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The Monstars are back. Blake Griffin, Jimmy Butler defy them in new video.

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It’s the 20th anniversary of Space Jam, the kitschy classic where Michael Jordan defeated the Monstars. With the help of Bill Murray. And Bugs Bunny.

You didn’t think the Monstars were going away, did you?

They are back, via the Jordan brand, in a new spot with Blake Griffin and Jimmy Butler. A very well done spot (with plenty of Foot Locker promotion).

Next up, Space Jam II?

Pistons’ Andre Drummond fined $15,000 for elbow to Roy Hibbert’s head

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Everyone knew this was coming. Andre Drummond included.

Tuesday night during the Pistons’ eventual win in Charlotte, Drummond was battling for a rebound when he threw a high elbow to the back of Roy Hibbert‘s head. We can debate if it was intentional, but that question is moot — elbow someone to the head, get ejected. Which is what happened. Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and immediately ejected.

Thursday, as expected, the league tacked on a $15,000 fine for Drummond. That’s the going rate.

Doc Rivers fined $15,000 for losing it on officials in Brooklyn game

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That’s about as mad as you will ever see Doc Rivers.

He was frustrated, the Clippers had blown an 18-point lead and were deep into the first overtime (which they lost in a second OT), when he walked past half court to protest a call by Lauren Holtkamp. She calmly listened to him and walked him back to his side of the court, understanding that late in games coaches need to blow off some steam. However, crew chief Kenny Mauer rushed in from the other side because he heard — or, at least thought he heard, Rivers denies it — the coach swear at the Holtkamp. Mauer gave Rivers a technical, and Rivers just lost it, and picked up another ending his night.

In a surprise to nobody, including Rivers, the league fined him $15,000 for “verbal abuse towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner after his ejection.”

No doubt Rivers left his side of the court, but that’s not why he got the technical. Mauer overreached. He tried to protect a fellow referee, who it turns out didn’t need protecting. Then again, Mauer had a rough game overall that night.

PBT Podcast: Kings talk, Western playoff race breakdown with James Ham of CSN Bay Area

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Ask fans around the league — or some front office types — about the Kings and the questions are trades: Is DeMarcus Cousins available yet? Rudy Gay? Omri Casspi?

But the Kings haven’t given up on making the playoffs this season. On the one hand, they are 7-11 — with one rain out — which is not impressive, but still they remain just two games out of the final playoff spot in the West, and the bottom of that conference can shake out a lot of ways.

We break down the Kings’ growing pains under Dave Joerger, talk trades, and break down the playoff race in the West with James Ham, the Kings Insider for CSN Bay Area, in this latest PBT Podcast.

As always, you can check out the podcast below, or listen and subscribe via iTunes (check there to see all the NBC Sports podcasts), subscribe via the fantastic Stitcher app, check us out on Google play, or check out our new PBT podcast homepage and archive at Audioboom.com.

PBT Extra: Nerlens Noel about to return, but how long does he stay in Philly?


Because their frontcourt wasn’t crowded enough, the Philadelphia 76ers are about to get Nerlens Noel back from injury. Remember he missed the start of the season to rehab his left knee, but now he’s about to go down to the D-League for a rehab assignment and soon will be up with the main club.

And Brett Brown is going to have to get him minutes, because the Sixers are trying to showcase him for a trade, something I discuss in this latest PBT Extra.

This is mutual — Noel wants out, and the Sixers want to move him. There are rumors of interested teams (Toronto and Portland are potential destinations that seem to get the most buzz around the league), but right now any interested GM wants to see Noel on the court, playing in games, looking healthy, then the conversations about potential deals will start to get more serious. But make no mistake, they will get serious — Noel will be traded before the February 23 deadline.