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A California jury has rejected a woman's $21.5 million rape lawsuit against Knicks' star Derrick Rose. The jury deliberated for just under four hours Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court before finding the accuser hadn't proven her claim that Rose and two friends gang-raped her while she was drunk or drugged in her central California apartment. NY Daily News
With no physical evidence in the case, the jury was left to make its decision based on often-lurid testimony and a series of text messages produced by the woman. At the heart of the trial was the issue of consent - whether the accuser was too incapacitated to consent to sexual activity. NY Daily News
It was a welcome sight for the Sixers on Monday when they were finally able to put both Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on the court. Okafor said afterward that he developed soreness in his surgically repaired right knee at the end of training camp in the beginning of the month, and hadn't really done much on the practice floor since. He said he felt good and was anxious to see how he would feel when he woke up on Tuesday. Philadelphia Daily News
Point guard Jerryd Bayless is still out as the Sixers try to figure out how to treat his sore left wrist. Cat Barber had a stomach ailment and was out for the day. Nerlens Noel trained exclusively with strength and conditioning coach Todd Wright to try and heal his strained groin, while Robert Covington (migraine), Hollis Thompson (upper respiratory), Jahlil Okafor (knee), Nik Stauskas (hamstring) and Gerald Henderson (hip) went through modified training. Philadelphia Daily News
In a recent SiriusXM NBA Radio interview, [Jason] Terry described [Klay] Thompson as not a great player but a “B-side” player, a member of a team’s supporting cast. CSN Bay Area
Asked about it after the Warriors practiced at UC-San Diego, [Klay] Thompson expressed zero interest in [Jason] Terry’s belief. “My concern is really not trying to prove to Jason Terry I’m an elite superstar,” Thompson said. “It’s to do everything I can to help this team win ballgames.” Thompson has done a better job of that each season, raising his scoring average and shooting percentages every season since his rookie year in 2011-12, last season reaching 22.1 points per game on 47.0-percent shooting. He also defends well enough to be among the league’s 10 best two-way players. CSN Bay Area
And not that Thompson would care about what Terry or anyone beyond the Warriors might think. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” he said. “At the end of the day, I go out there and play my hardest. To some people I can be a great player, a good player or an average player. It doesn’t matter.” CSN Bay Area
Add forward Tobias Harris to the growing Pistons injury list. Stan Van Gundy said Harris suffered a non-displaced fracture of his nose in Monday’s exhibition victory over the Bucks. Detroit News
Van Gundy also said backup center Aron Baynes, who missed last weekend’s exhibition against the 76ers with back spasms and was a game-time decision against the Bucks, took an inadvertent shot to the face from rookie Henry Ellenson early during practice and had to leave. Baynes has a broken nose, and will visit a specialist today. Detroit News
Mehmet Okur ruptured his Achilles' tendon during the 2010 playoffs and was never the same, struggling to walk or pick up his kids. He dedicated himself to 1½ years of rehabilitation before retiring in 2012. He enjoyed family time for two years before becoming an ambassador for the Jazz. Okur helped at Utah youth clinics, met with Jazz sponsors and season ticket holders before games and took young Jazz players to lunches and dinners to mentor about patience and professionalism. Arizona Republic
Okur is a part-time Suns player development assistant, a position he was prodded to take by former Utah teammate and current Suns head coach Earl Watson. It was the ideal re-entry to on-court basketball work after grappling with an unexpected end to his playing career and the paternal pull of three young kids at his San Diego family home. Arizona Republic
Kerr said he doesn’t expect to rest any players Wednesday night against the Lakers. Center Anderson Varejao, who has been limited the past two practices with a shoulder contusion, is questionable for the game. San Francisco Chronicle
On Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown: “I like his progress, I like what he’s done thus far,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Tuesday, as aired on “NESN Live,” presented by Cross Insurance. “I think we’ve thrown him into the fire a little bit at two positions, but ultimately that’s how we have to move forward. And hey, there’s going to be some growing pains with some of these young guys — you have to understand that. But if you bring something to the table that helps our team win, that’s what we have to consider first and foremost.” NESN
The sports medicine facility, with an undisclosed price tag, is part of Kaiser’s three-pronged push into downtown Sacramento. In 2023, Kaiser expects to open a new hospital on 18 acres in the city’s long-empty historic railyard, replacing its aging Morse Avenue hospital. Two years ago, Kaiser bought a six-story building at 501 J St., directly across from Golden 1, that the company is converting into medical offices. The 200,000-square-foot building, expected to open in 2018, will provide primary care, obstetrics, pediatrics and oncology services for Kaiser members working or living downtown. Sacramento Bee
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