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Jan 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman checked into an alcohol-rehabilitation center after facing criticism from his most recent visit to North Korea, according to CNN.


Rodman reportedly entered a one-month treatment center in New Jersey on Wednesday.

"Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally. The pressure that was put on him to be a combination 'super human' political figure and 'fixer' got the better of him," his agent, Darren Prince, said in a statement Sunday. "He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused."

Prince said Rodman drank heavily during the North Korea trip in which former NBA stars played a basketball game against the regime's national team members.

"His drinking escalated to a level that none of us had seen before," Prince said Saturday.

Rodman, who won five NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, blamed alcohol for comments he made on CNN earlier this month about an American imprisoned in North Korea since 2012. He said Kenneth Bae's prison sentence of 15 years' hard labor may have been deserved.

After Bae's family complained, Rodman apologized. He attributed his comments to alcohol and stress.

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Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker is expected to miss 10-14 days after an MRI taken Sunday revealed a second-degree sprain in his left ankle.

Walker was injured in the third quarter of Saturday night's 104-96 overtime loss to the visiting Miami Heat. X-rays taken after the game were negative.

Walker is averaging team highs of 18.7 points, 5.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 35.7 minutes, along with 4.2 rebounds in all 42 games for the Bobcats this season.

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Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone was fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of a game official and not proceeding directly to his locker room following the completion of the game, the NBA announced.

Malone's actions occurred after the Kings' 91-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday at FedExForum.

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Indiana Pacers forward David West was fined $15,000 for elbowing Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the jaw, the NBA announced.

The incident occurred as time expired at the end of the second quarter of the Pacers' 106-92 win over the Clippers on Saturday.

A Flagrant Two foul was called on West and resulted in his ejection.

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