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Noah mum on a most trying week


07:32 AM ET 04.21 | If Joakim Noah was hurting -- and, under the circumstances, it would be understandable -- he didn't want to show it. The Bulls forward flew Friday to New York to honor his mentor Tyrone Green, who died of a heart attack. Green, who Noah said was "like a second father to me," helped teach a teenage Joakim the game as a New York program director. Noah practiced Saturday and, for the first time Sunday night, was asked about his hard week following the Bulls' 102-93 Game 1 loss to the Wizards. "I don't want to talk about that," he said. Minutes later, someone inquired: Did he feel like himself? "Yeah," he said bluntly. Noah's teammates reached out to him over the weekend. "Everybody made sure he was OK," forward Taj Gibson said. "Just one of those things where you just have to play through it."

Chicago Sun-Times

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Hibbert: I'm the weak link


07:31 AM ET 04.21 | Considering the size of the subject, this is as significant a disappearing act as one might imagine. How has the tallest player on the floor managed to disappear? Then again, how does the tallest player on the court manage to get blocked by 6-7 Kyle Korver -- twice? Roy Hibbert was the player -- more than any other on this roster -- that Pacers coach Frank Vogel rooted his team's smash-mouth identity around when he took command four seasons ago, dispatching a run-and-gun offense in favor of the inside-out game in which Hibbert could thrive. The Pacers would rule the paint, and Hibbert's 7-2 frame would serve as their backbone. ... "We just have to get certain guys under control as a team," Hibbert said. "I'm sure we'll look over film ... if I'm the main culprit in terms of being the weak link on defense."

Indianapolis Star

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Kirilenko's wife takes offense to benching


07:31 AM ET 04.21 | Yes, Andrei Kirilenko was "a little bit surprised" he didn't play in Game 1 -- but a loved one took things a step further. Kirilenko's wife, Masha Lopatova, did not appear to be too happy that her husband was not playing. She posted an Instagram photo of Kirilenko sitting on the bench accompanied by the comment " ... And you are Kidding like Jason ..." That could be a reference to a lyric in the song "Hot in Herre" by Nelly, where the rapper says, "I'm just kiddin' like Jason." She later wrote to fans: "I don't want to say anything bad, but just think about 350 million Russian fans back in Russia cheering for the one Russian player in the playoffs (not to mention Russian community and Russian ownership) that hurts!!!" Asked about his wife's comments, Kirilenko said, "She wanted me to play."

ESPN New York

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Jim Buss promised to step down if ...


07:30 AM ET 04.21 | Just how desperate did things get this season in Los Angeles? The team was nose-diving in the standings, losing the interest of fans, and grinding toward its worst season since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960. So Jeanie Buss posed an elementary question to her siblings: What was going on with the Lakers? Her older brother Jim Buss, 54, in charge of the Lakers' basketball operations, spoke up in the boardroom of the team's El Segundo training facility and pledged to resign in a few years if the suddenly dark fortunes of the franchise weren't reversed. "I was laying myself on the line by saying, if this doesn't work in three to four years, if we're not back on the top ... then I will step down because that means I have failed," he told The Times about the meeting.

Los Angeles Times

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Woodson has 3.4 million reasons not to complain


07:29 AM ET 04.21 | Coming out of the weekend, Mike Woodson still owned the title of Knicks head coach. [But] that's expected to change this week. Woodson and team president Phil Jackson will meet in the coming days, perhaps as soon as Monday, to discuss his job status, according to a source. Former Knicks coach Larry Brown, who speaks to Woodson periodically, has kvetched publicly on the radio and privately to friends that Woodson has been treated unfairly by Jackson, who has his eyes on Steve Kerr. ... [Woodson] was unhappy to be excluded from the player exit meetings Thursday and Friday, but he has 3.4 million reasons -- that's how many dollars he is owed for the final year of his contract -- not to feel bitter toward owner James Dolan or Jackson. Dolan and then president Steve Mills exercised the option on the final.

New York Post

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