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Sports writers and Lakers fans claim that a replay in the final seconds of the Christmas Day NBA game between the L.A. Lakers (24-7) and their division rivals the L.A. Clippers violated the "spirit of the rule."

The Clippers (23-10) won the game 111-106 after point guard Patrick Beverley blocked a three point shot attempt by Lakers forward LeBron James late in the 4th quarter. The ball went out of bounds while the Lakers were down 3 points with three seconds left on the clock. After reviewing the replay, NBA refs confirmed the ball went off James' fingertips.

Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard received the inbounds pass and was fouled. He made both of his free throws to seal the win.

The replay call sparked heavy criticism online, that the NBA's replay protocol needs to be changed.

"The defender strips the ball clean out of the offensive player's hands, the ball goes out of bounds, possession stays with the offense," CBS Sports argued.

CBS Sports added that, it's only natural, when an offensive player has the ball knocked out of his hands, "that the ball is going to graze his fingertips. He should still keep possession of the ball."

CBS Sports claims the out-of-bounds replay has "cost numerous teams on numerous occasions," because it puts "the play through a magnified, frame-by-frame digital interrogation."

"There's a responsibility not to compromise the entertainment value of the game in search of an impossible standard of officiating perfection."

Other reporters made similar arguments, that the game shouldn't be decided based on the offensive player's fingertips grazing the ball before it goes out-of-bounds.

"It's clearly off LeBron. He touched [the ball] last. That's not the point of this," tweeted ESPN NBA writer Royce Young, who added, the ball should automatically be off the defender who knocked it out of the offensive player's hands.

"Such absolute nonsense. We need a rule, because it's simply common sense... Beverley is the one that knocked it out. Fix this, NBA," he tweeted.

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But James, 35, insists the game wasn't decided by that blocked shot.

"That wasn't the game right there," he said. "I mean, it's a big play and you want to try to get it right, but it wasn't where the game was lost."

The Clippers are now 2-0 over the Lakers this season. The two teams meet again on January 28.

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NFL star Janoris Jenkins was let go by the NY Giants after he insulted a fan on Twitter.com and then refused to apologize.

Jenkins responded to a Twitter user’s comment by calling him a word that is hurtful to people with special needs and delayed developmental disorders.

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When asked about using the word - which is banned by organizations such as the Special Olympics, Jenkins shrugged and said it was just "hood" talk.

The Giants asked Jenkins, 31, to publicly apologize, and when he refused, he was fired. Jenkins is nearing the end of his career. The cornerback struggled on the defensive line, which didn't help the Giants' dismal 2-11 record this season.

All of which means Jenkins may not be signed by another NFL team.

This is bad news for Jenkins' baby mama, Sontaevia Armstrong, who received an increase in child support for her two kids in 2016.

Jenkins, who signed a $62 million contract with the Giants in 2016, was paying Armstrong $4,000 a month. But Armstrong asked a judge to increase his voluntary child support after he signed that fat contract.

Jenkins has had his share of troubling headlines. In 2018, his brother was charged with manslaughter after a dead body was found in the basement of Jenkins' mansion.

Police arrested William Jenkins and charged him with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Roosevelt Rene.

Janoris told TMZ that Rene was a "good friend" and "it hurts my heart to know the he's passed."

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Sports reporter Jane Slater suspected her ex-boyfriend was cheating when his heart rate spiked on his Fitbit watch at 4 a.m. one morning.

Fitbit, which was purchased by Google for $2.1 billion, is a technology wristwatch that track a user's heart rate, steps they take, sleeping pattern, and more. The Fitbit device ranges in price from $49.99 to $199.99.

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Earlier this week, the NFL correspondent recounted a story on Twitter about how she caught her boyfriend cheating after his vitals spiked on his Fitbit device.

Thanks to the fitness tracker, the 38-year-old NFL Network reporter discovered her ex-boyfriend was strenuously working out at 4 a.m. But he wasn't in a gym and he wasn't alone.

"An Ex Boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it," she tweeted. "We synched up, motivated each other... didn't hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4am and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app," she wrote.

