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Wednesday / April 1.
  • Nets second-year guard Terrence Williams and Miami Heat rookie center Dexter Pittman are the latest NBA players to be sent down to the NBA D-League.

    Williams and Pittman join Cole Aldrich, Patrick Patterson, Gani Lawal, Solomon Alabi, Christian Eyenga and Ed Davis among NBA players on assignment this season.

    That makes eight all together and is well ahead of the pace for last year, when the eighth player wasn’t assigned until Dec. 15. A year ago, 24 players were assigned 42 total times.

    Williams, a former Louisville star, was sent to the Springfield Armor.

    “After discussing the situation with Avery over the last several days, I feel the best course of action for Terrence and the team at this time is for him to play in the D-League,” Nets GM Billy King said.  “He is currently on the inactive list and this move will allow him to play until he is once again placed on the active list. There is no timetable on his return to the active list, and Terrence’s future status will be addressed at the appropriate time.”

    ‘The bias of the father runs on through the son
    And leaves him bothered and bewildered’

    Lou Reed

    ‘The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son.’

    Ezekiel 18:20

    NEW YORK — Before Steven Pearl and his Tennessee teammates even stepped on the Madison Square Garden floor Wednesday night, one VCU fan in the front row held up a sign that read, “Cheaters Never Win.”

    The sign was aimed squarely at Bruce Pearl, the embattled Tennessee coach and father of Steven, a 6-foot-5 senior guard with the Vols.

    During the second half, after VCU’s Bradford Burgess drove Steven to the court with his right arm on an intentional foul, a spectator heckled, “Get up, there’s a barbecue at your house.”

    NEW YORK — Jay Wright is in a unique position to comment on the two New York guards and former middle school backcourt mates, Kemba Walker and Corey Fisher.

    He coached Walker this summer with the USA Select Team against Team USA and he’s been with Fisher for four years at Villanova.

    On the same night Walker dropped 29 points in an 84-67 rout of No. 8 Kentucky to win the Maui Invitational, Fisher scored a career-high 26 points in No. 7 Villanova’s 82-70  win over UCLA in the semis of the NIT Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

    The Wildcats meets No. 24 Tennessee in Friday’s championship.

    NEW YORK — Corey Fisher is a Superhero.

    So says Sports Illustrated.

    The Villanova senior point guard says he got a kick out of the recent cover featuring himself, Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette.

    “Coach [Jay Wright] and everybody got a hold of it and started making little jokes,” Fisher, a Bronx native, said Tuesday in advance of No. 7 Villanova’s game Wednesday night with UCLA at the NIT Preseason Tip-Off.

    Kemba Walker dropped 30 points and hit a clutch jumper with less than a minute remaining in unranked UConn’s 70-67 upset of No. 2 Michigan State in the Maui Invitational semis.

    Remember, this was a UConn team picked 10th in the 16-team Big East.

    Walker, a junior out of Manhattan Rice, has now put up 103 points in three games and is the first player ever under UConn coach Jim Calhoun to have three straight 30-point games.

    “Very exciting,” Walker told ESPN’s Jay Bilas. “First of all, just getting revenge from the Final Four my freshman year and just beating the No. 2 team in the country, that’s exciting. Everybody keeps saying that we’re a young team. We showed the world that we can play.”