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Ben Simmons Fractures Fifth Metatarsal In Right Foot

Sep 30, 2016 6:59 PM

Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle during the final scrimmage of the Philadelphia 76ers' 2016 Training Camp at Stockton University earlier on Friday.

After receiving an X-ray and MRI of the foot and ankle, the images were reviewed by Sixers Head Physician Dr. Christopher Dodson and Sixers Chief Medical Officer and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Jonathan Glashow. 

It was determined that Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. 

Simmons had recently gained a significant amount of weight via muscle.

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Chris Bosh Vows NBA Return, Critical Of Treatment From Pat Riley

Sep 30, 2016 7:43 PM

Chris Bosh has vowed to continue fighting to return to the NBA despite the decision of the Miami Heat to move on.

"I didn't see my career in Miami ending like this," Bosh said in the latest installment of his Rebuilt video series on the Uninterrupted digital network. "I didn't get a call or a text or anything like that. I mean, it's a business. We understand that. We always say those things. But if you say certain things to the person and you win championships and you have these moments, you don't want to find things out through the media."

The NBA medical staff last week agreed with the findings of the Heat physical that ruled out a Bosh return for training camp.

"That does not mean my NBA career is over," Bosh said of the Heat stance. "There's 29 other teams, it's a whole league. One team does not make up the opinion of everything."

In a video Bosh posted, he appeared to challenge many of the touchtones the organization stressed during his six seasons.

"It's kind of tough," he said. "We say all these things: the commitment, brotherhood and all these things. And then, for whatever reason, you find out, or I find out like this. So, it hurts.

"You think when you're done playing, this is how it's going to go: You ride off into the sunset, everything is all good, you blow kisses and maybe a couple of tears are shed and everything and the people just send you off. And that's not so much the case with me. So, I guess my career in Miami's done. My career's not done. But I did not expect that at all."

Bosh reiterated what he believes is his destiny to return to the NBA.

"And I feel like it's just some higher power telling me like, 'It's not right now, because if you look at the way things are going with the organization and everything, maybe just right now isn't your time to play basketball,' " Bosh said. "And that's kind of how I took it. And, so, I hear the message loud and clear and I'm just trying to work through it, as best as I can."

Bosh said the pronouncement from Pat Riley was difficult to hear.

"I was in disbelief for a couple of seconds, and then I threw my phone down and stormed out of the room," he said. "I'm glad I didn't break my phone. I wanted to break it, but I didn't.

"This is my reality. You can either make it a good thing or a bad thing. You can either complain or you can just keep moving on. And I just decided to keep moving on."

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

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Chris Bosh Thanks Miami Fans In Post On Blog

Sep 30, 2016 2:54 PM

Chris Bosh posted the following message on his blog as his career with the Miami Heat is likely over.

"It’s funny how things change," wrote Bosh. "All I have right now associated with basketball are my friends and memories. And I’m so thankful for those things.
 
"I remember just a few years ago when the Big 3 were together and we were having a ball playing the game we love with some of the most professional, talented guys the NBA has ever seen.
 
"I remember the fans of Miami coming out to see the show every night. The love, the compassion and the energy we felt was second to none. I want to thank the city of Miami from the bottom of my heart because things may change but the good times will last forever in my memories. Thank you!
 
"Things are different now and Miami has incredible young talent with a tremendous upside. These are not only talented ball players but great people and friends. I enjoyed playing with those guys and doing my best to mentor them by being an upstanding role model and veteran player. It’s their time to go through the ups and downs of the game with this great city."

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LeBron James Urges Cavs To Re-Sign J.R. Smith

Sep 30, 2016 3:56 PM

LeBron James is urging the Cleveland Cavaliers to re-sign J.R. Smith now that the team has started training camp.

The Cavaliers were in a similar situation last season with Tristan Thompson.

“I hate coming into another season – two years in a row – with one of my big guns not here. So, for a leader of a team and for me personally, I just hate to deal with this [expletive] again,” James said. “It’s just too big of a piece to our team to have to deal with in another training camp. Hopefully things get resolved fast, because you know how big and important he is to our team.”

David Griffin said the organization made “an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer” to bring back Smith.

“Negotiations are always two-sides, but J.R. did his part,” James said. “J.R. did his part. He showed up every day. Worked his ass off every day. Became a two-way player, a model citizen in Cleveland and he’s a fan favorite, obviously, we all know that. All of a sudden now he’s a season ticket-holder at the Indians’ games. You know, so. … But we just miss him. We miss having him around. He’s a big piece of our team and they just need to get it done.”

Rich Paul represents James and Smith.

The Cavaliers have the league’s second-highest payroll at nearly $118 million.

