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    Kevin Durant’s anti-social comments are a boon for NBA’s social media frenzy

    Intriguing, suspenseful and Santa Claus-fat with jolly surprises. The NBA was all those things and more this summer. All those things and more, unfortunately, soon to be set aside, the league again insisting on dulling things down by playing actual basketball games. Silly NBA, somehow still convinced that an 82-date schedule can thrill when compared to everything else happening in its sensational 140-character world. This certainly is a most disappointing development, the...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

  • Lakers

    Kobe Bryant: the perfect player to have two numbers retired

    The Lakers are going to honor the career of Kobe Bryant this coming season by retiring two jersey numbers. The decision is considered controversial by some people because such a move is believed to be without precedent. Frankly, I have to agree. I’m shocked that the Lakers aren’t recognizing Bryant by retiring three jersey numbers. Hey, why not? There’s no such thing as being too over-the-top when it comes to worshipping stars, the Lakers no doubt...

    By Jeff Miller jmiller@scng.com @jeffmillerOCR on Twitter|

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    Pacers owner says he will not sue Lakers, NBA over Paul George ordeal

    Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon said he is not considering legal action after the NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering with former Pacers star Paul George, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this summer. “We agree with the NBA’s findings and we want to put this issue behind us,” Simon said in a statement released by the Pacers on Wednesday. Longtime NBA columnist Peter Vecsey reported earlier in the week that the Pacers...

    Bill Oram
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  • Lakers

    Lakers fined $500,000 for tampering with Paul George

    The NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering involving forward Paul George, in what the league said was the largest fine in its history for such a punishment. The NBA alleged in a statement that General Manager Rob Pelinka spoke with George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, and offered “a prohibited expression of interest in the player while he was under contract.” The league added the penalty stemmed from its previous warning to the Lakers after president of basketball...

    Mark Medina
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  • Lakers

    Whicker: Punishing the Lakers over Magic Johnson’s comment would be a late-night joke

    Tampering is an NBA problem, no doubt. Particularly when the tamperers and tamperees are one and the same. Paul George made it known, through the many media outlets and “industry sources” at his and his agent’s disposal, that he wanted out of Indiana and into Staples Center. His contract doesn’t end until next year. So now the NBA is investigating the Lakers for getting too public about George. This has become the definition of tampering,...

    Mark Whicker
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  • Lakers

    Lakers’ Magic Johnson at center of NBA probe into Paul George tampering

    The possibility of impermissible contact between Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star Paul George is at the heart of an NBA probe into possible tampering, according to an ESPN report. The Indiana Pacers filed tampering charges with the NBA against the Lakers, and the league issued a statement Sunday saying a probe is underway. “The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made. We...

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