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Paul George Shoots Jumpers At Pacers' Practice

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.

Via ESPN

Knicks Evaluating Other Options At PF In Bargnani's Continued Absence

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.”

Via Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Xavier Henry To Be Re-Evalauted After Second Opinion, Regenokine On Knee

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kawhi Leonard To Miss Rest Of Preseason With Eye Infection

Kawhi Leonard’s right eye infection has spread to his left eye and he will miss the remainder of the pre-season schedule.

The regular season opener against the Dallas Mavericks would appear to be up in the air for Leonard, according to a timetable for his recovery by Gregg Popovich.

“Kawhi Leonard is still out, for 10 more days,” Popovich said. “(The infection) is going back and forth between the two (eyes). It’s crazy.”

Via Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

Amar'e Helping Body Rejuvenate With Red Wine Baths

Amar'e Stoudemire has been taking baths in red wine at a spa to help his body rejuvenate.

"The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells," Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the New York Knicks on Thursday. "Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body."

There are spas that provide vinotherapy or vinotherapie.

According to the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa in the renowned Plaza Hotel in New York City, "Grape polyphenols fight against free radicals, which cause 80 percent of skin aging. ... In addition to their exceptional antioxidant power, polyphenols reinforce microcirculation, protect elastin and collagen fibers and prevent the destruction of the fundamental elements of the skin's support tissues."

Via Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days With Foot Sprain

Brook Lopez sustained a mild right midfoot sprain in the first quarter of the Brooklyn Nets’ preseason contest against Sacramento on October 15th.                                                

"Brook Lopez experienced right foot soreness after being stepped on during the pre-season game against the Kings Wednesday night," said Billy King. "X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries. Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kevin Durant Undergoes Surgery On Foot, Re-Evaluation Set For Six Weeks

Kevin Durant underwent successful surgery today to address a Jones fracture in his right foot.

The Thunder, Durant and his representatives jointly decided for surgery to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson with Thunder medical personnel present at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, NC. Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks, at which time a further update will be provided.

The 2013-14 NBA MVP appeared in two games during the 2014-15 preseason, averaging 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.50 steals in 15.0 minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Steve Nash Injures Back Carrying Bags

Steve Nash injured his back carrying bags Wednesday, forcing him to miss practice for the third straight day. 

Nash has long had back issues, but he's successfully managed them for most of his career. 

Nash appeared in just 15 games last season. 

Via Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Jodie Meeks Out Eight Weeks With Back Injury

Jodie Meeks has a stress reaction in his lower back and will be out eight weeks.

Meeks signed with the Detroit Pistons in the offseason.

The Pistons will be forced to play Josh Smith more at small forward while Meeks is out.

Via Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News

Carter-Williams Given Longer Actual Recovery Time Than 76ers Released

The Philadelphia 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.

"Everything but play contact," Williams reiterated on his participation. "I wish I was [playing], but that's doctors' orders. I have to listen to what they say and come back 100 percent. I feel great.

"I am getting a little itchy to play. The surgery diagnosis was, I was supposed to be out from 6 to 9 months, but I'm plenty ahead of schedule. I feel great. I wish I was playing."

Asked about the timetable of 2 to 4 months, Carter-Williams said: "That not true at all. [The 6 to 9 months], that's from when I first got the surgery. But it's doing great.

"There is no specific set date. We have to plan a doctor's appointment and go in, do all that stuff. Like I said, I feel great. If it was up to me, I'd be out there playing right now. I want to be out there. I feel unbelievable. I feel 100 percent."

Via Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Johnny O'Bryant Rehabilitating Grade III MCL Strain

No surgery is required, and Johnny O’Bryant has already begun the rehabilitation process.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out One Week With Knee Strain

Kentavious Caldwell-PopeÕs MRI results on his left knee showed no structural damage.

Felton Out At Least 10 Days With High Ankle Sprain

Raymond Felton was expected to compete with Jameer Nelson as the Mavs’ starting point guard.

Kevin Durant Expected To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Jones Fracture In Foot

Kevin Durant has suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Bradley Beal To Undergo Surgery For Hand Fracture

Bradley Beal underwent an MRI exam on Saturday that revealed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist.

Kris Humphries Sidelined 3-4 Weeks After Surgery On Finger

Kris Humphries is expected to miss three to four weeks before resuming basketball activity.

Jordan Clarkson Out Minimum Of One Week With Calf Strain

Jordan Clarkson is expected to miss a minimum of a week.

Mitch McGary Out Six Weeks With Broken Foot

Mitch McGary suffered a fracture in his left second metatarsal.

Kyrie Irving Likely Out For Preseason Game Against Heat

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 Could Miss Start Of Season With Soreness In Tibia

JaVale McGee is a question mark to be ready for the regular season opener.

Kyrie Irving Injures Leg, Tests Negative

Kyrie Irving was using a walking boot as he left with teammates for sightseeing on the team's day off.

Alex Len Sidelined With Fractured Pinky Finger

Alex Len will be re-evaluated on Oct. 15.

Victor Oladipo Suffers Sprained MCL

Victor Oladipo return will be dependant on how his knee responds to treatment.

Steve Nash Tweaks Ankle, Expected To Return To Practice

Steve Nash tweaked his left ankle in the Lakers' practice on Saturday.

Nick Young Expected To Miss Eight Weeks With Torn Ligament In Thumb

Nick Young will undergo surgery on his thumb on Monday.

Cavaliers Could Rest LeBron At Times During Regular Season

LeBron James has played in 842 out of a possible 886 regular season games over his first 11 seasons in the NBA.

Channing Frye Suffers Sprained MCL

Channing Frye doesn't have a timetable for when he will return to the court.

Martell Webster To Consider Retirement At 30 After Final Three Years Of Contract

Martell Webster underwent his third back surgery in four years during the offseason.

Wade Plans On Abandoning Maintenance Program

Dwyane Wade sat out 28 games last season for the Heat as part of a planned maintenance program to ease fatigue on his troublesome knees.

Ryan Kelly Out Indefinitely With Strained Hamstring

Ryan Kelly has suffered a moderate left hamstring strain,
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