Brian Lewis: D’Angelo Russell just got his first game action in months. A technical foul on the bench with 7:56 left in the third. #Nets
Atkinson said whenever Russell does return, he’ll likely ease back in at first. “D’Angelo will come back progressively, so what does that look like? Really, I’m looking at what’s best for him. Is it best to start him? Those are discussions to be had going forward,” Atkinson said, who hasn’t talked to Spencer Dinwiddie about how Russell’s return will impact him.
“That’ll be a conversation when the time comes. But it was projected to be his and Jeremy Lin’s team at the start of the season, and you’d think it’ll be something similar when they come back,” Dinwiddie said. “If that’s the way it shakes out then that’s going to be a lot of fun for me and a massive increase to what I was expecting at the start of the season.
Brian Lewis: D'Angelo Russell on being back on the court practicing after knee surgery: "It was tough. First time back in what feels like forever; it’s amazing." #Nets @D'Angelo Russell
Brian Lewis: D'Angelo Russell on practicing w/ Long Island #Nets: "I’ve been out for a while, so just getting out there with the G League team – they were amazing; they were going 100 mph – it was great. Just getting that sweat again is what I’ve been looking for."
Adrian Wojnarowski: D’Angelo Russell is practicing with Nets G League team today, league source tells ESPN. He’s been out for several weeks with knee injury.
D’Angelo Russell, who hasn’t played since mid-November due to arthroscopic right knee surgery, is progressing, according to Atkinson. Last night, a video surfaced, suggesting that Russell lipped the words ‘two weeks’ in a conversation with Kyrie Irving. It could’ve meant he’ll be ready in two weeks, could’ve meant that they’ll be going bowling in two weeks... no one knows. Atkinson claims he did not see the video, and says there’s no timetable on the star guard.
But coach Kenny Atkinson declined to provide specifics about Russell’s status before the Nets ended a five-game road trip with a tough 108-105 loss to the Celtics Sunday night. “He’s progressing along with our schedule,” Atkinson said. “I’d just say he’s working his tail off. I was watching him in the gym yesterday. It’s an arduous process. He’s putting in a ton of time, he’s putting in full days. It’s been amazing to see his work ethic. He’s been great.”
“The plan definitely is to see D’Angelo again. I wouldn’t tell you when exactly but hopefully it’s sooner rather than later. He’s progressing well,” Marks said. “He’s five weeks post-op now. I think the timeline was between seven, eight weeks depending on how things go. So we’re still a couple of weeks away.”
D’Angelo Russell still has no timeline for returning from arthroscopic knee surgery. “No update as of now. I know he was working with our performance group today, working on his core strength, hamstring strength, but it’s hard for me to put a stage on it,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Wednesday. “He’s not running yet.”
Russell said he has been working his hamstrings, glutes, core and other muscles. “It’s been going well. Every day has been a grind. I’d rather be back sooner than later. … It’s a day-to-day process and I’m attacking it every day,” Russell said.
D’Angelo Russell: “I’m doing a lot of stuff. I’m in the weight room. They have a lot of stuff planned out for me. If I’m running one day, I may be walking the next. It’s all a plan. I’ve done a lot of things to test it. A full-out sprint, I’m two weeks out of surgery so I don’t think that’d be the smartest thing to do. But there’s been other ways to test it.”
D’Angelo Russell doesn’t have any idea when he’ll be ready to get back on the court. But the injured point guard joined his teammates on the current trip, with Russell, coach Kenny Atkinson and the other Nets saying it can only be a good thing to have him around, involved and engaged during his rehab. “I’m feeling better and better every day. So yeah, it’s cool,” said Russell, who saw the Nets bet the Grizzlies 98-88 on Sunday at FedEx Forum. “I don’t know [the timeline]. Really, honestly I’m just trying to stay healthy and get as strong as I can before I get back out on the floor. It’s definitely not something I want to rush. …. I’m not really forcing anything, just doing what the trainers tell me day in and day out and go from there, see how I feel every day.”
“Honestly I’m just trying to stay healthy and get as strong as I can before I get back out on the floor,” Russell told the media. “It’s definitely not something I want to rush, however that may go. I’m not really forcing anything, just doing what the trainers and stuff tell me day-in and day-out and go from there, see how I feel every day.”
Russell had arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 17 to remove loose bodies in his right knee. He insisted it had nothing to do with the 11 games he missed last season because of soreness in the same knee, and said he can come away from this stronger. “It’s just more of a strength factor for me now. It’s not a reoccurring injury. It’s not something that affected me from last year,” Russell said. “So I’m just trying to go in every day and get my strength in and all that right before I go back on the court.”
Brian Lewis: Injured D’Angelo Russell made the road trip w/ his #Nets teammates, saying it’s important for team chemistry to have everybody around. Atkinson said he especially likes to have his point guards around to get on the same page. @D'Angelo Russell
Anthony Puccio: Sean Marks spoke with D'Angelo Russell: “It’s definitely frustrating for D’Angelo. I was just with him before. He’s going into this as another challenge. He knows he’ll bounce back from this and we have no doubts in our mind that he’ll be better and stronger than he was before.”
Michael Scotto: Nets say D'Angelo Russell had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. GM Sean Marks said, “It’s an arthroscopic surgery, so the plan would be for him to return this season.” Marks said there's "probably a pretty good chance" Brooklyn applies for a disabled player exception.
Bobby Marks: No roster relief for Brooklyn with the D'Angelo Russell left knee surgery. The Nets could still apply for the Disabled Player Exception (Jeremy Lin injury) but must have a roster spot open. Brooklyn currently has 15 players under contract.
