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April 29, 2015 Updates

Scott Agness: Pop comes off cold and disinterested during in-game/post-game interviews. He's great, tho, in smaller situations & when asked thoughtful Qs. Twitter @ScottAgness

You know those Vines of players dunking in warm-ups that your favorite team posts before each game? (If you’re scratching your head, your team probably needs to hire a designated social media person.) Przybyla and Culver capture those moments for the Nets. Today, Przybyla is pacing up and down the baseline with one of her two phones out either shooting or editing something. Culver, who started doing social media work for Brooklyn last February, spends most of the game perched in the media section with her eyes glued to a Macbook, monitoring fan reactions and Internet buzz while surrounded by a dozen or so basic blogger/newspaper types. Przybyla and Culver fly on charter jets and interact personally with the players. They get better than front-row seats to every game. They have press conference and locker room access before and after the games. They even get a food voucher worth enough to buy organic chocolate smoothies and (shockingly delicious) vegan brownies from the juice cart outside section 116 at Barclays. complex.com

April 28, 2015 Updates

Today, the Sacramento Kings announced a five-year extension with KHTK 1140 AM to serve as the franchise’s exclusive radio rights holder through the 2020-21 NBA season. KHTK 1140 AM, the sports arm of CBS Sacramento, has been the radio rights holder of the Kings since the station’s inception in 1994. The agreement includes all preseason and regular season games, as well as the team’s official pregame and postgame show and weekly call-in show, Kings Talk. NBA.com

April 27, 2015 Updates

In a post that spans three entirely different topics in just six paragraphs, Theodore takes aim at WJFK-FM personality Chad Dukes, adding armchair radio program director to his already impressive resume as a sports franchise owner. It seems this has been bothering him all weekend. “On Friday, in drive time rush hour radio, from 500 pm to 600 pm, on 107.6 FM, the conversation wasn’t about the Wizards upcoming game, it was about bacon and potato casserole recipes, and favorite Seinfeld episodes. Is there any other market in America that sports talk radio converses about Seinfeld in drive time on the night of an NBA playoff game? Or the night before a big away Caps playoff game? Perhaps this is why Wizards and Caps fans don’t tune in? These kids today.” — Ted Leonsis, via http://tedstake.monumentalnetwork.com Washington Post

The crew from Inside the NBA -- Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal -- didn't hold back with their thoughts. Barkley said during the postgame show a minimum of five games would be warranted, but believes the league should consider 10. O'Neal and Smith both said five was the proper number. "What Kendrick Perkins and J.R. Smith did was bush league," Barkley said. "You can't just go around hitting people in the face. It was like watching a boxing match. Your knee doesn't collapse like that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tim Cato: Monta answered a @Tim MacMahon question! Time mends even the rockiest of relationships. Twitter @tim_cato

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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

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