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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling reportedly ruled mentally incapacitated, still wants to fight $2B sale of Clippers to Steve Ballmer 05.30.14 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Chicago Sky, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLL: Boston Cannons at Long Island Lizards, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Tennis: French Open, 10 a.m. (Tennis Channel)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a $2 billion deal in place to buy the Clippers, although Donald Sterling — who reportedly was declared mentally incapacitated, allowing his estranged wife to be the sole trustee of the Sterling family trust — insists he will continue his fight.

It would mark the second-highest price ever paid for a sports franchise in North America, trailing only the $2.1 billion paid for the Dodgers in 2012. The Bucks recently sold for $550 million, which was the highest price paid for an NBA team.

“I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner,” Shelly Sterling said in a statement. “We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success.”

The 58-year-old Ballmer was Microsoft’s CEO from 2000 until this year and is said to be worth $20 billion. He was part of a group that attempted to buy the NBA’s Kings last year with plans to move the team to Seattle, but the NBA rejected the plan.

“I love basketball,” Ballmer said. “And I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that the Clippers continue to win — and win big — in Los Angeles. L.A. is one of the world’s great cities — a city that embraces inclusiveness, in exactly the same way that the NBA and I embrace inclusiveness. I am confident that the Clippers will in the coming years become an even bigger part of the community.”

The NBA is expected to postpone a Tuesday vote by owners on the banishment of Donald Sterling and instead focus on pushing through the sale quickly to rid itself of the issue. However, Sterling’s lawyer continued to insist he has no plans to allow a change of ownership.

“Sterling is not selling the team,” attorney Bobby Samini said. “That’s his position. He’s not going to sell.”

Ballmer has the support of Sehawks coach Pete Carroll, who tweeted: The Clippers would be so fortunate to get Steve Ballmer as owner. He’s a great competitive force & would bring big energy to the LAC fanbase.

He also received support from Magic Johnson, who tweeted: Steve Ballmer owning the Clippers is a big win for the City of LA and all the people who live in the City of Angels!

– If the NBA does have a vote Tuesday on Donald Sterling, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he won’t be pressured into voting with the majority, and he didn’t mix his words when explaining his position.

“[Expletive] ‘em. I don’t care if nobody shows up to games. If I think the ethical thing to do is to vote against 29 other guys, I will,” Cuban said on SiriusXM Radio Thursday (via the New York Daily News).

Cuban previously made comments indicating he was concerned about the precedent the league would be setting by booting Sterling for his racist comments made in private.

“I think you’ve got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do,” Cuban said. “It’s a very, very slippery slope.”

Meanwhile, according to a poll by E-Poll Market Research, Donald Sterling is the most hated man in America, with 92 percent of respondents who are familiar with the banned Clippers owner indicating a strong dislike for him.

Sterling outpolled con artist Bernie Madoff (90 percent), O.J. Simpson (88), former Michael Jackson physician Conrad Murray (88) and singer Justin Bieber (87). Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez ranks seventh at 81 percent.

– Manhattan basketball coach Steve Masiello completed his coursework at the University of Kentucky and will receive his degree in August, a school representative told ESPN.com.

Masiello lost out on a new job at South Florida when it was discovered that he did not have an undergraduate degree as he had implied. He returned to Manhattan, which said it would allow the coach to return for a fourth season if he completed his degree.

Masiello, a Rick Pitino protege, has a 60-39 record in three years at the New York school, including a 25-8 record last season that ended with a near upset of Pitino’s Louisville team in the NCAA tournament.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 30, 1997, which Red Sox player hit three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park?

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s family but stands by comments about bigotry 05.23.14 at 9:37 am ET
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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is sorry, but not regretful.

Cuban apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin on Thursday over words used in a videotaped interview with Inc. magazine in which he addressed bigotry and prejudice.

“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”

Cuban, however, said he stands by the context of his comments in the interview. He told the magazine in the interview that everyone has “prejudices and bigotries,” and revealed some of his own.

