‘EM:

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Mudiay was more than happy to assist with the second technical and ejection portion of Popovich’s tirade.

Long Live Pop.

Watch Kristaps Porzingis come out of nowhere on this putback dunk (VIDEO)

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Kristaps Porzingis is “The Unicorn” perhaps in part because of his high basketball awareness on the offensive end of the floor. On Thursday night against the Washington Wizards, the New York Knicks big man had an incredible putback dunk that surprised even his teammates.

Thanks to a missed Courtney Lee 3-pointer, Porzingis was able to fly in from beyond the arc to slam home two points.

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Yeah, that’s crazy.

There’s putback dunks and then there’s flying in from beyond the 3-point line like this one. Wild.

Spurs big man Pau Gasol fractures finger during warmups, out indefinitely

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The San Antonio Spurs will have to make do without PF/C for a while Pau Gasol thanks to a recent fracture in his left ring finger.

That’s according to a press release from the team, who said Gasol fractured his fourth metacarpal — the bone that connects the ring finger down to the carpal bones in the wrist area — during warmups before a game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

No word yet from the team on recovery time, but estimates given similar recent NBA player injuries suggest anywhere from 4-8 weeks.

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward missed the first month of the season after fracturing his finger in early October. Cleveland Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving missed around a month in 2012 with a similar injury.

Here’s hoping Gasol can make it back to the court quickly for the Spurs.