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January 15, 2013 | 08:38 PM ET Update

There certainly doesn’t seem to be a blockbuster move out there that can save their season. That is, unless they move Dwight Howard, which sources close to the situation insist won’t happen. HoopsWorld

Durant smiles and shakes his head at the mere thought. “I don't know if I would say I'll be the best scorer ever to play the game,” Durant said, “but if I keep working, you never know.” Durant and the Thunder meet Iguodala and the Nuggets on at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. When Iguodala first suggested this scoring scenario two years ago, “people looked at me like I was crazy, but they're starting to see some life in it.” Oklahoman

Now 65, Abdul-Jabbar attended the Thunder's 102-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night at US Airways Center and smiled when asked if he thought Durant might someday catch him. “I think he certainly has the talent,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “It all depends on if he stays healthy and is the focus of the offense, because he can score from anywhere on the court.” Oklahoman

The Bulls had little reaction to news that Knicks owner James Dolan secretly installed microphones to record in-game conversations near and around Carmelo Anthony, who had recently drawn a one-game suspension for reacting to Kevin Garnett's trash talking. The NBA had no issue with the incident either. "To me, it's not that big of a deal because there are mikes everywhere now," Thibodeau said. "They are in players' uniforms. That's where the game is. You can't allow that stuff to get you distracted. You just have to do your job." Chicago Tribune

Whenever Derrick Rose returns from left knee surgery, coach Tom Thibodeau envisions a smooth transition with none of the teeth-gnashing that accompanied Michael Jordan's bickering with management when he came back from a broken bone in his foot in 1986. "We're not worried about that," Thibodeau said. "There has been constant communication with Derrick and the doctors. It's not going to be a problem." Chicago Tribune

David Aldridge: Mark Termini is a good hire for Rich Paul (per ESPN.com). Well-respected agent across the board. Twitter @daldridgetnt

January 15, 2013 | 05:02 PM ET Update

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is a three-time All-Star. But he doesn't think he has done enough this season to merit a fourth selection. "I just think there's people playing better than me," he said Tuesday. The All-Star starters will be announced Thursday night on TNT. Williams, 28, is averaging 16.8 points, 7.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game. He's shooting just 40.9 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from 3-point range. ESPN.com

Rubio’s 2-for-3 shooting night tied his season high for made buckets and figured as his best shooting percentage among the 10 games he’s played, an indication of how brutal it’s been after he averaged 10.6 points and 8.2 assists in a tantalizing rookie campaign before a torn ACL ended it after 41 games. “It’s hard because you work hard for eight or nine months to get back and it doesn’t stop here,” Rubio said. “You have to work even harder now to get back in shape, to get back to the point you want to be feeling the game again, and that doesn’t come easy.” Yet, add logging a season-high 27 minutes Monday and a desperate Wolves team slipping down the standings at 16-18, can at least glean some positives as they head back to frigid Minneapolis. “I tell him to be patient, to keep working on his legs, keep working on his body. It’s going to turn around sooner or later, but he’s got to be patient and stay positive,” Barea said. “And I tell him he’s young. He’s 22, he has nothing to worry about.” NBA.com

Jim Buss is going to fire Mike D'Antoni only if the Lakers experience a locker room mutiny, which is practically unimaginable. In that case, the lone alternative would be to replace D'Antoni with Phil Jackson, and Buss has made it clear that he doesn't want to go in that direction. The Kings have nothing to gain by firing Keith Smart as long as the franchise appears to be headed for Seattle next season. Why would the Maloofs pay extra money to a new coach if the team is about to become the responsibility of potential owner Chris Hansen in a short time? P.J. Carlesimo (Nets) and Jim Boylan (Bucks) are a couple of interim coaches who appear to be safe for the rest of the year. The Bucks have performed better than expected this season, while the Nets have turned hot (see below) since Carlesimo replaced Johnson. SI.com

The offer in Seattle has been reported to be $525 million based on the overall valuation of the franchise, so Sacramento can pay $425-$450 million based on the overall valuation of the franchise and still end up providing more money to the Maloofs than Seattle can. With sources speaking to PBT on the condition of anonymity saying Sacramento has multiple buyers that meet both the city and NBA’s criteria for owning a franchise, the pertinent question has been whether or not David Stern and the other owners would allow Sacramento to present their offer. NBCSports.com

