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Jazz Thabo Sefolosha Says Injury From NYPD ‘Total Abuse of Power’

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Utah Jazz veteran guard Thabo Sefolosha is speaking out about his experience a few years ago in New York in which he was involved in an altercation with the New York Police Department, which landed him behind bars and with a broken leg that would require surgery and a lengthy recovery.

Sefolosha was allegedly involved in a heated argument with an NYPD officer who was responding to a stabbing incident at popular Manhattan nightclub 1 Oak, something Sefolosha had no involvement with at all but didn’t stop him and the NYPD from colliding.

“It all could have been avoided very easily,” Sefolosha said, according to The Athletic’s Tony Jones. “It was basically a frustrated officer trying to prove a point. He wanted to prove he was the one in power. It was a total abuse of power, in  my opinion. And it was very, very uncalled for.”

Although it’s been a few years, Sefolosha is still angry about what went down.

“It was total B.S.,” Sefolosha said. “They were in the wrong. They violated my rights as a citizen and they violated my rights as a pedestrian. I had to go through a surgery and a rehab because of that. There was no way I was taking a deal. I hadn’t done anything wrong.”

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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Expected Back Mid-December

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New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson has yet to make his official debut, but all indications seem to point the rookie to be ready to take the court in mid-December.

According to TNT NBA analyst Reggie Miller, Williamson is reportedly on schedule with his rehab and is “definitely” going to be back next month, which is encouraging news for the Pelicans.

Williamson underwent back surgery back in October.

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Charlotte Hornets

Hornets Interested in Andre Drummond

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The Charlotte Hornets are interested in one particular big man during 2020 free agency, should he be available.

According to Havy.com’s Sean Deveney, the Hornets are expected to pursue Detroit Pistons’ center Andre Drummond if he reaches the free agent market after the season.

Armed with significant cap space, the Hornets are poised to be serious competition for the Pistons when it comes to Drummond and a long-term deal.

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Magic’s Nikola Vucevic Out with Ankle Injury

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The Orlando Magic will be without star center Nikola Vucevic for the next four weeks due to a right ankle injury, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Vucevic was injured during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptos when he turned his ankle during a fall.

The loss of Vucevic will be tough for the Magic, who are expected to turn to Khem Birch and Mo Bamba during his absence.

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