"Spoiler alert: he was not enrolled in an OrangeTheory class at 4am," she wrote in a follow-up message.

Slater said she "sobbed uncontrollably" when she discovered another woman was making his heart race. But now she laughs when she looks back on the story.

"It's a story my friends and I def laugh about now," she told one Twitter follower.

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Caroline Wozniacki, 29, rocked the tennis world on Friday when she announced she is retiring from tennis to start a family with husband David Lee.

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Wozniacki and Lee are pictured on holiday in Venice in 2017. The former world No. 1 tennis champion announced her retirement in a lengthy post on Instagram. The unselfish star told her followers "there is a lot more in life that I'd like to accomplish off the court."

"I've played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time, I've experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I've accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court."

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Wozniacki probably realizes she only has a handful of years to carry healthy babies to term without going the IVF route.

"I've always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it's time to be done. In recent months, I've realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David [Lee] was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward."

Doctors urge women to get pregnant before age 35 to avoid increased risk of birth defects or genetic defects.

According to the National Institutes of Health, if a woman gets pregnant at age 25, the risk of having a baby with Down syndrome is about 1 in 1,250. At age 40, the risk is 1 in 100.

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The San Francisco 49ers have suspended radio analyst Tim Ryan for 1 game for saying Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard to stop because his dark skin is the same color as the football.

Ryan made the incendiary remark on Monday during a show on the 49ers' flagship radio station KNBR, according to CBS News.

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Ryan was describing Jackson's fake handoffs that usually result in the potential MVP keeping the ball and running it in for a touchdown. Jackson led the Ravens to a 20-17 win over the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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"He's really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson," Ryan said on the radio show Monday.

"But when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing. I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point."

 

Jackson's exploits on the field this season drew comparisons to another famed dual-threat quarterback, former Atlanta Falcons superstar Mike Vick.

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While many are happy that a Black quarterback is the frontrunner for the NFL league MVP, others are bitter and hateful.

Many Twitter users defended Ryan, saying they didn't see anything wrong with what he said.

One Twitter user wrote:

"He points out that it's difficult to see someone with dark skin holding a dark football and all black. There is nothing racist about this. It's just a fact that the contrast with the background made him difficult to see."

Another user tweeted, "He's right. I can barely see the football!"

And a third Twitter user wrote: "One game suspension means they know he's right, but they have to pretend for the idiots".

Some Twitter users suggested making the football a lighter color.

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The annual Egg Bowl college football rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State ended in bitter defeat for Ole Miss because of the selfish act of one player.

Ole Miss was down 21-14 when wide receiver Elijah Moore scored a touchdown with four seconds remaining in regulation.

With Mississippi State holding on to a slim 21-20 lead - and with Moore's family watching on Thanksgiving Day - Moore crawled to the back of the end zone on all fours, raised his leg and pretended to pee like a dog.

Moore was hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty, setting the ball back 15 yards further than normal for a 2-point conversion try. Ole Miss had to settle for an extra point kick to possibly tie the game. But Luke Logan's extra point kick missed wide right, giving MSU the win that clinched bowl eligibility with a 6-6 record for the season.

After the game, Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke called Moore "a good kid who got caught up in the moment." He said Moore's dog pee celebration was "disappointing" and "not who we are" as a team.

But ESPN analyst Louis Riddick called Moore's stunt the "ultimate act of selfishness". Odell Beckham was also flagged for doing the same thing during an NFL game.
 

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A wide receiver who participated in Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout in Atlanta received a tryout of his own with the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Kaepernick, 32, is still waiting for any team to call.

According to NFL reporter and talk show host Howard Balzer, wide receiver Jordan Veasy, got a private tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

Veasy, a former California Bear, caught passes from Kaepernick during his controversial workout at a high school in Atlanta earlier this month.

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Kaepernick angered NFL execs when he switched the location of his workout at the last minute. His stunt "disappointed" Jay-Z who, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, arranged the workout for Kaepernick.

According to BET.com, "the Browns just signed J'Mon Moore to their practice squad, so it's unlikely they'll add Veasy as well."

