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Scoreboard Roundup 3/30/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Boston Celtics 116 (33-41) – Charlotte Hornets 104 (31-42)

Los Angeles Lakers 113 (20-53) – Philadelphia 76ers 111 (18-57)

Atlanta Hawks 101 (56-18) – Milwaukee Bucks 88 (36-38)

Toronto Raptors 99 (44-30) – Houston Rockets 96 (50-24)

Memphis Grizzlies 97 (51-24) – Sacramento Kings 83 (26-47)

Utah Jazz 104 (33-41) – Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (16-58)

Portland Trail Blazers 109 (48-25)  Phoenix Suns 86 (38-37)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (47-23-7; 101pts) – Montreal Canadiens 3 (47-22-8; 102pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (44-27-5; 93pts) – St. Louis Blues 1 (46-23-7; 99pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (46-24-6, 98 pts)  Los Angeles Kings 1 (37-25-14, 88 pts)

Calgary Flames 5 (42-28-7, 91 pts)  Dallas Stars 3 (37-30-10, 84 pts)

Edmonton Oilers 4 (23-40-13, 59 pts)  Colorado Avalanche 1 (35-29-12, 82 pts)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (21-47-8, 50 pts)  Arizona Coyotes 1 (23-46-8, 54 pts)

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Shaq "Sometimes" Regrets Leaving Magic

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Shaquille O'Neal was inducted into the Orlando Magic's Hall of Fame Friday.

O'Neal was selected with the first pick of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Magic and played his first four seasons in Orlando. During that time, he led the Magic to a berth in the 1995 NBA Finals.

Shaq ultimately decided to leave Orlando for the bright lights of Los Angeles. While he won three titles with the Lakers, he still wonders if he should have ever left the home of Mickey Mouse.

"Do I regret it? I never fully answer it," O'Neal said of leaving Orlando. "I regret it sometimes. Is this where I started and should have stayed? I actually wish they made it a law that whoever drafts you, you gotta stay there your whole career."

O'Neal also believes that 1995 Finals team, which also featured Penny Hardaway and Nick Anderson, could have returned to the NBA's biggest stage.

"That's why I kind of regret it, because we had a young, fabulous team," O'Neal said. "We really did. And it's a shame that we got torn apart. But I think about that all the time. I try not to live my life now on 'ifs' or 'would've, should've,' but do I regret leaving here in '96, yes I do."

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Metta World Peace: 'I've Matured'

Harry How/Getty Images(MILAN) -- Former NBA player Metta World Peace, formally known as Ron Artest, signed with the Italian basketball club Pallacanestro Cantu on Thursday.

World Peace, 35, says he's come a long way since jumping into the stands in Detroit as a Pacers player in 2004.

"I had an up and down career," World Peace said Thursday. "I grew up playing basketball on the streets of New York City and it was very, very rough and I started playing in the NBA in the same way."

"Now the mentality is different from when I was younger. I always had the street mentality, but when you're older, you get more mature," he continued. "When you play angry you can't focus. I've got five more years to have a great time, so I will be playing with a lot of fire but not anger -- just passion."

World Peace last played for the Chinese Basketball Association and changed his name to "The Pandas Friend."

"I always wanted to play in Europe for a long time," World Peace said of going overseas. "They move the ball and they move bodies and that's what I like doing. I'm looking forward to playing team basketball and being smart as well as scoring. I can score but I'm excited about team basketball."

World Peace won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 and has played for six NBA teams in his 15-year NBA career, including the Knicks last year. He was born in New York and played for St. John's before being drafted by the Bulls in 1999.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/25/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Brooklyn Nets 91 (30-40) – Charlotte Hornets 88 (30-40)

Los Angeles Clippers 111 (47-25) – New York Knicks 80 (14-58)

Atlanta Hawks 95 (54-17) – Orlando Magic 83 (22-51)

Indiana Pacers 103 (31-40) – Washington Wizards 101 (40-32)

Chicago Bulls 116 (44-29) – Toronto Raptors 103 (42-30)

Miami Heat 93 (33-38) – Boston Celtics 86 (31-40)

Cleveland Cavaliers 111 (47-26) – Memphis Grizzlies 89 (50-22)

Los Angeles Lakers 101 (19-51) – Minnesota Timberwolves 99 (16-55)

Houston Rockets 95 (48-23) – New Orleans Pelicans 93 (37-34)

Sacramento Kings 108 (26-45) – Phoenix Suns 99 (38-34)

San Antonio Spurs 130 (45-26) – Oklahoma City Thunder 91 (41-31)

Portland Trail Blazers 92 (45-25) – Utah Jazz 89 (31-40)

Philadelphia 76ers 99 (18-54) - Denver Nuggets 85 (27-45)

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 4 (30-29-16; 76pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (44-23-6; 94pts)

Edmonton Oilers 4 (21-40-13; 55pts) – Colorado Avalanche 3 (33-28-12; 78pts)

Dallas Stars 4 (36-28-10, 82pts) – Calgary Flames 3 (40-27-7, 87pts) - SO

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Lakers' Steve Nash Announces His Retirement from the NBA

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- After 19 brilliant seasons in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has announced his retirement.

The 41-year-old Nash announced his retirement in a letter published on The Player's Tribune website.

"The greatest gift has been to be completely immersed in my passion and striving for something I loved so much -- visualizing a ladder, climbing up to my heroes," Nash wrote. "The obsession became my best friend. I talked to her, cherished her, fought with her and got knocked on my ass by her."

