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March 24, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Short-sleeved NBA jerseys may become a thing of the past before ever really becoming a thing of the present. "Ultimately, if the players don't like them, we'll move on to something else," Commissioner Adam Silver told Bleacher Report.  Players don't like them -- at least, many players don't, including the biggest NBA star of them all right now, Miami's LeBron James. "I've had conversations with LeBron [James] about the jerseys, and we agreed that we would park the issue until the end of the season," Silver said.
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March 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 22-46; Magic 19-50 through Friday. Record vs. Magic: 0-1. Update: Pau Gasol had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists but the Lakers lost to Orlando two months ago, 114-105. Orlando owns the league's worst road record, an abysmal 4-32 going into Saturday's game at Utah. Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo has an outside shot at winning the league's rookie-of-the-year award.
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March 22, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The second round of the NCAA tournament concluded on Friday with a number of top NBA draft prospects ousted far earlier than expected. Duke's Jabari Parker could be the No. 1 pick in June NBA's draft (or at least top three) but the Mercer Bears, a 14th seed, stunned the Blue Devils, seeded No. 3, 78-71. Parker finished with 14 points and seven rebounds but shot just four for 14 from the field with four turnovers. How the quick exit will affect the freshman's pro prospects is unclear.
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March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
A foreign legion? Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni , on the need for his team's young players to prove themselves in the final stages of a lost season: "This is their future. This is not just, 'Oh, we're having a bad year.' No, your next stop is Europe, so it's like you know what, let's buckle up. They shouldn't have a minute where you don't play hard. They have to understand the importance of this time. " Fashion cop Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jarrett Jack , on wearing the NBA's sleeved uniforms: "We're like the beach police.
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March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Bad teams and the end of the season can make for some strange situations. Healthy players can develop mysterious (read: nonexistent) injuries. Productive veterans can lose playing time to unproven youngsters. Then there is what happened to Mark Madsen on April 19, 2006. The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward who had not taken a three-point shot in 135 games and 1,617 minutes over parts of the previous three seasons took seven shots from beyond the arc . . . in a span of 9 minutes 4 seconds.
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March 20, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA and its sponsors may be on the verge of patching things up. Fans could see sponsor patches on team jerseys within five years, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly said at the IMG World Congress of Sports on Wednesday in Dana Point. One can almost envision a State Farm patch on a Clippers jersey or a Turkish Airlines patch on a Lakers jersey, aligning those teams' stars with their favorite sponsors. “It just creates that much more of an opportunity for our marketing partners to get that much closer to our fans and to our players,” Silver said at the conference, according to ESPN.com.
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March 17, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Lurking beyond the NCAA tournament horizon for UCLA's basketball team is one very important question: Will they or won't they? Three Bruins will have NBA decisions to make once their tournament run is done. Sophomore Kyle Anderson , sophomore Jordan Adams and freshman Zach LaVine may have already played their last game at Pauley Pavilion. Or one, two or all could be back next season. The early line has Anderson leaving, LaVine a pick 'em and Adams likely to return.
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March 16, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Even more short-handed, the Clippers just continued to roll. They lost Darren Collison to an illness Sunday night, but that didn't stop the Clippers from extending their winning streak to 11 games with a 102-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center. Chris Paul made sure the Clippers stayed the course when they wobbled some in the final quarter, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the fourth. BOX SCORE: Clippers 102, Cavaliers 80 Paul had been struggling before the fourth, missing seven of nine shots, including both of his three-point attempts.
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March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
CHASING LOTTERY BALLS The NBA's regular season ends April 16, and for the bottom-dwellers the draft lottery on 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/13-53/.197/25%/Jabari Parker, F, Duke 2. Philadelphia//15-50/.231/19.9%/Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas...
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March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
MVP talk San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich , on Chicago's Joakim Noah being considered a candidate for most valuable player alongside LeBron James and Kevin Durant : "They won't choose him as the MVP, but I think it's great that he's in the conversation and he should be. But it's just not the way it works, from my experience. It's got to go in the basket for you guys [media] to pay attention to somebody. But he's pretty damn valuable in my opinion. " The Big Techie Minority Sacramento Kings owner Shaquille O'Neal , on being a tech nerd: "I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week.
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