By Sam Page
February 10, 2016

It's mock draft season

The Super Bowl happened, which can mean only one thing: It's time to start obsessing over the NFL draft. Check out the latest SI.com mock draft to see who your favorite team is projected to pick.

Warriors highlight of the night

I'm not totally sure, but I think my favorite part of this crazy Warriors sequence is Curry's pass. The Warriors would end up beating the Rockets 123–110, bringing their current win streak to 10 and their season record to 47–4. They're still very much in contention for the '95-96 Bulls' 72–10.

Speaking of the Warriors game...

Draymond Green went up for a block on Patrick Beverley in the third quarter of last night's game, but got called for a foul. The block certainly looked clean on replay, which makes what happened next so remarkable: The referee seemingly apologized Watch him appear to say "I was wrong" at the end of the video. 

Congrats to Martin Brodeur

The Devils' legend had his jersey number retired in Newark last night, giving me an excuse to post this video. Sorry, Marty.

One proud mom

As part of the Vancouver Canucks' mom's trip to watch their kids play the Colorado Avalanche, Beth Bartkowski got the added treat of watching her son, defenseman Matt Bartkowski, score a goal.

A lesson in never giving up

 

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Today's Peanuts

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The Los Angeles Lakers called the Cleveland Cavaliers about a Kobe Bryant-for-LeBron James trade in 2007, reports ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

The Cavaliers quickly rebuffed the Lakers’ offer, but told Los Angeles they could have anyone else on the team in exchange for Bryant. The Lakers declined, according to the report.

In 2007, Bryant’s relationship with the Lakers was contentious at best. The team was struggling through three sub-par seasons after trading away Shaquille O’Neal, and Bryant himself had asked for a trade from the organization. 

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The Lakers reportedly reached a deal to send Bryant to the Pistons, but Bryant would not agree to go to Detroit. Bryant told ESPN he would have vetoed a deal to Cleveland as well. 

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Los Angeles almost dealt Bryant to Chicago, but Bryant balked when Luol Deng was included in the trade, believing the Bulls’ roster would be too barren when he arrived. Chicago, San Antonio and Phoenix were the teams Bryant would have agreed to be traded to, he told ESPN.

James remained with the Cavaliers until 2010, when he left for the Miami Heat. He returned to the franchise in 2014.

The Lakers would acquire Pau Gasol during the 2007–08 season to placate Bryant, and the team made three straight appearances in the NBA Finals, winning twice.

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Bryant or James has played in every NBA Finals from 2007 through last year, though never against each other. Bryant will make his final visit to Cleveland on Wednesday.

Denver Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller says he believes quarterback Peyton Manning will return to the team next season. 

Manning, 39, is considering retirement. He said after the Super Bowl that he'd think about his decision for a few days before announcing. 

Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Miller said that Manning still has enough in the tank to succeed on the field. 

“I don’t think he’s going to retire,” Miller said. “He still has the physical ability and the mental ability to go out there and be great. I think he still has a little bit left in him.”

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This season, Manning started just nine regular season games due to injuries, throwing for 2,249 yards with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. 

The Broncos defeated the Panthers 24–10 in Super Bowl 50.

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