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Timofey Mozgov Undergoes Scope On Knee, Out Six Weeks

Jul 2, 2015 6:07 PM

Timofey Mozgov underwent successful right knee arthroscopic debridement on Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Surgicenter by Drs. Richard Parker and James Rosneck.

His rehabilitation and return to play protocol is slated for six weeks.

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Porzingis Questionable For Summer League With Hip Injury, Receives Call From Carmelo

Jun 30, 2015 10:41 AM

Carmelo Anthony reached out directly to Kristaps Porzingis following reports of his disapproval of the pick by the New York Knicks on draft night.

"Carmelo reached out to Kris after all of that. It was beautiful that a player of that profile can do something like that. It's great," Porzingis' older brother, Janis, said Monday during an appearance on ESPN 98.7 FM's "The Hahn and Humpty Show."


On Friday night, Anthony wrote on Instagram that Porzingis was "a steal" and that he "can't wait" to see him play.


Janis Porzingis also said in Monday's interview that his brother has been dealing with a hip injury that has prohibited him from working out in recent days. Kristaps Porzingis' workout with the Knicks on June 22 was cut short because of the hip ailment, which Janis described as "tightness."


Porzingis could miss the beginning of Summer League.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Summer League

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Report: 76ers Ordered To Send $3M To Pelicans For Not Disclosing Holiday's Injuries

Jun 28, 2015 10:26 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers were ordered to send the New Orleans Pelicans $3 million in compensation for not fully disclosing the injury history of Jrue Holiday, according to sources.

The 76ers traded Holiday on draft night of 2013 to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel.

The sources said Holiday played with stress fractures in his lower right leg during his final season with the Sixers. However, the sources said, those injuries weren't fully disclosed to the Pelicans.

Sam Hinkie declined to comment, but a Sixers team source disputed the allegation.

"That's not true," the Sixers source said.

According to the other two sources, the Sixers are now trying to receive a payment from the Los Angeles Lakers for allegedly misinforming them about Andrew Bynum.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury, NBA CBA

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76ers Legitimately Concerned About Joel Embiid's Right Foot

Jun 27, 2015 10:08 AM

Sam Hinkie said selecting Jahlil Okafor third overall was not connected to the situation with Joel Embiid's injured foot.

But the Philadelphia 76ers appear to be legitimately bewildered and worried about Embiid's injury.

"I'd like to think we'd have had the courage to do it anyway," Hinkie responded when asked if he would have still selected Okafor. "I knew and it's hard to unknow where things stood with Joel, but I'd like to think we'd have the courage anyway."

A CT scan of Embiid's foot about a week ago led to the Sixers making the Saturday night release saying things weren't as healed as "anticipated."

"[Embiid] feels really good," Hinkie said. "That's part of what makes this, um, maybe confusing is the right word.

"It's certainly confusing for Joel. He said, 'I can't believe how good I feel and I've felt great for a while.' It seems hard to believe that something is wrong."

Embiid had the surgery on June 20, 2014, which makes it more than 12 months and there are still issues.

"I'll give a timeline that might help clear some things up but might also help show why we're looking so hard to try to understand," Hinkie said. "Joel we've watched like a hawk in rehab every day of the year.

"The nature of navicular injuries and the nature of stress fractures is that you see these slow improvements and then you slow [rehabilitation] down and check things.

"Anytime you get any kind of negative feedback, you unload, slow down and re-assess.

"As part of that, we have a set of pro-active MRIs on Joel, and each of those we sent out to a variety of doctors both internally and externally and ask, "What do you think?' We get the consensus responses and move from there."

There is a feeling the 76ers are being overly cautious since Embiid is symptom-free.

Hinkie said he does not "see how [Embiid] is going to play in the Summer League with the conversations we've been having."

John Smallwood/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Cameron Payne Suffers Fractures In Hand In Workout

Jun 19, 2015 1:18 PM

Cameron Payne suffered a non-displaced fracture in the ring finger of his right hand in a workout in Denver on Monday.

Payne will sit out the next three weeks as a precautionary measure.

After seeing a hand specialist in New York, it was determined that Payne suffered a clean fracture which will not require surgery.

Payne has received strong assurances he will be the third point guard selected in the NBA Draft.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: Cameron Payne, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Taj Gibson Undergoes Surgery On Left Ankle, Out Four Months

Jun 19, 2015 12:39 PM

Taj Gibson underwent an arthroscopy and repair of his left ankle on Tuesday, June 16. The surgery was performed by foot specialist Dr. David Porter in Indianapolis. Gibson’s surgery went as expected and he has begun the rehabilitation process. His estimated time to return to full basketball activity is approximately four months. 

