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ESPN Source: Knicks-Phil Jackson Deal is ‘Pretty Much Done’

HuffPostLivePhilJacksonA few weeks ago, we shared a plaintive, open letter to the New York Knicks from a lifelong fan currently living in London. When Nick Geltner posted that letter, he could not possibly have imagined a better answer to his prayers.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Phil Jackson-New York Knicks president of operations deal is now all but completed, though an official announcement might have to wait until next week. That announcement will surely send Los Angeles Lakers fans off the other coastal edge; purple-and-gold supporters have been hoping (against hope) that Phil would come to the rescue of his fiancée’s tattered team.

From the top of this afternoon’s ESPN item:

Jackson and the Knicks are expected to finalize a deal that will give the legendary coach control of the club’s front office by the end of this week, according to a league source.

“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”

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AP Names LeBron James ‘Male Athlete of The Year’

LeBron James GThe Associated Press has named LeBron James its Male Athlete of The Year. James is only the third NBA player to ever win the award, joining Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

James definitely deserves the honor. In 2013, he won his second consecutive NBA championship and his fourth MVP award. Still, James told the AP that he saw himself as bigger than just basketball:

I’m chasing something and it’s bigger than me as a basketball player. I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero … those things mean so much, and that’s what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I don’t think this is the biggest role that I’m going to have.

James received 31 votes to win, beating out Peyton Manning (20 votes) and Jimmie Johnson (7). Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith and Andrea Bargnani did not receive any votes.

LeBron James Featured on Sports Illustrated Cover for 20th Time

This week’s Sports Illustrated features LeBron James on the cover for the 20th time. James’ first SI cover came when he was just 17. The magazine dubbed him “The Chosen One,” and he has certainly lived up to that hype.

We should also note that Michael Jordan has appeared on the cover of SI 50 times, so James only has 31 to go to beat him.

[Editor's note: As a handsomely balding man myself, yes I did notice James' hairline and no, I will not be making a joke about it. Bald is beautiful. Because it has to be, dammit.]

Santa Clarita Man Arrested for Threatening to Massacre Kids on ESPN’s Website

Eric Yee, a 21-year-old former Yale University student from Santa Clarita, was arrested on Tuesday for threatening comments he made under a story on ESPN’s website. According to the LA County Sheriff’s Department, Lee Yee apparently threatened to lead an Aurora, Colorado-style massacre on Valencia schoolchildren in the comment section of an ESPN story about Lebron James‘ new line of $270 shoes. ESPN turned his comments over to authorities after a moderator became sufficiently alarmed.

Yee is being held by the LA County Sheriffs Department on $1 million bail after deputies found several guns in his home.

The actual language Lee Yee used was scrubbed from ESPN and hasn’t been released to the public. We’re not sure if Yee’s threat was legit. Nor, apparently, are investigators. They’re currently checking to see if he ever made similar threats online.

No matter Lee Yee’s motivation, there is a lesson in his story for all you Internet trolls out there: simmer down.

Gambling Conflict Forces Bill Simmons to Withdraw NBA MVP Vote

ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons isn’t shy when it comes to broadcasting his sports gambling picks.

Gambling is normally a topic of discussion on his The B.S. Report podcast, which if fine and dandy unless you end up having a direct impact on the final outcome.

Earlier this year, Simmons said on his podcast that he was betting on LeBron James to win the 2012 NBA MVP award.

Little did Simmons or ESPN know that the NBA would send him a voting ballot for the 2011-12 NBA season — which he filled out last week on The B.S. Report. On the podcast, he voted for James (duh) as MVP.

It appeared this blatant conflict of interest was going to fly under the radar until Business Insider grilled ESPN about their gambling policy:

“Bill had never received a ballot before and didn’t find out he had one until two-thirds of the season had passed. By that time he had made multiple MVP bets, two of which he had discussed on podcasts. He ended up withdrawing his MVP vote to avoid the perception of any conflict.”

