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Andrei Kirilenko's wife rips Jason Kidd

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08:57 AM ET 04.20 | One of the big surprises to come out of the Nets' 94-87 victory over the Raptors in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round series was the fact super sub Andrei Kirilenko never got off the bench for Brooklyn. It appears his wife, Russian pop singer Masha Lopatova, was just as surprised as everyone else. On her Instagram account after the game, Lopatova tweeted out a picture of her husband sitting on the bench with the comment, "And you are Kidding like Jason" which appeared to be a reference to Nelly's song, "Hot in Herre" which includes the line, "I'm just kiddin' like Jason."

New York Post

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Raptors GM apologizes for shouting Nets expletive

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09:22 AM ET 04.20 | Scores of people gathered outside at Maple Leaf Square were even more amped up after team president/general manager Masai Ujiri, throwing political correctness out the window, ended an address to the gathered fans in emphatic fashion. "F--- Brookyn," yelled Ujiri, handing off the mic as he left the stage with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke, who dropped his head, perhaps thinking, "It's on now." he tried to douse the flames somewhat at half-time, offering a mild apology. "Guys, I used wrong choice of words out there," Ujiri said, sounding like he was going to completely backtrack "This thing is really not about me, it's about the players. I apologize to the kids out there. Nothing against (the Nets), just trying to get the fans going," he continued, before saying one more thing as he walked away. "You guys know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize."

Toronto Sun

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Jim Buss promises to resign if Lakers don't improve

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09:42 AM ET 04.20 | 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 -- and the definition of top means contending for the Western Conference, contending for a championship -- then I will step down because that means I have failed," he told The Times about the meeting. "I don't know if you can fire yourself if you own the team -- but what I would say is I'd walk away and you guys figure out who's going to run basketball operations because I obviously couldn't do the job. There's no question in my mind we will accomplish success. I'm not worried about putting myself on the line." It was an emotional meeting, and the siblings -- including Johnny, Janie, Joey and Jesse -- agreed that Jim deserved more time on the job.

Los Angeles Times

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Clippers, Warriors exchange barbs

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08:39 AM ET 04.20 | Two days after Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out Clippers star Blake Griffin for flopping and playing out of control, L.A. coach Doc Rivers said he wants Griffin to keep doing what he's been doing this season, even if that includes flopping. "That's Klay's opinion; I don't really care," Rivers said Friday. "I just keep looking at what Blake's done. If he's flopping, then keep doing it because those numbers look awful good to me. So flop on. That's the way I look at it. Whatever he's done this year, I want him to keep doing exactly that. When the votes come for MVP, he'll be in the top three. I'm good with anything anybody says. Blake, you just keep doing what you're doing. What's happening is Blake is kicking a lot of people's butts and they need something to say about him."

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Report: Jim Cleamons interested in joining Knicks

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09:06 AM ET 04.20 | The stars are starting to align for an eventual reunion of Phil Jackson and Jim Cleamons in New York. Cleamons, the former Knicks starting point guard, and Jackson were teammates in New York in the late 1970's. From there, Cleamons became Jackson's right-hand man on the bench for nine of the Zen Master's 11 coaching titles -- four with the Bulls and all five with the Lakers. Cleamons, now a Bucks assistant coach, would seem a perfect fit as top assistant -- a veteran and master of the triangle who could help potential new head coach Steve Kerr. Kerr has emerged as Jackson's leading head-coaching candidate. According to an NBA source, Cleamons is interested in rejoining Jackson's Knicks in any capacity. Already, former Bulls personnel man, Clarence Gaines Jr. is on board with the Knicks in an unnamed front-office job and was in Portsmouth, Va. with team brass this week for the second day of an important pre-draft camp.

New York Post

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