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Morning links: Colin Cowherd disses Utah Jazz; Donovan Mitchell a Philadelphia 76er someday?

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, wldESPN radio host Colin Cowherd tosses out a ceremonial pitch before a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs in Chicago. Major League Baseball says ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd owes Dominica
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, wldESPN radio host Colin Cowherd tosses out a ceremonial pitch before a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs in Chicago. Major League Baseball says ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd owes Dominican players an apology for remarks he made during his show. In a statement Friday, baseball says it "condemns the remarks," calling them "inappropriate, offensive and completely inconsistent with the values of our game." Cowherd had said Thursday that he didn't believe baseball was complex, saying a third of the sport was from the Dominican Republic, which had "not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities." (AP Photo/Jim Prisching, File)
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Could the Utah Jazz meet the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs next spring?

Las Vegas NBA win over/unders were released Monday, and both squads are projected at 48.5 wins, putting them tied for fourth in the Western Conference and thus setting up a postseason series.

In discussing the projections on his radio show, Colin Cowherd on Monday used the opportunity to compare the Jazz and Lakers, and let's just say he wasn't kind to Utah, calling out a bunch of Utah players by name over the course of the four-minute segment.

"So let me ask you, in April when the Lakers with LeBron James are facing the Jazz, who are you going to take?," Cowherd asks. "Let me guess. LeBron or Joe Ingles? Go ahead, bro. LeBron or Derrick Favors? Your call, bro. LeBron or Ricky Rubio? It's up to you, bro. LeBron or Donovan Mitchell? LeBron or Grayson Allen?

Oh, my bad, my bad. Utah has a LeBron stopper, Jae Crowder. How could I forget?"

Later, Cowherd said Ingles "can't defend a barstool," and Ingles a few hours later posted this tweet:

Donovan Mitchell a future Philadelphia 76er?

On Twitter Sunday, an account called "The Other Guys" posted an edited photo of Mitchell in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform and asked, "@spidadmitchell thoughts ??"

Mitchell actually responded to the tweet with one word: "Na (sic)."

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And finally...

It's the dog days of summer as far as the NBA schedule is concerned, with not a lot expected to happen until training camps start the last week in September. Such a thought had the Salt Lake City Stars feeling the blues the other day.