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VIDEO: College player pushes fan

For those who missed it last night, Oklahoma State’s 65-61 loss to Texas Tech wasn’t the main story as State player, Marcus Smart, pushed a fan.

The incident took place with 6.2 seconds left in the game and State trailing 63-61. Smart fell into the crowd before getting to his feet and angrily confronting a Tech fan. Smart then pushed the fan with two hands before walking away/being pulled away.

The fan has been identified as Texas Tech ‘super fan’ Jeff Orr who regularly sits a couple of rows back on the baseline at Texas Tech games.

Talk after the game was that Orr had spoken out of term, prompting Smart’s reaction.

A couple of things to think about:

- What was said?

Do Smart’s actions become acceptable depending on what Orr said?

- What should happen to Orr?

- What should happen to Smart?

- What does Smart’s future in the game look like?

Will he now become an easy target of fan and player abuse because they’ve seen a reaction?

In Draft Express’ mock 2014 draft, they had Smart going sixth overall.

Thoughts?

Birthday’s are a fun occasion. You get cake, presents and occasionally, people sing to you.

The fun gets taken out of it though, when people are forced at verbal gun-point to sing and enjoy singing Happy Birthday.

Welcome to Kevin Garnett’s super-scary attempts at getting you a birthday surprise.

VIDEO: David Stern looks like confused grandparent on Letterman

Departing NBA Commissioner David Stern spent 30 years in charge of the National Basketball Association, during which time he pulled the league out of the quagmire it was in in the 80’s, introduced new drug policies, handed out fines and suspensions and gave million-dollar athletes a dress code to adhere to.

Whatever David Stern wanted, he got. He was very powerful and very in control.

Which made his recent appearance on David Letterman’s Talk Show show all the more surprising.

Stern was on stage to do the ‘Top 10’ comedy spot where a guest reads out a fatuous list of ten things that are on topic relevant to the guest.

Sounds easy but it had the devastating effect of turning a man with razor sharp wit and a dry sense of humour into a bewildered and lost grandparent.

If you want to remember Mr Stern as a confused geriatric, watch the video. I know that I’d rather remember him as the mighty Commissioner who once cupped his ear and encouraged more boos at the 2013 NBA Draft.

All Star Game reserves announced - no Anthony Davis?!

In case you missed it, the NBA All Star Game reserves have been announced.

West:

Chris Paul (LAC)
LaMarcus Aldridge (POR)
Damian Lillard (POR)
Tony Parker (SAS)
James Harden (HOU)
Dwight Howard (HOU)
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL)

EAST:

John Wall (WAS)
Joe Johnson (BKN)
DeMar DeRozan (TOR)
Chris Bosh (MIA)
Paul Millsap (ATL)
Roy Hibbert (IND)
Joakim Noah (CHI)

Following those announcements, there will be raised eyebrows that Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, Lance Stephenson and Pelicans front court star, Anthony Davis, have missed out.

The ASG back-ups will join their respective conference starters of
Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin for the West and Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George for the East as the two teams go head-to-head in the 2014 All Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday 16th February.

NBA Allstar weekend announcements

Interested to know which personalities will be taking part in All Star Weekend’s Celebrity game?

According to NBA.com, fans can expect some familiar faces and some unfamiliar ones as well:

"Two-time MVP Kevin Hart will play alongside Victoria’s Secret model, actress and philanthropist Erin Heatherton; "America’s Got Talent" host Nick Cannon; ESPN Radio’s "Mike & Mike" hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg; Jesse Williams ("Grey’s Anatomy"); Columbus Short ("Scandal"); Michael B. Jordan ("That Awkward Moment"); U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; three-time NBA Champion and ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen; "E! News" anchor Terrence Jenkins; NBA TV’s "NBA Inside Stuff presented by Samsung Galaxy" co-host Kristen Ledlow; ESPN anchor Stan Verrett; and WNBA stars Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky."

