BucksÂ forwardÂ Charlie VillanuevaÂ got a talking-to from Scott Skiles after the coach learned that Villanueva had posted a message to his Twitter feed – a “tweet” – from his mobile phone at halftime of Sunday’s home win over theÂ Celtics. “Anything that gives the impression that we’re not serious and focused at all times is not the correct way we want to go about our business,” Skiles said yesterday. Using the screen name “CV31” – his initials and jersey number – Villanueva posted this message during halftime: “In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We’re playing theÂ Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up.” Villanueva finished with a team high of 19 points.
Speaking candidly on a “Knicks on Demand” video for the team’s Web site,Â Knicks president Donnie Walsh said he does not have all his eggs in LeBron James’ basket and his decision to make trades to get under the salary cap in 2010 was a broader philosophical move. Speculation in recent weeks is King James isn’t leaving Cleveland. “You always have a backup plan,” Walsh said from his Westchester office on the videotape, in which he answers submitted questions from fans. “I really didn’t know what the list of free agents were. “Â
Warriors coachÂ Don NelsonÂ doesn’t hold back about why a backcourt ofÂ Monta EllisandÂ Jamal CrawfordÂ won’t work.Â “I don’t think that the mix is good enough, it’s just like with oil and water,” Nelson said before Tuesday’s game. “They’re both really good players, but we need somebody that can guard a 2. Especially when you get into the good teams, the 2’s are 6-foot-7, and Monta’s not a very big guy.”
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TheÂ LakersÂ failed to take full advantage of a torrid shooting night fromÂ Pau GasolÂ for a second straight game. Two nights after he made all 10 first-half shots against Dallas but only attempted three more after the break, Gasol made six of seven in the first half against Philadelphia yet finished just 9-for-12. “I’m shooting really well right now, but I wish I could just get a couple more looks even if the percentage goes down a little,” Gasol said. “Obviously they come and they try to double, but let them keep coming. That means somebody else is open and somebody gets a wide-open shot.”
Already the Canadian leader in multi-language sports broadcasting, CBC Sports announced Tuesday it will soon offer the first Punjabi-language telecast of President’s Choice Toronto Raptors Basketball.
Parminder Singh, the voice of CBC’sHockey Night in CanadaÂ Punjabi broadcasts and host of Omni Television’sChardi Kalaa, will call the play-by-play when the Los Angeles Clippers visit Toronto on Sunday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. ET.