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Markel Brown out for preseason, to be re-evaluated before season starts

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The Nets announced Tuesday that Markel Brown will not play in preseason --a total of six games over three weeks-- because of a strain in his left oblique muscle.  He will be reevaluated at the start of the regular season.

Brown strained it last Thursday in what he has called a "freak accident." He flew home on the weekend and was evaluated by Dr. Riley, J. Williams, the team medical director.  Brown missed some time last preseason due to a severe stomach flu.

Brown himself had said the injury was likely to keep him out for a few weeks.  Now the diagnosis is official. The Brown news was the most extreme of the day.  The other three players who coulldn't play vs. Fenerbahce were again out of practice: Andrea Bargnani (left hamstring), Willie Reed (right quad) and Chris McCullough (knee rehab) who the nets are expected to meet with this week to set a series of milestones for his return.

Also sitting out Tuesday were Bojan Bogdanovic (right ankle) and Thomas Robinson (right wrist). T-Rob of course went down hard in the first half Monday night. No word on whether his slight wrist sprain is connected to his fall.  Robinson continued in the game after a short rest and finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds, nine of them offensive.

No word yet on whether who among them, if any, will be available vs. the Pistons Thursday in Detroit. Bargnani downplayed his hamstring issue Monday night, saying he will be back "very soon."