• Marc Gasol's broken right foot casts doubt on the Grizzlies' playoff hopes.Marc Gasol's broken right foot casts doubt on the Grizzlies' playoff hopes.

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: Memphis Commercial Appeal. Chris Herrington with a sharp and nuanced look at what Marc Gasol's indefinite absence with a mid-foot fracture means for the Memphis Grizzlies, now and in the future, and who bears what level of responsibility for the 7-footer injuring his wheel while playing through pain and having been listed as questionable for Tuesday's contest.

    PF: Blog-a-Bull. On a similar note, how much should Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler's strained left knee be attributed to "an outright deficiency of the organization/coaching and not just a matter of circumstances?"

    SF: TrueHoop. A tremendous read from Pablo Torre on the process of rebuilding Stephen Curry's ankles, which contributed in ways big and small to Steph going from very good but unreliable to the most

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  • James Worthy acts as Los Angeles' in-studio analyst. (Getty Images)James Worthy acts as Los Angeles' in-studio analyst. (Getty Images)In-studio NBA analysts, let’s be honest, don’t usually create heaps of legendary reports. Yes, Charles Barkley continues to entertain (even if we’re not entirely sure if he watches League Pass) and someone like Bobby Jackson will pop up from time to time, but the limitations of the medium and the fact that many are paid (however indirectly) by the team they “cover” tends to get in the way of anything memorable.

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    This is why it isn’t the biggest journalistic crime in late-night, deep local cable history if these ex-players play favorites. Against an ex-coach. In the face of an opposing team they haven’t bothered to watch all season. In favor of a buddy, and/or ex-teammate.

    The last bit is in direct reference to Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s James Worthy. A Los Angeles Laker legend and three-time NBA champion that won each of those rings alongside Byron Scott. Scott is the beleaguered Los Angeles coach that is

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  • Ahead of Wednesday night's meeting between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers — the first of two matchups between the two clubs in the next month, and Kobe Bryant's final visit to Ohio before he retires at the end of this season — ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst dropped a what-if bombshell: in the summer of 2007, the Lakers called the Cavs to find out if trading Kobe to Cleveland could net them LeBron James.

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    It's a mind-boggling thing to consider now, eight and a half years later, but at the time, a 28-year-old Bryant was coming off his second straight scoring title, at the peak of his powers, and pretty ticked off about the Lakers falling from perennial NBA Finalists to playoff also-rans following the acrimony-filled dissolution of his partnership with Shaquille O'Neal.

    James, just 22, was coming off his coming-out party, a season in which he'd logged his second straight top-five finish in MVP voting and

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  • Mad Dash: Angels and their fans will try to set selfie sticks record

    Ballpark promotions are meant to get attention, so we know we're not helping our cause with the following story, but we have to tell you that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have a new promotion coming up this season, and we're sorry, but it's awful. Fans will be invited on May 6 to help set the Guinness record for the largest gathering of people using selfie sticks, and we can't even pretend to be amused because selfie sticks are the worst. The only thing goofier than one person using a selfie stick is 45,000 people using them. Throw in the fact the Angels are introducing that many more selfie sticks into the world, and this idea is just bad. Now that we've made our objections clear, go have your fun, and never do it again, please. 

    Phoenix Suns rookie Devin Booker was probably expecting some form of prank as part of his initiation this season, and he definitely got it. Check out the pile of packing peanuts that Suns veterans dumped into

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  • A federal judge in California on Tuesday threw out a class-action lawsuit filed by professional caddies hoping for compensation from the PGA Tour because they wear bibs with sponsor logos that make them feel like walking billboards.

    U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice, a legal designation which typically prevents a suit from being refiled.

    Chhabria rejected all seven claims made by the caddies, suggesting the caddies signed a contract with the PGA Tour which requires they wear the bibs, regardless of the logos on them. The judge said the caddies themselves acknowledged that the PGA Tour had required caddies to wear bibs for decades, making it a requisite part of the uniform for pro loopers. The caddies argued that the bibs, which typically have the logos of that week's tournament title sponsor on them, made them into human billboards, for which they were not compensated. The caddies estimated the value of that advertising at $50 million per year.

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  • Mickey Gall beat Mike Jackson on Saturday to earn a shot at becoming the first man to fight pro wrestler turned MMA fighter Phil “CM Punk” Brooks in the UFC.

