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Dallas’ Jeremy Evans with insane block on Anthony Davis (VIDEO)

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If you can get up high enough to  block an Anthony Davis floater, you’ve got hops.

We’re a little late with this, but Jeremy Evans provided one of the best highlights of Saturday night so we’re passing it along. Look at him track this block down then get ridiculously high to block AD’s shot. You may best remember Evans as the high-flying former dunk contest winner, a guy getting a little bit more run in Dallas this season than he did in Utah before.

Davis still finished with 25 points on 19 shots, but Dallas got the 107-98 win to keep the banged-up Pelicans winless on the young season.

Heat’s Gerald Green out of hospital, no other update on his condition

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Good news: Miami Heat swingman Gerald Green is out of the hospital and resting at home.

What we don’t know what sent Green to the hospital in the first place, or when he’ll be back to playing basketball.

Miami’s ABC affiliate Channel 10 broke the news about Green being out of the hospital. Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel had some other details.

According to the transcript of the 911 call of the incident, a woman at the front desk of Green’s condo is heard on the recording saying, “I have a resident that just passed out. He’s bleeding….”

Several Heat players have been in communication with Green, including guards Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers, who lives in the same Miami condo building as Green and was in the ambulance at Green’s side when Green was transported Wednesday.

There were some reports that Green was acting erratically before the 911 call. However, the bottom line is we don’t know much about what happened.

Hopefully, he will recover and be back on the court soon.

Kings’ Darren Collison out indefinitely with hamstring injury

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The sore Achilles that sidelined DeMarcus Cousins isn’t the only reason the Kings have started 1-6. Another issue is at the point guard spot — Sacramento’s up-tempo offense is 5.5 points per 100 possessions better when starter Rajon Rondo is off the court. If you just said “but Rondo brings it on defense” know the Kings’ defense is 11.9 per 100 better when he is on the bench.

However, that doesn’t mean more Darren Collison running the show in Sacramento — he missed Saturday night’s game with a hamstring and told James Ham of CSNBayArea.com he’s going to miss more time as well.

From his courtside seat, he informed CSNBayArea.com that the injury required an MRI and the results were “not good.” Collison confirmed that he would be out several days at minimum while the team’s medical staff waits to see how his body responds to treatment.

He is almost certainly out Monday as the Kings host the Spurs. They are home this week and face the Pistons Wednesday and the Nets Friday.

Rondo did have a triple-double against the Warriors — 14 points, 12 rebounds, 15 assists — in what was his best game of the season (of course, the Warriors still won). George Karl and the Kings are going to need more performances like that until Collison gets back — and getting Cousins back Monday will certainly help this struggling team.

Putback dunks have become Kristap Porzingis’ thing (VIDEO)


The Knicks’ No. 4 pick Kristaps Porzingis is a project. You can see the skill with his shot, you can see the basketball IQ, he is farther along the curve than many had thought, but watch him play and you also see a guy that is raw. It’s going to be a couple of years before we have a sense of just how good he can be.

But we do know this — the man can throw down the putback dunk with the best of them.

He’s done it over LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love. He’s got the timing on missed shots down and the length to adjust on the fly as needed.

Above is a highlight package of his putbacks from just the Knicks first six games. Just wait until we have a couple of seasons of those to watch.

Kobe Bryant: “If you asked me today, this would be my last year”

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Kobe Bryant was sitting there with ice on both knees, plus he was hooked up to a machine that kept his surgically repaired shoulder cold. It’s just part of the daily, lengthy routine Kobe has to endure to keep playing NBA basketball.

That’s when the question came: Is this his last year in the league?

Kobe has long denied knowing the answer to that question, but he was channeling a little of Danny Glover’s Roger Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon in giving his answer, as reported by Baxter Holmes of ESPN.

“If you asked me today, this would be my last year. But you never know,” said Bryant, who is in the final year of his deal with the Lakers. “We’ll keep it open. Whatever happens, happens.”

Kobe has been clear about a few things. He’s not going to play for a team other than the Lakers (it would hurt his brand). And he’s certainly not going into coaching. And he does not want a farewell tour (even though his reception at Madison Square Garden Sunday will feel like one).

But whether he is going to retire, I believe him when he says he ultimately doesn’t know yet. I’ve always been in the camp that this will be it for Kobe — if he’s not going to chase a ring with another team, why would he put himself through all this physically to be part of a multi-year rebuilding process he will not be on the court to see the rewards from?

Bottom line, he’s getting too old for this… stuff.