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Sunday / December 17.
  • Kate Hudson Watches A-Rod Make History; Bill Simmons and Mike Dunleavy Still Going at It

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    Kate Hudson watched from the second row next to the Mets dugout at CitiField Friday night as A-Rod hit a historic two-run homer in the Yankees’ 9-1 victory over the Mets.

    She should show up to more games. I’m sure Yankee fans would appreciate it, and it can only help Alex get out of his slump. Oh by the way, Rodriguez passed non-steroid-using Yankee great Reggie Jackson and now has 564 career dingers, good for 11th all-time.

    “You’re so focused on playing the game and playing it right every day that I’ve never stopped to see [who he’s passing],” Rodriguez told the Daily News. “But when you see Reggie – Reggie is such a huge name in our game and he’s also Mr. October and a close friend – it’s big.”

    Jackson, who unlike Rodriguez has never been liked to steroids, was on hand for the milestone.

    “Today is a day for me to come and tip my cap and say congratulations and keep hitting home runs for the Yankees,” Jackson told the New York Post. “I’m a fan of Alex’s. . . . The negativity that surrounds the steroids is certainly not something that I carry over to him. I do appreciate the fact that he admitted his mistakes, and so from here we move forward. Judgment on him will be passed with his next 7½ years with the Yankees.

    “I don’t vote [for the Hall of Fame],” Jackson added. “If he doesn’t make it on the first 15 years of the ballot, I get a chance to vote [on the Veterans Committee], but here is a guy who is going to wind up with 700 or 800 home runs.

    “He works as hard as any player I’ve ever seen around the game. They used to say about me, ‘Reggie Jackson, love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him.’ Alex Rodriguez goes to the post every day, unless he goes to the hospital, and that you have to tip your hat to with all the adversity he has gone through.”

    **This ongoing verbal battle between Bill Simmons and Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy is really getting entertaining.

    Dunleavy went on Colin Cowherd’s show and said Simmons was a “joke writer” who had “no credibility.”

    That sparked the following tweets from Simmons:

  • WhiteMike Dunleavy saying someone has no credibility is like Michael Richards calling someone a racist.
  • WhiteOk, 1 more: Q: “What do you get when you cross cheap suits, booing, 35-point losses + players mailing it in?” A: The Mike Dunleavy Era.
  • White1 more joke: Q: “What do you call a coach who decimated 40% of his team’s season ticket holders base?” A: “Mike Dunleavy.”
  • WhiteHere’s a joke: “What do you call an NBA coach who’s 194-298 with the Clips?” A: “Still employed!!!” Now that’s a funny joke.
  • **Speaking of Twitter, Shaquille O’Neal has more than 1.4 million followers. That’s higher than the circulation of The New York Times. Think newspapers are in trouble?

    **Despite speculation that the Warriors will trade Stephen Curry to Phoenix for Amar’e Stoudemire, Warriors coach Don Nelson says he has no intention of trading Curry, whom Golden State chose at No. 7 in the NBA Draft.

    “He can unpack his bags, go look for a house and relax,” Nelson said. “He ain’t going anyplace.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.