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⏩ If Kevin Du­rant winds up with the Knicks next sea­son, the as­sump­tion is he’ll hook up there with at least one other su­per­star, pos­si­bly Kyrie Irv­ing. You know who would make a great part­ner-in-crime for Du­rant in the Big Ap­ple?

Rus­sell West­brook. He’s un­der con­tract with OKC for four more sea­sons, but who knows? West­brook has changed his game, both are older and wiser, it could work. Most dy­namic and un­likely NYC tan­dem since

Dustin Hoff­man and Jon Voight in “Mid­night Cow­boy.”

⏩ To­day’s quiz, and I won’t give you the answer: Which celeb golfer, play­ing the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am sev­eral years ago, was caught il­le­gally mov­ing his ball in the rough and ex­plained to his cad­die: “I cheat in busi­ness, I cheat on my wife, and I cheat at golf ”?

⏩ That will be a tough dou­ble for Kyler Murray if he re­ports to spring train­ing, then leaves for the NFL com­bine. Most foot­ball play­ers prep for the com­bine with months of in­tense train­ing on the spe­cific skills/ drills. Shag­ging flies in Ari­zona won’t be a great warm-up.

⏩ The AT&T Peb­ble Beach ProAm is a gem of a tour­na­ment, but with the un­wield­iest name any­where. Why not of­fi­cially give the event the cool ca­chet it de­serves? Call it The Clam­bake. Spon­sors must get their ex­po­sure, I un­der­stand that, so the of­fi­cial name would be The Clam­bake Pre­sented by AT&T.

⏩ “I sec­ond that emo­tion,” croons Bing.

⏩ Frank Robin­son had at least two nick­names: The Judge, and Pen­cils. The Judge be­cause as a player he donned a mop wig and presided over club­house kan­ga­roo courts, a by­gone base­ball tra­di­tion. Pen­cils be­cause he was so self-con­scious of his skinny legs that he wore sev­eral pairs of san­i­tary socks.

⏩ How tough was Robin­son? His first pro team was Class C Ogden, Utah, where the 18-yearold kid fresh out of McC­ly­monds High had his first ex­po­sure to in-your-face racism. Badly shaken, the lad strug­gled to hit a mere .348, with 83 RBIs in 72 games.

⏩ Clar­i­fi­ca­tion: In last week’s Sun­day Punch, I noted that Tiger Woods spurned a $3 mil­lion ap­pear­ance fee to play a tour­ney in Saudi Ara­bia. That may have cre­ated the im­pres­sion that Woods was a cru­sader, blow­ing off the Saudis to protest the rul­ing fam­ily’s re­cent mur­der of a jour­nal­ist (ac­cord­ing to U.S. in­tel­li­gence), and other hu­man rights abuses, as sev­eral U.S. golfers did. How­ever, it ap­pears that Woods skipped the Saudi event be­cause the travel would be hard on his back. He stayed home in Florida and played golf with Pres­i­dent

Trump, who main­tains cor­dial re­la­tions with the Saudi royal fam­ily.

⏩ The pro­posed rule that a re­lief pitcher must face at least three bat­ters? That would lead to an epi­demic of one-day arm “in­juries” and some won­der­ful act­ing by pitch­ers.

⏩ The 76ers have re­tired Moses Malone’s num­ber 2. No other player ever made him­self so at home in the vi­o­lent, chaotic mosh pit un­der the boards. Best job de­scrip­tion ever was Moses break­ing it down in a TV com­mer­cial: “Mostly I goes to the rack.”

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