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The Rush: Booker fist-bumps baby, Brooklyn brings baggage to Game 2 in Boston

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Suns star Devin Booker had 31 points and a fist bump with a baby in the first half against the Pelicans, but he left in the 3rd quarter with a hamstring injury and the Pelicans won Game 2: 125-114. Nets star Kyrie Irving is out $50K for hurling obscenities at badly-behaved Celtics fans while Brooklyn has cleared Ben Simmons for physical contact… but his highly anticipated return won’t come in Game 2. Plus, the brave new world of NIL deals in college athletics has yielded quite the awkward partnership between a father and son duo and a famously eye-popping company.

Video Transcript

- Fans defends double team. Gone. Oh my goodness. How about the little fist pump to the Bambino? Here's McCollum. And in here with a spinner over Johnson, got it again. Ingram is putting on his show.

JARED QUAY: Whether it's college or the NBA, there's nothing I love more than playoff basketball. Especially when money's involved.

- OK, I'll bite.

JARED QUAY: My guy Kyrie Irving is 50 grand lighter in the wallet heading into game two of Brooklyn's first round playoff match-up against the Celtics.

- Why is that?

JARED QUAY: Because the NBA fined him for cursing and flipping the Boston fans the Burly Brooklyn's game one loss in the Garden.

- That makes sense.

JARED QUAY: Well, what I want to know is, why didn't the fans get fined for being a bunch of apples? Remember, people, buying a ticket to a game doesn't necessarily give you a license to act like a real life Twitter troll.

- Gorilla.

JARED QUAY: First, Kyrie gets verbally abused by fans. Next, his team loses a buzzer beater, and then he's out of 50k. Talking about adding insult to injury, you know it's a lot less painful though getting that COVID shot. Anyways, the Nets offense might be getting a different kind of injection any day now.

- What's that?

JARED QUAY: Brooklyn says swingman Ben Simmons is finally cleared to play.

- Hurray.

JARED QUAY: But not tonight's game against the Celtics.

- Oh.

JARED QUAY: Simmons has been out with a back injury since being traded to the Nets in February, and hasn't played an NBA game in 304 days. Yes, you heard me right. Simmons hasn't played since June 20 of 2021, 304 days ago.

So what I'm simply saying is, do you really want someone that's that rusty coming back to play now during the playoffs? If Brooklyn loses game 2 to Boston tonight, my answer is "Yes". Hell, yes. I don't know about you, but I love watching college athletes sign NIL deal.

Make money, money. Make money, money, money.

JARED QUAY: But this latest NIL deal as me feeling some kind of way. College golfer John Daly II and his pop's PGA legend John Daly have entered into a new joint NIL deal with Hooters.

- Say right now.

JARED QUAY: Could you imagine being 18 years old going into business with your pops at a restaurant that specializes in breast? I mean, wings. I mean, wings dammit. This is just too damn awkward. I mean, look at this picture. You're trying to look sexy on the front of your pops and vise versa. What's next?

Shaq and Shareef O'Neal going to be hosting ladies night at Magic City, I'd be scarred for life. Look, there are certain things parents and kids shouldn't do together. Like that's like me open up a NIL deal with my mom at a dispensary. And I'm like, "Hey, mama, can you roti joins up for us? They can pay us for me to go to college."