Pacers guard T.J. McConnell underwent surgery Tuesday on his right hand to repair multiple torn ligaments, league sources told Fieldhouse Files. He is out indefinitely.
He visited with a specialist on Monday — that’s why he wasn't on the bench for their win over the Wizards — and elected to proceed with having surgery on Tuesday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, a league source said. This is the first significant injury during his seven-year pro career.
Tony East: TJ McConnell’s wrist is in a cast, Rick Carlisle says. It will be a weeks long absence. Says replacing him will be “by committee” and mentioned LeVert and Wanamaker’s names specifically.
Scott Agness: Pacers guard T.J. McConnell will be “out for a while,” Rick Carlisle said. The extent of the injury is still being evaluated. Expect a full update in a day or two. It’s his right (shooting) wrist.
Scott Agness: Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. McConnell ruled out tonight vs Bucks. Two-way guard Naz Mitrou-Long may receive an opportunity. Myles Turner returns to the starting lineup.
J. Michael Falgoust: In addition to Brogdon (back spasms) being doubtful tonight, add McConnell (groin) to the list. He’s questionable... McMillan might have suit up #PacersBucks
Jerry Zgoda: Sixers call Embiid and McConnell both available tonight vs. Wolves, Covington (lower back contusion) out
Keith Pompey: No announcement made on the availability of #Sixers’ @TJ McConnell, @Robert Covington and @Joel Embiid yet. Coach Brett Brown “I’m told it’s going to be a game-time decision.”
Jessica Camerato: Dario Saric is out tonight. T.J. McConnell will play. #Sixers starters vs. #Lakers: Simmons, Bayless, Redick, Covington, Embiid.
The 76ers think T.J. McConnell will play in Thursday night’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers backup point guard TJ McConnell will not play Thursday night vs. #Celtics. He's scheduled to have an MRI on his left shoulder in the morning.
T.J. McConnell twisted his left ankle with 2 minutes, 45 seconds left in the third quarter. He had to be helped off the court and into the locker room. X-rays were negative and McConnell returned to play with 7:18 left.
May 26, 2022 | 9:03 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN’s NBA Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz is finalizing a deal to become an assistant GM with the Portland Trail Blazers, sources tell ESPN. Schmitz will play a significant role with new GM Joe Cronin in leading the Blazers’ domestic and international scouting departments.
Schmitz is expected to remain with ESPN through the June 23 NBA Draft, and formally begin his duties with Portland in July. The Blazers have the seventh overall pick in 2022 Draft. Schmitz, 32, has been a draft analyst for ESPN since 2017, and worked previously for DraftExpress and as a video coordinator with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA’s G League in 2012-2013.
In the aftermath of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, the Miami Heat used a pre-game moment to urge fans to contact U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Florida Republicans, “demanding their support for common sense gun laws” — and telling them they can “make change at the ballot box.” Rubio, who is up for re-election this fall, didn’t like it. He took to Twitter on Thursday, lambasting the NBA for “politicizing a horrific tragedy in America.”
“The Heat urges you to contact your state senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws. You can also make change at the ballot box. Visit heat.com/vote to register and let your voice be heard this fall,” the statement said. Many fans could be heard cheering as the announcement was made.
May 26, 2022 | 8:27 pm EDT Update
Melissa Rohlin: Steve Kerr on the reaction he’s received to his comments on the mass shootings. “I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me, most asking what they can do… What I’m asking people to do is get involved in their local communities…call your senators.”
Callie Caplan: Steve Kerr has encouraged others to call their reps since his viral comment on Uvalde: “I have lots of friends who are Democrats and lots of friends who are Republicans. All I know is they all want gun violence to go away, so we just need to get our public servants to respond.”
Melissa Rohlin: Kidd was asked about his comment that the Warriors play zone because they can’t guard them one-on-one. He said it’s a compliment to his guys, not a shot at the Warriors. But he added that as a player, he knows if a coach makes adjustments, it’s because his team can’t do something