The former 49ers quarterback said he hopes to play football again but still needs to make basic progress like relearning how to run after breaking his right leg last year in an NFL game with Washington. In an interview at a shopping mall with “The Oh My Goff Show,” posted Friday on YouTube, Smith said “the steps I’m at right now are lifestyle steps,” such as being able to play with his kids. Asked whether he will return to football, Smith replied, “That’s the plan.” Smith, 35, broke his right tibia and fibula during a game in November and needed multiple operations. He wears a stabilizing frame on his lower right leg and says he could need it for another 1½ months.
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The Basketball Hall of Famer is back in the NBA, hired as a special adviser to Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac. The Kings announced the hiring of Dumars, the former president of basketball operations for the Pistons from 2000-14. He played his entire 14-year NBA career with Detroit. Most recently, the 56-year-old Dumars had been the president of the basketball division for the sports agency Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE). He said he is eager to be part of the Kings with Divac “at such an exciting time for the franchise.” In April, the Kings hired coach Luke Walton immediately after he was dismissed as Lakers coach.
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