Ever since the infamous summer of 2010, the NBA free agency period has featured almost as many thrills, surprises and twists as the season itself. This year's group of free agents, which is led by Deron Williams, promises to be no different.

Over the past few days, several attempts have been made to sway Williams. Nothing like what people did to lure LeBron James (Really, Cleveland?), but funny nonetheless:

On Tuesday, Williams' 28th birthday, the Nets parked a billboard outside his apartment wishing him well on his big day.

On Thursday morning, Mavericks guard Delonte West made his plea to Williams via Twitter. West tweeted that, with Williams, the Mavericks could "win the western conference no problem." Don't tell that to Kevin Durant.

Williams played golf with fellow free agent and Olympic teammate Jason Kidd on Thursday, and after their round Williams had a little fun with the whole ordeal. Williams tweeted: "Just finished playing East Hampton Golf Club w/ @RealJasonKidd let the speculation begin?????" It already has.

Let's hope this free agency hoopla cools down at some point. Because as we've seen, it doesn't always lead players to make the best decisions.

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Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach who was convicted of 45 charges of child sex abuse last week, will continue to receive nearly $5,000 in monthly pension during his time in jail.

ABC 27 reported on Wednesday that Sandusky or his wife, Dottie, will receive $58,898 a year in state pension for the rest of their lives. Some of that money will come from taxpayers.

Under Pennsylvania state law, a person's pension can only be forfeited after they are sentenced and if they have been convicted of an Act 140 crime. Rape is not included in that statute.

There is, however, a bill making its way through the state's finance committee that would prevent people convicted of sexual offenses from receiving state pensions. According to ABC News, that bill was introduced before the Sandusky scandal came to light. Due to time constraints, passage of the bill seems unlikely.

Sandusky, who faces a maximum sentence of 442 years in prison, is expected to be sentenced in roughly 90 days.

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Carmelo Anthony has struggled when he hasn't played the lead role on the New York Knicks. It appears he may be just as awkward in a cameo role on the silver screen.

Anthony and Dwight Howard (along with Scottie Pippen and Magic Johnson) are featured in a Chinese movie title "Amazing" this summer. And from the looks of the recently-released preview, maybe these guys should stick to basketball.

The flick has been dubbed a "Chinese Space Jam." It has also been compared to the 2010 sci-fi flick "Tron." A cross between "Space Jam" and "Tron?" Now we're talking.

Amazingly, it's been 16 years since the opening of the pioneering basketball movie--the one starring MJ and Buggs Bunny--and few athletes have come close to Jordan's success. They've ranged from solid (Ray Allen was good in "He Got Game") to hilarious (Mike Tyson in the "Hangover") to unfortunate (Shaq in "Kazaam").

After seeing the previews for "Amazing," it seems safe to say MJ will hold the throne for at least another year.

PS: Kevin Durant also throws his hat into the mix with his own feature film due out in August, "Thunderstruck."

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Anthony Davis may be cashing in in more ways than one this week. Not only will the 19-year-old likely hear his name called first during Thursday's NBA Draft, Davis told CNBC that he trademarked the phrases "Fear The Brow" and "Raise the Brow" earlier this month.

In addition to his other-worldly rejections and excellent ability to protect the rim, Davis has become known for the hair occupying the space between his eyebrows.

"I don't want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it," said the former Kentucky standout. "Me and my family decided to trademark it because it's very unique."

Davis joins a long line of star athletes who are trademarking their way to the bank:

Nationals rookie sensation Bryce Harper recently trademarked the phrase "clown question, bro." (That might mean Harry Reid owes Harper some dough.)

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III hasn't played a down in the NFL, but he already owns trademarks on his name, nicknames (RGIII and RG3) and slogans (Unbelievably Believable and Dream Big, Live Bigger).

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin trademarked the phrase "Linsanity," however not without a bit of a struggle.

Speaking of trademark tussles, Jets quarterback Tim Tebow engaged in one of his own when he tried to trademark rights to the term "Tebowing."

Hopefully Davis won't encounter too many problems with his trademark. That is, unless Wally Moon has anything to say about it.

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Alex Rodriguez undoubtedly loves playing for the Yankees, but his childhood dream was to play for the boys from Queens. Rodriguez grew up in Miami cheering for the New York Mets.

This will rub a few diehard Bronx Bombers fans the wrong way, but as a kid in the 80's, A-Rod says his choices to catch baseball were on superstations for the Cubs (WGN), Braves (TBS) and Mets (WOR).

Rodriguez wanted to play for the Mets so much that he would have taken less than his then-record $252 million deal fro the Rangers to have played in Flushing, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.

A-Rod recalled being "super nervous" when he had the chance at age 13 to meet his idol, Keith Hernandez, who was rehabbing a hamstring injury at Florida International University. "You are my favorite player," Rodriguez told the mustachioed first baseman. "I hope to be drafted one day."

"Everything about Hernandez, I loved," Rodriguez said. "I love the game so much. I'm such a gym rat. Hernandez was kind of the epitome of all of it. He was like a manager out on the field. He was always in the pitcher's ear. He was kind of like Davey Johnson, Part 2. And he was such a clutch hitter."

Although it's hard to believe some 24 years later, Hernandez, now a Mets TV broadcaster, claims to remember this random A-Rod meeting from 1988.

"He was very intent to listen," Hernandez told ESPN New York. "He asked questions."

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It's been a roller coaster ride of a big league career for Josh Hamilton, which is what makes it the perfect story for Hollywood.

From crack addiction to MVP, Hamilton's tale is set to be put into a script by Thunder Road Pictures. The project will be shopped around Tinsel Town with the goal of becoming a major feature film. Deadline.com reports that Casey Affleck will write and direct the Hamilton project which Warner Bros. will get the first shot at before it's pitched around the entertainment mecca.

