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July 10, 2010 Updates

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert injured his right knee in an international game and will be evaluated this weekend. The team said it believes the injury is minor. Hibbert was playing for Jamaica against the host Dominican Republic on Tuesday when he injured the knee on a play that observers say didn't appear serious. He was traveling Friday back to Indianapolis to have an MRI sometime this weekend. "He slipped on the floor and hurt his right knee," said Jordan Olivo, who works for a website that covers basketball in the Dominican Republic and saw the play. "I don't think it's serious. I think (the MRI) is more for precaution. Indianapolis Star

Art Garcia: Ekpe Udoh expected to see at least two specialists for injured wrist. Nellie worries rook could be out for "months." Twitter

July 9, 2010 Updates

Kendrick Perkins' right knee surgery has been rescheduled for Monday. “I know there were injuries to the MCL and the PCL, but I don’t know to what extent that they need to be surgically repaired,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said yesterday. “Those might heal on their own as sprains and strains. But I know that the ACL needs to be repaired.” As for the delay, he said, “I guess the philosophy is to get more range of motion and all the swelling (down) and strengthening his glutes and quads and all that kind of stuff before surgery. I guess it gives him a quicker recovery, so that’s what they’re doing right now, just rehabbing before the surgery.” Boston Herald

Rookie forward Ekpe Udoh will see two hand specialists about his injured left wrist, the team announced. He will visit Dr. Steven Shin today in Los Angeles, and he will come to San Francisco on Monday to see Dr. Bill Greene. Udoh is out for action for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas after injuring his left wrist while working out at the team's facility on Sunday. Contra Costa Times

July 8, 2010 Updates

Free-agent guard Javaris Crittenton is not on the Lakers' summer-league roster because he is still recovering from foot surgery. Crittenton was originally drafted by the Lakers in 2007 and could be an inexpensive backcourt option. Los Angeles Times

July 7, 2010 Updates

Jawai not only couldn't play basketball, he wasn't allowed to do any activity that got his heart rate above 100 beats a minute. Jawai's weight soared as he sat idle for nearly the entire rookie season until numerous tests determined he had no serious ailment. "That set me back," Jawai said. "I was all ready to go." After playing in just six games in the 2008-09 season, Jawai was sent to Dallas in a four-team deal that included Jerry Stackhouse and Shawn Marion. When he realised he likely wouldn't get playing time with the Mavericks, he asked to be traded again, and was sent to Minnesota in October for a second-round pick. Jawai lost some weight and played in 39 games last season, averaging 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds. But his playing time slowly declined. "I got an opportunity and then Darko Milicic came in," he said. "They wanted to convince him to stay." Brisbane Times

Kenyon Martin says he has no timetable for his return from his latest knee operation. The Denver Nuggets forward spoke briefly after arriving at his basketball camp in the Rocky Mountains on Tuesday. ESPN.com

Now he's working to get it back to full strength. "Rehab, man. That's my No. 1 priority, to get my knee better," Martin said Tuesday during a break at his Camp for Kids. "I've got no other plans." Wearing a sturdy brace and walking gingerly around the courts at the Snowmass Recreation Center, the 32-year-old Martin is hosting the Hoops for Kids basketball camp, which is a mix of inner-city and local children. Martin talked to the youngsters about basketball and life, and signed autographs. He seemed comfortable Tuesday when asked about his injury but was not optimistic he would be playing again anytime soon. "No time soon. No time this summer," Martin said of a projected timeline. "We'll see when the season starts. But that's so far away, that's months away. We'll see where I am at the start of training camp." Denver Post

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The Celtics center said last night that he has been told not to expect a return to action until late December or early January as the result of major knee surgery that has been scheduled for a week from today. The Celtics center will undergo major reconstructive surgery to repair tears to the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee – all the result of an awkward and ultimately mortal landing with an offensive rebound during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Boston Herald

The to-do list is pretty long. Surgery, though, is at the top. He's set to go under the knife Wednesday, but the injury may be more serious than he initially thought. At first, it was his understanding that he had torn his MCL and PCL, but before hopping on a boat for the Sunset Harbor Cruise to Benefit the Celtics Shamrock Foundation he told reporters that he had actually torn his ACL. He's been at the Celtics' training facility in Waltham nearly every day working with team trainer Ed Lacerte, he said, trying to get his knee as strong as possible before the procedure. "It feels good," Perkins said. "I’ve been in trying to strengthen it up before surgery. I’ve been in with Ed doing a lot of leg work and stuff like that, icing it and getting a lot of the swelling down. Just doing a lot of treatment on it before I got to surgery. Boston Globe Boston Globe

June 29, 2010 Updates

Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said Tuesday night that he will undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament next Wednesday and suggested he'd be sidelined at least five to six months as he recovers from the right knee injury sustained in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Perkins looked fit arriving to the Celtics' charity Spirit of Boston sunset cruise alongside Celtics broadcaster Cedric Maxwell and nimbly hopped over a rope while navigating the seaside red carpet. He said he's taking a few weeks to strengthen the knee before surgery, hoping to shorten the recovery time. ESPN.com

June 28, 2010 Updates

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld was understandably disappointed when he heard that forward Andray Blatche broke his foot last week and will be kept from basketball-related activities from the next three months. Blatche had surgery on Friday. "It's unfortunate because he's been working really, really hard this offseason," Grunfeld said in a telephone interview on Monday. "I feel bad for him because he was really looking forward to this year and putting in the time, but we expect him back and he should be ready for the regular season." Washington Post

Nuggets power forward Kenyon Martin underwent left knee surgery this summer and an NBA source said, "I don't think he'll be ready for training camp." Martin is the beating heart of the Nuggets defense, and also played some of his best offensive basketball last winter, before injuring his left knee, which led to platelet-rich plasma therapy in March. Martin returned for the postseason and played valiantly on the still-recovering knee, averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds. Denver Post

June 27, 2010 Updates

Tzvi Twersky: Haven't seen it confirmed by Raptors or any Rap reporter, but am reading reports (tampabay.com) that Solomon Alabi has hepatitis B. Twitter

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