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March 3, 2015 | 08:28 AM ET Update

"I'm not satisfied with my career. I just know that I still got something left. So for me, being close to home, just having I guess what you would call it - comfortable with this city - and just a transition at this point in my career it's best that I just stay where I'm at," Miller told Sactown Royalty. "I didn't want to leave Washington, it happened, and I don't want to leave here." Sactown Royalty

Parker brought a Spurs trainer with him during his vacation to Mexico during the NBA All-Star break to help him with his daily rehab. He appeared rejuvenated as he scored 21 points against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first game after the break, but averaged just three points the following three. He responded with a team-high 19 against the Kings on Friday but missed 10-of-13 shots in the Spurs' rout of the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. "He has lots of miles over the last two years and he is one of the guys that only rests if he is hurt," one NBA advance scout told Yahoo Sports. "…He has not been making a lot of the layups and in-the-paint shots that he has in the past at a higher percentage. "I don't think there is anything too dramatic in a drop-off of skills. I just think they are going big picture. His assists are down, too. His team is not shooting as well as we are used to." Yahoo! Sports

Barnes tweeted that if he had kicked Cleveland superstar LeBron James, the NBA would try to put him in jail, a reference to Barnes' thuggish reputation in the league that he thinks has been held against him. "I might have been making my one phone call to you guys right now," Barnes quipped to reporters. Los Angeles Times

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston was inactive for Sunday’s game against Orlando after missing a weight-training session. Two sources confirmed Hairston missed his weights obligation. It’s the latest in a series of transgressions large and small in Hairston’s rookie season. Charlotte Observer

Whiteside got tossed with 4:26 left in the third quarter of the Heat’s 115-98 victory after charging at Len and tackling him under the basket. Len provoked that by grabbing the back of Whiteside’s jersey and shoving him. They had been going at it most of the night, and that was the breaking point. “It was about the fourth or fifth time I dunked on him and I feel like he was really frustrated,” Whiteside said. “I shouldn’t have came back an retaliated the way I did because it really hurt my team… but every day is a learning day for me. But that’s what it was– it was just because I just kept dunking on him.” Palm Beach Post

"Our focus is a lot more on the defensive end of the floor," Rondo said after the Mavs' 102-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. "Offense never wins championships. Scoring 108 or whatever we were scoring means nothing if you're giving up 105 or 110. "I've been trying to preach defense and get on the same page defensively as a team and just string continuous stops together. Not just trading baskets, getting two or three stops in a row, and that's what we did tonight to open up a lead in the second half." ESPN.com

Although Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett showered each other with praise before Monday's game between the Clippers and Timberwolves, Austin Rivers wasn't as complimentary late in the fourth quarter, when both players received double technicals for jawing at each other. With 3:23 left in the game and the Clippers leading the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-97, Rivers looked like he intentionally bumped Garnett as he walked back to the Clippers bench. Garnett then elbowed him and pointed at him, and Rivers got in Garnett's face before both were given a technical foul. "I thought Austin should have punched him, personally," Doc Rivers said with a smile after the game. ESPN.com

Lowry will sit out a second consecutive game for rest on Monday when his Toronto Raptors take on the Philadelphia 76ers, and it sounds as if that absence could extend for multiple games to help the struggling point guard remedy multiple minor issues. Lowry sitting on Saturday, the second night of a back-to-back against a lowly New York Knicks team, was wholly justifiable, even if the Raptors did drop an embarrassing decision at MSG. A chance to sit against the equally uninspiring 76ers is fortunate timing, too, but an extended absence would leave the Raptors far less hope of emerging from their five-game losing streak and general malaise in an expeditious manner. The Score

As expected, Darren Collison will undergo surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia to repair a core muscle injury, a source told CSNBayArea.com. After a Monday consultation with Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute, the Philadelphia-based surgeon will perform the surgery. Collison will be evaluated in 3-6 weeks. CSNBayArea.com

MSG and Cablevision boss James Dolan wants to buy the New York Daily News and has a team of bankers exploring the possibility, Page Six has exclusively learned. A source tells us Dolan’s interest in the tabloid is a natural extension of Cablevision’s current ownership of Newsday. But Dolan and MSG have been locked in a 10-year feud with the News, which could put some of the paper’s editorial staff in a precarious position if he becomes the buyer. The feud between Dolan and the News dates back to ’05, when the paper backed a plan by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg to build the West Side Stadium. Cablevision, with Dolan as CEO, opposed the move, as the new sports venue would have competed directly with MSG. New York Post

