December 2014 Basketball Wiretap

LeBron Has Been Dealing With Knee Pain All Year

Dec 31, 2014 7:56 PM

LeBron James sat out his second straight game on Wednesday with knee soreness.

"It's been hurting pretty much all year," James said of his left knee. "I've been playing with it and it goes away and comes back. So, the one in Miami kind of re-aggravated it when I came out of the game in the third quarter."

James is not concerned about the knee in the long-term.

"I'm not concerned because all the tests and everything I've done with the doctors, everything has come back negative," James said. "So, I got 41,000 minutes in my career including the playoffs. You (try to) drive that car in the winter time (and see how it feels)."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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Al Jefferson Out Minimum Of Four Weeks With Groin Strain

Dec 30, 2014 11:42 PM

Al Jefferson has been diagnosed with a strain of an adductor muscle in his left groin and is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks, the Charlotte Hornets announced on Tuesday.

In 32 games this season, Jefferson leads the Hornets in scoring and rebounding with averages of 18.0 points (25th in the NBA) and 8.2 rebounds (T-17th in the NBA) in 32.2 minutes per game.

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Alec Burks To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery On Shoulder

Dec 30, 2014 6:59 PM

Alec Burks will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

Burks signed an extension with the Utah Jazz worth $42 million over four seasons in October.

Burks first suffered the injury in early December and initially tried to play through it.

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Durant Close To Return After First Full Practice Since Injury

Dec 30, 2014 10:43 AM

Kevin Durant returned to his first full practice since spraining his ankle on Dec. 18 and looked good.

“He was very lively and active on both ends of the floor,” Scott Brooks said. “He’s progressing well. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and go from there.”

Brooks wouldn’t commit to Durant returning from a six-game absence on Wednesday against the Suns. But signs seem to indicate that will likely be the case.

“Yeah, on the White team he scored 13 of the 17 points in about five minutes of the scrimmage,” Kendrick Perkins said of Durant. “So, yeah, he looked real good.”

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Knicks Allow Carmelo Anthony To Decide Playing Status With Injured Knee

Dec 29, 2014 1:03 AM

Derek Fisher said Carmelo Anthony is in charge of whether he will play through his injured left knee, which was reaggravated on Sunday.

“Carmelo is a veteran player that I think understands his body and where he is and what he’s capable of doing,” Fisher said. “The nights where it’s known that it’s probably best that he’s not out there, he lets us know. We let him know our feelings and what we think and our opinion but he’s a veteran enough player to make those decisions himself.”

Anthony has received expansive treatment on his knee.

“It’s tough," Anthony said. "It’s tough for me physically. But it’s tough to think about that right now. We have nine guys and seeing J.R. and Shump and Cleanthony in a suit and Amar’e resting, it is hard for me to be sitting down.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

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Patty Mills Makes Season Debut Sunday After Offseason Shoulder Surgery

Dec 28, 2014 5:41 PM

Patty Mills will be available to play in the San Antonio Spurs' game on Sunday night against Houston. 

Mills has missed the first 31 games of the season after having right shoulder surgery on July 2.

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Kobe Bryant To Return Against Suns After Three Games Off For Rest

Dec 28, 2014 2:28 PM

Kobe Bryant will play on Sunday against the Phoenix Suns after missing the Los Angeles Lakers' past three games.

Bryant took three games off, including Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls, due to rest.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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Ricky Rubio Expected Back In Mid-January

Dec 28, 2014 2:26 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves expect Ricky Rubio to return from his severe ankle injury in mid-January, according to a source.

Rubio has missed 24 games with a severely sprained left ankle he suffered on Nov. 7 at Orlando.

Rubio, who averaged 9.4 points, 10 assists and 5.6 rebounds in five games this season, could participate in contract drills next week.

"I am trying to do my best," Rubio said. "Sometimes it is a little bit painful. I got to get through that. Some things are mentally [challenging]. I just push myself and try to come back as soon as a I can.

"It's painful seeing them struggling some games. But we're young. …We didn't know that three of our best players would go down. It's hard when 20-, 19-year-old kids have to take 40 minutes a game.

