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Friday’s Arizin: Daily links for Jan. 29

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The “news”:

Robinson-Earl included in top 10 Karl Malone Award Watch List | Villanova Athletics
The Villanova sophomore is still in the running for the Karl Malone Award, an honor given to the nation’s top power forward.

Mikal Bridges breaks down his elite defense | The Ringer
In a 10-minute video, Bridges joins The Ringer and discusses the importance of defense and his ability on that end of the court.

Big time college sports aren’t amateur, and COVID-19 proved it | Yahoo Sports
A guest op-ed by Connecticut senator Chris Murphy.

Kyle Lowry’s emotional response to reaching 10,000-point milestone with the Raptors | Clutch Points
Lowry on his longevity with the Raptors: “I would have never expected it, and I tell you guys that all the time. It just shows that in life things happen for a reason... You can’t pick and choose where you are meant to be, but when you are there you take full advantage of it.”

Ex-Warriors Jacob Evans, Omari Spellman to reunite in G-League Bubble | Yahoo Sports
After getting let go by the Knicks earlier this month, it appears Spellman has found a new spot in the G-League.

These 2021 NCAA Tournament protocols show how hard it will be to pull off the Big Dance | CBS Sports
Matt Norlander’s weekly notebook also has a look at the Fordham job opening and examines why refs are avoiding COVID issues.

Op-ed: Here’s the hidden cost of NCAA’s pandemic-driven extension of athlete eligibility | Indy Star
A bonus year of eligibility sounds all hunkydory, but what about high school recruits and commits?

Detroit Pistons’ Saddiq Bey the latest victim of rotational chaos | Hoops Habit
Why isn’t he getting more minutes?

The NCAA needs Duke, UNC, Kentucky to stop being terrible | Deadspin
Agree or disagree?