Tag:injury
Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:51 pm
 

Bynum's MRI clean, still on for December

Lakers center expected back as soon as December 10th from continuing knee issue.
Posted by Matt Moore

No, no, silly rabbit. The promising young center who perpetually is sidelined by concerning test results is Greg Oden! Andrew Bynum is the one who comes back with a clean bill of health, then gets nicked up and is expected out three weeks and misses an entire paleolithic era.

Anyway, Bynum's MRI came back this afternoon, and good news: it's negative. Which is the bizarre way of the medical field of telling you something good. Great news! It's negative! Nowhere else does this phenomenon occur. Not like my boss is going to come to me and say "Hey, we checked out a review of all your comments and scored them, great news: it's negative!"

Sorry, got off-track. From ESPN :

Lakers spokesman John Black said the exam -- the first on Bynum's knee since before training camp and scheduled in order to compare how the knee looked then versus now -- showed nothing "abnormal" or "unexpected."

That's good. The last time I had an MRI on my knee they found an entire race of beings living inside who considered me an evil wizard and wouldn't stop with the incessant puns and that was really abnormal.

Phil Jackson finally came up with a possible return date for Bynum, saying he could be available for the December 10th game against the Bulls in Chicago. Which means Bynum will actually be available for the February 27th game against the Thunder. If he feels right.
Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Haslem has surgery, things look dire for Heat

Heat forward to undergo surgery, out "several months" as Heat begin to explore replacment options in frontcourt.
Posted by Matt Moore



When the 2010-2011 Miami Heat were formed from the fires of overhyped free agency, there was one core condition to the fragile thin roster they put together around the three mega-contracts. Everyone had to stay healthy.

Hey, Riley! You got a Plan B, there, champ?

Ken Berger confirms a Miami Sun-Sentinel report that Udonis Haslem will have surgery to repair his injured foot, leaving him out for "several months" which puts the Heat in a desperate situation down low. Haslem was the team's leading rebounder to this point, as well as the toughest low-post defender they had, and a competent finisher off offensive rebounds and the baseline jumper drop-off. Without him, the Heat are left with Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilguaskas, and (gulp) Juwan Howard as legitimate frontcourt minute-takers behind Chris Bosh. Those names aren't atrocious next to Haslem, but without him, the team is different. Different in makeup, different in lineup flexibility, different in skillset, and different attitude. Everything changes with Haslem out.

And with Haslem joining Mike Miller on the shelf, the next month and a half is going to be very rough for Miami, who already was struggling in trying to figure out how to play together to underwhelming results.

KB reports that the Heat will turn their attention towards Erik Dampier, who they previously said "Thanks, but no thanks" to. Dampier makes a ton of sense for this team, in need of a true center that can rebound, play defense, and not get in the way, but with injury issues of his own, you have to wonder if he's only a temporary solution until he goes down again as well. Meanwhile, Dexter Pittman continues to rot on the bench for no discernible reason behind Jamal Magloire and other members of the AARP.

The Heat will have to waive a player to make room for Dampier as their roster sits at 15, and Pittman is the most likely choice, even though he's a raw player that can bring youth, energy and a bullish attitude along with all that fat off the bench. Magloire may be in better shape but isn't physically capable at this point. But Erik Spoelstra's conservative, cautious ways mean that Pittman is the most likely last man out if the Heat elect to sign Dampier.

(HT: Miami Sun-Sentinel )

Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:15 am
 

Shootaround 10.28.10: Manic Panic

Posted by Matt Moore

  • The NBA Draft is headed to... New Jersey? The League announced Wednesday that Newark's Prudential Center, home of the Nets this season, will also host the 2011 NBA Draft while Madison Square Garden is being renovated. Considering that many of the top players are unlikely to come out due to the NBA's potential lockout next season, Newark seems like an appropriate choice. Kidding, Newark! We love you!
  • Pacers coach Jim O'Brien is not really happy with the league's suspension process for drug violations. The team was without Brandon Rush last night when the Spurs wiped them off the map likea  coke line at Courtney Love's house in the mid-90's. O'Brien doesn't like the fact that the team isn't notified when a player has his first or second positive test, only being notified when the player is benched. On the one hand, his desire to help his players deal with their problems is admirable. On the other, you have to have some level of privacy for players with these issues (while monotoring the problems). It's a complicated issue, really.
  • So... Celtics fans aren't all brushing off that loss to the Cavs last night. Yikes. Some aren't as worried . I tend to side with the latter group. It's a road game on a back to back against an emotional team with an emotional crowd and you have a team of hyper-confident veterans that would look past a game like this. Just needs salt for a perfect disaster recipe.


Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:40 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 1:38 am
 

Stephen Curry injures ankle

Warriors guard injured in preseason game collision.
Posted by Matt Moore


UPDATE 12:50 a.m.: Warriors PR reports that it's a sprained right ankle and that he is listed as day-to-day . Great news for Warriors fans, especially with Curry set with so much hope for the future . We'll keep you updated on if any further tests are done on the ankle. (Via the San Francisco Chronicle )

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was injured Thursday night when he collided with Steve Blake of the Lakers during the Lakers' preseason win over the Warriors in San Diego. Reports were conflicting about whether it was Curry's knee or ankle that was injured, but Warriors site Warriors World 's forums posted this photo showing the injured ankle . It's important to note that despite the headline of that page, there has been no confirmation that Curry broke his ankle, and what's more, Curry returned to the floor from the locker room to try and walk it off to no avail.

Curry was in significant pain from the injury. We'll update you on his status as soon as we hear anything. There's no reason to panic if you're a Warriors fan, but it bears keeping an eye on.

The Lakers rolled 121-99, with Steve Blake scoring 18 and 7 off the bench.

Related: Check out Ben Golliver's profile of Curry from this week .
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Posted on: October 4, 2010 4:54 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 5:16 pm
 

Aussie Aussie Aussie! Bogut cleared to play!

Bucks center cleared to play in preseason games.
Posted by Matt Moore


Andrew Bogut has been cleared to play in preseason games , which is pretty neat for them. Bogut's been all over the place in terms of predicting how he's coming along, and he's pretty set to avoid long-term injury, so this may not be set. But having Bogut back will help a ton in terms of Skiles trying to set rotations considering the number of changes the Bucks brought in.

It'll be interesting to see how the injury restricts Bogut. Using Synergy Sports , we see that Bogut only shot 43% in the post last year, and only drew fouls 5% of the time. He was much better in the pick and roll (shooting 70%) and in offensive rebounding situations (57%). But pick and roll requires more coordination with the mitts, and offensive rebounds are of course more physical. So the question will be how Bogut can react to the delicate nature of his wrist while he recovers from one of the grossest falls of all time.

Meanwhile, he does need to get floor time, because Brandon Jennings is still very much a work in progress. Working on Jennings' shot selection will be greatly improved if he learns to go to the big fella, and often. There are some new egos on the squad with Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden, so Bogut's presence is needed to establish the alpha dogs on the team. So his being on board from the get go has to boost the Bucks' chances of not only holding onto their playoff spot but improving on it.


Posted on: August 19, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Bogut's recovery not going well, may miss opener

Bucks' star having trouble in recovery from elbow injury, may miss season opener.
Posted by Matt Moore

Andrew Bogut suffered a seriously gruesome elbow injury in a fall last season which ended his year and the Bucks' chances of going deep into the playoffs. He required multiple surgeries, but worked hard to recover and all indications were that he would be back with plenty of time to spare before the start of the season.

You can sense the "but" here, can't you?

Real GM's board of internet scour experts brings us a transcript of Bogut's television appearance in his native land of Australia. The interview, available here (but not in the US), tells us that Bogut was shooting while in Europe, but had fluid build up in his elbow and so had to go back to conditioning and weight training only. More concerning is this quote:

"I'm optimistic that I should be ready for the season but you never know with these things because of the nerve damage and so on, it's on its own course.

"[It's my decision] I'm one of those guys who will play through injury but if I'm not 100% for the season to start, there is no sense going into an NBA season at 85% 'cause we're playing up to May."


Yikes. Losing Bogut for even a month could put the Bucks in a hole to start the season. The good news is that they did bolster their frontcourt with Drew Gooden and Larry Sanders, who might be able to at least function with Brandon Jennings and Corey Maggette handling the scoring load until Bogut returns.

It was a severe injury that Bogut underwent, so this isn't entirely expected. It still has to be frustrating for both Bogut, and Bucks fans, who have seen the versatile center limited in multiple seasons due to injury. When healthy, he's one of the top big men in the league (and a defensive player of the year candidate). But he's got to be able to get on the floor first. For all the strides Milwaukee has made, recurring injury problems for Bogut is just the kind of thing that can submarine a season before it has a chance to get going.

The clock's ticking.

(HT: Brewhoop on Twitter )

 
 
 
 
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