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Milwaukee Bucks veteran swingman Jared Dudley was at ESPN on Wednesday and, in the spirit of his #nextcareer claim, he did not hold back on his opinions.

When asked about the most overrated player during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Dudley quickly named Carmelo Anthony.

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But perhaps Dudley's most eye-opening take was on Kobe Bryant, whose shoot-first (and second, and third) ways, Dudley said, are why "it'll [take] a while for the Lakers to get good, because no stars ... want to go there."

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Naturally, there was some backlash -- a little about Melo, but mostly about Kobe. Dudley addressed it.

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On Monday, Carmelo Anthony sat down with the good people of Facebook to answer all the hard-hitting questions. That is, all the questions he could answer in 60 seconds. Throughout this brief-yet-entertaining Q&A, Melo gave us some insight into what we all have been longing to know. Check it out:

Business as usual.

Posted by Carmelo Anthony on Monday, May 18, 2015

If a biopic of Melo is ever created, who would play the lead? He chose Will Smith, and now we can't help but envision the "I Am Legend" star rocking one of Melo's signature floppy hats while Spike Lee calls the shots from the director's chair. Sort of overwhelming, yet sort of awesome. One can dream.

The NBA star also let us all in on another secret. No, he didn't betray the East Coast (he chose Biggie over Tupac) and he refused to be baited into voicing favoritism for one NYC icon over another (Nas or Jay Z). But he let us in on his fear of cats. House cats? Wild cats? Who knows, but the thought of Melo running the other direction in fear of a furry feline is highly amusing.

It is also amusing that he said he enjoys playing basketball in Los Angeles, because clearly that means he wants to be traded there, right? He really should be more discreet.

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2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

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European money machine and reigning UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid currently is in the U.S., training at UCLA for games in Berkeley, California, and Dallas.

New York Knicks star and big-money player Carmelo Anthony is almost always in the U.S., and he too spent some time at UCLA on Wednesday with friend Dontaye Draper ... who happens to have played for Real Madrid's basketball team.

And so the two famous entities met, with Anthony and son Kiyan playing a little soccer -- albeit not against any of los Galacticos -- taking photos with stars such as Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso, and answering questions about (naturally) new Knicks teammate/Spanish basketball star Jose Calderon.

Carmelo AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with several Real Madrid players.
Anthony & Bale & DraperReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony, right, with Dontaye Draper, left, and Gareth Bale.
AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with Xabi Alonso.
Carmelo AnthonyReal Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony goes for goal.
AnthonyReal Madrid/Facebook Carmelo Anthony goes for a header.

This comes about six weeks after Real Madrid's own top star, Cristiano Ronaldo, tried his hand at American football.

So we ask: Who would be better at their new sport, Ronaldo or Melo?

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