Mike Bass Rumors

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Two NBA players — Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker and Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng — have Sudanese roots, and the league does a significant amount of work overseas through its Basketball Without Borders program. “We have reached out to the State Department and are in the process of gathering information to understand how this executive order would apply to players in our league who are from one of the impacted countries,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday night. “The NBA is a global league and we are proud to attract the very best players from around the world.”
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The Last Two-Minute Reports, which detail accurate and inaccurate calls and non-calls in all games within five points in the final two minutes of regulation and during overtime, have been a topic of discussion during the playoffs. “We understand the referee union’s desire to protect its members, but the fact is that in today’s world, transparency is necessary for any organization,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass told USA TODAY Sports in an e-mail. “The NBA is no different and we are committed to protecting the integrity of our game.”