Players congratulate Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki on reaching amazing milestones

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Nash NowitzkiFor Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki, Tuesday turned out to be a pretty special night.

The former teammates each accomplished a major milestone during their respective games against Houston and Utah: Nash moved past Mark Jackson for third all-time with 10,335 career assists behind John Stockton (15,806) and Jason Kidd (12,091), while Nowitzki passed Oscar Robertson for 10th all-time with 26,714 career points .

Nash has maybe one more year left in him, so he will stay behind Kidd in the record books, but Nowitzki still has plenty left in the tank. If he can sustain his current level of play for the next two seasons, he should easily be able to pass Shaquille O’Neal, who is sixth all-time with 28,596 points. If the power forward can play three to four more years, he can conceivably move past Wilt Chamberlain, who is just head of O’Neal with 31,419 points. 

NBA players around the league react to national title game between Kentucky and UConn

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Kevin OllieThe NBA took a day off as a courtesy to the national championship game between Kentucky Wildcats and UConn Huskies, and most around the league were glued to the television on Monday night.

The quest for the NCAA title always draws massive interest, but this one was particularly special for so many that are and have been in the NBA because of Kevin Ollie – the long-time, respected NBA veteran turned head coach of the Huskies. With his great leadership and the phenomenal play of Shabazz Napier – who had 22 points on eight-of-16 shooting to go with six rebounds, three assists and three steals – UConn went on to beat John Calipari’s Wildcats 60-54.

Of course, there were plenty of reactions on twitter as the game came to a conclusion. Most were simply ecstatic for Ollie and his great success, some wished their former team could have won, a certain King thought no guard should be drafted ahead of Napier, and others were less than pleased with how the game concluded. See the thoughts of many around the league below:

Tweet of the Night: Kyrie Irving sick of rumors and accusations, calls media headlines B.S.

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Kyrie Irving 2This season has been one of great disappointment and controversy for Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving.

Expected to be one of the more competitive teams in the Eastern Conference before the season began, the Cavaliers have floundered and are all but out of playoff contention after their latest 117-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

More importantly, there have been rumors all season long about how Irving doesn’t want to remain in Cleveland – rumors Irving has denied. The most recent report, however, went even further, saying he has wanted out of Cleveland for years. Robert Attenweiler of Cavstheblog.com discussed with Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland. That they don’t want him in Cleveland. He doesn’t like Mike Brown. He didn’t like Chris Grant. He doesn’t like Dion Waiters. He’s already gotten a General Manager fired. He might get Mike Brown fired. This is the last time – once he signs he loses all of his leverage – so this is the last time he gets to enact leverage. I know he’s said all the right things so, fine, on July 1, when they offer a max contract – which they will – and I don’t even know if he’s a max player, but you have to sign him – sign a five year, no out. That’s what a max contract is. A max contract is five years, no out. If you want out or you want three years, that’s not a max contract. You want three years? Okay, we’ll give you $12 million a year. We’re not giving you the full thing.

I’m just giving you my feel right now and my feel is that he’s not crazy about [signing the full max extension] unless he gets everything checked off across the board.

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Now, Kyrie has been very upset by this stuff but, whether he wants to acknowledge it or not, it exists out there and I’m just saying the way it is. I’m sure Cavs fans are upset about it. The Cavs are upset about it. When I’ve written about it, the Cavs have been like “Why does this stuff have to be written about us?” I say, “It has to be written about you because this could happen.”

SH Blog: Pau Gasol may be done for the season, Phil Jackson says Knicks can trouble teams in playoffs

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Pau-Gasol4The Los Angeles Lakers have had one of the most tumultuous seasons we have seen in a long, long time and Pau Gasol has been in the center of it all for much of the season.

With a plethora of injuries to key players and adjusting to life without Dwight Howard, the Lakers have played themselves to the second worst record in the West. Unlike Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, who have missed a majority of the season due to a variety of debilitating injuries, Gasol has managed to play through it all – controversies with Mike D’Antoni and all – for most of the season.

Until now.

After suffering some ill-effects from vertigo over the past couple of weeks, it appears the team may be ready to shut him down for the remainder of the season. Indeed, the center may have played the last game of his career in a Lakers uniform, from Mike Bresnahan of Los Angeles Times

Tweet of the Night: Jason Collins calls out Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for signing a bill that could discriminate against homosexuals

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Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins felt the need to call out the foul play of Bryant on Thursday, except it wasn’t towards the Bryant you may be thinking of.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that essentially prevents the government from doing anything to put strong burden on religious practices. That could potentially include anti-gay discrimination, something Collins could not believe the governor would allow:

Collins became the NBA’s first openly gay athlete earlier this year and has since gained immense attention around the country. He is recognized as an inspirational figure of sorts at this point, so it isn’t to anyone’s surprise that he would openly speak against those in power who won’t do their part in helping the country become more accepting of a person, regardless of sexuality.

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James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.