Wizards’ coach Wittman fined $20,000 for profanity in postgame press conference

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ridiculous!

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

Randy Wittman should be pissed off. John Wall came back with what early on looks like the same old jump shot (9-of-29 outside the paint so far this season). The top 10 defense the Wizards built last season is gone, they are allowing 108.1 points per 100 possessions through three games (think they don’t miss Emeka Okafor?).

With an owner who is demanding a playoff berth and a GM who also may feel his seat getting warm, well, that’s the kind of storm that gets a coach fired early in the season.

So Wittman let out a little of that frustration Friday night after his team lost 109-102 to the 76ers on Friday and used some expletives during his post-game press conference. When asked what he thought the problem was, Wittman said a “commitment to playing $*#&%ing defense” and dropped another bomb in the same answer.

That’s a no-no in…

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Virginia Tech forward Barksdale suspended three games

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Virginia Tech forward C.J. Barksdale has been suspended the first three games of the year, head coach James Johnson announced on Monday. The Hokies suspended Barksdale for a “violation of team rules.”

A 6-foot-8 junior and former Rivals top-100 prospect, Barksdale averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 points per game as a sophomore and will miss three home games for the Hokies against USC Upstate, West Virginia and Western Carolina. Barksdale will continue to practice with the team according to Norm Wood of the Daily Press.

“I am disappointed in C.J.,” Johnson said in a statement. “He is a young man who made a bad decision and now must deal with the consequences. I know that he will come back from this suspension and continue be a valuable member of this program.”

Virginia Tech also stated, “This will be the only comment about the situation by any member of…

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Can the Mamba strike again?

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Kobe Bryant probably has the #25 posted somewhere in his house. How dare ESPN rank arguably the next great to Jordan at #25? What an insult to the black mamba, who for numerous seasons held the Lakers in the top spot. With five championship rings, two NBA-finals MVP, four NBA-All-Star game MVP, and one NBA MVP, the last time he was ranked #25 was probably during the 96-97 season. It fuels him, he likes the doubt because there will be no expectation when he returns to the court. Says who? Laker fans are hoping that Kobe being Bryant will destroy everyone when he gets back to playing the game of basketball. Die hard Laker fans will vow that the Mamba will annihilate Kevin Durant and the Thunders, embarrass Dwight Howard and the Rockets, put up more numbers higher than Carmelo, outshine D-rose’s return, beat King Cobra(Lebron)  and the Heat, but most of all, teach Chris Paul and the Clippers that Los Angeles is Laker town. But, for that to happen, the Lakers must make the playoffs, get pass the first round and make it to the championship game. Is that too much pressure for the mamba? Considering that, Houston will make some noise, Doc Rivers are whipping the Clippers in shape, Popavich will have his annoying Spurs beating everybody, the Heat are on a quest to 3-peat, and Russell Westbrook is coming back to draw blood. So, where does the Mamba stand? Will he be the same? Can he take his team to the next level? Just remember, at one point, the Black Mamba was the most venomous, fastest, aggressive snake in the NBA and even though, mambas have a tendency to flee from humans, they do attack when threatened. So, for now, don’t doubt the Mamba because a hit from him is almost always fatal.

Sixers improve to 3-0 with comeback win over Bulls

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With 79 more games to go, the Sixers are not really making any noise. They are having luck. Maybe they will be great, they are young and quick, but is that enough to last them for 79 more games?

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

This is not at all how this was supposed to happen in Philadelphia this season. But after three games and three wins, it’s moved beyond a fluke occurrence and is now becoming a story.

The Sixers beat the Bulls 107-104 on Saturday to improve their undefeated record to 3-0 on the season. Chicago and Miami (along with the hapless Wizards) are the three teams to fall victim to the supposedly undermanned Philly squad, but the consistent level of production from four different players has the Sixers actually playing much better than the title contenders in Miami and Chicago at this very early point in the season.

For the third straight game, the Sixers came back from a sizable deficit to come away with the victory. In the opener against Miami, they gave back all of a 22-point lead before coming back from down eight in the final five minutes. Against…

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