NBA Athletes Offer Support For TNT’s Craig Sager

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Craig Sager, often recognized for his quirky suits and ties, has been a staple on NBA sidelines for 17 years.

Thursday afternoon, Craig Sager, Jr. broke the news on Twitter that his father, long-time NBA on TNT sideline reporter, Craig Sager, would be out for 3-4 weeks while receiving treatment for acute leukemia.

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Tweet of the Night: Los Angeles Lakers Scorch The New York Knicks, Twitter Reacts

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Tuesday night’s showdown between the Knicks and Lakers was a bit one-sided.

The New York Knicks, who had been surging towards the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a recent string of eight straight wins, have (seemingly) fallen flat on their faces.

If their recent fourth-quarter collapse against the hapless (and Kyrie Irving-less) Cleveland Cavaliers wasn’t bad enough, they travelled to Los Angeles for a shellacking at the hands of the short-handed Lakers.

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Tweet of the Day: New NBA-Themed Commercials Abound

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Many of today’s NBA athletes have endorsements with major corporations that often require them to be featured in a television commercial. A lot of them have their predecessors to thank for having broadened the reach of the NBA’s global marketing arm. Greats like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were prominently featured in high profile marketing campaigns during their playing careers.

Recently, with such bold personalities like four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, the door for retired NBA athletes to continue marketing major products has remained open. The ‘Big Diesel’ has continued appearing in prominent ads for products like Icy Hot and Buick.

With the recent retirement of Allen Iverson’s jersey now in the rearview, Reebok has brought both Shaq, Shawn Kemp (otherwise known as the Reign Man) and The Answer back into the fold to help promote the latest edition to The Retro Shop, the Kamikazi.

Tweet of the Night: Reggie Miller can’t believe Knicks fail to call timeout against Wizards in final seconds

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WoodsonThe New York Knicks have lost plenty of games this season in a variety of devastating ways, but Monday’s loss to the Washington Wizards at home may take the cake for the worst loss of the season.

New York got off to a slow start and was down 53-42 at half time. John Wall went off in the first half with 19 points, but a determined Knicks team came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. They held Wall to just one point for the remainder of the game and outscored the Wizards 35-22 in the third quarter. The execution down the stretch was seemingly enough to come away with a much-needed victory. Then the final 24 seconds of the game happened.

Tweet of the Night: Matt Barnes says “I’m DONE standing up for these niggas!”

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IbakaThings got tense between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday when Blake Griffin and Serge Ibaka got tangled up near the end of the second quarter.

After getting fouled by Ibaka on a shot attempt near the rim, Griffin got a hold of Ibaka’s arm and held on tight. The natural reaction by Ibaka was to set himself free from the hold, but it appeared as if he had shoved Griffin from the back in the process. Interjecting immediately with a shove was Matt Barnes, who is never one to back away from defending a teammate.

Things did not escalate from there, as Barnes, Ibaka and Griffin were all eventually separated. The refs, however, felt all the commotion was bad enough to eject both Barnes and Ibaka, while handing out a technical foul against Griffin. Some weren’t so appreciative of the ruling, as there appeared to be no need to hand out automatic ejections over one shove and a whole lot of talking: