Jabari Parker Shakes His Own Hand After Referee Refuses To (Video)

Jabari Parker decided to take matters into his own hands Wednesday night after referee CJ Washington left him high and dry.
The Milwaukee Bucks rookie tried to shake Washington’s hand as the clock wound down on Milwaukee’s 103-86 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the ref did not oblige.
That’s always an awkward situation, but we think Parker handled it pretty well.

Wednesday also marked the first meeting between Parker — the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA draft — and Andrew Wiggins, who was selected first overall. The two turned in similar stat lines, with Parker tallying 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists and Wiggins finishing with 14 points, eight boards and four helpers.
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Gregg Popovich out after minor medical procedure

Popovich missed Wednesday’s game and is expected to miss Friday’s game as well.

      
 

 

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Iowa gets win after death of player’s father

Gabe Olaseni scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots.

      
 

 

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Utah Jazz Fan Accuses NBA Of Conspiracy After He Heckles LeBron James (Video)

“Dr. Heckle” might have messed with the wrong superstar.
Richard Anderson, a Salt Lake City plastic surgeon who has been a Utah Jazz season ticketholder for going on three decades, is claiming a conspiracy after he was abruptly told last week to cease his longtime use of props to heckle opposing players. His crime, he suspects: Distracting LeBron James at the free throw line.
Anderson watched Monday’s game against the Chicago Bulls at Energy Solutions Arena with a piece of blue tape over his mouth to protest to gag order he was given by the Jazz, he told ABC-4 News. The fan affectionately known as “Dr. Heckle” for his use of rubber chickens and other joke props claims he was told to cease using the props after he twirled an umbrella while James shot free throws earlier this month.

“I think the commissioner and the NBA central office have taken control of who they want to win and who makes them the most money,” Anderson told ABC-4’s Rick Aaron. “What really upset ‘em was when I was twirlin

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Same Old Problems Plaguing New-Look North Carolina After Upset Loss to Butler

It didn’t take long for the Battle 4 Atlantis to produce a shocking upset with No. 5 North Carolina losing by a score of 74-66 to unranked Butler.

So much for that dream final between North Carolina and Wisconsin, huh?

Already, Butler looks nothing like it did last season, when the Bulldogs posted a 14-17 record. Even before this huge win, they were shaping up as a potential tournament team.

North Carolina, on the other hand, looks exactly like it did last season.

That’s anything other than a compliment.

It’s a new year for the Tar Heels. They have a lot of new, talented faces in Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry. Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson have seen their roles increase drastically.

But the Tar Heels still have all the same problems that killed them early in 2013-14.

Remember that team? The one that inexplicably lost a home game to Belmont and a road game to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)? The team that lost four of its first five ACC games before finally starting to figure things out 10 weeks into the year? That team couldn’t shoot three-pointers. It couldn’t shoot free throws.

Considering it failed to capitalize on free chances and rarely traded three points for two, if you could hang with 2013-14′s North Carolina on the glass, you could beat it on the scoreboard.

In the two nonconference losses, the Tar Heels were 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from three-point range and 26-of-59 (44.1 percent) from the free-throw line.

Well, it was more of the same on Wednesday afternoon. The Tar Heels had a rebounding margin of minus-17. They made just four of 16 three-point attempts and shot 18-of-32 from the charity stripe.

As Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds astutely noted, having North Carolina get into the double bonus with more than 10 minutes remaining practically worked in Butler’s favor:

As much as North Carolina lost the game, though, Butler won it. The Bulldogs grabbed an absurd 29 offensive rebounds and forced 19 turnovers on defense. They willingly played at North Carolina’s uptempo pace (76 possessions) and looked more comfortable running the floor than the Tar Heels did.

We’ll see what happens in the next two days, but perhaps the Battle 4 Atlantis will serve as a springboard for an underrated Big East team for a second consecutive season, as Villanova surprisingly won this tournament last year.

However, that’s a comparison for another day if or when Butler shocks the world another two times in the next 48 hours.

For now, the biggest question is, what’s wrong with North Carolina?

How does Johnsona 6’9″ forward who can nearly jump out of a gymnasiumgrab just five rebounds against a Butler team that doesn’t have a single player taller than him?

How does Meeksa mountain of a man averaging 16.7 points per game coming into this tournamentget just four field-goal attempts in the entire game?

