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November 14, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The NBA fined Clippers forward Matt Barnes $25,000 on Thursday for failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection and using inappropriate language on his Twitter account during the game after his ejection. Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, informed Barnes and the Clippers on Thursday afternoon about the league's decision, saying Barnes was in violation of NBA rules. Players can't tweet 45 minutes before a game or before they finish their media responsibilities after the game.
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October 31, 2012
The NBA All-Star ballot will not feature the position of center anymore. This season fans will vote for three front-court players and two guards, instead of the previous choices of two guards, two forwards and a center. Writers from around the Tribune Co. will discuss whether this means center is now an obsolete position in the NBA. Feel free to join the discussion by leaving a comment of your own. Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times Years ago, the NHL faced a similar conundrum when it came to All-Star voting.
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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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September 6, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
The Lakers ...  bigger than the NBA? Of course it only feels that way if you live in L.A. The most-recent social media rankings -- and don't we all just love polls? -- are available for viewing on the website sportsfangraph.com. But a quick snapshot is a telling one. The Lakers' Twitter feed (@Lakers) has the most followers among NBA teams, as does its Facebook page, 2.7 million and 14.6 million, respectively. Orlando is No. 2, in terms of Twitter followers, with 1.08 million.
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March 15, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers were the first NBA team to be eliminated from postseason contention with their 119-85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. That loss coupled with the Phoenix Suns' 87-80 victory over the Boston Celtics was enough to officially and mathematically knock the Lakers out of the postseason -- not that they had any real chance of a playoff run. The elimination is nothing more than a formality. Even though the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies lost on Friday, 99-86, to the Toronto Raptors, the Lakers can no longer catch Memphis (38-27)
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Wednesday, Kansas center Joel Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA draft. "Looking at different scenarios and gathering info of what was best for me ... either way was best for me," Embiid said at a news conference, as reported by Topeka Capital-Journal . "Talking to my mentor, it was the best choice. " Embiid was joined by his coach, Bill Self, who was there to support his 7-foot, 20-year-old outgoing freshman. Through 28 appearances with the Jayhawks, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
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December 27, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
It wasn't until late Thursday night that Blake Griffin responded to the NBA's decision from earlier in the day in which the league stated that the Clippers forward shouldn't have been ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors. Griffin, who doesn't talk to the media before games, said the NBA's ruling made little difference because it couldn't change the fact that he was in the locker room and unable to help the Clippers down the stretch in a 105-103 loss to the Warriors.
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January 11, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Greg Oden, who was drafted first overall by Portland in 2007 but whose injuries have waylaid his career, apparently is trying to return to the NBA. Multiple teams have reportedly shown interest in signing the 7-footer this season to a multiyear deal that would allow him to rehabilitate his most recent knee injury until next fall, according to ESPN. Oden is a highly talented player with the potential to be a formidable center, but injuries have plagued his professional career.
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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.
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April 10, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers forward Blake Griffin has gotten to the edge of the NBA's technical foul limit, putting him in jeopardy of a suspension. Griffin was issued his 15 th technical foul of the season Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, tying him for the league lead with Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. If Griffin gets one more technical, he'll be suspended for one game under the NBA rules and fined $5,000. The Clippers have three regular-seasons games left - Saturday at home against Sacramento, Tuesday at home against Denver and Wednesday night in the season-finale at Portland.
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