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Bucks targeting Jabari Parker return before All-Star break

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is on target to return from a left knee injury the week before the All-Star break.

Coach Jason Kidd said before Wednesday night’s game against Orlando that Parker is doing great and is about a month away from playing.

Parker, the second overall pick in the 2014 draft, was averaging 20.1 points when he tore his left ACL in a game against Houston on Feb. 8, 2017. It was his second major injury to that knee in three seasons. He had surgery six days later, and the Bucks said it would take a year for him to return.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.

Ejected Rodney Hood knocks phone from fan (video)

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Jazz guard Rodney Hood will almost certainly get fined for this.

But can you really put a price on becoming a legend?

Reports: Lakers will no longer sign Jamil Wilson, who’s being sued for sexual battery

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According to multiple reports, the Lakers planned to sign Jamil Wilson, whom the Clippers recently waived.

But a lawsuit has changed those plans.

TMZ:

It’s all in a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court … the woman claims she began dating and having unprotected sex with Wilson in Nov. 2016.

But things went south and in June 2017 the woman claims she was diagnosed with herpes simplex type 2 — and she’s pointing the finger at Wilson.

In her suit, the woman claims Wilson KNEW he had herpes when they began having sex and failed to disclose that information to her.

The woman is suing for sexual battery and fraud — claiming her consent was based on the assumption he was disease-free. She’s also seeking damages for emotional distress.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

These are serious accusations, and the Lakers needn’t rush to sign Wilson. But there also hasn’t been a finding against him, either. He deserves a chance to defend himself.

The Lakers ought to investigate themselves as the legal process plays out. Not signing him immediately based solely on this accusation is one thing. Throwing his career into peril without more information would be another.

Gathering and evaluating the facts is the only way to reach a fair and just outcome for everyone involved.

Report: Heat’s Dion Waiters considering season-ending surgery

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Dion Waiters was contemplating surgery on a nagging left ankle injury that has sidelined him for the last eight games, and the Heat guard offered a strong take on timing while discussing options a couple weeks ago:

He was adamant that surgery will not take place before the Heat season ends.

“No,” Waiters said. “Hell no.”

Apparently, he’s reconsidering.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

Waiters would receive a $1.1 million bonus if he plays 70 games this season. He has played just 30, and the Heat have only 42 left.

Once Waiters can no longer trigger the incentive, that could open more options. With so much money on the line, it’s worth holding out hope for a miracle recovery. Whether Waiters waits another week surgery is practically inconsequential.

At least he still has his $11 million base salary – and three more guaranteed seasons.

The Heat should be questioning themselves after signing Waiters to such a lucrative deal last summer, considering he originally hurt the ankle last season. Miami needs him to get healthy. He wasn’t helping like this, playing largely ineffectively before getting sidelined.

It’d be nice for everyone involved if surgery could be delayed until after the season. But if it’s a necessary step toward Waiters playing well again, maybe it should happen sooner.

Raptors’ Serge Ibaka, Heat’s James Johnson suspended one game for throwing punches (video)

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Serge Ibaka can be hot-headed, and James Johnson has actual fighting experience.

In the Heat’s win over the Raptors last night, they combined for a pretty significant altercation by NBA standards. No punches landed, but a couple actually thrown:

Then, DeMar DeRozan and Goran Dragic got into after the game:

Now comes the fallout.

NBA release:

Miami Heat forward James Johnson and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter of the Heat’s 90-89 victory over the Raptors on Jan. 9 at Air Canada Centre.

Johnson will serve his suspension tonight when the Heat faces the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Ibaka will serve his suspension on Jan. 11, when the Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers at Air Canada Centre.

The NBA also fined the Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan $25,000 and the Heat’s Goran Dragic $10,000 for a separate altercation at the end of the game, during which DeRozan attempted to forcefully shove Dragic with an open hand.

The Raptors and Heat are jockeying for playoff position, and both their next games are relative tossups. Ibaka and Johnson will be  missed.

They could learn from DeRozan, who got away with only a fine (albeit the larger one): Keep that hand open when swiping at an opponent.