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Carmelo Anthony thinks 57% of BRI is fair enough, thanks

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Carmelo Anthony has Puerto Rican ties and so he hosts a charity weekend there. As part of that, he did an interview with a local newspaper. You’re never going to believe it, but the subject of playing overseas came up. I know, shocking, right? And even more stunning, Melo said he was keeping his options open! Can you believe it? Will the surprises ever cease?

Anyway, outside of saying he might play for Puerto Rico, which has the same chance as him playing in China, or Turkey, or Italy, or Greece, okay, not Greece, things are not great there, the reporter randomly asked him about the BRI split in the CBA negotiations. Because that’s not at all specific. And Melo, well, he doesn’t see much need for a move down in percentage at all. From

“If you ask me, I’d say 57 percent of existing players is fair. But honestly, the problem goes beyond profit percentages. You also have to define what are the teams that really are making a loss and if there are plans on the agenda to improve their situation. There are a number of variables being considered in negotiations, rather than percentages of profits. “

via Carmelo Anthony: “My part boricua no one takes it from me” –

So that’s a vague reference to revenue sharing for the teams that are losing money, and speaks to the issue of how the problem goes beyond just BRI. There’s this talk that it’s all about the money split and if that was resolved everything would fall into place. But the players are more worried about the systemic changes, like the hard cap.

At the same time, the union has unilaterally made the statement that a cut in BRI is a decent idea in these economic times. Hey, at least it’s a superstar speaking to the issues instead of just pursuing exhibition games, playing overseas, or hiding out.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.