“We’re still missing a huge piece of our team. So we’re not all the way comfortable yet. Once that is resolved, hopefully soon, we can really get into what we need to do,” James said. “We still have enough talent. But we can’t become full until he’s here. But that doesn’t deter anybody or any of the guys that’s coming in to show up every day. We’re still working our tails off and everybody who is filling in has been working extremely hard through this camp so far, and we’re going to continue to do that.”

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New Plan For Penn Station Could Keep Knicks From Moving MSG

Sep 30, 2016 12:08 PM

New York governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled plans for the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex, which may allow the city to keep Madison Square Garden in tact.

The plans call for a brand new, 255,000-square-foot train hall, which will accommodate both Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road passengers, that’s scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020. 

"Madison Square Garden is Madison Square Garden," said Cuomo, who is not a supporter of moving the arena.

Relocating Madison Square Garden was previously estimated to cost $5 billion.

When Madison Square Garden was renovated in 2013 for $1 billion, it was given a 10-year permit.

Penn Station lost its main concourse to allow Madison Square Garden to be built in 1968 in a move that is widely considered a mistake for the city.

The New York Times proposed moving Madison Square Garden to the west end of the Farley Building and then hollowing out the current Garden as Penn Station's grand concourse.

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Spurs Release Ryan Richards

Sep 29, 2016 12:09 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have released Ryan Richards.

Richards was drafted in the second round by the Spurs in 2010.

The Spurs' camp roster now stands at 19.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

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Khris Middleton Undergoes Successful Hamstring Surgery

Sep 29, 2016 12:34 PM

Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair his ruptured left hamstring. The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. David Altchek. Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months. A timeline for his return to basketball activity will be established at a later date. Middleton suffered the injury during preseason workouts on Sept. 20.

Middleton’s rehabilitation will be conducted in Milwaukee under the direction of the Bucks medical and performance team with guidance from team orthopaedic physician Dr. William Raasch and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin medical staff.

Middleton, 25, averaged a career-high 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals last season along with 3.8 rebounds in 79 games. Originally selected by Detroit (39th overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft, Middleton has career averages of 13.2 points, 2.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 267 career games (201 starts).

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P.J. Hairston Signs Camp Deal With Rockets

Sep 29, 2016 6:00 PM

P.J. Hairston has agreed to a training camp deal with the Houston Rockets.

Houston will have Hairston's D-League rights if he does not make their regular season roster.

Hairston played 66 games last season with the Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies.

Hairston was a first round pick out of North Carolina in 2014.

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Tyronn Lue Extends Open Invitation For Kevin Garnett To Join Cavs' Coaching Staff

Sep 29, 2016 5:54 PM

Tyronn Lue has extended an open invitation for Kevin Garnett to join his coaching staff with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I talked to him about it," Lue said after Cavs practice Thursday. "I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he's not ready yet. He goes back -- 'I might do it' -- but he's back and forth. We'll see. But I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach."

Garnett retired last week after 21 seasons in the NBA.

"He's one of my best friends," Lue said of Garnett.

Lue, 39, was rooting for the 40-year-old Garnett to play a 22nd and final season in Minnesota this year.

"Didn't want to see him do it," Lue said of Garnett's retirement. "I thought he would've been the first player in NBA history to play in his teens, 20s, 30s and 40s. He just turned 40 in May. I just thought that would've been great for him."

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Bill Duffy Paying Anthony Carter For Lost Salary Until 2020

Sep 29, 2016 12:17 PM

Anthony Carter has returned to the Miami Heat organization as a coach after a clerical error on his player option ended his tenure with the team.

Carter's agent, Bill Duffy, failed to notify the Heat he would exercise his $4.1 million player option for the 03-04 season.

The mistake cost Carter more than $3 million in lost salary, which Duffy agreed to make up to him. Duffy has been paying Carter in installments over the years.

"In the end it was a blessing," Carter said. "I'm still getting paid from it. Everything happens for a reason and my agent was man enough to stand up and just pay me over a period of time. To this day, I'm still getting paid. I'm still getting paid until 2020."

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Replay Center To Make More Review Calls To Speed Up Play
Last season, the average play reviewed took 31.9 seconds, down from 42.1 seconds in 2014-15.

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Blake Griffin Spent Offseason Working On Three-Pointer
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Dunc'd On: BOS Season Outlook w/Jared Weiss, Bosh and News w/Danny Leroux
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Cameron Payne Suffers Fracture In Right Foot
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Tim Duncan At Spurs' Practice As Post-Playing Life Evolving
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Josh McRoberts Still Recovering From Broken Foot Suffered In Playoffs
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Joel Embiid Rusty In 76ers' Scrimmage
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R.C. Buford Acknowledges Transition Period Approaching Spurs
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Bulls Giving Dwyane Wade Green Light On Open Three-Pointers
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Stephen Curry Likely Set For 200 Percent Increase On Next Contract
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ESPN's NBA Deal Reportedly Hurting Disney Stock
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