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Jabari Parker, de los Bucks de Milwaukee, abandona la cancha tras lastimarse una rodilla durante el partido ante el Heat de Miami, el miércoles 8 de febrero de 2017 (AP Foto/Jeffrey Phelps)
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Bucks’ Jabari Parker tears ACL, out for full year

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The Bucks’ worst fears about Jabari Parker, who injured his knee last night, were realized.

The forward will miss the rest of the season and likely part of next season.

Bucks release:

Bucks forward Jabari Parker suffered a left knee injury during the third quarter of last night’s game vs. Miami at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. This morning, Parker underwent an MRI that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. Parker will undergo surgery to repair the injury and will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season. The recovery and rehabilitation period is estimated at 12 months.

There is no silver lining here. This is a brutal injury for Parker and the Bucks.

Milwaukee might — might — find adequate fit replacements in Mirza Teletovic, Michael Beasley or Thon Maker. But all are massive talent downgrades. Using John Henson, Greg MonroeRoy Hibbert and/or Spencer Hawes in two-big lineups would drastically change the team’s style.

Parker was having a career year, averaging 20.1 points per game and becoming the true stretch four the Bucks needed him to be. Improved playmaking also showed the all-around potential that made Parker the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft.

Two games and three games out of playoff position, Milwaukee faces even more daunting postseason odds now. The Bucks might even become sellers before the trade deadline (beyond Miles Plumlee‘s bloated contract), though Khris Middleton‘s return could buoy them and Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s incredible production will prevent too deep of a slide.

Parker will be eligible for a contract extension this offseason, and this injury — his second ACL tear in his left knee — will only complicate negotiations. Parker also missed most of his rookie year with the same injury. Was he always especially prone to this tear? Is he more susceptible now? Both sides will dig into those questions when determining Parker’s long-term value.

For now, this is a real short-term setback to everyone involved.

 

Metta World Peace reminisces in final visit to The Palace: ‘I have no choice but to laugh about it now’

Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest (91) goes into the stands in an altercation with fans Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, in Auburn Hills, Mich.  The Pacers' leadership voiced their support for Ron Artest and the other players suspended after the brawl with Detroit Pistons fans and apologized for their role in one of the most violent exchanges between players and fans in U.S. sports history.  (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Back at The Palace for perhaps the final time, Metta World Peace recalled the moment that landed him in basketball infamy.

“I see the flashbacks sometimes. Not necessarily out here – because when the fans are there, it’s cool. But when nobody is in there, you reflect on it,” World Peace said in the locker room before Wednesday night’s game. “Sometimes you can look, and it’s like, I see exactly where everything happened.”

World Peace was still known as Ron Artest on Nov. 19, 2004, when he jumped into the stands at The Palace, precipitating perhaps the ugliest melee in NBA history. Now with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was back in Auburn Hills for Wednesday night’s game against Detroit. It was the final scheduled visit to the arena for the Lakers, since the Pistons are planning to move downtown next season.

“It’s different now. I always like to make some jokes, sometimes,” World Peace said. “I come to the building, I’ll just say like, `A lot of history here.”‘

A lot has happened since that night in 2004, when Artest was a member of the Indiana Pacers and his actions left his career at a crossroads. He was suspended for the rest of that season after the “Malice at the Palace” – but when he returned, he was able to continue what turned out to be a lengthy pro career.

Artest played a key role when the Lakers won the championship in 2010, and the following year, he even won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, an honor presented by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. Artest was honored for his work in promoting mental health awareness.

He changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011.

Now 37, World Peace has played in only 18 games this season. He was inactive Wednesday.

As his career winds down, he feels a long way removed from the brawl against the Pistons.

“I have no choice but to laugh about it now,” he said. “There’s nothing else you can do.”

He even has nice things to say about The Palace.

“Great building, great fans. I know we had a lot of wars on the court,” he said. “The Pistons – those were the roughest games I ever played in.”

Detroit’s most recent NBA title came in 2004. Before beating the Lakers in the Finals that year, the Pistons had to go through Indiana for the conference title. Months before the brawl, Detroit eliminated the Pacers in six games.

“That series, we had them bruising,” World Peace said. “Our whole group was tough, and their whole group was tough.”

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Bryan Cranston pretends to slap Tony Parker’s butt during inbound, M. Night Shyamalan laughs (video)

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This is funnier than this. Bryan Cranston knows when to hold up.

Report: Phil Jackson called Michael Jordan to try calming Charles Oakley

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04: NBA basketball legends (L-R) Allen Houston, Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley pose at the Muhammad Ali birthday celebration and VIP Reception during the events for the 133rd Kentucky Derby, May 4, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
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As Charles Oakley fought with Knicks security last night, Knicks president Phil Jackson tried to calm Oakley.

When that didn’t work, Jackson apparently turned to his former player — Michael Jordan, a longtime Oakley friend from their time as teammates with the Bulls. Joran and Oakley were so close, Jordan brought Oakley to the Wizards during his second comeback.

Stephen A. Smith on ESPN:

Phil and others felt he was completely out of control. My sources told me he picked up the phone. He called Michael Jordan, because if there’s one person in the world who can get through to Charles Oakley and calm him down, it is Michael Jordan. But Michael Jordan, from what I’m told, was unable to reach Charles Oakley because, by that time, Charles Oakley had been arrested and removed from the Garden and had his cell phone confiscated at the time. So, he couldn’t be reached.

Typical Phil Jackson, delegating to someone else.

LeBron James posts photo of Charles Oakley, captions it ‘Legend’

Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley exchanges words with a security guard during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the LA Clippers Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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LeBron James has publicly feuded this season with:

So, when Oakley’s feud with the Knicks turned violent last night — the Knicks trashed Oakley; he claims they started it — we knew which side LeBron would take. We just didn’t know he’d support Oakley this publicly:

 

Mood!! #Legend

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Oakley has been more friendly with the Cavaliers organization, including LeBron: