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Greg Oden allegedly punched ex-girlfriend three times, broke her nose

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Greg Oden was arrested last week after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend and he was charged Monday with three crimes including a felony.

The former Miami Heat center and No. 1 overall pick was charged with felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery, and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury by Marion Superior County.

According to the Indy Star, police documents say Oden punched ex-girlfriend Christina Green in the face three times which broke her nose. The incident came after a night of drinking at a club. Oden’s mother allegedly heard the commotion and came over to pull her son off Green. She said the two have an argument every time they come over.

Green did not seem to cooperate with police at first. She was found with swelling and cuts on her nose and forehead and blood was seen on the sofa and ground, but she reportedly told responding officers that she fell. She would not allow officials to photograph her injuries.

Oden supposedly was cooperative with police and supposedly admitted his guilt.

“Thing go out of control, and I started to go after Christina. My mother and Toni tried to hold me back, but I swung my arms to move them out of the way and then punched Christina in the face. I was wrong, and I know what has to happen.”

Green was taken to the hospital and received three stitches for a cut.

Miami Heat reporter Ethan J. Skolnick added this after seeing the story about Oden being charged:

Paul George changing jersey numbers to become PG-13

Paul George PacersBefore going down with his broken leg in a USA Basketball scrimmage, Paul George was making plans to re-shape his branding.

ESPN reports that George applied for the right and was granted approval to change his jersey number from 24 to 13. George, who is from the outskirts of Los Angeles, wore 24 because of Kobe Bryant. Changing his jersey number to 13 would make for a simple and fun nickname — PG-13.

Bill Simmons suggested the nickname for George back in a Grantland column in May 2013.

By the way, I have some advice that will help Paul George become a household name. He should change his number immediately from no. 24 to no. 13. Here’s why … can you think of anyone being helped by a nickname more than Paul George suddenly becoming “PG-13?” Uh-oh, PG-13 is heating up! Warning, this game contains strong language, violence and a possible heat check! We might have to make this performance rated “R” — it’s too hot to handle! Let’s make this happen already.

George was on Jimmy Kimmel in January and had this to say when asked about the nickname.

“That’s not bad. That’s got a ring to it, PG-13.”

Since then, George has dropped hints on Twitter about switching to the nickname. He’s used “trece” several times on Twitter, which means thirteen in Spanish.

PG-13 — that is some excellent branding. The only problem is that George broke his leg since planning the number change, which won’t exactly help 13′s reputation for being a bad-luck number.

John Wall does not think he got fair shot at making Team USA

John WallJohn Wall is one of the better players in the NBA and a franchise player for the Washington Wizards, but when it comes to USA Basketball, he’s just another guy.

Wall was one of the first players cut from Team USA last week, along with Wizards teammate Bradley Beal and Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap. The competition at point guard is steep — Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard are the point guards still on the roster.

Wall was asked by CSN Washington’s Ben Standig whether he got a fair shot at making the team and said he didn’t think so, though he does hope the best for his country.

“Nah, I don’t think so, but it’s a part of the game. I’m just happy to have the opportunity to be there and represent my country. I wish them the best of luck and hope they can win gold.”

Keep in mind that Wall was not part of the initial 28-man roster for USA Basketball that was determined in January. He was only invited to work out with the team on July 24, a few days before camp began. That was after Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams said they would not be playing. Wall feels like their minds were already made up about the team.

“I’ve been (around) for four years in a row. I think that’s enough time,” Wall said. “Everybody had the same fair amount of time as far as being (in Las Vegas) and playing. I think [Team USA] already had kind of in their mind what they wanted to do and what decisions they were going (to make).”

As good as Wall is, it’s hard to disagree with the Team USA cuts. These are the best American players we’re talking about. There’s no shame in being invited to the training camp and cut. It also doesn’t help Wall that Kyrie Irving, who is Wall’s competition, was one of Coach K’s players at Duke.

Either way, Wall has a good attitude about being cut.

“Not even (against) just those (Team USA point guards), but the NBA, period. I guess I’m overlooked again. I guess have to prove myself one more time.”

If this is motivation for Wall to continue working hard and improving, then he should be in good shape. If he continues to get better, maybe he’ll have a better shot at the team next time around.

