Warriors PR: Warriors center Anderson Varejao to miss 2016 Summer Olympics due to back injury. Full update below: Warriors center Anderson Varejao was examined earlier this week by Dr. Robert Watkins at the Marina Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was diagnosed with a small lower back disc herniation. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but will be forced to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics due to the injury. Varejao recently experienced back pain while participating with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Watkins, a renowned spine specialist.
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On the ESPN Truehoop podcast, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton, and Royce Young followed up on Young’s original story, and Young elaborated even more on why Westbrook would feel betrayed. PBT transcribed: Royce Young: Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant’s sitting there at dinner, telling him “Hey, I’m coming back, man. Don’t worry about it.” And now, Russell Westbrook has been kind of thrown into this in having to decide his future a summer earlier than expected. […]
Royce Young: Kevin Durant, more so than even that, was telling people, “Hey, yeah, I mean I’m coming back.” Like I said in there, a week before Kevin Durant sat down in the Hamptons, he was in Oklahoma City ready to make an offer on a multi-million-dollar house. So, the guy was pretty serious about coming back, and then things turned rather quickly for him to leave. And there’s no doubt that the organization felt a little bit burned by this.
Green says “of course” he talked to Durant before July 1 (the date that NBA teams are officially allowed to start recruiting players) since they’re both on the Olympic team. “I think everyone in the world talks to their friends,” Green says. But he said he wasn’t constantly in contact with Durant … at least not until July 1: “Once July 1 hit, I did. I had sent so many texts to him over those last three days, I’m not sure the exact amount of number. I can’t even give you a ballpark, I just know it was too many. But it worked, so I’m all right with that.”