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Lance Stephenson & Evan Turner Engaged In Fight Before Playoffs

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We finally know who Roy Hibert was referring to in selfish teammates.

Prior to their victory over the Atlanta Hawks last, news surfaced that Indiana Pacers wing-players Lance Stephenson & Evan Turner got into fight heading into the post-season.

The team was already coming into the playoffs with a recent slump; but Last Friday during a practice on the eve of their post-season home opener against the Atlanta Hawks, tempers flared between the two 25-year-old players. In the fight, Evan Turner was seen cut his teammate, as veteran players Luis Scola and David West managed to untangle the two from the fistfight. This wasn’t the first time a teammate in Indiana lost it with Stephenson, and in our opinion won’t be the last. Since the February trade that saw the exit of former captain Danny Granger, the team has been in disarray, with even coaching being questioned.

Hit the jump for video and more on the story.

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Kentucky Forward Julius Randle Declares For NBA Draft

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Helping guide the Kentucky Wildcats to damn near basketball history, one of the main pieces of this year’s Final Four squad, Julius Randle has declared himself eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft, according to sources over on ESPN.

It is no surprise that Randle is leaving for the NBA, and after his showing in the NCAA tournament, there is no question in our mind that he has star potential in the NBA. Randle showed that he is a monster inside the paint, and in our minds, we could absolutely see him doing that at the next level. The real question now becomes, where does Randle go in the draft? With this upcoming draft being so deep with talent, a team could easily score big getting Randle in the 5-10 range and be set with their post presence for the next decade.

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Mike Woodson Fired As New York Knicks Head Coach

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Breaking news out of New York City this morning, as it is being reported that the New York Knicks have fired head coach Mike Woodson. This was a long-expected move, after Woodson failed to take the Knicks to the playoffs this year. With Phil Jackson now in charge of the organization, he will look to place his own guy at the helm of the team.

The list of possible candidates will be rather long, and you can fully expect Phil to take his team making a decision. Some possible replacement names could include Byron Scott, Mark Jackson (if he is fired from Golden State), and Steve Kerr. Kerr is thought to be the favorite for the job at this moment. Once a coach is selected, the Knicks then must have to figure out what they will do with Carmelo Anthony, and figure out if they can bring him back.

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Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook “SportsCenter Conversation” on ESPN

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Thunder’s Westbrook & Durant debunk any animosity rumors and play word-association with each other.

Oklahoma City Thunder co-captains Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were special guest for this week’s edition of ESPN Sunday Conversation. The topic at hand was their relationship together over the last past six years, which the two two went to explain their open on-and-off the court the relationship. Durant jokingly said he sees Westbrook more than his mom and went on revealed the the two are not worried about who takes more shots, but what the final score says. The Thunder won game 1 of their opening round 2014 playoff series last night against the Memphis Grizzlies, as they’re looking for a return back to this year’s finals after Westbrook’s injury last post-season. Continue below to watch their conversation.

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Jim Buss To Step Down In 3-4 Years If Lakers Aren’t Title Contenders

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Jimmy to leave purple and gold behind if the team can’t garner a championship-ready team in 4 years.

For the last 3 consecutive seasons, Jim Buss has been the blame for much of Lakers struggles. With the unfortunate passing of team owner and father, Dr. Jerry Buss, the organization has seem turmoil with the non-hiring of Phil Jackson as head coach, Dwight Howard leaving last year in free agency and having their worst season to date in the Kobe Bryant-era (also 3rd lowest winning record in franchise history). While the Mamba’s been battling injuries and Steve Nash still under contract presumably for another season, the Lakers off-season began last Wednesday when they didn’t make the playoffs for the first time in 9 years.

Jim Buss revealed at a recent boardroom meeting at the team’s El Segundo training facility, pledging to resign in a few years if the franchise wasn’t a legitimate title contender. Check after the jump to view comments about the situation from Jim Buss.

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Unexpected Players To Watch For During The NBA Playoffs

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The NBA Playoffs are officially underway and we couldn’t be happier. As the first day of action unfolds and you get ready to watch playoff basketball for the rest of the weekend, we decided it would be a good idea to include you in some of our thoughts. During the NBA Playoffs really more than any sport we see unexpected players take the forefront of the stage and showcase some skills that most of the country didn’t know they had. These unexpected playmakers etch their way into the history books and journey down the road to a household name.

