Matt Velazquez: Bud said Bledsoe has been dealing with the sore Achilles for a little while now. Soreness was at a point where they wanted to try to get ahead of it and get him some rest today.
Matt Velazquez: Eric Bledsoe (left Achilles soreness), Sterling Brown (right wrist contusion) and Jason Smith (left knee soreness) are all probable for the Bucks tonight in DC. Donte DiVincenzo (bilateral heel bursitis) remains out.
Chris Vivlamore: Looks like Giannis will play tomorrow at Hawks. Bucks injury report: Giannis Antetokounmpo (right quad soreness/left hip contusion) - Probable Eric Bledsoe (left hamstring soreness) - Probable Donte DiVincenzo (left bilateral heel bursitis) - Probable
Matt Velazquez: Bud says Giannis is out but Bledsoe is in. Injury to Giannis happened a couple games ago and they’ve been managing it. Donte DiVincenzo joins Giannis in being out, but everyone else is available.
Matt Velazquez: Waiting for Bud’s pregame and Eric Bledsoe walked by. I asked him, “Thumbs up, thumbs down?” He said, “Man, I don’t know yet” with a smile as he walked into the locker room. So he’s still questionable as of this moment.
Matt Velazquez: Joe Prunty says Giannis is “fine” and will start as usual. Confirms Bledsoe will be back tonight.
Doug Haller: Confirmed the Suns are shutting down PG Eric Bledsoe for the season. He's been playing through knee soreness.
Doug Haller: Suns update: PG Eric Bledsoe will start tonight as usual. Back-up PG Tyler Ulis (anke pain) is available.
Matt Petersen: Surprise to no one, but Eric Bledsoe was putting in another major workout after the draft prospects were done.
Paul Coro: Eric Bledsoe gets in his skill work once the Suns draft workout wraps up. https://t.co/SRRxAWbFh0
Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe’s next regular-season game will not come for another seven months, but he has become a staple of Suns practices and road trips in recent weeks. Bledsoe has no chance of returning this season, but his rehabilitation after a left knee surgery has moved to the court.
Bledsoe put in a dedicated offseason last year, when he stayed in Phoenix to work with Suns athletic trainers, participate in free-agency recruiting, attend summer league and play from the start in voluntary pickup games. He has given indications of doing the same this year. “His vision for the program and his teammates is very clear,” Suns interim head coach Earl Watson said. “It’s sincere and he’s passionate. It’s determined that next year will be not even close to the same year as this year. It’s going to be better. His focus is on improving our team to where we can compete for the playoffs.”
Three weeks after knee surgery, Eric Bledsoe made his way onto his home court with an unfamiliar feeling. With his surgically repaired left knee in a brace and his body weight on crutches, Bledsoe was taking in the scene of a Suns game-day shootaround wrapping up Tuesday with basketballs abounding. “I haven’t touched a basketball in almost a month,” Bledsoe said, realizing the absence in his life as he said it.
#WeArePHX: OFFICIAL: Suns guard @EBled2 sustained a torn meniscus in his left knee during Saturday night's game & will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
An awful Suns basketball night turned worse after the Suns learned that leading scorer and playmaker Eric Bledsoe suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during Saturday night's home loss to Philadelphia, according to sources.
The injury is expected to require surgery that could sideline Bledsoe for several weeks or longer, depending on the course of action. Bledsoe previously tore a meniscus in his right knee and had it repaired in 2011. A surgery to remove the damaged meniscus in 2014 sidelined him for more than two months at almost the same juncture of the season as this injury. Then, Bledsoe missed games from Jan. 2 to March 10.
With treatment decisions still to be made, the Suns have not announced Bledsoe's MRI results or a timetable for recovery. Bledsoe, 26, injured the knee during the second quarter of Saturday’s 111-104 home loss to the woeful 76ers. On defense, Bledsoe was chasing Philadelphia guard Ish Smith off the ball when he swerved to avoid a Robert Covington screen and collapsed to the floor after planting his left leg. He was carried off the court and did not return.
Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe's injured left knee may keep him out until after the All-Star break, sources told ESPN. Bledsoe suffered the non-contact injury Saturday night in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The initial diagnosis was that it was an injury to his meniscus that could require surgery, sources told ESPN. Bledsoe underwent an MRI on Sunday and is considering his treatment options.
Brian Windhorst: Suns' Eric Bledsoe suffered a left knee injury last night. Initial belief is he will be out until after All-Star break according to sources.
August 9, 2022 | 2:41 pm EDT Update
You might not expect playing in the NBA to have too many similarities to Div. I NCAA golf, but J.R. Smith has found some. “Being a shooter, my touch [translates to golf],” the former NBA star told GOLF.com in the video you can watch above. “You have to be able to recreate some of the same shots over and over and over again. And have different shots in your arsenal.”
Smith drew other comparisons between golf and basketball. “For me, I liked to shoot off balance,” he said. “So I used to lean left, right, forward, back, off one leg. Left leg, right leg. And in golf we got sidehill, downhill, uphill. So many different ways to play the shots. For me it just makes it easier.”
August 9, 2022 | 2:05 pm EDT Update
With the tournament taking place in Dirk Nowitzki’s home country, the German basketball federation (DBB) will use the opening day of the event to retire his No. 14 national team jersey. The German federation announced the plans in a news release early Tuesday. The ceremony will happen before the Germany-France game on Sept. 1 in Cologne on the opening day of the Eurobasket event. It is the first time in the 73-year history of the German basketball federation that they have retired a jersey number.