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The free-agent crop of 2014 includes its fair share of talent. There's Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, but ESPN named New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony as the biggest prize of the group.

Of course, being listed ahead of James will draw criticism, but insider Amin Elhassan has a caveat: Anthony can alter a franchise, while still not being the best player on a true title contender.

"Even if he's not the most gifted scorer in the league, he certainly has the most complete arsenal," Elhassan wrote. "Yet for all of his offensive excellence, Anthony hasn't shown the ability (or desire) to elevate the other parts of his game necessary to take a good team to greatness."

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Knicks, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Sam Spiegelman
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In an ESPN Insider series projecting the top performers for the 2013-14 NBA season, analyst Bradford Doolittle has New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith as the No. 7-ranked shooting guard in the league.

Smith is the lone Knicks player to crack the guard rankings, and the front court players will be ranked throughout the rest of this week.

The sixth-ranked shooting guard in the 2012-13 season, Smith is listed behind Dwyane Wade, James Harden, Manu Ginobli, Kobe Bryant, Bradley Beal and Louis Williams, who rank first through sixth, respectively.

Tags: Bradley Beal, danny green, Dwyane Wade, j.r. smith, jamal crawford, James Harden, joe johnson, kevin martin, Klay Thompson, Knicks, Kobe Bryant, Louis Williams, Manu Ginobli, Monta Ellis, paul pierce, Sam Spiegelman
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In case you missed it, on Tuesday night at Barclays Center, Kobe Bryant turned back the clock and threw down a vicious dunk over/between Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries.

On the night, Bryant managed to shoot just 9-of-24, but he made big plays down the stretch and helped the Lakers pull out a 92-83 victory over the Nets.

The play of the game occurred with 2:42 remaining in the fourth quarter and it broke an 80-all tie. SNY.tv has been at Barclays Center all season long and aside from Joe Johnson's game winning shot in double overtime against the Detroit Pistons way back on Dec. 14, this was, without question, the most thunderous eruption we've heard on a single play at Barclays.

Tags: blog, Kobe Bryant Dunk, Moke Hamilton
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On Tuesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers by a final score of 92-83.

The Skinny: The Nets? ?Big Three? scored the first 14 points for Brooklyn, but Pau Gasol?s work on the glass helped the Lakers battle to an early tie. Brooklyn then went on a 7-0 run with Deron Williams heating up from the outside. Williams finished with 11 points in the quarter as the Nets led by six after one.

To start the second quarter, Earl Clark guided the Lakers to a 10-2 run to take the lead, as the Nets went ice cold from the field. Back-and-forth ties and lead changes ensued before Los Angeles orchestrated an extended 19-5 run to open a 12-point lead. A Mirza Teletovic three-pointer in the final seconds cut the deficit to nine points at the break.

Tags: brook lopez, deron williams, dwight howard, joe johnson, Kobe Bryant, lakers, Metta World Peace, Nets, nets, rapid recap, Steve Nash
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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets battle the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn will look to conclude its four-game homestand with a win. Dwight Howard will finally be where he wanted to be all along ? in Brooklyn ? but he will not be playing in the game.

The Lakers are in a hot streak right now, having won five of their last six games including the last two. If Los Angeles plans on making a playoff run, this pace of play needs to continue.

Tags: brook lopez, d12, deron williams, dwight howard, joe johnson, Kobe Bryant, lakers, Nets, nets, pregame primer
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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK ? After hanging on late for a close win Friday night over the Chicago Bulls, Deron Williams was not in the mood to worry about the Los Angeles Lakers coming to town. He said it was too early to even think about that with the imminent three-day rest.

But that three-day break is now over, and Williams and the Nets are gearing up for their Tuesday night matchup with the Lakers.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, Columns, dwight howard, gerald wallace, joe johnson, Kobe Bryant, lakers, nets, pau gasol, Steve Nash
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Michael Scotto, SNYNets.com

BROOKLYN ? Mikhail Prokhorov has spared no expense in his attempt to deliver a championship to Brooklyn. Prokhorov has invested an estimated $319 million in guaranteed player contracts through the 2015-16 season.?Such a spending spree is possible when you?re ranked the 57th richest man in the world according to Forbes at an estimated $13.2 billion.

After spending a lucrative amount to upgrade the roster, Prokhorov has reportedly targeted Phil Jackson as the Nets next head coach if P.J. Carlesimo fails to get the job done on an interim basis.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, chicago bulls, Columns, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, Michael Scotto, Phil Jackson, snynets, Triangle Offense
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A source with knowledge of the situation has told me the Kobe Bryant is furious with Lakers ownership and has talked about a trade. I can't say it's a demand, but I can say that Kobe is highly pissed with the direction of the franchise and wants to explore trade options.

Kobe has a massive contract and a deal isn't easy, but word is he wants to head east with the Brooklyn in mind.

Stat tuned...

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