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California forward Jaylen Brown (0) dribbles past Coppin State forward Blake Simpson (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Divisive prospect Jaylen Brown declares for NBA draft, hiring agent

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Jaylen Brown has been hyped as an NBA prospect for years.

After a shaky season at Cal, he’ll get a chance to prove the attention was justified.

Connor Letourneau of SFGate:

Jaylen Brown said Thursday morning that he will make himself available for the 2016 NBA Draft.

The announcement, made during an on-campus news conference, came three days before the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft. Brown plans to officially forgo his remaining college eligibility by hiring an agent.

Based on name recognition and the eye test, Brown is in the mix to go No. 3 behind Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. But a closer look reveals many concerns.

Brown has an NBA body. The small forward is 6-foot-7, long, strong and athletic. He’ll also turn 20 before his first NBA season.

He often put his advanced physical profile to good use at Cal, forcing his way inside and generating a ton of free throws (though he shot just 65% from the line). Can he draw so many fouls against NBA defenders? His poor outside shooting (29% on 3s) won’t have anyone guarding him tightly on the perimeter, making it even harder to attack.

Brown is too sloppy offensively, forcing difficult shots and turning the ball over. If he changes those bad habits, he has all the tools to be a good pro.

He’s further along defensively, and that could be his ticket to getting on the court and learning offense on the job.

Opinion is divided on Brown. This draft drops considerably after the top two, which helps him. It’s one thing not to like his game. It’s another to find a prospect you’re convinced will fare better.

Some teams might not have Brown rated in the lottery, but I believe at least one in position to select him will. Determining the draft order could have a big effect on when Brown gets picked.

Hassan Whiteside calls on NBA to fine Cody Zeller for flop (video)

Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller, left, is fouled by Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. The Hornets won 99-81. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Hassan Whiteside is trying to get his money.

First, he wants the NBA to take some of Cody Zeller‘s.

The Heat center didn’t like his second foul in yesterday’s Game 2 win over the Hornets.

Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post:

As usual, I’m hesitant to assign intent.

Should Whiteside have been called for a foul? No. Did Zeller staggering back contribute to the whistle being blown? Yes.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Zeller intentionally staged his reaction to draw a foul. Not everyone has perfect body control at all times. Isn’t it also possible Zeller, having his run forward interrupted by a large man, just lost his balance?

I lean toward believing Zeller flopped, but I’m not certain enough to call for a fine. Then again, I’m rarely certain a flopping fine is warranted, and the NBA issues plenty anyway.

video via reddit user Splash2ndcousin

The time Prince rented Carlos Boozer’s house

FILE - In this April 26, 2008  file photo, Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Prince's publicist has confirmed that Prince died at his his home, Thursday, April 21, 2016. He was 57. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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Prince enjoyed basketball. He played the sport growing up, and he sat courtside for a Warriors-Thunder game last month.

But my favorite basketball memory of Prince, whose death was announced today, came when he rented Carlos Boozer’s house in 2004.

As detailed by Jay Williams, Boozer’s former Duke teammate:

“Supposedly, Prince changed the front gate to the Prince sign, he changed the master bedroom to a hair salon, he changed the streaming blue waters that led to the front door to purple water, he knocked out walls, he changed the molding on top of the ceiling. Booz was livid. So pissed off, so angry … He put his Purple Rain stamp on it … Booz was like, ‘I was getting ready to go over there and beat this little man down.’ And dude was just like ‘Here, Boozer, here is a little check for about a million, it’ll take care of everything, get it back the way you want it.’ And Booz was like, ‘This little man is cool as hell.’”

RIP Prince.

Mike Woodson punches unsuspecting DeAndre Jordan in the face (video)

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee defends during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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DeAndre Jordan has played awesome defense in the playoffs, anticipating every Trail Blazers move and reacting accordingly.

But he didn’t see the end of this pep talk by Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson coming.

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Josh Richardson stumbles into live postgame show, does interview (video)

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We’ve seen a thoughtful postgame interview. We’ve seen a snippy postgame interview.

And here’s a startled interview from last night.

Heat rookie Josh Richardson wandered onto the set of a live postgame show, so Jason Jackson – the ultimate pro – had Richardson wired up, finished his own point and then interviewed Richardson (who was presumably there to be interviewed in the first place, though with a smoother entrance).