“In this day and age, this country has really come a long way putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless of who it’€™s toward,” Cuban said in the interview. “We’€™ve come a long way, and with that progress comes a price. We’€™re a lot more vigilant and we’€™re a lot less tolerant of different views, and it’€™s not necessarily easy for everybody to adapt or evolve.

“I mean, we’€™re all prejudiced in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’€™s late at night, I’€™m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’€™s a guy that has tattoos all over his face ‘€” white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere ‘€” I’€™m walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. So in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. I know that I’€™m not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it’€™s not appropriate for me to throw stones.”

While Martin — the black Florida teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012 — was never directly mentioned in the interview, Cuban’s reference to the “black kid in a hoodie” implied a connection.

Cuban’s comments come at a time when the NBA is recovering from racist comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a recording leaked by TMZ last month. Cuban is one of 29 league owners who will vote on a motion to have Sterling removed as owner on June 3.

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: ‘We’re all prejudiced in one way or another’ 05.22.14 at 12:22 pm ET
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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been a lightning rod for controversy over the years thanks to his bold and unfiltered statements. The outspoken executive was at it again on Wednesday, as he acknowledged in an video interview with Inc. magazine that he has his own “€œprejudices and bigotries.”€

“In this day and age, this country has really come a long way putting any type of bigotry behind us, regardless of who it’s toward,” Cuban said in the interview. “We’ve come a long way, and with that progress comes a price. We’re a lot more vigilant and we’re a lot less tolerant of different views, and it’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adapt or evolve.

“I mean, we’re all prejudiced in one way or another. If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of. So in my businesses, I try not to be hypocritical. I know that I’m not perfect. I know that I live in a glass house, and it’s not appropriate for me to throw stones.”

The intended message of Cuban’€™s interview was how crucial it is for people to move on from their intolerance and bigotry.

“I’ll try to give them a chance to improve themselves, because I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road,” Cuban said.

Cuban’€™s bold comments come at a difficult time in the NBA, as the league is recovering from Clippers owner Donald Sterling‘€™s racist comments. Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by NBA commissioner Adam Silver after TMZ released an audio recording of Sterling’€™s comments.

Silver’€™s ruling of a lifetime ban will be voted on by NBA owners in June, with a three-quarters vote needed to uphold the decision.

Speaking at the GrowCo convention, hosted by Inc. magazine, on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn., Cuban stated that he knows how he’€™ll vote but isn’t ready make his decision public.

“There’s no law against stupid,” Cuban said, according to the Tennessean. “I’m the one guy who says, ‘Don’t force stupid people to be quiet.’ I want to know who the morons are.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Buccaneers WR Mike Williams allegedly stabbed by brother 03.24.14 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: NIT, Georgetown at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, LSU at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Arkansas at California, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: CBI, Penn State at Siena, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: CBI, Texas A&M at Illinois State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Pirates, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Indians vs. Reds, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

– The troubles continue for Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams, as he was treated and released from a hospital Sunday after his brother allegedly stabbed him in the thigh with a kitchen knife, according to police (via Tampa’s WTSP.com).

An arrest warrant was issued for the brother, 23-year-old Eric Baylor, on a charge of aggravated battery/domestic violence.

Williams, meanwhile, is due to face charges Monday for trespassing and criminal mischief related to an incident in December. He has had multiple domestic issues, including damaging the property of neighbors in the exclusive gated community in Tampa where he resides, and has paid more than $43,000 in damages for destructive house parties.

The 26-year-old Syracuse product signed a six-year, $40 million contract last offseason, then caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games in 2013 before being shut down for the season with a hamstring injury.

“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said last month. “No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that.”

Added Smith: “Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course. There’s a standard. We’re just not going to put up with it, no better who it is.

“You have to be good on the field. Simple as that. And if you’re not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems, and that’s where Mike has to take care of a few things.”

The team released a statement Sunday: “We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.”

