December 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Evans Seeks 2nd Opinion On Sore Left Knee

Dec 31, 2012 1:45 PM

Tyreke Evans will visit Dr. Steve Lombardo to receive a second opinion on his sore left knee.

Evans has been out of the Sacramento Kings' lineup since Dec. 16.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

Stoudemire Not Yet 80 Percent Healthy, May Return Early

Dec 31, 2012 1:42 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire participated in his first full practice since mid-October, but isn't sure if he will return on Jan. 1.

Stoudemire said he's not even 80 percent and would like to feel close to 100 percent before he plays.

"It would be great if I could go on Jan. 1," he said. "I can't determine how I feel tomorrow or the following day. If the next two days go well and I continue to improve, then that will be a great day to start playing."

The Knicks' injury woes have caused Stoudemire to want to return earlier.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

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

Tyreke Evans Plans For Second Opinion On Ailing Knee

Dec 31, 2012 12:38 PM

Tyreke Evans had wanted to return for Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics but decided he wasn't ready during practices and workouts leading up to the contest.

Now, Evans plans to get a second opinion on his injured left knee.

Evans bruised his knee on Nov. 27 and an MRI earlier this month showed no structural damage.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

Avery Bradley Still Expects Jan. 2 Return

Dec 31, 2012 12:35 PM

Avery Bradley remains on track to return to the Boston Celtics for their next game on Jan. 2.

The Celtics kept Bradley at home during their current road trip to work out in preparation for his first NBA game in seven months after surgery on both shoulders.

“The biggest thing is now is just trust in our communication defensively,” point guard Rajon Rondo said about the defensive struggles. “With Avery coming back, obviously that will be a better pick-and-roll defender for the guard spot, but it’s not just going to be on Avery. It’s going to be trust from our bigs and our guards, being patient, and playing together.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Rose Doing Non-Contact Practice Drills, Not Close To Playing

Dec 30, 2012 4:59 PM

Derrick Rose has been doing all non-contact drills in practice but is "not anywhere close to playing" in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL, according to Tom Thibodeau.

"He's right where he's always been," Thibodeau said after Sunday's practice. "Each week he'll do a little bit more, he's doing more basketball stuff but still he's not anywhere close to playing. He's got a long way to go for that. He's doing all the non-contact stuff in practice, none of the contact stuff, but he's doing well overall."

"It's too early," Bulls guard Richard Hamilton said when asked about seeing flashes of Rose's old ability coming back in practice. "Derrick is an unbelievable talent. To see him do stuff that ... (as) a guy coming back that injury is incredible. He's able to move up and down on the floor and things like that, but no contact. Our job is to just hold the fort down and hopefully he'll get healthy soon."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Leonard Sprains Right Ankle, X-Rays Reveal No Fracture

Dec 30, 2012 1:36 PM

Meyers Leonard injured his right ankle when landing awkwardly jumping for a rebound.

Leonard had X-rays taken on the his ankle after the game and Nicolas Batum told The Oregonian that Leonard told him the results revealed there is no fracture.

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

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Ariza Nearing Return To Practice

Dec 30, 2012 1:17 PM

Trevor Ariza has missed the past 13 games with a calf injury but is expected to practice with the Washington Wizards this upcoming week.

“He’s coming along good,” Wittman said of Ariza, who strained his left calf in the third quarter of the Wizards’ stunning 105-101 victory over the Miami Heat on Dec. 4. “We’ll see how the next couple of games, go. He’s still got a little tightness in there.”

A.J. Price, who's recovering from a broken hand, is likely at least another week away from basketball-related activities.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Tags: Trevor Ariza, A.J. Price, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Injury

Love Feeling Healthy For First Time In 12-13

Dec 29, 2012 5:52 PM

Kevin Love said on Saturday that his body has felt as good as it has all season over the past couple days and he’s looking forward to rebounding from his difficult game against the Rockets on Wednesday.

“It’s fun to actually have my body feel good out there,” Love said. “And it has the last couple days.”

