Eric Walden: Mike Conley, on the rehab process: “Obviously, it’s been a little bit draining because you want to be a part of success. ... For the most part, the last couple weeks I’ve felt fine. It’s hard to tell somebody not to do something when you feel like you can run through a wall.” pic.twitter.com/7PNNnLh8cZ
Shams Charania: Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. is expected to miss multiple games with his reaggravated left hamstring and could miss multiple weeks, league sources tell me and @Tony Jones.
Andy Larsen: Mike Conley is working out in today’s practice, has been made available to media afterwards. A good sign for his return Tuesday.
David Cobb: No Mike Conley for Memphis tonight. No Joakim Noah. JB Bickerstaff unsure if Conley will play in the final two.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff said after today's shootaround that Mike Conley (ankle) and Joakim Noah (knee) are out for tonight's game against the Mavs.
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff confirms Conley and Noah are out for tonight's game against the Blazers. pic.twitter.com/uAB17hVElE
Clay Bailey: Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will not reclaim his title as the franchise's leading scorer against OKC. Conley sitting out tonight with left thigh soreness.
John Denton: In addition to Mike Conley (doubtful), Avery Bradley (out), CJ Miles (out), Kyle Anderson (out) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (out) on @Memphis Grizzlies injury list for tonight’s game vs. @Orlando Magic, C Joakim Noah (right knee soreness) has been added. He is listed as questionable.
Michael Wallace: Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff said Mike Conley is out tonight with an illness. Delon Wright could step in as starting PG.
Omari Sanfoka II: Mike Conley is questionable tonight with illness. If he doesn't play, it'll open up more time for Delon Wright, who the Grizzlies are high on after trading for him last week
David Cobb: Looks like the Grizzlies will have Jaren Jackson Jr. back in the lineup at New York tomorrow. He’s listed as probable. Mike Conley is still listed as questionable.
Michael Wallace: There's chatter about reasons for Conley sitting tonight vs Hornets amid trade speculation. Conley's legitimately dealing with soreness from what I see and hear directly from him. Nothing major, but needed a night off. On another note, hearing nothing's imminent on Conley trade.
David Cobb: Mike Conley (knee soreness) and Kyle Anderson (shoulder soreness) are both out tonight for the Grizzlies, as is Omri Casspi. Garrett Temple is not expected to play, either.
Omari Sanfoka II: Dillon Brooks, Mike Conley and JaMychal Green are officially good to go tonight against the Lakers. No Omri Casspi or Joakim Noah
Omari Sanfoka II: JaMychal Green joins Omri Casspi and Joakim Noah as "questionable" for tomorrow's game against the Kings. Sore hamstring. Mike Conley and Kyle Anderson, who both played last night, are probable
Danny Marang: Conley and Noah are currently listed as day-to-day, should get word here pretty soon on whether or not they'll be able to go. Conley had the hamstring act up on him last time Portland met Memphis.
David Cobb: Today’s shootaround was just “a little different” for Mike Conley with his tweaked hamstring, according to J.B. Bickerstaff. Says he’s still being worked on. Questionable for tip vs. Golden State.
Monte Poole: Mike Conley (hamstring) will be a game-time decision, per Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff. Trainers pregame task is to prep Conley.
Omari Sanfoka II: Mike Conley's finger is still sore, but the swelling went down some, per JB Bickerstaff
David Cobb: J.B. Bickerstaff says Mike Conley’s finger is “a little sore, a little stiff,” but nothing that will keep him off the court tonight. “Tough situations, Mike shows up to play. We don’t expect anything less tonight.”
The players played alongside rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., about whom Anderson raved, “It’s funny; he can’t even control his body. He’s so big and athletic he’s blocking shots with his elbows!” Anderson also said Conley and Chandler Parsons looked “game-ready.”
Eli Savoie: Mike Conley tells us on the show he's been playing 5 on 5 and going through workouts with the other guys without skipping anything. Been part of every drill to get ready for the season.
Will Mike Conley be healthy for training camp? JB Bickerstaff: "There's no doubt about it. Mike's been playing pick up, those types of things. Chandler’s been playing pick up … For the first time in a long time, we’re looking at walking into training camp with healthy bodies and healthy, high caliber players. Not just guys who would be your 13th or 14th man. We’ve got our studs healthy, which we’re looking forward to."