– When the Heat lost to the Pelicans, 105-95, on Saturday night, it was their seventh loss in 11 games (including a loss to the Celtics last week). LeBron James is not pleased with how his team is handling the situation.

“It’s too many excuses,” he said (via ESPN.com). “Everything is an excuse. We do something wrong, it’s an excuse. We turn the ball over, it’s an excuse. What we’re doing right ain’t good enough.

“It’s very frustrating. We’re all frustrated. We’ve just got to all get on the same page. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we’ve got to figure it out.”

Chris Bosh took his teammate’s frustration a step further.

“So I figure I’ll be the first one to say we suck,” Bosh said. “This is unacceptable. If we don’t change this, we will be watching the championship from home. … There’s no passion.”

Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “Yes, our locker room is angry. We’re not accustomed to this type of play, these type of standards, particularly on the defensive end, and if we want to change, we have to look inward.”

– Mavericks owner Mark Cuban predicts trouble for the NFL after the league last month announced a television package that includes Thursday and Saturday games.

“I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said Sunday night. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. ‘€¦ When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

“I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule No. 1 of business.”

Added Cuban: “They’re trying to take over every night of TV. Initially, it’ll be, ‘Yeah, they’re the biggest-rating thing that there is.’ OK, Thursday, that’s great, regardless of whether it impacts [the NBA] during that period when we cross over. Then if it gets Saturday, now you’re impacting colleges. Now it’s on four days a week. ‘€¦ It’s all football. At some point, the people get sick of it.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 24, 1973, which guard who would go on to play for the Celtics finished the season as the only player to lead the NBA in both scoring (34.0 ppg) and assists (11.4 apg)?

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Mavericks part ways with GM Gersson Rosas after 3 months 10.30.13 at 12:56 pm ET
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It took just three months for Gersson Rosas to realize that general manager of the Mavericks was not the position for him.

Rosas, who became Dallas’ first official GM in eight years on July 23, resigned on Tuesday, just one day before the Mavericks’ first game of the season at home vs. the Hawks.

“I made the personal decision to resign as general manager of the Dallas Mavericks after determining that the position was not the best fit for me at this point in my career,” Rosas said. “The decision was made solely by me, as I firmly believe this change is in my best interest.”

Dallas poached Rosas from the Rockets, where he served as a front-office executive under general manager Daryl Morey.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that Rosas mapped out a new plan for the Mavericks organization — Dallas missed the playoffs for the first time since 2000 last season — and that plan did not mesh with other members of the organization.

“It didn’t fit from the beginning,” one of the sources told Berger. “The chemistry was simply not there.”

After former general manager Don Nelson left the organization eight years ago, the official title of general manager was vacant, meaning that owner Mark Cuban dealt with many of the transactions. It’s unknown what Dallas plans on doing with the current vacancy.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Video exposes Rutgers coach Mike Rice’s abuse of players 04.03.13 at 7:47 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Wild at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ An interesting week in college basketball got a lot more interesting on Tuesday when tapes of Rutgers coach Mike Rice abusing players in practice was made public. Rice can be seen throwing basketballs at players, pushing them and berating them.

The school’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, took to the airwaves in an attempt to defend his decision last year to not fire Rice (the coach received a three-game suspension, a $50,000 fine and an order to anger management classes).

“I spent more time with that option on whether we should fire Mike or not than any other option,” Pernetti said in an interview with New York sports radio station WFAN. “At the same the results of the investigation where we ended up, the determination was made to suspend him. My biggest concern as the AD is that I am always trying to protect the interests and reputation of the university and that’s what makes this one so difficult. There is a lot of hindsight, 20-20 …. that there will be no other option than to terminate Mike. I made that decision. I am accountable for it. I have to live with it.”

Condemnation of Rice poured in Tuesday, including criticism from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Heat stars LeBron James and Ray Allen.

Tweeted James: If my son played for Rutgers or a coach like that he would have some real explaining to do and I’m still gone whoop on him afterwards! C’mon.

