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Doug Smith: This is going to be the last transmission from this little corner of the interweb for a little while. Seems the ticker is in need of some work and I’ll be getting a little valve tuneup or replacement done and a couple of tiny bypasses taken care of Thursday out here in Hazelville. (Yeah, a guy will go to great lengths to avoid the all-star weekend and the rumour-filled runup to the trade deadline) It’s not exactly appendix removal but I’m told it’s quite on the routine side of heart processes and things will be right as rain soon, whatever that means. Toronto Star

February 10, 2015 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks, not far removed from its record 19-game winning streak, is drawing more and more attention. Fox SportsSouth on Friday drew by far its best ratings ever: a 6.8 household rating when the Hawks beat the Golden State Warriors. That equals about 276,000 viewers. That is a whopping 42% higher than the previous record of 4.8, from the first playoff game last year against the Pacer. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 9, 2015 Updates

But this year, the hosts of “The Jones” will be broadcasting for the league itself. A little more than a year ago, “The Jones” podcast was rebranded as “The Starters,” a television program shown weeknights on NBATV. It is available to stream live and download as a podcast but it exists primarily as a television broadcast. In its second season, “The Starters” is growing quickly in popularity. According to the network, viewership has increased by 24 percent this season, with podcast downloads up 22 percent. NBATV says it will continue to raise the show’s profile. Plans for this weekend include an hourlong live show at 6 p.m. Friday, with player interviews and an appearance by the basketball great George Gervin. New York Times

“The Starters” hosts are part of a wave of podcasting personalities jumping to television, including the soccer commentators “Men in Blazers,” the comedian Marc Maron and the hosts of “Comedy Bang Bang.” But the basketball enthusiasts acknowledge that the shift can be challenging. “The Starters” television show occasionally feels less rich to longtime fans of the podcasts. “What you’re hearing on the podcast is years of repetition and experience, so it’s kind of ingrained in us, and it’s pretty easy,” said one of the hosts, Tassos Melas, who goes by Tas. “While on the TV side, not that we’re not good at it, but it’s different every year. It’s just not shooting the breeze as easily,” he said. New York Times

February 7, 2015 Updates
February 3, 2015 Updates

Chris Palmer: Dude who averages 3 pts & 3 rebs gets 2-year/$8M extension. No wonder they won't make the playoffs. Kevin Durant: @Chris Palmer means a lot coming from a dude who got fired for being a dumbass. Chris Palmer: @Kevin Durant Love that you got your teammates back. But you should get your facts straight. Twitter @ChrisPalmerNBA

February 2, 2015 Updates

Jared Zwerling: Chatted w/ Craig Sager. Won't be at All-Star; still recovering. Hopes March return. Has been nominated for Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy award. Twitter @JaredZwerling

January 31, 2015 Updates

Marc Berman: Strange move by ESPN taking off Lakers-#Knicks. Fisher coaching vs. Lake Show for 1st time. Jax. Linsanity at Garden. For celebrity bowling? Twitter @NYPost_Berman

Just ask Clay Travis, who tweeted this about Kings center DeMarcus Cousins on Jan. 30, 2010, when Cousins was a freshman at Kentucky: “There is a 100% chance that Demarcus Cousins is arrested for something in the next five years. 100%. Write it in stone.” Friday was the five-year mark of that post, and Cousins was sent a screenshot of Travis’ post. Cousins, who has not been arrested, posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts “Today’s the day!! Let’s all show him some love!! @ClayTravisBGID” with a picture of the prediction he’d be arrested Sacramento Bee

That turned Travis, now a blogger for Fox Sports, into a trending topic across the country. “I take a lot of things personally, especially something like that,” Cousins said. “I hate when guys judge someone from his job and you try to make that his personality as a person. I think that’s completely unfair.” Travis took the post in stride, even pledging to donate $5,000 to the charity of Cousins’ choice. Sacramento Bee

“I kind of think people realize what we go through on a daily basis,” Cousins said. “I didn’t want the guy to receive that type of stuff, but in a way he sees how it is to be in our shoes for a day. It’s nothing personal, no beef or anything, but I believe a lesson was learned.” Sacramento Bee

The whole thing made me think, too, of Russell Westbrook, who had a clash with the media, notably me, about two weeks ago. Westbrook was uncooperative in an interview session, and when I asked him why, he said because he didn't like me. Which wasn't the truth, of course. The truth is, Westbrook doesn't like any of the media. I don't know why he was mad in particular, but I think I know one reason why he was mad in general. He doesn't like the media's access. The media is allowed into Westbrook's locker room before and after every game. And the league requires Westbrook to make himself available for interviews. I don't really blame Westbrook for wanting his space a little more preserved. Oklahoman

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January 27, 2015 Updates

Former NBA player turned CBS sports commentator Greg Anthony agreed to pay a D.C. police officer who was working undercover as a prostitute $80 for sex and said “oh yeah” when the officer asked Anthony if Anthony wanted the officer to “dress up.” According to the charging documents submitted to D.C. Superior Court this past weekend in Anthony’s Jan. 16 arrest, D.C. undercover officers were responding to “complaints” about prostitution activity in the 1500 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. Anthony was arrested at the Doubletree Hotel in room 805. Washington Post

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