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Would James Harden have gotten suspended if he kicked anybody other

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HOUSTON — The NBA announced Monday night that it had suspended Houston Rockets guard James Harden for one game without pay for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in the groin during Sunday’s game won by the Rockets in overtime.

Harden said after the game that he didn’t believe he would be disciplined by the league.

Harden, who didn’t speak with reporters Monday, left with the team for Tuesday’s game at Atlanta.

He said the kick, which occurred in the third quarter, was more of a reaction to what was happening after he fell to the floor while getting double-teamed by James Jones and James. With Harden on his back, he kicked James in the groin.

Harden was given a flagrant foul 1 for kicking James.

It’s not the first time the league has suspended a player for kicking someone in the groin.

In the 2012-13 season, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was suspended one game for kicking Ramon Sessions in the groin. During the 2006 Western Conference semifinals, Jason Terry, then of the Dallas Mavericks, punched Michael Finley of the San Antonio Spurs in the groin during a scrum for a loose ball. Terry was suspended for one game, missing Game 6.

In Sunday’s game, there were five technical fouls called, the flagrant on Harden, 16 fouls in the third quarter and several brief scrums, including one between James and Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, who was pushed down to the floor as he tried to get back up.

“It was a pretty intense game that started off with a little scrum on the floor in front of our bench with Pat and LeBron,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said Monday. “It just kind of stayed kind of chippy all game long, which is fine. Some games are chippy like that.”

The Harden kick angered the Cavs.

“It was an intentional groin kick,” Jones said. “It was an intentional kick to a troublesome area.”

Added James: “Obviously that’s not a basketball play. Obviously the league will probably take a look at it. I have no idea why he would do that, but two competitors just trying to go at it and he won this one.”

Several Rockets players were hit hard in the game, including Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer.

The Rockets, who have won five consecutive games, have moved on to the Hawks, who sit atop the Eastern Conference standings.

“Not even thinking about that because I don’t think anything that happened in that game last night for either team warrants anybody to miss a game,” Terry said. “So not even thinking about down that line.”

Tuesday’s suspension will mark Harden’s first missed game of the 2014-15 season.

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According to the Danish outlet Her & Nu, the fall occurred while she was attending her son’s soccer game

on Saturday (Feb. 28).

Charmayne Maxwell of the ’90s R&B group Brownstone has died, TMZ reports. The singer reportedly

suffered a fatal fall in Denmark on Saturday.

According to a Danish media outlet, Maxwell was attending a soccer game when she fell. Her death has

been described as an “accident,” though according to unnamed sources, family members are looking into

whether she committed suicide.

Maxwel’s brother Brandon Maxwell, however, denies rumors that his sister hinted at suicide on Twitter

before her death. “People are so dumb. This is actually BS…” he tweeted, with a link to a blog post alleging

Maxwell posted a suicide note. He also wrote, “Bad things happen to the most innocent people. My sister

died in the most terrible way and I’m in so much pain right now.”

Friends of the singer, known affectionately as “Maxee,” have been reacting to the tragic news on social media.

Teisha Brown, Maxwell’s fellow Brownstone member, wrote, “I just need to be by you 1 more time on stage

MAX!”

The girl group, signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ label, scored its biggest hit with 1995′s “If You Love Me.”

The song earned them a Billboard Music Award and a Grammy nomination.

She was married to Danish music producer Carsten Soulshock Schack and is survived by a son.
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Our condolences go out to Maxwell’s family.

Brownstone was an R&B group that was popular during the mid-1990s. They are best known for their 1995

hit single “If You Love Me”, seen below, which was nominated for a Best R&B Performance Grammy Award.

“Grapevyne” and “Pass the Lovin’” also brought them some success, as well as their rendition of “I Can’t

Tell You Why”, a song originally recorded by The Eagles.

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WISSAHICKON (WPVI) — An argument outside a Philadelphia bar between a man and a

woman has ended with one person dead.

The incident occurred around 2:00 a.m. Sunday when the two were inside of T Hogan’s Pub

located on the 5100 block of Rochelle Avenue across from the Wissahickon Train Station.

Police say the man left the bar, got into his tow truck, and started to drive off.

The woman continued to run alongside the vehicle.

That’s when police say she fell and was run over by the truck.

Medics rushed the 29-year-old woman to Temple University Hospital where she was pro-

nounced dead.

At this time, police have not filed any charges.

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SMH, Damn Mase was a 6’8, diesel, power forward, with a handle, who could pass and he had

a lil jumpshot… R.I.P. Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals,

has died at the age of 48.

A Knicks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that Mason died early Saturday morning. The 13-year NBA

veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.

“First I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really

appreciates it,” his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said Saturday. “Overnight, New York City and the world lost

a legend, a friend, a brother … but more than anything our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect

our father — Big Mase — put up an incredible fight, dealing with a severe heart issue. I’m wishing this was

something else I was writing, but Pops we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with

us.”

Mason’s other son Antoine, a senior basketball player at Auburn, had said earlier this week that his father

was “getting better” following multiple heart surgeries.

Mason’s family released a statement Saturday morning, saying that he “fought like a warrior to the very end.”

“We would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers,” the statement said. ”

Anthony felt each and every one. He fought like a warrior to the very end. Please keep your prayers and

thoughts with us through this very hard time — it is a great loss for us. We ask for our privacy during this

time.”

Mason played for six teams but was best remembered for his five-year tenure with the Knicks. Mason’s

bruising, physical play epitomized then-coach Pat Riley’s Knicks teams. The 6-foot-7 forward became a fan

favorite for his physical play and also drew attention for the creative artwork and messages that he had carved

in his hair cuts.

Mason teamed with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and John Starks to help the Knicks win the Eastern Con-

ference in 1994 and reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games.

“My heart is heavy after learning that we lost Anthony Mason last night,” Ewing said in a statement.

“We were teammates on the Knicks for five great seasons. Mase came to play every night and was always ready

to go to battle with me every time we stepped on the court together.

“I will remember him for his strength, determination and perseverance. My thoughts are with his family.

May he rest in peace.”

Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached against Mason during his time with the Chicago Bulls, also released

a statement Saturday.

“As a competitor, there was none fiercer than Anthony Mason,” Jackson said. “Standing on the opposite end of

the playing field, coaching in those great Chicago/New York battles, No. 14 in Orange and Blue always stood out.

On behalf of the entire Knickerbocker community, our condolences go out to his family.”

Mason won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 1994-95 as a member of the Knicks. He also played with the Charlotte

Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat following his stint with the Knicks.

“Anthony was a multifaceted individual,” his longtime agent Don Cronson told ESPN.com’s Ian O’Connor. “There

were many aspects to his personality, and some that people weren’t aware of. In the best sense of the term he was

a momma’s boy. From the day I met him he was always thinking of his mom and taking care of her. As rough and

tough as he was, Anthony was also a doting father, and I saw that many times.

“Anthony willed himself into the NBA, and very few players can do that. Any NBA team could’ve had him for a

nickel, and he turned out to be the perfect Pat Riley player. I think Pat saw a lot of himself in Anthony, and really

they were the same guy. That’s why they butted heads as often as they did. They were both blue-collar guys and

fighters. Anthony told me, ‘Pat Riley was the one who gave me my chance. He’s the one who saw something in me

when nobody else did.’”

Mason was reunited with Riley later in his career while playing for Miami, where he was named to his one and only

All-Star team in 2001.

Mason’s career is a story of perseverance.

After playing high school basketball at Springfield Gardens in Queens and college basketball at Tennessee State

University, Mason was selected in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, who waived

him shortly thereafter.

Mason then played in Turkey and Venezuela before joining the then-New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets for short

stints. He also played in the USBL and CBA.

Mason found a permanent home with the Knicks in 1991 after receiving an invite to play on the organization’s summer

league team.

Riley appreciated Mason’s intense, physical approach and kept him on the roster, beginning a run that would end with

Mason leaving an indelible mark on the Knicks organization and its fan base.

“Anthony Mason exemplified perseverance for all players fighting for their chance in the NBA,” NBA commissioner

Adam Silver said. “NBA fans and players around the league admired his tenacity on defense and playmaking on offense.”

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