Dallas Mavericks center/power forward Kristaps Porzingis exited Thursday night's 115-105 win over the Detroit Pistons because of soreness in his right knee. Porzingis, who had missed the previous three games because of a sprained left ankle, complained of the knee soreness midway through the third quarter. The visiting Mavericks announced at the beginning of the fourth quarter that he would not return. "We'll hope for the best," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said, noting that Porzingis seemed to be walking fine after the game. "We'll hope that it's not any kind of a serious issue and go from there."
Tim MacMahon: Mavs C Kristaps Porzingis (left ankle sprain) and SG Josh Richardson (right hamstring tightness) have been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after missing the last three games.
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says of Porzingis' ankle sprain "we don't consider it to be serious," but he added that it wasn't at all a close call when it came to deciding whether he would play today.
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle says Kristaps Porzingis is “uncertain” for Saturday’s game. “He is walking. He’s not in a boot or anything.”
Brad Townsend: Mavericks media notes for tomorrow's game at Houston list these players as questionable: Porzingis (right wrist sprain), Burke (left calf strain), Kleber (lower right leg soreness). Still out are Cauley-Stein, Terry and Redick.
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says Porzingis will not play. Sprained right wrist. "Don't have a timetable. Hope it's not serious. It's something he's been dealing with for a number of weeks."
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says Porzingis is "feeling good" and "will play" against the Nets. Will be his first game since Valentine's night. Have not discussed specific minutes limit but "I don't see him getting into the high 30s."
Brad Townsend: Porzingis says he isn't sure how his back got sore/tight. "I felt pretty good already yesterday, but they wanted me to have a practice before I start playing again. Hopefully I'm ready to go tomorrow."
Noah Levick: For Sixers-Mavs tomorrow, Seth Curry is listed as probable with left ankle soreness. Kristaps Porzingis (lower back tightness) and Maxi Kleber (left ankle sprain) are questionable for Dallas.
Tim MacMahon: Kristaps Porzingis will not play tonight due to his lower back stiffness, per Rick Carlisle.
Dwain Price: Kristaps Porzingis will make his 2020-21 debut tonight at 6 when the Mavs play the Hornets in Charlotte. Porzingis had surgery on Oct. 9 to address a lateral meniscus injury of his right knee.
Brad Townsend: Carlisle says Porzingis will start, "there's a range of minutes," not a hard number. Will depend on how the game goes. "As of this moment we have 12 players who are active for this game due to COVID protocols."
Mark Followill: Positive sign that there are no new additions for the Mavs on the NBA's recently released 12:30 injury report. Richardson, Finney-Smith, Brunson, Kleber and Powell out tonight at Charlotte. Porzingis probable to make season debut. (6p, FSSW).
Mark Followill: Porzingis after his 1st full practice today: "I felt good out there, moving around & feeling the contact. After practice I played some 1-on-1s. I wanna get back into rhythm of playing against contact. The next step is getting right to be able to step on the court & play a game."
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle says sometime in the next two weeks is not unrealistic for a Porzingis return. Won't be Wednesday against Charlotte.
Tim MacMahon: Kristaps Porzingis was "a full go" in the Mavericks' practice today, Rick Carlisle said.
Brad Townsend: Carlise said today that Porzingis continues to progress, today he was cleared for some 5-on-zero work. He's still not going to play until January at soonest, but the plan is for him to accompany the Mavs to Phoenix and L.A. and take part in the at-least one practice on the trip.
Dwain Price: KP: "We were in rhythm and I felt good out there. That’s why it sucks that there was a setback like this. But I feel like it’s just a small, small bump in the road. I’ll bounce back from this in no time and I believe I’ll be able to pick that rhythm up right where I left off." pic.twitter.com/KPOAhuqBEF
Dwain Price: KP had left knee ACL surgery on 2/13/18 and didn't play again until 10/23/19. He also had right knee meniscus tear surgery on 10/9/20. How does the 2 compare? KP: "This is a much easier rehab, I would say, than the ACL one that I went through. I'll be back from this in no time." pic.twitter.com/DE7iZCHjzm
Dwain Price: Porzingis on rebounding from the meniscus tear surgery to his right knee: "The way I was playing (after ACL surgery), I was feeling the best I’ve felt in my career. I think that shows that if I was able to come back from that, then this little thing is nothing compared to it." pic.twitter.com/Psg3qAns05
Dwain Price: Porzingis told me he doesn't have a timetable on when he'll be able to play in a game. "The only thing I know is that I’m recovering well, and that’s the most important thing. We’ll see. I would like to start as soon as possible and I’m doing all the things necessary to do that." pic.twitter.com/tEvhhWjvhC
Dwain Price: Here's what Porzingis just told me about his rehab. "I think I’m pretty close to being able to get some shots up. We’re just taking it easy, we’re taking our time, but I’m pretty much there and I can’t wait to start doing more stuff. But I have to be smart, I have to be patient." pic.twitter.com/UtMVbHSqUD
Tim MacMahon: The Mavs have targeted Jan. 1 as the date that Kristaps Porzingis will be cleared for on-court activity, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson tells ESPN. Nelson revealed on @1053thefan today that Porzingis (knee surgery) will be sidelined to start the season.
Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis will not be ready when the NBA season resumes on Dec. 22, GM and President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said Monday on 105.3 The Fan.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis has undegone surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee, according to the team
Sources have told ESPN that the Mavs are optimistic that Porzingis will be able to participate in training camp, which will begin at an undetermined date due to the uncertainty of next season's NBA schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Porzingis suffered the injury during the Mavs' Game 1 loss to the LA Clippers. He played in the next two games of the series before the stiffness and soreness in the knee forced him to be sidelined the remainder of the first-round series.
T.O. Souryal, the Mavericks' former longtime team doctor, isn’t ready to decry the 25-year-old Porzingis' durability, longevity or potential. Instead, Porzingis' latest setback might be a product of the evolution of the center position and his touch-heavy, versatile fit in the Mavericks' scheme. “Anytime you have a star player with multiple injuries, especially to both knees, it’s a little troubling,” Souryal said. “But he seems to have come back from his ACL stronger than ever, so that injury’s behind us now. Each one of these injuries should be taken on its own merit.”
The play of centers more often looks like that of guards, so it’s no coincidence, Souryal said, that their list of injuries — such as ankle sprains and knee ligament tears — can, too. “[Porzingis] plays more similar to a Luka than the traditional center, [who were] not so agile, not very quick, not very fast,” Souryal said. “Physics really comes into play now. You know, the velocity of the movement, it does make you susceptible to injury, and it’s not so much Kristaps. It’s anyone who moves that fast, plants that quick, jumps that rapidly.”
With surgery possible after the repair of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Porzingis will face questions about his durability until the 7-foot-3 Latvian proves otherwise. "I can't really be too worried about that," he said. "Both of them were contact injuries. What I can do is just focus on the work that I can put it to make sure that I decrease the possibility of that happening. That means strengthening everything and trying to do all the preventative work I can. That's in my hands. I can't be too frustrated over these type of things."
Tim MacMahon: The Mavs are leaving the door open to Kristaps Porzingis potentially returning in the playoffs if they're able to pull off a major upset over the Clippers. Porzingis' treatment plan at this point includes PRP injections.
Chris Mannix: Porzingis says he hurt his knee in Game 1 of this series. Played through it in Game 2. Pain was unbearable in Game 3. Says if the Mavericks advance, he is hoping the knee is well enough to play. No plans to leave the bubble.
Andrew Greif: Dallas' Rick Carlisle says Kristaps Porzingis "desperately wants to play" in Game 6 but the coach added he isn't optimistic. "He doesn't want to close the door on playing but I'm just not optimistic watching how this is going. We won't know for sure until tomorrow."
Callie Caplan: Per TNT's broadcast, Kristaps Porzingis thinks his right knee soreness developed because of a "contact situation" in Game 1 before he was ejected.
Marc Stein: Dallas' Kristaps Porzingis (knee) has been listed as OUT for tonight's Game 5 against the Clippers
JD Shaw: Kristaps Porzingis will miss today’s game against the Clippers due to right knee soreness, the Mavericks announce.
Brad Townsend: Porzingis speaks about his broken nose. Yes, I’m the guy who joningly asked if he was worried about his good looks. Actually, his nose looks crooked now.
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle: “Porzingis is scheduled to play. He’s looking forward to playing.” He says Porzingis will play in shorter stints than normal.
Even though the Mavericks aren’t publicly expressing this concern, at least not after a game in which Doncic registered 25 points, a career-high 17 assists and 15 rebounds, their fans certainly expressed alarm on social media — while Knicks fans unleashed a collective I-told-you-so. “We’ll see,” Carlisle said. "Hopefully he feels better tomorrow and we’ll just continue to move forward and hope he continues to feel better. He was doing real well on a day-to-day basis. It just didn’t feel quite right before the game. “So we’re not messing with it.”