Michael Gallagher: Nets Injury Report for tomorrow night's game vs. Utah: D'Angelo Russell (left knee contusion) is OUT.
Brian Lewis: Jarrett Allen (left foot strain) is upgraded to questionable tomorrow vs #Celtics. D'Angelo Russell (left knee contusion) is out. #Nets
Russell suffered the injury in a loss in Utah on Saturday night, and traveled back to New York with the team to undergo an MRI on Sunday. He will undergo further evaluation soon, league sources said.
The young guard limped out of the postgame locker room and down the hallway to be looked at by the Jazz’s team doctor. The Nets (5-8) chartered home after the game and the 21-year-old will be examined again by Brooklyn’s team doctors. “No update. Checking him out now,” was all Nets coach Kenny Atkinson could offer. “I didn’t really see it. I didn’t see the play. I think when he landed on a jump, I believe that’s when it happened. … We’re evaluating him now. I guess we’ll do more tests [Sunday].”
Anthony Puccio: Atkinson on Russell: "Nothing long term. Day-to-day. We're a cautious group, we want to make sure he's 100 percent."
Keith Smith: The Brooklyn Nets announced that D'Angelo Russell is doubtful to play tonight with a right knee sprain.
Beyond nursing a rare two-game winning streak, the Lakers (23-55) will have D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram available for Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings (31-47) at Staples Center.
Mike Trudell: D’Angelo Russell has a sore knee and won’t play tonight. Tyler Ennis will get his first start in Russell’s place.
Serena Winters: Luke Walton said he was ‘fairly confident’ D’Angelo Russell will play tomorrow vs. Nuggets. Luke said DLo’s knee was a little sore today.
After missing a week of action due to a mild MCL sprain in his right knee and a strained right calf, D’Angelo Russell was back with his teammates as a full participant in Sunday’s practice. Russell did not participate in Saturday’s informal team workout, though he has been working individually through activities like ladder drills and sprints.
Mark Medina: D'Angelo Russell listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs Denver. But that's subject to change since Lakers practice tomorrow
Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell will be out between 1-2 weeks after an MRI taken on Saturday showed a mild MCL sprain, strained right calf and a bone bruise. The Lakers had already ruled him out for Sunday’s road game against the Dallas Mavericks and also did not travel with the team. Though Russell underwent an MRI on Saturday morning, the results did not become available until later in the evening.
Bill Oram: D'Angelo Russell update: He did not travel with the Lakers to Dallas, so out against Mavericks. Still awaiting MRI results.
Lakers starting point guard D'Angelo Russell exited Friday's 108-96 win over the Indiana Pacers after suffering a mild MCL sprain in his right knee as well as a strained right calf. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday. "Just a little pain," Russell said. "Awkward position that I fell in caused a little pain, but I'm all right."
He will sit out for at least two more weeks, including when the Lakers (8-9) play host to the Atlanta Hawks (10-6) on Sunday at Staples Center. Russell plans to travel with the team this week to New Orleans (Tuesday), Chicago (Wednesday), Toronto (Friday) and Memphis (Saturday) to continue his rehab. “Definitely don’t want to force anything back,” said Russell, who will be reevalauted later in the week. “I feel like I got to be 100 percent perfect before I step back on the floor.”
Mike Bresnahan: D'Angelo projected to miss about 8 games while recovering from PRP injection. He's begun recovery process with swimming-pool exercises.
Serena Winters: Nick Young on news of D’Angelo Russell missing 2-3 weeks: "Two or three weeks is tough he’s a major key to this team.” (on @SpectrumSN)
Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell received a PRP injection in his left knee today, it was announced by the team. The procedure was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Steve Yoon. Russell is expected to be out a minimum of two weeks, and will be re-evaluated in one week.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell will sit out tonight's game against Oklahoma City with knee soreness, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell missed Friday's 116-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs with a sore left knee. Russell will take Saturday off from practice, and doctors will examine him before Sunday's game against the Bulls.
August 8, 2022 | 3:17 pm EDT Update
Michael Scotto: Sources: James Harden has a 15 percent trade kicker included in his two-year, $68.64 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, @hoopshype has learned. Harden’s deal also contains a player option, as others have reported.
Damion Lee, whose L.E.E. Way Foundation hosted a charity golf scramble at the University of Louisville Golf Club, was seen pulling up in a golf cart with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy riding shotgun. Steph Curry posted a video of the moment on his Instagram account.
“Y’all trying to play some golf?” Lee asks in the video, which also features a cameo from first-year U of L basketball assistant coach Nolan Smith. “How you pullin’ up on ’em?!” Curry shots back in response.
The annual Danny Thomas Celebrity-Am tournament is brining in a stacked list of national and local celebrities for Thursday’s event at Spring Creek Ranch Golf Course in Collierville. Penny Hardaway, Vince Carter, Chris Webber Brevin Knight and Garrett Temple are among the participants with an NBA background.
August 8, 2022 | 2:39 pm EDT Update
In a face-to-face meeting with Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai over the weekend, All-NBA star Kevin Durant reiterated his trade request and informed Tsai that he needs to choose between Durant or the pairing of general manager Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash, sources tell The Athletic. Durant stated he does not have faith in the team’s direction, sources said.
Durant and Tsai spoke in London on Saturday and sources described the discussion as transparent and professional. The meeting took place a year to the day that Durant agreed to a four-year, $198 million contract extension with the Nets and barely over a month after his initial trade request on June 30. He is now entering the first season of that extension.
The Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat remain the most significant candidates to acquire Durant, sources said, with Boston’s package centering around All-Star forward Jaylen Brown seen as a viable deal. Tsai and the Nets have made clear privately that they will take every last asset from a team that trades for Durant, sources said.