When will Marcus Paige figure out that he actually is allowed to score in the first 36 minutes of the game? Late-game heroics were his modus operandi last year and he was up to his old tricks again on Wednesday, sitting at just seven points at the final media timeout but finishing with 18.

Most critical of all, why can’t anyone on this team seem to make an uncontested, 15-foot shot?

Justin Jackson was 2-of-2 from the line, but he was the only Tar Heel in the game who attempted at least one free throw without also missing at least one free throw.

At the core, every single one of these issues comes down to a lack of effort.

Free-throw shooting is all about mental toughness and putting in the reps. If Roosevelt Jones can make six of eight free throws with perhaps the ugliest shooting stroke in the nation, anyone can shoot 75 percent.

Paige seems to coast through games until a desperation switch finally kicks in. Johnson and Meeks could both record a double-double in every single game if they so desired.

Who really knows what’s to blame for the lack of effort?

Maybe it’s the off-the-court distractions stemming from the Wainstein report.

Maybe they spent too much time this offseason reading about how they could win it all and decided they don’t need to try that hard to win games.

Maybe this is just modern North Carolina basketball. The Tar Heels have suffered at least one loss in the first month of each of the past six seasons, losing a total of 11 games in the first few weeks of the last half-dozen years.

Whatever the cause, the Tar Heels really need the new guys to infuse the team with some new blood, and it appears the freshmen will have plenty of opportunities to flex their muscles.

Down by four points with 16 seconds left, Berry, Jackson and Pinson were all on the court trying to force a turnovertrying to give the Tar Heels a spark that they desperately needed to avoid slipping into the “here we go again” mindset.

Obviously, they were unable to pull it off, but it speaks volumes about where this North Carolina team is and where it’s going that three freshmen who had yet to play in a game decided by fewer than 16 points were the ones that Roy Williams thought gave the Tar Heels the best chance to win.

Can the new guys help turn things around or is North Carolina headed for another subpar season and early exit from the NCAA tournament?

On one hand, this was a very ugly showing from the Tar Heels. On the other, they only lost by single digits despite getting destroyed in virtually every aspect of the game other than blocked shots (UNC had 10, Butler had one).

It’s still way too early to make an overarching judgment on the season ahead, but we’ll get a few more pieces of the North Carolina puzzle in the next two days.

Even after suffering the loss to Butler, the Tar Heels will face either UCLA or Oklahoma in the consolation bracket before potentially drawing Georgetown on Friday.

After Atlantis, they play Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio State in a span of 17 days before embarking on a tumultuous ACC slate.

Yes, it’s still November, but they need to figure out how to play with intensity while actually making some free throws and three-pointers. Otherwise, things may start spiraling out of control.

Again.

 

Kerry Miller covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @kerrancejames.

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Minnesota suspends Daquein McNeil after arrest

Minnesota suspends backup guard Daquein McNeil, after arrest on domestic assault

      
 

 

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Kevin Martin to miss 6-8 weeks after wrist surgery (Yahoo Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin will miss the next six to eight weeks after having surgery on his fractured right wrist.

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Minnesota suspends backup McNeil after arrest (Yahoo Sports)

Minnesota guard Daquein McNeil (5) goes up for a shot over Franklin Pierce guard Jaleel Bell, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Minneapolis, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Minnesota won 109-57. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sophomore guard Daquein McNeil has been arrested on a charge of domestic assault and suspended from all team activities.


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Stock Watch for College Basketball Stars After 1st Few Games of 2014-15

It’s still early in the 2014-15 college basketball season, so it’s unreasonable to expect everyone to have the kinks worked out. Still, change is the only constant in collegiate sports, from changing rosters to changing roles, and some of the game’s stars appear to be handling what’s new better than others.

The following 10 players carried some burden of expectation into the new season, and for every one whose play is trending upward, there’s another who’s showing signs of struggle.

Which players are we bullish on at this preliminary stage, and which ones face a bear market?

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Stock Watch for College Basketball Stars After First Few Games of 2014-15

It’s still early in the 2014-15 college basketball season, so it’s unreasonable to expect everyone to have the kinks worked out. Still, change is the only constant in collegiate sports, from changing rosters to changing roles, and some of the game’s stars appear to be handling what’s new better than others.

The following 10 players carried some burden of expectation into the new season, and for every one whose play is trending upward, there’s another who’s showing signs of struggle.

Which players are we bullish on at this preliminary stage, and which ones face a bear market?

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