Khobi Price: Cole Anthony (ankle), Franz Wagner (ankle) and Wendell Carter Jr. (hamstring) are listed as questionable on the Magic's most recent injury report ahead of tonight’s matchup vs. Pistons. 6 players listed as out. Scheduled to hear from Jamahl Mosley in about 40 minutes. pic.twitter.com/JJzrbCt4pD
For Orlando Magic big man Wendell Carter Jr., Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans was encouraging, even though they lost. It marked Carter’s return after missing the Magic’s previous two games with a right lower leg muscle strain he sustained against the Miami Heat on Dec. 17. There were concerns that Carter, who was taken into the locker room in a wheelchair, would miss significant time. So his return a week later was a relief.
“I was just scared that it was going to be something that was going to take me a while to come back from,” Carter said. “To hear the news that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was was good. They told me to take it day by day and continue to get treatment on it.” Added coach Jamahl Mosley: “Thank goodness it wasn’t as serious as we thought it was in that moment. He recovered well and we’re going to see how he [does].”
Khobi Price: Jamahl Mosley said Wendell Carter Jr. isn't wearing anything on his injured right leg. Team treating injury as day-to-day, seeing how he responds to treatment.
Khobi Price: Cole Anthony (ankle) and Wendell Carter Jr. (leg) have both been downgraded to out for tonight vs. the Nets. The Magic's full injury report, plus the Magic + Nets injury report: pic.twitter.com/qZf5zLDsGZ
Kane Pitman: Orlando injury report: Questionable- Wendell Carter Jr. Curious to see who the Bucks run with on a B2B.
Wendell Carter Jr. practiced fully on Sunday and, barring a setback, is in line for an earlier-than-expected return from his right quadriceps injury that he suffered in practice on Jan. 20. "He’s certainly moving closer and closer to playing," coach Billy Donovan said.
On Jan. 26, the Bulls announced Carter would be re-evaluated in four weeks after an MRI exam revealed a "significant" bruise. Instead, less than three weeks from those test results, Carter took contact and participated in the Bulls' practice that even featured 5-on-5 work. "I thought it was a step in the right direction that he was able to complete everything," Donovan said. "He has certainly made some progress."
Mike McGraw: Otto Porter listed out tonight vs Lakers. Donovan talked this week about possibly resting him on back-to-backs to keep his back healthy. Could open up minutes for Hutchison's return. Wendell Carter (quad) also out. #Bulls
Mike McGraw: Donovan says he doesn’t see Wendell Carter (thigh bruise) playing Sat vs Lakers. #Bulls
"I'm definitely feeling a lot better," Carter said as the freshmen and sophomores prepared for practice. Continuously doing therapy. I want to be back the next game. That's what I'm shooting for right now. I don't know if that's going to happen; that's definitely what I'm shooting for." The Bulls are hoping that Carter as well as Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen will return to play during the next week or two and the Bulls can take a shot and make one final push for that long discussed playoff goal for this season. Carter still believes it's possible despite the season of setbacks and disappointments. Plus, Carter said after a shaky start he's on board with coach Jim Boylen.
It was estimated then he would miss four to six weeks. This Monday will be six weeks. Carter was replaced for the Friday night game with Zion Williamson. "I'm definitely feeling a lot better," Carter said as the freshmen and sophomores prepared for practice. Continuously doing therapy. I want to be back the next game. That's what I'm shooting for right now. I don't know if that's going to happen; that's definitely what I'm shooting for."
"I feel we have to get healthy," Carter added about the priority. "Just the fact I haven't been healthy again (missing the last three months of 2018-19 with a thumb fracture). It kind of sucks I wasn't able to help my team as much (again). I feel like the health aspect is the most important right now and once we get healthy we can evaluate what we need to work on. I see a (playoff) possibility for this year. I feel once I come back and am able to play for my team I feel we can win enough games to get into the playoffs. That's my mind set."
Eric Woodyard: Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle sprain) could miss up to 6 wks but doesn’t want the tag as injury-prone. “It’s been tough knowing that I got hurt at this same point last year,” he told ESPN. “At the same time, I feel like it’s a good time for me to learn in my 2nd year in the league.” pic.twitter.com/iLh6bwPCeR
KC Johnson: Chandler Hutchison didn’t practice. Shaq Harrison and Wendell Carter Jr. did. Hutchison is doing on-court work now. Boylen said “he’s getting there” but no timeline.