Mike Conley expects the Memphis Grizzlies to clear him for full-contact drills at some point this month, ending a frustrating ordeal with his left Achilles that cost him a year of his prime and the coach who helped him become a more complete offensive player. Family time was fun and the daddy-day-care responsibilities helped him overcome the agonizing waiting game of the past nine months, but it also made Conley more appreciative of the game he otherwise would’ve taken for granted. “It’s like I lost my wallet, got it back and now I can do something with it,” Conley told Yahoo Sports at the USA Basketball minicamp last month.
“We’re doing the right things. Taking things slow. And giving me time to really be ready to go for training camp. Mentally, I’m there. I’m ready. Physically, I feel good. It’s just my body has to catch up,” Conley told Yahoo Sports. “Being a dad, being low-key out of the way, it gave me a perspective like, ‘Hey. This is great, I get to spend time with my kids, even though this is a down part of my career.’ But also at the same time, I’ve got a new re-tooled drive. … Knowing that I took care of the issue, we got the issue figured out, hopefully, going forward, I won’t have any flare-ups. I can just play basketball like I’m used to playing and I’ve got a free year, another year, added to my career, so I’m excited.”
Memphis Grizzlies star Mike Conley wasn't able to fully participate in Team USA training camp this week as he continues to recover from heel surgery last January. But he says he's feeling good and still on course to be ready by training camp in September.
"I'm doing really well. I wish I could've participated in contact stuff," Conley said. "I think I could, but we're being cautious and allowing me to get a full summer of rehab. I should be ready to go by training camp -- I expect to be ready."
"With anything dealing with Achilles, it takes time and you got to be patient to deal with it," Conley said. "Right now, it's all starting to come together. I'm so used to making a move and I expect pain. I got used to pain with some of the moves. Now I make the moves and there's nothing there, so that's exciting."
Michael Wallace: A side note from today's draft workout availability, Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace said Parsons (knee rehab/treatment) and Conley (Achilles surgery rehab) both "progressing well in vigorous rehab programs. So far, so good." Conley and Parsons on schedule for full go training camp.
Ronald Tillery: Mike Conley talking about recovery from heel surgery on Grizzlies broadcast: "I've been out of the boot for about 2 1/2 weeks. We're being cautious but I'm anxious to get out there."
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shared a hilarious video of himself post-surgery on Wednesday. Conley had to have a heel surgery that ended his season. Afterwards, he was singing Carry On My Wayward Son for some reason. He doesn’t even know why.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley simply wants to be pain free for a change. That just wasn’t going to be possible unless he agreed to season-ending surgery to repair his left heel. “I’ve had this for three years. All the way back three years ago one of the doctors said eventually you’ll need to have this heel shaved down,” Conley said Tuesday. “I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to exhaust every option before going to that extent.”
Conley will soon undergo a procedure that smooths a small bone protrusion in his left heel. The team insists that Conley will be healthy before the Grizzlies open training camp in the fall. Conley said he’ll be ready for basketball activities around late May or early June. “That was the point of emphasis,” Conley said. “We wanted to try to get it done so I could have a normal summer.”
Michael Wallace: Tyreke Evans, who returned to practice Sunday after a week-long illness, on moving forward without Mike Conley for the rest of the season: “He’s making the right decision, and I hope he comes back better than ever.”
Ronald Tillery: Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff on Mike Conley missing the rest of the season due to heel surgery: “You look at all that Mike has done for his team, and teammates and this organization. Now, it’s our turn to support Mike… We need to be there for him in this moment.”
Ronald Tillery: Mike Conley Sr., who is dad and agent to namesake needing heel surgery b4 return to Griz: “It’s been a tough time for him. This will fix the heel 100 percent. He just wants to be able to train hard again this summer and be pain free. This decision is in everyone’s best interest.”
Michael Wallace: Grizz GM Chris Wallace to MVP season-ticket holders on Conley: "Mike has been extremely diligent as we pursued multiple different approaches to alleviate the pain before deciding surgery was the best solution."
Michael Wallace: As the Feb. 8 trade deadline looms, Wallace also added the Grizzlies "will remain aggressive in evaluating opportunities to improve our team, whether that’s through player development, the NBA draft, free agency or trades."
Michael Wallace: Conley last played on Nov. 13 and has been limited to just 12 games this season. He has tried various treatment options on the heel, and recently got as far as working out in 3-on-3 scrimmage sessions earlier this month. But pain/soreness persisted.
