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Otis Smith To Meet With Howard In Los Angeles

Otis Smith will travel to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Dwight Howard.

Howard has been in Los Angeles while recovering from his surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.

"The intent is to check in, see how he's doing, both from his rehab as well as his spirits, to see him in-person," Magic CEO Alex Martins.

Smith will spend approximately 24 hours in Los Angeles before returning to Orlando for Game 3.

"They're all my kids," Smith said of his players. "I've got one of them that's not with the team, that you want to have with the team that's injured, that's down. So you've got to go see him. You've got to pep him up a little bit and tell him he's doing the right thing by his body.

"He can't travel and he can't do much," Smith added. "His doctor's orders and pretty much our orders are to get his back right. He can't do anything for anybody at this point in time, so he has to get right."

Via Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Stoudemire Receives Stitches For Cut Hand After Punching Glass

Amar'e Stoudemire cut his hand after punching the glass enclosing a fire extinguisher following the Knicks' Game 2 loss to the Heat.

Stoudemire needed stitches on the hand to close the cut and there was a great deal of blood on the scene.

New York trails Miami 0-2 in the first round series.

"I am so mad at myself right now," wrote Stoudemire on Tuesday evening on his Twitter feed. "I want to apologize to the fans and my team. Not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Stern Disputes Theory Of Injuries Being Lockout-Related

David Stern disputed the growing speculation that the NBA's lockout-shortened season have contributed to major injuries.

"I don't think it's related at all. Zero," Stern said.

Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert tore their ACL on Saturday in non-contact injuries, while Dwight Howard had season-ending back surgery this month.

"When anything happens, that's going to happen," Stern said of people trying to find a cause-and-effect relationship. "But I was just reading something from a doctor who said that he just doesn't believe it. There's no evidence that the wear and tear ... and on Derrick it's kind of interesting, it was horrible to watch, but he was out. He missed 27 games earlier this year, so he only played in 40 of those games that we had in this quote condensed schedule. So what's your suggestion?"

Rose came into the season missing just five games in his NBA career, but suffered various injuries throughout the year.

"When you think about it, that's the only thing that changed," Rose said about the schedule recently. "The way I work out is usually the same, even though I ran more than I usually did in the past. But I really don't know what to blame it on. Where they're just like freak accident, freak injuries, where it's just happening."

The NBA's medical consultant doesn't believe the compressed schedule is related to the injuries.

"There is no evidence that wear and tear, or that kind of issue, playing too much, really has any correlation with ACL injuries in any sport that we've ever studied," Altchek said Sunday. "In fact, I think if you're tired [from a condensed schedule], you're a lot less likely to tear your ACL because you're not going to be as explosive."

Via ESPN

Rondo Suspended For Game 2

Rajon Rondo has been suspended for Game 2 after bumping referee Marc Davis in Game 1.

The Celtics are already shorthanded in the backcourt with Ray Allen battling an ankle injury.

Via SI.com

Brooklyn Nets Unveil Black And White Logo Scheme

The Brooklyn Nets released their logos on Monday, which will feature a blake and white color scheme.

The concept pays homage to the old New York subway signage system.

"We've been waiting a long time for this," CEO Brett Yormark said. "The Brooklyn Nets are finally part of the conversation."

The Nets will have two primary logos, one with a shield and the name "NETS" accompanied by the letter "B" inside a basketball and "BROOKLYN" underneath. The second features the letter "B" inside a basketball wrapped around "BROOKLYN NEW YORK."

The Nets will unveil their new uniforms sometime in the fall. 

Via Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Rose Visits Practice; Bulls Formulating Plan For Surgery

Derrick Rose attended Chicago's practice on Monday, less than 48 hours after tearing his ACL.

"We want him be around," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "As much time as he needs is fine. I don’t think he’ll be able to travel with us. But he’ll be around. And he wants to be around. He’s anxious to get around his teammates. That’s the way Derrick is. He doesn’t look back. He looks ahead. That’s a great way to be."

A specific medical plan for when Rose undergoes surgery is still being formulated.

