Basketball Wiretap

'Nobody Saw The Real John Wall' Due To Left Knee Issues

Apr 26, 2017 1:23 PM

John Wall began suffering pain in his left knee in 2013 with it escalating in 2014 and becoming unbearable in 2015.

“I’ve been in pain for the past three years,” Wall told Scott Brooks when he became head coach of the Washington Wizards.

Wall was quietly going through three hours of treatment for patellar tendinitis in his left knee on a daily basis. 

“Three years of misery,” Wall said. “I couldn’t do extra practice, couldn’t take extra shots, couldn’t improve my craft.”

In January 2016, Wall left agent Dan Fegan for Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, who had been following him for years. “I think you have another level,” said Paul, who is based in Cleveland. “I don’t think you’re right.”

Paul took Wall to see Dr. Richard Parker, who removed a five-millimeter bone spur from Wall's left knee. Wall keeps a photo of the prehistoric saber tooth looking spur on his phone. 

“Nobody saw the real John Wall,” said Wall.

Wall became the first player ever to average at least 20 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals and .5 blocks. 

“Some people get their success early,” Wall said. “Some get theirs late. I feel like my time is just beginning.”

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Tags: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Injury

Rajon Rondo Ruled Out For Game 5

Apr 26, 2017 12:03 PM

Rajon Rondo has ruled himself out for Game 5.

Rondo had been ramping up his activity in hopes of returning from his broken thumb early.

"I think I'm Wolverine," Rondo said at a shootaround Wednesday. "But it actually hasn't healed that quickly yet."

Rondo still hopes he could play in Game 6.

"My thumb is still the same," he explained. "Still broke."

Rondo could do further damage to the thumb if he plays.

"If I didn't go out there with anything, the slightest fall on the floor might further damage it," Rondo said. "If I was to go out there in Game 7, 8 or 9, I'd probably have a wrap."

Jay King/Boston Herald

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Rajon Rondo Shoots At Practice, Could Return For Boston Series

Apr 25, 2017 5:17 PM

Rajon Rondo took jumpers during Tuesday's practice, signalling he could return for the Chicago Bulls before the end of their series against the Boston Celtics.

Fred Hoiberg has already ruled out Rondo for Game 5.

"This is honestly the first time he's touched a basketball with that right hand," Hoiberg said. "We'll see. We'll see how it goes. He's going to continue to condition and do everything that he can. He was in the weight room yesterday getting a good session in there. It was his first time back in the weight room. He's just getting this whole process started." 

The Bulls have lost both games to the Celtics since Rondo exited the lineup.

Jay King/Boston Herald

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Kevin Durant Returns To Warriors Lineup For Game 4

Apr 24, 2017 8:44 PM

After missing Games 2 and 3 with a calf injury, Kevin Durant was activated by the Golden State Warriors for Game 4.

The Warriors won both games without Durant.

Durant previously missed more than a month with a left knee injury.

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Austin Rivers Expected To Return For Game 5

Apr 24, 2017 1:54 PM

Austin Rivers is expected to return to the Los Angeles Clippers' lineup for Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.

Rivers has missed 11 games with a hamstring injury.

Their series against the Jazz shifts back to Los Angeles for Game 5 tied at 2-2.

Rivers has been a key part of the Clippers' bench.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Rudy Gobert Returns For Game 4

Apr 23, 2017 8:46 PM

Rudy Gobert will return for Game 4 after missing Games 2 and 3.

Gobert hyperextended his left knee and suffered a bone bruise in the first possession of the series.

Gobert's injury had forced Derrick Favors, who has been limited all season due to a bone bruise in his left knee, into the starting center role.

Gobert is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.


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James Harden Reveals He Injured Ankle In Game 3

Apr 23, 2017 8:38 PM

James Harden said he has been hobbled by an ankle injury that occurred in Game 3.

Harden went 5-for-16 from the field (including 0-for-7 from 3-point range) and scored 16 points in Game 4.

The Houston Rockets were able to win the game behind a great performance from Nene.

