Ok, it’s a crap headline, but it’s not as though Denver’s Carmelo Anthony would offer to Backpedal For Barack.  Anthony told the Denver Post’s Benjamin Hochman “I’m going to try and score 44 tonight” when the Nuggets tangle with Golden State, apparently as some sort of a tribute to the new U.S. President-Elect.  It’s a sweet enough sentiment, and I can only presume that Tony Parker’s 55 against the T-Wolves last night was a transcontinental homage to Sammy Hagar, while Amare Stoudemire scoring 49 in Phoenix’s 113-103 defeat of Indy was meant as a consolation thumbs-up to Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, currently being lambasted for lacking “a degree of knowledgeability”.

Citing Kevin Johnson’s mayoral victory in Sacramento, the Daily Herald’s Mike McGraw asked LeBron James if he’d consider running for the Akron job. “”Mayor of Akron?” James replie. “I’m already mayor of Akron. I’ve been that for about 10 years now.” Buzz Clic, unavailable for comment.