Jabari Brown to miss rest of D-Fenders’ season with patellar tendinitis in left leg

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Former Lakers guard Jabari Brown will miss the Development League playoffs with the D-Fenders after recently suffering patellar tendinitis in his left leg, according to various team sources.

It is not currently clear how the injury occurred. But this marks another moment of adversity for Brown, whose father died of cancer on Feb. 27, 2016. After a season-long stint with the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, Brown signed with the D-Fenders in early February. Brown averaged 16.8 points albeit on 36.4 percent shooting in 27.4 minutes through eight games.

Various league sources have expressed optimism about Brown’s ability to land an NBA gig and eventually cope with his father’s passing after serving two training camp stints with the Lakers. In a a wide-ranging interview last month, however, Brown admitted he has struggled with grieving over his loss.

The D-Fenders have acquired Jamal Branch, who will be available for Thursday’s playoff game against the Reno Bighorns at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. Branch played 10 games with the D-Fenders, averaging 1.1 points and .8 assists in 6.4 minutes.

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