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Washington Wizards Markieff Morris will undergo surgery for a sports hernia

7:39 PM ET ESPN.com Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris is expected to miss approximately one month following surgery for a sports hernia, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Washington Post earlier reported the injury, adding that surgery will take place Friday. Morris had participated in his normal offseason workout routine before experiencing pain late in the summer. The surgery’s delay, according to the Washington Post, is a result of an ongoing aggravated assault trial involving his twin brother Marcus Morris, as…

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There has never been an NBA draft prospect like Slovenia’s Luka Doncic

Sep 18, 2017 Mike SchmitzESPN HELSINKI, FINLAND — Goran Dragic scrolled through his iPhone smiling ear to ear. “Let me show you a picture,” Dragic said. “It’s crazy.” The photo featured Dragic, then a youthful 21-year-old point guard prospect, and nine of his Union Olimpija teammates, hoisting the 2008 Slovenian League championship trophy. At the center of the photo was Sasa Doncic, a 34-year-old veteran forward gripping the stem of the cup as his teammates celebrated around him, confetti flying through the air. In the foreground of the photo stood…

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Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris’ aggravated assault trial resumes with testimony of man attacked

PHOENIX — The aggravated assault trial of NBA players Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris resumed Tuesday with testimony from the man the brothers are accused of beating. Erik Hood, 36, testified Tuesday that his relationship with the brothers became strained because of a misinterpreted text message. Hood, who has known the twin brothers since they were promising teenage AAU players, stressed his relationship with them was not based on the twins’ making it to the NBA. The Morris brothers went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a…

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Magic Johnson subpoenaed as witness in Draymond Green civil lawsuit

Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed as a witness in a civil lawsuit accusing Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green of assault, according to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press. Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers‘ president of basketball operations, and Green both played basketball for Michigan State, and the plaintiff played football at MSU. Jermaine Edmondson and his girlfriend, Bianca Williams, filed suit July 25 in response to an altercation in July 2016 that culminated in Green allegedly striking Edmondson in the face at a restaurant in East Lansing,…

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Kevin Durant sorry for tweets critical of Billy Donovan, Thunder

Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant apologized Tuesday for going “too far” in defending himself on Twitter. “I use Twitter to engage with fans,” he said at the Tech Crunch conference in San Francisco. “I think it’s a great way to engage with basketball fans. I happened to take it a little too far. “That’s what happens sometimes when I get into basketball debates about what I really love is to play basketball. Took it a little too far.” On Sunday, someone tweeted at Durant, “give me one legitimate reason…

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Los Angeles Lakers, Andrew Bogut agree to 1-year deal, agent says

Free agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent David Bauman of ISE tells The Vertical. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne says the deal is for the veteran minimum $2.3 million, according to a source. Bogut suffered a broken leg during his Cleveland Cavaliers debut in February and missed the rest of the season. Both of Kobe Bryant’s jerseys — Nos. 8 and 24 — will be retired by the Lakers before the team’s game against the Warriors on Dec. 18. Bryant, who retired…

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Adidas passes Jordan brand as 2nd-most popular sneaker; Nike on top

Adidas has passed the Jordan brand as the second-most popular sneaker in the United States, market tracking company NPD Group announced Monday. “I’ve never seen a brand in the sneaker industry grow this fast,” NPD sports industry analyst Matt Powell said. From January through August of this year, Adidas had 11.3 percent of the U.S. market share by dollars. That was up from the 6.6 percent the brand had over the same period last year. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball donned Adidas for a Las Vegas Summer League game, although he…

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Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA’s game officials

2:33 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Bob Delaney, the NBA’s Vice President for Referee’s Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league’s game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA’s referees, integrating searching more technology as part of its officiating program. Hired as the NBA’s president of league operations in 2016, Byron Spruell has been working to reshape the administering, training and recruitment pools of the league’s referees. He’s directing the NBA’s search, which could include a…

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Slovenia wins first European basketball championship behind MVP Goran Dragic

ISTANBUL — Slovenia won its first European basketball championship on Sunday by defeating Serbia 93-85 behind 35 points from Goran Dragic. Dragic’s 35 points in the title game were the most in a single game in EuroBasket 2017. They were also the most in a EuroBasket Final since Pau Gasol had 36 in 2003. Dragic, the Miami Heat guard who was voted MVP of the tournament after the game, watched the final four minutes from the bench due to cramp. He had been visibly tiring, missing all three shots and…

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Kevin Pelton’s weekly mailbag, including Carmelo Anthony, superstars, and more

This week’s mailbag features your questions on the ranking of Carmelo Anthony, bad position groups on playoff teams, and more. You can tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to peltonmailbag@gmail.com. #peltonmailbag Do u feel the #64 ranking of #CarmeloAnthony is justified?I can’t see it. U can’t even trade 3 players ahead of him for him. — Steven Curie (@GooniTunes) September 14, 2017 I do. First off, let’s be clear that we’re not talking the prime Carmelo Anthony that was a deserving All-Star and finished with a…

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