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John Wall Tries to Fight with Zydrunas Ilgauskas

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Nets Selling Tickets for 2012-13 in Brooklyn

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

The New Jersey Nets have begun selling their premium season tickets for their inaugural season in Brooklyn in 2012-13.

Current season tickets holders have been given the opportunity to buy its top ticket package, which is being called “All Access” season tickets.

The packages will cover 4,000 club and courtside seats in the area.

Nets chief executive officer Brett Yormark said that all of the top-of-the-line All Access seats have already been sold. He did not say how much they cost. The remaining premium seats range in price from $99 to $1,500 per seat.

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Noche Latina: Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol has been a 4-time All Star with the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers and has led LA to 2 straight titles. Gasol has also been dominant in international play with the Spanish national team.

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New Jersey Nets Waive Quinton Ross

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Quinton Ross

The New Jersey Nets have requested waivers on guard/forward Quinton Ross, GM Billy King announced today.

Ross played in 36 games for the Nets this season, making four starts, and averaging 1.6 points and 0.8 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game. Ross missed a total of 24 games due to injury throughout the season, including 15 of the last 16 games with a lower back injury.

In seven NBA seasons, Ross holds career averages of 4.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.

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NBA to Investigate Jay-Z’s Postgame Celebration with Kentucky Wildcats

The NBA will investigate Jay-Z’s visit with the Kentucky basketball team after Sunday’s 76-69 win against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Final, reports CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger.

Jay-Z with Kentucky Wildcats

Jay-Z with Kentucky Wildcats

Jay-Z, rapper and part-owner of the New Jersey Nets, might have violated NBA rules because Kentucky has multiple potential first-round draft picks on its roster.

Berger equates the incident to Celtics GM Danny Ainge sitting with Kevin Durant’s mother during the 2007 Big 12 tournament. Ainge and the Celtics were fined $30,000 for the infraction.

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Jalen Rose Arrested on Drunken Driving Charge

Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on March 11th in Michigan.

Keith Davidson, a Los Angeles-based attorney representing Rose, says the former player and his legal team “look forward to working with Michigan authorities and addressing any and all outstanding issues in court and not in the press.”

Rose, who currently works for ESPN, has been in the news of late due to his participation on a documentary about the Fab Five.

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LeBron James Misses Player Introductions in Cleveland

LeBron James

LeBron James

Update: Cavs Beat Heat 102-90.

When LeBron James’ name was called during the introductions at Tuesday’s Heat-Cavs game at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron did not appear on the court.

James later entered the court when the lights were down for the Cavs’ introductions.

During the broadcast on NBA TV, Kevin McHale said he had never seen anything like that before in an NBA game.

In his post-game interview, James explained that he was using the restroom during the introductions.

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The Secret to Philadelphia’s Success is Hugs

Doug Collins is a hugger. After Thaddeus Young came toward the bench at the end of the first half in which he had scored 17 points and lifted the Sixers to a 16-point lead Monday, Collins grabbed him around the back of the neck and pulled him in.

Doug Collins

Doug Collins

When Jrue Holiday had trouble executing a play in the first half that resulted in a poor offensive possession, Collins called him over for a one-on-one chat during a timeout, explained what he was looking for from his starting point guard, flashed that knowing, grandfatherly smile and followed it up with, that is right, a hug.

And after Spencer Hawes fouled out late in the fourth quarter with the game pretty much decided, there was Collins at the bench, arms extended. Corny? Maybe, if the players were not buying into it. But that is Collins.

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Jermaine O’Neal Returns to Celtics

Jermaine O'Neal

Jermaine O'Neal

Jermaine O’Neal rejoined the Celtics on Monday following two months on the shelf after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

O’Neal could play as soon as Thursday at San Antonio, but Doc Rivers wouldn’t commit to that plan.

“I’m able to go,’’ O’Neal said. “No limitations.’’

Rivers said, “I think Jermaine has his own personal time clock. We’ll see. I hope, that would be great.’’

Boston will have Tuesday off and practice on Wednesday.

“There’s a chance [he could play Thursday], but I doubt it,’’ said Rivers. “It’s just so quick. Honestly, the only way is if we had some other injury or something. Even then, I doubt if I’d do it. I’d go with the six guys we’d have in uniform.’

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Rubio Finally Willing to Join Timberwolves?

Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio has resisted the advances of the Minnesota Timberwolves since before the team even drafted him with the fifth overall pick back in 2009.

Now the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that “a little birdie says the Timberwolves have received word from Ricky Rubio’s family that he’s open to signing with them for next season – if there is a season.”

Of course the 20-year-old 6-4 guard could just take the safe route and keep playing for FC Barcelona instead of involving himself in any potential NBA labor lockout.

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