Nets owner, fan to have bag-lunch summit

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First, Nets owner Brett Yormark made himself look bad when he yelled at a fan who wore a paper bag over his head while attending a Nets home game. After that, Yormark realized that when you’re the owner of a team as bad as the Nets, having a sense of humor might not be the worst thing in the world. First, Yormark turned the paper bag incident into a promotion. According to the Associated Press, Yormark is looking to get a little more publicity out of the incident. Here’s the release:

“The chief executive of the New Jersey Nets will have lunch with a fan who recently wore a brown bag over his head to protest the team’s woeful season.
Nets CEO Brett Yormark and Chris Lisi of Middletown will sit down for lunch Tuesday at the Nets’ headquarters.
Lunch, of course, will be brown-bag style.
Yormark had a brief heated exchange with Lisi a week ago after seeing him with the brown bag on his head during a game.
Yormark defended his actions the next day, saying he was standing up for his team, which is 9-64 and needs one win in its last nine games to avoid matching the NBA record for fewest wins.
The meeting will be streamed live at http://www.njnets.com. Yormark and Lisi will be joined by Nets radio broadcasters Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw.”
The whole thing feels a little hokey to me, but I suppose when you’re trying to avoid a share of the worst record in NBA history, good publicity isn’t all that easy to come by. 

DeMarcus Cousins pushes handsy Joakim Noah (video)

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Joakim Noah kept his hands on DeMarcus Cousins after getting called for a foul, and that – and/or the Kings heading toward their third straight loss – agitated Cousins into pushing the Knicks center.

Remember, Cousins and Noah have a history.

Aaron Gordon throws inbound pass off Marcus Morris’ back, scores (video)

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Aaron Gordon has backslid this season while playing out of his comfort zone at small forward, but there are still signs he’s progressing from great dunker toward great player – like this crafty inbounds pass off Marcus Morris‘ back.

Brandon Jennings sinks halfcourt shot after whistle (video)

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The NBA refuses to grant continuation when a player senses an intentional foul in the backcourt and launches a heave.

Fortunately, players continue to shoot anyway – which produced this fun Brandon Jennings non-basket.

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes wanted for questioning after alleged New York nightclub fight

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Matt Barnes infamously fought then-Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes even bragged that violence is sometimes the answer.

His self-earned reputation won’t earn him the benefit of the doubt over an incident earlier today.

TMZ:

Sacramento Kings star Matt Barnes is wanted by NYPD for questioning after he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning — and TMZ Sports got video of him right after the incident.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a 911 call to Avenue Nightclub after midnight, reporting a man assaulting 2 women and another man. We’re told things got physical when Barnes allegedly choked one woman during an argument — and when 2 other people tried to intervene … he punched both of them.

In the video, Matt and a teammate — it appears to be DeMarcus Cousins — are talking about the fight. The teammate is clearly heard saying, “Matt hit the s*** out this ni***!”

Barnes was also arrested for domestic violence against Govan in 2011. But she said the incident was blown out of proportion, and the charges were dropped.

The Kings have already played at the Knicks and Nets, so Sacramento doesn’t return to New York this season.