KC Johnson: Wendell Carter Jr. is out vs. Pelicans with that bruised tailbone. He participated in morning shootaround.
Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. has had surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury. The Bulls said the rehabilitation from the Tuesday procedure in Philadelphia is six to eight weeks. They expect him to be ready for the start of training camp. The 6-foot-10 Carter showed promise last season after being drafted with the No. 7 overall pick, averaging 10.3 points and seven rebounds in 44 games before a season-ending left thumb injury.
Malika Andrews: The Bulls announce that center Wendell Carter Jr. will undergo a procedure on July 9 to repair a core muscle injury. Carter will not play in summer league, but the Bulls say he will likely be ready for training camp. Carter’s rookie season was cut short by thumb surgery.
Darnell Mayberry: Wendell Carter Jr. says he can take off the cast in about 10 days and resume workouts with a splint on his thumb. pic.twitter.com/Mc2owL6KEC
Joe Cowley: Carter Jr. had the surgery on his left thumb this morning and all went well. He will miss 8-12 weeks, which could cost him the season.
Shams Charania: Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. plans to undergo surgery on his left thumb on Monday, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. He will be sidelined up to three months.
The roller-coaster week for rookie Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. continued Friday when a follow-up examination on his injured left thumb revealed ligament damage, which the team has recommended surgery to address. The Bulls estimated his recovery and “return to sport time” at eight to 12 weeks. That likely would end Carter’s promising rookie season if he has the surgery, which a source said is almost certainly his plan.
After Carter visited Bulls hand specialists Friday, the team said in a release that Drs. John Fernandez and Mark Cohen used “repeat physical examination” and “testing under live fluoroscopic XR” to determine instability in the ligament. “We thought we needed him to see our people,” coach Jim Boylen said.
“If you look at it, we’ve lost two of our best defenders in the Justin Holiday trade and Wendell Carter being hurt,” Boylen said. “Somebody is going to have to step up. That’s what we’re preaching. Play those minutes with physicality. We’re desperately seeking more physical play. And maybe our most physical guy is hurt.”
KC Johnson: It should be noted that the Bulls still will shop Robin Lopez and Jabari Parker in advance of the Feb. 7 trade deadline, even with news of Wendell Carter Jr. injury and likely surgery. If they find deals, Cristiano Felicio or small lineup always can be used.
Shams Charania: Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. is expected to undergo surgery on his left thumb and miss 8-to-12 weeks.
Malika Andrews: Rookie big man Wendell Carter Jr. may need surgery on his thumb, but the Bulls are still awaiting further test results before proceeding, a league source told espn. @KC Johnson first reported.
A follow-up MRI exam Wednesday led Carter and the Bulls to believe the ligament was largely intact, and he was listed as day to day. Carter even tested his thumb at Thursday’s morning shootaround in Denver and vowed to play Saturday against the Heat at the United Center. But the follow-up exam Friday showed ligament damage that the first imaging didn’t detect. ... Carter is still considering his options, and it’s not certain he’ll need surgery or how long he’ll be sidelined.
KC Johnson: Jim Boylen said Wendell Carter has sprained left thumb and is out vs. Nuggets but day-to-day.
May 27, 2022 | 8:51 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: With the hiring of Darvin Ham as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers via @Adrian Wojnarowski, half of the 30 head coaches in the NBA are now black. With Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra (Asian), 16 of the NBA head coaches are of color. The Charlotte Hornets still have an opening.
May 27, 2022 | 8:30 pm EDT Update
JaVale McGee spoke highly of his time in Phoenix throughout the year and said the Suns are on the list of teams he’d consider. “Definitely consider it, definitely consider an opportunity,” he said. “At this point in my career, I’m definitely focused on myself and what’s best for me and my situation and my family. I know what I bring to a team if it’s any organization that I go to. For me, that’s what it’s all about. Make sure I’m valuing myself as much as the team (is) valuing me.”
When McGee got to the NBA, one of the first things his mother preached to him was philanthropy. He took part in the usual turkey drives for Thanksgiving and handing out presents on Christmas but the foundation was a huge step forward to doing even more. The Juglife Foundation has helped get six water wells set up in Uganda and is in the process of putting a sports complex there as well. “We’re just doing a lot of things on that side of the world that people tend to forget about,” McGee said. “Third world countries that really need our help and that’s just what we’re passionate about.”