Matt Barnes Suspended Two Games Over Derek Fisher Drama

(L-R) Matt Barnes, Gloria Govan, Derek Fisher

Matt Barnes will lose a couple of paychecks over his altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher last fall.

The Memphis Grizzlies forward was suspended two games without pay on Monday for what the league said was a “physical altercation” with Fisher and for “threatening” him.

The league investigated the Oct. 3 incident in Redondo Beach, California, between Barnes and Fisher — former teammates with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2010-12.

The Grizzlies had just wrapped up a week of training camp, and a source told The Associated Press in October the incident occurred while Fisher attended “a gathering” at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

Page Six reported at the time that Barnes drove 95 miles to Govan’s house to “beat the sh*t” out of Fisher. Barnes said his six-year-old sons had called to tell him that Fisher was in their home. According to reports, Barnes arrived at the home and got into an altercation with Fisher.

Redondo Beach police responded to the incident but disclosed no information on the location or who was involved after finding no basis for criminal charges.

Barnes’ suspension will begin Tuesday night when the Grizzlies host Miami and includes Saturday night’s game at Utah. The Grizzlies were off Monday after playing back-to-back games over the weekend.

Shaquille O’Neal, Scottie Pippen Clown Each Other on Instagram

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Retired NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen are suddenly going at it over Instagram.

It all started on Monday when Shaq posted an image comparing an all-time Los Angeles Lakers squad with one from the Bulls, claiming the Lakers lineup (himself included) would beat Pippen, Michael Jordan and the other Bulls by 50 points.

Pippen clapped back the next day, reminding Shaq that he and his Bulls won twice as many titles than O’Neal did with the Lakers.

The gloves were off, as far as Shaq was concerned. The two came for each other over the next several hours, with Pippen mocking Shaq’s free throw challenges, and O’Neal superimposing Pippen’s face on a woman’s body and calling him “Scottina,” among other digs:

Kobe Bryant’s Season Likely Over With Torn Rotator Cuff

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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Bryant, who was being examined by team doctors Friday, suffered the tear during the second half of Wednesday night’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, though sources said he has been dealing with the injury since the preseason.

Lakers coach Byron Scott expressed his concern during Friday morning’s shootaround in San Antonio.

“Yeah I’m worried,” Scott said. “We all in the organization are worried about it.”

Bryant, who has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers for $25 million, apparently aggravated the injury with 4:14 left in the third quarter against the Pelicans when he drove baseline for a two-handed dunk.

“It felt fine when I went up, didn’t feel too good when I came down,” Bryant said after the game.

The 19-year veteran grabbed his shoulder as he ran back down the court and checked out of the game a few minutes later.

Bryant checked back in with five minutes left in the fourth quarter and immediately favored his shoulder. He tried to rebound and dribble with his left hand, but it became clear something was wrong when he shot and made a turnaround 14-foot jumper with just his left hand.

“Obviously after I saw that everything he did was with the left hand, I knew then, let’s get him out of there,” Scott said after the game.

Scott said Friday that he believed that Bryant, who played just six games last season after recovering from Achilles and knee injuries, could rehab another injury if need be.

“This is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around as far as dealing with injuries and things like that and being able to come back,” Scott said. “Everybody said he was done after the Achilles and he came back pretty strong.

“Knowing him the way I know him, I know he doesn’t want to go out this way. I think he’ll rehab it if that’s the case and then we’ll have to wait and see.”

 

Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Now Shacking Up

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Iggy Azalea has reportedly moved in with her boyfriend, LA Lakers player Nick Young.

The Australian rapper – who started dating the athlete just over a year ago – has reportedly moved her things into his mansion and he has even started calling her ”Mrs.,” a source told OK! Magazine.

”She’s head over heels, and everyone says what a great match they are. They love to do normal stuff together, like bowling or going to Six Flags theme park, and she’s been welcomed into his inner circle with open arms.”

