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May 14, 2015 Updates

Earlier in the day, Webber, now an analyst for Turner Sports, joined “The Dan Patrick Show” and said he “wasn’t too thrilled” with the film, which was put together largely by Rose and the other three members of the Fab Five, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Webber said he was only given a call about participating in the film about a week before they were set to wrap. King disputed this claim, and so does Rose. Webber also took some not-so-subtle shots at Rose by saying the former point guard was “Hollywood” and wanted to make the film all about himself. Larry Brown Sports

May 13, 2015 Updates

The network announced that its hit ‘Inside the NBA on TNT’ lineup of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith will be on the air for a long time thanks to “multi-year” extensions for the group. “We truly believe Inside the NBA is among the best studio shows of all time and a large part of its success is due to the unrivaled chemistry between Ernie, Charles, Kenny and Shaquille,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports in a statement. “We’re looking forward to continuing the creativity and pioneering spirit behind the show for a very long time.” For The Win

Charles Barkley won't be gone fishin' just yet. After previously suggesting he might leave TNT at the end of his current contract, the Hall of Famer has agreed to a multiyear extension to remain as a studio analyst for "Inside the NBA." The network announced Wednesday that all of the show's stars had received new deals, so Barkley will keep trading barbs with fellow commentators Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal and host Ernie Johnson. Denver Post

As Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager continues to fight the good fight against leukemia, the chance to watch some playoff basketball in person Tuesday night was the best medicine Houston could offer. Sager, 63, who was diagnosed in April 2014 with acute myeloid leukemia, will begin a new round of chemotherapy Wednesday morning at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Doctors gave him the option of attending Tuesday night's Clippers-Rockets game at Toyota Center, and he said his response was, "Hell yes, I'm going." "My doctor told me don't fall, don't get hurt, stay away from people who are sick, and we'll see you tomorrow," he said. Houston Chronicle

"It was quite a shock when the leukemia came back," the elder Sager said. "They gave me a drug to try to put me back in remission, and it didn't work, and they said in Atlanta they had gone to their best option and maybe I should try looking at different options. "Obviously, M.D. Anderson is the best, so I came here last week and met with (Dr. Naveen Pemmaraju) and his staff, and they seemed to indicate they are very optimistic and have a clinical trial that will suit me." Houston Chronicle

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J.A. Adande: And before you start with your support for this junk http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12842752/nba-gimmicky-fouls-hackneyed-philosophy Twitter

Mark Cuban: @J.A. Adande Better chance there is a parent saying 'come watch this. This is why you practice free throws'. How is a guy getting to the line from attacking the basket any different ? Game stops. And there is less drama because ft goes in. Twitter

May 9, 2015 Updates

With Wizards star guard John Wall possibly out with five non-displaced fractures in his hand, the team is feeling some pressure. Ray Lewis reportedly came by for a pep talk this week, players have promised to step up if Wall has to sit (though no decision has been announced yet.) But if Friday’s media time revealed anything it might be that Randy Wittman has had enough of the injury talk. The Wizards coach called out a Washington Post report that Wall had clashed with the team’s medical staff, calling it inaccurate. When the reporter tried to follow up with a question (which seems like a fair thing to do if a coach calls you out publicly), Wittman emphatically decided it was time to move on. For The Win

May 8, 2015 Updates

ESPN statement on Bill Simmons leaving from ESPN President John Skipper: “I decided today that we are not going to renew Bill Simmons’ contract. We have been in negotiations and it was clear it was time to move on. ESPN’s relationship with Bill has been mutually beneficial - he has produced great content for us for many years and ESPN has provided him many new opportunities to spread his wings. We wish Bill continued success as he plans his next chapter. ESPN remains committed to Grantland and we have a strong team in place.” Facebook.com

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