"And that is what I'm most thankful for in my career. In my entire life, in some ways. Obviously, I value my kids and my family more than the game, but in some ways having this friend -- this ever-present pursuit -- has made me who I am, taught me and tested me, and given me a mission that feels irreplaceable. I am so thankful. I've learned so many invaluable lessons about myself and about life. And of course I still have so much to learn. Another incredible gift."

A two-time MVP, Nash has all but punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame as he will go down as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Nash retires with career averages of 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game. His 10,335 assists ranks third all-time in NBA history.

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Linsanity Returns in L.A. Victory

NBA via New York Knicks(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- On a night reminiscent of the mania that swept the NBA community by storm three years ago, "Linsanity" carried the Lakers to a 118-11 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics.

Jeremy Lin brought out his best game as a Laker as he completed 10-15 from the floor Sunday night, leading L.A. with 25 points. 

The win snapped a seven game losing streak for Los Angeles (14-41), but they didn't make it easy. The Celtics (20-33) rallied from seven points down with less than 30 seconds to go in the game. Avery Bradley knocked down a three pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 106 and send it to overtime.

The Celtics, who announced that Jared Sullinger would miss the remainder of the season before tipoff, could not find an answer to stop Lin. He would be the catalyst in overtime as he would knock down two baskets and dish out three assists.

"Jeremy Lin killed us the whole night," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said. "He was really effective in a lot of ways -- not only scoring the ball, but also getting into the paint and making plays for others."

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Lakers' Kobe Bryant Seeking Career 'Rebirth'

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the third-straight season, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has suffered a season-ending injury. With no plans to walk away from basketball, Bryant has a vision for how he'd like his career to go going forward.

"I can't say it is the end," Bryant said during an interview with NBA TV. "I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning."

"So, to answer the question, I can't say this is the end of my era because I thought their [era] was done, and they're still there. So I'm hoping I can have the same rebirth," he added.

Bryant is recovering from season-ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff that he suffered in his right shoulder.

After appearing in six games last season, the 36-year-old Bryant played in 35 games this season and averaged 22.3 points on .373% shooting.

He has spent his entire 19-year career wit the Lakers, and has one more year left on his current contract.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/1/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: New York Knicks 92 (10-38) - Los Angeles Lakers 80 (13-35)

Miami Heat 83 (21-26) - Boston Celtics 75 (16-30)

NHL: Nashville Predators 4 (32-11-6, 70 pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (28-14-8, 64 pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (32-13-4, 68 pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (25-15-10, 60 pts)

Phoenix Coyotes 3 (18-26-6, 42 pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (32-14-3, 67 pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (23-20-6, 52pts)  - Vancouver Canucks 2 (27-18-3, 57 pts)

NCAAM Top 25: (11) Utah 67 (17-4) - USC 39 (9-12)

Florida St. 55 (12-10) - (23) Miami, Fl 54 (14-7)

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/27/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Men's Top 25 College Basketball: (14) VCU 72 (17-3) - George Washington 48 (16-5)

(17) West Virginia 65 (17-3) - Kansas State 59 (12-9)

Oklahoma State 64 (14-6) - (20) Baylor 53 (15-5)

Xavier 66 (14-7) - (21) Georgetown 53 (14-6)

NBA: Toronto Raptors 104 (30-15) - Indiana Pacers 88 (16-31)

Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (26-20) - Detroit Pistons 95 (17-29)

Milwaukee Bucks 109 (23-22) - Miami Heat 102 (20-25)

Memphis Grizzlies 109 (33-12) - Dallas Mavericks 90 (30-16)

Washington Wizards 98 (31-15) - Los Angeles Lakers 92 (12-34)

Chicago Bulls 113 (30-17) - Golden State Warriors 111 (36-7)

NHL:  Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (21-22-3, 45pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (24-14-9, 57pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (27-12-8, 62pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (26-15-8, 60pts)

New York Islanders 4 (32-14-1, 65pts) - New York Rangers 1 (27-14-4, 58pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (20-22-7, 47pts) - Arizona Coyotes 3 (16-25-6, 38pts) - SO

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (17-25-5, 39pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (30-15-4, 64pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (31-10-5, 67pts) - Colorado Avalanche 3 (20-18-11, 51pts) - OT

Detroit Red Wings 5 (28-11-9, 65pts) - Florida Panthers 4 (20-15-10, 50pts)

Montreal Canadiens 3 (30-13-3, 63pts) - Dallas Stars 2 (21-19-7, 49pts)

Calgary Flames 4 (26-19-3, 55pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (14-31-3, 31pts)

Minnesota Wild 2 (21-20-6, 48pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (12-27-9, 33pts)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (32-10-6, 70pts) - Vancouver Canucks 0 (26-17-3, 55pts)

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Lakers Star Kobe Bryant Set for Shoulder Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, the team announced on Monday. Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic confirmed the diagnosis, which was made last week. 

The 16-time All-Star will undergo surgery to repair his shoulder on Wednesday. No timetable has been given for his return.

The 36-year-old Bryant injured his shoulder during the second half of the Lakers' 96-80 loss to the Pelicans last Wednesday night in New Orleans, when he went for a two-handed slam dunk.

In 35 games this season, Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. Last season, he played in just six games because of injuries to his knee and Achilles.

Bryant has won five NBA championships during his 19-year career with the Lakers.

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