Jimmy Butler has recently tried to make all talk concerning his left knee off limits. He had no choice but to lift that ban after a loss to New York in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. According to a source, Butler was told that exploratory surgery on the knee was in play as soon as the season comes to an end.
And while he was initially vague when asked about it, the All-Star didn’t take that scenario off the table. “Maybe. I hope not,’’ Butler told the Sun-Times. “Is my knee the same as it was before the injury? No. “But I want to play, man. And at times I feel like I’m hurting this team. That’s the most disappointing part because I’m not the player I was. I don’t know if there’s something really wrong in there, but it’s not really right, either. But I’ll be fine. I have to figure out a way to help us win playing with this. That’s all I’m worried about.’’
Butler has only played in one game -- a March 5 win over the Houston Rockets in which he played 34 minutes -- since suffering a left knee strain on Feb. 5 in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. Butler was asked after Monday's shootaround if he felt the need to be cautious as he makes his way to the floor again after a week off which included a visit with famed surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, in Pensacola, Fla. "I don't think so," Butler said. "I think I just got to go out there and play hard. Don't worry about my body and give my all for this team. You got to risk it to get the biscuit ... I just got to expect it more now and learn to play through that. I think it's tough, but I think I'll be all right. I don't think it's nothing major."
In other injury related news, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is "50-50" to play against the Raptors as he continues to recover from a left groin strain. "Jimmy's good to go, he had a good shootaround," Hoiberg said. "He had a really good day [Sunday]. Derrick didn't participate in anything [Sunday], went through most of shootaround. He's still a little bit tight. We'll go back, get a treatment at the hotel, warm him up tonight and make a gametime decision. We'll say right now [Rose is] 50-50 [to play]."
Vincent Goodwill: Jimmy Butler is out tonight against the Heat. Derrick Rose is questionable with a left adductor strain
Ken Berger: Jimmy Butler's visit with Dr. James Andrews revealed "no issues" in left knee, league source says. Sigh of relief for Bulls fans.
Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler was seen today by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. Dr. Andrews gave a confirmatory opinion and supports the current management of Butler’s condition and return to play. Butler will resume workouts today, be monitored and will return to play when appropriate.
Ken Berger: Jimmy Butler's trip to Dr. Andrews more about making him comfortable about playing than serious concern about injury, league source says. Obviously, second opinions exist for a reason, but rival execs detecting very little concern from Bulls brass about Butler's knee.
Chuck Garfien: Spoke to Jimmy Butler today about his knee before the announcement that he was getting 2nd opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Jimmy Butler on his knee: "I can't stand not playing, but I don't want to start back over like I did on February 5th and make it worse. I want to play as many minutes as I can but I don't think my body will let me do it right now and that's the toughest part." Butler defended the 34 minutes he played in his first game back. "I'd been out since February 5th. I want to play as many minutes as I can."
The Bulls will be in San Antonio on Thursday to face the Spurs, who are unbeaten at home. Jimmy Butler will be elsewhere, visiting acclaimed physician James Andrews to get a second opinion on his left knee.
Hoiberg said the Bulls will determine a timeline Tuesday for Butler's return based on how he responds to treatment. For what it's worth, there is optimism it will be a short-term setback. "Obviously there's concern," Hoiberg said. "Jimmy is a warrior. He's going to try to play through anything. He developed swelling around that knee and has a lot of soreness in there. Just too early to tell exactly how long this one will be. He's optimistic he'll be back soon. I'll never doubt him."
Butler had two tasks in mind for Friday afternoon -- more treatment for his left knee and a haircut. "I really want to look good for tomorrow night," Butler said with a laugh. Is that a positive sign, Butler wanting to look good for a national TV game? Maybe, but he could also expect to get plenty of camera time wearing a suit on the bench as the announcers explain why the Bulls have been so bad.
The Bulls will get their best player back Saturday, as Jimmy Butler will return to the team’s lineup against the Houston Rockets, in a game that could see the Bulls fall below the .500 mark with a loss. Butler has missed the last 11 games with a left knee strain, and will officially practice with the team tomorrow, where coach Fred Hoiberg will likely be cautiously optimistic about Butler’s status. But make no mistake: He’ll be back and the Bulls need every bit of what he can offer, considering the way they’ve fallen apart without him, going 3-8, including the game in which he strained his left knee, in Denver on Feb. 18.
