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January 2, 2013 | 08:19 PM ET Update

The following statement was released today on behalf of the family of Donald T. and Shelly Sterling: “Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes. His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved him. We sincerely appreciate the warm outpouring of sympathy and support from so many of our dear friends. At this time, we respectfully ask to be afforded the opportunity to mourn this loss in an appropriately private manner.” Sulia

January 2, 2013 | 06:29 PM ET Update

A well-known agent is making a bid to bring in Kenyon Martin for the PBA Commissioner's Cup, although there's no word yet on whether a move to the local pro league would interest the NBA star. Player agent Sheryl Reyes said she has started negotiations with the camp of the high-flying Martin, a 12-year NBA veteran who is without a team after a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers last season where he averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 42 games. “I am moving heaven and earth to bring him here. Kenyon is now weighing his options,” said Reyes. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

The 6-9 forward would be a big boost for any team in the tournament that will feature imports of unlimited height, but Reyes declined to reveal which PBA ballclub she is representing in the negotiations. “The deal is a go if Martin decides on it, his final decision will matter in the end,” she said. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

One of Martin's best friends is former Barako Bull import and Reyes client DerMarr Johnson, who the agent said has been bragging about the popularity of basketball in the Philippines, particularly the PBA. “I am very persistent to bring Martin in, I am his fan and I’m sure Pinoy would love it,” concluded Reyes. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

Darren Wolfson: The #Twolves have not inquired about Daequan Cook as of now. His camp plans on calling Kahn/R.J. Adelman before the week is over. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

You kind of knew this was coming — once Charlie Villanueva was ejected for a flagrant two foul on the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas Tuesday night you had to expect a fine to follow. It did, the league announced a $25,000 fine for Villanueva on Wednesday. NBCSports.com

The second opinion on the sore left knee of Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans by Dr. Steve Lombardo supported the team’s ongoing treatment and rehabilitation regimen, according to Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Evans, who was examined in Los Angeles by Dr. Lombardo, will rejoin the team in Toronto for treatment and rehabilitation with the anticipation of playing when the team returns to Sacramento for a five-game homestand next week. NBA.com

January 2, 2013 | 04:24 PM ET Update

Probably not. He's so good, the Wolves want to make a major splash in the playoffs and they couldn't get equal value in return. However, it's probably in their best interest to trade him now. He wants out and will likely bolt the team when he can opt out of his contract. The longer the Wolves wait, the harder it is for them to get value in return. That's been proven over and over again in the NBA. ESPN.com

Cousins is crazy talented and from what I can gather, he wants out of Sacramento badly. The Jazz have a ton of different assets to offer. But I can't imagine any scenario where the Jazz would give up any of those assets for Cousins. They care a lot about both character and chemistry. They aren't the type of team that will take the risk? Boston? For sure they would. Dallas? They would too. Just not Utah. ESPN.com

Here are some more thoughts from Allen from today’s shootaround: On his impending free agency and if a return to Boston is in the cards: "I’m in a comfortable position right now. I like where I’m at. I showed what I can do. I pretty much know that I’m a force on any team. Man, who knows. The sky is the limit. I’m where I want to be right now. We’ve got a new organization and a new everything going for us over here. Our motto is to grit-and-grind and grind forward over here." Boston Herald

Will Bynum talked playoffs after the Pistons beat the Miami Heat last week and did so again after Detroit (12-22) defeated Sacramento Tuesday night. “I don’t know what everybody is thinking, but that’s what I’m thinking. I’m thinking playoffs,” Bynum said. “Boston has what, 14 wins? We’re right there. If we continue to play at the level we’re at right now, keep winning games down the stretch in the fourth quarter then I think we’ll be fine. We have a chance.” The Oakland Press

January 2, 2013 | 01:28 PM ET Update

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed guard/forward James Anderson to a multi-year deal. To make room on the roster, the Rockets have released guard Daequan Cook. Anderson (6-6, 215, Oklahoma State), who actually began the 2012-13 season with Rio Grande Valley, was re-signed by San Antonio on Nov. 21, 2012. In 10 games this season with the Spurs, Anderson averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per outing. He tallied a season-high nine points, four rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes at Miami(11/29/12). Anderson was waived by the Spurs on Dec. 20, 2012. NBA.com

Finally, Eurocup contender Spartak S. Petersburg is still trying to find a replacement for Pat Beverley. Jaka Lakovic still is a target, but there are buy out problems with him and Galatasaray and that opened the window for Donald Sloan (photo) who was cut by Cleveland on the 27 of December. The 24 years old guard seems to be a viable option for the team. EuroHoops.net

