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April 14, 2015 Updates

Kevin Arnovitz: Sefolosha wouldn't discuss the details of his case. But he did say his injury was caused by police and he's in great pain. Twitter @kevinarnovitz

The Internal Affairs bureau of the New York City Police Department has contacted counsel for Thabo Sefolosha about interviewing the Hawks forward as a complaining witness in a police incident last week, sources told ESPN.com. Sefolosha was arrested early Wednesday morning at the corner of 10th Avenue and West 17th Street in Manhattan's Chelsea district. The police report filed by officer Johnpaul Giacona of the 10th Precinct said that Sefolosha was interfering with the establishment of a crime scene in front of 1Oak nightclub, where Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in a separate incident. ESPN.com

“Most definitely,’’ Carroll said when asked if the Knicks would be a high consideration.“When guys talk about playing in certain places — they talk about Madison Square Garden and Staples Center. Those two places. New York has a lot to offer but at the end of the season, I’ll let my agent do that. We’ll keep our options and hopefully it will work out for the best.’’ New York Post

Prior to this evening’s Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks game at Philips Arena, the Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll was awarded the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy by the organization for his dedication to community service. The Jason Collier Memorial Trophy, named after the late Hawks center who passed away October 15, 2005, is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador. NBA.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

Me: What are you most looking forward to seeing about your team in the playoffs? KK: Winning. We want to go out there and really, really play well. I don't know. I don't know how to answer that all the way. We don't, like we talked earlier about this team, just getting to this point, and your vision. We don't feel like we're there yet. We're still evolving. We haven't won a playoff series. I think we have too much respect for the game to say 'we're going to go and we're going to accomplish that.' We understand you've got to earn respect in the playoffs. You've got to go through some good times and some bad times, and hopefully you're able to recover from the bad times. I think we're excited to go out there and compete. We haven't played a meaningful game in quite a while, and we're going to go out there and play a whole bunch of them in a row and have some fun. NBA.com

Me: What is the process like between you and Bud or the other coaches when it comes to making suggestions for sets, for tweaks, any types of changes? How receptive are they? Kyle Korver: Very. Bud, I mean, it's such an interactive exchange. Every coach says they have an open-door policy. Every coach says that. But there's also a lot of guys who Bud has a good amount of respect for, and how guys play. No one's out there to draw up plays that I can score on? It's how do we get this concept rolling so we can score on that team? So when you come at it with that point of view, when it's a discussion about the team, I think both sides, we obviously are going to respect whatever Bud says, and I think he thinks the same about us. NBA.com

With Ferry on an indefinite leave of absence, Budenholzer was the Hawks nomination for the NBA’s Executive of the Year award the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday. Budenholzer was named head of basketball operations in September. “Anyone who has followed the Hawks for the last two or three years knows that Danny Ferry is the executive who is most responsible for the makeup of our team,” Budenholzer said Sunday before the Hawks played the Wizards. “Danny is responsible for me being here. Our team is in a good place. I’m very grateful to work with such good players and with such a great staff.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 12, 2015 Updates
April 11, 2015 Updates

The National Basketball Players Association expressed concern over the New York Police Department's arrest and handling of Atlanta Hawks guard-forward Thabo Sefolosha, who sustained a season-ending broken right fibula and ligament damage in an early morning stabbing incident outside a New York club on Wednesday. "The players union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic's arrest and is doing its own investigation of the situation. The union was fully engaged in supporting all three players in court and in the precinct this week, and will continue to stay engaged as each situation evolves," the NBPA said in a statement. USA Today Sports

Ken Berger: NBA spokesman Mike Bass tells @CBSSports the league is in contact with NYPD and Hawks organization re: injuries suffered by Thabo Sefolosha. NBA: "We are working with the Hawks and law enforcement to obtain more information about the circumstances surrounding Thabo's arrest." Twitter @KBergCBS

NYPD Internal Affairs will probe whether a police officer bashed Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha in the leg with his baton during a violent melee outside a Chelsea hotspot, cops said early Saturday morning. Video obtained by TMZ appears to show the cop using an extendable baton to strike Sefolosha — who suffered a fractured right fibula during the encounter. “It is under review by Internal Affairs,” a NYPD spokesman told The Post. New York Post

With general manager Danny Ferry on a leave of absence the entire season, the Hawks submitted head coach Mike Budenholzer for consideration in voting for the NBA’s Executive of the Year Award, a person familiar with the situation told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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