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NBA Introduces Plan to Ease Tensions Between Players, Referees

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The NBA announced today a five-pronged initiative designed to address the on-court working relationship between NBA players and referees. The announcement was made by Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations.

“As a league, we take great pride in standing for the best things about sports: competition, teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, diversity and inclusion,” Spruell said. “Recently we have seen instances in which we have not lived up to our own collective standards with regard to sportsmanship.  It is important for us to place a renewed emphasis on proper communication and respect to make sure we are meeting the standards expected from all members of the NBA family.”

Recently appointed NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Referee Operations Michelle Johnson and former top-rated referee Monty McCutchen, who was named NBA Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training in December, will oversee the program.

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Steve Ballmer: Clippers Moving to Inglewood ‘come hell or high water’

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“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community,” said [Steve] Ballmer, who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO early in 2014, shortly before he rescued the Clippers from the clutches of disgraced Donald Sterling and bought the franchise for $2 billion.

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Source: Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times

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Sources: Rockets, Bruno Caboclo Agree to Deal

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Free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, Houston have reach an agreement, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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