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    plenty of seats available on the Bulls bandwagon.....

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    I think there's some seats available again in the Lakers bandwagon too. Get him before the ex bulls, ex spurs, and current Pistons fans join back on!

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    Federal Court Upholds Reduction in Suspension for Jermaine O'Neal

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    NEW YORK -- A federal judge ruled Thursday that Indiana All-Star Jermaine O'Neal does not have to serve the final 10 games of his suspension for fighting with fans at the end of the Pacers-Pistons game last month.


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    The ruling makes permanent the temporary decision U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels made last week, which allowed O'Neal to return to action even though he had not served all of the 25-game suspension imposed by NBA commissioner David Stern.



    The league went to court after arbitrator Roger Kaplan said O'Neal's penalty should be cut to 15 games, citing the player's "character, community involvement and citizenship."



    The NBA challenged Kaplan's authority to hear an appeal of Stern's punishment.



    Before rendering his decision, Daniels and lawyers for both sides portrayed the fight during the Nov. 19 game between Indiana and Detroit as unprecedented.



    Daniels said he did not believe the players' union or the league had imagined a scenario like the brawl when they created player contracts over the years.



    "I don't think they expected a riot or a melee to occur," he said. "It's clear to me nobody expected something like this to happen at a basketball game."



    Hours of legal arguments this week and last week focused on whether the brawl could be considered on-court or off-court behavior. Language in player contracts seemed to indicate on-court behavior is punishable by the league commissioner and cannot be appealed to an arbitrator.



    League lawyer Jeffrey Mishkin argued that the fight with fans was on-court behavior, especially when players were "wearing an NBA uniform on national television."



    Union attorney Jeffrey Kessler argued that it was not.



    "Fighting with or striking a fan has never been characterized as conduct on the playing court," Daniels said, reading from a written ruling. "Striking a fan is inexcusable, and appropriately considered something different and much more serious."



    O'Neal, recovering from the flu, watched the legal arguments in the morning. He said outside court that he found them "educational."



    Kessler called the ruling "a very clear precedent."



    "Anything with a fan is going to be arbitratable," he said.



    Mishkin declined to comment immediately after Daniels read portions of the ruling from the bench.



    In his ruling, the arbitrator reduced O'Neal's suspension and upheld Ron Artest's season-long suspension, along with those of Stephen Jackson (30 games) and Anthony Johnson (five games). Other players were also suspended, but the union did not appeal those penalties.



    Indiana coach Rick Carlisle was pleased the judge ruled in favor of O'Neal.



    "It's an important decision for our franchise for obvious reasons," Carlisle said. "But, you know, this is consistent with who Jermaine O'Neal is as a person, consistent with who he has been as a person. Having Jermaine back on a permanent basis is good for our league.



    "The guy has been a good person, a caring guy. He has been a guy who has been great in the community and those things just don't go away. This is vindication for him on a certain level."


    During the brawl, Artest sprinted into the stands and confronted a fan he believed had thrown a drink at him. Jackson also went into the stands and exchanged punches with fans, while O'Neal and Johnson punched fans who came onto the court.



    During the brawl, Artest sprinted into the stands and confronted a fan he believed had thrown a drink at him. Jackson also went into the stands and exchanged punches with fans, while O'Neal and Johnson punched fans who came onto the court.



    Five Pacers players and seven fans face charges.



    O'Neal served the 15th game of his suspension on Dec. 22. During the stretch, Indiana lost 10 games.



    He returned to action Saturday, playing in the Pacers' 98-93 loss to the Pistons.
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    I've been hearing some rumors of Baron Davis getting traded.

    How about Jim Jackson refusing to report to the Hornets? Guess I don't blame the guy. They suck.

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    Although Phoenix has the best record, imo, the Spurs are the best team in the league. No one will beat them in a seven game series.

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    Spurs are the best team, but I've seen them choke quite a bit in the 4th quarter and most recently the Tsmack 13 pts in 33 seconds choke. Not to mention last years Lakers vs Spurs series, what a disappointment.

    Then again I shouldn't be talking, my team chokes.

    Vince Carter is such a schmuck. I'm so glad he's on the same team as the always despicable Jason Kidd & Richard Jefferson, those three desere one another. If only K-Fart had stayed, it'd be perfect. Maybe the Mailman should consider going there, he'd be a perfect match, then again that's IF he can come back.

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    I'm still can't believe how well Seattle is doing this year. They have the same players as last year.

    I like the Wizards this year. Arenas/Hughes/Jamison are pushing to become the Run TMC of this decade. Hughes lead the league in steals.

    I also dislike VC... admitting to not playing his hardest at times. :phhht


    Mrs.Cwebb, i just picked up Rodney Rogers, Eddie Griffin (madsen is out with broken thumb), and Chucky Atkins to fill utility positions for my roto team. I'm still in second.

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    Ping, I had to drop Bobby Jackson from my team since he's out for the whole season, so I picked up Shane Battier. But I'm number 1 baby!

    VC's comment also makes Seattle's claim much more credible! :phhht Shmuck.

    Wizards are doing great, I'd love to see them pull an upset in the east. And I love Larry Hughes, I never imagined this 12th round pick of mine would give me such awesome numbers! Gosh he was such a steal!

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    Mrs.CW, how do you feel about the Kings' trading Doug C for more offense? Right now, watching the Lakers turnovers.

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    I guess Doug Christie and his wife are taking their reality show to ORL. I can't stand the finger pointing to the sky every 10 minutes. :rolleyes Franchise seems pretty pissed about the trade.

    Spurs got beat by the slumping Jazz.

    Newly acquire Atkins is lighting up the box score for my roto team.

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