The still new-ish commissioner used the powerful forum of the league's annual Technology Summit -- full of sports business insiders in expensive suits -- to reiterate his position. What was most notable, though, was how thoroughly in line behind him NBA owners are. The panel discussions traditionally are off the record, so I cannot quote the pro-gambling positions uttered on stage. But in follow-up interviews, it was clear that almost everyone sees gold in Silver's strategy. Newsday

Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have joined the growing list of guest stars for the third TV movie in the phenomenon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will "cause mass destruction in the nation's capital" before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard. Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban of Shark Tank will play the president, while conservative commentator/author Coulter will play the vp. The Hollywood Reporter

For as good as Lillard is at the game that catapulted him from Oakland to Weber State to this place among the NBA's elite — rookie of the year, two-time All-Star, the latest Western Conference player of the week, leader of this Portland team (39-19) that is fourth place in the West — his reputation as a rapper is right there with his basketball prowess. "A lot of people might think, 'Oh he's a basketball player and he's rapping? That's so cliché,' " said Blazers assistant David Vanterpool, a 41-year-old mentor of Lillard's who, as an owner of the Sugar Hill Gang's original Rapper's Delight vinyl, fancies himself an expert on such musical matters. "But he's no joke. He's a rapper who plays basketball, in my opinion." USA Today Sports

Lillard doesn't have an album yet, but all these days of learning and late nights of writing inevitably will lead to that day at some point down the road. As Vanterpool noticed not long after they became so close in 2012, Lillard is a student of the rap game in the same way he is with hoops. He's quite studious, too, often turning his views into verses during late-night, hotel-room sessions that offer the kind of solitude and serenity he craves these days. USA Today Sports

"When I listen to music, I listen for the substance, I listen to the bars, I listen to the beat, and I try to paint a picture with everything that I hear in music," said Lillard, who routinely researches the meaning of words that he hears for the first time as a way to increase his vocabulary. "Whether it's R&B, rap, jazz, country, whatever it is, I try to paint a picture. That's what I try to do when I write because I know I've got a story to tell and I know that there are a lot of people who have probably some of the same experiences, people who might have failed and done bad coming from what I've come from and some who know what I'm saying, who feel exactly what I'm saying." USA Today Sports

Kevin Garnett, the Big Ticket, has bought 1,000 tickets to give away to Timberwolves fans for Monday’s home game at Target Center vs. the Los Angeles Clippers as a way to say thanks to fans for their warm welcome upon his return to the team last week. “The response and support I’ve received from Wolves fans since my return to Minnesota has been nothing short of amazing. It’s been unbelievable,” Garnett, acquired in a trade with Brooklyn, said in a statement released Sunday morning by the team. “As a gesture of thanks, I would like to treat some fans to Monday night’s game against the Clippers. Love you all, and thanks for the love. Enjoy the game on me.” Fredericksburg.com

NBA legend Steve Francis was the victim of a violent chain snatching at a rap show in Houston this weekend ... and TMZ Sports has footage of the brazen attack. The 38-year-old, 3-time NBA All-Star was onstage with the Sauce Twinz -- a Houston rap duo -- when someone crept up on the unsuspecting Francis and tried to rip his gold chain right off his neck. TMZ.com

The celebration of the life of Jerome Kersey held this afternoon at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum was exactly that – a celebration. There were a number of tears and gut-wrenching moments, but there was also a lot of laughter and a general upbeat to the proceedings. It was fitting for a man who has positively impacted so many. The event was hosted by Bill Schonely, and featured speeches from Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan, Team Chaplain Al Egg, Blazers Founder Harry Glickman, Teammate Terry Porter, Former Blazers Community Relations Executive Traci Rose, his best friend Ron Sloy, his daughter Kiara Kersey, and his wife Teri Kersey. The current Blazers team and staff was in attendance, along with family, friends, and fans enough to fill the floor of the Coliseum, as well as much of the lower level of the surrounding stands. Blazers Edge

Porter ended by addressing Kersey himself: "Well good friend, The good Lord has called you, but you don’t have to worry about being a second round pick in his draft. You are a guaranteed lottery pick." Sloy also was also visibly affected throughout his words, finally breaking down at the end, as he said, "If love could have saved Jerome, he would have lived forever." Blazers Edge

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