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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters on Saturday that he "was glad he made it out" of Syracuse after his freshman year, before the NCAA considered instituting the proposed freshman ineligibility rule. As CBS Sports reported on Friday, there have been discussions among NCAA conference commissioners to consider making freshman athletes ineligible to play until their sophomore year, effectively forcing them to stay in college for a minimum of two years. Newark Star-Ledger
Dean Smith has died at 83, the University of North Carolina has announced. “Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” said his family in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.” The Big Lead
If there is some good to come out of the rotator cuff injury that sidelined Kobe Bryant for the remainder of the season, it is that the Lakers could lose a whole lot of games the rest of the way and finally be in position to draft a Kobe guy—this time, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson. Several times in recent years, Bryant has formed a connection with a top prospect in the upcoming draft, with an introduction and the possibility of workouts and friendship. Those players wind up signing with Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka. Such was the case with Dante Exum last year, Derrick Williams in 2011 and James Harden in 2009. But the Lakers could, finally, wind up with a Kobe draftee. According to league sources, Pelinka is in position to sign the fast-rising Johnson, should Johnson do the inevitable and leave school early. As Arizona has pushed its way up the rankings—they’re 18-2 and currently No. 6—Johnson’s stock has soared. Sporting News
Marc Berman: Phil Jackson sitting next to GM Steve Mills at Garden watching St. John's beating up on Duke and Okafor. 55-47 with 12 to go. Twitter @NYPost_Berman
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