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Martin Lawrence? OK, Lawrence wasn't technically a member of the Pistons 2004 title team but he did receive honorary status and has a championship ring to prove it. How did that happen? In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live that coincided with the beginning of the NBA Finals last week, the comedian explained it. "Joe Dumars wanted to recruit Chris Webber back in the day for the Detroit Pistons," Lawrence told Kimmel. "So he called me and asked if I would put together a comedy tape that would recruit him and get him to come to the Pistons. "And I put together a comedy tape and he didn't come. So I guess it didn't work." Booth Newspapers

But Dumars, who eventually did land Webber near the end of his career, apparently appreciated Lawrence's effort. "And when they won the championship, they sent me an honorary ring," Lawrence said. Booth Newspapers

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DeMarcus Cousins created a stir on the Internet on Sunday night. And he had fun doing so. Pictures surfaced of Cousins’ first “album” under the name Boogie Smooth titled “Misunderstood,” with the first single being a rhythm and blues groove titled “Emotional” featuring Chance The Rapper. Cousins even asked via Twitter on Monday if he could be any worse than Shaquille O’Neal or Chris Webber, who also dabbled in music during their careers. Sacramento Bee

But Boogie Smooth’s career is all in fun. Cousins, who is friends with rap stars Drake and Rick Ross, is not about to become a part-time R&B crooner. Cousins laughed when asked about the musical project, as did his teammates. Coach Michael Malone even found the musical venture comical. “I was hoping that it wasn’t true because I don’t know if anybody would even buy that album,” Malone said. “I guess April Fools’ came a few days early, but DeMarcus keeps everybody on the edge of their seat.” Sacramento Bee

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Greg Anthony and Chris Webber offered their thoughts on those topics and more, and here is a taste of what they said: Webber on whether Thunder guard Russell Westbrook can return to form after a torn meniscus in his right knee, which has required two surgeries since last spring, the latest to reduce swelling: “Westbrook is one of the most athletic guys in the league and I think his age is his best asset right now. He didn’t have to go through microfracture [surgery]. We’ve seen people come back from these injuries so I expect him to be the same person or better basically because of his attitude. I really don’t think it will affect him that much.” Boston Globe

Webber said while he believes Westbrook will come back strongly, he doesn’t consider Oklahoma City ready to compete for the NBA title. “I never viewed them as the favorite last year, even with him,” said Webber. “I think this is a different league and each team is going to have to reevaluate, not live off the past. This is a much different league than it was last year, so I think they need to worry about the other great teams in the Western Conference. It’s a year later but [James] Harden was in the discussion a year ago and they are not better without Harden. Losing Kevin Martin as well, they have to find a new identity.” Boston Globe

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Chris Webber on Shaquille O'Neal joining the #SacKings ownership group: The former Kings power forward joined Greg Anthony in a conference call this morning promoting NBA TV's season preview. He had this to say about his former nemesis and current Turner Sports colleague Shaquille O'Neal joining the new ownership group in Sacramento. "Yeah that's something," Webber said. "I've talked to the ownership group and Shaq is my boy. So as a friend, I'm happy he's an owner. As a King, it's disgusting." Sulia

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When TNT carries the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Golden State Warriors on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET), the network is hoping that subtraction will end up being a plus. Calling the game that night: Steve Kerr, Chris Webber and Reggie Miller. Not a play-by-play man among the former NBA stars. Kerr says he won't be trying "to be Marv Albert or Kevin Harlan" but will act as "point man leading us to breaks. Maybe a little bit of a traffic cop if the game calls for it. It is more like three former players having a round table (discussion) almost during the game." So has Kerr informed the other former NBA All-Stars that the offense will be running through him Thursday night? "In no uncertain terms," Kerr says with a laugh. "Well put." USA Today Sports

Chris Webber, one of the Fab 5 members, is in attendance at tonight’s National Championship game between Michigan and Louisville. There were questions as to whether or not Webber would and should attend the game. Thankfully, Webber decided to show up and possibly save us from 30 shots of Kevin Ware. Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, and Jalen Rose are also in attendance. The Big Lead

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