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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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Pistons’ Andre Drummond Says Pairing with Blake Griffin ‘Nightmare’ for Teams

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Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is a big fan of playing alongside forward Blake Griffin and believes it gives the Pistons an edge over their opponents.

In fact, Drummond believes that he and Griffin pose a “nightmare” challenge for opposing teams.

“I think for me, my job is to make his game as easy as possible on the offensive end. When I get him open, he usually makes the right plays,” Drummond said, accordig to The Associated Press.

“It’s a nightmare for teams. You’ve got to really pick your poison, who you really want to get going, and it’s scary when we both get it going.”

Drummond is putting in a solid season, averaging 17.4 points and 15.0 rebounds per game this season.

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Heat’s Dwyane Wade Reflect on Final All-Star Game

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After making his final appearance at an NBA All-Star game as an active player, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade took time to reflect on the experience as he enters the final few months of his NBA playing career.

“Whatever my legacy is and whatever it will become, it’s what I’ve been building since anybody ever heard my name or before that,” said Wade, soon turning his attention to the remainder of the season, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“So at the end of the day, when it’s over, I think that the respect that I’ve been getting from fans around the world, fans in arenas, the players that I’m playing against, that’s the thing that makes me fill my heart with joy. Because I just want a respect for what I bring to the table, and that’s in both on the court and off the court. And I’ve been getting that.”

Wade will be calling it a career at the end of the season.

“So I’ve just got to keep it going. I’m 37 years old, I’m a young man in life. I’ve got a long life ahead of me, and I’m destined to do other things that’s great. So see what that is.”

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Addresses Trade Rumors

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Ever since New Orleans’ Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis put in a trade demand rumors have been running non-stop about which teams, and which players, will be a part of his exit from New Orleans.

One player in particular, Boston Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum, has been rumored to be a main piece in a potential trade that would land Davis in Boston.

Tatum, isn’t concerned with the constant chatter.

“And my response is always the same; control what I can control, I don’t take it personal. I understood coming in that it is a business. They have to make the best decision for them, whatever that may be. Especially right now; I can’t control it.” Tatum said, according to NBC Sports’ A.Sherrod Blakely.

“You learn pretty quickly that when you are under contract, you don’t have too much say-so,” Tatum said.

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