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Media Loved Romney and Blasted Obama During Primaries

According to a new Pew study, from January 2 to April 15, the media’s coverage of Mitt Romney was more than twice as positive than that of President Barack Obama. The results of the extensive study showed that Romney’s coverage was 39 percent positive, while Obama’s coverage was 18 percent positive. As Newsweek/The Daily Beast notes, if anything bad happened during the Republican Primaries, it was Obama’s fault:

‘Day in and day out, he was criticized by the entire Republican field on a variety of policies,’ Mark Jurkowitz, the group’s associate director, says of Obama. ‘And he was inextricably linked to events that generated negative coverage.’

Pew used human researchers to comb 52 newspaper, web, TV and radio sources and computer analysis to scour over 11,000 news outlets to come up with these findings, so maybe this will be enough for Sarah Palin and others to finally give the Lamestream Media a chance.

If nothing else, Pew’s numbers will put LeBron James at ease. Until the playoffs start, that is.

Spike Lee Disseminates the Wrong Thing

Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket and staff at The Smoking Gun spent part of yesterday exposing the very objectionable actions of LA resident Marcus Davonne Higgins. Since the middle of last week, Higgins – who on Twitter goes by the handle of @MACCAPONE – has been tweeting out to celebrities a South Florida address he claimed belonged to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

Never mind the insensitivity (and possible criminal liability) of such an action. Greatly complicating matters is the fact that the information, which was re-tweeted by filmmaker Spike Lee last Friday, has now been shown to be completely incorrect. Per Picket and TSG, the address is that of a namesake man who has not lived at the tweeted address since 2005. This Zimmerman is the son of a senior citizen couple still at the residence. From the Smoking Gun report:

The original tweet was sent to Lee (and numerous other celebrities like Will Smith, 50 Cent, and LeBron James) last Friday afternoon by Higgins, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man… Higgins first began disseminating the address to his Twitter followers last Wednesday…

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Businessweek Ranks 100 Most Powerful Athletes

Businessweek has combined two great things — sports and lists — to form a ranking of the 100 most powerful athletes. Titled the Power 100, the list was curated by CSE, an integrated sports marketing firm. CSE took the statistically best 600 athletes from a pool of 3,000, and then ranked them according popularity, endorsement earnings, and their reach on social media. Also considered was results from a Nielsen/E-Poll survey, which measured players’ name recognition, appeal, influence, and trustworthiness.

As might have guessed, Drew Brees took the number one spot in the Power 100. Brees broke records and has had a positive influence on the New Orleans community. Aaron Rodgers, who had a great meaningless regular season before being crushed by the Giants, is the runner-up. Tom Brady, LeBron James (trustworthy?), and Rafael Nadal, take spots three through five.

Eli Manning, who, unlike Rodgers and Brees, is not sitting at home during the Super Bowl, came in at 16. We’d demand a recount, but the Giants are going to win it all this year, so we’ll just take that honor instead.

Rob Lowe: Sports Reporter

Actor Rob Lowe is getting absolutely hammered around the web for his attempt at sports reporting yesterday. Manning’s father and agent denied Lowe’s reporting to USA Today. Lowe is apparently friendly with Colts owner Jim Irsay–who is the presumed source of the tweet heard round the sports world.

Not sure how Lowe’s tweet is different from the thousands of reports we heard in the run-up to Lebron James‘ “decision,” that had him going everywhere from the Chicago Bulls to the Death Star to play alongside Emperor Palpapatine. Remember though, everyone made fun of Stephen A. Smith for reporting out-of-the-blue that Lebron was going to Miami. And we know how that turned out.

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Clippers-Lakers Sets Cable TV Record

The buzz surrounding the resurgent Los Angeles Clippers/Los Angeles Lakers rivalry is spreading across the country.

Monday’s preseason game between the Clippers and Lakers was the most-watched preseason game in NBA TV history with 509,000 viewers.

It broke the previous record of 501,000 viewers set when LeBron James made his Miami Heat debut in 2010.

This might be the first of many ratings records set by the Clippers during the abbreviated 2011-12 NBA season.

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