Most importantly, with sources close to the situation confident that they will have an actionable offer that will reasonably meet or beat the amount of money that Hansen can put into the Maloofs’ pockets — assuming he and partner/Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer don’t turn into the drunk guys at an auction — then Stern and the other owners are going to have to make an unprecedented decision to move the team out of Sacramento. Not only would a Sacramento offer likely break the NBA record purchase price of a franchise, and include an actionable plan to build a brand new arena with a league vetted public-private partnership, but a decision to move the team would mark the first time a mid-market city had been poached for a larger market when the original city had everything the league could ever ask for in place at the time of the move. NBCSports.com

Officials with AEG, the entertainment company that had hoped last year to help partner on a downtown Sacramento arena, have told the Bee the are still interested in participating in a downtown Sacramento arena project to house the Sacramento Kings - whether the team is under current or new ownership. "We remain committed to the mayor and the city, and we would be more than happy to meet with a potential new owner," an AEG spokesman said. Sacramento Bee

The San Antonio Spurs are being sued by a lawyer who is alleging that the team violated the state's deceptive and fair trade practices law. On Monday, Larry McGuinness filed a class action suit in Miami-Dade County, stating that the team's head coach, Gregg Popovich, "intentionally and surrepticiously" sent their best players home without the knowledge of the league, the team and the fans attending the Nov. 29 game against the Heat. McGuinness contends that he, as well as other fans, "suffered economic damages" as a result of paying a premium price for a ticket that shouldn't cost more. ESPN.com

"If I was taking my 6-year-old son and daughter to the game, I would want them to see everybody," Popovich said. "And if they weren't there, I'd be disappointed." It's often assumed that fans might not see certain high-profile players because of injury, but McGuinness said this was different given that all of the top players were not available to play. "It was like going to Morton's Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak," said McGuinness, who said he bought his ticket on the resale market. "That's exactly what happened here." ESPN.com

January 15, 2013 | 01:50 PM ET Update

In short, Hollins doesn't think advanced statistical metrics and measures are fit to capture the contributions of a player like Rudy Gay. Here's a bit of what he had to say: "The reality is that we have a very versatile small forward that is 6'9. There aren't many guys out there like that. He can post up, shoot from the perimeter [and] he can attack the basket. He defends LeBron James, he defendsKevin Durant and all these guys that are tall, and strong, and quick and athletic. We don't have another player on our rsoter with that versatility, and most teams don't. That's the bottom line." SB Nation

"We get hung up on statistics a little too much, and I think that's a bad trait all over the league that's taken place. And the media has done it because it's easy to go to the stats to make a point or to build up a player or tear down a player. Just the analyzing, I see it every time listening to talk show radio. You've got guys spouting off stat after stat after stat. The bottom line is going out and contributing to your team for winning." SB Nation

"Analytics has a place. It can't be the be all end all. I'm still trying to figure out when the Oakland Athletics won a championship with all the analytics they have. It takes talent. We had a guy a few years ago that was sending me emails about different lineup combinations, and he was saying, 'this lineup should be on the court a lot more because they're the most effective.' So, then you coach that lineup and keep them on the floor for 40 minutes. I'm going to stay with the lineups that I have on the floor. No matter what anyone wants to say, there are players that get it done in the last six minutes, they're players that do it in the first quarter. When it comes down to big shots, there's only a few guys that will take those shots, want to take those shots, have the bravery and courage to take them. Because there's a lot of criticism when you miss a shot. You have to be mentally tough and courageous to take those shots at the end of the game." SB Nation

In the wake of an incident between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett that resulted in Anthony's suspension, the Knicks recorded all in-game conversations between the forward and players around him Friday against the Bulls, a league source has confirmed. Owner James Dolan ordered Madison Square Garden technicians to place two microphones on opposite ends of the court, a move league sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard was put in place in order to protect Anthony. The Knicks were trying to ascertain whether other players were going overboard in their trash talking against Anthony, sources told Broussard. ESPN.com

As Ricky Rubio pulled up the black, padded knee sleeve that made the permanent markings of reconstructive surgery disappear, he wished the trials that still come with his ongoing recovery, one that wiped out the Olympics and all but 10 games now of this season, could just disappear, too. He softly shook his floppy mane of dark hair and flashed a small, if only brief, smile. “It’s hard because I still have a little pain and it’s something you have to fight through and get through,” said the 22-year-old Spaniard before the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 113-98 to the Dallas Mavericks, a fourth consecutive defeat for Minnesota and yet another game that Rubio would come off the bench and be limited by a minutes restriction. “I talk with the guys who had the same injury and they say about a year, a year-and-a-half [after surgery] they started feeling, like, normal,” Rubio continued. “It’s tough when you’re playing with something in your mind; you don’t want to think about it, but it’s in your mind that you’re going slower and you are not who you used to be. “That’s going to come, but you have to be patient.” NBA.com

