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January 31, 2015 Updates

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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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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

January 26, 2015 Updates

It appears that Ford's rankings have now all reverted to their original draft day forms. We've reached out to Ford for an explanation. This post will be updated when, and if, we get one. SB Nation

As far as I know, the only media member to suggest the hot seat theory in writing was Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com, a national NBA site. Van Gundy seems to believe Bulls management promoted this idea behind the scenes, but let's let JVG speak for himself. “He has done such a good job here," Van Gundy said during the broadcast. "First two years had the best record in the league. Unfortunately, these last three playoffs have been disrupted by injury. But he came to the Bulls at a time where mediocrity reigned. They had struggled for a long time, they were basically a .500 team. Along with the emergence of some players, he's taken it to elite status. “I think right now, it's almost criminal … what he's having to endure with some of the fringe media – attacking his job status, attacking his personality. This isn't new to Chicago Bulls basketball, all the way back to Phil Jackson. The team has publicly supported their coach while privately, often times, undermining that same person. You saw it with Vinny Del Negro, Scott Skiles. Think about it, they ran out Phil Jackson out after winning all those championships. “I think it's wrong. It's wrong for the town, wrong for the team and it certainly has not been fair to Tom Thibodeau." Arlington Heights Daily Herald

Van Gundy went on to spread his criticism to the Chicago media. “Listen, I read every Chicago story and there is no doubt that the Bulls organization has the media, with a few exceptions, in their hip pocket," he said. "And for whatever reason, they have taken their sights on Thibodeau when all he's done is deliver greatness here in his five years." Arlington Heights Daily Herald

After reviewing the post on Reddit today, we have found that changes were made manually to Chad Ford’s NBA Draft prospects rankings. We have not been able to determine who made the changes, or when. We have talked to Chad Ford, who strongly denies any involvement, and based on his past work and professionalism, we believe him. Our review will continue but it is unclear at this time if we will be able to ascertain who was responsible. ESPN.com

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Barkley recently made an appearance on The Beast 980 and the topic of Kobe Bryant and the Lakers struggling came up. The former NBA MVP believes the Lakers really mismanaged how they handled Kobe and thinks the team’s game plan really didn’t make sense: I think the Lakers should have come in with a game plan. “Listen, we’re not going to be any good. Let’s try to get some young players and see who we got going forward. Kobe, you’re kind of a mentor. You’re going to play 25-30 minutes a night. At some point this season, you’re going to pass Michael Jordan. There’s no need to play you 38 minutes. We’re not going to be better. We’re not going to make the playoffs.” They should have had that gameplan from the beginning. In the beginning, he was playing 40 minutes in a couple games, which is just stupid. Lakers Nation

Michael Lee: Russell Westbrook didn't talk after OKC lost to #hawks. This exchange with Serge Ibaka was intense. vine.co/v/OIE77aLXpOg Twitter @MrMichaelLee

January 21, 2015 Updates

Ernie Johnson had a bit of fun with Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on Tuesday night. After the Oklahoma City player answered reporters with simple sentences about "execution" a few days ago, Johnson decided to return the favor during an interview on NBATV. "Another really quick thing here, Russ," said Johnson. "How was the execution tonight?" The question resulted in laughs from both Westbrook and the rest of the NBATV crew. Sporting News

That much was obvious this season after the team's 76-year-old broadcaster was struck with excruciating abdominal pains while walking out of the team hotel in Charlotte, N.C. He worked that night's entire game while his body was attempting, and wretchedly failing, to pass a kidney stone. He heaved during the producer's final pregame countdown, swallowed two doses of pain pills during the telecast, but still finished strong. The stone was so big, it later required surgical removal that caused him to actually miss a game. "My father was a showman who always preached, 'The show must go on,' '' Lawler said. "I live by those words.'' Los Angeles Times

He slurred some more words at the end of the game, but a battery of ensuing tests cleared him of any neurological issues, so he figures the whole thing was just some weird remnant of a previous night's food poisoning. "I'm like, 'Ralph, you're like a machine, how do you keep doing this?' " said his longtime partner Michael Smith. "Yeah, sure, I worry about him, but he just always finds a way.'' Los Angeles Times

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