After rehab — and a three-week vacation in his native Serbia — Bjelica has been working out in Minneapolis waiting to get back on the court and regain a feeling that, last year, was so fleeting. “I had a great summer,” he said. “I worked hard, and I’m ready for the season. To be honest with you, I didn’t expect that I would play in the preseason games. And I played in all three. I feel great. I’m ready, I’m 100 percent.”
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“He was out for a long time,” Thibodeau said. “But the entire training camp, he hasn’t missed anything. I think the more he plays the better it is for him. I think he’s building chemistry with the second unit, and that’s important. But there is a long way to go.”
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs said Bjelica will play some tonight
Jerry Zgoda: Thibs on Bjelly: “He’s moving good in practice.That doesn’t mean he’s ready for a game.He’s close, though.Maybe we’ll get him a few minutes”
Jerry Zgoda: Wolves just completed their 8th camp practice in La Jolla. No Bjelica again today. He’ll rejoin team in Anaheim Saturday at the latest
John Meyer: Bjelica says he’s optimistic about being ready for the start of the season. Also said he didn’t want to leave MPLS. Loved the summer here.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that Nemanja Bjelica underwent successful surgery this afternoon to repair a fractured navicular bone in his left foot. The surgery was performed at Hospital For Special Surgery in New York by Dr. Martin O’Malley in collaboration with Timberwolves Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm of Mayo Clinic. As previously stated, Bjelica will miss the remainder of the season.
Jerry Zgoda: Nemanja Bjelica out for season with foot injury. Story following.
Darren Wolfson: Still awaiting MRI results. Bjelica was on crutches, per @Jerry Zgoda. Told initial thought on Lance is not as bad as last time. #Twolves twitter.com/abussewitz10/s…
Nemanja Bjelica left the locker room after the game wearing a protective boot and on crutches and, according to Thibodeau, will have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) done on his left ankle on Thursday.
Jerry Zgoda: Bjelica injured his ankle in the second quarter and is doubtful to return
Alexander Raskovic: Unfortunately, Nemanja Bjelica will not be able to play with Serbian NT due to injury at 2016 Rio Olympic Games! #Rio2016 #RioOlympics
Darren Wolfson: Told this is a different injury from the foot injury he had in February. Also told it’s minor. #twolves – RT: Alexander Raskovic: Unfortunately, Nemanja Bjelica will not be able to play with Serbian NT due to injury at 2016 Rio Olympic Games! #Rio2016 #RioOlympics
The Serbian national team will have to cope without Nemanja Bjelica in the Olympic Games of Rio. The Minessota Timberwolves forward undergone some detailed recent examinations which showed that he needs at least three more weeks of rehabilitation and work in order to recover from his right foot injury. “I am very attached to the national team and I’m so sorry that I will not be in the team of the Olympic Games in Rio”, stated Bjelica. “For seven years I spent every summer with the national team and it’s now difficult to accept that I won’t be able to help them in such a large even like the Olympic Games.
Nemanja Bjelica is unlikely to play for Serbia in Olympic Qualifying Tournament, as reported by Novosti. The Serbian forward suffered a leg injury and will remain in the USA for several weeks trying to recover from the injury, as requested by the Timberwolves.
Darren Wolfson: Told no minutes restriction for Nemanja Bjelica’s return tonight. Hope that means that we will see plenty of him. #twolves
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“Gotta take this one,” he said. When he stepped outside, the name on the screen gleamed back at him: Chris Paul. “I’m in,” Paul said. “What do you mean you’re in?” Harden asked. Harden and Paul were friends, and they had traded texts throughout the season. CP3, he knew, was examining his pending free agent options, and Harden was hopeful Houston was on Paul’s short list, but he was in the dark about where Paul was leaning. “I mean I’m in,” Paul repeated. “I want to come to Houston. I want to play with you.”
“We talked about it, but there was no answer to it,” D’Antoni says. “I wanted him to be MVP. I told him, ‘Let’s go for it.’ But having that and the majority of the offense in his hands was difficult.” The burden, Harden concedes, was too weighty. “It’s pretty tough to be depended on to make every single play,” he says. “It wears on you when you don’t have someone to relieve some of that for you, when you don’t have that guy who you can throw the ball to for three or four possessions in a row and say, ‘Go make a play.'”
“LeBron’s my man, but he didn’t know,” Paul says now. “I didn’t tell him initially because even though we’re so close, we’re also ultracompetitive.” Twenty minutes later, Paul finally revealed his secret. LeBron’s response? He ordered shots of Don Julio 1942 tequila and clinked glasses with his friend. “Be happy,” LeBron said.
While Stephen Curry has won two MVPs, he believes he may be entering his absolute prime. “I hope it is,” Curry told The Athletic. “You go through this NBA journey and every year you learn something else about yourself, about your team, about being an NBA player. Using all that experience to my advantage, the work you put in off the court in the summertime to get yourself ready. I don’t know exactly where the peak is, but I do think I’m the best version of myself to date.”
Game-worn jerseys from the four teams playing on the NBA’s opening night will be auctioned to raise money for hurricane recovery efforts. The NBA and Turner Sports, which will televise the Cleveland-Boston and Golden State-Houston doubleheader on TNT, will use the auction to benefit the One America Appeal. Besides the jerseys, the auction will include items such as game-worn sneakers and autographed items donated by Turner commentators.
With his 15th NBA campaign in store, LeBron James is not just looking ahead to another season in which he can “strive for greatness,” as he often puts it. This year, he’ll also set the mark for the longest-running continuous signature shoe line in league history (Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls career ended with his 14th Air Jordan shoe in Utah). “No one has ever reached number 15 before LeBron,” designer Jason Petrie said. “So it’s a big deal, and we want to make a celebration of technology, style and of LeBron’s game.”