Bamba (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) remains away from the team on its current road trip and appears likely to miss Monday's game against the Knicks, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba has missed the last two games of the Magic's road trip and he's still away from the team, signaling he likely won't be available for Monday's contest. Orlando has two more road games in the upcoming week after Monday before returning home on Jan. 24.
Bamba (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) has yet to join Orlando on its ongoing road trip and appears likely to miss Saturday's game in Brooklyn, Dan Savage of the Magic's official site reports.
Bamba remained in Orlando on Friday ahead of the team's 124-97 loss in Boston later that night after he was identified through contact tracing to potentially have been exposed to a non-team member positive for COVID-19, according to Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel. The third-year center previously contracted COVID-19 himself in the summer and struggled to regain conditioning, resulting in the Magic limited him during the 2019-20 season restart at the NBA bubble and during training camp. Bamba is believed to be feeling healthier now, but he could still be in danger of missing the remaining four games of the Magic's road trip as a precaution.
Bamba is out Friday against the Celtics due to non-team contact tracing and his availability beyond Friday's game will be determined by the league, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Parry notes that Bamba does not have COVID-19, but contact tracing measures still need to be completed, which is why the center is out Friday. While he's sidelined, Khem Birch should see more backup center minutes.
Bamba (back) is available Saturday against the Mavericks, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
As expected, Bamba will take the court and has an opportunity to see action for a third straight game. He saw 13 minutes during Friday's blowout loss but may not see that kind of run if Saturday's game remains competitive.
Bamba (back) is probable for Saturday's game against the Mavericks, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Bamba is dealing with a mild back strain, but he's still likely to play against Dallas on Saturday. The 2018 first-rounder logged 12 points and seven rebounds over 13 minutes in Friday's loss to the Rockets.
Bamba scored 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and added seven rebounds in 13 minutes during Friday's 132-90 loss to Houston.
Bamba missed the first six games of the season due to COVID-19 and a head injury and had yet to play more than four minutes or score in either of his two games so far. The Texas product finally saw some action in this one, but unfortunately, it was largely due to the Magic getting blown out, as he didn't get to play until the fourth quarter. He'll likely remain in a bench role unless something happens to Nikola Vucevic.
Bamba (head) is not on the injury report ahead of Saturday's contest against the Thunder.
Bamba sustained a head injury during Thursday's practice, but it won't affect his availability for Saturday. That said, Bamba has been off the injury report for a while and has yet to see the court.
Bamba sustained a head injury during practice Thursday, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba has yet to see the court this season after dealing with COVID-19 earlier in the year. He progressed to two-on-two work in practice Thursday, but he was hit in the head and wasn't feeling well for the matchup against Philadelphia. Coach Steve Clifford said Thursday's game would have been a good time to get Bamba his first minutes of the season since the Magic were trailing by a considerable margin, but he held him out due to the injury. It's unclear whether the issue will impact his availability Saturday against the Thunder.
Bamba went through two-on-two work Thursday, Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Bamba has been cleared for full-contact work but has only made his way up to two-on-two work as of Thursday. He's making progress, but it's unclear when he might be able to take the court. He's not officially being listed on the injury report.
Bamba (illness) isn't listed on the injury report for Wednesday's season opener against the Heat.
The 22-year-old was limited for the start of camp after dealing with COVID-19 earlier in the year, but he's ready to go for the season opener. Bamba should fill a reserve role at center while Nikola Vucevic and Khem Birch remain healthy.
Bamba (illness) has been cleared for full contact, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
At the start of camp, Bamba was still dealing with the after-effects of COVID-19, which dated all the way back to the Orlando bubble. It's been a long road back to full health for the big man, and this is a significant step in the right direction. It remains to be seen if Bamba will be available for the season opener on Dec. 23.
Bamba (illness) has not yet been cleared to take contact at practice, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Bamba reportedly is not dealing with symptoms anymore from his COVID-19 diagnosis, but the team seems to be being extra cautious. It seems unlikely he'll be available for Friday's preseason opener against the Hawks.