To get into the playoff spirit we decided to pick out a player from each team in this years field that might be under the radar, but won’t be after the playoffs. So as you get fully consumed by playoff basketball over the next few weeks, use this as your guide.

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Adam Silver Making Raising NBA Age Limit Top Priority

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Now that Adam Silver is in charge of the NBA, it appears one of his first orders of business will be raising the age limit to enter the league from college. The current rule forces college players to attend school for one year before jumping to the NBA. This year alone we see the impact of that, as high caliber players such as Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and more are bolting for the league. Silver wants to change that by upping the age limit to 20 years old and forcing players to attend at least two years of school. This is a rule that college basketball teams would be very fond of, as they wouldn’t have to rebuild almost every year with new freshmen.

The only downside to this will be players that are physically able to play in the NBA at 18 and 19, but won’t be able to enter the league. It has been a controversial issue for years, and this will only make it more debated.

Are you in favor of the NBA raising the age limit? Who should decide this? Let us know after the jump.

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2014 NBA Playoffs 1st Round

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The road to the June is officially underway. While there’s many favorable teams that hold the higher seeding expected to win, we could get potential interesting stories from the Washington Wizards led by John Wall and more importantly a potential nasty fall out with Mark Jackson and Golden State Warriors. For the first time ever, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers nor Boston Celtics will be in the post-season; which for some is a breath of fresh air for the fans, but definitely not something new NBA commissioner Adam Silver would like to see.

The Miami Heat are on another journey for a third consecutive NBA title, but they face stiff competition from the Indiana Pacers with an imminent game 7 meeting at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the San Antonio Spurs still looking to avenge their game 6 meltdown from last year. The NBA hunger games begin today, and will be domination most of our attention (in addition to WATCH_DOGS) for the next two months. Let the games begin.

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Kobe Bryant Documentary Coming To Showtime

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The Mamba has a change of heart to finally open up in tell all Showtime documentary.

How many official Kobe Bryant documentaries can you name? We’ll give you time to set back and think. Showtime Networks is currently in the process of releasing the first ever major Kobe Bryant documentary, looking into the life and care of the 18-year professional athlete. Executive produced by the Mamba and Gotham Chopra, the video will be giving an all-access look at his rise and fall, including the career-threatening Achilles injury he suffered last spring.

Long-time friend and current teammate Steve Nash is also dealing with the motions that his career may also be coming to an end, which is why Kobe is finally opening up after years of resisting media documentaries. What’s ironic about the upcoming project that’s currently filming right now, is the co-producer Chopra being a lifetime Boston Celtics fan, arch-rival of the purple and gold. After formally revealing his new company Kobe Inc. last month, Bryant’s already looking into ventures after basketball starting with his feature-length documentary. Look for more details to surface about the big project, including a release date and trailer.

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New York Knicks Sign Lamar Odom To 2-Year Deal

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First on Zen Master’s agenda is bringing in NYC-based veteran player and friend, Lamar Odom.

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Phil Jacksons first transaction as head of basketball operation for the New York Knicks was bringing in his long-time former player, Lamar Odom. The Knicks inked Lamar on the eve of their final game for the 2014 season, signing the veteran to a 2-year deal. While exact numbers weren’t leaked to the public, Odom’s contract is guaranteed for 2014, with an option for 2015.

Under Phil Jackson’s tenure, Odom won two championships and even a sixth man award a few months before his personal and professional life starting seeing a few road blocks after a Lakers trade attempt. Odom had a short stint with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, as well as Spain to stay active; but this move was done strictly to bring leadership and a locker room presence missing from the Knicks. The Lakers and Clippers expressed mutual interest in the 34-year-old point-forward, but would ultimately get passed on due to lack of roster space and not wasting his last years. More on the the Knicks story in video conversation after the jump.

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The 2014 NBA First Round Playoff Matchups

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The East gets more balance, while Western Conference looks to have most competitive 8 teams in recent memory.