Michael Wallace: Conley has been around the team throughout the process, and interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said his presence has been an emotional boost, particularly for younger players. Conley has insisted that the heel/bone issues is not related to the Achilles issue he had two seasons ago.
How do you balance ‘I need to be out there’ with ‘I need to be healthy’? Mike Conley: It’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my career. It’s something I’ve been battling since day one of this season, trying to figure out the balance of push through this wall or just wait behind it, let everything just come together and let things settle down. But in the process of letting things play out, we didn’t do well as a team. For me personally, I might have been healing a little bit better, but I’m looking out there and I’m feeling, I need to be out there to help this team play and move forward.
The enjoyment’s gone? Mike Conley: It’s completely gone. I can’t even watch the other games, the big Christmas games, stuff I used to do all the time, ‘cause I’m just so locked into our team and things like that. But if I’m not out there I’m just completely unhappy about everything else.
TJ McBride: Bickerstaff said that Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons are both back on the court getting closer to returning. Neither are in Denver.
Ronald Tillery: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (Achilles/heel) and forward Chandler Parsons (right knee soreness) are OUT tomorrow vs Denver Nuggets
Michael Wallace: Two key developments at Grizz practice. 1. Parsons spoke to media for first time since injury absence, confirmed no structural damage to R knee. Soreness/swelling are down. He's day-to-day, but won't play Fri at Den. 2. Conley did 3-on-3 scrimmaging w/teammates after practice.
Michael Wallace: Mike Conley meets with media before tonight's game and says he's not sure of a definitive time frame for his return. Says he does intend to come back from Achilles heel injury this season. Conley hasn't played since Nov. 13.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is traveling with the team on its five-game west coast excursion, and he isn’t treating the trip like a vacation. Conley appears to have progressed strongly from rehab to treat a sore left Achilles and heel judging by his pregame and post-practice workouts. Conley went through a normal shooting routine, sprinting to spots on the floor and pulling up for mid-range and three-point shots.
Q: Are the occasional flare-ups something you have to accept going forward? Mike Conley: After this last incident, they (the doctors) told me the Achilles can heal fully. I just have to give it time to heal. As we know, I rush things a lot and when I come back I won’t say anything about it but I might be feeling it. I might withhold that from the trainers to try and get on the court. I’ve done that over the years. Right now, I’m trying to do the smart thing, which is frustrating. But I knew I wasn’t helping the team with the way I was playing.
How are you feeling now with the sore Achilles? Mike Conley: It’s tough. Anything that has to do with your heel takes a little bit longer to heal. So, I’m just taking it day by day. Hopefully, we’ll know something more in the next week or so. Q: How would you describe your condition when the Achilles flares up? Mike Conley: It’s almost impossible to walk when it’s really flared up. It’s hard to get on your toe to jump or do anything athletic, let alone doing the basic things – walking or trying to go up steps. It’s tough. It’s not something I’m used to having to deal with in the sense I play a certain way. I play hard. I play fast. I just hate that this happens.
Clay Bailey: Regarding Grizz G Mike Conley status, "Nothing new. He won't be back anytime soon, I don't see him (returning) see him in the next few games." __ Fizz
Peter Edmiston: Fizdale, on Mike Conley's injury: "He can't hide it. He's been giving us everything he's got, but he's doing it on one foot. We've got to figure something out to get him better and back to us as fast as possible."
Michael Wallace: Fizdale confirms in pregame that Mike Conley (Achilles) will sit out tonight against Indiana. Conley is getting day-to-day evaluations and maintenance on the foot. We'll see where it goes from here.
Michael Wallace: Fizdale on Conley: "We've got to give that (foot) thing some time to cool off." Fizdale also said JaMychal Green (ankle/foot) will get 15-20 minutes in his first game since season opener.
Before he gingerly walked out of the locker room after the Grizzlies’ first home loss of the season, Conley slowly gathered his thoughts and his belongings. He then tried to think back to a time when his normally deft shooting touch has disowned him quite like this. “If I had been in one, I don’t recall it,” the Grizzlies’ catalyst said of his current slump on offense. “I don’t even think about it. I always just move on to the next game. You know, it’s tough. But tough times don’t last. I’ll get through it. I know my teammates will help me through it and it will turn around.”
Conley is listed as questionable with Achilles soreness entering Wednesday's game, but was on the court with teammates at the end of the morning shootaround. “Once Mike is feeling better, we’re going to see a lot better basketball out of him,” Fizdale said. “Right now, he’s just fighting through nagging pain and stuff you can’t control. It’s always going to be his Achilles. It’s going to be sore. Sometimes it feels better than other times. It’s just getting back into the competition, doing it every day again and getting through that threshold of pain. Once he gets to a certain number of games, he gets his legs under him and feels better.”
