At the start of training camp, Burks proclaimed himself healthy and back to his old self. “This summer I felt like I was before I got hurt on that December day two years ago,” he said. “I felt more explosive, more like myself. As you could tell, last year I wasn’t myself athletically, I wasn’t at all.”
His teammates have taken notice. When Hood was asked if there were any surprises in the early workouts with his teammates, the first person he mentioned was Burks. “I think Alec Burks has really gotten back healthy,” he said. “It’s good to see him playing explosive and getting to the rim.”
“I feel so much better,” Burks told The Tribune on Wednesday. “I’ve had a great summer, and playing at UCLA was the first time that I thought to myself that I’m back and ready to play like my old self.” Burks’ ongoing saga with injuries is almost three years old. It began in 2014, with an injured shoulder that required season-ending surgery. He recovered by training camp of the next year, and was playing some of the best basketball of his career.
Aaron Falk: Tribune sources: Alec Burks may be shut down for the remainder of the playoffs with current knee injury. Final decision yet to be made
Andy Larsen: Alec Burks being OUT is the only player on the Jazz's injury report. Rudy Gobert isn't listed.
Andy Larsen: Alec Burks is officially out of Game 3 against the Clippers due to a platelet rich plasma injection in his left knee, according to Jazz PR.
Aaron Falk: Sorry to not clarify earlier, Alec Burks is back with the team and expected to play tonight
Aaron Falk: The Jazz confirm my report from last night: Alec Burks is available and will play tonight vs. The brooklyn Nets
Tony Jones: Alec Burks is expected to make his season-debut on Monday night league sources tell the SL Tribune. He will be under a minutes restriction.
Tim MacMahon: Jazz wing Alec Burks is nearing his season debut after recovering from ankle surgery, as he returned to practice this week. The return of the explosive Burks, 25, who has been sidetracked by several injuries since averaging 14 points per game in 2013-14, will present a welcome challenge for coach Quin Snyder. He must figure out how to split playing time between Burks and Joe Ingles, who leads the league in 3-point percentage (.478) and has been a key reserve all season.
Following multiple medical consultations, Burks underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure Tuesday to debride his left ankle. The procedure was performed in New York City by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley.
Burks will return to Salt Lake City to begin his rehabilitation and will remain out indefinitely. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
The biggest surprise of the media session was the word about Alec Burks' health. Burks had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and ankle on June 7, but was "expected to be ready prior to the start of 2016-17 Jazz training camp," according to the team at that time. Now, though, Burks is still limited in practice. Here's the full quote from head coach Snyder on where Burks' health currently stands: "He's making really good progress. We're doing the same thing with Alec that we did with Dante. I think Dennis had a really good way of putting it, 'We're going to focus on the next 12 years over the next 12 months.' It's true with Alec. We just want to get him where he's comfortable and confident, and now's the right time to do that. He's going through everything that we're doing except he's not involved in contact stuff. I feel like he's getting more comfortable. And it's going to be the same thing where he's going to have to dust it off and get his timing back and get his habits back. But really everybody's in the same place with the habits."
Aaron Falk: The Jazz didn't make this official, but it doesn't sound like he's going to be available, at least for the preseason. He's not doing contact yet, and obviously can't play until he clears that hurdle.
Tony Jones: League source: Alec Burks should be cleared for bball activities "soon", following outpatient knee surgery
More than three months after he went down with a broken left fibula that was only supposed to keep him out for a couple of months, Alec Burks will finally be returning to the Jazz lineup for Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to sources in the Jazz organization.
The 6-foot-6 fifth-year guard out of Colorado is expected to play limited minutes Friday just as Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors did after sitting out for extended times earlier this season. The hope is that Burks can contribute to the Jazz playoff push over the next week and to the playoffs, which would start next weekend if the Jazz were to qualify in the Western Conference.
Andy Larsen: What sucks about the erroneous Alec Burks report is that it gets re-reported by Sportando and ESPN without them checking their own sources. If Mike Sorenson really had good sources saying Burks was not expected to play this season, that's its own article, not 1 sentence in notes.
Jody Genessy: After this morning, I'm more confused than ever about Alec Burks' return. Just be pleasantly surprised if he does come back.
Barring a setback, injured Utah Jazz shooting guard Alec Burks will make his return to the lineup as early as Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune. Burks has been out since late December with a broken fibula that he suffered against the Los Angeles Clippers. Burks underwent surgery in early January, and has been out since.
Burks has been participating in some on-court activities during "controlled practices." Meanwhile, Jazz continue testing Burks' body — "everything from his balance to asymmetry in his legs. Is one stronger than the other?" "There's a point where it's not wise for him to go out until he's hitting some watermarks," Snyder said. "The progression includes everything from shooting, lifting, jumping, cutting, to playing one-on-one, playing three-on-three and he's at a point where he's much further along in the process, but we can't say he's there or that he's going to be ready for Phoenix [on Sunday]. That's basically the process that we're in the middle of and it's been ongoing since our doctors said his ankle's healed, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he's cleared to play."
Alec Burks underwent successful surgery on his fractured left fibula. Burks will remain in Salt Lake City to begin his rehabilitation, and will then accompany the team on road trips once he is cleared to travel. He will be out indefinitely, and further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks has elected to undergo surgery on his fractured left fibula, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The procedure, which will include the insertion of a plate and screws on Tuesday in Salt Lake City, will allow Burks to begin weight-bearing activities quicker than simply letting the bone heal on its own. The surgery could expedite his return to the court.
Tony Jones: Alec Burks to have surgery tomorrow on his fractured ankle, league source tells the Salt Lake Tribune
Adrian Wojnarowski: Utah guard Alec Burks has suffered an ankle fracture and will likely miss a minimum of six weeks, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Tony Jones: Hearing ankle injury for A Burks is potentially significant. "Doesn't look good" is how it was put. He's in a boot. Still no diagonosis tho
Andy Larsen: Hayward on Alec Burks' injury: "It looked like his leg was shaking, and he was in a rough place. It was tough to see. Everybody loves AB."
June 7, 2023 | 11:08 pm EDT Update
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Stephen A. Smith on Zion Williamson: 'Your lower extremities were compromised'
To some basketball fans, however, there was no bigger story Wednesday than a bizarre, extraordinarily NSFW sequence of tweets from adult film star Moriah Mills slamming Pelicans forward Zion Williamson in the wake of the announcement of his girlfriend’s pregnancy. “Better pray I’m not pregnant because I’m definitely late,” Mills wrote in one of the spree’s few printable tweets, in which she insinuated Williamson had a tryst with her. Stephen A. Smith: “No wonder you ain’t healthy. I’m talking about your legs. We need those legs spry. We need you bench press with your big self. We need you bench pressing about 400 lbs. We need you running up and down that court. He’s a man child but you can’t get healthy. Your lower extremities were compromised.”
Fortunately or unfortunately, defending on your viewpoint, this news made its way to one Stephen A. Smith of ESPN. “The name Zion Williamson came up because apparently he’s about to be a daddy,” Smith said with near-comic solemnity. “And the person who’s about to make him a new father, is not the person, that was on social media talking about him.”
“A girl named Moriah Mills, calling him out by name, giving vivid details of their encounters with one another … SHE’S A PORN STAR!” Smith shrieked. “Man, you only played 29 games last year! And you missed the season before that! What the hell is taking you so long to get healthy? Well, now I know!”