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Remembering Brooks Thompson (VIDEO)

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Brooks Thompson, the guard who was the former first-round pick of the Orlando Magic and went on to be the Texas-San Antonio men’s basketball coach, passed away at the age of 45.

People around the league are remembering him, as with this video above.

Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr played against him and had this to say before Game 4 Friday:

“Another sad day today in the NBA world. Brooks Thompson passed away. Brooks played for Orlando. I was watching Classic Sports about a week ago, and they showed our 1996 Eastern Conference Finals game against the Magic, and Brooks and I were guarding each other. The Magic had had some injuries, and he played Game 4; had a great game. I had no idea he was ill. I read today online that he passed away, and I just want to give my condolences to his family. I just cannot believe the year it’s been for the NBA and for so many people in the NBA who have lost loved ones. Not just players, but coaches and family members, and I wish the Thompson family well.”

Our thoughts are with Thompson’s families and friends.

Assistant coach notes: Tony Brown to Wizards; Mike Brown could land with Warriors

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The NBA coaches who got hired this summer are just starting to round out their coaching staffs. A few interesting tidbits came out on Saturday.

Tony Brown, the interim coach in Brooklyn last season after Lionel Hollins was fired mid-season, will be moving to our nation’s capital to join up with Scott Brooks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

That’s a solid hire by Brooks.

Arguably the most coveted lead assistant job in the league is the chair next to Steve Kerr with Golden State. The seat Luke Walton is vacating to take the Lakers’ job (Alvin Gentry had it the year before and is head coach of the Pelicans now). So who gets the seat after Walton? Don’t rule out former Lakers’ coach Mike Brown, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Just some names to watch as the music stops and all the chairs around the league get filled.

Man who ran on court near end of Game 4 in jail facing misdemeanor charges

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This was just ridiculous.

A man — who I will not name because he did this seeking notoriety — ran onto the court during play with less than a minute in the game Friday night. He had his shirt off and “Trump Sucks” written on his chest, and “LeBron for president” on his back.

He was quickly tackled and taken off the court by security and Cleveland police before he could get near the players. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the details:

(The man) of Beverly Hills, California is charged with criminal trespass on a place of public amusement and resisting arrest. Both charges are first-degree misdemeanors that carry penalties ranging from a fine to six months in jail.

He is in the Cleveland City Jail awaiting his first court appearance, which has not yet been scheduled.

The perpetrator is a YouTube personality who has done other stunts then put the video up on his channel. He’s the guy that ran onto the pitch during the 2014 World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina, trying to kiss a player.

I wish he had tried this during the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland this summer. If he thought getting tackled and charged by Cleveland police was bad, he should try tangling with the Secret Service. See how that goes.

Usher doesn’t get dap from LeBron, so he gets one from Curry instead

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CLEVELAND — Usher was courtside for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. You probably didn’t notice because you were focused on the shockingly blond Andrew Bynum, but Usher was there.

After the game, Usher went to get a dap from LeBron James and…

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You can’t blame LeBron here, he and the Cavaliers just dropped Game 4; he’s frustrated and tired, he’s not looking at the people around him as he walks off the court. Not even Usher.

Next, Usher chooses to find Stephen Curry coming off the court. That goes better.

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Usher even got some love from Andre Iguodala when he came off the court. So it was a good night to be Usher. Then again, pretty much every night is a good night to be Usher.

Watch Warriors’ record 17 threes from Game 4 win

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CLEVELAND — Golden State rained threes on teams all season long, and it was just a matter of time before they did it on Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

But the Cavaliers brought some of this on themselves: Notice how many of those threes are uncontested. The Warriors’ ball movement forces opponents to stay sharp and keep rotating out to shooters, fall asleep for just a few seconds and they make you pay.

The Warriors made the Cavs pay 17 times in Game 4, on their way to a 108-97 win. If the Cavaliers don’t figure out a way to stay focused by Monday’s Game 5, it will be their final game this season.