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January 19, 2015 Updates

Bryant has not discussed any post-career plans publicly and on Sunday he declined comment to SI for this piece via a Lakers spokesperson. But those close to him say he is far more likely to head into business rather than broadcasting or the business of basketball. Sports Illustrated

"[ESPN colleague] J.A. Adande and I were just talking about this the other day. It used to be you had to try to pull Kobe aside after a game to get great quotes or his best insights. He'd grant the 'walk-off' interviews to the reporters he had a relationship with and trusted -- Bill Plashcke, JA, me, Adrian Wojnarowski, Sam Amick, Ken Berger, Howard Beck. But a few years ago, he just started saying everything in front of everybody. He didn't save the best stuff for the walk-off anymore. He just said it in the general press conference with all the cameras. I think this shift happened about the same time he joined Facebook and Twitter and instantly became one of the most interesting athletes to follow." Sports Illustrated

January 18, 2015 Updates

Basketball analyst and former Knicks star Greg Anthony was suspended indefinitely by CBS on Saturday after he was arrested on a charge of soliciting a prostitute in a Washington, D.C. hotel room. "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season," A CBS spokeswoman said Saturday. Turner Sports also suspended the TV commentator and said it "will have no further comment." Newark Star-Ledger

January 17, 2015 Updates

CBS and Turner both indefinitely suspended basketball analyst Greg Anthony on Saturday after he was arrested Friday on a charge of soliciting a prostitute. Anthony, 47, is the lead analyst on CBS' college basketball telecasts, including during that network's and Turner's coverage of the NCAA Tournament. He also works for NBA TV. "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season," the network said in a statement. "He has been suspended indefinitely." Newsday

Alex Kennedy: When Russell Westbrook was much younger, I tried to do a one-on-one interview with him on the road. Awful idea. I got all one-word answers. I don't blame players for not wanting to do some interviews. They have bad days and are people too. But being a jerk 24/7? That bothers me. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

District of Columbia police say CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player Greg Anthony has been arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute. Lt. Kelvin Cusick tells The Associated Press that Anthony was arrested at 5:46 p.m. on Friday. He said Saturday that Anthony faces a misdemeanor solicitation charge that's punishable by up to 180 days in jail. Denver Post

January 16, 2015 Updates
January 12, 2015 Updates

Charlie Villanueva: PS—Wanna say RIP Stuart Scott. I got a few chances to meet the man and he was full of life and passion. My brother, Rob C., actually worked with him at ESPN and he told me that the night I scored 48 points my rookie year Stu said, “Your brother can’t get 2 more? FIFTY sounds better on TV”. LOL. One of my close friends is also close with Stu and all he says is how genuine and golden the man was. RIP my man. Your legacy in sports and your fight will live forever, Boo-yah! Charlie Villanueva

January 10, 2015 Updates

Jimmy Spencer: JVG took a strong stand against the way the league is covered right now. He hates “sources,” and argued an owner can stop that. I disagree… Twitter @JimmySpencerNBA

January 8, 2015 Updates

It is too late for TNT to do anything about Thursday night's Rockets-Knicks game, but ESPN took action earlier in the day to reduce the number of Knicks games on its upcoming schedule. The network ditched three upcoming appearances for the currently 5-33 Knicks - against the Thunder Jan. 28, Nets Feb. 6 and Clippers March 25. Newsday

Normally this is where I'd make a couple of jokes, but I'm honestly a bit concerned about longtime Clippers play-by-play man Ralph Lawler, who announced much of the second half of tonight's blowout win over the Lakers like the clip above, in a barely understandable mumble. Clippers radio announcer Brian Sieman tweeted that it was just food poisoning, and Clippers PR told me the following: Ralph said he has been battling the flu all day and is not feeling well, but he wanted to tough it out and try to finish the game, which he did. Deadspin.com

January 7, 2015 Updates

Offering National Basketball Association games outside of traditional cable television packages is not an immediate risk to the league's profitability and could bring in new viewers, David Stern, NBA commissioner emeritus, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday. Dish Network announced at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas this week that it would offer ESPN and ESPN2 as part of a $20 per month streaming service. CNBC

The Knicks, in an effort to rebuild through the N.B.A. draft and free agency, appear to have officially given up on this season. They’re an unthinkable 5-32, and on Monday night they traded away J. R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, leaving a roster that might struggle against an N.B.A. Development League team. So the Sports department’s editors feel it is only merciful to give our Knicks beat writer, Scott Cacciola, a break from such woeful basketball. He deserves to see the game played at a higher level. For the next month or so, we would like to point him to some good, quality basketball, wherever it may be. Any suggestions? New York Times

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