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April 30, 2014 Updates

President Barack Obama is supporting the NBA's lifetime ban against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. That's according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. Carney said Wednesday that Obama believes the league did the right thing in response to Sterling's racist comments. Obama had weighed into the controversy over the weekend during a trip to Asia. The president called Sterling's secretly recorded comments "incredibly offensive racist statements." NBA.com

April 8, 2014 Updates

Everyone in the greater basketball nation heard about Rex Chapman's tweet-heard-round-the-world, that social media message sent Monday in which the former University of Kentucky star said he was told that the wildly successful Kentucky coach would be coaching the Los Angeles Lakers soon. But after the current Lakers coach dismissed the report, telling reporters "it's not a big deal," D'Antoni spoke with USA TODAY Sports about his future that is certainly uncertain. "Well, I think after the year is over, we'll sit down with management and see where they're going, see where they're headed, and it's up for them to decide," D'Antoni said. "It's not for me to decide." USA Today Sports

April 7, 2014 Updates

Erase the name "David Stern" and the phrase "basketball reasons" from your memory bank. Grab a stack of oversized Cliff Paul heads from the State Farm commercials and hold them over your heads while marching down Santa Monica Boulevard. Move on. For some reason, it still isn't happening. "I thought the city would have embraced him," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said of Paul. "I mean, it seems like everywhere we go, people love Chris. I don't know why he would get booed at a Dodger game." Los Angeles Times

April 3, 2014 Updates

Gasol will fly back to Los Angeles when able to be evaluated. Gasol said last night he may have returned too quickly. Vertigo is described as a "subtype of dizziness in which a patient inappropriately experiences the perception of motion (usually a spinning motion)." CBSSports.com

March 21, 2014 Updates

After five weeks on the sidelines, Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is planning a return to the lineup on Friday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

March 13, 2014 Updates

Golden State Warriors forward Jermaine O'Neal confronted forward Blake Griffin in the hallway outside the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room at Staples Center after L.A.'s 111-98 win Wednesday night. The two had a heated conversation that was quickly broken up by a Clippers official who led Griffin to the adjacent news conference room. ESPN.com

March 10, 2014 Updates

“John Wooden was the guy that was the epitome of basketball for me and a lot of others when we were kids,” Harris said. “So when I started coaching, he was on top, and I went wherever I could to listen to his clinics. “I was a poor representation of John Wooden, I’m sure. But when I was in Los Angeles, I was able to spend time with him. I sat at the UCLA practices to watch his team practice. I took him to lunch; I sat in his apartment an entire afternoon just talking about basketball and life.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 6, 2014 Updates

Lamar Odom's drug dealers could be linked to the $250,000 jewelry heist at Lamar and Khloe's house ... because we're told the dealers threatened to break in to get the money Lamar never paid. Multiple sources involved in Lamar's drug deals last year tell TMZ ... Lamar wasn't paying his tab. In fact, our sources say he was in the hole $15K to just one dealer back in Sept. and he owed another more than $40K. TMZ.com

March 5, 2014 Updates

"It tells the story of Blake's actual profession, which is what he wanted," said Jared Brunk, one of 0ne0f0ne's main team members. "He wanted it to resemble who he is, where he's from, what he does and kind of his path along the way, which landed him in Los Angeles. A lot of the players want to represent where they're from and they want to kind of tell their life story, which I think is really cool because then it means something to them, and it's personal and it's a good piece for discussion." 0ne0f0ne also manufactures custom furniture and leather items, including wallets, and many players—Griffin, Wade, Jordan, Wright, Ariza, Chris Paul, Matt Barnes and Antawn Jamison—have asked for signature pieces. Some want personal logos, like Wade with his Way of Wade logo; others ask for a non-personal patterns, like Jordan showcasing his favorite superhero, Batman. Bleacher Report

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The Celtics are not taking it as a major issue, but the team is still hoping to straighten things out with Rajon Rondo after his decision to stay in Los Angeles and not accompany the team to Sacramento for Saturday’s game. While some were displeased by the move, for which Rondo did not receive official permission, others pointed out he was not scheduled to play in the game anyway (on the second night of a back-to-back), and that he may have simply been making some assumptions based on precedent. Multiple sources say he remained in LA for a birthday celebration. He turned 28 on Saturday. Boston Herald

The captain didn’t want to get into the matter before last night’s 110-98 loss to the Jazz. “We already talked about it,” Rondo said. “There’s nothing to talk about.” Boston Herald

That doesn’t appear to be the case. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge said yesterday he is still looking into the situation. “I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” he told the Herald. “I’ll find out more about what went into it, and then we’ll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally.” Boston Herald

The possibility exists that Rondo could be fined, but if not, the team will likely gain a more well-defined set of rules from this. Boston Herald

February 20, 2014 Updates

While the Los Angeles Clippers and Knicks were known to be discussing a deal involving Shumpert, the Oklahoma City Thunder were also reported to be interested. According to a person with knowledge of the Thunder's situation, though, Shumpert is not expected to be dealt their way in these final minutes. USA Today Sports

January 30, 2014 Updates

Whenever Mark Cuban gets fined by the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks' billionaire owner has developed a practice of giving a similar amount of money to a worthy charity. Last week the NBA fined Cuban $100,000 for his transgressions following a Jan. 15 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. On Wednesday, Cuban announced that he was donating an additiona $100,000 to the iBellieve Foundation, an organzation that raises money to find a cure for a rare disease known as mucopolysacharridosis, or Hunter Syndrome. The iBelieve Foundation is run by Simon Ibell, who has the disease and who Cuban befriended afte rhe bought the Mavs. “He works his (butt) off at it,” Cuban said of Ibell’s foundation. “I know all the money goes right to the cause.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

January 24, 2014 Updates

Greg Oden admits it: He considered retiring before he turned 25. He, too, wondered if his ongoing knee problems would allow him to play basketball again. But there was Oden on Thursday night, back on the floor, playing for the Miami Heat in a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, his fourth game this season after a four-year layoff. "It was a long four years," Oden said. "But now I'm back, I'm healthy and I'm just happy to be doing it. Yahoo! Sports

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