Noah Gets 20-Games Ban for Drug Violation – The NBA has suspended New York Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, it was announced Saturday. The suspension will start when Noah, who has not played since Feb. 4 and had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Feb. 27 to remove a loose body, is “eligible and physically able to play” in either a regular season or playoff game, the NBA said. The suspension would then carry into the 2017-18 season. Noah, 32, tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement, selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, that is banned under the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement.
Suns Booker Scores 70 in Loss to Celtics – Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker became the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 points in a game, accomplishing the feat in Friday night’s 130-120 loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Booker joined Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant as players to have scored at least 70 points in one game. It was the 11th game in NBA history in which a single player scored 70 points or more, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Lakers Honor Shaq With High-Flying Statue – The Los Angeles Lakers icons Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant reunited Friday as a 1,500-pound bronze statue depicting O’Neal dunking was unveiled at Star Plaza outside Staples Center, where O’Neal and Bryant won three consecutive titles together in the early 2000s. “Some people thought the odds of Kobe Bryant showing up today were the same as Shaq sinking a free throw,” Lakers legend Kareem Abdule-Jabbar said. O’Neal said afterward that it “meant a lot” that Bryant attended the event, which featured many Lakers icons, including their ex-Lakers coach, Phil Jackson, former Lakers player and executive Jerry West, guard Elgin Baylor, Abdul-Jabbar and many of O’Neal’s former teammates.