 

Report: Derek Fisher Accepts Job as New York Knicks Coach

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The New York Times and several other publications are reporting that Derek Fisher will be the next head coach of the New York Knicks.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report is reporting that Fisher, who played for Knicks head of operations Phil Jackson when he coached the Los Angeles Lakers, has accepted the position – but a deal is not yet finalized.

After being passed over by Steve Kerr to accept the coaching job of the Golden State Warriors following a long courtship period, the Knicks were rumored to be looking at quite a few former players who learned under Jackson’s coaching.

According to CBS Sports, the Knicks were waiting for Fisher’s season with the Oklahoma City Thunder to end before they seriously started pursuing him for the position.

LeBron James Tops NBA Jersey Sales, Kevin Durant a Close Second

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LeBron James once again has the NBA’s best-selling jersey, but Kevin Durant is as close as he has ever been to the top, finishing the regular season in second place for the first time, reports ESPN.

The rankings are based on sales during the season at NBAStore.com, figures that were released by the league on Thursday.

Despite playing in only six games this season, Kobe Bryant still finished in third in jersey sales. Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who played in only 10 games, finished fourth, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry rounded out the top five.

Thanks in part to James, who has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the league, the Heat are the best-selling team. The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics finished second, fifth and sixth in merchandise sales, respectively, despite all missing the playoffs.

A surprise to the jersey list is San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan, who squeaked into the top 15 at No. 14. It’s the first time Duncan has been in the top 15 since 2007.

Magic Johnson Leads Group Buying WNBA’s LA Sparks

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Magic Johnson will again be part of professional basketball in Los Angeles.

The former Lakers great is part of a group buying the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, reports the Associated Press.

“We’re totally thrilled,” WNBA President Laurel Richie told The AP. “When Magic chooses to enter into a partnership with a WNBA team, that’s a great thing. He’s a legend within basketball. He’s very knowledgeable about the game. He’s a larger-than-life personality. He’s an extremely successful businessman. He cares about the community the way that the WNBA does.”

Johnson and Mark Walter teamed with a group of investors to buy baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012 for a record $2.15 billion. It will be the same group owning the Sparks, minus Peter Guber, who owns a stake in the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

Richie said Walter, the Dodgers’ chairman, approached the WNBA about buying the Sparks a few weeks ago. She said Walter and Johnson discussed the idea on a cross-country flight and by the time they landed on the West Coast they had decided they wanted to own the Sparks.

“He is looking forward to coming to games,” Richie said. “He is a fan already and now I think he’s going to have a heightened interest in this team all together. There will be lots of opportunity to see him and interact with him.”

CEO of Madison Media Management Paula Madison speaks onstage during the BET Revealed Seminars during the 2013 BET Experience at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2013 in Los Angeles

CEO of Madison Media Management Paula Madison speaks onstage during the BET Revealed Seminars during the 2013 BET Experience at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2013 in Los Angeles

Previous Sparks owner Paula Madison informed the league in late December that she wouldn’t be able to run the team anymore. She told The AP that her family had lost $12 million, including $1.4 million last season, operating the franchise since buying it from the Buss family in 2007.

Johnson was a part owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers for a decade before selling his share in 2011.

While the franchise hasn’t been successful financially, the Sparks have been one of the WNBA’s best teams on the court and have led the league in attendance the past two seasons. They won titles in 2001 and 2002 and made it to the playoffs in five of the past six seasons. They were knocked out in the opening round by Phoenix last season.

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Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks handles the ball during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on July 14, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona

Los Angeles, one of only four original WNBA franchises left, also has one of the league’s marquee players in MVP Candace Parker.

“I do know they were very attracted to this team not just because they were in L.A. and their incredible history, but also their performance over the last few years,” Richie said. “The players, Candace being MVP, Carol (Ross) being Coach of the Year, their knowledge and experience — they recognize what an incredible franchise it is at this moment.”

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