Jaylen Brown announced he was declaring for the NBA Draft and hiring an agent on Thursday. (Young Kwak/AP)

Don’t hate the player, hate the NCAA

Cal freshman Jaylen Brown announced his time in Berkeley was up on Thursday when he declared for the NBA Draft.

Brown was expected to be a one-and-done even before he surprised the college basketball world by committing to Cuonzo Martin and the Golden Bears a little less than a year ago. Everything about Brown was prepared for the next step last year, except for the NBA funneling him into the NCAA’s travesty.

The physical small forward performed ably — if not inconsistently, a symptom of playing on a young team with off-court distractions — in his only year in college. He averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds a game, and impressed scouts with his NBA-ready body.

“A lot of these guys get a bad rap for one and done. Jaylen and Ivan [Rabb] never talk like that. They want to be college student-athletes,” Martin said last year, according to BearTalk.

Martin spouting the company line about “student-athletes” aside, hoops fans need to stop assigning stigma to these young men for spending as little time as possible as indentured servants.

I’m sure I’m the first to say this: Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Who’s Yeezys are those?

Bruce Irvin, one of the newest Oakland Raiders and a one-man defensive wrecking crew, shared on Thursday that he would be wearing No. 51 in the Black and Silver.

Good for second-year player Ben Heeney for not making something so inconsequential a thing.

And what Bruce wants, Bruce gets.

Paint everything purple

The Minnesota Twins revealed that their veterans teach the rookies the words to “Little Red Corvette” and attached a video of Torii Hunter and others leading the singalong.

Prince was reportedly a huge sports fan, but never made it to a Timberwolves game despite the team’s courting, according to the Lowe Post podcast.

The last public appearance he made at a pro sports game was the Warriors/Thunder game on March 3 at Oracle.

Before attending that game, he told the crowd at his sold-out show in Oakland, “Take your place in history. I know Steph Curry is.”

Rest in peace to the legend.

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