After Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Chris Paul fouled out in Thursday’s 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, an NBA official with a long, controversial history was in their crosshairs. That official: Scott Foster, a Maryland native and University of Maryland graduate.
What was supposed to be a rousing sendoff for the U.S. team playing its last game on American soil before continuing its pre-Olympic tour later this week in England, turned into an embarrassing first quarter that saw Brazil take a 10-point lead amid an assortment of missed dunks, errant jump shots and porous defense by their more famous counterparts.
Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams will all be guaranteed a spot on the 2012 Olympic roster. This leaves five players vying for three open spots: Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Andre Iguodala, James Harden and Baltimore native Rudy Gay.
Carmelo Anthony is heading to New York. The Knicks acquired Anthony on Monday night, and the consensus among national columnists is that the Knicks will return to relevance with Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, who are expected to become one of the league's top frontcourt tandems.