“You see flashes, but you can see he is nowhere near like he was last season. He was moving,” teammate J.J. Barea said. “The way he plays he needs to move like he used to move, where he’s faster and he’ll be able to get to pick his spots, get wherever he wants so he can make those passes.” NBA.com

With a Seattle group working to acquire the Kings, Mayor Kevin Johnson said this morning that he has received approval from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counter offer for the Kings directly to the NBA's board of governors. Calling a reported $525 million offer for the team that's being floated by a Seattle group "outrageous," the mayor said during the annual State of Downtown address that he has developed a strategy to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Johnson said he is looking for potential owners who would keep the team in Sacramento to bid against the Seattle offer led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen. A new arena "must be part of the transaction" and the ownership group must include local partners, Johnson said. "We want this to be the final act of a saga that's gone on for far too long," he said. Sacramento Bee

Despite the fact that almost every conceivable factor falls in Seattle's favor – from the collective wealth of the Hansen-Ballmer-Nordstrom group to the arena plan already in place to the air of inevitably that surrounds it all - Sacramento seems determined to go down swinging. The shared goal, according to nearly a dozen people involved in various local plans to buy the team from the Maloofs and build an arena that is a prerequisite to the team staying, is to force the NBA's hand. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the process. USA Today Sports

While Mastrov is considered the most serious of the known local suitors, two people with knowledge of the situation said that the interest of Los Angeles-based supermarket mogul Ron Burkle has been overstated and the extent of his involvement is unclear. Stern himself mentioned Burkle on Thursday, saying that Kings fans made a fair point that he – or suitors like him – deserved a fair shot at making a bid on the team that would keep it in town. Burkle first entered this picture in April of 2011, when Johnson got Stern's attention by partnering with the man who emerged as the most likely candidate to ride in on the white horse to save the Kings. USA Today Sports

January 15, 2013 | 10:48 AM ET Update

"That's obviously good to know that he still wants to go for it," Nowitzki said, noting that the Mavs have typically been one of the teams hit hardest by the luxury tax. "That's obviously what he promised me when I re-signed here in 2010. I wanted to make sure that he still wanted to go for it and keep spending and using his resources to make sure this was a winning franchise, and obviously then we didn't know that the next year we were going to win it all. ESPN.com

Mavs owner Mark Cuban has nothing but appreciation for Barea, saying he feels a "special connection" with the fiery, undersized point guard he signed as an undrafted free agent out of "Never, Never Land," aka Northeastern University. Barea spent his first five NBA seasons with the Mavs, carving out a significant role in the last few seasons. "I know he wanted to stay," Cuban said. "Look, I'm disappointed, too. I didn't make up the rules. I'm just trying to figure them out." ESPN.com

There was a time, and not long ago, that the Memphis Grizzlies seemed determined to trade talented small forward Rudy Gay. But that time, according to league sources, has passed. The Grizzlies like Gay, his 18 points per game and winning attitude. What they don’t like is the huge tax penalty that will result from his huge contract this summer. FOXSports Ohio

“They won’t get anything close to what they want (for Gay) if they wait until they’re desperate,” said one source. “Then again, they’re not getting what they want now, and they’re winning. I’d wait until the season played out if I were them. Eventually, someone will be happy to have a player like him.” FOXSports Ohio

Beal's play has also gotten the attention of league executives. But Beal's agent, Mark Bartelstein told USA TODAY Sports that Washington has no plans to trade Beal to the Memphis Grizzlies in a potential deal would involve forward Rudy Gay, disputing reports that surfaced Sunday night. "I've talked with the Wizards and with Memphis and there's absolutely nothing to it," Bartelstein said. "I'm sure lots of teams would to like to have Brad, but the Wizards have absolutely no intention of trading him." USA Today Sports

With the Sacramento Kings on the verge of being sold to a Seattle ownership group, league sources say the Kings are frozen in terms of making deals. It’s not out of the question to see that changing before the trade deadline. However, sources have been pretty adamant that nothing is really going on with the Kings because of all the uncertainties surrounding the club. HoopsWorld

