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Carmelo Anthony passes Michael Jordan on USA Olympic scoring list, will top it by end of Games

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With a second quarter bucket — when he led a USA explosion that blew the game open against Venezuela — Carmelo Anthony racked up his 258th career Olympics point for USA Basketball.

That pushed him past Michael Jordan for third all time on that scoring list.

Anthony has played in far more games than Jordan, but it speaks to how ‘Melo’s game blossom’s on the international stage. ‘Melo’s size and ability to hit the three make him nearly unguardable internationally, especially when teams can’t focus on him because of the amazing teammates (in this case Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving and others).

In the USA’s next game against Australia, ‘Melo will likely pass David Robinson and move into second on the all-time list.

LeBron James has scored the most points in the Olympics for Team USA at 273. Anthony should pass that by the time the Rio Olympics are over.

It will be part of ‘Melo’s Hall of Fame legacy when his days playing end.

Memphis Grizzlies sign Wroten, Williams, Selden, Stephens

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Tony Wroten, forward Troy Williams and guard/forwards Wayne Selden Jr. and D.J. Stephens.

The Grizzlies announced each of the four signings Monday. Terms of the deals weren’t disclosed.

Wroten, 23, has appeared in 145 career games with the Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers over the last four seasons. He played eight games for Philadelphia this past season.

Stephens (STEF-ens) spent this past season with the NBA Development League’s Canton Charge and Iowa Energy. He played collegiately at Memphis and was undrafted in 2013.

Selden and Williams both went undrafted this year. Selden averaged 13.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists for Kansas as a junior in 2015-16. Williams averaged 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2 assists for Indiana as a junior this past season.

LeBron’s new championship hat is none of my business (or yours)

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LeBron James answered his numerous critics with the Kermit the Frog “none of my business” meme after the NBA Finals, wearing a hat with it while hugging the Larry O’Brien trophy.

He’s not done with that meme yet — but now the trophy has gotten involved.

But that's none of my business right!?!? #TheLand #StriveForGreatness #TheKidFromAkron #JamesGang

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Just wait for his line to be selling those hats soon — and selling out of those not long after.

LeBron has earned the right to brag — he played as good a Finals by one player as you are ever going to see, led his team from down 3-1 to a title, and ended Cleveland’s 52-year title drought. If he doesn’t feel like being humble, he shouldn’t be.

Report: NBA’s Christmas Day schedule highlighted by Warriors vs. Cavaliers Finals rematch

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Christmas Day is the NBA’s biggest regular-season showcase — the league has the sports calendar largely to itself, and the league breaks out its brightest stars and best teams. So you had to know this was coming:

Golden State and Cleveland will face off in the prime time spot Christmas Day.

That according to Mark Stein of ESPN.

Sources say the centerpiece of the league’s annual Christmas Day schedule, meanwhile, is a rematch of the NBA Finals and a repeat of the Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers showdown from last Christmas.

But this Dec. 25 meeting, sources say, is scheduled to happen in Cleveland, allowing the reigning champion Cavaliers to spend the holiday at home. Last Christmas, Golden State was the home team as defending champion.

These are the two biggest draws in the NBA — they have faced off in the last two Finals with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and now Kevin Durant. The difference now is a lot of fans will be rooting against Durant and the Warriors, no matter what Steve Kerr thinks.

This was the obvious call, what will be interesting is to see what other teams will be playing on Christmas. I would expect the Spurs, Clippers, maybe the Raptors, but after that the league can go in a lot of different directions.

Also, Durant will head back to Oklahoma City Feb. 11.

Argentina beats Nigeria 94-66 in Olympic men’s basketball

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Manu Ginobili got his fourth Olympics started with 12 points and an easy victory, as Argentina beat Nigeria 94-66 on Sunday in the final Olympic men’s basketball game of the night.

Facundo Campazzo led Argentina with 19 points, while flag bearer Luis Scola had 18 for the 2004 gold medalists. Patricio Garino finished with 15 in front of a crowd filled with flag-waving Argentina fans who sang and chanted for much of the night.

After tight finishes in the first two games of the day, this one wasn’t close in the second half thanks to a balanced scoring effort by Argentina, which put five players in double figures. Andres Nocioni chipped in 10 points.

Ike Diogu scored 15 for Nigeria, the African champion.