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Report: Hawks’ Mike Scott arrested for felony drug possession


Hawks forward Mike Scott was arrested on Thursday at a traffic stop for felony drug possession, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Scott was charged with possession of marijuana and MDMA, the latter of which is a Schedule I drug.

Hawks head coach and president Mike Budenholzer issued the following statement about Scott’s arrest:

“We are aware of the situation involving Mike Scott this morning. Out of respect for the legal process, we will not have any additional comments at this time.”

Scott isn’t the only Hawks player currently involved in a legal battle. Thabo Sefolosha has an upcoming court appearance in relation to the April incident at a nightclub in New York that involved an altercation with an NYPD officer and resulted in a broken leg for Sefolosha.

In the coming days, more information will come out about the circumstances surrounding Scott’s arrest, but this kind of drama is never something that’s welcomed by teams.

Scott averaged 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 36 games for the Hawks last season.

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

Thabo Sefolosha

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.