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Jarrett Jack Shocked by Mark Jackson Firing

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In the meantime, the veteran guard (Jarrett Jack) is waiting to see who the team will hire as coach. He said he was shocked to learn of Mike Brown’s dismissal. He was equally shocked to see Golden State fire Mark Jackson, whom he played for two years ago.

“I was really shocked by Coach Jackson being fired,” Jack said. “In anything that you do, you want to be judged based on your performance. His performance spoke for itself. You saw a lot of guys grow under his tutelage — Steph [Curry], Klay Thompson, David Lee — and then collectively he got that franchise and that team into a place they haven’t been in a very, very long time — the playoffs — and being a team that people really had to take seriously.

“I just didn’t understand the move that was made. I think he’ll do great anywhere he lands, and anybody will definitely be happy and privileged to have him.”

via Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery

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Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.

“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.

Source: ESPN

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Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’

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Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.

“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.

“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”

Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.

Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN

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Sources: Nuggets Release Jameer Nelson

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Sources: Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson has been released by Denver, clears free agency waivers Friday.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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