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Tyson Chandler May Sit To Heal Wrist

Tyson Chandler is still battling with pain in his injured right wrist, which was sustained on Feb. 19th against the Mavericks.

“Just trying to catch the ball and everything, it’s still difficult,” Chandler said.

Chandler hasn't ruled out sitting to heal if there is no improvement in the coming days.

Via New York Daily News

Villanueva Runs In Monday's Practice

Charlie Villanueva ran the floor for about 20 minutes during Monday's practice and was pleased by how his non-running cardiovascular conditioning has helped him remain in shape.

Villanueva has been dealing with ankle tendinitis and bone spurs.

No timetable has been established for Villanueva's return.

Via David Mayo/MLive.com

Deron Williams Undergoes MRI On Left Foot

Deron Williams didn't participate in Monday's practice because of an MRI on his left foot.

His foot swelled up before Sunday's All-Star game.

Williams is not expected to miss any time.

Via Colin Stephenson/Star-Ledger

Kobe To Visit Specialist For Broken Nose

Kobe Bryant will see an ear, nose and throat specialist on Tuesday.

Bryant suffered a broken nose when he was fouled hard by Dwyane Wade in the third quarter of Sunday's All-Star game.

Bryant returned to Los Angeles on Monday after complaining of headaches.

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Kobe Suffers Broken Nose, Concussion

Kobe Bryant suffered a broken nose and mild concussion in Sunday's All-Star Game, according to a source.

Dwyane Wade fouled Bryant hard in the third quarter of the game.

Bryant plans to play on Wednesday against Minnesota, according to a source.

Bryant flew back to Los Angeles on Sunday evening following a CT scan.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

A-Rod Claims Kobe Considered Retirement Because Of Knee Trouble

Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season because of overwhelming pain in his right knee and ankle, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said. Bryant eventually underwent orthokine treatment at the Center for Orthopedics and Molecular Medicine in Dusseldorf, which alleviated the chronic knee pain and gave him new optimism about his future.

Bryant "was really adamant about how great the procedure was for him," Rodriguez told reporters. "I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that's how much pain he was under. And then he said after he went to Germany he felt like a 27-year-old again. I was still a little apprehensive about it and he kept staying on me about it."

Rodriguez underwent similar orthokine treatments on his right knee and left shoulder after consulting with Bryant.

"I gave him the phone number," Bryant said in December regarding his conversations with Rodriguez. "I just told him it made a huge difference for me."

Via Los Angeles Times

Bogut Will Avoid Surgery On Fractured Ankle

Andrew Bogut underwent a CT scan on his fractured left ankle and it was determined that the ankle was healing appropriately and will not require surgery.

Bucks general manager John Hammond said the diagnosis would not change the original recovery timetable of 8-12 weeks.

"Bogut will be allowed to progress to the next stage of his rehabilitation program and will undergo an additional scan in approximately one month," Hammond said.

In 12 games this season, Bogut averaged 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocked shots in 30.0 minutes per contest.

Via FOXSportsWisconsin.com

Bynum Scheduled To Receive Synvisc Injection During All-Star Break

Andrew Bynum will get an injection of Synvisc, which serves as a lubricant, in his right knee on Friday. Bynum will be administered the injection by his personal doctor, David Altchek.

The company’s website states the substance can provide “up to six months of osteoarthritis knee pain relief with a single injection.”

Bynum will sit out All-Star practice Saturday while recovering from the injection. He will still play in the game Sunday.

Via Orange County Register

Rose Says Back Pain Gone, Expects To Play In All-Star Game

Derrick Rose said his back is pain-free and he expects to play in the All-Star game this weekend.

"My back is feeling good," Rose said. "I’m not worried about it anymore. I don’t feel any pain. I’m stretching a lot, making sure I’m loose."

Rose is making regular visits to a chiropractor and doing more stretching.

"I’ll go see him after shootarounds and on days off," Rose said. "I go there for an hour so he can work on me and just get back to what I’m doing.

"I’m good. I don’t feel any pain in my back. My hamstring isn’t tight. I feel loose. Fatigue is another thing from not playing. But it’s coming along."

Via Chicago Tribune

Curry Suffers Foot Injury, Could Be Plantar Fasciitis

Stephen Curry strained the tibialis posterior tendon in his right foot in a 106-104 win over the Suns on Wednesday night.

After X-rays were negative on Curry's foot, he tried to give it a go late in the second quarter but couldn't continue.

He said he was in pain and the team doctors weren't sure if he had plantar fasciitis.

Via San Francisco Chronicle

Johnson Out Through All-Star Break, Rondo To Take Roster Spot

Joe Johnson underwent an MRI in Atlanta on Tuesday, and he was diagnosed with left knee tendinitis.

Oden Has No Plans To Retire

Greg Oden has appeared in just 82 games over the last five seasons.

Karl: Nene Might Not Be 100 Percent Until Next Season

Nene has dealt with conditioning and injury issues this season.

Gordon Admits To Having Cartilage Damage In Right Knee

The Hornets initially listed Eric Gordon as having a bone bruise on his right knee.

Shawne Williams To Undergo Surgery On Left Foot

Shawne Williams will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a bone fragment from his left foot.

Ginobili, Splitter Expected Out Two Weeks

The Spurs will be without Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter for two weeks.

Oden Undergoes Microfracture Surgery On Left Knee

Greg Oden will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 NBA season.

George Hill Near Return From Fractured Ankle

George Hill was expected to miss several weeks with a chip fracture in his ankle.

Delonte West Out Indefinitely After Surgery To Repair Fractured Finger

Delonte West had pins inserted to stabilize his fractured ring finger.

Brook Lopez Cleared To Return From Broken Foot

Brook Lopez has missed the first 31 games of the season.

Varejao To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Wrist

Anderson Varejao could return from a broken wrist in late March.

Delonte West Fractures, Dislocates Finger

Delonte West suffered a fracture-dislocation of his ring finger.

Rose Confident Back Issues Won't Be Lingering Concern

Derrick Rose is confident he'll be healthy down the stretch of the season.

Garnett May Miss Two Games With Hip Flexor

Kevin Garnett is dealing a strained right hip flexor after appearing in every game this season.

Silas: Augustin Ready To Return, Walker To Come Off Bench

D.J. Augustin was averaging 13.6 points and 6.6 assists before being injured.

Brook Lopez Practices For First Time In Two Months, Could Return Before All-Star Break

Brook Lopez is aiming to return before the All-Star break.

Aldridge Suffers Sprained Ankle, X-Rays Negative

The Blazers are uncertain when LaMarcus Aldridge may be ready to return to the court

Bogut Hopes To Avoid Surgery, Return This Season

Andrew Bogut is aiming to return from a fractured ankle by the end of this season.

Randolph Cleared For Basketball Related Activity

Zach Randolph has been cleared to begin non-contact basketball drills.

Gordon Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

Eric Gordon underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to clean up his right knee on Tuesday morning.
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