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Hawks create one-of-a-kind jersey for Carmelo Anthony

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The Atlanta Hawks just created the ultimate collector’s item.

The team, which came to terms on a $25.5 million buyout with Carmelo Anthony five days after acquiring him from the Oklahoma City Thunder, tweeted out a photo of the never-worn jersey they’re sending to the 10-time All-Star in response to a request he made last month.

Anthony’s longtime friend and frequent USA Basketball teammate LeBron James used the occasion to congratulate Anthony on his … “memorable” time in Atlanta.

Though it’ll likely never hang in the rafters at Philips Arena, Anthony’s Hawks jersey will almost certainly become an instant favorite among Las Vegas Summer League denizens and Coachella attendees, joining the likes of Andrew WigginsCleveland Cavaliers jersey, Andrew Bynum’s Philadelphia 76ers jersey and — also from this summer — Dwight Howard‘s Brooklyn Nets jersey.

Of course, the Hawks could form a formidable lineup of players who were on their roster but never wore their jersey in a game, from veteran buyouts such as Gary Payton and Antawn Jamison to selections traded on draft day such as Pau Gasol and Luka Doncic. That doesn’t even include Hall of Famer Julius Erving, who did, in fact, play for Atlanta in the preseason but was forced back to the ABA by contractual issues.

It also remains to be seen if Melo’s one-of-a-kind jersey becomes as popular among NBA hipsters as the current gold standard of obscure Hawks jerseys: Rasheed Wallace. The former NBA champion suited up for exactly one game for the Hawks, scoring 20 points in his only appearance in the 10 days between being acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers and being traded to the Detroit Pistons.

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Big O's 1971 title ring sells for $91K at auction

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NEW YORK — Oscar Robertson’s 1971 NBA championship ring has sold for a little more than $91,000 in an auction.

The ring the Hall of Fame guard won with Milwaukee for his only NBA title was the top seller from a collection of his items in the Lelands.com 2018 Invitational Auction.

Robertson’s Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame ring sold for about $60,000, and one of his game-used Bucks jerseys went for a little more than $50,000 in the auction that ended early Saturday.

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Oscar Robertson's 1971 NBA title ring sells for $91,000 in auction

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NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Robertson’s 1971 NBA championship ring has sold for a little more than $91,000 in an auction.

The ring the Hall of Fame guard won with Milwaukee for his only NBA title was the top seller from a collection of his items in the Lelands.com 2018 Invitational Auction.

Robertson’s Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame ring sold for about $60,000 and one of his game-used Bucks jerseys went for a little more than $50,000 in the auction that ended early Saturday.

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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving to visit Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is set to visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where his late mother was once part of the tribe.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will hold a ceremony for Irving on Thursday in honor of his first visit to the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, left the tribe after her adoption as a child.

The tribe says Irving supported the Dakota Access pipeline protests that attracted thousands of demonstrators just outside the reservation.

Irving recently released a version of his basketball shoes with a Standing Rock seal on the heels.

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