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Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony joins protesters (PHOTOS)

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Carmelo Anthony’s hometown of Baltimore has always been extremely important to him. His “WB” tattoo stands for “West Baltimore.” On Tuesday, not long after protests broke out after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Anthony posted a heartfelt message about the protests, urging participants to be peaceful.

Now, Anthony is on the streets of Baltimore marching alongside the demonstrators. Former NFL player Aaron Maybin posted a few photos of Anthony on the scene:

#ilovebaltimore #BALTIMORE #justiceforfreddiegray #peacefulprotests #alllivesmatter #AaronMaybinPhotography

A photo posted by aaron maybin (@aaronmaybin) on Apr 30, 2015 at 2:07pm PDT

A photo posted by aaron maybin (@aaronmaybin) on Apr 30, 2015 at 2:55pm PDT

Anthony isn’t the first NBA player to speak out against police brutality this season. Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and others wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts earlier this season after the non-indictment of a New York City officer in the choking death of Eric Garner in December.

NBA’s Will Barton hosts BBQ, conversation in Baltimore

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We as a society often want easy, quick answers when there aren’t any to be had. There’s aren’t any in Baltimore. While the riots draw the headlines and dominate television news, the discussion of what has happened for decades that was ignited by a recent spark, what has to change on everyone’s part, what actions to take is not going to lead to simple, quick answers.

The Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton is trying to help start that conversation and slow things down amid the riots.

Good on Barton. His event seems to have brought people together in a positive way, a good first step on a long journey.

Barton is not the only NBA player with ties to Baltimore who has reached out, so has Carmelo Anthony.

We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let's build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let's look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That's just one example. I know my community is fed up. I'm all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore #LetsNotFallForTheTrap "Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean"(Destroy and Conquer) #StayMe7o

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Carmelo Anthony on Baltimore: ‘We need to protect our city, not destroy it’

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who’s from New York Baltimore, addressed the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody:

We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let's build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let's look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That's just one example. I know my community is fed up. I'm all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore #LetsNotFallForTheTrap "Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean"(Destroy and Conquer) #StayMe7o

A photo posted by @carmeloanthony on

We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let’s build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let’s look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That’s just one example. I know my community is fed up. I’m all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore#LetsNotFallForTheTrap “Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean”(Destroy and Conquer)

Understanding the pent-up frustration of the rioters is not the same as condoning their violence. Melo seems to get that, and he walks the line with an important message.

Also, I’m just going to leave this link here.

Report: Lakers and Knicks will chase LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency

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LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent this summer, and he could leave the Trail Blazers. Even his teammates are concerned about him bolting.

Where would he go?

Aldridge has been linked to the Spurs and Mavericks, and here two more – predictable – teams for the list.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

We know Knicks & Lakers will chase LaMarcus Aldridge come July

The Spurs offer a better team than the Trail Blazers.

The Spurs and Mavericks offer locations closer to Aldridge’s home and Texas’ lack of an income tax.

The Knicks and Lakers offer larger markets (though Carmelo Anthony recruited players during All-Star weekend, and Aldridge said he was snubbed).

Between those four, nearly everything is covered. And if Aldridge shows intent to explore the market, even more teams will make thoughtful pitches.

Of course, none of those teams can offer what Portland can – more money and a chance to become the best Trail Blazer of all time, which Aldridge said was important to him.

Plans change, though. If Portland – down 2-0 to the Grizzlies – loses in the first round, that could open the door further for Aldridge to leave.

No matter what he desires, he’ll have plenty of tempting options – including staying with the Trail Blazers.

LeBron James tops list of NBA’s most popular jerseys for sixth consecutive season

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The NBA released its ranking of most popular jerseys for the 2014-15 season, and for the sixth straight year, LeBron James topped the list.

Rankings are based on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the beginning of the season.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:                                   

1.      LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

2.      Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

3.      Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

4.      Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

5.      Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

6.      Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

7.      Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

8.      Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

9.      Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

10.  Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

11.  Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

12.  Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

13.  John Wall, Washington Wizards

14.  Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

15.  Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

A few surprises here:

– James Harden is having an otherworldly season that has him neck-and-neck with Stephen Curry in a two-man MVP race, yet he’s noticeably absent from the list, perhaps due to his foul-drawing ways not always being aesthetically pleasing.

–  Russell Westbrook has had a similarly insane season, yet teammate Kevin Durant — who was limited in appearing in only 27 games due to injury — finished eight spots ahead of him on the list.

– Legacy guys like Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony finished third and eighth respectively, despite appearing in just 35 and 40 games respectively this season.

The team merchandise list is interesting, too, mainly because the Knicks and the Lakers are in the midst of their worst seasons in franchise history, yet fans still had no problem buying up their gear at a volume higher than that which was sold by 23 of the league’s 30 franchises.

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:

1.      Chicago Bulls

2.      Cleveland Cavaliers

3.      Golden State Warriors

4.      Los Angeles Lakers

5.      Oklahoma City Thunder

6.      San Antonio Spurs

7.      New York Knicks

8.      Miami Heat

9.      Boston Celtics

10.  Los Angeles Clippers