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk

Carmelo Anthony is also skinny

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LeBron James isn’t the only NBA superstar who has gotten noticeably skinnier since the season ended. Carmelo Anthony, whose season ended a lot sooner than LeBron’s, also appears to have shed some extra weight.

Anthony posted a photo on Instagram Monday that shows him looking pretty slim. It’s probably not a coincidence that he is roughly the same age as LeBron, as ‘Melo is seven months older than James and turned 30 in May.

Like LeBron, Carmelo is likely trying to prolong his career by getting into better shape. It also wouldn’t hurt for him to get a bit quicker so he can get open for all of those shots he likes to take. Who’s up next?

Andrew Wiggins told Bill Self he wanted to be traded

Andrew-WigginsSince LeBron James announced he would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, speculation began about him being joined by Kevin Love.

Love has, of course, made it known his intentions to opt out of final year of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves and become a free agent after the 2014-2015 season. With this in mind, it makes sense for Minnesota to trade their All-Star and get something in return before he departs. The Cavaliers are able to dangle last year’s No. 1 overall pick (Anthony Bennett), this year’s top pick (Andrew Wiggins), and a first round pick, increasing their status as a likely trade partner.

Wiggins is the key component for the Timberwolves, as he should be, and while some may not be thrilled with the idea of being traded, the 19-year-old seems to think it may be the best thing for him. When speaking with former coach Bill Self, Wiggins indicated he was hoping to be traded.

“When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, “I hope I get traded,” Self said via Sporting News. “And I’m like, ‘No you don’t.’ And he said, “Coach, I do. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.”

Credit to Wiggins for embracing the opportunity to be more of a focal point and realizing it will be beneficial for his development. During his long season at Kansas, some questioned Wiggins’ ability to take over games due to his laid back personality. With the Timberwolves, he will surely have a larger role, giving him ample opportunities to shed that label.

LeBron James says he will not leave Cleveland again

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LeBron James has gone Nick Saban on everyone and says he will not be leaving Cleveland again.

James spoke at a “Welcome Home LeBron” event at InfoCision Stadium in Akron Friday and pledged his allegiance to the Cavaliers.

“I don’t plan on going anywhere,” James said Friday via the Akron Beacon Journal. “I don’t have the energy to do it again.”

James was drafted by the Cavaliers and played for them from 2003-2010. He won two MVPs and reached the NBA Finals once but never captured a title. He left for Miami and played four seasons with the Heat, reaching the Finals all four seasons and winning them twice. But he returned to Cleveland this offseason amid much fanfare, forgiveness and elation.

There was some speculation that James could leave the team again because he only signed a two-year deal, but he says that was done for financial reasons.

“At the end of the day I’m a businessman as well,” James said, “and I know what’s going on in our league.”

James was referring to the new TV deal the league is negotiating, which could lead to higher maximum salaries for top players.

James leaving the organization and area for a second time would be devastating for the community. It’s good he plans to stay with them the rest of his career lest he risk becoming the most hated man in Ohio. That is unless his second stint with the team turns disastrous.

ESPN suspends Dan Le Batard for LeBron James billboard

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Dan Le Batard has never been one to weigh the potential consequences of his actions before going through with them, which is one of the reasons he is more entertaining than a lot of other sports radio personalities. It’s also the reason he was given a long weekend by his employer this week.

On Thursday, ESPN released a statement announcing that Le Batard has been suspended for two days because of the funny billboard he paid for in Akron mocking LeBron James.

“Dan Le Batard will be off the air for two days, returning Monday,” the statement read. “His recent stunt does not reflect ESPN’s standards and brand. Additionally, we were not made aware of his plans in advance.”

I think everyone knows Le Batard’s publicity stunt does not reflect the views of ESPN, considering it was a joke that Le Batard and his father attached their names to. Le Batard even said earlier this week that it was all in good fun.

“It’s just fun anarchy. All meant in fun — which, of course, will turn into Cleveland people getting filled with rage, poison and irrational hostility and want to use those billboards as a guillotine,” he told Greg Cote of the Miami Herald. “Sports are so great, the more irrational the better. This is a publicity stunt disguised as a movement. Please don’t tell anyone there is no actual movement.”

We know how protective of its image the World Wide Leader can be. But remember, Le Batard is the same guy who sacrificed his MLB Hall of Fame vote for life just to make a point. A two-day suspension won’t change him in any way.

Photo via @JeremyinAkron