Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant apparently are intent on reincarnating Team USA in Brooklyn.
The two recently-signed Nets stars are both "pushing" for Brooklyn to acquire Carmelo Anthony in free agency, The Athletic's Frank Isola reported Thursday.
Irving, Durant and Anthony all played for the Team USA squad that won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Irving and Durant already convinced DeAndre Jordan -- another 2016 Team USA member -- to join them in Brooklyn after they bolted from the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, respectively.
Anthony is far past his prime at age 35 and played in just 10 games for the Rockets last season before Houston unloaded him on the Bulls, who waived him in February.
But Durant will miss the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from an Achilles injury, so perhaps he and Irving are hopeful their old pal can provide a scoring boost off the bench. The Nets also lost forward Wilson Chandler to a 25-game drug suspension Thursday.
Anthony also has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers and reportedly will participate in an informal New York Knicks scrimmage, so his NBA career might not be finished yet.
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The Maine Red Claws were in action at home at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night hosting the Delaware Blue Coats, taking a 128-123 loss to fall to 7-4 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Tacko Fall wasn’t in action, but Bryce Brown was simply furious, leading all scorers with 43 points 15 of 17 from the floor overall and a franchise single-game record 11 of 11 three-pointers. Tremont Waters was terrific, too, with 18 points and 11 assists.
Brown, an undrafted free agent who helped lead Auburn to its first Final Four appearance last spring, was simply unconscious for the Claws. He shot a perfect 11 of 11 from three-point range to give him an absurd effective field goal percentage of 1.2 for the game.
Waters, the Connecticut native, was crafty in his distribution, with just four turnovers to go with his 11 assists.
Yante Maten (18 points), Vincent Poirier (18) and Justin Bibbs (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Claws.
The Red Claws return to action Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to face the Iowa Wolves, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.
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Anytime is a good time to watch highlights of the greatness that was Larry Bird playing for the Celtics.
But on Larry Legend's 63rd birthday? It's time to break out the best of No. 33...
The fight with Dr. J in 1984:
The 60-point game against the Hawks in '85:
The steal against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons in '87:
The "you are watching was greatness is all about" duel with Dominique Wilkins in '88:
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