Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Chris Paul remains listed as out for Monday's game in Philadelphia. Brandon Knight upgraded to questionable.
Gerald Bourguet: Brandon Knight officially playing again for the first time since Feb. 2017, and also before the Suns traded for a PG. Happy for him
Tim MacMahon: Brandon Knight will make his Rockets debut tonight against the Lakers. "He'll get a few minutes, not many obviously," coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Kelly Iko: For the Brandon Knight status update hive: Full participant in practice today, was part of the scout team preparing for tomorrow night’s game vs. Portland.
Rockets guard Brandon Knight on Wednesday went through his first full-team practice since he tore the ACL in his left knee in March 2017 while with the Phoenix Suns. Knight did practice with the Suns' summer league team in July before a follow-up surgery was needed. He played one game with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last week, with Wednesday's practice in Salt Lake City the Rockets' first since that game. "I feel like I'm nearing the end," Knight said of the rehab process.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard Brandon Knight went through a full-team practice today for the first time since his 2017 knee injury. Said, "I feel like I'm nearing the end (of the rehab process." (More on Knight's comeback coming tomorrow.)
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni on Brandon Knight: "He's trying to work his way back. He's still a ways away [from coming back]."
Tim MacMahon: Mike D’Antoni calls Brandon Knight going to the G League “the first step in a long process” to get him ready to play for the Rockets.
Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm #Rockets guard Brandon Knight will play for RGV Vipers tonight as he gets closer to returning to the Rockets after his knee injury/surgery.
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni on the status of Brandon Knight and Nene: "Obviously it's another week closer than the last time we talked, but they're not ready yet." pic.twitter.com/3domPzHmjx
Brandon Knight update: A source told The Athletic that the team has been very cautious with Knight and there is a possibility of a return in December. Knight is viewed as someone who can help take minutes from Paul and Harden. Paul is averaging 34.5 minutes per game and Harden 35.8. Knight has been taking shots and going through layup drills before the start of games.
The Rockets’ long-awaited update Friday on guard Brandon Knight’s rehab of his left knee offered no timetable for his return, indicating only that he is working toward “NBA-ready level of strength and mobility.” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey had said on media day that Knight developed an infection in his left knee following an off-season procedure the Rockets described on Friday as “to accelerate recovery from his previous surgery year ago.” He had missed all of last season following ACL surgery, but returned to practice with the Suns’ summer league team only to need the follow-up procedure.
Alykhan Bijani: #Rockets Injury Report: - Zhou Qi (Out – Left Knee Sprain) - Brandon Knight (Out – Left Knee Injury) Two that will "be back soon" per Coach D'Antoni, but still OUT: - Marquese Chriss (Left Ankle Sprain) - Nene (Right Calf Tightness)
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets rookie Vincent Edwards day to day with a left adductor strain. As mentioned last week, Zhou Qi is out this week with a sprained ankle along with Brandon Knight, who is out through the preseason.
John Gambadoro: Spoke with BK he was excited to play with Booker and the core and make something special happen here. He did have a minor cleanup on his knee about 6 weeks ago and may not be ready for start of training camp but expects to be ready for the season.
After missing all of last season due to injury, Brandon Knight is back and looking forward to becoming a leader for the Suns young core. The 26-year-old point guard used the time off the court as a learning experience to help build his leadership skills. “When you can’t play, you can’t affect the game on the court,” Knight said. “I just found other ways to try to help my teammates be better. Whether that be telling tidbits I saw when I observed. I just tried to be a veteran presence on our team and just lead through that.”
Knight is just two years removed from his highest scoring average of his career (19.6 ppg) and is ready to get back on the court. “I’ve been excited since December, since I started running. I’m looking forward to it. I’m very excited about it,” Knight said.
Knight is ready to team up with the young core and build something special in Phoenix. “I already know how I can help and how I can play with them. I know their strengths and weaknesses just from watching them all season,” Knight said. “Hopefully it will be quick building chemistry with them once I get back in, once I get back playing.”
For now, however, all he can do is rehabilitate his knee after offseason surgery repaired a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He won’t play the rest of this season but he’s finally traveling with the team, hanging out in the locker room, feeling like he’s a part of something again. “With a couple of years left in my deal, hopefully I can get healthy and show what I can do,” Knight said.
Knight said he’s in a better place than he was last season in part because of what he’s gone through. The difficult times – and the knee surgery – have changed his attitude. “I’m thankful for all of it because it’s taught me a lot. It’s helped me be stronger,” he said. “You go through what I did and then an injury like this, and you see basketball taken away from you for a full year, things like (being benched) become very trivial. That’s why I say I’m thankful for the things that have happened to me. “The injury changed my perspective. It’s given me a refreshing energy. It’s made me a better person and hopefully a better player and a better teammate.”
Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee on Friday. The procedure was performed by Head Team Physician Dr. Tom Carter in Phoenix. Knight will remain out for the 2017-18 season.
He will undergo surgery and an official timetable for his return will be determined at a later date, the team said. Knight was injured during a pro-am game last Wednesday in Miami.
John Gambadoro: Suns asked Brandon Knight to play tonight he told them he had back spasms. If you believe that Brandon Knight has back spasms I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say Alex Len (hip contusion) is officially available. Brandon Knight is out (back spasms), Dragan Bender remains out. #SunsVsKings
Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight yesterday underwent successful surgery to treat a sports hernia. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Knight has already begun rehabilitation and will return to Phoenix next week.
Suns guard Brandon Knight’s season is ending early due to a health issue for a second consecutive season with Phoenix. Knight and the team made a collaborative decision to have him sit out the remainder of the season and get a second opinion this week on his sports hernia. Missing the past two games and the remaining five games puts Knight on an earlier timetable if it is determined that surgery is needed.
Suns guard Brandon Knight is nearing a return to the court after missing the past 20 games. Knight practiced in full for the first time on Tuesday, but Phoenix did not scrimmage five-on-five to let him get a complete sense of where he is as he works from his sports hernia injury. His status for Wednesday’s game against the Knicks at Talking Stick Resort Arena is still unknown. “Knowing when to pull back,” said Knight as he looks to become comfortable again. “Little things that irk it. Just trying to wait until your body tell you it’s ready to do certain things. And like I said that’s the biggest thing.”
Suns guard Brandon Knight said he will work out Monday with hopes of trying to practice Tuesday. The staff has said he would not be able to return to game action until he can scrimmage in a practice. Knight has been out seven weeks with a groin strain. “Lately, Brandon is moving around pretty well,” Watson said. “We’re just focused on the moment. When he’s ready to come back, we absolutely embrace him. We need him and we love Brandon Knight.”
Brandon Knight (groin strain) is still likely to not play until after the Suns’ Feb. 11-18 All-Star break. Knight has missed the past seven games.
July 26, 2021 | 10:15 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Portland Trail Blazers forward Derrick Jones Jr. will pick up his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Darren Wolfson: Talked w/ #Timberwolves POBO Rosas. Asked him if we can read into the posted pics of Bolmaro’s recent MN trip being a sign he’s coming this summer. “I think it’s fair.” On Ant rehab, “Things are positive.” 1 more: “Way we build this team will be through trade this offseason.”
Anthony Slater: James Bouknight on the Warriors: “I’d fit right in. Playing with Steph, Klay and Draymond, (I’m) someone who can play off the ball and maybe relieve some tension. Then coming in as a reserve, me and Jordan Poole can be a great 1-2 punch off the bench, great scoring combo.” pic.twitter.com/zgrbDfQyCE
July 26, 2021 | 7:35 pm EDT Update
Cade Cunningham has been the public favorite to go No. 1 to the Detroit Pistons since the lottery. While Detroit is surely doing its due diligence, is there any reason to doubt that Cunningham will be the first name we hear on Thursday night? Matt Babcock: I expect Cade Cunningham to be the top overall pick in this draft, selected by the Detroit Pistons. However, I’ve been told that the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder have been knocking the Pistons’ door down. Rumor has it that the Thunder offered the No. 6 pick and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in exchange for No. 1 — the Pistons declined. If the Pistons receive an offer better than that one, they may need to seriously consider it.
Scottie Barnes has moved up to No. 4 in your latest mock draft, breaking through what is generally considered to be a four-player top tier of Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs. What inspired you to make that change? Babcock: Scottie Barnes’ draft stock seems to be at an all-time high. There’s a lot of buzz swirling around that he’ll be going to either the Toronto Raptors at No. 4 or Orlando Magic at No. 5. I’m not completely convinced that Barnes will end up in Toronto at No. 4; however, it’s what I decided to go with for now. Another thing worth noting is that I’ve heard Toronto is very high on Evan Mobley, who I do not think will be available at No. 4. I could see a trade between Toronto and either Houston or the Cleveland Cavaliers making sense.
Five teams (Oklahoma City, Orlando, Golden State, New York and Houston) currently own multiple first-round picks. Do you expect movement from any of these squads? Babcock: There has been so much trade chatter this year among those teams, but most of the other teams, too. I fully expect there to be a ton of movement prior to, or during, this year’s draft.
However, two other names also are swirling around. Moses Moody has been someone league sources have said the Grizzlies are very interested in. He’s one of the most intriguing 3-and-D guys in the draft. In his one year at Arkansas, he made 35.8 percent of his 3-pointers, and nearly 50 percent of his shots came from beyond the arc. Nobody is blown away by 35.8 percent, but scouts/executives believe in his shot and are encouraged by the 81.2 percent he shot from the free throw line. Free-throw percentage is often an indicator of someone discovering long-distance accuracy.
Charlotte Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak has been around the NBA for the better part of five decades, dating back to his days in the late 1970s with Washington. So when he witnesses something a bit unusual, as he has for a hefty portion of these past two months since the season ended, it should be noted.