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NBA roundup: Hibbert fined for insensitive remarks

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The NBA fined Roy Hibbert on Sunday $75,000 for using vulgar and homophobic slur during his postgame interview Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Hibbert issued an apology through the team and reached out via Twitter to openly gay NBA veteran Jason Collins.

Hibbert was questioned about his defense on LeBron James in the 91-77 Indiana Pacers victory over the Miami Heat, which forced a seventh and deciding game Monday in Miami.

Hibbert first took offense with media questioning why he finished 10th in Defensive Player of the Year award voting.

"You know what, because y'all mother(expletive) don't watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth," Hibbert said. "I don't care if I get fined."

When discussing Game 6 and his defense on James, Hibbert ran afoul again.

"There was Game 3 here that I felt I let Paul (George) down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting into the paint because they stretched me out so much - no homo (laughing) - but I want to be there for him," Hibbert said. "I think he has a chance to be MVP of this league next year."

---The Memphis Grizzlies have given head coach Lionel Hollins permission to speak to other teams about their head coaching vacancies after contract discussions between the Grizzlies and Hollins stalled, ESPN.com reported .

According to the report, the talks with Hollins reached an an impasse because of what one source said was "major philosophical differences."

Hollins' contract with the Grizzlies expires at the end of June.

--Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh need more touches if the Miami Heat hope to advance to the NBA Finals. At least that's the take of Wade, who implied LeBron James is trying to will the team to victory by himself.

"We've got guys individually who want to play better," Wade said Saturday night. "But we've got to try to help each other out in this locker room and not leave it up to the individual to self-will it."

James said after the Heat won Game 5 that the victory was reminiscent of his Cleveland Cavaliers' days. Without expounding on his overriding message, James was pointing to his increased production, apparently necessitated by the decline in output from the other two members of the "Big Three," Wade and Bosh.

Wade and Bosh were 4 of 19 combined with 15 points in Game 6.

---Former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock faces two charges stemming from a fatal crash on Friday in suburban Atlanta, police said Sunday.

The 46-year-old Blaylock is charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane, according to Jonesboro (Ga.) Police Chief Franklin Allen.

Blaylock was driving an SUV that collided head-on with a van that resulted in the death of a 43-year-old woman, Monica Murphy, who was a passenger in the van, according to the police report.

--Seeking financial flexibility, Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has one lofty goal in his first month on the job: deal the albatross contract of Andrea Bargnani.

According to multiple reports, Ujiri is aggressively and actively seeking a trade match to unload Bargnani, but his options are likely to be limited based on Bargnani's inconsistency and large salary. The No. 1 overall pick in 2007, the 7-foot Italian star signed a five-year, $50 million deal in 2009, which has two years and $22 million remaining. Bargnani turns 28 in October.

---Despite the Denver Nuggets' 57-win regular season and George Karl winning NBA Coach of the Year in 2012-13, there is growing concern about his future with the team.

Reports described Karl as "unsettled" after the recent departure of Nuggets general manager Ujiri, who signed a lucrative contract with the Toronto Raptors, and Denver's first-round loss to the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs.

According to ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Clippers have spoken with the Nuggets about Karl regarding their coaching vacancy but have not yet asked the Nuggets for permission to talk with him.

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