Said Allen to ESPN.com: “It was despicable. Throwing the ball at them — it made me want to fight [Rice]. It made me want to fight this guy. Because that was me — wanting to learn, making mistakes.

“You’re not doing it on purpose. You’re trying to learn. And that’s what coaches should do — you teach. Yelling at kids and throwing the ball at them, there’s no place to that.”

♦ Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday that he doesn’t feel the league’s coordinator of officials deserves more than a reprimand for saying that he would reward an official who gave Arizona coach Sean Miller a technical foul during the conference tournament.

Scott insisted that Ed Rush was trying to explain the need to crack down on coaches’ misconduct when he made the comment about offering $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if someone T’d up Miller, which Scott said was an “inappropriate joke.” Miller was hit with a technical late in the Wildcats’ two-point loss to UCLA in the semifinals, and Miller was highly critical of the call in his postgame press conference, saying he did not deserve it.

“I didn’t view that as a fireable offense. An ethical code was not breached,” Scott said. “Was there very poor judgment used in the language? Absolutely.”

♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday that he would consider drafting Baylor women’s star Brittney Griner, who this week finished her college career with the most blocks and second-most points in NCAA women’s history.

“Right now I’d lean towards yes, just to see if she can do it,” Cuban said of the 6-foot-8 Griner. “You never know unless you give somebody a chance.”

Responded Griner via Twitter: I would hold my own! Let’s do it.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 3, 1996, which Bruins goaltender recorded his 200th career NHL victory with a 4-1 win over the Canadiens in Montreal?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees’ Mark Teixeira injury more serious than initially thought 03.18.13 at 7:53 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Heat at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
World Baseball Classic: Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Phillies at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Brewers at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Mark Teixeira

♦ Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury is worse than originally thought. Teixeira on Sunday revealed that instead of just a strained tendon, he has a partially torn tendon sheath (which covers the tendon and keeps it in place).

General manager Brian Cashman said Teixeira still is not slated for surgery, which would be “the worst-case scenario.” He put the chances at 30 percent that Teixeira would need a season-ending procedure, noting that the tendon is stable rather than dislocated. That gives the player hope that it will heal on its own in a couple of months.

“This is one of those things I can’t come back too early,” Teixeira said. “We saw when I tried to play too early last year what happened. I don’t know if it’s going to be middle of May, beginning of May, beginning of June. I don’t know when it is, but I know there’s a whole bunch of season left, and the time that really matters is the playoffs.”

Teixeira suffered the injury while hitting off a tee during a practice with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic.

♦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban still is upset that Derek Fisher signed with the Thunder last month, two months after the veteran guard received his release from the Mavs because he said he missed his family. Before the Thunder visited Dallas for a Sunday game, Cuban told The Dallas Morning News: “I’ll make a point not to see him. I’ll just boo him hopefully like everybody else.”

Cuban said he offered Fisher advice when he was out of the league, eventually adding him to the Mavs roster, and Fisher betrayed him in return.

“I really tried to help him out,” Cuban said. “And then to have him pull this stuff. … But it wasn’t his first time. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, you know, I’m an idiot.”

Added Cuban: “It’s not that he used me. Look, my personality is to try to help somebody, particularly somebody that I thought one thing about. It didn’t turn out to be that way. I was just trying to be nice and help. Usually, when you help somebody, you expect some semblance of loyalty back. So when you don’t get it, it’s more disappointing.

“His history, I shouldn’t have been surprised what happened. I thought I offered him some positive encouragement and advice. And then we signed him. I expected a little different turnout than what happened. That’s just how it goes. I have my big-boy pants on.”

Responded Fisher: “I love Mark and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’s done and does in terms of this team. … I don’t have any issues with Mark, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about than the short few weeks here.”

♦ With the NCAA tournament set to begin this week, Forbes magazine takes a look at the absurdly high salaries being paid to coaches and has a list of the most overpaid.

