HoopsHype Injuries rumors
Big man Meyers Leonard will sit out when the Blazers play Houston, the second consecutive game he will miss because of a strained left shoulder. "He's not going to play tonight, but he's fine, and he'll be back before you know it," said David Vanterpool, one of the summer league team co-head coaches who will run tonight's game. Leonard injured the shoulder during a practice last week. He will test the shoulder in practice Monday before the team decides if he will play Tuesday in the Blazers' 1 p.m. game against Atlanta. Oregonian
Alex Len broke his right pinky finger when it got caught in an opponent's jersey during his summer league debut Saturday night at Cox Pavilion. He will miss the rest of summer league play and have the finger examined in Phoenix on Monday. Len could not participate in summer league last year after having surgeries on each of his ankles. Because he was not cleared for full basketball activity until training camp last year, this summer was considered vital for the 21-year-old center's development. Len, 21, had added 10 pounds of strength since the end of his rookie season, in which he averaged 8.6 minutes in 42 appearances. Arizona Republic
Nick Friedell: Thibs says Rose looked good in summer league practice. Says he's ready for Team USA camp. Twitter @NickFriedell
Chris Haynes: Nets Brook Lopez (foot) has advanced to basketball related activities, league source says. No contact yet but "moving really well" on court. Twitter @ChrisBHaynes
It has been just over 2 months since rookie of the year point guard Michael Carter-Williams had surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. The recovery, he said yesterday at Amway Center before watching the 76ers take on the Brooklyn Nets, is ahead of schedule and he is certain it won't hinder his progression moving forward. "I'm good and I'm still ahead of progress," said Carter-Williams, sporting a new high-and-tight haircut. "I've been shooting the ball and I have full range of motion in my shot back, so I've just kept working out and do what the doctor has told me to do to get back to 100 percent. Philadelphia Inquirer
The good news, Carter-Williams said, is that doctors tell him he's "ahead of schedule" with his rehabilitation. He just doesn't know when that schedule will allow him to be on the court playing at full speed. He is rehabbing three times a week, as well as on his own. He said he will also be with the Sixers' summer league team in Las Vegas beginning on Friday, but he will only participate in workouts, as he's not yet allowed to do anything strenuous. Philadelphia Inquirer
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