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September 16, 2014 Updates

Oden struck the victim at least three times in the face, causing a laceration across her forehead, a swollen eye and a nasal fracture, according to court documents. A friend of the ex-girlfriend told police Oden stopped punching her only after he saw blood splattering onto the sofa. "Stop! Stop! Get off her!" witnesses shouted at Oden, according to police records. "He really wanted to punch the [redacted] up outta her," Zoe Oden told investigators, according to the police report. ESPN.com

"Remorseful does not begin to describe how he feels," Conley Sr. told ESPN.com Monday. "People will write and say what they please, and I know Greg is a story, but all of that does not matter to him or me at this point. He is working to better himself for him -- not for the NBA, the press or anyone else. For that reason, I wish not to go into what Greg has and will do." ESPN.com

Privately, his battle with personal demons still raged, according to multiple sources. Alcohol abuse remained a concern last season as he sat out many games because of soreness in his knees and back. When he was left in Miami during road trips early in the season, he often was spotted at local sports bars and restaurants, including a Hooters across the street from AmericanAirlines Arena, to watch the games. ESPN.com

He didn't hang out with many teammates when he did travel, choosing instead to venture out alone or with friends outside of the team. But multiple members of the Heat said he stayed even-keeled throughout the season, which one player said was better than many expected considering his trying situation. Oden rarely showed his frustration in moments when he expected to play but didn't, but he would, at times, scoff when approached by reporters about his health status after Spoelstra would suggest he wasn't quite ready to play. ESPN.com

Instead of teaching his franchise center the finer points of post play, McMillan would soon be spending his nights coaching the Blazers to cope without him. Eventually, his days would often require working with Oden through counseling for depression. There were times when Portland's basketball staff went through counseling to better help Oden benefit from his own sessions. "We just tried to do all that we thought we needed to do," McMillan said. "But we also felt he needed some outside help. We worked with his agent, former coaches, mentors, Mike Conley Sr., his family ... trying to figure out what was best. We just tried to bring in all the people we felt could help." ESPN.com

September 13, 2014 Updates

Former Microsoft CEO and new NBA owner Steve Ballmer has filed a six-figure counterclaim plus damages against a longtime ex-Sonics assistant he says used his name to defraud investors. Ballmer also contends in the 33-page claim, filed Friday in King County Superior Court, that former friend and ex-NBA conditioning coach Steve “Hat Man” Gordon attempted to extort him into paying off his debts. The billionaire, who bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion in July, says Gordon threatened late last year through his attorney “to make false public statements about Ballmer unless Ballmer promised to pay Gordon money to keep him quiet.’’ Seattle Times

September 12, 2014 Updates

Former Utah Jazz star Andrei Kirilenko's Salt Lake home was burglarized over the weekend, something that surprised his wife who calls the city the "safest place on Earth." Kirilenko, who played for the Jazz for 10 years and lived in Salt Lake City with his wife, Masha Lopatova, now plays for the Brooklyn Nets. They both now spend the majority of their time in New York, though they still frequently return to Utah to visit and maintain a home here. They want to return to Salt Lake City full time when Kirilenko retires. Deseret News

September 11, 2014 Updates

The assault and battery case involving Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston has been rescheduled for Nov. 14. Hairston was originally due to appear in Durham County court Friday on a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery following an altercation with a high school basketball player during a pickup basketball game in July. Police had issued a summons for Hairston but did not arrest him. Kentrell Barkley, a senior at Northern Durham High School, said in court documents Hairston "punched him twice in the head" during a heated basketball game at the Durham YMCA. USA Today Sports

September 10, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons' forward Greg Monroe, who is facing a two-game suspension after NBA officials learned he pleaded guilty to impaired driving in April, "urinated on himself during the booking process," the Huntington Woods police report documenting his arrest says. Huntington Woods police released video footage of the Feb. 13 stop and arrest, which stemmed from a defective headlight, on Wednesday. "I'm just trying not to be in the newspaper," Monroe is heard saying to the officers during transport to the jail. "I play for the Pistons," Monroe said. Booth Newspapers

Monroe was pulled over driving a silver 2007 Pontiac G6 northbound on Woodward Avenue near Concord just before 2 a.m. and registered a blood-alcohol level of .09. The legal blood-alcohol limit in Michigan is .08. The Pistons hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers hours before the incident in the last game before the All-Star break. Detroit Free Press

September 1, 2014 Updates
August 27, 2014 Updates

Under California law, Sterling had 10 business days from Aug. 13 – the date an intermediate appellate court summarily rejected Sterling’s two petitions for the $2 billion sale of the Clippers be halted or reversed – to petition the California Supreme Court with the same request. It would have been a long shot request, to be sure, but Sterling was entitled to give it a try. By allowing the deadline to pass without a petition to the California Supreme Court, Sterling effectively acquiesces to Ballmer’s ownership of the team. Sports Illustrated

Prosecutors say former Chicago Bulls forward Ronnie Brewer has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to driving drunk in Beverly Hills. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says the 29-year-old Brewer entered the plea to the misdemeanor charge through an attorney Tuesday. Prosecutors had alleged he was driving at about twice the legal blood-alcohol limit when he was pulled over near Rodeo Drive in February. USA Today Sports

August 24, 2014 Updates

Big Baby got inside ... but the line proved to be too much for McGee and he decided to leave. Might have been the best decision he made all night. Because 90 minutes later, gunshots rang out -- and as TMZ first reported, Suge Knight was shot multiple times. TMZ.com

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