HoopsHype Brendan Haywood rumors

June 14, 2011 Updates
June 12, 2011 Updates

Brendan Haywood has been activated for Game 6 tonight. The Dallas Mavericks’ backup center went out and practiced on the AmericanAirlines Arena court a few minutes ago and declared himself strong enough to give it a go tonight when the Mavs try to close out the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Haywood strained his hip flexor in the fourth quarter of Game 2, and was sidelined for Games 3 and 5 while playing just three minutes in Game 4. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 11, 2011 Updates
June 9, 2011 Updates
June 8, 2011 Updates

Injured backup center Brendan Haywood didn't practice with the Mavericks on Wednesday because he's still recovering from a strained right hip flexor. Haywood, who missed Game 3 with the injury, played only three minutes in Game 4 on Tuesday. Haywood was able to do some light shooting and ride the stationary bike during Wednesday's practice. After the Mavericks' Game 4 victory, Haywood said he didn't think he could play the next game. When asked about his availability for Game 5, Haywood said, "I don't know. I have to listen to the doctor and my body." ESPN.com

June 7, 2011 Updates

Backup center Brendan Haywood will test his injured right hip during the Dallas Mavericks' shootaround and could play in Tuesday's Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Haywood, who left Game 2 with a strained right hip flexor and did not play in Game 3, said he is feeling better. An MRI exam confirmed that the swelling in the hip has gone down significantly. The 7-footer will attempt to sprint for the first time since aggravating the injury he originally suffered during a practice before the Finals. Coach Rick Carlisle said Haywood's status would be a game-time decision. "If I can sprint and change directions, we'll give it a try," Haywood said. "You can't be in a Finals game if you can't sprint and change directions on the court." ESPN.com

June 6, 2011 Updates
June 5, 2011 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks still don't know if Brendan Haywood will play in tonight's Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The 7-foot backup center will be a game-time decision with a right hip flexor injury that he sustained in the fourth quarter of Game 2, coach Rick Carlisle said Sunday morning. His participation in Saturday's practice was limited to spot shooting and free throws. He spent the rest of the session doing conditioning work in a pool and on an exercise bike. "Still feeling a little tight," Haywood said as he went to get treatment during Sunday morning's shootaround. ESPN.com

June 3, 2011 Updates

Backup center Brendan Haywood left the game with 11:34 remaining with a strained right hip flexor. Haywood, who played just 8 minutes, did not return. Team officials said his injury was nothing serious. Shooting guard Jason Terry participated with a bone bruise on his right wrist and received treatment during the game. He wore a brace on his wrist at the start of the second half while sitting on the bench but removed it once he entered the game. ESPN.com

May 28, 2011 Updates

As Dallas Mavericks players and coach Rick Carlisle lined up to declare their indifference for or to feign complete ignorance of "The Decision" and the Miami Heat's dastardly plan to stockpile superstars, one player stepped forward to speak the truth. "I had to [pay attention]," center Brendan Haywood said. "I was a free agent myself. No one signed until he signed." He, of course, is LeBron James, the most sought-after free agent in NBA history. During the prolonged courtship between several select franchises fortunate enough to meet with the King, Heat president Pat Riley visited Haywood at his Charlotte, N.C., home shortly after Mavs coach Rick Carlisle met Haywood there at the opening bell of the free agency period and promised him the starting job. ESPN.com

May 27, 2011 Updates

Haywood has been characterized by perceived sulking or brooding over his last season and a half in Dallas, but he’s understandably easy in moments like this one. He talks about wanting to be the back-up center on a team headed to the Finals rather than relishing in a role with more playing time or more touches. He jokes candidly about his words being taken out of their original context prior to Game 5, words which he notes as being more light-hearted than they appeared in text. He’s not just a flagrant fouling machine, but an interesting — if occasionally abrasive, for better and worse — voice within the team. He’s just buried beneath Terry’s charisma, Dirk Nowitzki’s quiet charm, and Jason Kidd’s veneration. Haywood may not always give some writers exactly what they want to hear for their pre-penned stories, but if you ask the right questions and listen closely, Haywood has a lot to offer. The Two Man Game

May 25, 2011 Updates
May 22, 2011 Updates

Coach Rick Carlisle declined to comment directly about big man Brendan Haywood’s pointed criticism of the Mavs’ perimeter D – and particularly Peja Stojakovic’s work – in the first two games of the series. “I just don’t think that would be wise,” Carlisle said, noting that he had not heard the quotes or seen Haywood’s body language while delivering them. Carlisle also declined to discuss whether it’s accurate to pinpoint perimeter defense as one the Mavs’ biggest problems against the Thunder, who have lit it up for an average of 109 points against a team that didn’t give up triple digits in the first two rounds of the playoffs. “Instead of getting into a [expletive] throw about whose fault it is,” Carlisle said, “what we’re going to do is circle the wagons and find a way to be better.” ESPN.com

April 16, 2011 Updates
April 1, 2011 Updates

There were no repercussions from the NBA office about Thursday night’s dust-up in LA, except for good news in regard to Jason Terry. The league has downgraded Terry’s action to a Flagrant Foul, Penalty One (lowered from a Penalty Two). Terry pushed Steve Blake with 9:23 to play, and referee Joey Crawford issued a Flagrant, Penalty Two. While that foul was downgraded, the ejections stood. Brendan Haywood said he was surprised at his ejection. “I didn’t do anything,’’ he said. “I just tried to step in front of guys and put my arms up.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 18, 2011 Updates

Dallas Mavericks center Brendan Haywood is expected to play Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs, coach Rick Carlisle said. Haywood has missed the past two games with lower-back stiffness. ESPN.com

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