Kurt Helin

Watch Carmelo Anthony sink OT game winner, lift Knicks over Hornets


Sometimes, waving off everyone and going at it in isolation works.

With time running down in overtime between the Knicks and Hornets, Carmelo Anthony — long accused of playing too much isolation ball — did just that, setting up a one-on-one battle that led to a 17-foot fade away. Few are more dangerous when isolated than Anthony, and he drained what would be the game-winner.

With the 113-111 win — behind 35 points from Anthony — the Knicks now have a winning record at 8-7. Give Derrick Rose a little love for the win, too, he blocked a potential game winner by Kemba Walker.

Sharpshooter Kevin Martin retires after 12 NBA seasons


If you can shoot the rock, it seems like there is a place for you in the NBA forever. Or close to it.

His killer catch-and-shoot skills had Kevin Martin part of the NBA rotation for a dozen years, but Martin bought an ad in his hometown Zanesville Times Recorder in Ohio on Thanksgiving to say his time in the NBA has come to an end (hat tip Bleacher Report):

Thank you, thank you, thank you. There’s not a more perfect day for me to express those feelings. There are so many ways to announce your after professional career plans. My family and close friends have known since June of the direction I wanted my life to go….

To my community, I think the way I have always wanted to do it was on a personal level with the place that has always been there for me as I started this journey as a 18 year old kid. That place is Zanesville, OH!  It was always about you!  Special is just the start to describe you guys as part of my journey from day 1.  Honestly, there isn’t enough pages or enough days in a year for me to name everyone that has had a positive impact in my life…. Thank you so much and I’m excited to see who the next kid will be to experience the professional sports world but most importantly… for them to experience the reception from our community every time they are able to come back home and give hope for the next generation!!!

In appreciation to you… The Kevin Martin Youth Foundation will be donating $100,000 to enhance the talents of our young children, on and off the sporting fields, in the Zanesville and surrounding area! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Martin played for the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, with a career average of 17.4 points per game. He averaged more than 23 points a game three times, twice with Rick Adelman in Sacramento and once in Houston. The past couple years he battled injury, including a fractured wrist.

Coming out of Western Carolina, Martin always exceeded expectations, he could knock down shots but his game rounded out to do much more than that — he could put the ball on the floor, dish a little, and play some defense. But scoring was his forte — watch him drop 50 on the Warriors back in 2009.

Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph won’t play Friday due to mother’s death


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph won’t play Friday against the Miami Heat due to the death of his mother, Mae Randolph.

The Grizzlies issued a statement Friday on the death of Mae Randolph saying, “Zach and his mother had an inseparable bond.”

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that he would never forget “the unbridled joy she took in attending our games” and noted that “Mae raised Zach to be a man with an enormous heart, who is deeply committed to enriching the lives of those in need, and for that legacy we are forever indebted to her.”

Cavaliers’ Channing Frye to miss time following father’s death

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye will be out indefinitely following the death of his father on Thanksgiving.

The Cavs offered their condolences and support to Frye, whose father, Thomas, passed away about a month after his mother, Karen Mulzac-Frye, died following a battle with cancer.

Cleveland (11-2) said Frye has been excused from the team and won’t play Friday against Dallas. The team plays Sunday at Philadelphia.

Frye posted a message Thursday on Instagram saying: “Be thankful for the person next to you. My father passed away today. Y’all better love on your family.”

He missed two games following his mother’s passing.

The 33-year-old Frye is having a solid second season with the defending NBA champions. He is averaging 11.3 points per game and making 49 percent of his 3-pointers.

Chris Paul was in Dallas to watch his Cowboys beat up Redskins on Thanksgiving

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Wednesday night, Chris Paul and the Clippers took care of the Dallas Mavericks to improve to an NBA-best 14-2 this season.

Thursday the team hung around in Dallas — not because of deep-fried turkey, but because of the Cowboys.

Paul is huge Dallas fan, as is DeAndre Jordan. It makes sense for Jordan as he’s from Texas, but CP3 is one of the many in Cowboy Nation who grew up elsewhere but latched on to the team during the early 1990s heyday. Jordan and Paul led most of the Clipper team out to watch some Thanksgiving day football as the Cowboys handled the Redskins 31-26. CP3 loved it, he threw up the Dez “X.”