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Still, Brown said he’s hopeful the issue won’t linger. “I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to keep me out long-term, I just have to manage it properly, keep it from flaring up,” Brown said. “I definitely want to be on the floor as much as possible and continue to stay in rhythm, because it’s going to be a challenge all year to staying in rhythm. Hopefully I’ll be able to feel a lot better tomorrow, closer to 100 percent. … “It’s pain across the foot, so any time I put pressure down, when I take off or run, I feel pain shoot around the foot. If it was a playoff game, I’d definitely be trying to play through it, but the concern is we have an 82-game season, so they are kind of reeling me back. But we’ll see how it goes.”

Jaylen Brown has missed the last five games while recovering from the injury, and on Thursday he spoke with reporters for the first time since the scary fall. “I remember slipping off the rim,” Brown said. “I remember waking up and there was a bunch of people standing around me. And I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ I had no idea I had been, like, out for like 30 seconds or whatever they said I was out for. “I just remember waking up and there was a bunch of people around me. And I tried to get up and they were like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa!’ And I was like, ‘What’s the big deal?’ And that’s all I remember, to be honest.”

When his 6-foot-7-inch, 225-pound frame thudded to the ground, the noise reverberated to the other side of the arena, and probably could be heard in the upper reaches, too. Brown initially appeared in shock. His arms were somewhat awkwardly held in front of him, and he kept blinking. But he did not move or talk. Celtics medical staffers rushed to him and immediately instructed him to stay down. Forward Al Horford sat a few feet away, hoping his teammate would know he was there.
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February 17, 2019 | 7:51 am EST Update
His Real Madrid days are in the past, but Luka Doncic follows his former team in the ACB and EuroLeague whenever his schedule with the Dallas Mavericks permits. These days he’s in Charlotte taking part in various events of the NBA All-Star Game Weekend, but still reiterated: “I always follow EuroLeague and ACB when I have time”. Asked to pick out four teams for the 2019 EuroLeague Final Four, the 19-year-old Slovenian said: “Real Madrid, Fenerbahce, CSKA and Olympiacos”.
The NBA and FIBA plan to launch a professional basketball league in Africa called the Basketball Africa League featuring 12 teams from the continent. The league is scheduled for launch in January of 2020 and will be the NBA’s first collaboration to run a pro sports league outside of North America, and former President Barack Obama, an avid basketball fan, is expected to have a hands-on role.
The NBA 2K League will have $1.2 million in its prize pool for the 2019 season, up $200,000 from the inaugural season last year. Players will receive a base salary of $33,000 for a six-month commitment, with up to $38,000 for players retained from the 2018 season. Meanwhile, the prize pool will be spread out over four tournaments and the league playoffs, with $120,000 up for grabs in the season-opening “THE TIPOFF” tournament. “THE TURN” and “THE TICKET” tournaments each will have $180,000 available in prize money, while the league playoffs will be worth $720,000.
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It appears Lonzo Ball found a place to spend some of his time away from the court in recent weeks. Ball and Lance Stephenson dropped a new song titled ‘Swerve’ heading into the All-Star weekend. And, unlike some of Ball’s recent works, it’s a surprisingly good song. The song is based, more or less, on swerving other girls for the ones both Stephenson and Ball have now. While the beat is nice, Ball’s flow, one of his best attributes as a music artist, is highlighted in this song. Unlike his recent song with manager DMo titled ‘Geturmerch,’ this song is much better with strong verses from Stephenson and Ball both.