There was a real push for DeMarcus Cousins when the team suspended him a few weeks ago. However, the Kings didn’t engage anything then and are not engaging anyone now. HoopsWorld

There are two contracts the Magic would love to package in with any deal they make and that’s Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu. Neither is overly attractive, but one or both could be the cost of doing business, especially for a team that wants Reddick or a team that wants to use Orlando’s TPE to facilitate a bigger deal. HoopsWorld

A fasting Carmelo Anthony is still better than virtually everybody else out there. So Knicks coach Mike Woodson said yesterday he has no problem with his All-Star forward opting for a fast that would make most laymen cringe. “We have medical doctors and nutritionists who handle all of that. I don’t get into players,” Woodson said after practice yesterday, before the Knicks departed for a one-game road trip to London to face the Pistons on Thursday. “I just expect when players step on the practice floor and into a game they’re ready to play. So I don’t get into players and what they eat and don’t eat.” New York Post

Not to say this was ugly, but the Grizzlies should try lining up an interview with Oprah to repair the public relations damage. Never before had a Grizzlies team shot this badly — 30.3 percent — at home. Not the Grizzlies of Blue Edwards or the Grizzlies of Gordan Giricek. Not the Grizzlies of Rodney Buford or the Grizzlies of Tony Massenburg.. "It's difficult to understand," said Zach Randolph. "I'm still trying to figure it out myself." Memphis Commercial Appeal

REPORTER: "Who has been the most vocal leader when you talk about you guys getting your swagger back?" RONDO: "Besides myself? Keyon Dooling has actually helped. He's been in the locker room, helping guys out. His personality, I think it started with him, and I just try to play my songs in here. They're so hot. I will let you guys listen to them yet, but a couple of my tracks at play in the year just to get the guys going before the game." YouTube

Durant punctuated the rim with the highlight of the night when he drove past Michael Beasley on the perimeter and exploded to the rim before dunking right in the grill of Gortat. It was a superstar play and the perfect capper on a night the Suns just ran into two of the best players in the NBA on one of their better nights. “Well first of all, I was looking for my car keys under the basket,” Gortat said. “I was trying to find my car keys because I lost them over there, so I was just looking for it. And Michael Beasley is going to get Krispy Kremes for the rest of the season for sure for me. “It happens. The funny thing is that when [Kendrick] Perkins was standing under the basket he looked at me and I looked at him, and he said, ‘I know how it feels.’ He said, ‘Guards left you on the island, huh?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ “Listen, it happens. I am not going to deny that was probably the top three dunks of the year, right? I mean at least I am going to be out there. I mean, I am just going to try to be silly about it. I am not going to cry. It is just part of the game. Valley of the Suns

In a brief post-game address, Drew told his team would be changes. Then he left the locker room. Drew again promised changes in his address of the media. “This was a very, very embarrassing,” Drew said. “From where we were as a team to where we are right now we have lost all sense of team on both ends of the floor. Why that has happened, I really can’t put my finger on it. To have a team that started off so well, that really trusted and believed in each other at both ends of the floor, we have lost that sense of trust for one another. Why that has happened, I really have no idea. I will say, it’s time that we do shake things up. As we go back to Atlanta to prepare for Brooklyn (at home Wednesday), there will be some changes. We have to find a group that will compete on both ends at a high level with no excuses, with no finger-pointing as far as blaming officials, blaming each other. We have to go out and we have to play our first few games of the season. “We need to shake things up and that will be the first line of business when we get back to Atlanta is to make some changes within our lineup.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Having so many veterans around him has helped Smith mature, but those closest to him say Woodson's influence is the biggest reason he's become a more reliable contributor than ever. "He's changed in a lot of different ways," said Earl Smith Jr., J.R.'s dad. "The main thing is because of Woodson -- telling him how to dress, telling him how to be a professional, in your ear all the time." Woodson is demanding, and he made it public that he wants Smith, the father of two young daughters, to be more professional and dress differently. But he's also shown Smith the respect and love he apparently needed and craved. "I believe in him," Woodson said. "I like what he brings and that's why I'm investing my time." Newsday

Earl Smith also credits Knicks assistant general manager Allan Houston and director of player personnel Mark Warkentien, a former Nuggets executive, for supporting and caring for J.R. Former Nugget Marcus Camby noticed a "night-and-day" difference in Smith almost immediately after they reunited this season. "He's settled down a little bit," Camby said. "With Woody and J.R., it's almost like a father-son relationship. Woody is kind of hard on J.R. just because he knows his limitless potential. He wants J.R. to be the best basketball player he can be. J.R. respects that coming from a guy like Woody." Newsday