Hamilton was Bryce Harper before YouTube. He tossed a 96 mph fastball at age 15, was the No. 1 pick by the Rays in the 1999 draft before falling in love with beer and cocaine after his parents were were injured when broadsided by a dump truck during spring training. The film will touch on how he blew his baseball bonus money, in addition to pawning his wife's wedding ring for crack.

It's too early to say who would play Hamilton in the film, but the Rangers star and his wife Katie will co-produce the film, according to Deadline.com.

Hamilton's life story on the big screen will have the mythic quality of 'The Blind Side' combined with the faith-based angle of the same story, mixed in with the romance of 'Walk the Line,' claims producer Basil Iwanyk, who will work with Affleck on the project.

On the field, Hamilton's story is far from complete. At age 31, the Rangers star is set to cash in on a mega free agent contract, assuming he can stay out of trouble. Hamilton missed several games this month with an intestinal virus.

When he's played, he's been the best player in the game. Hamilton had 21 home runs and 56 RBI in Texas' first 50 games. That made him just the sixth player since runs batted in became an official stat in 1920 to reach those minimums in his team’s first 50 games.

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Bryce Harper probably never imagined he could cash in on a seemingly stupid question, yet that's exactly what the young star is planning today. Harper was asked his favorite beer by a Canadian sports radio reporter, and the 19-year-old responded by saying, "That's a clown question, bro."

In a move that will make beltway politicians proud, Harper filed the necessary paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark database to trademark the famous phrase. The move, which the Washington Post reports was most likely done by someone in his management team, took place the day after he first used the response.

As a result of going viral, with more than 600,000 views as of this morning, Under Armour will start to sell T-shirts with the phrase on it. The line "That's a clown question, bro," has been parroted by a number of famous folks, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the last few days.

On the field, Harper has been on fire for the Nationals, batting .337, with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 5 homers and 15 RBIs in his past 26 games entering Thursday.

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Tony Parker was so exasperated after being injured during the Chris Brown-Drake brawl in Manhattan, he's filed a mind-boggling $20 million lawsuit. The San Antonio Spurs star was reportedly an innocent bystander when the music heavyweights started the knock-down, drag-out fight.

Parker believes it's the owners of the W.i.P club who are to blame for his eye injury. The French star claims the people running the club should have used common sense to not allow the Rihanna love rivals into the same joint.

As a result of the bottle-throwing donnybrook, Parker suffered a "corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries," according to legal papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Neither Chris Brown nor Drake are named as defendants, according to the New York Post. The Spurs star blames the club for cooking up the toxic situation by letting the two impassioned, turbulent men into the establishment.

Parker will miss the start of the French team's practice for the Olympics because of the injury, but he is not expected to be sidelined for more than a week.

Keep in mind Parker doesn't need the money, he's reportedly earned more than $82,000,000 during his career in San Antonio.

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Unnecessary glasses have become an in vogue accessory for NBA stars' post game news conferences, but who's behind this latest fashion trend?

Rachel Johnson is her name and style is her game. Johnson is the personal stylist for NBA stars such as LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Amar'e Stoudemire and many others.

By the way, if you have a personal stylist, it's a sign you're doing pretty well in life.

Johnson says she supports LeBron and other stars wearing the unneeded bifocals. "I completely support it when it’s done in moderation," she said.

Deception is apparently the main reason James goes for the educated eyewear look.

"When you’re in a business meeting or any situation in which a gentleman needs to present himself in a very serious light. It’s a great way to change the way people perceive you," Johnson said.

As for the headband LeBron often wears on the court, Johnson was asked if it's her client's way of hiding his very visible receding hairline.

"No, no. He’s extremely active on the court, always flying around, blocking, doing more than anyone else. It’s not really a fashion statement. It’s definitely more about function," Johnson explained.

James can now ask his personal stylist what accessories to wear with an NBA championship ring.

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In honor of locked-up fan Bernie Madoff, the Mets are attempting to suck every cent out of Johan Santana's no-hitter. The ball club is literally putting everything they can up for bid from the night.

That's not surprising, but the bidding on one item in particular is.

A jersey worn by Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello to warm up Santana has received higher bids than some of the actual players. As of Thursday morning, five people had bid on Racaniello's white alternative jersey, with the current bid at $280.00.

That's a higher figure than 32 percent of the Mets' 25-man roster. Eight players had lower bids on their jerseys than the Mets bullpen catcher.

The eight men out, if you will, are pitcher Elvin Ramirez ($270), pitcher Ramon Ramirez ($250), pitcher Tim Byrdak ($250), backup catcher Mike Nickeas ($270), pitcher Bobby Parnell ($270), OF Vinny Rottino ($270.00), pitcher Jeremy Hefner ($270), pitcher Frank Francisco ($250).

Nickeas in particular was bothered by the early auction results. "That's crap," Nickeas told the Wall Street Journal. "But we'll see. It's not over until it's over."

But there's an argument that Racaniello's jersey played a bigger part in the history made, so it's not completely crazy.

Santana quickly agreed to a special exclusive memorabilia partnership with the Mets following the no-hitter. Under terms of the deal, Johan gets a percentage of profits on all the things items owned by the team.

In addition, the Mets have earned about $150,000 from selling "around 3,000" unused tickets from Santana's big game at $50 each.

Although all of the game-used jerseys and other memorabilia have been autographed by Santana, even a Mets executive has been dumbfounded by the results.

"Some of the prices for some of those items surprise even me," Dave Howard, the Mets' executive vice president for business operations told WSJ.com. "But maybe we shouldn't be surprised, because there's a 50-year-plus pent-up demand for the Mets' first no-hitter."

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