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Brooklyn Nets Unveil Logos and Colors

New name. New borough. New arena. New logos, too.

Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets will have a black-and-white color scheme, which pays homage to the old New York subway signage system.

The Nets will have a pair of primary logos. The first features a shield and the name “NETS” accompanied by the letter “B” inside a basketball and “BROOKLYN” underneath. The second features the letter “B” inside a basketball encircled by “BROOKLYN NEW YORK.”

“Hello, Brooklyn! I’ve been waiting a long time to say that,” center Brook Lopez said at the team’s formal logo unveiling at the Modell’s Sporting Goods store across the street from the team’s new home, the Barclays Center.

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Rajon Rondo Suspended for Game 2

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for Game 2 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Atlanta Hawks for making contact with a game official.

Rondo chest-bumped referee Marc Davis with 41 seconds remaining in Sunday’s 83-74 Game 1 loss at Philips Arena, earning his second technical and automatic ejection.

Rondo, who earned both technicals while vehemently protesting a foul call against teammate Brandon Bass, said after the game that the bump was unintentional, but the league apparently viewed it as otherwise.

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Charlotte Bobcats Fire Paul Silas

Paul Silas has been fired as head coach of the Bobcats.

Paul Silas, Stephen Silas

Paul Silas, Stephen Silas

Charlotte will immediately begin their search for a new head coach. Silas posted a 32-88 record with the Bobcats during his two seasons.

“I would like to personally thank Paul for everything he has done for this team under some pretty unique circumstances,” Rod Higgins said.

“His basketball experience as a coach and a player speak for themselves. We have been fortunate to have someone of his character associated with this franchise and we hope he will continue to be a valuable resource to us in the future.”

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Jamal Crawford to Opt Out of Contract

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford will be an unrestricted free agent for the second consecutive offseason.

A source confirms that Crawford will opt-out of his contract for 12-13 that would pay him $5.25 million.

Crawford signed with the Blazers last December after receiving offers from the Knicks, Wolves and Magic, among others.

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Kyrie Irving`s Top 10 Plays of Rookie Season

Kyrie Irving is having a remarkable rookie season and here is why.

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Metta World Peace Ejected for Vicious Elbow

Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace was ejected from the Los Angeles Lakers’ 114-106 double overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday after receiving a flagrant foul 2 for hitting James Harden in the head with his elbow.

World Peace threw down a dunk to draw the Lakers to within one, 48-47, with 1:39 remaining in the second quarter.

As he made his way back up the court, World Peace started to beat his chest in celebration before striking Harden, who was behind him, in the back of the head with his left elbow, causing the Oklahoma City guard to fall to the floor.

Harden stayed down and play was stopped for several minutes while the referees separated Lakers and Thunder players who were arguing and the flagrant 2 determination was only made after the collision was reviewed on a video monitor at center court.

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Source: Lou Williams Plans to Opt Out

Lou Williams

Lou Williams

Lou Williams intends to opt out and become a free agent at the end of the season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Said the source: “He’s indicated that he’s not going to pick up his option. All indications are that he’s going to opt out.”

Williams has not informed the Sixers of his plans.

“He has not said what he will do, but we will react to that when the time comes,” general manager Rod Thorn said.

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Confirmed: Dwight Howard Done for Season

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery on Friday morning in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk, effectively ending his season and eliminating him from participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Howard’s agent said on Thursday night.

“It hurts (emotionally),” Howard told ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Broussard.

“That’s the first thing — it hurts. And then with people saying and thinking I’m quitting on my team. This is a real issue. I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse.”

Howard has been complaining of back problems since early March, but it was not until Los Angeles-based spine surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins examined him last week that the herniated disk was discovered.

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Stephen Curry Wants Extension from Warriors

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry will be eligible for an extension this summer, but negotiations will be potentially problematic given his inability to stay healthy this season. Curry has missed the majority of the season due to persistent ankle injuries.

“Being an injury year, you have some doubts and concerns when it comes to contract negotiations,” Curry said.

“It would be great if we met somewhere. Whether it happens or not, I want to be out here and be a part of where we’re going.”

While Curry was limited this season to 26 games, he believes the perspective from the sidelines was useful.

“Dealing with the trades we’ve had, getting all these new guys and trying to build from scratch again has made for an interesting season off the court, especially when I’m trying to become a better leader,” Curry said. “Not being able to play, you see the game differently – watching on TV on the road and watching in person at home. I’ve gotten better at being able to read things on the court.”

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Report: Paul Silas and Tyrus Thomas Altercation in Locker-Room

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas shoved 6-foot-10 forward Tyrus Thomas after a postgame screaming match Sunday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Paul Silas, Tyrus Thomas

Paul Silas, Tyrus Thomas

Several players intervened immediately and separated the coach and player, and no punches were thrown, sources said.

Silas, 68, had been incensed with Thomas chatting with some Boston Celtics players on the court, and lashed out at him in the losing locker room afterward. Eventually, Thomas snapped back at Silas, and the coach warned him to say no more or risk a suspension.

Once Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker stall, sources said.