HoopsHype Injuries rumors

September 1, 2014 Updates

How do you feel now compared to the last couple of years? Varejao: I feel pretty good. I feel like I’m 100 percent. I feel like I’m moving a lot better. I’m healthy. I feel like I’m in shape. So this helps a lot. NBA.com

August 31, 2014 Updates

The news about Dario Saric playing after loosing six teeth after being hit during the game of Croatia against Argentina were somehow lost in translation. As the Croatian media reported earlier, Saric lost six artificial dental implants, because he had already lost his natural teeth and he is expected to be ready to play in the rest of the tournament, after visiting a local dentist in Seville. EuroHoops.net

Carlos Arroyo’s FIBA World Cup is likely be over after two games. The point guard of Puerto Rico sprained his ankle in the loss to Senegal and was taken to hospital. Puerto Rico head coach said Arroyo will have further investigations in the hospital but his World Cup seems to be over. Sportando

August 30, 2014 Updates

James Harden said he knows Kobe has been putting in the work… but we all knew Kobe would put in the work. That was never the question, it is how his body will respond. Harden thinks well. “We talk and he’s ready. He’s 20-year-old Kobe. It’s going to be a crazy environment.” NBCSports.com

Word from various sources in the Nets organization had been that the surgeries went well and that his rehab was on track. The plan, announced last May, was that he would resume basketball activities in September. Now comes this video which seems to indicate he already has! Next, the hard part: regaining that superstar mindset. Just before he underwent surgery, he told reporters, "I used to step on the court and feel like I was the best player no matter who I played against, so I’ve got to get back to that." NetsDaily

August 29, 2014 Updates

Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi suffered a shoulder injury that will cause him to miss the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. The injury occurred Thursday during a morning practice in Vitória, a city in Brazil. “Yes, [the news is true],” Mahinmi wrote to VigilantSports.com early Friday. “I will be back in Indy sometime this week for (further) exam on my shoulder…” Vigilant Sports

August 28, 2014 Updates

On the progress of Michael Carter-Williams following his April shoulder surgery: "Things are coming along. I haven't seen the full report of late and haven't seen the most recent checkup. He can shoot and is working hard. He is not ready for full five-on-five contact." Philadelphia Inquirer

Sam Hinkie on whether Embiid may play this season: "I don't know at this point. Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. He'll get a good baseline and then we'll put together a rehab plan. He's still in a boot. He was shooting threes on one leg in our gym [Monday]. I don't know how it will play out. We'll take an approach without knowing where the finish line is. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career. However long [rehab] takes will be however long it takes. In my experience with this injury, a very reasonable approach that our medical professionals take is to put these hurdles in place for them to rise above and then measure the symptoms and then let's see what happens in the days after. Is there tightness or soreness or swelling? Does the MRI or X-ray show something different? When we set that road map, no one knows [how long it will take]." Philadelphia Inquirer

January 3 was a very scary day for the New Orleans Pelicans and Ryan Anderson. The 25-year-old suffered two herniated discs in his neck at Boston that night and missed the rest of the 2014 season with an injury that could have been career-threatening. But Anderson has been working his way back through rehabilitation and feels "great," as he told sports reporter Rachel Whittaker this week. The Pelicans begin training camp in October and the regular season Oct. 28 at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans Times-Picayune

August 27, 2014 Updates
August 26, 2014 Updates

The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety. The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn and executive vice president of team marketing and business operations Amy Brooks in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press. USA Today Sports

Thorn says clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana's Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game. "The conversations about this topic preceded Paul's injury by several years," Thorn said. "As a matter of fact, at our league meetings in July we informed our teams this was the direction we were going. But of course when an injury occurs like the one to Paul, it reaffirms the changes we have made and the need to continue to evaluate our policies." USA Today Sports

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