The Browns are 5-6 on the year and could use help at the quarterback position. But Kaepernick's antics have shut the door on his chances to be a part of an NFL roster.

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An appeals officer upheld Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension for bashing Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet during a game last week.

Garrett attended the appeals hearing in New York City on Wednesday. He was suspended indefinitely without pay for using Rudolph's helmet "as a weapon." He was also fined $45,623, according to ESPN.

Appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a former NFL linebacker, decided the Cleveland Browns star's punishment was fair, despite Garrett's claims that he swung the helmet at Rudolph's head because the quarterback called him a racial slur.

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Rudolph, through his agent, "vehemently" denied the accusation. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league investigated Garrett's claim and “found no such evidence."

Garrett never mentioned a racial slur in interviews after the game, even though reporters asked him whether Rudolph said anything to him.

Garrett stood by his claim in a Twitter post, saying he didn't want his accusation against Rudolph made public.

"I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension," he wrote.

"This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed. I know what I heard. Whether my opponent's comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans."

Garrett, who was considered the best player on the Browns team, will not play for the rest of the season and he will likely miss some games next year as well.

Steelers player Cameron Heyward defended Rudolph, suggesting Garrett made up an excuse to save his NFL career.

Heyward said Rudolph was "distraught" over Garrett's allegation. "Mason came to me and said, 'I did not say that.'"

Heyward added: "I think using any kind of racial slurs has no place in our country whatsoever, but I think fabricating a story where somebody used a racial slur is a lot more damaging."

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Terrell Owens angered Stephen A. Smith when he said a white co-host was "Blacker" than the outspoken ESPN host. Owens made the remark during a guest appearance on ESPN's First Take on Thursday morning.

Owens and Smith engaged in a heated debate on the issue of Colin Kaepernick playing in the NFL again. Smith has been criticized for mocking the unemployed quarterback whose recent NFL workout was dismissed by Smith as a PR stunt.

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Owens pointed out that Smith's co-host, Max Kellerman, who is white, defended Kaepernick, saying the NFL and critics were unfair and racist toward the hapless quarterback.

"What (Colin Kaepernick) wanted was transparency - for people to see the full workout, to see the full Colin Kaepernick... I'm in the streets. Max (Kellerman) almost seems blacker than you, Stephen A., with his commentary," Owens said to Smith. "I'm just saying. I'm just saying. I'm just saying."

Smith, who is Black, was livid. "Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. With all due respect, my brother, wait a minute. I'm-a check you right now. You've done crossed the line. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Wait a minute. You've done crossed the line," Smith replied.

After the show, Smith said he was "offended" by the former NFL star for challenging his Blackness and basically calling him a coon.

"T.O. obviously offended me very, very much by questioning my blackness the way that he did," said Smith.

"I thought it was bush league. I think it's BS. But I forgive him. He's my brother. And I got love for him. And it is what it is. There's a lot of black people out there in America at this particular moment in time that have a problem with the position that I take. That's fine. I want to assure everybody in the black community; I'm not backing up one damn bit. I'm not changing my mind. I'm not bowing down to y'all vitriol and the venom that y'all are aiming in my direction. Keep it coming. I don't give a damn. Because I know I am right on this 

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The Miami Dolphins waived running back Mark Walton following his arrest early Tuesday for hitting a pregnant woman.

According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Walton is accused of pushing the woman into a wall and punching her in her face and head.

The woman is reportedly five weeks pregnant with Walton's baby, according to ESPN.

Walton, a 22-year-old Miami native, led the Dolphins with 201 rushing yards on a 3.8 yards-per-carry average and 15 receptions for 89 yards this season. But he couldn't overcome his off-field troubles.

Walton was 2 games into a four-game league suspension for violating the NFL conduct and substance abuse policies related to two arrests during the off season earlier this year.

Walton accepted a plea deal for his most serious felony offense for carrying a concealed weapon during his March arrest after a police chase.

The plea deal reduced his charge to a second-degree misdemeanor open-carry. He was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after those arrests, but the Dolphins gave him another chance by signing him in May, according to ESPN.

