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Report: NBA sends league-wide memo stressing the importance of respect in NBA arenas

Report: NBA sends league-wide memo stressing the importance of respect in NBA arenas

Following the incident in which a Utah Jazz fan made derogatory remarks to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, the NBA has taken one more step towards creating an even better environment at NBA games.

The Jazz organization took swift action on the incident themselves, putting a permanent ban on the heckling fan who took things too far.

LeBron James spoke on the incident after Tuesday night’s win over the Bulls, and reiterated exactly what the NBA is trying to remind fans, which is the importance of thoughtfulness and conduct in NBA arenas.


According to reporting from Sham Sharania of The Athletic and Stadium, the goal of the forthcoming PSAs or league-developed spots, will be to stress the “importance of respect and civility in NBA arenas.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Boylen's ejection actually bring the Bulls even closer together?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Boylen's ejection actually bring the Bulls even closer together?

David Haugh, Patrick Finley and Anthony Herron join Kap on the panel.

0:00- The NCAA brackets are set. Can Zion lead Duke to the title? How much of a disservice did the committee due to the Big Ten Champion Michigan State?

14:00- How much damage did Bradley do to its brand after their petty reaction to a long-time beat writer?

19:00- The guys react to the 24th anniversary of Michael Jordan's "I'm Back" fax. Was that the happiest non-championship clinching moment in Chicago sports history?

26:00- Jim Boylen gets tossed and Zach LaVine has his back. Could this actually bring the Bulls even closer together?

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

NBA Power Rankings: League picking up their intensity with playoffs looming

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NBA Power Rankings: League picking up their intensity with playoffs looming

We are about four weeks away from the NBA Playoffs, and the race for seeding among the top teams in the league is entering its final stretch.

In the Eastern Conference, Kawhi Leonard has ramped up his activity as of late for Toronto, putting up 38 PTS in a win over the Trail Blazers, 31 PTS in a win over the Pelicans and 25 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST in win over Lakers. The Raptors are still several games back of the Bucks for the top seed in the East but have a very favorable schedule down the stretch, including multiple games against the lottery bound Bulls and Knicks. 

The Bucks just suffered a tough five-point loss to the Sixers, despite a career-high 52 PTS from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Head coach Mike Budenholzer has some tough choices to make with the playoff rotation. Milwaukee has added Pau Gasol to a frontcourt rotation that includes breakout youngsters DJ Wilson, Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez and of course Giannis. How Budenholzer balances that rotation will go a long way towards determining if Milwaukee can make a postseason run that matches their league-best +9.1 net rating (heading into Monday night).

Seeds No. 4 through 7 are decided in the East as far as the teams that will be in, and the No. 8 seed is still up for grabs between the dregs of the Southeastern division, with the Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, Bradley Beal-led Wizards sitting the furthest out of the picture.

Over in the Western Conference, there is a game or less separating all eight teams in the playoffs. The upstart Sacramento Kings are headed for the lottery after a valiant push, but they still have a one-year jump the likes of which no one could have predicted beforehand. Speaking of one-year improvement, after narrowly missing the playoffs last season, Denver is poised to be a top three seed in the West.

Behind the play of MVP candidate Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets have taken out the Lakers, Timberwolves, Mavericks and Pacers in their recent stretch. The matchups are going to be crucial—even more so than usual in a loaded West—and it will be intriguing to see how seeds No. 6 through 8 shake out, seeing as the Jazz specifically will be an incredibly tough out.

To see how the hierarchy of the league is shaping up as we close out the 2018-19 NBA season, click here