December 2011 Basketball Wiretap

Curry Switches Shoes For Greater Ankle Support After Consultation With Nike

Dec 31, 2011 12:03 PM

Stephen Curry went to Nike headquarters on Thursday to find a shoe to best support his oft-injured right ankle.

“I dropped an anonymous letter at Nike saying if they do make new Steph Curry shoes, I’m sure they’d be a big hit,” Curry said.

Curry, who previously wore the Nike Hyperdunks, settled on the Nike Zoom Brave V.

Curry said they are lower and wider than what he’s been wearing.

“They’re still analyzing all the data that we collected, and I changed to a different style of Nikes for (Saturday)," Curry said. "Hopefully, that will help and I think we’ve found a fit to avoid those injuries.”

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Malcolm Lee Undergoes Successful For Torn Meniscus

Dec 31, 2011 12:45 AM

Timberwolves guard Malcolm Lee underwent successful surgery on Friday morning to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Dr. David Fischer, Timberwolves team orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery at TRIA Orthopaedic Center.

The typical recovery time for this type of injury is approximately six weeks.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Malcolm Lee, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Pierce Makes 11-12 Debut, Boston Record Not A Factor

Dec 30, 2011 8:34 PM

Paul Pierce will play for the first time this season on Friday night against the Detroit Pistons in the 11-12 home opener for the Boston Celtics. He missed the team’s first three games, all losses, with a bruised right heel.

“Not a lot,” Doc Rivers said of the minutes Pierce will play. “We’ll just go with our eyes. He’s had just one practice and that was, what, three weeks ago?

“We will build him up each game.”

Rivers added that the Celtics could switch from their zone defense back to man if Pierce has trouble due to the lack of repetitions in practice/games because of his injury.

He added that the team’s 0-3 record had nothing to do with the decision to activate Pierce for Friday night’s game.

“Nah, we could be 3-0 and I’d be playing Paul tonight,” Rivers said.

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Tags: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Bryant: Surgically Repaired Knee '95 Percent Better'

Dec 30, 2011 10:34 AM

Kobe Bryant said Thursday his troublesome right knee is “95 percent better” after the innovative procedure he underwent in the offseason.

“As close to 100 percent as it’s going to get,” Bryant said.

Bryant was approached about the molecular scientist Peter Wehling’s procedure, which involves injecting the patient’s own blood as a serum into the problem area, by baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

“I gave him the phone number,” said Bryant, who added that his message to Rodriguez was: “It made a huge difference for me.”

Kevin Ding/Orange County Register

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

Stoudemire Sprains Ankle, Says He's 'Day-To-Day'

Dec 30, 2011 10:32 AM

Amar'e Stoudemire said the reason he did not play the final minutes of the Knicks' 99-82 loss to the Lakers Thursday night was that he sprained his left ankle. He is not sure whether he will be able to play when the Knicks visit Sacramento Saturday night.

"It's wrapped up. I'll get some treatment on it tomorrow, get another assessment on it tomorrow, see how it feels," he said in the Staples Center locker room. "My situation is day-to-day."

Stoudemire went down hard on the offensive end early in yet another weak offensive fourth quarter.

Mark Herrmann/Newsday

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

Pierce Close To Return From Heel Injury

Dec 30, 2011 10:31 AM

Paul Pierce is impatient to make his season debut, possibly tonight for the Celtics’ home opener against Detroit.

“I’m close very very close,” he tweeted last night.

On Wednesday, Pierce admitted it’s been difficult to watch the start of the season from the bench.

“It’s tough, man, because I can see how my teammates need me,” he said before the Celts’ 97-78 loss to the Hornets. “But I think they’re doing all right out there in a lot of ways.”

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

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D'Antoni: Davis Weeks Away From Making Knicks Debut

Dec 30, 2011 10:29 AM

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said it could be five weeks before Baron Davis makes his Knicks debut.

