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NBA notebook: Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King says team not in panic mode

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General manager Billy King said Sunday that the Brooklyn Nets are disappointed by the latest injury to Brook Lopez, but are not in panic mode.

Lopez broke his right foot again, leaving the Nets (9-17) without their leading scorer. King said he will see if there are any worthwhile trades, but is confident in the players he already has.

“When you get an injury like this, everybody calls you. Every agent that has a big guy on the sideline calls to offer their services,” King said.

“But we had been in discussions with a lot of teams up to this point. There’s not an imminent move, we’re not looking to make any imminent move trade-wise. We’ve got 14 other guys that can step up, but we’ll continue to discuss possibilities if it can make our team better.”

Lopez fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot, the same injury he sustained during a preseason game before the 2011-12 season.

He had recently returned from a sprained left ankle and was averaging 20.7 points for a team that was hoping to finally begin turning around a disappointing season.

WADE’S KIDS HELP WITH PROPOSALDwyane Wade enlisted some help with his proposal to Gabrielle Union. The three boys that the Miami Heat guard is raising, his two sons and a nephew, all were part of the engagement surprise, Wade said Sunday. His youngest son Zion held a sign with her name. His nephew Dahveon Morris’ sign said “Will you.” And his oldest son Zaire’s sign read “marry us?”

Bewildered, Union turned to Wade and saw him on bended knee, then realized what was happening. An 8½-carat cushion cut diamond sealed the deal, and with that, Wade was again an engaged man.


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