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Hassan Whiteside didn’t just get sent off the court Tuesday night, he got sent home. Heat officials told the 26-year-old to leave the arena after he got hit with a flagrant-2 for elbowing the Spurs’ Boban Marjanovic as they tried to get position for a rebound. NY Daily News
“We’ve been through this with him before,” Spoelstra said of Whiteside. “It’s a disappointing play. That’s not a basketball play.” Along with the ejection, the flagrant-2 comes with a one-game suspension, which he can appeal. With the All-Star break in Toronto set for this weekend, Whiteside, if he doesn’t appeal, will be eligible to return to the lineup on February 20 against the Wizards. NY Daily News
In the midst of a bruising 1-8 slump, accompanied by the typical grumbling and grousing in the locker room, much of it by Cousins, Divac realized that firing his future Hall of Fame coach – after less than one year – would be another futile attempt to appease a few disgruntled players and confused, conflicted fans. Sacramento Bee
Divac, only months into the job, must fully empower Karl, and Karl needs to rear back and kick some butts. There should be no sacred Kings. Except, of course, there is. Cousins has wielded a ridiculous amount of influence for a player whose primary accomplishment is being named to two All-Star teams. In his first five seasons, the Kings never won more than 29 games. In his NBA career, he has ranked not only among the league leaders in scoring and rebounding, but in technical fouls and suspensions, open defiance of coaches and disrespect toward opponents and teammates. Sacramento Bee
The Bulls started the season as offensively inept as ever. Fortunately, they were able to win games they same way they have the last few years, with defense. But with each passing week, their defense worsened. The Bulls allowed more than four points-per-game more in January than they did in November. Unfortunately, February is getting even uglier. Chicago Sun-Times
The L.A. Clippers announced today that forward Blake Griffin has been suspended without pay for four games for striking a team employee on Jan. 23 and his wages will be withheld for one additional game for injuries he sustained. The NBA has assisted us in this process. The Clippers will donate the salary from the five games to charities focused on disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles. At his request, Blake will support this activity with his time. InsideHoops
The NBA announced today that Bulls forward/center Pau Gasol will replace injured Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. For Gasol, it marks the second consecutive season that he has been named an All-Star and his sixth selection overall. The 35-year old Gasol has appeared in 48 games, where he has averaged 17.0 ppg, 10.9 rpg (third in the East; sixth in the NBA), 3.3 apg, 2.02 bpg (second; fifth) and 0.63 spg in 31.9 mpg. InsideHoops
Chicago rocker Jeff Tweedy had some expected collaborators during a recent studio session: a couple of Harlem Globetrotters. A video posted by the AV Club shows team members El Gato Melendez and Slick Willie Shaw bounding into the website’s Chicago offices — as well as the studio where Tweedy was at work with son and bandmate Spencer Tweedy. Chicago Sun-Times
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