    CM Punk is injured again. (Getty Images)CM Punk is injured again. (Getty Images)Most expected Punk’s debut would happen in the summer, potentially at UFC 199 or the historic UFC 200.

    Well, not so fast.

    CM Punk will not be fighting in the UFC anytime soon, as he is scheduled to undergo back surgery for a herniated disk in Chicago on Wednesday.

    “My back has always bugged me,” Punk told MMAFighting.com “Figured it was just wrestling s---. Turns out it was.

    “It got bad enough to the point where I couldn’t do anything the week before I went to train with the New Jersey Devils last month. One day I could manage, the next day I couldn’t. I’ve been in agony for almost a month. Chiropractor, acupuncture, massage, cryotherapy ... nothing worked.”

    Punk says the setback is just a “bump in the road” and he’s sure he will fight before 2016 is over.

    The odd footnote to this unfortunate injury is the fact Punk apparently

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  • A member of the original Big Three has weighed in on the new Big Three (or Four). 

    In an interview with The Scotsman, Gary Player said that he had once thought Tiger Woods, at his peak, was the greatest putter he had ever seen. And there are plenty of reasons -- and video evidence -- to suggest Player should still feel that way.

    However, after seeing what Jordan Spieth has accomplished in his career, at just 22, Player has reconsidered and elevated Spieth to Woods' level, if not higher, with the flatstick. 

    “Rory McIlroy and Jason Day have the best swings of the ‘Big Three’ at the moment, but Spieth might be as good a putter as I’ve seen,” Player said.

    Player has a point. While Spieth has worked to improve his swing speed and add some yards off the tee, McIlroy and Day seemingly have unlimited power reserves that they can call on to blast the ball 30, 50 yards past Spieth. However, both McIlroy and Day are streaky putters. If the putter goes, power can only push a player so far. In

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  • Count Sergio Garcia as the latest European player to become a tournament host on the European Tour. 

    On Wednesday, the European Tour and tournament organizers announced Garcia would host the Spanish Open, which will be played this year from April 14-17, the week after the Masters, at Valderrama. 

    Valderrama, which hosted the 1997 Ryder Cup and the 1999 WGC-American Express Championship, will be host of the Spanish Open for the first time.

    “This is a new whole new way of working together with the European Tour and I am very proud to be a part of it,” Garcia said.

    Celebrity players hosting tournaments in their home country has become a bit of a trend on the European Tour, with Ernie Els (South African Open), Rory McIlroy (Irish Open) and Paul Lawrie (Match Play) assuming that ambassador role. Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have teamed up to serve as a rotation of hosts for the revived British Masters.

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  • While Tiger Woods is on his couch, recovering from a pair of autumn back surgeries, his caddie, Joe LaCava, is playing a lot of golf.

    Since Woods' 2014-15 PGA Tour season ended at the Wyndham Championship in August, LaCava, as he told ESPN, has played some 50 rounds of golf. In other words, he's playing enough golf for himself and his boss. He misses being on the road, seeing friends and doing his job alongside the best player of this generation.

    But, despite overtures from other players, LaCava is sticking by his man.

    "A couple of guys approached me, I don't want to name any names, but I [politely] said no,'' LaCava said of those part-time or temporary offers. "My plan is to wait for Tiger to get back. I've told them I just want to work for Tiger and nobody else at this point. They were all nice about it. They didn't know what my situation was. I've elected to wait things out with Tiger and that is my plan going forward.''

    LaCava hasn't spoken with Woods much about the progress he may

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  • The ability to stay calm and collected in big moments is considered one of the greatest virtues an NBA athlete can possess. Members of the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics will wonder exactly what caused them to lose their composure in the final second of Tuesday night's game at the GMO Harris Bradley Center.

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    Trailing 93-74 after a dominant third quarter for the Bucks, the Celtics steadily erased that deficit to tie it at 109-109 with 23 seconds left in regulation. Milwaukee countered with a Greg Monroe bucket with exactly one second on the clock, leaving Boston with an unlikely attempt at winning or forcing overtime on the final possession.

    They attempted to get the ball to Kelly Olynyk at the rim, but the pass appeared a bit high at first glance. Fortunately for the Celtics, Jerryd Bayless decided to push Olynyk to send him to the line for two shots:

    The 71.6-percent shooter made both to tie it. The foul

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