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NBA roundup: Eight wounded in gunfire following Thunder-Lakers game

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At least eight people were wounded in Oklahoma City as a result of a gunfire following Monday's Thunder playoff game.

Those injured likely weren't related to the game, police told various media outlets Tuesday. The shots were believed to have stemmed from an escalating fight that happened as thousands of spectators were leaving the arena after Oklahoma City's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Seven people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and that a pregnant woman was also taken to the hospital after she was assaulted, according to reports.

Police said Tuesday that it wasn't clear what sparked the gunfire or if anyone involved had attended the game.

---The Golden State Warriors will have a new waterfront home for the 2017-18 season.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced Tuesday that the Warriors plan to build a new privately financed sports and entertainment arena. The building will be located at Piers 30-32 on San Francisco Bay, south of the Bay Bridge, between the Ferry Building and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

---The New York Knicks are expected to announce a new contract for head coach Mike Woodson sometime "this week," a source familiar with the situation told the New York Post.

The sides have been ironing out details and are committed to completing a deal before Memorial Day.

Woodson's contract could be for three years, or the amount of time remaining on deals for Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.

--- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum offered confusing and somewhat conflicting comments after Monday's Game 5 about whether he expects to remain with the Lakers, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The Lakers have said they plan to pick up their $16.1 million option on him for 2012-13, but when asked after game whether he expects to sign an extension with the Lakers in the offseason, he suggested he'd be willing to play elsewhere.

"I'm not sure [whether I'll sign an extension]," he said. "It really doesn't matter to me. I'll play anywhere. I think for the most part I had a pretty decent season and then an OK postseason. Obviously this last game was the worst game I've probably played. It sucks, obviously, we're going fishing. My focus is next year and coming back stronger, adding things to my game."

Later, he changed his stance, saying he'd like to remain with the Lakers.

---Miami Heat star LeBron James said the confrontational tactics of Pacers guard Danny Granger are "stupid," according to ESPN.com.

Granger has been called for technical fouls in each of the past three games for confronting James and Dwyane Wade after fouls.

"Whatever he's trying, it is not working," James told ESPN.com Tuesday before Game 5. "He's said he's not scared of LeBron, I want to let (James) know. I guess he's doing it for his own psyche. It's stupid."

Granger said his team was the underdog and feels it has to earn respect.

---The NBA released the official list of 60 players invited to attend the 2012 NBA Draft combine on June 7-8 in Chicago.

The event includes skill drills, scrimmages, athletic and psychological testing and interviews with players projected to be in the draft lottery. The order for the lottery is scheduled to be determined May 30.

All six Kentucky players who entered the draft will attend. Among players not on the list is Wisconsin All-American point guard Jordan Taylor.

---NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter used union funds to help former NBA player Charles Smith try to overthrow the NBA Retired Players Association, ESPN.com reported, using unnamed sources.

According to the report, it was one of the moves that caused union president Derek Fisher to request a review of the union's activity. That activity is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan, according to the report.
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