Tim Cato: Doug McDermott is not available for the Mavericks tonight, but he “will dress because he doesn’t have a sports coat,” says Carlisle.
Fred Katz: Doug McDermott (left knee soreness) is not with the team in Minny. Officially out for tomorrow night.
McDermott felt good. He figured he would be exiting the NBA's concussion protocol shortly and returning to trying to space the floor for teammates like Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. The specialist put him through a battery of tests. "And then I got into the cab to get home and I just completely lost my head," McDermott said. "I didn't know where I was in Chicago. I finally got back to my place and just had a crazy headache. That's when I was like, 'Dang, this will take longer than I thought.' It was a real low point."
"There are still times it takes me a little bit to think of a play. That's something the specialist told me would take a little bit of time," McDermott said. "Coaches are aware of that when we go through walk-through and stuff. I may be a little slow. But I feel good. I've been sleeping good, no headaches."
Nick Friedell: Bulls say Doug McDermott (concussion protocol) has been cleared to play Friday night vs. New York Knicks. http://es.pn/2f2xInJ
Nick Friedell: Bulls are awaiting MRI results on Michael Carter-Williams' sprained left knee. Doug McDermott is in the league's concussion protocol -- but Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful McDermott will be able to play Wednesday vs. Boston.
Doug McDermott underwent an MRI on his injured right knee Tuesday, and the Bulls listed the second-year forward as day to day with a strain. McDermott had a portion of his right meniscus removed in December 2014. There is no plan for a second surgery. "It's not in the joint," coach Fred Hoiberg said when asked about the possibility of a scope.
KC Johnson: Bulls PR said McDermott has a strained right knee, not a sprain. Considered day-to-day for now.
June 19, 2021 | 1:07 pm EDT Update
According to a source, Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin asked a Celtics player if he should join the team midseason and was told not to come to Boston because of the apparent dysfunction. At season’s end, multiple sources close to the players said several members of the locker room were welcoming a coaching change, noting Stevens did not appear to hold key players accountable, with complaints he was favoring Smart over others.
Walker maintained his professionalism throughout the season but his health issues, the team’s poor performance and boos from TD Garden fans — something that particularly “pissed him off,” according to multiple sources — made him sour on his situation in Boston and had spoken privately about being willing to move to a new team. It had become clear he was not going to be in the team’s long-term plans.
While Walker’s struggles might have made him seem like a disappointment relative to his role and salary, he was still good last season. He is well-liked, known for his geniality and positivity. According to multiple team sources, there was some dysfunction in the locker room, with the relationship between Stevens and Walker characterized as tension-filled. Sources also suggest that Stevens was also perceived to be harder on Walker than on other top players.
Several team sources felt Stevens was more aggressive with certain players this season, which included Walker who was criticized for his defensive mistakes. Those sources said Walker and Stevens began to butt heads, though the pair were considered to have a productive working relationship and mutual respect for one another.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the market to hire a new head athletic trainer after injuries ravaged their 2020-21 season. Nina Hsieh, promoted to head trainer two years ago, did not have her contract renewed, sources told ESPN.
L.A. let Marco Nunez go in April 2019 after three years at the helm after a season in which Lakers players lost 212 games because of injury. Before Nunez, Gary Vitti served in the role for more than 30 years. More changes are expected as the team is in the process of restructuring its approach to player health, sources told ESPN.
June 19, 2021 | 12:07 pm EDT Update
Malika Andrews: Nets Jeff Green, in part, on what he expects from Kevin Durant in tonight’s Game 7: “He’s been carrying us and I believe tonight won’t be no different. He’s going to go out there and play his heart out and put us on his back and lead us to the win.”