Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:26 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 11:43 pm
Cavs forward injured in international play, taken to hospital after player falls on his leg.
Posted by Matt Moore
Sam Amico of NBA.com reports via Twitter that Anderson Varejao was injured during an international exhibition against Spain. Former Magic draft pick Fran Vasquez landed on Varejao's leg, and injured his right ankle . Varejao was taken to the hosptial for tests.
We'll keep you updated on Varejao's condition, which could be minor for all we know. However, anything significant will 1. severely hurt Brazil's chances in FIBA play in the coming weeks, 2. spur the calls from NBA ownership who want to limit players' international participation,and 3. cast an even darker shadow over the start of a Cavs season that's pretty much pitch black as can be. We're talking "Battlefield Earth " bad, that's how bad the season is looking, after losing just one player.
Hopefully it's just a tweak and the tests will come out negative for the player affectionately referred to as "Flopsy."
UPDATE 11:39 p.m. EST: Julian Carlos Mozo reports via Twitter (translated) that the injury is "slight" and Varejao should miss one week, which is a huge sigh of relief for Brazillian fans, Cavs fans, and floppy hair fans. (HT: Filipe Furtado )
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:37 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 10:38 am
Posted by Royce Young
See, it all makes sense with David Kahn now. He knew exactly what he was doing.
Jonny Flynn didn't participate during the summer league due to a hip injury and it's bad enough that he'll undergo surgery next week to fix the problem, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports . According to Spears, Flynn will be out 3-4 months.
What a wild summer for Minnesota. Wesley Johnson turns out to be a bit of a controversial draft pick because of DeMarcus Cousins' talent. Martell Webster is acquired on draft day. Darko Milicic gets a hefty extension. Then the Wolves start dealing, grabbing Michael Beasley, Delonte West, Sebastian Telfair, while trading former franchise player Al Jefferson to Utah. Luke Ridnour is signed. Kahn is fined for saying Beasley smoked too much pot. And now their starting point guard is hurt. It's unlucky and weird, but just seems about right for the Wolves right now.
Luke Ridnour, who was signed recently, will start until Flynn returns. Delonte West who the Wolves acquired yesterday will reportedly be released, but Sebastian Telfair who came along in the deal can serve as a third point guard for the Wolves while Flynn recovers.
Posted on: July 21, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 6:45 pm
Posted by Royce Young
And Team USA is dealt another blow. Yesterday was news Amar'e Stoudemire is out for the World Championships in Turkey. Today, it's David Lee.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Lee is out 4-6 weeks with a dislocated finger and will miss the World games. Coach K did say he will be ready for the start of the NBA season though, so you can put that hammer down Warrior fans.
Lee hurt the finger on the first day of training camp. He injured it by smashing it against the backboard trying to block a shot.
What does this mean for Team USA? It means a guy like Jeff Green might have a much better shot at making the team. The U.S. is very thin on the front line right now, but a little guard heavy. Just this past week, the USA lost Stoudemire, Al Jefferson, Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge. Right now, the true frontliners left are Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love. So guys like Green and Lamar Odom are definitely going to have some added value because of their versatility.
There's a lot of talent in the backcourt however, but with big men dropping out like flies, help is needed. We may see some interesting lineups with players like Kevin Durant or Rudy Gay playing the 4. Which honestly, that's cool with me because those wil be some fun lineups. Can you picture a group of Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant and Brook Lopez? I can and it sounds awesome. Well, awesomely talented at least.
Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:50 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 3:53 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Yao Ming missed the entire 2009-10 season with a broken left foot. You know, one of those dreaded foot injuries that absolutely destory big men's careers.
The Rockets expected his return to be set for the season opener and with Yao back, Houston's expectations for the season were obviously high. The Rockets spent money retaining Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola, plus signed an extra big man to team with Yao. But now, it's sounding like Yao might miss the first two months of the season.
Gery Woelfel of The Journal-Times says he's hearing the Rockets don't intend to rush their star back (smart), so missing up to two months might indeed happen.
It's up to the gods of speculation to guess whether or not the Rockets already knew this and thus offered $15 million to Brad Miller. But whatever the case, having Miller as an insurance policy is definitely a godsend at this point for Houston. Yao may never be the same. And if the Rockets have any inclination about getting back to the playoffs, at least one quality center is surely required on the inside. If they can get two, that's just bonus.