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Topic - Carmelo Anthony
Start spreading the news. One of New York's bumbling basketball teams is about to win!
The Los Angeles Lakers signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension Monday, securing the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history into his 20th season with the franchise.
Bryant hasn't played this season as he recovers from surgery on his torn Achilles tendon in April. He's the Lakers all-time leading scorer and currently ranks fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Taking their poor home-court play on the road, the Knicks allowed Wall to score 31 points and dropped into a last-place tie in the Atlantic Division by getting beaten 98-89 at the Wizards on Saturday night.
Marcin Gortat had his first double-double in three games and had to be more aggressive defensively for the Wizards to contain Carmelo Anthony.
Trevor Ariza said he won't play vs. the Knicks, but he could be back on the court soon for the Wizards.
John Wall scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the first half and relied on Marcin Gortat and Martell Webster to help seal their third win in four games.
Looking for their third win this week, the Wizards close out their toughest stretch of the season at Verizon Center. Watch Wizards vs. Knicks tonight at 7 p.m. on CSN.
Scoring is up slightly so far this NBA season.
Four members of the Wizards starting five, including John Wall and Bradley Beal, were selected to the 2014 NBA All-Star ballot.
NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime.
"Absolutely, I thought about the matchup," James said. "But no one would ever see it. It's not going to happen. But it's good for people to talk about."
The Miami Heat will open their title defense against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29 in the expected return of Derrick Rose, with an all-Los Angeles matchup later that night in the Lakers' first game without Dwight Howard and the Clippers' first with Doc Rivers.
Corey Brewer has become a familiar face for the often-changing Minnesota Timberwolves.
Metta World Peace is coming home to play for the New York Knicks.
"We are the laughingstock of the league right now," said Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
"We are the laughingstock of the league right now. It's nothing to hide. We are," he said.