Former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni didn't quite receive the KG-Paul Pierce treatment in his Sunday return. [D'Antoni] was booed heartily during pregame introductions and wasn't in any mood to wax eloquent about Carmelo Anthony or his tumultuous three-and-a-half years in New York that ended with an Anthony rift. After all, D'Antoni is going through more rough times. Certainly the weather is great in Los Angeles and he has a nice pad in Manhattan Beach, but the injury-riddled Lakers are plummeting in the West and some have projected he won't be around to finish his four-year contract. When asked if he got a chance to see Anthony, D'Antoni said after the 110-103 loss, "I said hi to him. He said hi to me. What do you want us to be, pen pals or something? We're fine." (New York Post) Comment
Weather or not, here it comes. If there's a severe weather event that hits on Super Bowl Sunday or the day before, the game could be moved to Monday, Feb. 4. [Eric Grubman, NFL vice president of business operations] said his weather advisers told him it's silly to forecast the weather for Super Bowl Sunday any more than seven days in advance. So he's preparing for worst-case scenarios. ... The NFL is providing fans attending the game with a warm-weather kit that will be waiting for them at their seats. Along with a seat cushion, fans will receive ear-muffs, text-friendly gloves, hand warmers, a knit cap, Kleenex, a cup holder, lip balm and an in-stadium radio that will allow them to hear the play-by-play call of the team. (The News Tribune) Comment
In the past week, the market has seen Masahiro Tanaka and Matt Garza's names come off the board, and that shines a light on free agent righty Ervin Santana. [Santana] is drawing interest from eight teams including the Rockies, Orioles, Mariners, Yankees and Dodgers, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The Marlins and Cubs also recently inquired about him, but their interest does not appear to be too serious at this time. ... [Santana's] market is expected to heat up in the near future, with league sources speculating that teams like the Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Royals and Tigers could become involved. Things have been quiet on the Santana front since Thursday, and sources caution that it is "still early" in the process. (MLB Daily Dish) Comment
Sports Illustrated has gathered its 100 best Super Bowl photos of all time, including this shot from Super Bowl XLV of Charles Woodson breaking up a pass intended for Steelers wideout Mike Wallace. The Packers won the game 31-25. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
The Celtics played a in-game tribute video to Paul Pierce during the now Brooklyn Net's return to Boston last night.