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The third surgery installed a synthetic material that is mostly indiscernible and believed to be the first in a pro basketball player. It requires a close view to notice scarring under his hair, the only visual remnants of his ordeal. It sure does not show in his play, which included returning for Gran Canaria’s last 10 games in April and May. “It was never a question of ‘if,’” Kuric said. “It was just ‘when.’ Afterward, I’m just so much more thankful about everything. I don’t have bad days. Nothing bothers me. Somebody cuts you off in traffic. It’s no big deal. Whatever. Go ahead.

The Portland Trail Blazers are still two weeks away from heading to Las Vegas for NBA Summer League, but their potential roster is starting to take shape. Four players from last year’s roster –Pat Connaughton, Cliff Alexander, Luis Montero and Noah Vonleh – are all slated to play in Vegas again this season. They will be joined by second-round draft pick Jake Layman, who plans to arrive in Portland in early July to practice with the rest of the summer league roster.

Kevin Durant’s looming free agency will overtake Oklahoma City and, really, the entire sports world at the start of July. But for the Thunder, another important summer checkpoint will be ongoing at the same time: summer league. A few of OKC’s young pieces are expected to compete: Cameron Payne, Josh Huestis and Mitch McGary. But perhaps the Thunder’s most anticipated young talent, rookie Domantas Sabonis, won’t be in Orlando for summer league, The Oklahoman has learned. But it’s for good reason. Sabonis, the 11th overall pick acquired in the Serge Ibaka trade, will focus on competing for his home country of Lithuania in the summer Olympics. His father, Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis, is the president of the Lithanian Basketball Federation. The country has a well-respected history in international hoops competitions, including three Olympic bronze medals. Sabonis is expected to play a role on the team, alongside fellow NBA big man Jonas Valanciunas.
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May 23, 2017 | 2:18 pm EDT Update