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Wednesday / January 23.
  • By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Zion Williamson has never played a game at Madison Square Garden.

    In fact, none of Duke’s heralded freshmen — Williamson, R.J. Barrett or Cam Reddish — has ever played at the World’s Most Famous Arena.

    But that will change on Thursday night when No. 2 Duke and Zion Mania meet No. 12 Texas Tech at the Garden (7 p.m., ESPN2).

    Fans at the game and those watching on TV will be waiting with baited breath for Williamson’s next set of highlight dunks and blocks.

    “There has never been anyone like Zion at any level,” ESPN’s Jay Bilas told The New York Times this week. “There has never been anyone of his size who can move like him.”

    The latest example of that came Tuesday night when the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson and his 45-inch vertical leap elevated for this block against Princeton and hit his head on the backboard.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    LeBron James says it would be “great” to play with Carmelo Anthony, his good friend and classmate in the 2003 NBA Draft.

    “I don’t run the team and obviously there’s some things that need to be worked out on both sides,” James said of the possibility of the Lakers adding Anthony after the Lakers lost to Brooklyn, 115-110, Tuesday night, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “But I’ve always wanted to play along Melo and if the opportunity presents itself, it would be great. So we’ll see what happens.”

    As of Dec. 15, Anthony can be traded but The Athletic  recently reported James had not made a request to Lakers president Magic Johnson or GM Rob Pelinka to make a deal for Anthony.