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Last updated: Tue. Jun. 24, 2014 - 12:30 am EDT


Cheap Shots: Popovich dances rings around LeBron

Carmelo no longer in a New York state of mind

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich counted his five rings during a championship celebration last week, mockingly alluding to LeBron James' comments promising “not one, not two, not three…” championships when James signed with the Miami Heat.

Popovich might have gotten even more carried away but he spotted Doris Burke holding a microphone in the crowd and quit talking.

As for LeBron, he is considering opting out of his contract and exploring free agency. This time, he'll stick to a more reasonable prediction, “Not $5 million, not $10 million, not $15 million…”

If he can make it there...

Carmelo Anthony told the New York Knicks in writing that he will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The Knicks weren't surprised, but sources say team president Phil Jackson wasn't too pleased that it was printed on Chicago Bulls stationary.

Selfie police

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden said rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel should get a “phone valet” to stop people from taking photos and videos when he is out with friends. Shouldn't Haden be happy someone wants a photo of the Cleveland Browns?

Is it any secret?

Speaking of the Browns, coach Mike Pettine said he believes the New England Patriots have a copy of the New York Jets playbook because Jets coach Rex Ryan gave one to Alabama coach Nick Saban, who is friends with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

This raises a lot of questions, but mainly: Do you really need their playbook to beat the Jets these days?

Also, aren't the Patriots more into video?

Bad company

Before breaking minicamp, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told his players to “beware with whom you associate,” and to “surround yourselves with good people.”

Several of the 49ers wondered why Harbaugh didn't want them hanging out with their agents.

Just a bit outside

The Milwaukee Brewers scored three runs on one wild pitch by Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich on Saturday. Brewers shortstop Jean Segura said he had never seen such a play in “my whole career.” Keep in mind Segura is only 24 and he rarely watches the Cubs.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at

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