“Everything I hear is positive, but there’s no timetable yet,’’ D’Antoni said. “He’s doing everything possible to get ready as soon as he can. But it’s going to be a while. I keep asking him every hour or so. He’s still got about five weeks to go. .’’

Davis, despite his rehab program from a herniated disk, is traveling with the club.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Baron Davis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

Maurice Evans To Have MRI On Sore Right Knee

Dec 30, 2011 10:26 AM

Maurice Evans remains sidelined with a sore right knee and will get an MRI when the Wizards return home from Milwaukee.

Evans re-signed with the Wizards before their preseason opener but has been unable to practice the past week after development pain and swelling in his surgically-repaired knee.

He said the pain was reminiscent to what he felt before having surgery in August of 2010 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee and is “fearful” that the problem may have returned.

“I got to see why my knee is swollen, and we can go from there, so I can be effective out there,” Evans said. “I know, going out there at 70 percent, 60 percent, isn’t going to help this team right now. We understand that we’ve got guys who are playing and some of them are playing pretty well in my position, so it’s no point in trying. I could be insurance right now, obviously, but the reason they brought me in to be a veteran presence and truly help these young guys.”

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Tags: Maurice Evans, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Injury

Green Vows To Return Stronger For Celtics

Dec 28, 2011 10:44 AM

Jeff Green intends to return stronger from surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.

“I’m in a good place right now. I know the whole procedure, and I know when I come back I will be stronger than ever and be a lot better," Green said.

“And when the doctors give me the go, I’m going to take it to another level."

Green has been around the Celtics since his diagnosis and said it has been therapeutic.

“I’m very relieved, because I can play basketball again,’’ Green said before the Celtics lost to the Heat, 115-107, last night at American Airlines Arena. “It’s a blessing that it was found because you never know what could happen.’’

Boston Globe

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Curry X-Ray Negative, Will Miss Game Against Knicks

Dec 27, 2011 4:16 PM

X-rays late Monday were negative on the surgically repaired right ankle of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who scored 21 points in the 99-91 win against the Chicago Bulls.

But Curry will sit out Wednesday's home game against the New York Knicks, according to his agent, Lance Young, who was at Monday's game.

"They did X-Rays last night. Everything's fine. It's ok," Young said. "It's just a sprain. Nothing serious.

"With this shortened season and back-to backs, for him to be able to get four days of rest and get ready for Saturday (against the Philadelphia 76ers), he thought that (sitting out Wednesday) probably would be the right thing."

J. Michael Falgoust/USA TODAY

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Curry Injures Ankle Again

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Shumpert Out Two To Four Weeks With Sprained Knee

Howard Beck/New York Times

Report: Bryant Also Underwent Innovative Treatment On Ankle

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Pierce 'Doubtful' For Season Opener

Chris Forsberg/

Kobe Says He'll Play Despite Torn Wrist Ligament

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Expert: 12-Week Recovery For Lopez Is 'Very Optimistic'

Chuck Hayes Cleared To Play, Goes Back To Drawing Board In Search Of Contract

Sam Amick/Sports Illustrated

Brook Lopez To Have Foot Surgery For Stress Fracture

RealGM Staff Reports

Gortat Intends To Play With Broken Thumb

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Curry MRI Negative, May Play In Season Opener

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Bryant Has Torn Ligament In Right Wrist

Los Angeles Times

Curry Sprains Surgically Repaired Ankle

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Darrell Arthur Out For Season With Torn Achilles

RealGM Staff Report

Rockets Reach Out To Chuck Hayes

Jonathen Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Stojakovic Decides To Retire

Marc Stein/ESPN

Darrell Arthur Likely Out For Season With Achilles Injury

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Bynum Not Bothered By Trade Rumors, Has No Swelling In Knee

Rivers Will Look To Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic To Fill In For Green

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Source: Knicks 'Aggressively' Pursuing Baron Davis

Ric Bucher/ESPN The Magazine

Chuck Hayes Being Tested For Heart Condition

Sam Amick/ (via Twitter)