Introducing…the All-Villain Team of 2015!

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We’re going to have a little fun with this column, which is our little antidote to the dog days of March in the NBA.

The quotes are entirely fictitious. Just wanted to make that perfectly clear.

Tweet of the Night: Matt Barnes upset with league’s decision to fine Joakim Noah only $15,000 for tantrum

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noahWhen Joakim Noah went into Half-Baked mode and cursed at all the referees before leaving the game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday,  many expected the league to come down hard on the Chicago Bulls center.

Interestingly, the punishment he received wasn’t as bad as some expected – a $15,000 fine. The pattern of fines given this season have been unique under Rod Thorn. Coach Mike Malone of the Kings was hit with a $25,000 fine for this tantrum, and Mark Cuban was handed a $100,000 fine for his berating of officials just a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps there is a different standard for a coach or an owner, but in no way is what they did worse than what Noah did.

Matt Barnes, who has been the recipient of a couple of fines this season due to his failure of leaving the court in a timely manner after an ejection, was less than pleased when he learned what Noah was hit with for his antics:  

SH Blog: Kidd rips Nets after loss to Pacers, Ray Allen explains how frustrated he was with Boston

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KiddIs this how things are going to be for the Brooklyn Nets without their starting center? In the first game since losing Brook Lopez to a season-ending foot injury, the Nets got ripped by the Indiana Pacers and suffered an embarrassing 103-86 loss at home.

To be fair, they did lose to the best team in the league (at least from a record perspective). The Pacers are ranked No. 1 in defensive rating and allow a league best 89.4 points. That’s pretty much in line with what they did against the Nets. 

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Tweet of the Night: Return of the Mamba

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Kobe+Bryant+James+Harden+FI7eIhOBUprmKobe Bryant has officially made his return to the Los Angeles Lakers, and it didn’t go unnoticed around the league. Very few players can command this type of attention from their piers. The anticipation was coming from every corner of the league. 

Tweet of the Day: NBA, Players Remember Nelson Mandela

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Many amazing men have walked the earth having had a profound impact on the world with their lives. Men like Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr.. Their deaths were monumental and the cause of grief to many.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.

Mandela was instrumental in bringing about the end of Apartheid (racial segregation) and ushering in an era of ethnic equality in South African politics. His efforts earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Addressing his passing, United States President Barack Obama spoke to the press from the White House.

He achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today he’s gone home, and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.”