Al-Farouq Aminu Rumors

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Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
Position: F
Born: 09/21/90
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $9,258,000
When I asked him about the chances of Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu playing when the season resumes, Weltman answered, “They have not played basketball in a long, long time. So it’s more than just saying, ‘Your knee is strengthened.’ It’s a matter of reconditioning and making sure that we’re not putting any of our players at risk for further injuries. So we’ll see as we go along how we get there. But I’m not prepared to apply any timeline or anything like that at this point. They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them.”
When I asked him about the chances of Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu playing when the season resumes, Weltman answered, “They have not played basketball in a long, long time. So it’s more than just saying, ‘Your knee is strengthened.’ It’s a matter of reconditioning and making sure that we’re not putting any of our players at risk for further injuries. So we’ll see as we go along how we get there. But I’m not prepared to apply any timeline or anything like that at this point. They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them.”
“Not a whole lot of news there,” Weltman said when asked about the possibility of Isaac or Aminu returning. “As always, we’re going to wait and see how they respond to rehab. They’re both working very hard. There’s a difference of being healthy and then being safely healthy. It will have been a long, long time since those guys played and you know organizationally that we’re never going to put our guys in a position where they’re exposed to any sort of risk of injury. So that being said, we’ll just continue to see how they progress.”
While the disruption certainly came at a bad time for the Magic, Augustin feels the delay could allow them to get injured players such as Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu back when-and-if the playoffs resume in the coming months. “I don’t care who we play; I just want to get back playing, being in the playoffs again and it will be exciting regardless,’’ Augustin said when asked by a Southwest Airlines member about his preference of a playoff opponent in the playoffs. “It sucks that we won’t be able to have fans (in attendance), if we are able to come back, but I think it will be a good change for people at home to have sports on TV again.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?

Spencer Dinwiddie to play for Nigeria

Shams Charania: Sources: Nets‘ Spencer Dinwiddie is acquiring a Nigerian passport to play for the Nigeria national team. Dinwiddie didn’t receive Team USA Olympic invite; now joins Nigeria roster under Mike Bown that includes Al-Farouq Aminu, Josh Okogie, Chimezie Metu, Ekpe Udoh.
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Aminu, who played for the 2019 World Cup team, had surgery on Jan. 7 to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee. How will the delay of the Olympics impact him? Mike Brown: He is obviously a guy who has been instrumental to this program for many years. He is one of the guys who has anchored the program. He has a lot going on right now to get himself healthy so he can compete with his current team, the Orlando Magic. Knowing him, how much pride he has and things he has helped his country accomplish in basketball, I think he’d want to play in the Olympics, especially the way they qualified. It gives him a lot more time to get healthy and get himself in playing shape. I’m sure he’s looking forward to it.
His first season with the Magic wasn’t supposed to go like this. “It’s a tough situation, but you always got to try to find the silver lining of it,” Aminu said before tipoff, in his first interview since he underwent surgery Jan. 7 to repair torn meniscus cartilage. “With the time off, I’ve been able to focus on things outside the court. Also, I’ve been able to work on little fundamental things as well, and I think it’s going to help me and help improve my game overall. So you’ve just got to focus on the positives.”
He said he plans to open a store called Artifacts in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood. The store will sell clothing for men and women, household items and even candles — “just stuff that I think is cool, just taste-making,” Aminu said. During his time away from the court, he has been able to keep close tabs on some of the younger players he mentored during his four seasons in Portland — players such as Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton, Minnesota’s Jake Layman and Trent and Simons.
His first season with the Magic wasn’t supposed to go like this. “It’s a tough situation, but you always got to try to find the silver lining of it,” Aminu said before tipoff, in his first interview since he underwent surgery Jan. 7 to repair torn meniscus cartilage. “With the time off, I’ve been able to focus on things outside the court. Also, I’ve been able to work on little fundamental things as well, and I think it’s going to help me and help improve my game overall. So you’ve just got to focus on the positives.”
He said he plans to open a store called Artifacts in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood. The store will sell clothing for men and women, household items and even candles — “just stuff that I think is cool, just taste-making,” Aminu said. During his time away from the court, he has been able to keep close tabs on some of the younger players he mentored during his four seasons in Portland — players such as Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton, Minnesota’s Jake Layman and Trent and Simons.

NBA denies Jonathan Isaac DPE request

Josh Robbins: Reporting from @ShamsCharania: The NBA has denied the Orlando Magic’s request for a disabled player exception for Jonathan Isaac, who is recovering from a left knee injury. Orlando previously was granted a DPE for Al-Farouq Aminu. The $4.6 million Aminu DPE can be used on a player with an expiring contract or to sign a player for the remainder of this season.
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Wes Iwundu, who started three games last week while Gordon was out, figures to gain most of the playing time with the second unit. That extent of the absence for Aminu won’t be known until he and the Magic’s medical team come to a consensus on the plan of action to repair his knee. “I’m going to trust in the doctor to give me the best (opinion) and then I’ll be able to make my decision,’’ Aminu said. “Until I get the second opinion, it’s kind of hard to say (whether or not he’ll have surgery).’’
Storyline: Al-Farouq Aminu Injury
Turning more of the offense over to Gordon and Jonathan Isaac would give Orlando, potentially, more flexibility and dynamism in creating mismatches to exploit. Isaac has been the team’s best player this season, but with most of that value concentrated on defense; the former lottery pick is still only averaging 12.1 points and 1.6 assists per game while posting a lower usage rate than every other Orlando rotation player except Al-Farouq Aminu. The Magic could do well to target him more regularly to see if his third-season breakout can encompass both sides of the ball.
How is the adjustment process going? I know when you join a new team, you have to get used to a new team, new system, new coaches, new city and so on. What’s that transition been like? Al-Farouq Aminu: Like you said, it’s a lot of new things coming at you. But that’s why we’re professionals; we have to figure out the different ways that people play and the different schemes – all of the different ways that we’re going to attack with this team. Also, you’re adjusting in your home life. You’re getting settled in and moving all of your furniture and things like that. It’s a big adjustment, but it’s coming along smoothly.
Since arriving in Orlando, what’s been your first impression of the team and the city? Al-Farouq Aminu: Aw man, it’s been so great. It’s a big change from Portland because now I’m in a sunny state. I’m wearing shorts today! It’s kind of surreal to still be wearing shorts at this time of year. It’s been really nice, man. It’s a nice change of pace, for sure. There’s a really cool energy around this team. We have a lot of great guys. From top to bottom, everyone has a really great attitude, so that makes you enjoy coming in to work. It’s nice. All of the guys are great. They’ve exceeded my expectations, for sure.
Aminu, 29, might be the Chief. His paternal grandfather, Oba Salawu Aminu, though, was a king in the Nigerian city of Ibadan during the 1960s and ’70s. “The simplest way to put it is that [he] was just like a mayor,” said Al-Farouq’s father, Aboubakar Aminu. “We got to do a lot of things. We got to see him preside over the political and local issues. We got to travel, and I got a chance to come to the United States.”
With just a few days to go until action tips off in China, an exciting Nigeria team and head coach Alex Nwora announced their final roster for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. The 12 players that were selected include team captain Ike Diogu and Al-Farouq Aminu leading Nigeria’s charge alongside other stars Ekpe Udoh (Utah Jazz), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves), Chimezie Metu (San Antonio Spurs).

Storyline: Al-Farouq Aminu Free Agency