Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. said while making progress in his recovery from a sprained right ankle including some on-court drills, he has not been able to target when he might return from the injury. “I think we’re getting closer and closer," House said. "Just dealing with it the best I can. The staff is doing an unbelievable job. The coaching staff is working with me and prepping myself and getting ready. We’re doing a good job of rehabbing and taking our time and making sure it is handled in the right way. “The medical staff hasn’t really given me a precise date. I’m just going by rehabilitation and movements day-by-day until they give me the OK.”
Salman Ali: Christian Wood and Danuel House are both out tonight, per Stephen Silas. Both are possibilities to play tomorrow.
Alykhan Bijani: #Rockets Injury/Status: Dante Exum (NWT-R Calf Strain) Eric Gordon (Out-R Groin Strain) Danuel House (Out-R Knee Contusion) Rodions Kurucs (NWT–L Oblique Strain) Davis Nwaba (Questionable–R Wrist Strain) Victor Oladipo (Out–R Quad; Injury Maintenance) PJ Tucker (NWT) John Wall (Out–L Knee Contusion) Christian Wood (Out–R Ankle Sprain)
Adam Spolane: Rockets have ruled out Eric Gordon and Danuel House Jr from tonight's game. They join David Nwaba, Rodions Kurucs and Christian Wood as unavailable. The Rockets will have 8 players available against the Nets. Jeff Green and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are out for Brooklyn
Salman Ali: Danuel House (who dealt with shoulder issues throughout the season): "I'm completely healthy. The break kind of gave a lot of people a chance to recover [from injuries]."
Jonathan Feigen: Clint Capela and Danuel House Jr. both upgraded to probable for the Rockets against the Trail Blazers on Monday. Capela (concussion) missed the past two games and House (bruised back) the past three games.
Christopher Hine: Danuel House also out for the Rockets tonight. Wolves are getting the Houston split squad tonight.
Mark Berman: Mike D’Antoni says Clint Capela out tonight and tomorrow night. Danuel House out tonight, 50-50 tomorrow. Says Russell Westbrook will probably be out tomorrow for load management. Says Ben McLemore in the starting lineup tonight. pic.twitter.com/eez9WdBdBG
Salman Ali: Danuel House is out for the Rockets, Mike D'Antoni confirms. Ben McLemore will start tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets F Danuel House Jr. is out for the second half with a bruised back. He took a hard fall in the first quarter.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets F Danuel House Jr. turned his left ankle late in Saturday's game, but said after he was 'OK.' No sign of a limp then and I'm told looks the same today. No practice today so he won't really test it until tomorrow in New Orleans.
Mark Berman: Mike D'Antoni says @Danuel House (inflamed toe) is not available. Says "good chance next game."
Salman Ali: Danuel House has an inflamed toe. He's questionable for tomorrow, per Mike D'Antoni. pic.twitter.com/33MSshckmI
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets announce they have waived Danuel House Jr. and assigned Isaiah Hartenstein to the RGV Vipers in the G League.
Wizards forward Danuel House's visit with a specialist on Monday brought bad news, as the rookie has been diagnosed with a fracture in his right wrist. That's according to head coach Scott Brooks, who shared the news before Wednesday's game in Oklahoma City.
September 20, 2021 | 8:16 am EDT Update
UNICS Kazan announced the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo. The 33-year-old veteran will make his european debut in VTB League and the EuroLeague this season, signing a one-year deal with the club. Mayo has 573 NBA games under his belt, with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steal per contest.
David Carro: Welcome to the @EuroLeague and @unicsbasket !! Eager to see a top talent like O.J Mayo perform at the best level in Europe. Where @OctagonBballEU happens. pic.twitter.com/9jH5pNK8KJ
“Shabazz Napier underwent a comprehensive examination. He has a rather serious injury to the ligaments of the right ankle joint. On the positive side, I can say that there is no fracture and, therefore, there is no need for surgery, of the minuses, the recovery time is still unknown. We have all the necessary conditions to get him back on the floor quickly. All is needed is the support of the fans,” general manager Alexander Tserkovny said. Napier moved to Europe after six years in the NBA and showed promise in front of the season. In the first VTB SuperCup game, against UNICS, he banked in 33 points on 8-11 shooting including 6-8 from deep. He also dished out four assists during the 30 minutes on the floor.
Organizers of a planned museum about basketball great Larry Bird in Terre Haute are starting to assemble thousands of items ahead of its expected opening next year. The museum will be part of the new Terre Haute Convention Center, which remains under construction with an anticipated completion date of March 2022. It will include items donated by Bird and others from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University and the U.S. Olympic team. The site for work on cataloging the memorabilia is being modified for security and should be ready within weeks, the Tribune-Star reported.
September 20, 2021 | 4:09 am EDT Update
According to a league source, projections indicate that a $171 million salary cap is possible, assuming no cap smoothing, by 2025. Should the NBPA instead agree to cap smoothing, it’s likely the league will still see annual increases to the extent of $15 million, according to source.
The NBA also has a $1.5 billion streaming deal with Chinese-based company Tencent Holdings. “I think everyone expects that so long as the public is demonstrating through ratings that they are watching the NBA, you can probably expect increases there as well,” said former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson. “I would think the NBA is going to look for significant increases.”
Brother Pau Gasol recently spoke with Spanish newspaper Marca, and the topic of Marc’s future came up. “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides. I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.“