• Minnesota Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie doesn't seem to be worried about the possibility of an NFL strike next year. At the NBA All-Star "Kick Off Party" at MyHouse nightclub, hosted by rapper Rick Ross and model Rosa Acosta, the 6'8" 335 pounder reportedly ordered more than 15 bottles of expensive champagne, amounting to a bar tab in excess of $100,000. The bottles of champagne were so big that the entire club stopped to watch the wait staff bring them to McKinnie's area. He is set to make $4.9 million in 2011. Let's hope there is no strike, otherwise his bottle-popping potential could be severely hampered.
• Carmelo Anthony knicked the Denver Nuggets late Monday night as he headed to the New York Knicks in a three-way trade that involved 15 players and draft choices, plus $6 million in cash. Melo, the third-overall NBA draft pick in 2003, played for the Nuggets for the past seven seasons. He was able to quash trade rumors when LeBron James made his "Decision," but it seems that the Knicks offered Melo more nuggets to play alongside East All-Star Amare Stoudemire.
• Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan spent Tuesday slamming the NBA's dunk contest. He said he was finished competing in the event unless the props that dominated on Saturday were eliminated. DeRozan vowed that he would only compete again if the All-Star Game was held in Toronto or if the rules were changed to eliminate props. "There's no telling what might happen next year," DeRozan said. "Somebody might use a trampoline"
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