Former NBA player Greene gets two-year doping ban

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According to the Associated Press, former NBA guard Orien Greene has received a two-year suspension for tampering with a urine test. Green had been playing for Eclips Jet MyGuide Amsterdam, a professional team in Amsterdam. (Obvious joke that comes to mind — getting a two-year suspension for failing a drug test is bad enough. When you get a two-year suspension for failing a drug test in Amsterdam, you know you messed up.) 

Greene’s suspension is retroactive to March 12th, 2009. Teddy Gipson, one of Greene’s teammates, received a six-month suspension when he admitted to helping Greene tamper with the test.
Greene, who started his college career with the University of Florida but later transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette, played for the Kings, Pacers and Celtics in three NBA seasons before going overseas. He was never much of an offensive player, but managed to squeeze into rotations thanks to his length and defensive acumen. In the 2005-06 season, Greene played in 80 games for the Celtics, and even started five games for Boston. After that season, the Celtics let Greene walk and purchased the draft rights to Rajon Rondo from the Phoenix Suns. I think it’s safe to say that the Celtics are happy with how things worked out. 

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.