Love broke two bones in his right hand before the start of season. He has also suffered from the flu, back pain and a poke in the eye.

“But I have to look at it like 2013 is right around the corner,” Love said. “And every game is a new day, a new time to improve the team, improve myself, and keep pushing through this.”

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune

Tags: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Roy Suffers Setback In Return From Knee Surgery

Dec 29, 2012 12:31 PM

Brandon Roy has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from knee surgery, according to a source.

Roy had been targeting a return on Saturday.

Roy's new return date is uncertain.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Brandon Roy, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Source: Stoudemire To Come Off Bench For Knicks

Dec 29, 2012 11:09 AM

Amar'e Stoudemire will come off the bench when he returns from a left knee injury, sources said.

Stoudemire may start initially because of injuries to Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton, but Mike Woodson is seriously considering playing Stoudemire in a reserve role for the rest of the season.

"It's a fluid situation (because of injuries)," one source said. "But they want him to come off the bench to start."

Stoudemire underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Nov. 1.

Ian Begley/ESPNNewYork

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Hamilton Likely To Return Saturday
Hamilton is optimistic about returning to the Bulls' lineup on Saturday against the Wizards

Vaughn McClure/Chicago Tribune

Carmelo To Miss Second Straight Game With Knee Injury
Carmelo Anthony is recovering from a hyperextended left kneee.

Nate Taylor/New York Times

Varejao Will Miss At Least Two More Games With Bruised Knee
Anderson Varejao injured his right knee on Dec. 18.

Mary Schmitt Boyer/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Wilson Chandler Eyeing Jan. 13 Return
Chandler participated in Nuggets shootaround on Friday and believes he is a little over two weeks away from a potential return.

Christopher Dempsey/Denver Post

Turkoglu Aims To Return Saturday
After missing all but one game this season, Turkoglu is hoping to return to the Magic on Saturday against the Raptors.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Brandon Roy Could Return Saturday
Brandon Roy underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago.

Jerry Zgoda/Star Tribune

Felton Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Pinkie
Raymond Felton called his injury a freak accident.

Nate Taylor/New York Times

Pau Gasol Has Plantar Fasciitis In Right Foot
Pau Gasol is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Blazers.

RealGM Staff Report

Nowitzki Believes Knee Back At 100 Percent, Still Working Into Game Shape
Dirk Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 19.

Tim MacMahon/ESPNDallas

Valanciunas To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Broken Finger, Will Not Require Surgery
Jonas Valanciunas broke the ring finger on his right hand on Dec. 21.

Mike Ganter/Toronto Sun

Wall Targets January Return From Knee Injury
John Wall feels he is getting closer to returning from knee injury.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Felton Has Fractured Right Pinkie
Raymond Felton's status will be reevaluated when the Knicks return to New York.

Neil Best/Newsday

Deron Williams Sits With Bruised Wrist
After aggravating his bruised right wrist on Tuesday, Deron Williams missed his first game of the season Wednesday night.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Gordon May Make Season Debut On Saturday
Eric Gordon may make his 12-13 debut on Saturday.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Mo Williams Out Indefinitely With Severely Sprained Thumb
Mo Williams is out indefinitely and will miss Wednesday's game against the Warriors because of a "severely sprained" right thumb.

Steve Luhm/Salt Lake Tribune

Stoudemire May Return During First Week Of January
Amar'e Stoudemire had previously hoped to return in time for Christmas.

Roger Rubin/New York Daily News

Felton Sprains Right Pinkie
Raymond Felton shot 1-for-10 after the injury.

Roger Rubin/New York Daily News

Varejao Out With Knee Contusion
Anderson Varejao is averaging 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds per game.

RealGM Staff Report

Hamilton Getting Closer To Return From Foot Injury
Richard Hamilton is getting closer to returning from tearing his plantar fascia in his left foot.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Mullens Out Several Weeks With Sprained Left Ankle
Byron Mullens is expected to miss several weeks with a sprained left ankle.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer