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April 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The meeting between Coach Mike Brown and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant would mark an important breakthrough in defining their relationship. Bryant had remained quiet about Brown's hire as Phil Jackson's replacement since the front office didn't alert him beforehand. Brown arrived in Los Angeles to a throng of skeptics, and he needed to make sure Bryant wasn't one of them. And the meeting, set at a golf course in Orange County, reconfirmed what drives Bryant in his 16th season as he stressed the desire to win a sixth NBA title.
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April 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The national condemnation of racist comments attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling includes several fellow NBA owners. While many owners remained silent or deferred to the rapid investigation of the matter promised by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, other team owners spoke out against one of their own. “If @TMZ recording is true, we must have zero tolerance. Fully support commish Silver @NBA,” Kings owner Vivek Ranadive tweeted . Full coverage: The Donald Sterling controversy In a statement, Heat owner Micky Arison said Sterling's alleged comments were “appalling, offensive and very sad.” Spurs CEO Peter Holt adopted a more cautious tone, but noted Sterling's extended history of racial missteps.
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December 27, 2009
LAKERS AT PHOENIX Monday, 6 p.m. PST, Ch. 9 With Lakerdom out of its home trot after the home team's marquee pratfall on Christmas, everyone will be waiting to see how the Lakers handle more challenges, and a schedule with 33 of their last 54 games on the road. The Suns, getting cricks in their neck from looking up at the taller Lakers, are 2-8 in their last 10 meetings, losing the first two this season by margins of 19 and 20 points. Nevertheless, the Suns, led by Steve Nash, have their own little resurgence and this marks the end of their brutal start, with 17 of their first 30 games on the road.
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April 27, 2014 | Times staff and wire service reports
Michael Heisley Billionaire businessman moved NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis Michael Heisley, 77, a billionaire businessman who moved the NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis and made an unsuccessful bid to buy the Dodgers in 2012, died Saturday, the Grizzlies said. Heisley, who sold his basketball team before the start of the 2012-13 season, suffered a stroke last year. Co-founder of The Heico Companies, Heisley was a computer salesman who parlayed investments in underperforming businesses into a corporation with interests in food production, heavy equipment, pre-engineered metal buildings and other industries.
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June 10, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Three NBA teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, have been fined an unspecified amount for tampering, according to a league memo obtained by USA Today. ESPN reported  the Houston Rockets were one of the other teams. The Hawks were fined for sending an email to prospective season-ticket holders referencing free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. The Rockets were fined, according to ESPN, for mentioning free agents on their team website. The league memo said the teams were fined because "the conduct at issue involved statements by a team employee to the media, a team email to prospective season-ticket purchasers, and articles posted online on a team website, each related to players who are currently under contract to other teams but who will become free agents this summer.
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December 18, 2010 | By Mark Heisler
MIAMI AT LAKERS: Saturday at 2 p.m. PST. TV: ABC. Good thing I mentioned it or you might have missed it, if you blasted into space or whatever it takes to get away from ESPN. There hasn't been such hype since Shaquille O'Neal's return as a member of the Heat on Christmas 2004, with the Lakers 14-11 ? en route to 34-48 ? so he and Kobe Bryant could hate on each other as a Yuletide treat. Showing how far the NBA has come, there's actual basketball to hype. This matchup is looking better with Andrew Bynum back and Miami stomping on 11 opponents in a row. The Heat still figures to have problems with big elite teams like Boston and the Lakers.
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November 2, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Another Cuban missile Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, alluding to Dwight Howard's decision to sign with the Houston Rockets: "Any potential free agent is an idiot if they consider the Mavs and don't come. " Oh, is that all? Sacramento Kings minority owner Shaquille O'Neal, on his message to center DeMarcus Cousins: "I told him, 'If you want to be the man, you have to start acting like a man and playing like a man.' That was the first conversation I had with him. The second conversation I had with him, I told him to stop being so sensitive.
OPINION
November 29, 2011
The National Basketball Assn. appears poised to end its five-month lockout, and a new labor agreement can't come soon enough for the thousands of idled workers who don't have a seat at the negotiating table. Those include the employees and entrepreneurs who make a living inside and around the arenas, as well as the restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops that cater to the surge of fans on game days. For everyone else, the announcement of a tentative deal is a mixed blessing.
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November 6, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA has fined Lakers guard Steve Blake for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan. " According to Stu Jackson, executive vice president of basketball operations, Blake was fined $25,000 in connection with a fourth-quarter incident during Friday's game against the Clippers. Blake made his first start of the season against the Clippers, replacing Steve Nash who sat out with a non-displaced leg fracture. Blake played just under 39 minutes, scoring eight points before fouling out with 29.2 seconds left.
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April 23, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA's most improved player, the league announced Wednesday. Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes. The runner-up was Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who had 13 first-place votes and 158 total points. New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis finished third with 16 first-place votes and 155 points. Dragic, who entered the season with a career scoring average of 9.5 points a game, improved to a career-best 20.3 a game.
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April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Sunday the National Basketball Players Assn. wants the NBA to bar Clippers owner Donald Sterling from playoff games the rest of this season and impose the maximum penalty allowed under league bylaws if racist remarks purportedly made by Sterling can be verified as his. Johnson, who is assisting the players union in its response to the controversy surrounding Sterling, said the players have asked for...
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April 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA guard Jordan Adams reversed himself and has declared for the NBA draft, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak on the matter. The turn of events means the Bruins have lost their two best players to the NBA. Point guard Kyle Anderson had already declared for the draft. Adams' decision, first reported on Yahoo Sports, deprives the Bruins of their leading scorer and one of the team's top defensive players. The 6-foot-5 sophomore from Atlanta averaged 17.4 points a game and finished with 95 steals last season.
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April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday evening that racist remarks allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling were “truly offensive and disturbing” and said the league intended to conduct an investigation into the recording's authenticity that would “move extraordinarily quickly,” possibly concluding in the next few days. Silver would not comment on possible repercussions for Sterling should the league be satisfied it was his voice on the recording.
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April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA said it is conducting an investigation following a report by TMZ late Friday of an audio recording that allegedly captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist statements in the course of an argument with a friend. A person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard in the recording, said to be made made earlier this month, telling a female friend, identified as V. Stiviano, that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
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April 26, 2014 | By Barry Stavro
Reaction was widespread Saturday after the NBA said the league is launching an investigation into a report of an audio recording in which a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly tells a woman not to bring black people to games. --NBA spokesman Mike Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive.” --Miami Heat star LeBron James called the comments “appalling” and James said he was not sure if he would play the remainder of the NBA playoffs if he was on the Clippers.
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April 25, 2014 | From staff and wire reports
DeAndre Daniels, a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Connecticut, announced Friday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft while twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison of Kentucky said they have decided to play another year in college. Daniels, who starred at Woodland Hills Taft High, had stellar performances during the Huskies' run to the NCAA tournament title, averaging 16.7 points and 7.4 rebounds a game while shooting 48% from the field. UConn announced that junior guard Ryan Boatright, who averaged 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists last season, would return for his senior season.
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April 24, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Colorado junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who helped the Buffaloes open the season with a 14-2 record and a victory over highly regarded Kansas before he sustained a season-ending knee injury, has announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Dinwiddie, a 6-foot-6 swing player who helped Taft High in Woodland Hills win the 2011 L.A. City Section championship, averaged 14.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game last season after averaging 15.3 points, 3.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals as a sophomore.
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April 24, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Former Woodland Hills Taft guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced on Thursday that he would make himself available for the NBA draft and leave Colorado.  The 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie, a junior, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament to his left knee in January. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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