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April 6, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
He was booed at Dodger Stadium and two days later wasn't even the most fawned over Paul in his own building. Whoever cued up the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" inside Staples Center on Sunday might as well have been playing an ode to Chris Paul. The song was intended as a tribute to Paul McCartney, who rose from his seat across from the Clippers' bench in the first quarter of their 120-97 victory over the Lakers and obligingly danced when shown on the scoreboard. But there was certainly an undercurrent of truth to the words as they relate to the point guard, who somehow still irks giant swaths of a city simply because he plays for the Clippers instead of its beloved Lakers.
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA's regular season ends April 16, and for the bottom-dwellers the draft lottery May 20 looms large. Below are standings of the eight worst teams after Friday's games, their odds to land the No. 1 overall pick and mock draft picks from current position: TEAM/W-L/Pct./Odds/MOCK DRAFT SELECTION 1; Milwaukee/14-62/.184/25%/Jabari Parker, F, Duke 2; Philadelphia/17-59/.224/19.9%/Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas 3; Orlando/21-55/.276/15.6%/Dante Exum,...
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Referee Dick Bavetta is such great fun whether he's holding a ball as part of a skit with a team mascot, racing Charles Barkley or casually yukking it up with a superstar that you wish he could work another 2,633 consecutive games. The 74-year-old has not missed a game since making his NBA debut on Dec. 2, 1975, giving the league nearly 39 seasons of uninterrupted service. It's an amazing streak that is a tribute to Bavetta's health, determination and logistical wherewithal, the veteran referee having somehow conquered badly rerouted flights and closed airports to make every scheduled appearance.
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The dollar menu TNT analyst Charles Barkley, speaking with late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien about some of his chintzy millionaire friends: "There's nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. Oh, yeah, [Jordan is] cheap. I always give homeless people money and he will always slap my hand [and say], 'If they can ask you for spare change, they can say, "Welcome to McDonald's, can I help you, please?" ' " A costly alternative Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, on his team's efforts to end its recent slide: "We've had plenty of players-only meetings.
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April 3, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers lost their 50th game of the season on Wednesday night, falling 107-102 to the Sacramento Kings (27-48). Given the Lakers (25-50) have been long eliminated from the playoffs, the worse they do in the standings, the higher their position in the May 20 NBA draft lottery. The Kings' victory on Wednesday put them two games "behind" the Lakers in the lottery standings, with Sacramento in seventh place. The Lakers play seven more games, six against teams in playoff contention.
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April 1, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins declared for the NBA draft on Monday. "It wasn't an easy decision because the fans showed me so much.... " said Wiggins, as reported by the Associated Press.  "I just wish I had more time. College goes by so fast, I can see why people stay all four years. " The 19-year-old, 6-foot-8 forward averaged 17.1 points a game for the Jayhawks (2nd seed), who were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA tournament by the 10th-seeded Stanford Cardinal.
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March 28, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
UCLA freshman guard Zach LaVine, 19, will make himself eligible for the NBA draft, ending his career with the Bruins after one season, the Daily News is reporting . LaVine's father, Paul LaVine, is the one who made the announcement. “They love him,” Paul said, speaking about NBA scouts. “They're picturing him at 22.” LaVine averaged 9.4 points for the Bruins this season. UCLA's season ended with a loss to Florida in the NCAA tournament on Thursday. ALSO: Maurice Jones-Drew agrees to deal with Oakland Raiders Mark Sanchez signs one-year deal with Philadelphia Eagles Harry Reid says Redskins will change their name within three years
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March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bob Knight is not a fan of the current one-and-done system in college basketball. In fact, the Hall of Fame coach and ESPN analyst apparently hates the rule that allows players to bolt for the NBA just one year after high school so much that he compared it to one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. "The NBA does a tremendous, gigantic disservice to college basketball," Knight said Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" show. "It's as though they've raped college basketball in my opinion.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman started Tuesday's game for one reason. There weren't enough healthy big men for the Lakers against New York. “It's been a long season. I can't wait till it's over,” Kaman said, adding a sigh before officially ending a 10-game sentence at the end of the Lakers' bench. He hasn't enjoyed the month of March. Or, really, this whole season. “The last conversation I've had with Coach [Mike D'Antoni] was in Portland,” three weeks ago, Kaman said. “I didn't really talk to him [Tuesday]
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March 24, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
All you need to know about the season Milwaukee is having is that Philadelphia is on a 25-game losing streak . . . and still has a better record than that of the NBA-worst Bucks. The Bucks brought their traveling woe show to Staples Center on Monday night and somehow kept things more than competitive against the Clippers. The Clippers led by only four points with a little more than three minutes left before starting to vaguely resemble the team that has the league's second-best home record, emerging with a 106-98 victory that fell squarely into the scarier-than-it-should-have-been department.
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