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In case you hadn't noticed, the Anthony Davis era is here.

Sure, the 22-year-old New Orleans Pelicans big man already has made an All-NBA first team and two All-Star rosters. But 2015-16 likely will be the season Davis becomes widely considered one of the best, if not the best, player in the league.

Just ask general managers. The annual NBA survey did, and the results speak for themselves.

Q: If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be?

A: Anthony Davis (86.2%), LeBron James (6.9%), Kevin Durant (6.9%)

Before last season, LeBron received 50 percent of the vote, with Davis and Durant sitting at 25 percent apiece. The year before? LeBron got 89.7 percent, Durant 6.9 and James' now-Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving 3.4.

Now, this doesn't mean GMs would pick Davis over everyone to win a game tomorrow; Davis' age (eight years younger than LeBron, five years younger than Durant) makes a big difference. But it says a lot about how people around the league view Davis, and what he might become -- very soon.

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Chicago Bulls wing Jimmy Butler has a lot to be proud of. Drafted 30th overall in 2011, the former Marquette player has outperformed nearly everyone's expectations as a pro, earning himself back-to-back spots on the All-Defensive second team, a 2015 NBA All-Star berth and last season's Most Improved Player award. He also signed a five-year, $90 million deal this offseason.

All of this came after a difficult upbringing -- as documented in 2011 on this site -- in which his mother kicked him out of the house at 13 with the words: "I don't like the look of you. You gotta go."

But Butler does not want to dwell on any of that.

From Bryan Smith in Chicago Magazine:

Still, he loathes reliving the past -- so much so that he has removed the rearview mirror on his car (yes, really) as a symbolic reminder to never look back. His coach at Marquette University, Buzz Williams, says Butler was so sensitive about his upbringing that he swore Williams to secrecy while playing for him.

Smith continues:

When I ask why he hates talking about the past so much, Butler shifts uncomfortably on the sectional in the grand San Diego house. "It's because I don't ever want that to define me," he says. "I hated it whenever it came up because that's all anybody ever wanted to talk about. Like, that hasn't gotten me to where I am today. I'm a great basketball player because of my work. I'm a good basketball player because of the people I have around me. And if I continue to be stuck in the past, then I won't get any better. I won't change, I'll get stuck as that kid. That's not who I am. I'm so far ahead of that. I don't hold grudges. I still talk to my family. My mom. My father. We love each other. That's never going to change." In fact, the day I visited Butler, his father was staying with him.

Now, we have no trouble with Butler's feelings nor his desire to make a symbolic gesture, but removing an essential car component might not be the best way to go about this. Perhaps if Butler makes a point to frequently check his sideviews and over his shoulder, he can get away with it. Still ... we wouldn't recommend it.

But hey, we're not about to tell him what to do. He's an All-Star -- and Mark Wahlberg's good friend, among many other things as captured in Smith's expansive piece.

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The 5-0 Carolina Panthers are one of the NFL's five undefeated teams, so you can't blame their fans for feeling a little cocky prideful.

That includes Panthers super fan and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who used the Panthers' Week 6 victory over the Seahawks to troll NBA rival and Seattle native Nate Robinson:

Hey @naterobinson....look!!!! You see what I see????? A Panthers "W" = Thanks for the hospitality my man #keeppounding

A photo posted by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on

Before you go calling Curry a bandwagon fan, know this: He grew up in Charlotte, is tight with Panthers QB Cam Newton and was a special guest of the team in Week 2 to beat their signature "Keep pounding" drum.

Oh, and his signature shoe reflected his Panthers passion: But give it to Robinson: He took the troll in stride, and didn't hide from being put on blast. Instead, he called out his team (and coach) for their subpar play before offering an intriguing solution to their struggles.

Hey, when your team beats your friend's team -- and is undefeated -- you hold all the bragging rights in any football discussion. Of course, if Robinson wants to pull out the NFL trump card, he could always bring up Super Bowl wins -- but that may lead to an NBA MVP conversation he probably wouldn't enjoy.

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is about to be a father. His wife, Colleen, is 37 weeks pregnant, and he's ostensibly pretty excited to welcome the little one.

Ramsey put the cherry on top of Arsenal's win on Saturday by scoring the third goal in a 3-0 win against Watford, and he unveiled his new favorite celebration.

It's been a while since I scored for Arsenal, so I'm delighted," Ramsey said after the win. "I'll take anything at the moment."

Colleen seemed to enjoy it.

It's not the first time he's done it. After slotting one for Wales in the 50th minute in a 2-0 win over Andorra, Ramsey introduced his faux belly to Twitter:

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After a critical Boston Magazine article about his trainer, Alex Guerrero, was published last week, Tom Brady appeared on local radio and responded, giving a lengthy defense of Guerrero's techniques.

As part of that defense, Brady advocated for an alternative approach to nutrition and training. (You can read a full recap on WEEI's website.) And Brady disagreed with the things many Americans eat and drink.

"That's not the way our food system in America is set up," Brady said of his own approach. "It's very different. They have a food pyramid. And I disagree with that. I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do. You'll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, 'Oh yeah, that's no problem.' Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements [so you] think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living. No, I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that's quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that's poison for kids. But they keep doing it. And obviously you guys may not have a comment on that, because maybe that's what your belief system is. So you do whatever you want, you live the life you want."

Coca-Cola's response, per Fox Business: "All of our beverages are safe and can be enjoyed as part of a balanced lifestyle. ... We offer more than 200 low and nocalorie beverages in the U.S. and Canada and a wide variety of smaller portion sizes of our regular drinks. As a responsible beverage company and marketer, we prominently provide calorie and sugar information for our beverages so people can choose what makes sense for them and their families."

Brady also went after Frosted Flakes -- "[Americans] believe that Frosted Flakes is a food," he said -- and Fox Business had Kellogg's' response.

H/T WEEI / CBS Sports

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