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Carmelo: LeBron Told me Not to Go Off on Critics

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On Friday, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony told ESPN’s Marc Stein that, even if he never wins an NBA championship, he believes he’ll have had a “great career” if he becomes the first U.S. man to win a third gold medal in basketball at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

After receiving some backlash for his perceived indifference toward his lack of NBA postseason success, Anthony took to Instagram on Saturday to post a throwback photo of him and longtime friend/on-court rival LeBron James at a practice before the 2012 London Olympics. Anthony’s caption implied that James had to convince him to “chill” and not “go off” on his detractors on social media following his comments on Friday.

Source: Jovan Buha of ESPN

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Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension

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San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener

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LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.

James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.

Source: USA Today Sports

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Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension

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Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Source: Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune

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