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April 18, 2015 Updates

The commissioner said the NBA is monitoring the developments and trying to ascertain what exactly happened during Sefolosha's arrest. Silver added that he isn't "prejudging" anything about the incident. "I see our role here as a fact finder," Silver said. ESPN.com

Sefolosha had surgery on Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the team announced. He will miss the entirety of the playoffs. "It's a huge loss for the league to not have him on the floor. Obviously, a huge loss to the Atlanta Hawks to not have a player of his skill going to the playoffs," Silver said. Silver added that, as a friend of Sefolosha's, he felt "incredibly empathetic" toward the player. "He's a player in this league, and we want to help him and assist him in any way we can. And our way of assisting him is to get the fullest understanding we can from what happened that night," the commissioner said. ESPN.com

So each time Johnson returns to Philips Arena, he is booed and heckled. And in a Hawks video presentation covering the team’s different eras, Johnson — the sixth-highest scorer in Hawks history — didn’t make the cut. As Johnson’s Nets prepare to tip off their first-round series in Atlanta on Sunday, none of this seems to bother the veteran because, well, nothing seems to bother him. “Honestly, it doesn’t matter if they boo or cheer,” said Johnson, noting he has heard the jeers. “I honestly don’t care. I’m part of the Brooklyn Nets and we have a job to do. “One thing about me, I don’t feed into it, the negativity, the positivity,” he added. “I’ve never been that player, y’all know I’ve never been that player. I’m going to go out and play my game.” New York Daily News

The clock is ticking on a career with borderline Hall-of-Fame credentials (seven All-Star appearances, 63rd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list). “Especially when you get older (there’s more urgency to win) because it’s not a given that you’re going to make it to this spot next year or even that you’re going to be with that same team the next year,” he said. “So you really have to seize the moment and just enjoy it.” New York Daily News

A friendly wager floated by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on the eve of the NBA playoffs was roundly dismissed by the cocksure mayor of Atlanta. Mayor Kasim Reed refused to play ball after Adams anted up Brooklyn-made wine and chocolate in an NBA playoff bet between the Nets and the Atlanta Hawks, who are set to duke it out Sunday at Philips Arena in Atlanta. “The city of Atlanta hasn’t thought about what to send to Brooklyn if the Hawks lose because we are confident they are going to win,” a mayoral spokeswoman said, essentially dismissing a time-honored tradition in New York of betting for bragging rights. New York Daily News

April 17, 2015 Updates

In other injury news, Mike Scott (back contusion) was a limited participant in practice Friday. Budenholzer said the reserve forward will need further evaluation before his playing status is known. “He is progressing,” Budenholzer said. “We’ll know more between now and (Game 1) Sunday. I don’t think we can say either way that he is definitely in or definitely out. He went through a lot of practice today. We’ll see how he feels today and Sunday. We are hopeful he’ll be ready to go.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 16, 2015 Updates

A source close to Sefolosha, who did not witness the incident but has spoken to several people who did, told SI.com a divergent view of what happened from the official police account. According to the criminal complaint against Sefolosha, an officer arrested the Hawks player and teammate Pero Antic after they refused six times to comply with his request to disperse from the crime scene. According to the complaint, an officer “observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction” of another officer. But according to the source, it was the officer who was the initial aggressor. The source said that while officers were dispersing dozens of people near the scene, one officer focused on Sefolosha, “and then he continues to track him down the block like a D-back tracking a receiver.” Sports Illustrated

At the time, the source said, Sefolosha and Antic were walking down the block to get into a car that would take them back to their team hotel. The source said Sefolosha did not run toward the cop as the complaint said. Rather, the source said “Sefolosha turns to him and asked in substance what the officer’s problem was with him.’” At this point, the source said, Sefolosha and the officer got into an argument, which led to Sefolosha’s arrest for obstruction of a governmental function, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place at the corner of 10th Avenue, more than 120 feet away from the scene of the stabbing at 1OAK night club. Antic was also arrested and charged with obstructing a governmental function, disorderly conduct, and harassment. According to an NYPD spokesperson, he was initially charged with menacing “for physically grabbing a police officer,” but these charges do not appear in the criminal complaint against him. The source said that rather than grabbing the officer, Antic “tapped the officer on the shoulder.” Sports Illustrated

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