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Kobe Bryant Begins Intense Six-Month Training Program

Kobe Bryant began an intense six-month training program with an early-morning workout Monday, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

As he returns from a broken bone in his left lateral tibial plateau, Bryant has been cleared for running and shooting.

Bryant was confident about pushing harder after receiving positive feedback during a consultation last week with the doctors in Germany who previously performed the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his knees.

Bryant visited the doctors while he was in Europe on a short trip with his family last week, sources said.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Patrick Beverley To Undergo MRI On Reinjured Right Knee

Patrick Beverley will undergo an MRI on Monday after reinjuring his right knee.

Beverley suffered the injury in Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Beverley missed time this season due to a torn right meniscus but returned before the season ended.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Andrew Bynum Ruled Out Of Pacers' First Round Series

Andrew Bynum will sit out the Indiana Pacers' first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, which begins on Saturday.

Frank Vogel said the longer the Pacers last in the playoffs, the more odds increase for Bynum to rejoin the team on the court. Bynum has dealt with continued knee issues.

Bynum has played two games since signing with the Pacers, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Forman: Derrick Rose Won't Return For Postseason

Derrick Rose tore his meniscus early in the season and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Gar Forman, general manager of the Chicago Bulls, reiterated on Thursday that Rose is out for the season and has been ruled out of the postseason.

There had been reports, albeit from less than reputable sources, that Rose could return to the postseason.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Kobe Bryant To Intensify Workouts Next Week

Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin a six-month training program next week upon his return from a family trip to Europe.

Bryant fractured his left knee on Dec. 17, just six games after returning from a torn Achillies tendon.

Bryant left for a short family trip to France ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers' season finale against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Bryant is expected to be fully healthy by the start of next training camp in October.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony To Rehab Small Tear In Shoulder

Carmelo Anthony was diagnosed with a small tear in his labrum and no surgery is required.

Anthony will sit out the New York Knicks' final two games of the season and will begin rehabilitation.

Anthony will be re-evaluated in one month.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Andrew Bogut Out Indefinitely With Rib Fracture

Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely due to a rib fracture.

Bogut was diagnosed with the injury on Monday.

Bogut is averaging 7.3 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 rebounds this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

LeBron, Bosh Rest Against Wizards

LeBron James and Chris Bosh will sit out of the Miami Heat's game against the Washington Wizards due to rest, the team announced Monday night.

The Heat would lose contention for the top seed in the Eastern Conference if they lose on Monday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kemba Walker's MRI On Groin Shows Nothing Serious

Kemba Walker will sit out again on Saturday to rest his sore groin.

Walker underwent an MRI, which didn't show anything serious.

The Charlotte Bobcats are off on Sunday, giving Walker an extra day of rest before possibly returning on Monday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Via Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Wade To Sit Against Pacers

Dwyane Wade will be unavailable for the Miami Heat in their game on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers currently have a half-game lead in the Eastern Conference standings.

Wade has now missed 28 games due to a injuries and strategic rest for his knees. Wade's latest setback is for a hamstring.

Toney Douglas will start for the Heat in place of Wade.

Via Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

Eric Gordon To Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Eric Gordon is expected to make a full recovery.

Joel Freeland Goes Through 'Contact' Practice, Close To Return

Joel Freeland has missed the past 26 games for the Blazers with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Wade Misses 7th Straight Game As Precaution

Dwyane Wade's hamstring strain came after rushing back from a sore Achilles tendon.

Nerlens Noel 'Encouraged' During Year Of Rehab

Nerlens Noel hasn't played a competitive game since tearing his ACL in March of last year while a freshman at Kentucky.

Xavier Henry To Undergo Surgery On Wrist, Knee

Xavier Henry has been scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist as well as arthroscopic surgery on the cartilage abnormality in his right knee.

Tony Parker Listed Day-To-Day After MRI Revealing Sprained Facet Joint

Tony Parker will not travel with the Spurs on their upcoming road trip.

Tony Parker To Undergo MRI On Back

Tony Parker is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday after he left Sunday's game in the first quarter with back spasms.

Kent Bazemore To Undergo MRI On Sprained Ankle

X-rays were negative, and Kent Bazemore will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Carmelo Will Try To Play Through Shoulder Injury

Carmelo Anthony had a season-high nine turnovers in Friday's game and scored 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

D'Antoni Believes Nash Can Continue Playing This Season

Steve Nash scored four points and dished out seven assists in 19 minutes on Friday.

Eric Gordon To Visit Doctor For Exam On Left Knee

Eric Gordon has missed eight consecutive games because of tendinitis in his left knee.

Pau Gasol May Be Out For Remainder Of Season

Pau Gasol will almost certainly take a pay reduction from his $19.3 million this season and he is not expected to re-sign with the Lakers.

Jamal Crawford, Danny Granger Likely Out Until Postseason

Jamal Crawford is dealing with a sore Achillies while Danny Granger is suffering from a strained hamstring.

Anthony Davis Day-To-Day With Back Spasms

Anthony Davis is day-to-day with back spasms.

Tests Reveal No Structural Damage Of Kyle Lowry's Knee

Kyle Lowry will continue to undergo exams.

Nerlens Noel Ramps Up Workouts But Likely Won't Play Until Summer League

Nerlens Noel has been ramping up the visibility of his work over the past few days, but he probably won't play a competitive game until the Summer League.

NBA Surpasses Last Season's Total For Games Missed Due To Injury

The NBA has already surpassed last season's total for games missed due to injury, while being on pace to also surpass the previous three seasons as well.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Diagnosed With Sprained Ankle After X-Rays

The Knicks termed Tim Hardaway Jr.'s injury as a sprained ankle.

Patrick Beverley Won't Need Surgery, Expected To Return This Season

Patrick Beverely will be able to return this season.

Carmelo Anthony Hurts Left Hand, X-Rays Negative

Carmelo Anthony injured his left hand and underwent X-rays after the Knicks' win over the Warriors on Sunday.
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