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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo teams with Mattel and Nike to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UNO

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After bringing an NBA championship to the Milwaukee Bucks for the first time in 50 years, Giannis Antetokounmpo is looking to spotlight yet another 50-year-old milestone this fall.

The reigning NBA Finals MVP is teaming with Mattel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of longtime card game UNO with a Nike sneaker and apparel collection inspired by the details found on the graphics in an UNO card deck.

“I want every product to be genuine and authentic,” Antetokounmpo said. “Playing UNO with my brothers is a big part of our lives.”

Styled atop his latest signature model shoe, there are four variations of the UNO-hued shoes in each of the card quadrant’s shades of red, blue, yellow and green. A more limited edition, black, Wild Card-themed pair will be released in November, complete with a special 50th anniversary UNO logo.

Both the 3 and 4 cards can be found paired together along the inner collar of the shoes to represent his jersey number, while the Nike Swoosh logo also features a subtle drop shadow drafting off of the card number style. An exclusive Giannis-branded UNO deck also will be released in limited fashion through the NTWRK app in the coming weeks. That deck includes a new twist — allowing players to steal an extra card from the discard pile, dubbed “forcing a turnover.”

Antetokounmpo, the first international basketball player to receive his own signature Nike shoe with the company, has looked to layer in storytelling often around his family history, his four brothers and his Greek and Nigerian heritage.

Past themes have celebrated everything from his fondness for smoothies, to his favorite movie “Coming To America” and now, his family’s shared love for UNO.



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Brooklyn Nets lose Kevin Durant to left knee sprain in second quarter vs. New Orleans Pelicans

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NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant injured his left knee during the second quarter of Saturday’s 120-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The team called it a left knee sprain, and it occurred with just under six minutes left in the quarter as Pelicans guard Herb Jones drove to the basket and collided with Nets guard Bruce Brown, who fell backwards into Durant, who was standing behind the play. Durant will undergo an MRI on Sunday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brooklyn’s leading scorer tried to stay in the game for a few moments, walking around, trying to loosen the knee up, but he walked over to the bench and checked himself out shortly thereafter. Durant went straight back to the locker room to be checked out.

Durant left Barclays Center about midway through the fourth quarter, walking with a limp on his way to a waiting car. He sounded hopeful that the injury wasn’t too serious, but was unsure at this point if he would be able to travel to Cleveland for Monday’s game against the Cavaliers.

Both Durant and the Nets now wait to see what the results of the MRI bring.

At halftime, with the Nets leading, 69-41, the team announced Durant would be out for the remainder of the game.

The injury overshadows what had been a strong return for the former MVP, who sat out Thursday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder to rest. In 12 minutes on Saturday, Durant had 12 points, three rebounds and two assists before leaving the game.

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MRI shows no structural damage to knee of Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine

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CHICAGO — Bulls guard Zach LaVine is not expected to miss significant time after an MRI on Saturday morning showed no structural damage to his left knee.

LaVine will be reevaluated early next week, the team said. LaVine did not travel with the team for its game Saturday night in Boston, and he will begin targeted therapy on his knee before the Bulls can offer a more definitive timeline.

“Well, obviously very optimistic and very grateful that it wasn’t something more,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “That’s why they wanted to do the MRI, so he’ll continue to get therapy and we’ll re-evaluate him after a period of time. I don’t think it’s something that’s long-term, which is a good thing. So the biggest thing is how does he respond to therapy, treatment, those kinds of things.

“I think once they see how he responds to the therapy there will be a clearer view of when a return date will be possible.”

LaVine landed awkwardly while grabbing an offensive rebound during the first quarter of Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. He took an intentional foul on the next play before taking himself out of the game.

The Bulls were optimistic after Friday’s game that LaVine had avoided a major injury, but wanted to proceed with caution considering LaVine tore the ACL in the same knee in 2017 while playing for the Timberwolves.

In 38 games for Chicago this season, LaVine is averaging 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 49% from the field.

In addition to LaVine, the Bulls will also be without Lonzo Ball on Saturday night as he is experiencing left knee soreness.

“(Saturday) morning when we met he still had some soreness in that joint and just wanted to rest him and have him sit out,” Donovan said. “I don’t want to say day-to-day … when I say day-to-day, it’s not like this game, and he’s back for Memphis. I think right now for the Memphis game he would be doubtful until he goes through treatment and therapy and see how he feels and if the soreness subsides and how quickly it subsides.”

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Dallas Mavericks get Kristaps Porzingis, coach Jason Kidd back from health and safety protocols

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DALLAS — Mavericks power forward/center Kristaps Porzingis has cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols after missing the past seven games and is expected to play in Saturday night’s home game against the Orlando Magic.

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd also cleared the protocols.

Dallas won six of the seven games missed by Porzingis, who is averaging 20.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. The Mavs went 3-1 during Kidd’s absence, when defensive coordinator Sean Sweeney served as the acting head coach.

A source said Porzingis felt well in recent days and had been able to do individual workouts.

Porzingis’ clearance makes center Marquese Chriss ineligible to play for the Mavericks while he remains on a 10-day hardship deal that expires Thursday.

Sources said the Mavericks are considering their options to sign Chriss for the remainder of the season, which would require a move to create an open roster spot.

Chriss has played in 12 games over three 10-day deals with the Mavericks, averaging 6.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game while shooting 63% from the floor.

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