June 16, 2014
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'Melo's heart may be in New York, but ...

While Phil Jackson is overseas, it is expected Carmelo Anthony will officially opt out of his contract -- the decision on whether to move on remains to be determined. According to a source, Anthony's preference is to remain in New York but that the All-Star forward is coming to the realization that his best chance to win an NBA championship would be to join another team, most likely the Bulls, Rockets or Heat. ... [Jackson] met with Anthony on Friday in Los Angeles to sell him on the notion that the Knicks can significantly upgrade their roster next summer when they have the ability to create room under the salary cap. Anthony, however, recently turned 30 and, following a season in which he failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time, he is reluctant to spend another year rebuilding. (New York Daily News) Comment

Rex takes another dig at Belichick

In New England, many assume that if Bill Belichick casts a player aside, that player isn't fit for the NFL. [Belichick] may have given up on outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and cornerback Ras-I Dowling last August, but Rex Ryan couldn't care less whether the Patriots castoffs didn't live up to the expectations. ... He thinks they can revive their careers with the Jets. "I don't believe the one guy up in New England's got all the answers," Ryan told the Daily News. "I worry about ourselves, what we think of a player and how we evaluate a player. Do I respect the [heck] out of Bill? Absolutely. But if we think a player can help us, we don't care how we get him." In some ways, Cunningham and Dowling are outliers, former second-round picks discarded so quickly by the team that once coveted them. (New York Daily News) Comment

Baseball's best first baseman?

When the Padres look at their offense, they may not want to look for Anthony Rizzo's line in Chicago. Following a disappointing 2013, Rizzo could make a reasonable argument he's been the best first baseman in the big leagues this season -- or at least the National League. Rizzo's .406 on-base percentage does best Miguel Cabrera's. Cabrera beats him in batting average and slugging percentage, and his otherworldly numbers with runners in scoring position -- .413/.446/.651 in 63 at-bats -- and solid glove at first base probably give him the advantage. Rizzo has been every bit the hitter of Paul Goldschmidt, a better glove and runner than Adam LaRoche and a superior all-around player to Freddie Freeman. Only 24, Rizzo is the linchpin the Chicago Cubs envisioned him to be when they dealt Andrew Cashner. (Yahoo Sports) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Kawhi Leonard, 22, became the youngest Finals MVP since Tim Duncan in 1999 when the Spurs topped the Heat Sunday night. (John W. McDonough/SI)

Must-See Video

Tim Duncan's kids steal the show after Duncan captured the fifth title of his career.

Game To Watch

Julio Teheran faces off against Cole Hamels when the Braves play the Phillies, 7:10 p.m., ET

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Michael Jordan
  • 1996 -- The Bulls beat the Supersonics in six games to capture their fourth title. Michael Jordan is named Finals MVP for a record fourth time.
  • 1991 -- The Braves' Otis Nixon establishes an NL record by swiping six bases in one game.
  • 1975 -- The Lakers acquire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and reserve center Walt Wesley from the Bucks.

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