Charles F. Gardner: Bucks coach Jason Kidd said Middleton should be a go for games Monday and Wednesday.
Charles F. Gardner: Khris Middleton on air with Jim Paschke and Marques Johnson during FSW telecast. Middleton said he will return Wed. vs. Miami.
The Milwaukee Bucks are increasingly hopeful injured swingman Khris Middleton could return to the floor in early- to mid-February, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com the Bucks think Middleton, who suffered a hamstring tear just days before the season began, "has a chance" to return to the lineup during a three-game homestand next month before the All-Star break.
Jon Hamm: Khris Middleton "could be back before the All-Star Game" according to the Bucks/Rockets broadcast.
Middleton is confident he will return this season, and although no timetable has been established it’s clear he is making steady progress in his recovery from surgery for a torn left hamstring. The 25-year-old shooting guard was on the Bucks’ trip to Cleveland this week and has been supporting his teammates during games and in the locker room. And he has been doing light jogging and shooting under the watchful eye of Bucks trainers and coaches at the Cousins Center, although he is being careful to follow each step in the recovery process.
“I’m making good progress within the last couple weeks but I’ve still got a long way to go,” Middleton said before the Bucks played the Cavaliers on Wednesday. “A hamstring is definitely nothing to play with. There are chronic hamstring injuries where guys think it is fine and they go out there and try to run and pull it again. That’s something I definitely don’t want to go through.”
Several NBA officials, in conversations concerning Middleton’s injury, said they were unaware of any player, at least in recent years, who sustained a similar injury. All of them also strongly felt Middleton’s season is over, contrary to the Bucks’ contentions that he could return late this season. At the time of Middleton’s setback, Bucks officials said Middleton would be sidelined for “approximately six months.’’ If that is indeed the case, Middleton could be available for about 13 of the Bucks’ final regular-season games as well as the playoffs, if they advanced to postseason.
Middleton knows he has a lot of work in front of him to regain his old form and be fully healthy again. He concedes he has no clue when he’ll return to action, adding, “Nah, I don’t know. Not yet.’’ But Middleton, who was all smiles while on the court the other day with his teammates, is optimistic about playing this season – as Bucks officials have stated. “I think I’ll be back at some point this season,’’ Middleton said. “When? I just don’t know yet.’’
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced that guard Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair his ruptured left hamstring. The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. David Altchek. Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months. A timeline for his return to basketball activity will be established at a later date. Middleton suffered the injury during preseason workouts on Sept. 20.
Middleton, arguably the Bucks’ best all-around player last season, had torn his left hamstring. At the team’s annual Media Day on Monday, Middleton revealed how severely he tore the hamstring. “It tore completely off the bone,’’ Middleton said. Middleton is expected to have surgery Wednesday in New York. It will be performed by Dr. David Altchek, the same surgeon who performed successful knee surgery on Bucks forward Jabari Parker on Jan. 5, 2015.
Having surgery for a torn hamstring is rare. Several NBA officials said they didn’t know of any other NBA player who needed surgery for such an injury. In their estimation, Middleton is unlikely to play at all this season — and not return to action in March as the Bucks are speculating.
Charles F. Gardner: Khris Middleton said he slipped on wet spot and went down to tear left hamstring. He said he will undergo surgery on Wednesday in New York. Khris Middleton on injury: "I just happened to slip on a wet spot. I did a split. I thought I overstretched it at first... It was tough at first."
Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton suffered a left hamstring injury in preseason workouts that will require surgery, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months, with surgery planned in the next week.
“We’re obviously disappointed for Khris and our team, but injuries are an unfortunate part of the game,” said Hammond. “We’ll rely on our overall roster depth to help us while Khris is out for a significant period of the season.”
Shams Charania: Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton has suffered a torn hamstring and will undergo surgery, league sources told The Vertical. Story coming.
Chris Mannix: Bucks confirm @Shams Charania report: Khris Middleton will miss six months with a hamstring injury. Tough blow for Milwaukee.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Re: @Shams Charania report, Bucks making calls today to inquire about wing deal to compensate for Middleton loss, sources tell @The Vertical.
Charles F. Gardner: Middleton said left thigh injury was something that built up, not one incident. When he warmed up Sunday, said it didn't feel right. Middleton: "If I feel I can go out there and play, I definitely will, but right now I just don't feel I can play." Bucks at Boston on Fri.
April 20, 2021 | 8:02 pm EDT Update
Bobby Marks: Julius Randle has now played in 58 games. If the Knicks earn a spot in the top 6 or make the playoffs as a result of the play-in tournament, Randle will earn a $945K bonus. Randle has already earned a $945K bonus for his selection to the All-Star game.
Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young is wearing goggles/glasses tonight — he took an accidental hit to his right eyelid last game, which led to some swelling and soreness. It didn’t affect his vision at all. The goggles are a precaution.
Jordan Brand has unveiled Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson’s first signature sneaker and apparel line. The Zion 1 marks a new era for Jordan as Williamson represents the brand’s first Gen Z signature athlete on a talented roster that includes Luka Dončić, Jayson Tatum, Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and Caris LeVert. “Words can’t really explain it. As a kid you just say it to put in the atmosphere like, Hey, I want my own signature shoe, but as you get older you see it is tough to get your own signature shoe,” says Williamson. “Things have to really go your way, and I just want to thank Jordan Brand for the opportunity because I don’t think it has hit me yet.”
Williamson says there were a lot of Zoom calls in the process but mentioned that he would get lost in thought about this actually happening. “What makes my signature line unique is that you are going to find a lot of gems within the line and you are going to learn about me. I am a very out-there guy, but when you actually get to know me, I am just this super chill and down-to-earth dude.”
Jordan Brand designers spoke highly about working with Williamson on his first signature shoe. “We are working with one of the most humbled athletes I think we have seen with the brand. His humility and down-to-earth manner were just refreshing to see and how he approached this entire process,” says Jarrett Mann, product director of Jordan Brand Footwear. “It was an 18-month process working with a 19-year-old signature athlete and the first Gen Z signature athlete. We wanted this to be the beginning of a shoe that bridges the gap from this generation but also have that Jordan DNA.”