Rod Beard: #Pistons Henry Ellenson has a left ankle sprain and is questionable to return tonight. Glenn Robinson III also has a left-ankle sprain and WILL NOT return.
Nothing prepared Glenn III for what he experienced last season, after he suffered an ankle injury in the final day of training camp with the Indiana Pacers. “It was a freak accident so I never expected it. When it happened, (the Pacers) didn’t know what happened,” Robinson III said Saturday. “Luckily, I only tore two ligaments in my ankle. I spent 56 games getting it right and making sure I was completely healthy before I stepped back out. I had two seasons where people hadn’t seen me.”
He had grueling rehab on the foot and had to start from the basics to get back on his feet, getting some inspiration from Kobe Bryant, who had a long rehab in returning from his Achilles injury. “I had to teach myself to walk again and run and take it step by step and day by day,” Robinson said. “I read that Kobe article where he talked about his injuries. I read that every single day to stay focused. It taught me how to work hard.”
Indiana Pacers: He’s coming back! @GRIII says he’s been cleared to play in Friday’s game. “Hopefully, Nate believes in me and gives me the opportunity.”
The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have recalled Glenn Robinson III from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers' affiliate in the NBA G League. He will join the team for the Pacers' road game at Charlotte Friday.
Glenn Robinson III: “Unfortunately I can’t do it this year because of my ankle but I would love to get back in it but it was a helluva experience for me,” he added. “Last year, going down there I was kind of the underdog and people didn’t expect for me to win it or didn’t know what I had in storage but (Donovan’s) got some bunnies so he will come up with something.”
Jim Ayello: Other #Pacers news: Glenn Robinson III continued to practice, but is "not close to coming back" according to Nate McMillan. McMillan also expects Bojan (ankle) to be ready to go tomorrow vs Bucks.
Scott Agness: Glenn Robinson III, who had left ankles surgery during training camp, practiced today and says he’s ahead of schedule. The mental hurdle has been the most difficult thing for him; this is his first major injury.
Scott Agness: Glenn Robinson III (left ankle rehab) was cleared last week to shoot/run/jump, and says he had to learn how to walk again. No timetable to return. #overlydedicated
Scott Agness: Nate McMillan says Glenn Robinson III is making progress. “I think every day he’s getting better. Each week he’s showing some improvement. … I think he’s pretty close to possibly maybe getting out of the boot.” pic.twitter.com/Og47Mi1m6V
Glenn Robinson III: surgery went well! thank you all for holding me down. this is nothing...just wait.🙏🏾😤 #overlydedicated
Indiana Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III will undergo surgery on his injured left ankle and is expected to be out of the lineup until mid-December, league sources told ESPN. Robinson had missed most of training camp and the preseason with a high ankle sprain, and the necessity now for a surgical procedure will extend his original two-month timetable on a return for an additional two to four weeks, league sources said.
Indiana Pacers guard/forward Glenn Robinson III sustained a left high ankle sprain during Friday's training camp practice. Initial evaluation indicates he will miss approximately eight weeks.
Indiana Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III is expected to miss two months after suffering a severely sprained left ankle in a Friday practice session, league sources told ESPN.
Pacers forward Glenn Robinson III suffered an injury to his lower left leg on Friday when he landed awkwardly after attacking the basket in a practice scrimmage. Robinson was expressionless, his forehead resting against his hand, as he was taken from the St. Vincent Center practice court on the back of a cart to have X-rays. His ankle and calf were wrapped in an elastic bandage.
Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III could play Monday night as Indiana tries to even its playoff series with the Cavaliers. Robinson, who has missed the past 12 games with a sprained left calf, took part in the team's shootaround ahead of Game 2.
Glenn Robinson III continues to be reevaluated daily for a left calf strain but he remains out indefinitely. He started in 27 of 69 games this season but has missed nine games now, including Saturday’s tilt in Orlando, due to this calf strain.
When I asked coach Nate McMillan if he thought there was reason to believe he’ll be back before the regular-season finale Wednesday (Apr. 12), his answered suggested serious doubt. “I really don’t know,” he said. “He hasn’t done anything on the floor so I really can’t say until he starts to have some type of activity on the floor.”
October 20, 2021 | 9:48 am EDT Update
Tucker declined to discuss the offer he received from the Bucks in free agency. “I was pretty surprised,” Tucker said of not ending up back with the Bucks. “You win a championship and you’re part of winning something special like that, you would expect that. A chance of it not happening? There’s a chance. It didn’t happen. Does it happen a lot? I don’t think so, not in that situation, not in those situations. You watch role guys in series in the past, usually those guys go back. So I’ll take my situation as just that, a particular situation. I move on from it and keep it going.”
Tucker was successful in helping the Bucks win a championship in July, but just three months later he’ll be facing his former team as a member of the Heat. “I don’t even want to talk about it,” Tucker said when asked about specifics regarding his departure from Milwaukee. “It’s that far removed from my mind now. Like it’s something that happened. Everything worked out. I’m happy where I’m at. And I move on.”
But Thursday’s matchup against the Bucks feels somewhat personal for at least one player on the Heat’s roster, and he actually won an NBA championship with Milwaukee last season: Veteran forward P.J. Tucker. “I mean, come on, we’re competitors. I was part of that,” Tucker said this week of facing his former team on Thursday at FTX Arena (8 p.m., Bally Sports Sun). “To not be back? For sure. You know it’s like natural human behavior. Definitely, I want to win this game better than I want to win any other game. Yes, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t.”
There’s an expectation that Williamson will resume play under a minutes restriction when he does take the floor, sources said, typical for stars returning from injury. But with Williamson, who bristled at the training wheels Pelicans officials placed on his reintegration from a torn meniscus injury as a rookie, it could be a higher-stakes game of poker.
When he joined the Pelicans’ recent preseason trip to Minnesota, several league personnel on hand were struck by his heavier appearance than his listed playing weight last season of 284 pounds. “I know Zion at 280, and he was not 280,” said one observer. “These are the injuries you have to be the most concerned about, a foot injury for a guy with noted weight issues,” said one Western Conference executive.
There’s a strong belief in league circles that the Pelicans were unaware of that procedure until Williamson reported to New Orleans ahead of media day, although one team source contacted by B/R maintained the Pelicans and Williamson were aligned on the injury’s timeline.
Before Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin addressed reporters last Thursday, word was already circling around the league that Williamson was unlikely to make his 2021-22 debut before November, at the earliest. It was even known in rival front offices that Griffin planned to speak on the matter rather than issue a press release. This all comes after league figures raised a collective eyebrow when Griffin blamed Williamson’s season-ending finger injury on poor officiating.
Tatum’s post-COVID-19 recovery ramp-up saw him turn into one of the league’s top free-throw machines, drawing 7.6 a night in the final 18 games of the regular season. It started with his 53-point explosion against Minnesota on April 9, which seemed to be his springboard to the next level of his game. That would have ranked him seventh in the league for the season, right between fellow Hanlen client Bradley Beal and James Harden. He was averaging just 4.4 free throw attempts per game up to that point but kept it going in the playoffs with four double-digit free-throw attempt nights in six games (including the Play-In Tournament game against Beal’s Wizards) and going 62 of 66 overall in those games.