Carmelo Anthony, John Wall

Report: Knicks-Wizards tentatively set for Christmas Day


Not every Christmas Day game can be as fun as LeBronfest ‘14: Heat-Cavs, but the league must still fill its Dec. 25 schedule.

With so many of the best teams in the Western Conference and many of the biggest markets on the East Coast, it’s a balancing act. Not every game in the Christmas lineup can feature two great teams.

Sometimes, a reasonable matchup between two not-terrible teams (sorry Wizards for the Knicks lowering the threshold) is good enough for the bottom-rung game.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

The Wizards just advanced their furthest in the playoffs since 1979. They have one of the league’s most exciting players in John Wall. Bradley Beal adds to a young core. Paul Pierce brings championship experience and star appeal. Marcin Gortat is an enforces and a character. And Randy Wittman’s face can be pretty entertaining.

The Knicks play in New York City.

This would be the Knicks’ sixth straight Christmas Day appearance and the Wizards’ first in six years and just second in 27 years.

Report: Lamar Odom found unconscious, taken to Las Vegas hospital

Lamar Odom

Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.

Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.

Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.

Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.

We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.

Jazz waive Jack Cooley and J.J. O’Brien

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.

Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley’s fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.

O’Brien was signed as an undrafted rookie Aug. 28 and played in one preseason game with the Jazz.

The Jazz roster now stands at 18.