Bamba (illness) is feeling healthy after a COVID-19 diagnosis in June, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
The third-year center contradicted recent reports that he was still dealing with after-effects of COVID-19 from June, saying that he hasn't felt any symptoms lately. Bamba has reportedly made extensive progress in his conditioning and is hoping for a bigger role on the team during the 2020-21 season. Earlier this week, coach Steve Clifford told media that he's unsure when Bamba will be available, so it's unclear when the center will make his 2020-21 debut despite this report.
Bamba (illness) remains without a timetable to return to contact work, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba is believed to still be dealing with the after-effects of COVID-19, and coach Steve Clifford told the media Tuesday that he's unsure when the big man will be available. "There's no real timetable for him to be able to come back and fully participate," Clifford said. "I think that he'll be able to do some things that are more organizational and everything. But he's a ways away, and there's no timetable on his return."
Magic executive Jeff Weltman said Monday that Bamba is still working his way back from a positive COVID diagnosis in June, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports. "Mo is still kind of dealing with the back end of some of his COVID-related issues," Weltmand said. "And we're still working through some of that. But again, Mo's been working his tail off, and I think he's in a good place."
Bamba appeared to make a full recovery after the diagnosis in mid-June, and he joined the Magic for the NBA restart in the Orlando bubble. However, Bamba participated in only the team's first two seeding games before taking a leave of absence and ultimately departing the bubble for a post-COVID analysis. The 2018 lottery pick appears to be moving in the right direction, but the fact that he's still battling COVID-related issues more than five months after the diagnosis is somewhat concerning.
Bamba (illness) said Wednesday that his doctors don't expect him to experience any long-term effects following his recent recovery from the coronavirus, allowing him to resume playing in 2020-21, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Bamba tested positive for COVID-19 on June 11, but he was cleared to join the Magic in Orlando for the season restart in late July. The seven-foot center didn't feel quite like himself upon returning to action, however, noting specifically that he felt good physically but was nonetheless struggling with his conditioning. The Magic ultimately decided it was best for Bamba to be shut down for the season Aug. 14, after he had only made two brief game appearances in the bubble. Fortunately for Bamba, his post-coronavirus evaluation didn't reveal anything alarming, so he should be in line for a normal offseason. Though Bamba -- who packed on 20 pounds of muscle during the NBA's hiatus -- missed out on the opportunity to test out his new physique in competitive action, the Magic are seemingly optimistic that he'll be ready to take his game up a level in his third NBA season. He'll still likely have to battle Khem Birch for the top backup job behind top center Nikola Vucevic during training camp.
Bamba has left the NBA bubble for a comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation and will be out for the remainder of the season.
Bamba was originally diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 11, and it seems like he hasn't felt fully recovered. He appeared in just two games during the bubble, playing a total of 10 minutes. The Magic's team physicians will work with him to gauge how significant the lingering effects are. Khem Birch should see the vast majority of the backup center minutes in the playoffs.
Bamba (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's regular-season finale against the Pelicans, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba was absent from the injury report ahead of Thursday's game after dealing with a migraine that kept him out of Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn. With the Texas product sitting out, look for Nikola Vucevic, Khem Birch, Gary Clark and James Ennis handle the bulk of the frontcourt minutes.
Bamba (head) is absent from the injury report ahead Thursday's game against New Orleans.
A migraine kept Bamba out of Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn, but the second-year big man hasn't been a part of the regular rotation anyway. He's logged just 10 minutes since the NBA season restarted in Orlando, with Bamba telling Josh Robbins of The Athletic last week that a positive COVID-19 test back in June sidetracked his training before he reported to the NBA bubble. He'll likely slot in as the third center in Thursday's regular-season finale, with Khem Birch serving as the top backup to Nikola Vucevic.
The Magic list Bamba as out for Tuesday's game against the Nets with a migraine.
Bamba has played just 10 total minutes in the Magic's six games since the NBA restarted its season in Orlando in late July, so his absence for Tuesday's game shouldn't have a dramatic impact on coach Steve Clifford's rotation. Khem Birch is locked in as the top backup to starting center Nikola Vucevic.
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