Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a punch at Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, the NBA announced on Thursday. The incident occurred in the second quarter of the Lakers' 121-114 loss on Wednesday in Phoenix.
The NBA also announced that Suns forward Marcus Morris would be fined $25,000 for "escalating the altercation," and Phoenix center Alex Len would be fined $15,000 for his flagrant foul. While Young was upset that his teammates didn't back him up, those guys are likely happy that they aren't losing any money.
Young will miss Los Angeles' game against the Boston Celtics on Friday.
Lakers sign Manny Harris to 10-day contract
The Lakers will be missing Young in Boston, but they will have an extra body, as they announced they have signed guard Manny Harris to a 10-day contract on Thursday. Harris is the NBA D-League's leading scorer, averaging 30.6 points in 13 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders this season.
Corperryale L'Adorable Harris (yes, that is his birth name), who is also averaging 6.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists, has been piling up points of late. He dropped 49 against the Idaho Stampede last Friday, then followed that up with a 38-point, 10-rebound performance the next night. On Monday, Harris managed 42 points and eight rebounds against the Maine Red Claws, shooting 14-for-14 from the free throw line.
Harris played in the Ukraine in 2012-2013 and spent most of the two prior seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
You will probably hate the jerseys that the NBA is making its best players wear for the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans:
Yep, they have sleeves, because the league is pushing this style regardless of how players and fans feel about it.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov speaks
Prokhorov defended himself against criticism for not being in Brooklyn, said the Nets still have a shot at a championship "if the stars align" and backed Jason Kidd, saying that he called the head coach after a loss earlier this season to tell him to ignore the media, via the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy:
"I told him about a very famous Russian writer is Mikhail Bulgakov, who said, "Don't read Soviet papers before breakfast,'" Prokhorov said. "In other words, so don't pay any attention for what they are writing about. So just keep doing your job."
Hedo Turkoglu signs with Clippers
It's official: The Los Angeles Clippers have signed forward Hedo Turkoglu for the rest of the season, the team announced in a press release on Thursday. To make room for Turkoglu, the Clippers waived guard Maalik Wayns.
Turkoglu was waived by the Orlando Magic on Jan. 3, after Orlando unsuccessfully attempted to trade him and his $12 million expiring contract. He has not played in an NBA game in almost a year.
Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers hinted on Tuesday that the signing could be coming soon, via the LA Times. The 34-year-old, who will wear No. 8 for the Clippers, will practice with his new teammates on Thursday and be available to play on Friday against the New York Knicks and is rather excited about it, via Clippers.com:
"It feels great," Turkoglu said. "I'm really excited, a little bit nervous. It's a new chapter for me. This is my 14th year and I'm just really happy to be a part of this great organization."
"I assume what I've done in the past made [Rivers] think I would be a good fit," Turkoglu said. "That feeling right now, kind of nervous, butterflies, is there. It's been wild for me just waiting out there and trying to see what's going to happen.
Caron Butler not thrilled about current role
Milwaukee Bucks forward Caron Butler expressed some of his frustrations on Thursday, saying that he'd love to stay in Milwaukee but he was promised he would play a lot of minutes and he wants to be able to help the 7-31 Bucks, via Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
"The information I received before coming here is that 'You're going to play a lot,'" Butler said. "And I want to play. I want to be out there to help the situation.
"If we're developing on the fly, and I know Giannis (Antetokounmpo) has to play and guys have to play, but OK, there are a lot of ways those guys can play and we can still be out there developing those guys as well.
Butler, who is from nearby Racine, is averaging 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 25 minutes per game this season, but he has seen his playing time fluctuate lately, including a DNP-CD on Saturday in Oklahoma City. He is not asking out of Milwaukee, but he wants to win and he wants to play, via Gardner:
"If a hometown guy can't be happy here or guys like that, who will come here? I've never been one to bite my tongue and I've got a lot of friends in the NBA, and I express myself. As of now I'm happy and I want to be here, but I'm going to continue to express myself."
This is the kind of thing that happens when you lose. The Bucks have lost seven in a row and 10 of their last 11.