Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant gets last laugh vs. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
|02.25.13 at 7:55 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Syracuse at Marquette, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Stars at Predators, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Nationals at Mets, 6:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested Friday during a radio interview that the Lakers might consider releasing Kobe Bryant on the amnesty provision because of the harsh penalties the team would face for being over the salary cap. Cuban later insisted he was speaking hypothetically, but the damage was done.
First, the Lakers called the remark inappropriate, although they implied they have no plans to file a formal complaint. Then, Bryant went out and recorded 38 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Sunday’s 103-99 victory over the Mavs in Dallas, hitting all five of his shots in the fourth quarter.
Tweeted Bryant after the game: Amnesty THAT.
Responded Cuban: Nice to know there is a least one team and their players, outside of the Mavs, that listen to everything I say. … But I do have to give props to @kobebryant for a great tweet. #Welldone.
♦ It was revealed over the weekend that Oscar Pistorius is not the only member of his family facing charges for the death of a woman. Older brother Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for the death of a female motorcyclist in a traffic accident near Johannesburg in 2008. The charge of “culpable homicide” was dropped and then reinstated, the family’s lawyer said Sunday.
Lawyer Kenneth Oldwage said that Carl “deeply regrets the accident” and noted that a blood a test showed Carl was not drunk at the time.
Oscar Pistorius, who was released on bail Friday, must report to the police station Monday and sign in as part of his bail conditions.
♦ The jersey Mike Eruzione wore in Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics was sold for $657,250 at an auction Saturday, while the stick he used to score the winning goal in that game went for $262,900. Combined with the sale of some other Olympic memorabilia, the total haul was more $1.3 million, which Eruzione said he will use to establish a “nest egg” for his children and grandson and benefit his Winthrop-based charity.
Eruzione was at the auction in New York and congratulate winners who were in attendance. The 58-year-old Boston University product, who works as BU’s director of special outreach, has insisted that he’s not struggling financially. He also said there’s one piece of Olympic memorabilia he won’t part with: “As long as I’m alive, the gold medal won’t be sold,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 25, 1998, which onetime Celtics coach passed Red Auerbach to become the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 939 career wins?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When we needed stops, we couldn’t get them, when he had a chance to turn the corner, we didn’t turn it. I thought we had opportunities to take advantage of it. Eight out of 10 times we didn’t do it. Small things, man. Small things.” – Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, on Sunday’s 92-86 loss to the Trail Blazers
STAT OF THE DAY: 21 – Consecutive power-play kills for the Bruins, which included four consecutive minutes in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Panthers
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): William Carey University cheerleader Ashlee Arnau shows the Harlem Globetrotters her now-famous front-flip halfcourt shot.
In a baseball game Friday in Sacramento, Calif., UC Riverside’s Eddie Young punches Sacramento State second baseman Andrew Ayers in the face in a skirmish that followed a rundown. Both players were immediately suspended four games.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Fitch, who was in his final season as an NBA coach, guiding the Clippers
SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late George Harrison was born on this day in 1943.
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