Markel Brown ruled out through preseason with back injury

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After Markel Brown sat out the team’s inaugural preseason game against Fenerbahce Ulker, the Nets officially ruled Brown out for the remainder of the postseason to recover from a left oblique strain.

Brown said Monday night that the injury was a “freak accident” that occurred during a passing drill at Duke. “I made a turn and felt a pop.”

Nets doctor Riley Williams III saw Brown Monday, but didn’t give any official timetable. “They only told me that it’s just been day-to-day so far,” Brown said. “I really can’t do much on it. It’s nothing I can rehab or anything like that.”

The Nets’ second-year guard started 29 of his 47 games played last season, though he did not play after the first quarter in many of his starts. He finished the season with averages of 4.6 points and and 2.3 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game, shooting 36.2 percent from the field and 26.6 percent from three-point range.

Brown has never had an issue with his back before. “I’ve never torn anything or anything like that, so I have no clue (when I’ll be back),” he said before he was ruled out. “Who knows. It could be next week, it could be two weeks. I hope it’s sooner than that.”

When asked if he’d make it back for the start of the season, Brown said “I hope so.”

Brown’s status will be updated following preseason. There are 11 days between the last Nets preseason game and first regular season game.