Oct 24, 2014 10:56 AM EDT
Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday.
Oladipo, who was evaluated Thursday afternoon, will undergo a corrective surgical procedure on Saturday. He was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.
Oladipo (6’4”, 210, 5/4/92) has not played during the preseason due to a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Oct 23, 2014 7:56 PM EDT
Steve Nash is expected to be ruled out for the entire 14-15 NBA season due to recurring nerve damage in his back, according to sources.
Nash had said he expects this season to be his final one.
Nash hurt himself last season getting out of bed and was hurt a week ago carrying his bags.
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nash in a sign-and-trade from the Phoenix Suns in 2012, but he has been unable to stay healthy. Nash is in the final season of a three-year, $27 million contract.
Nash played one exhibition game Oct. 6 but felt discomfort in the first quarter of his next one Oct. 12; he has worked out only individually since then, getting a feel for the lack of progress.
Oct 23, 2014 1:27 PM EDT
Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers have a target return date of Nov. 13 against the Dallas Mavericks, according to a source.
Carter-Williams has been out since May after surgery on his right shoulder.
Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers team that finished with the second-worst record in the NBA last season.
While Carter-Williams is optimistic about returning in Dallas on Nov. 13, Sam Hinkie and the 76ers could hold him out.
Oct 23, 2014 12:49 PM EDT
T.J. Warren has sustained a small crack in a bone in his left thumb and will be treated with a splint and rest, the Phoenix Suns announced on Thursday.
There is no timetable for Warren's return.
Warren, a rookie from North Carolina State, was selected by the Suns with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has averaged 5.0 points and 12.2 minutes in five preseason appearances.
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.
The regular season opener against the Mavericks would appear to be up in the air for Kawhi Leonard.
Amar'e Stoudemire has been taking baths in red wine at a spa to help his body rejuvenate.
Brook Lopez sustained a mild right midfoot sprain, but x-rays are negative.
The Thunder, Kevin Durant and his representatives jointly decided for surgery to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson with Thunder medical personnel present.
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.
Older Wiretap Articles »
Victor Oladipo return will be dependant on how his knee responds to treatment.
Basketball Wiretap Headlines