Emiliano Carchia: Carlos Arroyo is practicing with Galatasaray and may make his debut in the weekend in the game against Hacettepe, @Ismail Senol reported Twitter @SportandoBasket

Singleton said he has spoken with Wittman and understands why he isn’t playing. “He’s basically just looking for more consistency on the court. Wants my energy to be up, every time I touch the court and just go out there and play hard. Washington Post

So how do you get out of this hell, he was asked. “You know, I don’t know,” Van Gundy admitted. “I don’t know if it’s a trade, a free-agent thing, but I do know this: you build a team around certain people, and then you find complimentary parts. There’s been no one to even build around there. There’s certainly nobody on that roster now you can build around. “I think maybe they thought it was gonna be John Wall – maybe they still think it is. I think there’s a lot of people in the league – I’d certainly be one that would share this opinion – I don’t think John Wall’s good enough to be the guy that you build around. I think he’s got great speed and quickness, but point guard is a decision-making position. That’s what makes you great as a point guard, is your decision-making. I haven’t seen any indication that John Wall is a great decision-maker.” Washington Post

Jameer Nelson participated in the Orlando Magic’s shootaround today, and coach Jacque Vaughn and Nelson expect Nelson to start against the Chicago Bulls tonight at Amway Center. Nelson sat out the Magic’s last two games because of a left hip injury. “It’s a lot better,” Nelson said today. “So far, so good. I expect to play. I’m not sure how I’ll react later on today in terms of my hip and my body. But I worked out yesterday and woke up this morning and felt well enough to go through shootaround.” Orlando Sentinel

Grant Hill smiled as soon as he was asked if he has a target date to play in his first game of the regular season for the Clippers. "Yeah," Hill said, smiling. "In my mind." Hill has a bone bruise in his right knee that has kept him out since the exhibition season. He said he has "ramped up" his workout activity. So Hill was asked what date he has in mind to play. "Sometime in January," is all Hill would say. "Hopefully soon I'll get to start practicing a little bit," he said. "They are stressing that a lot of it is how you respond. So a target date could be sooner, it could be later. You want to let your body dictate that." Los Angeles Times

January 2, 2013 | 10:48 AM ET Update

Meeks spent almost three seasons in Philadelphia and started 114 games before the 76ers allowed him to walk as a free agent last summer. Meeks wanted to stay in Philadelphia, but he knew that the Sixers wanted to free up more playing time for Evan Turner, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft. No hard feelings. "No, not at all," said Meeks, who signed a two-year, $3 million deal to be a backup with the Lakers. "I liked everything about Philadelphia. It was a good organization. I liked Coach [Doug] Collins and still do to this day. He gave me the chance to start in the NBA and I loved playing for him. . . . But they made a business decision and it was time to move on." Philadelphia Inquirer

The matchup between the Nets’ Deron Williams and Thunder star Russell Westbrook tonight should be a battle between two of the elite point guards in the NBA. But given the way Williams has performed this season, it’s hard to argue more than one elite point guard will take the floor tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “I don’t think I’m playing like [an elite point guard],” Williams said before practice yesterday. “I think I can be. But I’ve just got to figure this thing out.” New York Post

Meeks believes that the Lakers will be fine, mostly because of their leader. "I heard a lot of things about playing with Kobe [Bryant], and a lot of them were bad," Meeks said. "But it turns out that most of that stuff must have been made up. He's been a mentor to me. He works hard every day. He's the ultimate pro." Philadelphia Inquirer

Following the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on New Year's Day, Kobe Bryant had a simple answer for what has been plaguing the 15-16 Lakers this season: their age. "'Cause we're old as s---," said the 34-year-old Bryant when asked why a lack of energy has been a problem for L.A. all season. "What do you want? We just got to figure out how to play when we don't have that energy. We got to change things up a little bit defensively. We got to figure out what we want to do offensively, figure out what we want to do on nights when we don't have those legs or have that energy." ESPN.com

"You just saw an old damn team," Bryant continued. "I don't know how else to put it to you. We're just slow. You saw a team over there that was just younger and just had fresher legs and just played with more energy, and we were just stuck in the mud. I think individually we all have to figure out how to get ourselves ready each and every game to have high level of energy. That's all that is." ESPN.com

Pau Gasol, 32, agreed with Bryant's assessment. "We're not the most athletic team in the league; we know that," Gasol said. "But we are experienced and we should create some energy for ourselves out there, and I think it starts by us talking to each other, by communicating, by letting our team really know that we're there [on defense], and that will create some energy that we need on that end of the floor." ESPN.com

