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Jarrett Jack says he was not throwing any shade on Jeremy Lin on July 1 when he tweeted in laughter about 20 minutes after Lin tweeted he was signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Some wondered whether Jack might have been bitter considering the Nets waived him and then gave Lin a three-year, $36 million contract. But Jack, who inked a one-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Atlanta Hawks, says his tweet had nothing to do with Lin.
“I haven’t reached out to J-Lin, but hopefully he doesn’t think it was (any bitterness on my part),” Jack said at his NYC summer basketball camp Friday. “What would even be funny about that? I think J-Lin is damn good. I thought he was tremendous in Houston when they were hitting all those 3-pointers, and then in Charlotte, he played his ass off during the playoffs. “I’ll talk to him when I see him, but I don’t think it’s important to be calling and saying, ‘You know, I didn’t mean anything by it.’ We kind of know each other so to speak, and hopefully he knows me to the degree where I’m not sitting around and tweeting ‘hahaha’s’ at someone else’s expense.”
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Germany star Dennis Schroder and the German Basketball Federation (DBB) have issued a joint statement announcing that the point guard will not take part in the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Qualifiers which tip off on 31 August. Schroder is expected to be the starting point of the Atlanta Hawks and the 22 year old player will return to the States in order to “prepare for the most important season of his career’, according to the DBB statement. “We support Dennis a hundred percent,” said DBB vice-president Armin Andres. “It is a very special situation for Dennis, which can be crucial for his entire career. He is scheduled to enter the starting line-up in Atlanta and he is needed there to undergo intensive and early training with the Hawks. He has our full understanding.” While Schroder was initially poised to lead Germany’s summer bid for a berth in next year’s big event and head coach Chris Fleming will have to modify his plans somewhat, the DBB believe this development could prove beneficial to both the player and German basketball in the near future.