The Bulls are already playing without Joakim Noah for the rest of the season after shoulder surgery, but they got some good news Wednesday about All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler. Butler has been out since Feb. 5 after spraining his left knee. "[He] had a great workout today," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I actually talked to him on the phone a little bit ago, and he'll be back in there [Thursday], practice fully with the team on Friday, and then we'll make the decision. It's still too early to tell if he'll play on Saturday, but he's definitely making progress."
KC Johnson: Couple more things on Jimmy Butler injury: He said he bumped both knees in Utah. And he admitted to being "stubborn" playing in Denver. Butler didn't think bumping knees in Utah led to injury in Denver: "I just think my legs got tight. I had a lot of things that were nagging". Should Butler have played? "If I can play, I play.That’s what the fans come to see.That’s what my teammates and organization expect from me"
Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler was re-examined by Bulls Head Team Physician Brian Cole. Butler is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee. Butler has begun rehabbing his injury and he will be allowed to engage in all activities as tolerated with the primary goal of maintaining his conditioning over the ensuing weeks.
Vincent Goodwill: Fred Hoiberg on Jimmy Butler: "He feels better. We still don’t have a timeframe but the important thing is he’s feeling a lot better." Hoiberg said there’s still a lot of soreness in the knee and he doubts he plays Wednesday but can’t say for sure,
An MRI performed today on Bulls forward Jimmy Butler's left knee confirmed that he sustained a knee strain in the second quarter of last night's game against the Denver Nuggets. The timeline for his return to play will be determined by further evaluation in Chicago and his response to treatment.
Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler will not play Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a sprained left knee. Butler injured the knee late in the second quarter of Friday night's loss to the Denver Nuggets. He was scheduled to have an MRI on the knee Saturday morning in Minneapolis. The results of that MRI were unclear, though Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg had said Friday that the initial diagnosis was that Butler did not have any ligament damage.
Nikola Mirotic: Hopefully it's nothing serious with Jimmy!! Hold on man! Stay strong guys, keep up the good game.
With just more than a minute to go in the second quarter in Denver, Jimmy Butler drove the basket, absorbed some contact, and hit the ground hard. Butler — who seems to bounce back up from everything — stayed down. He hobbled out to take his free throws (the only way he could potentially return to the game) but then left it in a wheelchair. He did not return to the game. The Bulls announced he has a left knee sprain. This is the same knee where he has been battling tendonitis.
August 10, 2022 | 9:01 pm EDT Update
As sports rights prove the small screen game changer, the ball is in Disney’s court when it comes to the NBA. “We are interested in a renewal with the NBA,” said CEO Bob Chapek today after the company issued its surprisingly strong quarterly earnings reports. However, for all his praise of the ratings from the basketball league’s Golden State Warriors winning finals this year, the almost always circumspect exec added the caveat that “we will only do it if it is accretive to shareholder value.”
Whispers are that the league is looking at an up-to-$75 billion payout from potential bidders. While saying today that Disney is “still bullish on sports,” Chapek would not be drawn deeper into discussions on a new deal. “A continued relationship with the NBA would be something that is really attractive to us,” was about all that the CEO would add.
Watching NBA players in action isn’t always financially feasible for many basketball fans. But for just 15 dollars, fans at Highland High got to see NBA stars like former Ute Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards, his former Utah teammate Delon Wright, who is also with the Wizards, Denver Nuggets star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes put on a show Tuesday night.
“It feels good to put on a show,” said Barnes, a budding star with the Toronto Raptors. “Do it for the kids, do it for the people that can’t got out and see an NBA game. This is a good opportunity for them to watch us play here, and we had a good amount of talent in the gym tonight.”
As these pro-am leagues continue to grow, expect to see even more NBA players join in. “For sure,” Barnes said. “I love playing in the pro-ams, these pick-up games. So, next off season, I’ll probably do it way more.”
August 10, 2022 | 6:04 pm EDT Update
Moritz Wagner: “Spending the summer with the guys who make this experience quite unique was my highlight of the year last year and was something I looked forward to with excitement all season. The fact that my ankle isn’t healed is difficult to accept at first, but it’s part of the game. This team is special and I’m looking forward to watching the boys play and supporting them”.
Just hours after the announcement about Mo Wagner missing the Eurobasket, the German team bounced back with an 87-83 win over Belgium in a very close game. Franz Wagner with 23 points and five rebounds and free agent Dennis Schroder with 21 points and seven assists got the job done. Daniel Theis added 8 points for the winning side, which didn’t use Karim Jallow, Maodo Lo, Johannes Thiemann, and Johannes Voigtmann.