The Dolphins released a statement after Walton's dismissal on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

"We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time," general manager Chris Grier said in a statement.

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Not a single NFL team contacted Colin Kaepernick after his much-hyped NFL tryout in Atlanta over the weekend.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, no team reached out to the unemployed quarterback after he snubbed the NFL by switching the location of his workout in Atlanta on Saturday. Florio writes: "Per a league source, Kaepernick's representatives have not heard from any teams with either an invitation to work out privately or an offer to sign a contract."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant, arranged the private workout to get critics off Jay-Z's back.

According to Complex.com, music mogul Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick moved the location of his much-hyped workout from the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. to a high school in Riverdale, Ga.

Kaepernick showed up at the school wearing a black t-shirt with "KUNTA KINTE" on the front. Kunta Kinte is a character in the critically acclaimed television series, Roots, based on the 1976 novel by American author Alex Haley.

The NFL abruptly announced that Kaepernick was "no-show" at the workout where 25 teams had assembled to watch him throw passes. But only eight teams showed up at the high school to watch the workout. The news media was also invited to the school.

Kaepernick, 32, later said he moved his workout because the league asked him to sign a liability waiver that protects the NFL from further legal action.

Despite his claims that he is a victim, Kaepernick was heavily criticized for pulling yet another attention-seeking stunt.

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Stephen A. Smith ripped into Kaepernick and his pal, current NFL player Eric Reid, who still kneels during the National Anthem before games.

During his sports talk show on ESPN on Monday, Smith said, "How is Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid doing us any favors today? Sticking out their chests in defiance of the man when you've got your hand out for an opportunity from them?"

Smith went on to slam Reid for calling the NFL racist while still collecting paychecks from the league.

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Colin Kaepernick made enemies in high places after his latest PR stunt. According to Complex.com, music mogul Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick moved the location of his much-hyped workout in Atlanta on Saturday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant, arranged the workout to get critics off Jay-Z's back.

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According to Complex, "a source close to the situation" informed them that Jay-Z is "disappointed" that Kaepernick turned his workout into a publicity stunt.

Kaepernick, 32, arrived in Atlanta on Thursday to prepare for his big workout at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. He last played in the NFL three years ago when he opted out of a contract with the 49ers.

All went well until three hours before the start of the private workout, when Kaepernick's camp informed the NFL that the workout was moved to Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga, about 60 miles away. The news media was invited to attend.

Kaepernick showed up at the school wearing a black t-shirt with "KUNTA KINTE" on the front. Kunta Kinte is a character in the critically acclaimed television series, Roots, based on the 1976 novel by American author Alex Haley.

The NFL abruptly announced that Kaepernick was "no-show" at the workout. The league said 25 teams attended the workout. But only eight teams showed up at the high school to watch the moved workout.

Kaepernick's people responded, saying the NFL asked the unemployed quarterback to sign a "liability waiver" that protects the league from further legal action.

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Kaepernick, right, and Eric Reid, left, settled a grievance against the NFL and team owners for blacklisted him after he led protests by kneeling during the National Anthem.

The reaction from the sports world was swift, with many saying Kaepernick was finished. ESPN host Stephen A. Smith said Kaepernick doesn't want to play in the NFL. He "wants to be a martyr."

In a video, Smith said:

"This man wanted a chance. Twenty-five teams show up in Georgia at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility—state of the art facility, NFL personnel, equipment, video, everything, and what does Colin Kaepernick do? Because of some issue with a liability waiver, Colin Kaepernick wants to change the venue. You don't want to work. You just want to make noise and you want to control the narrative."

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Colin Kaepernick is in Atlanta preparing for his big workout for the NFL on Saturday. 13 NFL teams have confirmed their scouts will attend the workout at the Atlanta Falcons training facility.

NFL wannabes, such as Migos rapper Quavo Huncho, pictured left, reportedly reached out to Kaepernick in hopes of participating in the workout.

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Unemployed wide receiver Antonio Brown (pictured) is also eager to catch passes from Kaepernick during Saturday's workout.

