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February 23, 2015 Updates

Thomas came off the bench for Brad Stevens and scored 21 points in just 25 minutes of action before hitting the showers early. The point guard also filled up all areas of the box score with his stat line, posting five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He shot efficiently from the field (6-of-13), the 3-point line (3-of-7) and tied a team-high with seven free throw attempts. Despite the strong play, Brad Stevens was understandably disappointed with the ejection, as seen by his immediate reaction. Boston Globe

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Wallace was a very talented player who was popular with his Portland teammates, and like just about every person on the planet, has a good side. But it’s revisionist history to say he was accommodating to the fans. I saw him walk past autograph seekers too many times to mention. In three seasons from 1999-2002, “Mr. T” received 107 technical fouls, including a league-record 41 in 2000-01. Wallace led the NBA in the category five different seasons, and it wasn’t because the referees had it in for him. I would assert he’d have gotten more if the refs hadn’t gotten tired of calling them on him, and also because they didn’t want to be accused of bias. Portland Tribune

February 8, 2015 Updates

Cuban was asked what he thought about the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul getting fined $25,000 for criticizing rookie official Lauren Holtkamp. “I’m just glad someone else is getting fined about the refs, other than me,” he said. Dallas Morning News

Turning serious, he said: “Guys respond to calls. I don’t think anybody cares about the gender. They can be Martians for all I care. I just want the best refs we can get.” Asked if he thought Paul was out of line, Cuban said: “I’d be kind of hypocritical if I judged somebody who made a comment in the heat of the moment about officiating. I’m not going to judge the message he was trying to communicate.” Dallas Morning News

February 7, 2015 Updates

The NBA on Saturday fined Paul $25,000 for "public criticism of officiating." "Any suggestion that Chris Paul would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false," Roberts, who was elected to her position in late July, said in a statement. "His personal management team, which includes several accomplished women who play a major role in virtually all of his business affairs is, alone, evidence of that fact. USA Today Sports

"The Players Association is a strong Exhibit B. Anyone paying attention is aware that Chris and his Executive Committee colleagues were instrumental in making me the first woman Executive Director of a major men's professional sports union. Further, Chris and the Committee were nothing but wholly supportive of my recent hire of Chrysa Chin — a woman — as the NBPA's first ever Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development. Without hesitation, the Players Association stands firmly behind Chris, whose competitiveness may only be exceeded by the strength of his values and his convictions." USA Today Sports

Chris Paul made it clear: His problem with referee Lauren Holtkamp was with her call. He left it to others to say it wasn't about her gender. His criticism of the rookie official drew a rebuke from the referees union yesterday followed by strong backing from the female executive director of the NBA Players Association. "Any suggestion that Chris Paul would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false," Michele Roberts said in a statement, noting Paul's role in making her the first woman to head a North American major sports union last summer. Philadelphia Inquirer

James was also called for an offensive foul with 2:09 left on a basket that should’ve put the Cavs up 91-88. Instead it was going the other way and the Pacers reclaimed the lead on one of Miles’ 3-pointers. “It wasn’t a good call,” James said. “I didn’t extend. I just put up an arm bar like a big guy would if he were shooting a jump-hook in the post. … And I thought Delly’s call wasn’t a good call at all.” James stopped himself there for fear of getting fined, particularly since the coals are still hot from Chris Paul’s comments Thursday. “I don’t want to get far in it,” James said with a grin. “I don’t want to get fined for sure. I know what I’m here for.” Akron Beacon Journal

Blatt was obviously irked by the calls, too, but tried to avoid the fine as well. “This is a very, very professional and great league and the people that need to look at those things will look at them and will educate,” he said. “I think that’s a case where there should be some education.” Akron Beacon Journal

Norm Drucker, the only NBA referee to toss Wilt Chamberlain from a game, died Friday. He was 94. Drucker's son, Jim, confirmed his father's death to the NBA. Norm Drucker worked NBA games from 1953-69, then moved to the ABA from 1969-76, also serving as that league's supervisor of officials for five years. He returned to the NBA when the leagues merged to spend one more season on the court (1976-77) before becoming the NBA's supervisor of officials until 1981. USA Today Sports

February 6, 2015 Updates

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