Basketball Wiretap

Harry Giles' Medical Info Viewed With More Optimism By Teams Than Expected

Jun 22, 2017 3:10 PM

The medical information teams have received on Harry Giles has been more favorable than most anticipated.

Giles was expected to be one of the top prospects in the 2017 draft class but he's tore his ACL in 2014 and again in 2015. 

Giles averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game over 300 minutes for Duke as a freshman.

Giles has one of the broadest projected draft ranges due to his immense talent but injury risk.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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Jonathan Jeanne Diagnosed With Marfan Syndrome

Jun 8, 2017 8:15 PM

Jonathan Jeanne has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which may be a career-ending ailment.

Jeanne was expected to be a first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Jeanne underwent an MRI while participating in the Chicago draft Combine in May that showed an abnormality in his spine that required follow-up examinations. 

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues. 

Jeanne worked out for an NBA team as recently as Wednesday when he visited the Toronto Raptors.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Won't Play In Summer League

Jun 5, 2017 10:35 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers will keep Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid out of Summer League as expected.

Simmons played in Summer League last year but sat out the entire 16-17 season.

Embiid played in 31 games before undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Summer League

Iman Shumpert Requires IV Fluids After Game 2, May Start Game 3

Jun 5, 2017 10:21 AM

Iman Shumpert required intravenous fluids after Game 2 as he was experiencing cramping in the second half of the game.

Shumpert was considered a bright spot for the Cleveland Cavaliers because of his attack mentality and on-ball defense against Kevin Durant.

The Cavaliers are considering starting Shumpert in Game 3 over J.R. Smith.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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Kelly Oubre Undergoes Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections In Right Knee

Jun 2, 2017 9:26 PM

Kelly Oubre Jr. received platelet-rich plasma injections in his right knee Friday in Los Angeles.

Oubre played through pain during the Wizards’ playoff run and is not expected to undergo further injections and will sit out the next few weeks to rest his knee. 

The PRP injections are intended to promote healing by injecting the patient’s blood into an injured area. 

Reggie Jackson, Isaiah Thomas and D'Angelo Russell each also underwent the procedure this season.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

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Isaiah Thomas Won't Make Decision On Surgery For Another Few Weeks

Jun 1, 2017 3:55 PM

Isaiah Thomas won't make a decision on whether to undergo surgery on his injured hip for another few weeks.

Thomas sat out Games 3-5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“His hip was bothering him some here and there [during the season],” Danny Ainge said. “But there were some days his hip felt great and some days it was a little more sore than others. 

“But I think it was Game 6 against Washington where I didn’t know how much he’d be able to give us in Game 7, because he aggravated it.

“And you go out and get 29 points in Game 7 and he helps us win Game 7, it was a pretty special performance in my mind.”

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

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Zaza Pachulia Cleared To Play Normal Minutes In Game 1

May 28, 2017 10:39 AM

Zaza Pachulia is on track to start Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday for the Golden State Warriors.

Pachulia participated in all parts of all three practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“We’ve done running, had scrimmages and he’s done everything,” Mike Brown said.

Pachulia is expected to play his typical 15-20ish minute per night role and he has been fully cleared, health-wise, to do so.

“It’s good that we have one week off,” Pachulia said. “That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team.”

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

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