Nash was on the "Max & Marcellus" show on ESPNLA 710 radio and asked to describe Bryant as a leader. "This is a guy that takes a helicopter to and from sometimes because he wants to save his knees," Nash began. "That’s a sacrifice. I don’t know, what is it? You can say he has all the money in the world but a $2 G ($2,000) pop each way or one way, roundtrip -- I don’t know -- just to get to and from because he wants to save his knees? That’s a guy that’s putting a lot into this and it just signifies the kind of effort and detail he has." Sulia

While the helicopter anecdote was cute (and the money part of it was very interesting ... 41 home games + 100 or so practices x 2 for roundtrip x $2,000 = ...) the next part of Nash's answer was very revealing. "So, as a teammate and as a leader, I mean that (shows) I think leadership is about being yourself," Nash continued. "If you’re yourself, people will believe in you, they’ll believe in your motive and then you’re authentic and they trust you. I think this is a guy that people understand his motive. Everyone’s leadership style is different, but as a teammate and as a leader, basketball is something that he puts all his energy into and you can’t ask for more than that as a teammate." Sulia

In May 1997, Copeland’s only sibling, Vincent Alphaquan, slipped into a coma when a drunk driver struck him in a hit-and-run accident on Central Avenue in East Orange, a few blocks from the Copelands’ home on South 18th Street in Newark. He regained consciousness for a couple days, but six weeks after the accident, he unexpectedly died. Vincent, engaged to marry that June, was 22. Copeland, whose father was absent, credits his brother — a basketball standout at Seton Hall Prep and Columbus High School in New York before he played at Jackson State — as his basketball inspiration. "I remember everything about him. He’s the reason I’m here today," Copeland said. "He put the ball in my hand, and I always had dreams of making it since." Newark Star-Ledger

But when his brother died, nothing seemed normal anymore. Upon their chance encounter with the coaches at Hermitage, Terry Copeland decided she and her son would leave New Jersey. They had only recently relocated to Edison from Newark. She quit her job as a senior administrator for Unity Hospice in Newark and packed their belongings. By October 1999, Chris was enrolled at Hermitage. His mother is now an accountant. "What happened that weekend when Chris met the coach and started playing the guys, he just kind of lifted a cloud off his head and he began to have maybe a little bit of sun and remember his life. His life," Terry Copeland said. "It was seeing him rejuvenated, thinking, this is going to work for Chris. This is going to help him. It’s over. We’re done. We’re out of Jersey. We’re moving." Newark Star-Ledger

The day after he got the word from the Knicks that he was staying, Copeland crossed the Hudson to Newark. He attended a service at Good Neighbor Baptist Church where his uncle, the Rev. George Blackwell, is a pastor. Afterward, Blackwell drove him to a cemetery in Belleville. Copeland wanted to share the news with his brother. Newark Star-Ledger

Rivers has gone four consecutive games without scoring. In last Friday's 104-92 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rivers played 4 1/2 minutes and attempted only one shot but turned the ball over twice. "You can’t think about all that stuff,'' Rivers said. "I personally haven’t played well the past four or five games, so that's all I’m thinking about in trying to play hard and seeing what happens. "I don’t know what his (Doc) thought process is going to be in that game because he’s never been in that situation nor I. It's going to be new for both of us. I don’t know what he’s going to say. He'd probably say great game. It’s all competitive. He loves me and I love him. You know that saying that there is no friends on the court, that’s what he taught me. And that will be the case that night.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

On a personal level, though, most players said the worst part of being disqualified was having to watch the game in isolation—especially if it is an away game. (League rules prohibit suspended players from being at the arena within two hours of a game's start or finish.) Center Tyson Chandler said suspensions are worse than ejections, because you have to stay away from the team for long periods. "It [stinks]!" said Chandler, who's been suspended once and ejected nine times over his career. "It's terrible when you're on the road, because you're in some random city, and you have to watch the game in a hotel. Then you have to meet the rest of the team at the plane. Very boring, completely outside your routine, and you're going crazy in the hotel room, probably eating more than you should. It's the worst." Wall Street Journal