"It was pretty tough; we don't make excuses," Harden said in a news conference when asked about his health. "We just try to go out there and get the job done. You build trust, and trust in your teammates all year long. When there's moments like this, guys step up and they did tonight. We have another opportunity in a few days to go out there and win on our home court, and we're going to have to get off to a really good start."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Jusuf Nurkic Ruled Out For Game 4

Apr 23, 2017 7:51 PM

Jusuf Nurkic has been ruled out of Game 4 by the Portland Trail Blazers after returning for Game 3.

"He didn't do any further damage," Terry Stotts said on Sunday. "There was soreness, tenderness and it just wouldn't be wise to have him play through that."

Nurkic was limited to 3-to-5 minute shifts in Game 3.

Nurkic's mobility was limited though he made an impact on the game.

"It was a really good effort I thought," Stotts said. "He's a big part of our team and not only was it a good effort for these playoffs and this team, but I think going forward it spoke a lot to who he is and what kind of teammate he is."

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

Blake Griffin Ruled Out For Playoffs With Toe Injury

Apr 22, 2017 10:51 AM

Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe.

Griffin suffered the injury in Game 3 of the first round.

Griffin had averaged 25.0 points per game during the first two games of the series.

Griffin will be re-evaluated upon the team’s return to Los Angeles and will see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Richard Ferkel.

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Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Thumb Fracture

Apr 21, 2017 11:17 AM

Rajon Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night.

Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture.

Surgery is not required for this injury, but he is out indefinitely.

Rondo has averaged 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds over the first two games of the playoffs.

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Kevin Durant Ruled Out Of Game 2 With Strained Left Calf
Kevin Durant sustained the injury in Game 1.

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Kevin Durant Questionable For Game 2 With Strained Left Calf
Kevin Durant experienced some cramping during Sunday's Game 1.


Robert Covington Undergoes Surgery To Repair Meniscus
Robert Covington is expected to resume full weight bearing in two weeks and begin basketball activities this summer.

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Rudy Gobert Ruled Out For Game 2
Without Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors is expected to be the starter at the center spot.

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Chris Bosh Still Believes He Could Play In NBA Again
Chris Bosh said he understood the desire of the Heat for clarity with their salary-cap position going forward.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Rudy Gobert Suffers No Ligament Damage To Left Knee
Rudy Gobert has been diagnosed with a left knee hyperextension and bone contusion.

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Tony Allen Out Indefinitely With Calf Injury
Tony Allen is out indefinitely and will be continually re-evaluated while beginning rehab immediately.

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Joakim Noah Out 4-6 Months With Rotator Cuff Surgery
Joakim Noah has had trouble for years with his shoulder, and it necessitated surgery.

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Kyrie Irving Suffering Soreness In Surgically Repaired Left Knee
Kyrie Irving underwent surgery on the knee in June of 2015.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Reggie Jackson Shut Down For Remainder Of Season
Reggie Jackson never was able to get fully back following his plasma injection to treat tendinitis in his left knee.

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Kevin Durant Cleared To Return, Expected To Play Saturday
Kevin Durant has missed the last 19 games.

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Dwyane Wade Attempting To Return From Elbow Injury On Saturday
The Bulls initially ruled Dwyane Wade out for the remainder of the regular season after an MRI.

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Derrick Rose Undergoes Successful Surgery, Out 3-6 Weeks
Dr. Brian Cole performed the surgery as he has for Derrick Rose in the past.

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Tristan Thompson Out Two Games, Streak Ends At 447
Tristan Thompson hasn't missed a game since Feb. 10, 2012.

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Pistons Regret Not Sitting Reggie Jackson Earlier
Stan Van Gundy maintains Reggie Jackson is fully cleared and able to play after a preseason injection to treat tendinitis in his left knee.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Dwyane Wade Ramps Up Rehab From Fractured Right Elbow
Dwyane Wade was ruled out for the remainder of the regular season on March 15th.

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Kyle Lowry Remains Unsure Of Return Date
Kyle Lowry spoke with the media for the first time since his surgery after taking part in a light workout on Monday.

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Kevin Durant Targeted To Return From Knee Injury Saturday
Kevin Durant went through a five-on-five scrimmage for the first time since his injury on Sunday.

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Derrick Rose Suffers Torn Meniscus
Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus.

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Jusuf Nurkic Out At Least Two Weeks With Fibular Fracture
Jusuf Nurkic will be out two weeks and then reevaluated.

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