The 29-year old Gibson recently completed his sixth season in the NBA, where he appeared in 62 games (17 starts) and posted 10.3 ppg on .502 shooting, 6.4 rpg, 1.21 bpg and 1.1 apg in 27.3 mpg.  He also played in all 12 of Chicago’s playoff games (two starts) and averaged 7.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg and 1.00 bpg in 23.0 mpg.

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Joel Embiid Could Miss Entire 15-16 Season

Jun 15, 2015 2:19 PM

Joel Embiid may miss the beginning of next season and could be out for all of 15-16 after a setback in the healing of his right foot.

"He was their guy," said the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "They were hoping he was a franchise player. If he's not a franchise player, their whole plan is gone. . . . If Embiid can't play or if he can't reach a superstar level, their plan is really in trouble."

Sam Hinkie said in a statement Saturday that a recent CT scan, performed in Los Angeles, revealed less healing than anticipated at this point. His recovery time was expected to be five to eight months. But the Sixers handled his rehabilitation with caution and he was expected to sit out the season.

"Our priority remains providing Joel with every opportunity to ensure he has a long and successful NBA career," Hinkie said Saturday. ". . . We will continue to consult with the experienced team of doctors who have been an integral part of his evaluation, while also engaging in dialogue with a broader set of experts and specialists."

Embiid is not expected to participate in Summer League.

"I don't think anyone [around the league] is surprised at all," the NBA executive said. "Cleveland and Milwaukee [which picked first and second in last summer's draft] would not consider him because of the foot and back injuries."

Another league source said Embiid's latest setback would not influence the Sixers' plan in the June 25 draft. 

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Stephen Curry Treated For Dehydration Following Game 5

Jun 15, 2015 2:31 AM

Stephen Curry experienced symptoms of dehydration following Game 5.

Curry played 30 of the first 33 game action minutes and finished with 37 points in 42 minutes.

After his postgame news conference, Curry appeared to be in discomfort as his father Dell Curry and Warriors security guard Ralph Walker ushered him to the locker room.  

Curry then received drinking fluids to relieve the dehydration.

Curry will be on the team's flight to Cleveland at 1 p.m. ET and should be "fine" going forward, the team said. 

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Joel Embiid Has Setback With Foot Injury, Receiving Further Evaluations

Jun 14, 2015 12:16 AM

Joel Embiid has suffered a setback with his right foot injury after missing the entire season, the Philadelphia 76ers announced Saturday.

Embiid and Sixers personnel traveled to Los Angeles for a series of routine exams and a standard CT scan on his right foot revealed less healing than anticipated, according to Sam Hinkie.

"Our priority remains providing Joel with every opportunity to ensure he has a long and successful NBA career, and as such, these findings cause us to pause and reassess his current activities," Hinkie said in a statement. "Together with Joel and his representatives, we will continue to consult with the experienced team of doctors who have been an integral part of his evaluations, while also engaging in dialogue with a broader set of experts and specialists.

"Discussions regarding the appropriate next steps are currently ongoing and we will share an update once it becomes available."

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LeBron James Has Glue Applied To Cut At Halftime

Jun 12, 2015 12:43 AM

LeBron James collided with a videocamera on the baseline during the first half of Game 4.

James took a hard foul from Andrew Bogut while driving to the basket and his momentum took him into the row of cameramen. 

James was bleeding from the collision and had to have the wound closed up by "glue."

"Of course I have a headache," James told ESPN at halftime.

James' playing time in Game 4 was not impacted the injury.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Kobe Bryant Hopes To Resume Basketball Activities In Next Month
Kobe Bryant was ruled out for the season in January with a torn rotator cuff.

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Draymond Green Suffering From Back Spasms
Draymond Green has been suffering from back spasms, but he will be prepared to play Game 4 for the Warriors.

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Matthew Dellavedova Taken To Hospital With Severe Cramping
Matthew Dellavedova underwent a treatment process including an IV.

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Kyrie Irving Begins Rehab, Suffered No Cartilage Or Ligament Damage
Kyrie Irving is wearing a soft full leg cast.

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Cavs Contend Kyrie Irving's Injury Was Due To Contact
David Blatt said Kyrie Irving playing 44 minutes was not a factor in weakening his knee and leaving him susceptible to injury.

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Kyrie Irving Undergoes Successful Surgery On Broken Knee Cap
Kyrie Irving's return to basketball activity is projected to be in three to four months.

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Irving's Camp, Cavaliers Have Had Tension Over Injury For Weeks
Kyrie Irving's visit to James Andrews during the Eastern Conference Finals was to get independent advice on the situation.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kyrie Irving Exits Game 1 With Left Knee Injury
Kyrie Irving will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

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Kyrie Irving Will Play Game 1, Adjusting To Injury
Kyrie Irving has accepted the fact that he almost certainly won't be 100 percent for The NBA Finals.

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