The Morning Huddle – February 12th, 2017

It’s been quite a busy weekend in the sports world. Kevin Durant made his first return to Oklahoma City since he signed with Golden State, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, Mike Ilitch, passed away and the Knicks drama won’t seem to end. Here are the top things you need to know to start your Sunday morning:

Down and Banned

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The drama at Madison Square Garden continues, and while the Knicks’ record (22-33) and losing streak (four in a row and six of seven) should be the at the top of the team’s headlines, they’re far for it.

Charles Oakley was banned from Madison Square Garden. Oakley is  in the midst of a feud with owner James Dolan which won’t seem to go away. The two continued to exchange words via media outlets over the weekend, Dolan hinted that Oakley has a drinking problem, and Oakley responded via the New York Post saying he visits help centers, but only to offer support for others. The verbal spat comes after Oakley was escorted out of a Knicks game last Wednesday, arrested and charged with three counts of assault after a scuffle with security.  

But that’s not the only thing plaguing the Knicks, there’s also the Twitter fiasco between President Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony. While #7 brushed off the Phil Jackson’s tweet last week, Jackson is now trying to walk it back, tweeting that “after starting a fire storm with a misunderstood tweet, I offer this peace, our society is torn with discord. I’m against it. Let It Be.”

 

Hopefully that is really the end of the drama within the Knicks organization, because they really have to get back to the basketball, and, as Carmelo said, the team has to get out from under the “cloud” that’s been hovering over them.

 

Durant Leads Warriors in OKC

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Kevin Durant felt right at home Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, scoring 34 points as he led the Golden State Warriors to a 130-114 win over his old team. OKC fans greeted Durant with jeers, shouting “coward!” at their former star. It took Durant a little while to get going, shooting 2 of 8, but finished the evening with 34 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes.

As for the cupcakes, they are the symbol Russell Westbrook uses to call someone weak (the term originated with Kendrick Perkins when he played for the team). After Durant signed with the Warriors, Westbrook posted a picture of cupcakes on Instagram, referring to his old teammate. On Saturday, fans were given cupcake T-shirts, but by the end of the night, Warriors players were wearing them.

 

Former ‘Cuse Center Dies at Age 26

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Former Syracuse Center Fab Melo was found dead in his home in Brazil on Saturday morning. According to authorities, he went to sleep on Friday night and was found dead the next morning by his mother.

The 7-footer was at the center of a Syracuse scandal that resulted in head coach Jim Boeheim’s 9-game suspension. The NCAA investigation included whether or not a paper Melo wrote while attending Syracuse was legitimate.

Melo was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2012 draft, but couldn’t last in the NBA. He was playing in the Brazilian league at the time of his death.