Oct 22, 2014 7:12 PM EDT
Joakim Noah still is having issues with his surgically repaired left knee.
“I still have a ways to go," said Noah.
Noah was asked what exactly felt different compared to last season.
“It’s fine. It’s a work in progress. It’s getting better. I’m happy with where it’s at. Let me live, man. Jeez.’’
The Sun-Times reported on Tuesday night that despite having what was considered “minor’’ surgery on the knee in May, a source in the Noah camp said that, “Jo’s knee is going to be an issue all season long.’’
Oct 21, 2014 6:26 PM EDT
Jimmy Butler sustained an injury to his left thumb against Charlotte on Monday night.
Subsequent examinations and an MRI on Tuesday confirmed a sprain of thumb ligaments.
Butler will not practice this week and will not play in the Bulls' final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Butler will be re-evaluated after the preseason finale.
Oct 21, 2014 1:37 PM EDT
Kevin Durant discussed the Jones fracture in his left foot, which required surgery, for the first time Tuesday.
Durant is expected to miss up to eight weeks and said he will not speed up his recovery timetable.
"Nah, I’m not going to rush it at all," Durant said. "That’s one thing I’m not going to do. I’m sure I’ll feeI better in two or three weeks, but I definitely don’t want to rush it. So I’m taking my time with it. Blessed that it happened early in the season so I can get passed it and hopefully by December I’ll be ready to play."
Durant added his body has normally bounced back quickly from previous injuries.
"Pretty quick. I’ve never had surgery before, first thing. I don’t really know what to expect, but I know I’ll make a full recovery."
Oct 20, 2014 10:57 PM EDT
Paul George was seen shooting jumpers with teammates following the Indiana Pacers' practice on Monday.
George, who was injured during a televised Team USA intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 1, said recently that he plans to play at some point during this NBA season.
He was cleared to put weight on the leg and engage in upper-body work in late September.
Oct 19, 2014 10:28 PM EDT
The continued absence of Andrea Bargnani with a strained hamstring will allow the New York Knicks further opportunities to evaluate other options at power forward.
“He hasn’t been able to practice the last few days so it wouldn’t be smart to jeopardize him by putting him into game action tomorrow,” Derek Fisher said of Bargnani after the Knicks practiced for the fourth straight day Sunday in Greenburgh. “We’ve mixed the groups up a lot and we have some different guys in the frontcourt at times, different guys in the backcourt, so we’ll kind of reassess who has been effective this week and try to put a good lineup together.”
Quincy Acy has started the past three contests, but Fisher indicated Saturday that Jason Smith also is pushing for a starting spot.
“Anytime you have a big guy who can shoot mid-range, or really help and space the defense out, it’s gonna be great, especially with this offense. It’s just gonna help our team that much more,” said Smith, a free-agent signee who played the past four seasons for New Orleans. “It doesn’t matter who's starting out there, if it’s Q or if it’s Andrea or if it’s Amar’e (Stoudemire) or if it’s me, all of us are capable of going out there and playing good minutes.
“And then on the back end of that, coming off the bench, we’re still capable of putting in good minutes. We just want to make sure we go out there and play hard and play within the offense and play smart.”
Oct 18, 2014 7:52 PM EDT
Xavier Henry will travel to New York City to seek a second opinion following this summer’s knee surgery, the Los Angeles Lakers announced on Saturday.
Henry will then travel to Dusseldorf, Germany, and receive treatment from next week to receive Regenokine treatment.
Henry was granted permission from the Lakers to miss practices and be absent from the team in order to make these trips.
Henry plans to return to Los Angeles by Oct. 24 and an update on his condition will be given at that time.
Oct 18, 2014 7:39 PM EDT
Kawhi Leonard’s right eye infection has spread to his left eye and he will miss the remainder of the pre-season schedule.
The regular season opener against the Dallas Mavericks would appear to be up in the air for Leonard, according to a timetable for his recovery by Gregg Popovich.
“Kawhi Leonard is still out, for 10 more days,” Popovich said. “(The infection) is going back and forth between the two (eyes). It’s crazy.”
Oct 17, 2014 12:18 AM EDT
Amar'e Stoudemire has been taking baths in red wine at a spa to help his body rejuvenate.
"The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells," Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the New York Knicks on Thursday. "Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body."
There are spas that provide vinotherapy or vinotherapie.
According to the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in the renowned Plaza Hotel in New York City, "Grape polyphenols fight against free radicals, which cause 80 percent of skin aging. ... In addition to their exceptional antioxidant power, polyphenols reinforce microcirculation, protect elastin and collagen fibers and prevent the destruction of the fundamental elements of the skin's support tissues."
Oct 16, 2014 10:13 PM EDT
Brook Lopez sustained a mild right midfoot sprain in the first quarter of the Brooklyn Nets’ preseason contest against Sacramento on October 15th.
"Brook Lopez experienced right foot soreness after being stepped on during the pre-season game against the Kings Wednesday night," said Billy King. "X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries. Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days."
Oct 16, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
Kevin Durant underwent successful surgery today to address a Jones fracture in his right foot.
The Thunder, Durant and his representatives jointly decided for surgery to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson with Thunder medical personnel present at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, NC. Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks, at which time a further update will be provided.
The 2013-14 NBA MVP appeared in two games during the 2014-15 preseason, averaging 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.50 steals in 15.0 minutes.
Steve Nash played in just 15 games last season.
Jodie Meeks signed with the Pistons in the offseason.
The 76ers originally announced Michael Carter-Williams' rehab time from a torn labrum as two to four months, but it was actually six to nine months.
No surgery is required, and Johnny O’Bryant has already begun the rehabilitation process.
Kentavious Caldwell-PopeÕs MRI results on his left knee showed no structural damage.
Raymond Felton was expected to compete with Jameer Nelson as the Mavs’ starting point guard.
Kevin Durant has suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Bradley Beal underwent an MRI exam on Saturday that revealed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist.
Kris Humphries is expected to miss three to four weeks before resuming basketball activity.
Jordan Clarkson is expected to miss a minimum of a week.
Mitch McGary suffered a fracture in his left second metatarsal.
Oct 09, 2014
The Cavs were concerned enough with the injury that they sent Kyrie Irving for X-rays and and MRI, which showed no damage.
JaVale McGee is a question mark to be ready for the regular season opener.
Kyrie Irving was using a walking boot as he left with teammates for sightseeing on the team's day off.
Alex Len will be re-evaluated on Oct. 15.
Victor Oladipo return will be dependant on how his knee responds to treatment.
Steve Nash tweaked his left ankle in the Lakers' practice on Saturday.
Nick Young will undergo surgery on his thumb on Monday.
LeBron James has played in 842 out of a possible 886 regular season games over his first 11 seasons in the NBA.
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