RJ Marquez: LaMarcus and Lonnie are OUT again for Monday’s #Spurs game vs #Warriors. Super Bowl watching can now resume.
Paul Garcia: Per Coach Pop, he didn't have the starting lineup available, but Lonnie Walker IV will play tonight
Paul Garcia: The Spurs announced both Rudy Gay and Lonnie Walker IV are available tonight against Memphis
Jeff Garcia: Updated Spurs IR v Grizzlies: Lonnie Walker now questionable (sprained right ankle) and Rudy Gay probable (sprained left ankle). Derrick White remains out (right heel soreness). #nba #GrindCity #GoSpursGo
RJ Marquez: Spurs updated injury report for todays 4 pm game at #Jazz...Rudy Gay is now DOUBTFUL with a sprained ankle, Lonnie Walker IV is now OUT with a sprained ankle as well. Derrick White remains OUT. #NBA #GoSpursGo #KSATnews #KSATsports
Michael C. Wright: Lonnie Walker IV will be available tonight per Pop, but he hasn’t decided whether to use him. Also, Pau Gasol took part in shootaround and Pop says he’s getting healthier. Still no firm timetable for return.
Injured rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV is confident he will be back with the Spurs "very soon" following a rehab stint in the G League. Speaking to reporters after practice Tuesday with the Austin Spurs at the Spurs practice facility, Walker said his injured knee feels "great." The workouts with the developmental squad mark a significant benchmark in his recovery from the right medial meniscus tear he suffered in the preseason.
"It feels like I am back to Lonnie Walker," he said. "Just continue to find my rhythm and everything. But day by day, it is nothing but improvement. Every day, I can see significant difference on my leg and just how I play overall."
Walker credited his teammates, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, general manager R.C. Buford and Spurs great Tim Duncan with "continuing to encourage me." He also said he has tried to be patient with the recovery process. "You got to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run," he said. "So, it's all about stages and taking steps little by little until it's my opportunity. And when it comes, hopefully, I can play the best I can play. "
The comeback of Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV takes another step forward Sunday, with the team announcing he would be practicing with its G-League affiliate. Walker will work out with the Austin Spurs through Wednesday at the NBA club's practice facility in San Antonio. The Spurs are on the road until then, finishing a four-game trek in Chicago and Minnesota.
Jabari Young: Told #Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker had successful surgery to repair his right meniscus tear...timeline still remains 6-8 weeks. @TheAthleticNBA
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Source: Early timeframe for Spurs first-round pick Lonnie Walker, who'll undergo surgery Monday for a meniscus tear: Six to eight weeks.
Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV underwent an MRI examination this morning in San Antonio that revealed a right medial meniscus tear. The injury occurred at the 6:55 mark of the fourth quarter of last night’s Spurs-Pistons preseason game.
Jeff McDonald: Spurs say Lonnie Walker IV has torn the meniscus in his right knee and will have to undergo Monday to repair. He tore meniscus in the same knee last fall before his freshman season at Miami. Story to come.
Paul Garcia: “He was out,” said Pop of Lonnie Walker IV still being sore and why he didn’t play tonight.
Tom Orsborn: X-rays on Lonnie Walker's sprained right ankle were negative. He is said to be "walking fine" and out only for precautionary reasons. #Spurs
Paul Garcia: The Spurs have announced Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV, and Chimezie Metu are all OUT today for the Spurs’ last SL game due to injury.
Michael C. Wright: Per a source, Spurs first-round draft pick Lonnie Walker IV sprained an ankle and is out for the rest of summer league. Nothing major here. Just no need to push it at this juncture.
September 24, 2021 | 5:26 am EDT Update
Former EuroLeague center Tarik Black is back in the NBA. According to a tweet from the player’s agency Priority Sports, Black signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets to return to the league after spending the last three seasons in Europe.
Grizzlies PR: The @memgrizz today announced the team’s 2021 training camp roster. Memphis converted Yves Pons to a two-way contract and signed Shaq Buchanan and Sean McDermott. In addition, the Grizzlies waived Carsen Edwards and Daniel Oturu.
Kristaps Porzingis is entering his third full season with the Dallas Mavericks and is hoping for a fresh start under Jason Kidd after the team parted ways with Rick Carlisle. “I’ll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded,” said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “My understanding is he feels like he has a fresh start with the coaching change. He’s had the healthy offseason. He’s been able to work, not just on his game but on his body some more. That he’s coming back with a refreshed feel. “At the end of last year, he wasn’t going to come out and ask for a trade. He’s smart enough to understand the optics.”
“He’s already done that once,” replied Brian Windhorst. “But at the end of last year when he stood in the corner and checked the wind for an entire playoff series, he was hoping to be traded,” added MacMahon. “From what I gather, he’s coming back optimistic now.”
The team themselves have never addressed those reports, but during his customary preseason media availability, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka did push back on the sentiment of them nonetheless, disputing the premise of a question about whether keeping Talen Horton-Tucker or Caruso was “an either/or decision” for the team. “We made an aggressive attempt to re-sign Alex Caruso, and we made an aggressive attempt to keep Talen,” Pelinka said on Thursday. “That’s the thing with unrestricted free agency is that you can be in the mix, but players control the ultimate choice.”
“Alex was tremendous here as a championship player, and we’ll be forever grateful for his contributions and his growth,” Pelinka said. “Seeing him go from a G Leaguer, to a two-way (player), to an elite player was something we’ll always be proud of. But he had choices and he chose another team. We pursued him and wanted to keep him, same with Talen, and obviously came to a deal with Talen, and Alex moved on.”
The 6-9 James was listed as weighing 250 pounds last season. Entering his 19th season in the NBA and turning 37 in December, James felt he needed to make a change. “I think the thing that stands out is his fitness level, and he’s slimmed up,” Pelinka said on a videoconference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. “I think … we all know LeBron studies the greats and he adds things into his game and I think going into this stage of his career he’s made a decision to come back a little bit leaner and I think that’s going to translate in explosiveness and quickness.”