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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Correction: Aroldis Chapman's trade provision is no-trade to a West Coast team (not only California)

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How did Chapman reunite with the Yankees? (1:15)
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Chapman's historic heat back in The Bronx

The New York Yankees and left-hander Aroldis Chapman agreed Wednesday to a five-year, $86 million deal, the most lucrative reliever contract in history. With the highest strikeout rate of all-time, the "Cuban Missile" might be worth it.

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LeBron has tons of fun at MSG (1:12)
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Melo frustrated when asked about Phil Jackson's comments (1:16)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony's (visibly annoyed) reaction to questions about Phil Jackson's assertion that he has a tendency to hold on to the ball for too long:

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Since Aroldis Chapman's first season in 2010, he has 2,241 pitches at 100 MPH or faster, more than the next 7 pitchers on the list of MLB leaders, COMBINED. This past season Chapman was throwing harder than ever. He threw 111 pitches that reached 103 MPH, almost 4 times as many as any other pitcher in a season in the last five years - and that was him, too.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman just told me he was between the Miami Marlins and the New York Yankees in the end, decided to go to the Yankees. Chapman: "I love the (Yankees) organization. They welcomed me with open arms and that's why I decided to go back, I was hoping I had a chance to go back and it happened." "Every player dreams of being a Yankee, and if they don't it's because they never got the chance."

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Chapman returns to the Yankees (2:27)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Carmelo Anthony said when asked about Phil Jackson's assertion that he has a tendency to hold the ball too much: "I just don't even want to talk about that, what he's talking about exactly. I want to stay away from that at this point. My focus is my teammates and winning. We've been playing great basketball and that's the only thing I'm focused on. Whatever Phil said he said it. I have nothing to say about that."

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LeBron does it all for Cavs at MSG (1:25)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Some of the Cavaliers on the bench tried killing time during the blowout win over the Knicks by playing a water bottle challenge. Kyrie Irving explained that the challenge is a "social media craze." "If you land it you're like a legend," Irving said. "I was trying to put my mark on the water bottle challenge."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony was pretty annoyed by questions about Phil Jackson saying he holds on to the ball too much. He didn't want to answer the questions. He said he didn't know what Phil said, but I'm guessing he did. "Whatever Phil said, he said. I have nothing to say about that."

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Nets hold off rally from Nuggets for the win (1:09)
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Wasn't Melo's night against LeBron

The Knicks played like they traveled late Tuesday night from Miami in their 126-94 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Carmelo Anthony went 4-for-9 from the floor, whiffed on two 3-pointers and didn't get to the free-throw line.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

He didn't use it as an excuse, but Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks got in pretty late last night. He said Kristaps Porzingis got home around 3:20 AM. I'm not making any excuses here, but this would have been a much better game if wasn't scheduled as the second game of a back-to-back.

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LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have played each other 33 times including the regular season and playoffs. Carmelo's 8 points on Wednesday were the fewest he's ever scored against LeBron and the 2nd-fewest either have scored head-to-head. LeBron scored 7 in their very first meeting back in November 2003.

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LeBron tries the water bottle challenge... during the game (0:27)

1927 Yankees diary

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