"It's a process. They have to learn. Being a rookie is hard. Being a rookie playing 40 minutes a game is even harder. It's tough to adapt to the league."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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Ersan Ilyasova Diagnosed With Concussion

Dec 28, 2014 11:11 AM

Ersan Ilyasova suffered a concussion in his first game back from a nasal fracture that cost him nine games and required surgery.

Ilyasova suffered the injury after colliding with teammate Zaza Pachulia in the Bucks' home loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Dec. 23 and didn't make the trip with Milwaukee in its victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

"This had nothing to do with the broken nose," said coach Jason Kidd of Ilyasova, who scored four points in 16 minutes in that Hornets game. "He's feeling a little bit better. We'll see how he feels tomorrow.

"Hopefully he can do a little something, but we're still thinking he's going to be out for a couple more days."

Todd Rosiak/Journal Sentinel

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Amar'e Stoudemire To Sit With Knee Soreness

Dec 27, 2014 6:28 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire has been out with soreness in his right knee.

Stoudemire said he will seek medical attention and have the knee examined when he returns to New York to make sure nothing serious is afoot.

“We got to figure out how it feels and what’s going on,” Stoudemire said on Saturday morning. “I’ll wait to I get back to New York to see what’s going on. I’m sure this week will be a lot of rest and recovery week to see if it calms down and gets better. So when we get back to New York we’ll reevaluate.”

Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

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Lance Stephenson Could Return As Soon As Monday From Pelvic Injury
Steve Clifford said even Monday might be a reach for Lance Stephenson's return.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Kevin Durant Out With Ankle Injury
Kevin Durant's ankle is not well enough to allow him to play on Christmas Day.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Anderson Varejao Out For Season With Torn Achilles
Anderson Varejao recently signed an extension for two seasons and $20 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Anderson Varejao May Have Torn Achilles
The Cavs will increase their efforts to trade for a big if Anderson Varejao is out for an extended period.

Brian Windhorst, Marc Stein/ESPN

Leonard Receives Treatment On Hand, Could Need Surgery In Offseason
Gregg Popovich described Kawhi Leonard's torn hand ligament as "very problematic."

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Josh McRoberts Undergoes Likely Season-Ending Knee Surgery
The Heat have applied for a $2.65 million Disabled Player Exception, which they hope could be used to sign Josh Smith.

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Kobe Bryant Considers Sitting Out For Rest
Kobe Bryant also seemed to wrestle with the idea of missing a game.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Kevin Durant Sits Again, Remains Day-To-Day With Sprained Ankle
Kevin Durant's ankle is reportedly feeling better, but the swelling and soreness apparently hadnít subsided enough for him to return to action.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Iman Shumpert Won't Need Shoulder Surgery
Iman Shumpert suffered the injury on Dec. 12 and will be reevaluated in a few weeks.

Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Danilo Gallinari Has Meniscus Tear In Right Knee
Danilo Gallinari is out indefinitely and will need surgery.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

David Lee To Return To Warriors' Lineup Monday
David Lee has missed all but six minutes of the season since re-injuring his left hamstring.

Carl Steward/San Jose Mercury News

Kawhi Leonard To Miss Some Time With Tear In Hand
Kawhi Leonard has suffered a tear in his hand and Gregg Popovich is unsure when he'll return.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Kevin Durant Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative
Kevin Durant stepped on Marreese Speights' foot and rolled his ankle while driving to the basket.

Royce Young/ESPN

Carmelo Has Been Advised To Rest Knee For Several Weeks
Carmelo Anthony has been advised to stop playing for a few weeks due to soreness in his left knee.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Andrew Bogut Undergoes Platelet-Rich Plasma On Knee
Andrew Bogut will likely have another procedure done in a week.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Robin Lopez To Miss 6-7 Weeks With Fractured Hand
Robin Lopez sustained the hand injury in the Trail Blazers' win over the Spurs on Monday.

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Mitch McGary Out 2-3 Weeks With Inflammation In Tibia
Mitch McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment.

Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

Jabari Parker Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season With Torn ACL
Jabari Parker has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Heat To Apply For $2.65M Injured Player Exception
Josh McRoberts is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Ira Winderman/Sun-Sentinel

Jabari Parker Carried Off With Sprained Left Knee
Jabari Parker crumpled to the floor with a left knee injury and had to be carried to the locker room.

Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel