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What could displace Allen Iverson's Denver debut out of the top story? Gilbert Arenas, who has emerged this season as a sensational, must-see scorer to rival Kobe Bryant.
Agent Zero had 54 in Phoenix*, leading the Wizards past the Suns and -- more notably -- snapping the Suns' 15-game winning streak. The Wiz have emerged as one of the hottest teams in the East (not hard), with Arenas making a case for Eastern Conference MVP (if such an award existed).
In a phenomenal sub-plot, Arenas exacted revenge on Mike D'Antoni, one of the USA Basketball coaches who cut him last summer. After the snub, Arenas vowed to rack up 100 points against D'Antoni and Nate McMillan, the other USA Oops assistant. He's more than halfway there.
Meanwhile, Iverson had 22 points and 10 assists in his Nuggets debut. Based on the "Arenas Standard," wake me when AI breaks 50.
Coming later today: I have to decide if I'm going to do my last live-blog of 2006 with the Florida-Ohio State hoops game. Stay tuned...
Other big stories this Saturday morning? Sixers snap losing streak. Knicks win THIRD straight (3-0 since Brawl). Wichita St loses first of season (CBB Parity Watch). Troy wins a bowl. Oh, and did you know those Duke LAX players didn't rape the stripper? (How far we've come since the day after the accusations.) Any more? Fill the Comments section.
* - Thus ensuring that any thought I had to fending off the impulse to buy Gibert's new sneaker is finished. His scoring binge this week might have done more to increase his shoe sales than anything else.