Patrick Beverley will undergo minor knee surgery next week and is expected to miss around three weeks, according to a report.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski shared the news on Beverley late Friday night:
Sources: Houston guard Patrick Beverley will undergo a minor surgical scope on his left knee early next week. He's expected to miss 3 weeks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 22, 2016
Beverley had missed the past four preseason games for the Houston Rockets due to his left knee and was not expected to play in the team’s regular season opener.
New Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was planning to start Beverley alongside James Harden in the backcourt, but that will change. Houston is likely to use a combination of Eric Gordon and K.J. McDaniels along with Harden.
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The fourth-oldest roster in the NBA this season is already hurting.
The San Antonio Spurs announced on Friday that starting shooting guard Danny Green will be out for approximately three weeks after being diagnosed with a left quad strain.
INJURY UPDATE – Danny Green has been diagnosed with a left quad strain and is expected to be out approximately three weeks.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 21, 2016
Green, 29, averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists for the Spurs last year and is a career 40.3 percent shooter from deep. Though wildly inconsistent at times, the UNC product’s perimeter defense and his ability to stretch the floor have long been a valuable component of San Antonio’s gameplan on both ends.
With the Spurs set to open the season on October 25 against the Golden State Warriors, Green, who underwent LASIK eye surgery over the offseason in the hopes of bouncing back from his down 2015-16 campaign, could miss the first ten games or so of the regular season if his recovery timetable holds true. Jonathon Simmons, Kyle Anderson, as well as newcomers Davis Bertans and Livio Jean-Charles could all see increased opportunity in Green’s absence, as the Spurs may want to keep Manu Ginobili in his customary sixth man role.
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Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz put together one of the most productive farewell campaigns of any athlete in recent memory in 2016, but apparently he was in much worse physical shape than the numbers would have had you believe.
In an interview with Rob Bradford of WEEI, Red Sox coordinator of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek revealed the extent of the lower body injuries Ortiz played through in the final stages of his 20-year MLB career.
“He had such longstanding inflammation that he scarred down heavily in multiple joints of the ankle and that created abnormal loading and forces in all the soft tissues,” Dyrek said of the 10-time All-Star, who had dealt with foot pain for the last few years. “So the joints were restricted from the inflammation that caused the scar tissue over time. And then the muscles and tendons were all being abnormally loaded, and they got scarred down.
“He was essentially playing on stumps,” Dyrek continued. “Instead of having this nice, flexible, foot, ankle, calf mechanism to act as a shock absorber, he was playing on stumps. And you can do that for only so long. He was in warrior mode trying to play through this. Once we diagnosed him and saw what was going on and started explaining things to him, there was actually a sense of relief because now he had an explanation of what he was in such excruciating pain.”
Ortiz was nevertheless magnificent in his age-40 campaign, batting .315/.401/.620 with 38 home runs and 127 RBIs (tied for first in the American League) while appearing in 151 games. Though many seem to think that Big Papi still has what it takes to keep playing (even Ortiz himself has admitted that he would rather not be retiring), now we know exactly why the Boston legend had to hang up his cleats after this year.
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Nerlens Noel will once again have a season affected by injury.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Friday that Noel will undergo minor surgery on his left knee after reporting soreness in it.
Here’s what the Sixers said about Noel:
During the normal course of evaluation and treatment for his left adductor strain, which was identified on October 6, Noel reported localized soreness in his left knee. After consulting with multiple specialists, the source of the soreness was identified as inflamed plica. Noel has elected to address the injury via a minor surgical procedure in the coming days.
Noel was already set to miss the Sixers’ opener with a groin injury, and now he will just be out longer.
A former No. 6 overall pick in 2013, Noel missed all of his rookie season and was sidelined 22 games over the past two seasons combined. It looks like he will have another season where he misses games. Between this and Ben Simmons’ injury, this is not what Philly was hoping for to start the year.
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Ben Simmons’ rookie year status is up in the air due to a Jones fracture in his right foot, but his coach seems confident that Simmons will be available for at least the latter half of the 2016-17 season.
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown said on Friday that he expects the No. 1 overall pick to be back in action come January, per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Sixers will likely be miles away from playoff contention this season, meaning that there’s little reason to rush Simmons back. But it would obviously stand to benefit the LSU product and his overall development as a player if he was healthy enough to get in some quality game-action reps at some point over the course of his rookie campaign.
It’s not just fans who are disgusted by how the NFL and the New York Giants have handled the new findings about kicker Josh Brown.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, rival executives are very unhappy with both the NFL and the Giants over how things have transpired. Some note that the Giants and commissioner Roger Goodell have a very close relationship, which they say may have impacted the initial punishment that led to a simple one game suspension.