Brown, 31, was sent packing by the New England Patriots after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

The workout was reportedly arranged by rapper Jay-Z, the NFL's social justice consultant and halftime entertainment coordinator.

ESPN's Josina Anderson said the teams she spoke with were unaware of the workout until Kaepernick tweeted about it earlier this week.

A memo from the NFL left teams scrambling to rearrange their schedules at short notice.

13 teams, including the Falcons, Browns, Dolphins, Lions and Giants, confirmed their attendance. But one team that has no plans to send a scout is the Dallas Cowboys.

When asked by 105.3FM the Fan if the Cowboys were sending a scout, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear the Cowboys wanted nothing to do with Kaepernick.

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"That's not correct," said Jones, who is close friends with President Trump. "We're not going to have anybody there."

The NFL will provide tapes of Kaepernick's workout and interview to all 32 teams. Jones conceded that his scouts may look at the tapes if necessary. "We'll look at the tape if we need information there."

Kaepernick last played in an NFL game in 2016. No other team showed interest in him after he opted out of renewing his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Insiders say Kaepernick's inflated ego will not allow him to settle for a backup quarterback spot.

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Myles Garrett is suspended indefinitely and will not suit up in a Cleveland Browns uniform for the rest of the season.

Maurkice Pouncey and Larry Ogunjobi were also suspended for their roles in the ugly brawl at the end of Thursday night's Browns vs Steelers game.

The sports world was shocked and saddened by the violent act committed by Garrett, who bashed Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the head with his own helmet.

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NFL spokesman Michael Signora tweeted the league's decision. Garrett is suspended indefinitely. Steelers center Pouncey has been suspended for three games for kicking Garrett, and Browns defensive tackle Ogunjobi has been suspended for one game for shoving Rudolph to the ground.

All three players are suspended without pay, Yahoo Sports reports. Each franchise has been fined $250,000.

ESPN's "First Take" host Stephen A. Smith agreed with the NFL's disciplinary action. "It's unfortunate, Myles Garrett has to be suspended for the rest of the season... as a Black man, we're going to be judged as a societal issue."

Garrett, a 23-year-old No. 1 overall NFL draft pick, tackled Rudolph, who no longer had the ball. Rudolph took exception to the late hit and began tussling with Garrett on the ground.

Garrett, not wanting to injure his fist on Rudulph's helmet, ripped the 10-pound helmet off Rudolph's head and beat him with it.

Sports analyst Adam Schefter did not mince words on ESPN's "Get Up", saying, "What we saw Thursday night was the closest thing to an on-field criminal act that there's ever been in NFL history."

Fans sitting at home were horrified to see a player rip a quarterback's helmet off and swing the helmet at his head. Such a criminal act was never seen before in the annals of NFL history.

One Twitter user wrote, "The disrespect of hitting a QB with his own helmet. I'm flabbergasted. I don't watch football like that, but that's crazy."

Another tweeted: "@PopeyesChicken, if you’re looking for a store manager, it looks like @MylesLGarrett will be free the rest of the year."

And a third user tweeted: "Bye Myles Garrett!! You don't deserve the privilege to play this game at any level. I'm disgusted!"

It's being reported that Rudolph's agents are considering taking legal action against Garrett.
 

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LeBron James, right, and former NBA star Dwyane Wade (not pictured) led the celebration for their pal Carmelo Anthony, left, who signed a 1-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers this week.

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Wade, left, tweeted, "It's about damn time!" While James retweeted Wade's post, adding, "RIGHT!!!!"

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The 10-time NBA All-Star sat out for one year as teams passed him over after the Houston Rockets traded Anthony to the Chicago Bulls and the Bulls waived him one month later.

At the ripe old age of 35, Anthony is no longer considered a superstar role player who can lead a team to the playoffs. Anthony, who won the league's scoring title in 2012-13, has a reputation as a selfish player who alienates his teammates.

Many fans mused that the Trail Blazers gave Anthony one last chance to go out at the bottom of his game.

Anthony will join his new teammates on Saturday for a six-game road trip.