The league fined Utah $15,000 for a skit that took place during a first-quarter timeout of Saturday's game against the Lakers. The Jazz's mascot held a phone conversation with a Karl Malone impersonator over the public address system. Malone, who missed the game with an injury, spent his first 18 seasons in Utah before signing with the Lakers this offseason. "I don't care if Stock (John Stockton) ain't there. I want to come home. But I guess it could be worse. I could be Ko--." The mock call abruptly ended with the thinly veiled reference to Kobe Bryant's pending sexual assault case. Jazz management sent a written apology to the Lakers organization, but Malone has not accepted it.
BOBCATS: The team began building its roster for the expansion draft. It will be June 22 unless the NBA Finals goes to a Game 7.
MAVERICKS: The team claimed forward Scott Williams off waivers. The 13-year veteran was waived Wednesday by the Suns.
PACERS: Forward Al Harrington has no structural damage in his sore right knee and isn't expected to miss any time.