Tim MacMahon: PG Mike Conley will play Friday against the Knicks after sitting out Wednesday's loss due to a laceration and swelling above his right eye.
Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies PG Mike Conley (eye) will not play against the Thunder, coach David Fizdale said. Tony Allen (eye) will play.
Clay Bailey: "We just want the swelling to go down. It really blew up overnight. He can’t even see out of the eye right now." -- Fizz on Conley being out
Michael Wallace: Fizdale said he doesn't plan to sit Conley the final 4 games. Said he needs to maintain rhythm. No concern now about any concussion issue.
Ronald Tillery: Forgive me @mconley11 for the closeup... This one is me just trying to be @PhotoNikki
September 23, 2021 | 11:46 am EDT Update
Though it doesn’t look good right now, the Sixers continue to insist that their preferred outcome at this point is to bring Simmons back and try to work through this. Embiid has publicly stumped for Simmons and privately insisted they can turn this around if they simply get him back in the gym and around the team. Rivers does not believe this will be an issue in the locker room, using an example from his own playing days to show these situations can be rectified. “The San Antonio Spurs traded Sean Elliott,” Rivers said. “You remember that? Traded him to Detroit, he failed the physical, didn’t want to come back, came back and they won the championship the next year, so these things can happen.”
“That may be where he’s at today, that may not be where he’s at tomorrow. You just don’t know, and that’s why we got to keep communicating and see where we can take this,” Rivers said. “He has four years left on his contract, it’s in our hands…once we get him back in the fold, then we can get to work. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t have an expectation. Because I don’t know where we would go. That will happen if it happens, but right now Ben is still part of this team, and I’m gonna focus on that part of it.”
Yossi Gozlan: The Pelicans ended up operating over the cap after clearing a lot of money in their trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. While they couldn’t get an All-Star caliber player with their flexibility, they might have better fits on their team now that they have more shooting to surround Williamson. They could be primed for a significant in-season trade with many young players, draft picks and tradeable salaries in their arsenal. Satoransky and Josh Hart could be particularly expendable due to New Orleans’ glut of guards, with Hart being an intriguing name to keep an eye on due to his unique salary structure.
Yossi Gozlan: Robinson is currently eligible for an extension worth up to $55.6 million over four years. Since the Knicks exercised his team option for this season, he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2022. This could incentivize them to extend him before the end of the season. A two-year deal that aligns his contract with the rest of the core could make sense. The Knicks won’t be losing any cap space since they’re capped out until at least 2023. They also must decide whether or not to extend Kevin Knox before the start of the regular season.
Mitchell Robinson, Knicks (broken foot): New York’s starting center early last season is progressing fine, but he is not yet a full go as camp starts. The Knicks will be “conservative,” per a source, in bringing him back.
Ownership was made aware of Rosas’ transgressions with the staffer when team officials were provided with photographic evidence of their connection, sources said. It seems few if any in Minnesota and around the league had general knowledge of Rosas’ relationship until Wednesday, when the news quickly spread throughout the organization, and to rival team personnel, like wildfire. Rosas and the woman, each of whom is married, were seen kissing in a suite during a Minnesota United FC game last Saturday at Allianz Field, sources said. The soccer club was told to reserve luxury seating for several Timberwolves players and personnel, including assistant coach Pablo Prigioni. Two seats were filled by Rosas and the staffer.
Those pictures have been obtained by Bleacher Report. One photograph is a close-up shot, clearly showing Rosas and the woman sitting beside one another in light blue cushioned seats, behind the suite’s protective plexiglass. A second photograph follows, where the two have leaned towards one another for a romantic embrace. Minnesota’s statement announcing Rosas’ departure provided no further context behind its decision, and as word of his affair swirled around the league Wednesday, several executives noted how Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor did not thank Rosas for his time atop the team’s basketball department, as is customary in the business.
The revelation of Rosas’ relationship comes after a series of tense staffing dynamics within his front office, and a level of discontent from some Timberwolves staffers pertaining to Rosas’ leadership style, which has been described as isolationist. Any lead executive is privy to make final basketball decisions as they see fit, but several Minnesota figures told B/R they were dissatisfied by Rosas’ penchant for disregarding consultations from his front office.