Happy 70th birthday to Kareem Abul-Jabbar!

The song chosen for this year’s ABC/ESPN playoff promo isn’t from Pitbull, the Black Eyed Peas or even The Roots: It’s Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” [nod of approval]

These Raptors playoff T-shirts should have been considered Basketball Jerseys For Sale a bad omen, in retrospect. If this is a rebrand to become the Toronto Cthulhu, however, I’m on board.

As the Bucks poured it on late, Giannis celebrated a good block and got called for a sympathy technical. Let the Freak yell!

Happy 70th birthday to Kareem Abul-Jabbar! Here are 70 sky hooks to celebrate.

The SuperSonics have more playoff wins this century than the Knicks. The SuperSonics had been dead for half of this century.

Speaking of New York’s favorite team, I wrote about Carmelo Anthony’s three options for dealing with the Knicks. I prefer The Captain America, but The Banana Boat would be something amazing.

This would spark Melodrama II as the selected franchises weigh flipping assets for a 33-year-old Anthony or wait for him to opt out in 2018. The wrinkle for the Banana Boat teams — especially Cleveland and L.A. — is that the incumbent superstars could put pressure on their front offices to make the deal. CP3 could make it clear in June he will explore the market in July unless the Clippers try to trade for Melo. LeBron has obvious power in Cleveland and a potential Melo-for-Kevin Love swap is still sitting right there.

Let’s not sleep on the potential for LeBron to declare that Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys he wants the team to get CP3 in a sign-and-trade for Kyrie Irving, trade Love for Melo and sign Wade, who can opt out from his Bulls contract. That would be an insane decision for everyone involved, but this is the NBA, where amazing happens.