Jody Genessy: The Jazz will be without Derrick Favors, George Hill and Raul Neto tonight. Gordon Hayward participated in shootaround but is questionable.
Favors was examined Saturday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing, the results of which showed a bone contusion on his left knee. In order to allow the injury proper time to heal, he will continue to receive treatment and will be reevaluated later this week. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG George Hill (toe) plans to play vs. the Thunder. Derrick Favors (knee) is out.
Lingering issues with his left knee have forced Derrick Favors to miss roughly one-third of the Utah Jazz's games this season. But, after going through a full practice Friday, Favors was pronounced good to go for Saturday night's home game against the Charlotte Hornets. "It feels good," Favors said of his balky knee following Friday morning's practice session at the Zion's Bank Basketball Center. "The knee's doing good. It helped (having several days off), got a lot of treatment and it feels good."
Favors, whose averages of 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game are his lowest since the 2011-12 season, said he doesn't think the persistent soreness will continue to be a problem beyond this season. "It's not," he said. "I'm just being smart with it, though. I missed a couple of games, it's been sore here and there, but we're taking the smart approach, thinking long-term, just being smart with it and making sure I'm a hundred percent healthy when we need it."
Utah Jazz power forward/center Derrick Favors will play Wednesday night after missing the previous 12 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee, league sources told ESPN. Favors isn't expected to play much against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he will be on a strict minutes restriction. He returned to practice this week and was a full participant Tuesday.
Utah Jazz power forward/center Derrick Favors will play Wednesday night after missing the previous 12 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee, league sources told ESPN. Favors isn't expected to play much against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he will be on a strict minutes restriction. He returned to practice this week and was a full participant Tuesday. "I don't want to try to do too much too soon," Favors told Utah reporters Monday. "I want to get back into a rhythm and get in shape."
Tim MacMahon: An MRI performed Wednesday confirmed a bone contusion in Jazz PF Derrick Favors' left knee, the team announced. He is out Thursday against the Bulls and could miss an extended period due to the knee, which has been problematic since the preseason. "Rest is the main thing and then treatment to the extent that he can do it, whatever that entails," coach Quin Snyder said. "Then hopefully in time he gets better."
Aaron Falk: Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors will be OUT tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz PF Derrick Favors on his problematic left knee: "It's just something I'm trying to fight through and deal with. It just keeps getting sore, really sore, on me. We'll see [if he needs to sit for an extended period]. I need to talk to the trainers and coach about it. We'll see. We've just got to figure stuff out with it. It's tough. I want to be there for my teammates, want to play, want to get wins. At the same time, I've got to be smart with it and just try to figure out how to make it better.
Aaron Falk: Derrick Favors says he hasn't had any setbacks after playing 20 minutes against Detroit. vine.co/v/iiViZTxum0r
Andy Larsen: Quin Snyder told us that Favors had no pain on his back today, which obviously is great news for the team.
Mike Mazzeo: No Derrick Favors tonight. #Nets will face the other piece in D-Will deal, Enes Kanter, Sunday vs. OKC.
Derrick Favors likely will miss his 15th consecutive game, due to back spasms. But he was working on his post moves with assistant Tony Lang, and has been in better spirits this week, especially since he traveled with the team.
Jody Genessy: Derrick Favors (lower back soreness) and Trevor Booker (concussion) are out Saturday vs. the Lakers.
Jody Genessy: Chris Johnson (viral gastroenteritis) is probable vs. Kings, but Derrick Favors (back spasms) will miss his 12th straight game.
Kerry Eggers: PF Derrick Favors (back) will miss his 11th straight game for Jazz tonight. Quin Snyder: "I'd be surprised if he is healthy enough to play."
David Locke: Derrick Favors did NOT travel with the Utah Jazz on the road trip to San Antonio and Houston. Rudy Gobert is with the team
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors did not travel with the team on their 2 game road trip. Rudy Gobert did. Favors looked like he was really hurting yesterday.
September 27, 2022 | 8:06 am EDT Update
“Facundo Campazzo gave his heart and soul when he was here. He was loved in the locker room,” said Calvin Booth on Monday at a press conference for NBA media day in Denver. “We wanted to try to be a little bigger team and we didn’t think it was absolutely necessary to have a real point guard like Facu so we made the decision to move in a different direction,” he added. “I know he probably wanted to have played more. But these are things that happen throughout a season,” Booth said.
Adam Zagoria: The Nets signed RaiQuan Gray to complete their training camp roster pic.twitter.com/8hyD2PSl4a
With reams of championship banners hanging above him, a couple of surefire Hall of Fame teammates present in the gym with him and a team roster that will cost the Los Angeles Lakers a hair under $175 million, Anthony Davis’ statement about the upcoming season sounded almost unthinkable. “We’re treating this season like we have a chip on our shoulder. We’re the underdogs,” Davis told ESPN during the team’s annual media day on Monday. “Obviously, the world is looking to see what we do. But … they’re not talking about us, and that’s fine. You know, we’d rather be under the radar.”
For his part, AD is just taking it all in. He understands that there’s going to be a lot of pressure on him coming into the new season. However, he just isn’t going to let all this get into his head (h/t NBA TV on Twitter): “I look at it the same as I was in New Orleans,” he said. “My first year here, I feel like I was kinda the focal point even then. … For me, it’s just approaching it as any other season coming in. Just being myself. I think the more pressure you start to put on yourself, that’s when people start getting flustered and doing things they’re not used to doing. “For me, come in, play basketball. If I be who I am — the Anthony Davis I know I can be — the rest will take care of itself. I’m not putting any extra pressure on myself.”
Pelinka said Westbrook is a “great part of our team,” but the Lakers executive added, “If we have to continue to upgrade our roster throughout the season, we will.” Pelinka explained that if that means parting with the Lakers’ 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks in a trade that involves Westbrook, he will be open to it for the right deal. “Let me be abundantly clear: We have one of the great players in LeBron James to ever play the game, and he committed to us on a long-term contract, a three-year contract,” Pelinka said, alluding to the contract extension James signed in August that will keep him in L.A. through the 2024-25 season. “So of course, we will do everything we can, picks included, to make deals to give us a chance to help LeBron get to the end. He committed to our organization. That’s got to be a bilateral commitment, and it’s there.”
None of us knows what will happen next. That’s the beauty of sports, though: You know you want to watch. “Whatever unfolds, unfolds,” he said. “I’m just happy and blessed to be able to play a game I love again. … Whether they want me here or not doesn’t really matter. Honestly, my job is to be a professional, show up to work like I’ve always done thus far, do my job the best way I know how to, and that’s it. I mean, we all have jobs (where) sometimes people at our jobs don’t like us, or they don’t want us there, as you guys probably can attest to in many other jobs across the world. And as a professional, as a working man, I have to do my job and do it the best way I know how to be able to support and take care of my family, and that’s what I will do.”