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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

April 22, 2015 Updates

NBA studio analyst and former Sonics star Gary Payton has been suspended by Fox Sports 1 after being accused of assaulting a woman, the network confirmed in a report Wednesday. According to the report on awfulannouncing.com, Payton is suspended while the network conducts an internal investigation into the claims, which were made in a lawsuit and stem from an alleged incident after an event in Seattle in January. Seattle Times

Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls has won the 2014-15 Magic Johnson Award, which annually recognizes the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced today. Pro Basketball Writers

April 21, 2015 Updates

Scott Lauer, radio play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, was told Tuesday he will not return next season. Lauer confirmed he was let go in a meeting Tuesday afternoon. “I’m very appreciative of 11 seasons broadcasting the Hornets,” Lauer said during a telephone interview. “Growing up, if you told me I’d get 11 years in the NBA, I’d be all-in on that. “They gave me my start in this league. But I look forward to serving with other organizations in the NBA. It was a joy the last two seasons working with coach (Steve) Clifford.” Charlotte Observer

Scott Lauer, radio play-by-play announcer for the Charlotte Hornets, was told Tuesday he will not return next season. Lauer confirmed he was let go in a meeting Tuesday afternoon. “I’m very appreciative of 11 seasons broadcasting the Hornets,” Lauer said in a telephone interview. “Growing up if you told me I’d get 11 years in the NBA, I’d be all-in on that. They gave me my start in this league. But I look forward to serving with other organizations in the NBA. It was a joy the last two seasons working with coach (Steve) Clifford.” Charlotte Observer

April 20, 2015 Updates

Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs dropped Game 1 of their first round series to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night, 107-92. After the game, Coach Pop was his usual sunny self as he gave reporters the most trite and obvious answers he could [barely] think of. How much did DeAndre Jordan affect things? A lot. Does he think of things? He does. Does his team need to be better to win the next game? Yes. The Big Lead

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