Talking Points: Big fine for NBA owner

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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The NBA fined Miami Heat owner Micky Arison $500,000 on Monday after he sounded off on the lockout ... on Twitter. The amount was five times more than other owners have been fined for lockout-related remarks this year.

Arison sent out several tweets that confirmed the break down in talks between player and owners, and also responded to a fan criticizing the owners’ greed by saying “you’re barking at the wrong owner.”

The large sum of money in which Arison must hand over is certainly interesting, but just as fascinating is the power of Twitter these days. Not only can it get owners in trouble the same way it does athletes, but we’re seeing billionaires responding directly to fans. Could you imagine this type of forum even five years ago?

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As you’ve probably heard by now, Kim Kardashian has “blindsided” New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries by filing for divorce just 72 days after marriage. Humphries and the famous socialite have been gracing magazine covers for months now, and it appears that the limelight will soon whittle down to a flicker for the hoopster.

This, of course, is not entirely bad news for Humphries. Now, people can finally focus on his basketball prowess.

What’s that? He averages 5.6 points per game for his career?

Hmmm. What’s Paris Hilton up to these days?

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Tony La Russa is retiring from baseball after 33 years of managing and three World Series titles. Certainly, he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but Talking Points asks: Of the four major sports, where does baseball rank in terms of the coach/manager impacting the team?

The list.

1, Football

2, Hockey

3, Basketball

4, Baseball

Hey, a manager is still more important than a caddie, though.

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