At last, the 2014 NBA Playoffs are set to begin in less than 72 hours from now. After a long enduring season of witnessing Kobe Bryant not return to form, Derrick Rose suffering a repeat torn meniscus to miss his second consecutive and the demise of the three biggest franchises in the history of the NBA. For the first time ever, the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers will not be in this year’s playoffs. Heading into the playoffs, the two favorites to win it all are the San Antonio Spurs and then the Miami Heat.

Coincidentally, those two teams played in a classic 7 game series last year where LeBron and company won their second consecutive title. In the final week of regular season play, the East played playoff positioning tanking for proper seeding, while the entire West had aspirations for home court advantage and/or hopes to avoid the San Antonio Spurs.

Continue after the jump for an official match-up preview, then look for the schedule of games to surface before the road to the finals begins this Saturday.

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Doc Rivers’ “Face-to-Face” ESPN Interview

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Doc Rivers looking to turn the city of Los Angeles around with potential NBA title this June.

Before the NBA season began, we picked the Los Angeles Clippers to win the Western Conference this May. While the team struggled early on with finding themselves collectively, a new coach and added role players; they’ve went on to have the 3rd best overall record in a very competitive conference. Los Angeles also still has a chance to finish ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder if they win their final two back-to-back games, due to having a better overall conference record (season series 2-2). ESPN’s Hannah Storm made her way over to Doc River’s Los Angeles pad, where the two took an initial brief tour of his house.

Arriving in Los Angeles, Doc’s first agenda was hiding the Lakers banners to motivate the team in having their own. In comparison to his tenure in Boston, Rivers reveals giving complete trust to Chris Paul’s on-court decision making, learning from past experiences. Things closed out with Doc having an initial questionable impression on Blake Griffin’s work ethic, seeing him in various commercials and media appearances every week. Upon arriving in SoCal, Doc soon gained an immediate respect for Blake seeing him in the practice gym every day of the summer, which has enabled him to be part of the discussions this year with LeBron James and Kevin Durant for league MVP candidacy. Continue below to watch more of the conversation.

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Jordan Farmar Breaks Trey Burke’s Ankles

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Trey Burke’s mind tells him yes, but his BODY says no!

While the Lakers have been battling injuries all season and are a lock to have a top 10 pick in this year’s upcoming draft, they had a little more to be smiling about last night. With Chris Kaman (sleeping on a bench somewhere), Pau Gasol, and Steve Nash all out with injuries for the final week of their year, the Lakers young boys decided to show out with Nick Young scoring 41 points off the bench and their most consistent player all year Jodie Meeks netting 23.

Jordan Farmar only scored 4 points, but had the sexiest play last night when he broke Trey Burke’s ankles in a routine inbound bringing the ball up. With only a few minutes left in the game, Burke was aggressively playing defense against the veteran but became victim of a sick crossover in which he fell to floor. Check to below to watch the play.

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Allen Iverson Documentary Set To Debut At Tribeca Film Festival

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Allen Iverson has officially retired from the NBA, and now his story is ready to be told. Later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival, the documentary, Iverson, will debut for the world. The film is set to document A.I.’s journey through life, and will be a must-see for any fan of him or the game of basketball. We can only hope that the documentary gets a full release sooner than later, because according to reports, the premiere at Tribeca is already sold out.

Check out the official poster for the premiere after the jump, and stay tuned for more details.

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Knicks, Lakers & Celtics All Miss Playoffs Together For First Time In NBA History

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This has been a very strange NBA season to say the least. The regular season will wrap up this week, and then the playoffs will kick off this upcoming weekend. When the playoffs do kick off though, they will be without the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, which marks the first time in NBA history that all of these teams missed the playoffs in one season. Crazy, right? All three of these teams have had their fare share of problems this year, and not seeing any of the three in the playoffs will be very hard to adjust too.

For the Celtics and Lakers, they will now look towards the NBA draft, where both teams look to land a favorable spot, and possibly in play for a very high caliber player. The Knicks situation is a little less optimistic, as they don’t own a first round pick, and they will have to deal with the possibility of Carmelo Anthony leaving this summer. The good news is that they have Phil Jackson running the ship, and nobody can really do it better.

UPDATE: A hilarious Knicks “One Shining Moment” video has been added after the jump.

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