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September 29, 2014 Updates

"I'm a no-excuse guy," Hickson said Monday at the Pepsi Center. "I did what I did and now I've got to pay for it. I just want to get it past me and continue to help this ball team win games and get better every day." Hickson recently was suspended for violating provisions of the NBA's anti-drug policy. He said he apologized to his team. "I talked to (general manager) Tim (Connelly) and coach (Brian) Shaw and my teammates," Hickson said. "I talked to everybody." Denver Post

His message to his teammates? "I let them know that I messed up and it won't happen again. Because it doesn't just hurt me and my pocketbook, it hurts the team and that's what I'm playing for, the team," Hickson said. Denver Post

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After that game and the uproar which was created, fueled by a twitter comment made by Goran Dragic, FIBA announced that disciplinary proceedings against Australia were opened. According to FIBA bylaws Australia is facing a fine of up to 500.000 US dollars and/or suspension from international tournament play if found guilty. Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis also could face a fine of 100,000 US dollars or suspension if found to have willfully manipulated the result. The reaction of the Australian federation was a denial and also the will to cooperate in the proceedings. Eurohoops posed the question about the ongoing investigation, asking also if a draw after the end of the group phase in order to determine the couplings for the rest of the competition could be a future solution and the answer of Baumann was the following, implying that what happened in Spain can be used as an example for the future: “As you know there are open proceedings for this case. The point is that something like this can’t happen again in the future. As for the draw, we are happy with our current format and we are not expecting to change it”. EuroHoops.net

September 9, 2014 Updates

Vincent Goodwill: Monroe: “I take full responsibility for my actions and made a regrettable mistake. I apologize to my family, the Pistons’ organization, my teammates and fans. I will learn from this and continue my work to be a positive influence in the community.” Twitter @vgoodwill

September 8, 2014 Updates

Basketball's governing body is investigating if Australia deliberately lost a World Cup game to delay a possible matchup with the United States. FIBA says "it is widely suspected that Australia lost" on purpose to Angola in a Group D game last Thursday in Las Palmas, Spain. The Angolans won 91-83. FIBA says Australia's "on-court behavior... generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts." Associated Press

August 13, 2014 Updates

The NBA schedule typically produces some oddities, and the 2014-15 gives us this: Raymond Felton, newly acquired by the Dallas Mavericks, will make his season debut in Portland. Felton joined Dallas as part of the trade that took center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas from New York. Last week, Felton was suspended for the first four games of the NBA season after he pleaded guilty to a firearms charge. When the 2014-15 schedule came out Wednesday, whaddaya know, the fifth game of the Mavericks' season -- the first Felton will be eligible to play as a Dallas player -- will be against the Blazers at the Moda Center on Thursday, Nov. 6. The game will be broadcast by TNT. Oregonian

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