Tony East: “I would expect Doug to play,” Nate Bjorkgren says of Doug McDermott. Jeremy Lamb’s status will be determined closer to game time.
Scott Agness: Doug McDermott (right knee bruise) will NOT play tonight vs Bulls. T.J. McConnell starts. It happened in the first half of Saturday’s win in Atlanta. He played 20mins in the second half, including the entire 4Q. An MRI returned “clean,” Nate Bjorkgren said.
J. Michael Falgoust: It's not official but Bjorkgren says "I think he'll play" about McDermott, who didn't return last game with back soreness #PacersSixers
Scott Agness: Nate Bjorkgren said Doug McDermott (left ankle sprain) practiced today. “He looked good out there in practice today. I would expect that he plays tomorrow (vs Suns)."
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan wont say exactly who other than McDermott (knee) is in question for tomorrow. Said he'll reveal that then #PacersLakers
J. Michael Falgoust: Matthews is in tonight but McMillan won’t reveal if he’s starting until 6:30. McDermott (ribs) is IN #PacersHornets
Dwain Price: An injured Doug McDermott dressed for Tuesday's game vs. PHX, but only because he didn't have a suit to wear. "With the (2/8) trade I left all my stuff back in New York and the suit didn't quite make it. I'll get the moving trucks and I'll have the suits ready for next time."
Tim Cato: Doug McDermott is not available for the Mavericks tonight, but he “will dress because he doesn’t have a sports coat,” says Carlisle.
Fred Katz: Doug McDermott (left knee soreness) is not with the team in Minny. Officially out for tomorrow night.
McDermott felt good. He figured he would be exiting the NBA's concussion protocol shortly and returning to trying to space the floor for teammates like Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. The specialist put him through a battery of tests. "And then I got into the cab to get home and I just completely lost my head," McDermott said. "I didn't know where I was in Chicago. I finally got back to my place and just had a crazy headache. That's when I was like, 'Dang, this will take longer than I thought.' It was a real low point."
"There are still times it takes me a little bit to think of a play. That's something the specialist told me would take a little bit of time," McDermott said. "Coaches are aware of that when we go through walk-through and stuff. I may be a little slow. But I feel good. I've been sleeping good, no headaches."
Nick Friedell: Bulls say Doug McDermott (concussion protocol) has been cleared to play Friday night vs. New York Knicks. http://es.pn/2f2xInJ
Nick Friedell: Bulls are awaiting MRI results on Michael Carter-Williams' sprained left knee. Doug McDermott is in the league's concussion protocol -- but Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful McDermott will be able to play Wednesday vs. Boston.
Doug McDermott underwent an MRI on his injured right knee Tuesday, and the Bulls listed the second-year forward as day to day with a strain. McDermott had a portion of his right meniscus removed in December 2014. There is no plan for a second surgery. "It's not in the joint," coach Fred Hoiberg said when asked about the possibility of a scope.
KC Johnson: Bulls PR said McDermott has a strained right knee, not a sprain. Considered day-to-day for now.
June 19, 2021 | 3:49 pm EDT Update
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert: “Obviously we had higher expectations than losing in the second round. Losing 4 in a row is something we didn’t do during the season. … You try to ask yourself the right questions about what we can do so it stops happening.”
Eric Walden: Georges: “To be honest, you wake up and you don’t know what happened. You’re — I don’t want to say in shock, but you’re constantly replaying moments in your head. ‘Should I have done this? Should I have done that?'”
Larry Brown said the coaching profession has been flooded with those who want premium jobs for the wrong reasons. “I don’t think coaching is for everybody,” he said. “Maybe people will get mad at me as the money has become so great now that a lot of people want to be coaches where maybe before they wouldn’t have even considered it. Guys that really want to coach, the ones that love the players, respect the game and want to give back and with our culture today, the kids are so much younger going into the NBA, so many of these kids have the responsibility of making their families’ lives better. With social media and so many people depending on them, that’s tough.”
He offers astute advice about reaching players and gaining their trust, two traits the Celtics are seeking in their new coach. “A lot of people talk about coach’s having a tree, I have a forest,” he said. “There’s some guys that you know right from the get-go if they wanted to coach could become a coach. They had the ability to get people to do things they didn’t want to do, which I think is so important in the NBA. And then there’s certain guys who aren’t afraid to tell guys what they need to do.”
Brown said the key to reaching younger players is trust. The Celtics, like five other teams, are searching for coach who can make a special connection with their superstar player. “What you have to do in the NBA, you can’t be afraid to coach these guys,” he said. “Because deep down they’ll do almost anything for you. I’ve had guys that I’ve coached that I think in a minute would be successful. And certainly those guys [Billups and Ham] fit that mold.”
June 19, 2021 | 3:34 pm EDT Update
On Saturday afternoon, Conley addressed his pending free agency during the Jazz’s customary exit interviews the day after the season. “Obviously you know how I feel about our team and the city and the fans,” he said. “It’s been just a wonderful two years. Definitely an up and down two years but wonderful regardless of how it ended last night. “Free agency is free agency…it’s something that I have to sit back and consider with my family and when that time comes, make the decision that’s best for us, myself. Like I said, obviously I’ve had a great time here, great, great experiences, coaches — Coach Quin and the players, Don and Rudy and everybody, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”