That announcement follows on from the news that Oklahoma City Thunder coach, Scott Brooks, will be coaching the Western conference While the Indiana Pacers’ Frank Vogel will take charge of the East in the All Star game to be held on Sunday 16th February.

Both coaches have been rewarded for leading their teams to the top of their respective conferences with the Thunder at 36-10 and the Pacers at 35-9.

The 2013 NBA Allstar game saw Gregg Popovich lead the West to a 143-138 win over Coach Spoelstra’s East team. The victory marked the third consecutive Allstar win for the West.

The 2014 NBA All Star weekend is being held in New Orleans from February 14th - February 16th.

Sacramento Kings enhancing fan experience with Google Glass

Technology is a wonderful thing and the NBA’s Sacramento Kings are utilising some of the most exciting new gadgetry to bring different viewpoints of the game, to their fans.

Fans, both in the arena and at home, will be able to witness the action on the court through the eyes of of Slamson (the Kings mascot), Kings dancers, sideline reporters and more, who will be wearing the Google Glass product to stream their experiences live.

The internet describes Google Glass as:

"…a wearable, voice-controlled Android device that resembles a pair of glasses and displays information directly in the user’s field of vision."

Kings President Chris Granger describes a vision of the near future in which a partnership with CrowdOptic technology will be leveraged to detect where fans smart devices, including Google Glass units worn by fans as well as phones, are aiming inside the arena. “Fans could simply aim their smart devices to inherit someone else’s Google Glass view, or evaluate concessions lines. It is just a matter of time before Google Glass is an integral part of the fan experience of watching live sports. We are very excited about the many future possibilities working with CrowdOptic.”

The Kings tested out the technology during their January 12th game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the Google Glass broadcast due to be shown at the Kings’ January 24th meeting with the Indiana Pacers.

Here’s a preview of what fans can expect:

NBA builds on Global Games with new Russian Partnership

The NBA continues it’s drive towards increasing and expanding the appeal of basketball outside of America with its latest partnership: a multiyear deal with Russian gas processing and petrochemicals company, SIBUR, to provide safe and accessible basketball facilities and grow the appeal of basketball in Russia while promoting an active lifestyle.

Together, the NBA and SIBUR will identify indoor courts in need of refurbishment in areas where SIBUR has a presence and improve them with the eventual aim of NBA players, Legends, or Coaches, attending to host clinics and events.

NBA Vice President International, Russia, David Watts, said of the partnership: “…NBA fans in Russia are increasingly engaged with our league and, as a market leader with a deep commitment to sports, SIBUR is an ideal partner to help us provide communities with unique experiences and greater access to basketball in Russia.”

#NBALondon gaining credibility after Nets-Hawks event

Another NBA game in London done and dusted, another success for globalisation of the NBA game.

Looking past the Brooklyn Nets’ easy 127-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks - the second straight regular season game in the UK that has been won by 15 points or more - the reputation of the game over this side of the Atlantic looks to be improving.

The third game to grace the UK in a year took just four hours to sell out back on November 1st and a walk around the accommodating O2 Arena in Greenwich before tip-off, confirmed that the crowd in attendance were basketball-wise, rather than the previous gaggle of curious Brits who were trying to understand a foreign sport that looked nothing like football.

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VIDEO: Brooklyn Nets take on Arsenal players at game of H-O-R-S-E

Who knew that Lukasz Fabianski was a red hot shooter?

Both he and Arsenal teammate, Lukas Podolski, took on Jason Kidd and Mason Plumlee of the Nets in a game of H-O-R-S-E.

Judging by the fact he only appears at the end of the video, I’m guessing Podolski isn’t a natural baller.

Hawks and Nets see London sights before O2 meeting

With the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets visiting London to face off against one another on Thursday 16th January, both sides had time to relax and take in some of the sights.

Check out the Hawks checking out some of the tourist spots in London:

Before visiting Chelsea Football Club:

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