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Wizards’ Scott Brooks, Markieff Morris Comment on Ejection

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Washington Wizards head coach isn’t too pleased about forward Markieff Morris’ ejection from Monday’s loss to the New York Knicks with 3:45 left in the first half after he collected his second technical foul for trash talking Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson.

It isn’t a good start for Brooks’ team, who he was trying to work with on talking less, and working harder.

Morris was still heated with Robinson following the game, sharing some choice words in the locker room.

“He’s a stupid-ass rookie,” Morris said following the game, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “Talking too much. Obviously I didn’t like what he said, and the refs overplayed it and threw me out.”

“I don’t even know him. I ain’t never really seen him before,” Morris added, his mellow voice rising. “He just checked into the game. I never even guarded him. I didn’t know there was a Mitchell on their team.”

Brooks wasn’t rushing to the defense of his player, instead expressing frustration.

“First exhibition, we let our emotions get a little out of control” Brooks said.

“It’s not good. It’s not a good look. You have five players out there competing, both teams, and you have three referees competing themselves. We have to make sure that we can control our emotions.

“It’s about playing a style of play… and keeping our composure,” he continued. “It doesn’t do any good to give up points. Games are so close. An overtime game we’re giving up free throws and we’re losing players in the game.”

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76ers’ James Ennis Opting Out of Contract

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Philadelphia 76ers swingman James Ennis is turning down his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ennis, 28, will hit the free agent market on July 1st after posting 7.9 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season.

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Bucks’ Pau Gasol Out for Season

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Milwaukee Bucks veteran big man Pau Gasol is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a navicular stress fracture in his left foot, according to an official team announcement.

Gasol, who hasn’t played since March 10th, posted 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks this season.

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Chris Fleming Joining Bulls’ Staff

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Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Chris Felming will be leaving the organization to join the Chicago Bulls as the top assistant to head coach Jim Boylen, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Fleming joined the Nets staff back in 2016 when head coach Kenny Atkinson took the helm.

Fleming also served as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets back in the 2015-2016 season.

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