Bamba will not play for the remainder of summer league due to general soreness, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports. The Magic reportedly never planned on having Bamba available for all of summer league, but with the big man experiencing general soreness, they have decided to cut the summer short for him. It's worth noting that the soreness is not related to the stress fracture that kept Bamba out for the last several months of the season, so this is just Orlando exercising extreme caution.
Bamba will sit out Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League matchup with the Nuggets for rest purposes, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports. The Magic are just exercising caution with Bamba, whose minutes and total number of appearances in Las Vegas will be restricted after he was sidelined for the final three months of his rookie season with a tibial stress fracture. Bamba returned to his first competitive action Friday against the Spurs and tallied 15 points in 15 minutes.
Bamba has gained roughly 15 pounds since the start of his rookie year, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports. Bamba is preparing to play for the Magic's Las Vegas Summer League team, and he told reporters Tuesday that he currently weighs 240 pounds -- nearly 15 pounds more than he weighed at 2018 NBA Draft Combine (225.6 lbs). Adding strength has been a priority for Bamba, especially after he suffered a stress fracture in his lower-leg midway through his rookie season. Now fully healthy, Bamba said he's "nimble as ever" and has become a better rebounder in traffic.
Bamba will be a part of the Magic's summer league team, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Bamba's last NBA game came back on Jan. 31 before he was sidelined for the remainder of the year with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. While Bamba was able to avoid surgery, the injury cost him valuable developmental time, though he's reportedly been working on adding strength and weight over the last several weeks. The No. 6 overall pick in 2018 will be the headliner for a Magic roster that also includes several members of the Lakeland Magic -- the team's G League affiliate. Orlando's 2019 first-rounder, Chuma Okeke, will not be available as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered during the NCAA Tournament.
Bamba has healed from the stress fracture in his left leg, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports. Bamba first started experiencing discomfort in the leg in mid-January, and though he initially played through the issue, he was eventually shut down at the beginning of February and remained sidelined for the rest of the season. The No. 6 overall pick showed some flashes of the elite shot-blocking that made him a lottery prospect, but he was mostly underwhelming on the offensive end, and he posted the worst individual net rating on the team. Bamba, who indicated he hopes to play at the Las Vegas Summer League, said he's looking forward to working on his game this offseason. "I'm super-excited," Bamba said. "This summer is big. I think everyone in the organization knows how big this summer is going to be for me as far as development. I'm just looking forward to it."
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