"He's got to wait because they're strengthening the quad and all that," Thibodeau said. "It will probably be clearer by the end of the week."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jordan Hill Charged With Felony Assualt

Jordan Hill has been charged with a felony assault.

Hill is accused of allegedly choking a former girlfriend in Texas a little more than two weeks before being traded to the Lakers.

Hill had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1 against the Nuggets and is expected to return to Houston for a court appearance at a later date.

Via Janis Carr/Orange County Register

Bobcats Fire Paul Silas

Paul Silas has been fired as head coach of the Bobcats.

Charlotte will immediately begin their search for a new head coach.

Silas posted a 32-88 record with the Bobcats during his two seasons.

"I would like to personally thank Paul for everything he has done for this team under some pretty unique circumstances," Rod Higgins said. "His basketball experience as a coach and a player speak for themselves. We have been fortunate to have someone of his character associated with this franchise and we hope he will continue to be a valuable resource to us in the future."

Via Press Release

Butler Broke Fifth Metacarpal In Left Hand

Caron Butler suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter of last night’s 99-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in game one of their first round playoff series.

Butler underwent an x-ray at the arena during the game which confirmed the injury.

Via NBA.com

Tony Mitchell Returning To North Texas

Tony Mitchell will return to North Texas, ending speculation that he might enter the draft in response to the departure of former coach Johnny Jones.

Jones, who coached North Texas for the past 11 seasons, recently agreed to take over the top job at LSU.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward, has decided to return with the goal of working on his perimeter skills.

Via Jeff Goodman/CBSSports.com

Joe Alexander Parts Ways With Krasnie Krilya

Joe Alexander was selected eighth overall in the 2008 NBA draft.

Terrell Stoglin Declares For Draft

Terrell Stoglin will not return for his junior season at Maryland.

Wall Acknowledges Stagnant Second Season

John Wall is developing at a slower than projected pace.

Karl Insists Officials Missed Illegal Defense Calls On Bynum

George Karl suggested Andrew Bynum’s defense was helped by poor officiating.

Chandler Feeling Improved, Will Play Game 2

Tyson Chandler played in Game 1 amid flu symptoms, but his fever is now down.

Lin Takes Step Back In Recovery On Sunday

Jeremy Lin hasn't taken contact since the injury and only run a few times.

Olshey Never Considered Firing Del Negro

Several sources say Clippers' GM Neil Olshey never considered firing Vinny Del Negro.

Rondo Could Face Game 2 Suspension For Bumping Referee

Rajon Rondo was ejected from Game 1 and may be suspended from Game 2 after bumping referee Marc Davis.

Butler Fractures Left Hand

Caron Butler's status for the remainder of the playoffs has not been determined.

Terry Expecting Higher 4th Quarter Usage

Jason Terry was shut down by Russell Westbrook in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks’ Game 1 loss to Oklahoma City.

Troy Williams Narrows List To Kentucky, North Carolina

Troy Williams, a top-20 recruit, has cut his list of possible college destinations to Kentucky and North Carolina.

Tyus Jones Plans To Visit Baylor

Tyus Jones is a top-5 prospect in the class of 2014.

Timberwolves Desire To Add Veteran Presence To Young Core

Rick Adelman stressed the importance of adding veteran talent to the Timberwolves’ young core.

Daye To Spend Offseason Working With Personal Trainer, Father

Austin Daye is entering the final season of his rookie contract.

Rose Surgery Likely To Be In 2-4 Weeks

Athletes typically need six to nine months of recovery time after an ACL tear similar to what Derrick Rose suffered.

Ray Allen Will Need Offseason Ankle Surgery

Ray Allen will require offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.

Demps Touts Hornets' Draft Picks, Cap Flexibility

The Hornets will have two lottery picks in the upcoming draft.

Prince Wants Pistons To Add Veteran Guard

Tayshaun Prince believes the Pistons would benefit from a adding veteran guard who can tutor the team’s younger players.

Bucks Hope To Add Size During Offseason

Bucks general manager John Hammond said adding size will be a priority during the offseason.

Heat Defense Caught Anthony Off Guard

The Heat switched up its defensive scheme against Carmelo Anthony in Game 1.
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