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Sources — Anthony Davis responds to motorcycle crash involving security guard

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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis responded to a crash scene involving his personal security guard on Saturday, sources close to Davis confirmed to ESPN.

Davis’ security guard, Garrett “GP” Partman, was riding a motorcycle at the time of the collision and needed to be taken to a local hospital for observation, sources told ESPN.

There was optimism that any injuries Pullman suffered were minor and he would be OK, sources said.

Davis spoke to police officers at the crash site, according to TMZ, which first reported the crash involving one vehicle and Pullman’s motorcycle.

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LeBron James to play against Indiana Pacers after six games out

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As the Los Angeles Lakers seek to win out and avoid the play-in tournament, LeBron James is set for his return Saturday against the Indiana Pacers, according to coach Frank Vogel.

James has missed the past six games to continue to recover from a high ankle sprain, but he practiced Friday and Vogel told reporters that the All-Star would play Saturday.

Vogel said Dennis Schroder, out the past seven games because of the league’s health and safety protocols, also will play against the Pacers. Alex Caruso is available as well, but Vogel said he may keep him out.

Currently the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, the Lakers can move up to at least No. 6 and avoid the play-in tournament if they win Saturday against the Pacers and Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans and if Portland Trail Blazers lose to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin contributed to this report.

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Source — Ex-Detroit Pistons star Ben Wallace part of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021

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Former Detroit Pistons star center Ben Wallace will be inducted into the Class of 2021 for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated on Saturday.

Wallace and the entire 2021 class will be announced on Sunday at the museum in Springfield, Mass.

Wallace was best-known for his defense as he was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The former HBCU Virginia Union star won a 2004 NBA championship with the Pistons and also was a four-time NBA All-Star. He has his No. 3 jersey retired with the Pistons.

Wallace began his college basketball career at Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) before transferring to Virginia Union where he was a first-team Division II All-American in 1996.

After going undrafted by the NBA in 1996, he played for the Washington Bullets/Wizards and Orlando Magic before becoming a star with the Pistons. The Pistons’ all-time leader in blocks also played for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. Wallace is currently a co-owner of the G League Grand Rapids Drive and has coaching aspirations.

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Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges cleared to return from COVID-19 protocols

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Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges has been cleared from the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols and will be available to play against the New York Knicks on Saturday, the team announced.

He missed six games while in the COVID-19 protocols, with the Hornets going 2-4 in his absence while trying to hold on to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference with just two games to go before the league’s play-in tournament next week.

The third-year player was averaging 21.6 points over six games prior to entering the protocol on May 4. For the season, he’s averaging 12.4 points and career highs of 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Bridges has also become a highlight fixture around the NBA this season with several poster-worthy dunks.

The Hornets are tied with the Indiana Pacers and are a half-game ahead of the Washington Wizards, who they play in the regular-season finale on Sunday.

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