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The New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams is frustrated with how the media portrayed his role in Jerry Sloan's retirement. Williams said people "want controversy," and the All-Star guard maintained that an argument he had with Sloan during a loss to the Bulls on Feb. 9 had nothing to do with the coach's decision to quit the next day. "Players and coaches around the league get into it all the time," Williams told me. "We're with each other more than we are with our families."
• Shark Bite
In the wake of the recent HBO documentary on UNLV, analysts are reevaluating Jerry Tarkanian's career. The former Runnin' Rebels coach had a 706--198 career record, and I believe he deserves to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Tarkanian thinks he knows why he hasn't made it. "I wrote a couple articles while I was coaching at Long Beach State where I ripped the NCAA," Tarkanian told me, "and they have never forgiven me."
• Line of the week
Butler coach Brad Stevens, on the controversial fouls at the end of the Bulldogs' NCAA tournament win over Pittsburgh last Saturday night: "You gotta call the game until the game is over, and I think they've made that clear."
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1. Charles Barkley on taking a crash course in college hoops.
2. Kyrie Irving explains how he can help Duke repeat as champs.
THE FINE PRINT: Good news for college basketball fans. By next March, truTV will have a reality show called How to Find truTV.