League officials strongly denied these allegations, maintaining that they did not discuss Brown’s punishment with the Giants while the investigation was ongoing.
Pretty much nobody is pleased with how the NFL and the Giants have handled this. Many fans aren’t pleased, and even the law enforcement agency doing the Brown investigation had some harsh words for the league. It’s another PR problem for a league that has had too many of them with relation to their handling of domestic violence.
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Fresh off winning the American League pennant, the Cleveland Indians may get another reason to celebrate.
Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar, who has been out for over a month with a forearm strain, will throw a simulated game over the weekend and could be a rotation option for them in the World Series, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Francona: Salazar will throw sim game this weekend, possibly up to three innings. Manager didn't rule him out as rotation option.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 21, 2016
Salazar, 26, was originally given a recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks when he first suffered the strain in mid-September. He went 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 25 starts during the regular season and only allowed left-handed batters to hit .203 against him. As such, Salazar, if healthy, would be a strong weapon for Cleveland to have against either the Cubs or the Dodgers, both of whom have lineups that skew somewhat lefty-heavy.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have become the latest team to voice concerns about the formations used on offense by the New England Patriots.
Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler told the Steelers’ “Coordinators’ Corner” show that the Patriots sometimes skirt the edge of legality in what they do.
“I don’t think they’re doing anything special,” Butler said of the New England offense, via Phil Perry of CSN New England. “I think sometimes they do things outside the box sometimes, you know, that might be on the edge of being legal or not legal.
“They’ve done a couple of things in the past … putting an offensive tackle out as ineligible but he’s not really. And so sometimes the emphasis by the NFL in terms of what they call and what they don’t call, they use that a little bit. And they’ve been accused of doing a lot of things. But the thing we’ve got to do is ignore that and play, and hopefully we can give them something they haven’t seen from us.”
Two seasons ago, the Patriots used controversial offensive formations that the Baltimore Ravens complained about, which got them a sharp retort from Tom Brady. Now that that’s been dredged up again, it will be interesting if Brady has anything new to say about it.
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If LaMarcus Aldridge is dissatisfied with his situation in San Antonio, he isn’t saying so publicly.
Aldridge told the Jim Rome Show on Thursday that he has no complaints about his situation with the Spurs.
“I talk to [Gregg Popovich] daily and he’s always telling me that I’m doing great,” Aldridge said on Thursday’s Jim Rome Show, via ESPN. “Trying to be a more of a leader. He’s put me in positions where I can be more of a leader. As long as the guys here aren’t saying bad things to me. All my teammates have said nothing but great things to me.”
Aldridge insisted that he’s very happy being with the Spurs.
“Yeah, for sure I am,” Aldridge said. “We made history last year [by going 40-1 at home, matching an NBA record]. They’ve incorporated me into the family. Try to make me one of the big pieces.
“I’m winning. Of course I’m happy. That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors. I feel like I do my job here and I feel like I’ve done everything that they’ve asked. That’s why I haven’t bought into the rumors.”
Aldridge has reportedly been displeased to be in one teammate’s shadow. These stories came out of the blue, and for now, he’s content to downplay them publicly.
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The Boston Celtics have so much depth and young talent that much of it simply fritters away on the bench, unable to find minutes. Now the team appears to be searching for a solution to that unusual problem.
According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Friday, the Celtics are offering James Young or RJ Hunter, their first-round picks in 2014 and 2015 respectively, in exchange for a second-rounder with final roster cuts needing to be made.
As cutdown looms, the Celtics continue to offer James Young or RJ Hunter for a second-round pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 21, 2016
Young, 21, was a one-and-done out of The University of Kentucky (providing us with this memorable jam in the 2014 NCAA National Championship Game). But he has only managed to play 8.9 minutes per game for in 60 total appearances for the Celtics since being drafted.
Meanwhile, Hunter had a memorable college career at Georgia State, including a game-winning three-pointer to upset No. 3 Baylor in the first round in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. But the 22-year-old has had similar struggles with playing time, earning just 8.8 minutes per game in 36 appearances as a rookie.
It likely won’t get better for either player in 2016-17 with Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, and now No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown all cluttering up the wing rotation in Boston. As a knockdown three-point shooter capable of playing either guard position, Hunter probably has the higher value. But in reality, both players have the talent to start on a handful of other teams, so a change of scenery for one or both could be best in order for them to begin realizing their true potentials.
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