HoopsHype Theo Ratliff rumors

June 24, 2011 Updates

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett of the Celtics, among the most vocal players in the room Friday, were driven away in a black SUV with executive committee member Theo Ratliff. In the meeting, Pierce accused the owners of taking a disingenuous stance by disguising their insistence on slashing salaries under the cloak of creating a new system that would allow more teams to be competitive. “Is it more about money or being competitive?” Pierce said to the owners, according to Suns player rep Jared Dudley. “What does this have to do with? If it’s about being competitive, let’s come up with a system we can all be competitive in. If it’s about money, that’s a different story that we’re talking about.” CBSSports.com

June 5, 2011 Updates

As the summer approaches, the threat of a work stoppage looms greater by the day. But, in Ratliff's estimation, proceeding forward with a well-functioning league might not necessarily mean avoiding a stoppage. "As a player, you can't give that up," Ratliff said of guaranteed contracts and soft cap allowances. "If you give it up, you are never going to get it back again. It's going to be a long, hard fight." Detroit Free Press

May 21, 2011 Updates

So you have missed getting some rest during the regular season. Gasol: Maybe I did. There could have been a little more depth, especially if Joe Smith was able contribute to the team. The Theo Ratliff issue was difficult because of his health and where his career is at, but that's another thing. It would have been good for us to have a four-man rotation instead of three, but that's something I don't want to talk about because I don't want to argue with a guy that has been pretty successful - our coach. google.com

May 18, 2011 Updates

Former Piston Theo Ratliff was among a group representing the National Basketball Players Association that donated trucks and supplies to a local church as a way to support communities devastated by tornadoes and storms that have swept through the South. Led by Ratliff -- who now plays for the Lakers and is vice president of the NBPA -- and former player Purvis Short, the NBPA and local charities distributed supplies to more than 200 families at the church Tuesday. "It means the world for me to be able to come back home to Alabama and give back to those who have been affected by this disaster," Ratliff, who is from Demopolis, Ala., said in a release. "Now more than ever, we need to stand together and lend a hand to those who desperately need it. "The devastation here is heartbreaking, but I know firsthand how resilient our communities can be." Detroit Free Press

February 18, 2011 Updates

But the news isn't so good for Ratliff, who has been sidelined since having cartilage removed from his left knee Nov. 17. Ratliff recently got another opinion on his knee, putting him so far behind schedule that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said the 6-11 center has to be monitored just to see "if he's going to play at all" the rest of this season. Originally, Ratliff was expected to be out four to six weeks. Los Angeles Times

However, Jackson said Wednesday that Ratliff recently consulted with Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon in Alabama known for specializing in treating knees, elbows and shoulder injuries. Jackson said Ratliff had to "start over in rehab basically" so he could do "some other stuff that perhaps brings him into position so he can play." "[Ratliff] had one minor setback that became an irritant," Jackson said. "His knee is now in a position that we have to monitor it very closely if he's going to play at all" this season. Los Angeles Times

January 23, 2011 Updates

Lakers backup center Theo Ratliff participated in most of the team's practice Sunday in full-court, half-court and transition drills, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. It was the most practice time for Ratliff since he underwent arthroscopic surgery with a partial meniscectomy on his left knee two months ago. Although he said Ratliff "did pretty good" in Sunday's session, Jackson said he couldn't specify when the 37-year-old veteran would return to full practice, saying it depended on how Ratliff was on Monday. The team had expected Ratliff would return to a full practice soon after the Lakers' two-game trip last week against Dallas and Denver. Los Angeles Times

January 13, 2011 Updates

Lakers backup center Theo Ratliff participated in conditioning drills Thursday with the rest of the team's reserves, and is expected to return to full practice after the Lakers' two-game trip against Dallas (Jan. 19) and Denver (Jan 21). The Lakers are expected to have a day off from practice when they return Jan. 22 to Los Angeles, so Ratliff's first full practice since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Nov. 17 could be as early as Jan. 23. "It's good to be able to get out on the floor, run and sprint again," said Ratliff, who described Thursday's session as the most intense since spending the past three weeks working on individual strength training, conditioning and on-court exercises. "It's always a blessing anytime I'm able to step out there." Los Angeles Times

December 9, 2010 Updates

Would you go if you were invited by the party's host, Ron Artest? And if the event would raise money for kids with mental health problems? That's what was supposed to happen at L.A. Live Wednesday night after the Lakers beat the Clippers at Staples Center. I went. Jamie Foxx didn't. Kobe didn't. Phil didn't. Pau didn't. At least none of them had shown up by the time I left at 1:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the club closed. Ron Artest held the second of his Ring Series parties Wednesday and the only "celebrities" who came were: Artest himself, DJ/rapper Biz Markie, injured Laker Theo Ratliff and Clippers guard Eric Gordon. Orange County Register

December 3, 2010 Updates

Pau Gasol will probably play Friday night against Sacramento despite a sore left hamstring and Theo Ratliff was using an elliptical machine after the Lakers' shoot-around Friday morning. Ratliff has been sidelined since having cartilage removed from his left knee Nov. 16, but he appears to be within two weeks from returning. Despite meager stats before his injury, the Lakers can use him, seeing as how Gasol and Lamar Odom have routinely been logging 40-plus minutes a game without Ratliff and Andrew Bynum in the lineup. "He's moving along quickly," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "We hope it's not so quick that he beats Andrew back ... not that we hope it's not, but it would be kind of ironic, wouldn't it?" Los Angeles Times

November 22, 2010 Updates

The Lakers still want to add a free-agent center after losing reserve Theo Ratliff for at least three to five more weeks. "We're looking into that and we hope to get something settled this week," Jackson said. Former Dallas center Erick Dampier wants a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season, but the Lakers hope to sign a player for only a week or two. Los Angeles Times

November 16, 2010 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers reserve center Theo Ratliff underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to perform a partial meniscectomy on his left knee, the team announced Tuesday. The 30-minute procedure was performed by Lakers team orthopaedist Dr. Steve Lomardo in Los Angeles. The timetable for Ratliff's return is set at a minimum of 4-6 weeks. ESPN.com

"We're not surprised [about Ratliff's surgery]," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said after shootaround at the Bradley Center as his team prepared for Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. "He's had some issues trying to get on the court after back-to-backs or practices and stuff. We knew something was going [on] even though he was game trying to go through it." ESPN.com

There were logical questions whether center Theo Ratliff, 37, could stay healthy enough to help the Lakers this season, even in limited duty. So far, the answer has been pretty much no. Ratliff will certainly not help in the immediate future after he undergoes arthroscopic surgery Tuesday morning to determine the reason for his left knee pain. An MRI on Monday was inconclusive, as was the MRI he’d already had before that. The Lakers don’t know how long Ratliff will be out until they find out what’s wrong and what repair was needed. The fact that the MRI exams have not shown significant damage suggests that Ratliff won’t need anything major done, but the exploratory procedure will clarify that. Starting center Andrew Bynum figures to be back next month, but rookie backup power forward Derrick Caracter has yet to show any staying power as a pro. Orange County Register

November 13, 2010 Updates

"Obviously, we don't feel that way,'' Ratliff said of Stern's proposed cut. "If (NBA owners) come in with that type of hard line, then nothing is going to get accomplished. I think they know that also.'' Ratliff also scoffed at contraction, an issue Stern brought up last month, although Stern admits not a lot of time will be spent on it. "When you're selling teams for $450 million, a lot of people are looking to get in this league,'' Ratliff said. "So, I mean, the contraction part, it's a stretch. It's a stretch for me. (Stern) said it. So we'll take it for what it's worth.'' FanHouse.com

July 22, 2010 Updates

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