Boston Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart took time out from his busy schedule Monday to send out prayers to Los Angles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle.
In the Lakers’ season opener against the Houston Rockets last week, Randle suffered a season-ending broken leg. It’s an injury that still has Smart shaken.
“I’ve known Julius for a long time, and when I heard about [the broken leg] it was devastating to me,” Smart said before the Celtics played the Mavericks on Monday night in Dallas. “He’s a great player and a great kid, and just to see those types of things happen, it’s heartbreaking.
“It’s crazy. My condolences go out to his family and him.”
Smart and Randle go way back, to the days when they were making big-time headlines on the area high school scene.
Randle, 19, graduated in 2013 from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, where he was a star basketball player. Smart, 20, graduated from Flower Mound Marcus High School in 2012, where in three seasons he led them to a 115-6 record and a pair of Class 5A state titles.
In fact, Smart and Randle hooked up this year to mark the first time the Dallas-Fort Worth area had more than one lottery pick in the same draft. Smart was the sixth player chosen in June, and Randle was the seventh.
Cuban chides NFL
Mark Cuban believes he knows why the NFL is playing regular-season games in London.
“The NFL is desperate,” the Mavericks’ owner said Monday. “We’re not.”
Asked what the NFL is desperate for, Cuban said: “To build international fans. We’re not.
“I get why they’re doing it. But more power to them.”
The Dallas Cowboys on Monday flew to London, where they will play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Cuban doesn’t think it’s feasible for the NBA to play regular-games overseas.
“We play more games [than the NFL],” Cuban said. “They’ve got a week to adjust and everything.”
• Forward Al-Farouq Aminu suffered an injury to his left knee in the first half Monday against Boston and did not return. Aminu finished with five points in nine minutes.
• On the 41 points Chandler Parsons scored in the two games going into Monday after he opened the season with only five points against San Antonio, owner Mark Cuban said: “He’s got it down to $748,000 per point now.” Chandler scored 29 points Monday.
• The Mavs play their first back-to-back this week — Thursday at Portland and Friday at Utah.