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NBA Roundup: Turkoglu suspended, Harden to play in All-Star game

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The NBA has suspended Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu without pay for 20 games for violating terms of the league's anti-drug program after he tested positive for methenolone.

Turkoglu, 33, who is in his 12th NBA season, said in a statement that the violation stemmed from medication given to him by his personal trainer in Turkey, where he spent much of the off-season. His suspension began with Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

"I take full responsibility for anything that goes into my body," Turkoglu said in the statement released by the team. "This was a complete error in judgment on my part, and I apologize to the Orlando Magic organization, the league, my teammates, and the Magic fans. I know I have let down a lot of people, and I am truly sorry for my mistake."

In other NBA news:

* Even though he was expected to miss Wednesday's game with the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets guard James Harden will participate in the NBA All-Star Game this weekend in Houston, according to Yahoo Sports. Harden tweaked an ankle in Tuesday night's 116-107 win over Golden State when he stepped on David Lee's foot. He returned to the game and finished with 27 points but reported swelling afterward.

* It appears that former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal have buried the hatchet. Both players spoke before Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns. "Shaq and I have a really, really good relationship now; it's good," Bryant told ESPN.com. "I think we appreciate each other more now than ever. ... I think the further you get away from the history that you had together, the more you put perspective on it on how dominant we were. It's fun for us to kind of get together again and kind of reminisce on some of the old stories." Bryant and Shaq won three straight NBA championships together from 2000 to 2002.

* The Denver Nuggets recalled forward Quincy Miller and guard Julyan Stone from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on Wednesday. The 6-foot-10 Miller averaged 11.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23 games for Iowa. The 6-6 Stone, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, averaged 3.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in six games with the Energy.

* The Miami Heat recalled center Dexter Pittman from Sioux Falls of the NBA Development League. Pittman has bounced between Miami and Sioux Falls this season. The Heat have sent him to the D-League three times, the latest on Feb. 3, before he was again summoned back to Miami. In 15 games with the Skyforce, Pittman averaged 12.4 points and 8.8 rebounds.
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