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Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said he's talked to Comcast SportsNet about broadcasting the Sixers' summer league games, much like the network did with Nerlens Noel last July after Noel missed his rookie season due to a torn ACL. The four games in which Noel appeared had higher than a 1 rating, according to O'Neil. The Intelligencer

Gasol is a truly remarkable man. Every game this season, win or lose, good game or bad, Gasol has been there to speak with reporters. He can be political at times, though always earnest and thoughtful. He’ll be critical, but never personal. Which the great majority of reporters respect. The reporter seeking to undermine the player or team is the aberration, though they are present at times. Most are satisfied to be the intermediaries for the public, basically doing their jobs. Gasol understands, and it’s not disingenuous when he basically always thanks reporters after interviews for their questions. NBA.com

April 22, 2015 Updates

NBA studio analyst and former Sonics star Gary Payton has been suspended by Fox Sports 1 after being accused of assaulting a woman, the network confirmed in a report Wednesday. According to the report on awfulannouncing.com, Payton is suspended while the network conducts an internal investigation into the claims, which were made in a lawsuit and stem from an alleged incident after an event in Seattle in January. Seattle Times

Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls has won the 2014-15 Magic Johnson Award, which annually recognizes the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced today. Pro Basketball Writers

April 21, 2015 Updates

Scott Lauer, radio play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, was told Tuesday he will not return next season. Lauer confirmed he was let go in a meeting Tuesday afternoon. “I’m very appreciative of 11 seasons broadcasting the Hornets,” Lauer said during a telephone interview. “Growing up, if you told me I’d get 11 years in the NBA, I’d be all-in on that. “They gave me my start in this league. But I look forward to serving with other organizations in the NBA. It was a joy the last two seasons working with coach (Steve) Clifford.” Charlotte Observer

Scott Lauer, radio play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, was told Tuesday he will not return next season. Lauer confirmed he was let go in a meeting Tuesday afternoon. “I’m very appreciative of 11 seasons broadcasting the Hornets,” Lauer said in a telephone interview. “Growing up if you told me I’d get 11 years in the NBA, I’d be all-in on that. They gave me my start in this league. But I look forward to serving with other organizations in the NBA. It was a joy the last two seasons working with coach (Steve) Clifford.” Charlotte Observer

April 20, 2015 Updates

Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs dropped Game 1 of their first round series to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night, 107-92. After the game, Coach Pop was his usual sunny self as he gave reporters the most trite and obvious answers he could [barely] think of. How much did DeAndre Jordan affect things? A lot. Does he think of things? He does. Does his team need to be better to win the next game? Yes. The Big Lead

In an extraordinary NBA TV post-game show, Isiah Thomas and Rick Fox ripped the Nets point guards and by extension, their game plan, with Thomas, the Hall of Fame point guard, saying that if he was Brook Lopez, he would have started a locker room fight with his point guards, "throw them up on the floor." "Their reluctance to throw the ball inside baffles me," said an agitated Thomas. "As a big man playing for the Brooklyn Nets, I would be sooo upset with the guards. The big man should go into the locker room and there should be a fight with the little guard. He should grab that little guard and throw him up on the floor and say, 'Next time, when I'm open, throw me the call in the paint.' "Watching the game as a point guard, I am seriously frustrated that you've got bigs underneath the basket with a man sealed on their back and you are reluctant to throw them the basketball." "He had 14 points, 17 rebounds, six for seven! That ball should have been inside to him a lot more tonight. " NetsDaily

So people were asking me all week why your style was considered any different than Marshawn’s. I’ve got my own opinion, but how do you see it? Gregg Popovich: The only time I’m uncooperative is the end of the first or third quarter. Other than that, I do interviews and laugh it up with everybody all the time. I just have a philosophical difference with the NBA, and I let them know it every time. But that’s like 1% of the interviews that I do. For The Win

Have you argued to have those after-quarter interviews eliminated? Gregg Popovich: Oh, Sure. Hell, I bring it up every year at the head coaches meeting in Chicago, when all the head coaches are there and TNT and ESPN and all the representatives. I raise my hand every year, and I say, “Well guys, you know what I’m going to say. I don’t understand why we have to do this, to subject the coaches and the questioners to this little period of idiocy. They (the TV people) are in our timeouts the entire game. They have cameras in our timeouts. They hear everything we say. They have microphones and they can use anything they want — you know, we trust them. So if they have total access like that, this end of first and third quarter actually takes us away from our job.” And that’s my philosophical difference with them. For The Win

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