The 7-foot center said that his knees no longer hurt and that he was "running at an 8-mile-per-hour clip" on the team's treadmills. Bynum would not give a timeline for his return, but he suggested that he could be back next month. "I have no idea exactly," Bynum said. "I just want to get back. I think, I'm hoping, around the all-star break. That's what I'm hoping." The team offered no timetable for his return. Philadelphia Inquirer

DeShawn Stevenson has saw limited minutes over the last couple of weeks and will have his knee examined when the Hawks return to Atlanta on Tuesday. Stevenson's knee has limited him from playing in back-to-backs this season but even the extra rest hasn't helped of late. "I'm just going to see if there is something in there and if so we'll do something with it,(Head athletic trainer) Wally (Blase) wants me to go see a doctor, so I'll go see one," Stevenson said. Peachtree Hoops

Hate to say it, but there is the other possibility in the Kings-Seattle-Sacramento saga: That the Maloofs do... nothing. They choose not to sell -- not to a group that would move the team to Seattle, not to a group that would keep the team in Sacramento -- and no one gets any resolution. I don't think that happens. It's the longest of the long shots. But almost every conversation with anyone connected to the saga includes some reference, usually impolite, of the Maloofs' history of unpredictability on the topic, and so sitting on their hands must be mentioned as an option. Sulia

What's different this year? Bill Ilett: It is the worst record that we've had in the 15-year franchise history. That's concerning. The other thing is that we're hoping bringing this to everyone's attention, that we hope to get this going the right way. Let's get some wins on the court and get things finishing out strong on this. The little difference with the Trail Blazers, and they're a great organization, is they probably have more patience than I do or our fans do. They measure things in months and years and we measure things in days and weeks. There's two cultures there that need to come together. We need to figure out what they want. They came into this because they want to develop players. We know that and we appreciate that. We've got to always keep that in mind. At the same token, there's got to be respect for our franchise and our long history. We've had eight playoff appearances, played in two championship games, won a championship. They've got to appreciate where we're at. Whenever you take on a business partner, the partners need to sit down after going through some rough times and see how we can help each other. Blazers Edge

You want to have meetings with the Blazers Bill Ilett: I think now that the problem has been identified and come full circle, we have tentatively a telephone call coming later this week. We have to just understand each other's problems. We've got to develop their players but we've got to make sure we don't mess up the chemistry of this team. This is probably one of the most talented teams we've had in years. Credit to the Trail Blazers for putting this group together. They are great athletes. You can do Xs and Os and run stats all you want, but if you don't keep the chemistry in your team, you've got problems. Blazers Edge

Do you have a spare $2.2 million lying around? GREAT ... 'cause 7x NBA champion Robert Horry is unloading his Texas mansion and now it can be all yours ... yeeeeeeehaw!!!! "Big Shot Rob" bought the 8,440-square-foot pad back in 2007 -- the same year he scored his 7th NBA championship -- and now he's finally ready to let it go. TMZ.com

Highly successful entrepreneur and retired NBA professional Jamal Mashburn is expanding his entrepreneurial interests yet again. Mashburn Enterprises LLC in partnership with the investment firm Dema Holdings of Miami Beach, FL, announces today it has recently acquired an undisclosed stake in the privately held FairBridge Hotels International (FHI), a hospitality services firm based in Spokane, Washington. This foray into the hospitality industry is a new venture for Mashburn Enterprises. Mashburn currently has ownership and vested interests in numerous restaurant franchises (38 Outback Steakhouse restaurants, 32 Papa John's pizza restaurants, and three Dunkin Donuts stores), car dealerships (owner of Kentucky's Toyota on Nicholasville and Lexus Store of Lexington), real estate, and the thoroughbred horse racing industry. Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Diabetes – and a sensible intake of fast food – were on Iguodala’s mind Monday in his role as an NBA ambassador for “Dribble to Stop Diabetes.” Along with Indiana’s Danny Granger and WNBA star Tamika Catchings, Iguodala is working with the American Diabetes Association and pharmaceutical company Sanofi US on an awareness campaign. NBA.com

Thomas Robinson was involved in a car accident after Monday night’s Sacramento Kings win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Sleep Train Arena. The accident occurred at the intersection of Del Paso Blvd. and Broadgate Dr. when Robinson apparently drove his white Porsche Panamera over a concrete divide at speeds that are unknown at this time. The vehicle, which faced the wrong way in the turn lane following the accident, sustained major damage according to various eyewitness reports. Cowbell Kingdom

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