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Former NBA player, coach and GM Vince Boryla dies at 89

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DENVER (AP) — Vince Boryla, a former player, coach and general manager in the NBA, died Sunday. He was 89.

The death was confirmed by the Denver Nuggets and the University of Denver, where he’s a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.

Boryla played five seasons for the New York Knicks in the 1950s before later taking over as their coach for three seasons.

While a general manager with the Nuggets, Boryla orchestrated a blockbuster deal with Portland in 1984 that brought Wayne Cooper, Fat Lever and Calvin Natt to town for Kiki Vandeweghe. Denver made it to the Western Conference finals that season and Boryla was named the NBA’s Executive of the Year.

In addition, he was a member of Team USA that won a gold medal at the 1948 Olympics.

Boryla is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, and five children, along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Rockets’ Montrezl Harrell pushes down referee in D-League game

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Rockets forward Montrezl Harrell, on assignment in the  D-League, got into a skirmish at the end of Saturday’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers-Bakersfield Jam game.

This rises above a typical minor-league altercation, because a referee took a shove.

National Basketball Referees Association:

The NBRA released a statement concerning the floor altercation culminating in Rio Grande Valley player Montrezl Harrell forcefully shoving Referee Jason Goldenberg to the ground during a game with Bakersfield on March 26, 2016.

“After carefully reviewing videotape and related evidence concerning this incident, we have reached the inescapable conclusion that Harrell committed a deliberate assault and battery against Referee Goldenberg. Anything less than a multiple game suspension would constitute a green light for violence against officials,” said Lee Seham, NBRA general counsel.

I doubt Harrell targeted the referee. It’s much more likely he just wanted to get to Jam forward Derek Cooke Jr. and would’ve pushed anyone in his way.

That said, Harrell still deserves punishment for pushing a ref. Not targeting referees is not enough. Players must restrain themselves from becoming so heated, they don’t control whether or not they push a ref.

The only question: Does the D-League and/or the NBA suspended Harrell?

Karl-Anthony Towns destroys Mirza Teletovic with dunk

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shouts following a basket in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 11, 2016. Minnesota won 99-96. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Karl-Anthony Towns made this a great highlight, regardless.

But you have to love how Mirza Teletovic played his part, staggering out of the picture dejectedly.

Rajon Rondo wants Mavericks to miss the playoffs

during the first half at American Airlines Center on March 3, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Kings aren’t making the playoffs. But they beat the Mavericks yesterday, keeping Dallas a half game out of playoff position.

Good luck finding someone more pleased with that result than Sacramento point guard Rajon Rondo, who spent a tumultuous half season with Dallas last year.

Rondo, via James Ham of CSN California:

“Yeah, I want them to get their plane ticket as soon as we get ours,” Rondo said. “So anytime we can help, that’s what I try to get these guys to focus on – if we’re not going to make the playoffs, then let’s help some of these guys go home with us.”

I love it. I hope sometimes-Rondo foe Rick Carlisle is just as motivated for revenge. These petty feuds are plain fun.

Plus, if that’s the mindset Rondo needs to play his best, more power to him. This only helps him help his team more.

Just imagine how psyched DeMarcus Cousins will be to spoil the season of George Karl’s next team someday.

Kobe Bryant says he plans to play in all of Lakers’ remaining games

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to making a basket during the second half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies  at Staples Center on March 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The Kobe Bryant farewell tour is hitting the final stretch.

Kobe says he’s hitting every stop left.

Lakers remaining schedule:

  • at Jazz
  • vs. Heat
  • vs. Celtics
  • at Clippers
  • vs. Clippers
  • at Pelicans
  • at Rockets
  • at Thunder
  • vs. Jazz

That’s great news for fans in Los Angeles, Utah, New Orleans, Houston and Oklahoma City. It’s a treat to see Kobe once more before his career ends.

Kobe has played four straight games, so playing the final nine would bring his playing streak to 13. That’d be his second longest of the season behind a 15-gamer in November and December.

Hopefully, Kobe’s 37-year-old body holds up.

Thankfully, Byron Scott has finally turned over major responsibility to the Lakers’ young players. That should ease the burden on Kobe, allowing him to at least make an appearance on the court more nine more times.