Missouri coach Frank Haith is No. 1, followed by Kentucky’s John Calipari. Other notables names include Michigan’s John Beilein (4), Louisville’s Rick Pitino (5) and Indiana’s Tom Crean (9).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 18, 1953, the National League owners approved the move of the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee. Who was the Braves owner?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant gets last laugh vs. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban 02.25.13 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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:

Kobe Bryant splits the Dallas defense during the Lakers' victory Sunday. (AP)

♦ 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?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: New-look Lakers preach patience after falling to 0-2 11.01.12 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Chiefs at Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Eastern Michigan at Ohio, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Virginia Tech at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

Dwight Howard (12) and the Lakers are 0-2 after Wednesday's loss in Portland. (AP)

♦ Before his Mavericks upset the Lakers on Tuesday, Mavs owner Mark Cuban was pointed when asked to assess the reloaded Los Angeles squad.

“I don’t know, I don’t care, I just hope they suck,” Cuban said with a laugh.

Through two games, Cuban is getting his wish.

A night after losing their opener to the Mavericks in Los Angeles, the Lakers dropped a 116-106 decision to the Trail Blazers in Portland. Adding injury to insult, point guard Steve Nash left the game with a bruised leg after a collision with Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

“We’ve got to learn how to play together,” said Dwight Howard, who had 33 points and 14 rebounds. “You’ve got to be good before you can be great.”

Added Howard: “We didn’t expect to just come together and be awesome. It’s always a process. We’ve got to stick with it so that at the end of the year we can have a trophy.”

Coach Mike Brown is being criticized for his restrictive offense that doesn’t give Nash enough time with the ball in his hands, but the team is preaching patience.

“We’re not sharp,” Nash said. “I think the guys are trying, we just didn’t live up to what we’re trying to do.”

♦ Reggie Bush and the Dolphins appeared to get in the last word vs. the Jets with Sunday’s 30-9 beatdown, but the feuding between the teams is not over.

On Wednesday, Bush responded to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie calling him a “punk,” apparently referring to a play on which Bush stiff-armed Cromartie, leading to a retaliatory shove and a head-butt that cost Cromartie a 15-yard penalty.

“I’ve been called a lot of things, but not a punk,” Bush said with a laugh. “I don’t feel like I did anything illegal. I didn’t try to hurt him. I didn’t talk about hurting him or ending his career or anything like that. What I did was perfectly within the rules, and if he didn’t like it, it’s tough. That’s football. I’ve been on the side of some ugly stuff. The last thing I’m going to do is cry about it and call somebody a punk.”

Added Bush: “If they don’t like me, I guess, tough.”

♦ New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg overruled the NBA on Wednesday, announcing that Thursday’s season-opener between the Knicks and Nets at Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center will be postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The league had said a day earlier that the game would be played, but Bloomberg decided that the city needed more time to recover from the damage. Many of the subway lines in the area have been suspended.

“We are disappointed that we can’t play, but there are a lot more important things going on right now,” Nets point guard Deron Williams said. “A lot of people lost homes, a lot of people lost loved ones, so a basketball game doesn’t mean much right now.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 1, 2005, Jason Varitek became the first Red Sox player in 14 seasons to win a Gold Glove. Who was the team’s previous recipient, in 1991?

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Cuban: Kobe nearly a Maverick 08.22.12 at 3:30 pm ET
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In the summer of 2007, Kobe Bryant nearly became a Maverick. This, according to Mavs owner Mark Cuban, on KESN’s Ben and Skin Show Tuesday morning.

“When I was doing Dancing with the Stars, I was taking breaks because I was talking to Kobe’s agent because Kobe wanted to get traded,” Cuban said. “Literally, between Dancing with the Stars practices I had thought we traded for Kobe Bryant. I even talked to their owner and thought we were going to have done deal, and [Lakers GM] Mitch Kupchak changed [Kobe’s] mind and brought him back.”

While Cuban wouldn’t say which other players were involved in the trade talks, he said Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was not in the deal.

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