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November 11, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
What about grandma? Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo on his dislike for other teams: "We are competing - there's no friends on the court. Even if you were playing against a family member like your mother, you still go out there and try to beat her. " Read the clips, please Brooklyn Coach Avery Johnson on his team's credentials, only a few weeks after star guard Joe Johnson said the Nets could beat the Miami Heat to win a title: "Nobody said we're on Miami's level.
January 14, 2012
Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers isn't happy about his players' conditioning, so he put them through a two-hour practice. "You can have all the intensity you want," Rivers said. "But after three minutes and your lungs hurt, you're no longer thinking about intensity, you're thinking about survival. How can I get through this next five minutes? And then you're not playing the same. So, we have to be in better shape. " Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens , in his third NBA season, tweets about being a one-and-done player at Ohio State: "Funny how ppl hate on me about leaving school early.
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.
October 4, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
Since the NBA season officially gets underway the day before All Hallows Eve, perhaps it's fitting that one of the National Basketball Assn.'s latest licensing deals is for women's Halloween costumes. Described by the NBA as "dance team costumes" (as opposed to, say, "sexy team groupie costumes," or "sexy cheerleader uniforms"), the collection includes body-hugging, leg-baring riffs on the uniforms of five teams: the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.
April 14, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Someone had to tell Hamed Haddadi that he had been likened to Borat's older brother. The Memphis Grizzlies center had been lampooned by Clippers broadcasters Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith during a November 2009 game, with Smith asking his colleague if he wasn't sure Haddadi was related to the fictional character created by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Some listeners didn't consider the comparison a compliment given that Borat was a crude chauvinist. Haddadi didn't know the difference.
February 1, 2013 | By Barry Stavro
Clippers forward Matt Barnes will miss the team's game Friday night against Toronto after the NBA suspended him for one game, without pay, for striking Minnesota's Greg Stiemsma in the neck during a game Wednesday. Barnes was ejected with a flagrant foul 2 after he shoved Stiemsma in the neck in the second quarter of the game in Minneapolis. Afterward, Barnes said he got upset because the Timberwolves center had elbowed him in the ribs and clipped him on previous plays. "I kind of lost my control, which I apologized to the team for," Barnes said Wednesday night.
January 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
GOLDEN STATE AT OKLAHOMA CITY: Friday, 6:30 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. If you can tune in for only a minute of this game, make sure it's the final 60 seconds. Both meetings between these teams have come down to the final play, with the Warriors pulling out a 116-115 victory Nov. 15 on Andre Iguodala's fallaway jumper at the buzzer. Two weeks later it was Oklahoma City's turn to beat the clock, with Russell Westbrook making a corner three-pointer with 0.1 of a second left in overtime to give the Thunder a 113-112 triumph.
May 29, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced to 104 hours of community service by an Orange County court commissioner Tuesday after being found guilty of contempt for failing to pay child support. Rodman, who was found guilty on four counts of failing to pay child support last year, must also continue to pay child support to his former wife. Rodman's lawyer claimed last year that his client was "broke" and that he was unable to pay. Rodman's alcoholism and tarnished image have hurt Rodman's ability to pay, his lawyer claimed last year.
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