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Brook Lopez Weighs 15 Pounds Less Than He Did Last Fall

Brook Lopez has lost weight since arriving at training camp last fall weighing 290 pounds.

“I’m at my playing weight,” Lopez said with a laugh. “I can attribute that to laying in bed for months, but I’m back to the weight that’s normal for me. Last I checked, I was just under 275 [pounds].”

Lopez does not believe carrying more weight caused him to fractured the fifth metatarsal in his foot last December.

“I may have been five pounds heavier, but that’s not what injured me,” he said.

 

Via Tim Bontemps/New York Post

Derrick Rose Sits With 'Body Fatigue'

Derrick Rose has been sidelined from Team USA with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil at the United Center on Saturday night.

Rose, who has had season-ending surgeries on both knees since the 2012 NBA playoffs, sat out both practices in New York but participated in the shootaround Wednesday morning and, according to one source, ‘‘moved very well.’’

According to a Chicago Bulls' source, Rose has been having ‘‘some aches in both knees, as well as his body, over the last 72 hours, but nothing unexpected or even out of the ordinary.’’ 

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Nets Don't Plan On Restricting Brook Lopez's Minutes

The Brooklyn Nets are optimistic Brook Lopez will make a full return from foot reconstruction surgery this season.

The Nets believed that losing Lopez made a deep run into last season's playoffs impossible.

"Missing (Brook Lopez) didn't allow us to go further (last season)..right now, there isn't a plan to put any restrictions on him," said Billy King.

Via Nets Daily

Paul George Holding Out Hope For Quick Return

Paul George spoke to the media at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday afternoon for the first time since breaking his right leg in two places while playing for Team USA two weeks ago.

All indications have been that he will miss the 2014-15 season, but the All-Star is holding out hope that he'll heal quickly.

"I don't mind taking a year off to get better for the next season," said George, who was supported by his parents, Frank Vogel, Roy Hibbert and George Hill at the press conference. When asked again about the coming season, George admitted that he's "holding out a little hope."

George stated several times that he and Indiana's training staff are trying to avoid a timetable for his return. He expects to begin rehabilitating his knee as soon as next week, but is currently limited to laying around his house.

There is a rod down George's right leg held together with pins through his knee and ankle.

George thanked countless people for their support in the wake of the injury and was very clear in his support of USA Basketball.

"It just happen, freak accidents happen," he said, adding that he still hopes to be a part of Team USA two years from now at the Olympics in Brazil.

DeMarcus Cousins Listed Day-To-Day, No Structural Damage To Knee

USA Basketball National Team member DeMarcus Cousins suffered a knee-to-knee collision with a teammate during Thursday’s USA practice in Chicago.
An MRI was done on Thursday and revealed no structural damage.

Cousins is listed as day-to-day.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Isaiah Thomas Undergoes Successful Surgery On Left Wrist

Isaiah Thomas today underwent a successful arthroscopy of his left wrist. He is expected to participate fully in the Phoenix Suns' training camp. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgeries in New York.

The Suns acquired Thomas from the Sacramento Kings in a sign-and-trade on July 12. 

Thomas is a three-year NBA veteran who averaged career-highs of 20.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting, 6.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 72 games with the Kings last season. For his career, Thomas holds averages of 15.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the field, 36.0 percent from behind the arc and 85.7 percent from the stripe.

Via RealGM Staff REport

Markel Brown Breaks Hand While Working Out

Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

Brown, who was injured while working out in Las Vegas earlier on Monday, had his hand placed in a cast and will be held out of basketball activities for a period of 4-6 weeks. 

Brown, the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night in exchange for cash considerations. He recently completed his senior season at Oklahoma State, averaging 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35.3 minutes per game and earning All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the second consecutive season. 

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nemanja Nedovic Didn't Fracture Foot, Hopes To Play In World Cup

Nemanja Nedovic did not suffer a fractured foot and he hopes to play for Serbia in the World Cup of Basketball.

The Golden State Warriors received his medical examinations and must give him clearance to participate.

Nedovic was a rookie during the 13-14 season.

Via Sportando

Blake Griffin Continuing To Work Out, Back Isn't Fractured

Blake Griffin pulled out of Team USA's training camp for the World Cup with back concerns, but he is continuing to work out this summer.

"It's less than a hairline and my back is not fractured. Everything is still intact," Griffin said. "I can still come out here and I can do my workouts and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn't be playing and practicing everyday this early."

Griffin weighed continuing with USA Basketball until the end of the World Cup on Sept. 14 or being rested for the upcoming Los Angeles Clippers' season.

"My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position," he said. "It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain.

"But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that."

Via Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

LeBron Loses Significant Weight With Reduced Carbs Diet

LeBron James has lost significant weight this summer as he has changed his diet to cut carbohydrates.

James posted a photo of himself on Instagram on Monday in which he looked visibly thinner.

James has become progressively bigger as his career has progressed and played for power forward.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Ognjen Kuzmic Has Stress Fracture, Out For World Cup

Ognjen Kuzmic has a stress reaction in his left leg and will be sidelined for about four weeks.

Paul George Undergoes Surgery, Expected To Miss 14-15 Season

While there was no additional damage besides the fractures, doctors believe Paul George likely will miss all of next season.

Paul George Suffers Horrific Leg Injury

Paul George was taken to the hospital and the remainder of the game was canceled.

Derrick Rose Wanted To Prove People Wrong 'Too Bad' In First Return

Derrick Rose is participating in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas.

Blake Griffin Healing Small Fracture In Back

Blake Griffin is expected to make a full recovery before the Clippers' training camp.

Jimmy Butler Withdraws From USA Camp With Groin Injury

Jimmy Butler has withdrawn from USA Basketball training camp with a slight groin injury.

Thibodeau: USA Minicamp 'Next Step' In Rose's Rehab Process

Derrick Rose is participating in USA Basketball's five-day minicamp in Las Vegas as he takes the next step in his rehab process.

Mavericks Void One-Year Deal Of Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis needs knee surgery, which was discovered during his physical examination.
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