Davidson on Sports: Is That Greg Oden?

Kavitha A. Davidson is a former Bloomberg View columnist.
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Here's what you missed last night in sports:

Reinforcement Arrives
The Miami Heat lost their third game in a row, falling to the Washington Wizards, 114-97, but the story of the game was the return of Greg Oden, who stepped on an NBA court for the first time since 2009 and could really change the equation as his team battles the Indiana Pacers for the Eastern Conference crown.

Coach of the Year
After a remarkable turnaround season that almost ended in college football's national championship, Auburn University head coach Gus Malzahn has won the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award.

This Again
The J.R. Smith saga continues for the New York Knicks. A day after coach Mike Woodson refused to comment on his unexpected benching of Smith for the second time since Shoelacegate, it was revealed that the two had a confrontation over playing time on Monday before the player showed up late to practice on Tuesday. The Knicks probably wish Smith would just go away, but good luck finding someone to take him.

Hollywood Paycheck
Clayton Kershaw became baseball's first $200 million pitcher, inking a seven-year, $215 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a deal that shows the health of the sport and will surely allow other pitchers to cash in.

Only in New York
The New York Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner called Alex Rodriguez an "asset," because why not. At least Derek Jeter is "saddened" by the whole affair.

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Kavitha A Davidson at kdavidson19@bloomberg.net