"We're struggling to make the kind of connectivity it takes to make a team a team," Nash said after the Lakers' 39.4% shooting effort. "We look like a bunch of guys trying to learn each other." Los Angeles Times

"I ain't got no choice but to believe in the coach," Beasley said. "If you don't believe in the coach, then we're never going to have a winning system or atmosphere. Whatever Coach says, that's what I'm going to do, even if I have to sit on the bench with a bag over my head." USA Today Sports

"Maybe it's my fault," Beasley said. "I'm going to watch film like I've been doing. I'm going to evaluate and critique myself and go from there. There ain't nothing I can do but look forward and up. I'm already at the bottom so there really isn't too many places I can look. I'm just ready for 2012 to be over, dating back to even last season. I'm going to keep coming into this game optimistic. I put enough hours in and take enough jump shots. I'm in the gym pretty much longer than anybody in the NBA. I'm going to stay optimistic and trust my game." USA Today Sports

Does Ellis and Jenning’s individualistic style of play have an effect on your performance? Ersan Ilyasova: Yes it’s true, point guard is very important for a power forward. If you can’t get the ball it’s harder to score. This is a fact its true but the main reason is my lack of minutes at the start of the season. I’m working extra to solve this, I’m trying hard to increase my shooting percentage too. TrendBasket

First of all, how’s the season going for you and Milwaukee? Ersan Ilyasova: I go through same thing each year, they signed too many players for the same position again this year. As a result coach tried everyone in the rotation. Now I started to get more time and I’m playing better. At the beginning of the season I didn’t get the minutes I was expecting and I was feeling down. I think it’s better now TrendBasket

“It just wasn’t a good situation for me,” said Jackson, who still keeps in touch with former Bucks teammates Drew Gooden and Brandon Jennings. “I didn’t want to be a part of no rebuilding team.” San Antonio Express-News

Known as one of the best dunksters in NBA history, Carter opened the game with a flying dunk, and added another thundering dunk shortly thereafter. Later, Carter, who turns 36 on Jan. 26, finished off the Wizards with a hammer dunk. "He shows flashes of those things more frequently than you might think,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "The play that opened the game was a key play for us because it kind of woke our whole team up, and I thought it got us going in the right direction. "The play at the end of the game was pivotal because it kind of sealed the game and he opened up and he said to me coming off the court during the timeout, he goes, 'I bet you didn't think I could do that?' "I said, "I think you could do it.' He said, 'Once in a while, right?' I said, 'Once in a while, yeah.' '' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"People ask me if I would like to make the All-Star team," he said. "I mean, seriously, who wouldn't? I guess I really don't think about it. Going into games, it's not like I'm thinking about scoring or doing other things for me individually. I really just try to go out and win every game, and if that means me scoring two points and Nick [Young] scoring 30 or Dorell [Wright] scoring 15, as long as we get the win I'm happy." While the voting is updated every week, Holiday says he doesn't really keep an eye on the tallies. As of the latest release on Thursday, he is eighth in backcourt voting. "I don't keep an eye on the voting," he said. "I can't, because I'd be mad, because I'm a competitor and there's probably people ahead of me I feel I'm better than, but I know they have more votes than I do. It could be popularity, whatever it is. I can't look at it." Philadelphia Inquirer

“I was nervous. My heart was beating fast, I had butterflies in my stomach and felt I was a rookie all over again,” Stoudemire said. “My veteran guys said it takes about 5 to 10 games to get back to where you were before. So if I take those guys advice, that sounds about right. But hopefully it’ll be sooner than that. SheridanHoops

"Almost shed a tear walking out on the court," Stoudemire said after making his season debut with an understandably rusty six points in 17 minutes in a 105-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. "It was a phenomenal feeling. I haven't quite felt like that before in my career. It was great to see the fans were patient for me and waited for me to return." CBSSports.com

"First of all, it's just a matter of us -- me and him --- not listening to what everybody has to say," Anthony told CBSSports.com. "We need each other. We can carry this team. We're both leaders of this basketball team, of this organization. And at the end of the day, we need to just stay positive and play basketball. ... We're not even looking at most of the B.S. people have to say." CBSSports.com

Lawson is day-to-day with a strain in his left Achilles tendon and won’t play against Chris Paul and the Clippers. Andre Miller will likely start for Denver and Evan Fournier could get some time at backup point guard. Denver Post

Homicide detectives are at a Malibu home Wednesday morning after the discovery of a deceased male identified as 32-year-old Scott Sterling. Sterling is the son of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The home at 22600 Pacific Coast Highway (map) is owned by Donald Sterling, according to property records. A cause of death was not immediately available. The body was discovered at Mailbu Beach Villas just after midnight. NBC Los Angeles

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