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Thabo Sefolosha: Too soon to say when I’ll play again


Thabo Sefolosha missed the playoffs after breaking his leg while being arrested.

Sefolosha blamed the police, and it seems a lawsuit is coming.

But what about Sefolosha’s return to the court?

The Hawks gave a six-month recovery period after his April surgery, which would have him back during the preseason. We’re through most of that period, but Sefolosha isn’t ready to update his timeline.

Sefolosha, via Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I am doing better every day,” Sefolosha told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The leg and ankle are feeling good but it is too early to say exactly when I’ll be back on the court.”

I’m unsure whether Sefolosha is just being discreet or actually too far from his return to estimate a date. Obviously, the latter would be much more troubling.

A healthy Sefolosha would be first in line to replace DeMarre Carroll, who signed with the Raptors, in the starting lineup. If Sefolosha can’t go, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kent Bazemore and Justin Holiday are candidates to join Kyle Korver on the wing

Brazil’s automatic basketball bid for 2016 Olympics in jeopardy over money

Tiago Splitter, Rudy Fernandez, Leandrinho Barbosa

Two spots in the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s basketball tournament are secure.

One spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s basketball tournament is secure.

The United States is guaranteed entry by virtue of winning the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil was believed to be a lock as the host country, but that’s no longer so certain.

David Ebner Vancouver of The Globe and Mail:

Last month, FIBA, basketball’s international ruling body, set a deadline of July 31 for the Brazilian Basketball Federation to pay “significant outstanding dues” to FIBA “in order to be granted automatic qualification places for Rio 2016.”

FIBA did not explain what the unpaid dues were for, or exactly how much money was owed – estimates suggest it could be $1-million. That, of course, is a fraction of the $12-billion or so that Brazil’s organizing committee is spending to stage the Games.

Earlier this year, according to a FIBA spokesman, CBB proposed to repay the debt on a schedule extending to 2019. FIBA said no, and set the deadline. Its spokesman explained by e-mail: “A solution needs to be found by [July 31, 2015] so that all participating teams know the qualification process for the Olympic Games and the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.”

Most likely, Brazil will just pay these dues. But if this matter remains unresolved, Brazil could potentially still qualify for the Olympics through other means.

Brazil is scheduled to compete in the FIBA Americas Championship next month, though perhaps FIBA would block Brazil’s inclusion based on these unpaid dues. The top two teams in the tournament qualify for the Olympics, and the U.S. – Olympic berth already clinched – isn’t competing. With several NBA players to draw upon – Nene, Tiago Splitter, Anderson Varejao, Leandro Barbosa, Lucas Nogueira and Bruno Caboclo  – Brazil would be a strong contender.

But if Brazil needs to use one of the FIBA Americas’ two qualifying slots, that closes a door for the other nine teams in the tournament:

  • Canada
  • Argentina
  • Puerto Rico
  • Dominican Republic
  • Venezuela
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Cuba
  • Uruguay

Safe to say, these other North and South American teams are rooting for Brazil to settle with FIBA.

Report: Knicks, Lakers, Wizards still interested in Kevin Seraphin

Washington Wizards v Charlotte Hornets

The best big man still truly available on the free agent market? (Tristan Thompson isn’t truly available to anybody but Cleveland.)

Kevin Seraphin.

He’s a respectable NBA backup center who thought he could find a starting role but learned the hard way that’s not happening. Last season with the Wizards he averaged 15 minutes a night, scored 6.6 points on 51.3 percent shooting, grabbed 3.3 boards and was reliable. He doesn’t have much shooting range, and in the past there have been issues with fouls and turnovers. Still, he can give a team quality minutes.

He’s likely going to do that next season somewhere on a short, veteran minimum kind of deal. Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops lists the most recent possibilities.

The Mavericks, Suns, and Spurs have in the past expressed some interest.

The smart money has him landing in Washington, where he would play behind Marcin Gortat in the rotation again.

The Knicks and Lakers don’t make a lot of sense. The Knicks have Robin Lopez and Kyle O’Quinn, so there are not minutes to be had. The Lakers have Roy Hibbert and Robert Sacre under contract, plus they are bringing in rookie Robert Upshaw and to see if he can make the roster.

Unfortunately for Seraphin, the music has stopped and he doesn’t have a chair. Or leverage. Or many options. Someone will grab him before the season starts, but he’s going to have to show an improved game to get more run (then eventually, more money).

Report: Pacers sign Glenn Robinson III to three-year deal

Nathan Hawkins, Glenn Robinson III

The Pacers have continued filling out the end of their bench with young players. On Saturday, they signed Glenn Robinson III to a three-year deal, his agency told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent forward Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a three-year contract with the Indiana Pacers, his agents Austin Brown and Aaron Mintz of CAA told Yahoo Sports.

Robinson, 21, became an unrestricted free agent after the Philadelphia 76ers declined to make him a qualifying offer.

Robinson was a second-round pick by the Timberwolves in 2014. They waived him midway through his rookie season, and he spent the rest of the year on the Sixers. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 35 games between the two teams — 25 in Minnesota and 10 in Philadelphia.

Chris Copeland on April stabbing incident: “I am OK”

Chris Copeland

The bulk of the attention on the April 8 New York City nightclub incident has been on Thabo Sefolosha’s broken leg at the hands of the NYPD. It’s easy to forget that Chris Copeland, who was playing for the Pacers at the time, was stabbed at the scene and had to undergo surgery. Copeland, who just signed a deal with the Bucks, gave his first interview since the incident to Marc Spears of Yahoo, and he says he’s recovered fully from the stab wounds:

Copeland underwent surgery for injuries to his left elbow and abdomen, and apologized for being involved in the incident in a statement afterward. The experience has given him a new appreciation for all he has.

“I would like to say that I am OK for anybody that was concerned,” Copeland said. “I appreciate all the love and support as always.

“Legally, it’s not something I can talk about. But it was an unfortunate situation. I’m looking forward to putting it behind me and getting back on the floor.”

Copeland also reveals that he recently paid a visit to Facebook’s offices to work with their engineers on developing app ideas.

Copeland understandably can’t say much about the circumstances in April, as it’s an ongoing legal case. But it’s good to see that he’s made a full recovery and will be ready to play next season.