NEW ORLEANS — Just three days ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected Carmelo Anthony as Kevin Love All-Star injury replacement. “It was a downer,” Anthony said. “I had to cancel my trip. No refunds.” The Knicks star said he planned to vacation in Cuba and Puerto Rico over the break. Instead, he had to make travel arrangements to New Orleans as other non-All-Star players not selected made him “jealous” with pictures from their vacation pictures. “I had to shut my phone off,” Anthony said. This will be Anthony’s 10th All-Star appearance, whether he likes it or not. “It’s a good thing,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to seem like I’m not happy about it.”
You probably know Doug Collins first and foremost as some sort of basketball person. Doug Collins is, however, first and foremost, a dad. Collins’ son, Northwestern coach Chris Collins, was locked in a tight battle against Big Ten cellar-dweller Rutgers.
Although Mike Trout is a fairly well-known baseball player at this point, he still made his way around the Los Angeles Angels' clubhouse on Saturday morning to introduce himself to several new teammates. The two-time AL MVP arrived in Arizona this week with slightly longer hair and a renewed goal to steal 40 bases this season. He also has two companions at spring training for the first time: His high school sweetheart and new fiancee, Jessica Cox, and their miniature American Eskimo dog, Juno. While a few things change every year, Trout's teammates and coaches say he has been the same unassuming, upbeat guy throughout one of the greatest half-decades in recent big league history. "Mike hasn't