“Just a little bit of pain in certain movements,” Porzingis said. “Didn’t feel that good out there. Casey made the decision to take some more time. “It felt great yesterday. I had a solid workout, 25 or 30 minutes. Felt good. Didn’t feel any sharp pain or anything like that. And today I kind of felt it a little bit when I started warming up. I felt it more and more and I told the medical staff.”
Tim MacMahon: Kristaps Porzingis remains listed as questionable on the official NBA injury report for tonight’s game at Golden State. I’m told it’s more likely that Porzingis, who has missed last seven games due to right knee soreness, returns tomorrow night at Sacramento.
Tim MacMahon: I’m told it’s likely that Kristaps Porzingis misses one more game due to his sore right knee, but he’s expected to return next week.
August 11, 2022 | 2:12 am EDT Update
There’s good reason for pessimism, Durant’s ultimatum to Nets owner Joe Tsai did not light a fire under trade talks. If anything, it made it far less likely a deal gets done in the short term. — why would Boston improve its offer now? It robbed the Nets of leverage. For example, Brooklyn was trying to get Boston to put Smart in the trade, but why would they even consider it now? That said, even without Smart (or Robert Williams III, sources told NBC Sports he is not available), a Celtics offer with Jaylen Brown may be the best one the Nets will see.
Chris Mannix: I had one executive who was not involved in the Durant sweepstakes say to me ‘if the Nets don’t have the stomach to bring him to training camp, they should find a way to do a deal with Boston because they’re not going to get a better player in a deal than Jaylen Brown’.
Ric Bucher: Joe Tsai has already shown he’s willing to play hardball with Kyrie by taking a max extension off the table almost immediately. Now, part of that may be Kyrie’ doing. I’m told he wanted his new contract to guarantee he wouldn’t have to play more than 60 games in a season and would not have to play any back the backs which he apparently referred to as inhumane.
Ric Bucher: I’m told that they wanted to trade Kyrie midway through this past season, and KD told them absolutely not. And they went along with it. Now, I’ve also been told while they’re still good friends, that maybe KD doesn’t value him quite the same way as a teammate. I’m not so sure about that.
Ric Bucher: I’ve been assured that this is correct in spite of another report that says it never happened. And that’s as far as I’ll go with that, too. I’m not going to punch down. Ben Simmons was in a group chat with some of the other teams players. And on it, they asked Ben if he was playing in game four. And not only did he not answer, he dropped out of the chat. Now, as I said, there’s another reporter out there who suggested the event never happened. I’m well aware that that reporter has, let’s say he has vested interests in painting things a certain way. And again, I will leave it at that his comments prompted me to go back and double check with my source. And that source insists that it did indeed happen, and explain why someone might report it another way. So I’m sticking with it.
Patrick Beverley is not one to whine about getting moved from one team to another. The Utah Jazz guard recently addressed claims from fans about how the Minnesota Timberwolves “did him wrong when in fact that sentiment goes completely against how he views and interprets his offseason fate. Here’s Patrick Beverley going full Jay-Z, referencing the GOAT’s “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man” bar in explaining why he is thankful to the Timberwolves franchise.
Still, Caleb Canales’ decision to leave the NBA and coach in Mexico is not without risk. Broadening his experience on an international stage could help him get back to the league and to the job of his dreams, but his leap of faith could also be ignored. Despite a growing stable of foreign-born superstars and the NBA’s expansion to new markets overseas, the league has been slow to embrace coaches with international experience. European champions like David Blatt and Igor Kokoskov came and went last decade, as did successful foreign-born assistants like Etore Messina. “The coaching side, you always have to be ready to adapt and adjust,” Canales says.
While skepticism may remain in some NBA circles regarding the value of international coaching experience, there’s no doubt the league is putting effort in to diversify its coaching ranks overall. As of the 2022 offseason, half the league is led by Black head coaches. Nash and Kerr were born outside the U.S., and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is Filipino-American. Canales credits the work of David Fogel, executive director of the National Basketball Coaches Association, and Karen Marrero, its director of communications, for things improving over the last few seasons. “They’ve been so creative, and they’ve been so willing to help us, as coaches,” he stresses, highlighting the coaching profiles as well as a newly deployed coaches database the NBCA has set up to assist teams in finding and hiring talent outside the same small coaching pool.