Jovan Buha: Lakers’ injury report for tomorrow vs. Philadelphia: — LeBron James (left ankle sprain) is questionable. — Anthony Davis (right ankle contusion) is probable. — Jared Dudley (sore right calf) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (right knee patellar tendonitis) are out.
Mike Trudell: Anthony Davis said he jammed his toe on the floor and got X-Rays to make sure everything was fine (which it was). He said it’s a little sore right now, so he’ll get treatment on the plane and tomorrow and see how it feels prior to the game.
Cayleigh Griffin: Jared Dudley is out for LAL with a sore right calf. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James all remain listed as questionable.
Harrison Faigen: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are all questionable again tonight (just like last night) pic.twitter.com/1TKWfHhJGw
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said they’re holding Anthony Davis (calf contusion) out more as a precaution, but it sounds like he may be able to play tomorrow night against Portland, depending upon how he feels. “We hope that he’ll be able to play tomorrow,” he said.
Jovan Buha: Lakers coach Frank Vogel says Anthony Davis (right calf contusion) is out tonight vs. Minnesota.
Mark Medina: Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis "is going to have some soreness" in his right heel but will still play in Game 6. Vogel expressed confidence AD will play through any pain and rely on adrenaline
Davis, who still managed to score 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks in 42 minutes, expressed confidence when asked about his injury outlook for Game 6. "I'll be fine on Sunday," he said. A source familiar with Davis' injury described the bruise to ESPN as "painful" but said "he can tolerate it."
Mark Medina: Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis has "some minor soreness," but added "he's good to go" for Game 5 against Denver
Marc J. Spears: Lakers injury report for Game 5: Anthony Davis (sprained left ankle) and Dion Waiters (sore left groin) are questionable. Alex Caruso (sore right wrist), Danny Green (Volar plate injury, left ring finger) and LeBron James (sore right groin) are probable.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis and LeBron James are both experiencing "some soreness" but that they'll be "good to go." Davis had the ankle thing, and Vogel said LeBron got kneed in the thigh.
Mike Trudell: AD on his ankle: "Ankle feels fine. I got tonight, tomorrow, before the (next) game to get it (better)” … he added that he rolled it “pretty bad, but not too bad … I’ll be fine."
Ben Golliver: Lakers coach Frank Vogel on Anthony Davis (left ankle): "Great toughness. You could see he was in some pain. ... We'll have to see how it responds overnight. ... There's always concern with an injury like that."
Jamie Hudson: Lakers Injury Report for Game 2 on Thursday vs. Blazers: Rajon Rondo (right thumb; surgery) is questionable; Anthony Davis (sore right knee) and LeBron James (sore right groin) are probable.
ShowtimeForum: "Anthony Davis (eye), LeBron James (groin) and Kyle Kuzma (ankle) are probable to play on Saturday against the Raptors." - Via NBA Injury Report #LakeShow #Lakers #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/LEsxX6hB3m
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting from The Bubble on @GetUpESPN: The latest on injuries to Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon. "The Lakers are going to be very conservative about Anthony Davis."
Anthony Davis left the Lakers’ second scrimmage last Saturday after accidentally being poked in the eye by Michael Carter-Williams, and the Laker big man did not return. Then he sat out the Lakers’ third scrimmage Monday for the same reason. Now he could be out for the Lakers’ opener Thursday against the Clippers. “He’s day-to-day, and while he’s still dealing with discomfort, there is some concern that he could potentially not play Thursday,” Lakers’ coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday in a video conference with reporters. “But we’re hopeful that he does, and we’ll see how that plays out.”
The Los Angeles Lakers don't know how they'll look in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers just yet, because they're waiting to find out just how well Anthony Davis can see. Davis, who was poked in the right eye by Michael Carter-Williams during Saturday's scrimmage against the Orlando Magic, did not practice Tuesday. The All-Star big man spent the session in a seat on the sideline while sporting shaded eyewear.
Tania Ganguli: Anthony Davis didn’t practice today. He’s still dealing with his eye injury from Saturday. Here he is near the end of practice.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers say Anthony Davis is available to play tonight and will return from a five-game absence against Boston.
Tania Ganguli: The Lakers are listing Anthony Davis as questionable for tomorrow’s game in Boston. Although Frank Vogel had indicated Davis might work out this morning before the team flew, the Lakers say that didn’t happen.
Davis did go through an individual workout on the court after practice, however, mixing in light sprinting and spot shooting in a full-court drill with several members of the Lakers coaching staff. The eight-year veteran is expected to make his decision to return Saturday based on how he responds to his pregame workout, a league source told ESPN.
Melissa Rohlin: Anthony Davis: "I'm a lot closer than I was three days ago and I made some more progress today. When I feel like I'm able to get back to my old self and do the moves that I've always done and be successful at it, then that's when I'll be able to get back on the floor."
Mike Trudell: Anthony Davis: “I’m progressing very well ... every day is getting better.” He’s hopeful to do more on the court before the game tomorrow, as today was mostly light shooting. He was relieved that all the testing came back negative, and his return is just based on how he feels.
Lakers star Anthony Davis will sit out against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday at Staples Center, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of continued discomfort around his tailbone. “Closer than the other night, but still some soreness, ” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Still not ready.”
Davis injured his lower tailbone in the second half of last week’s win against the New York Knicks. Davis has rested and received treatment, but it is unclear to what extent the Lakers will consider Davis fully healthy before clearing him to play. “I don’t know if it will be 100 percent,” Vogel said. “It’s going to be day to day and we’ll communicate with the medical team. We want him as pain-free as possible. But I don’t know if that is 100 percent or 99 percent. They’ll tell me when he’s ready.”
Shams Charania: MRI results on Lakers star Anthony Davis’ lower back injury returned clean and he plans to travel with team on two-game road trip (Dallas, OKC), league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: After scary fall Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Davis underwent MRI that showed lower back injury is a bruise, league sources said. Positive news for Davis and the Lakers.
Mark Medina: Lakers say that the MRI for Anthony Davis revealed a gluteus maximus contusion. Davis will travel for Lakers' upcoming two-day trip in Dallas & OKC. Lakers listing Davis as questionable for Mavs game on Friday.
Chris Haynes: Anthony Davis was escorted out of the arena laying on the bed of a motor carrier. “I’m fine,” he told Yahoo Sports while acknowledging he’ll miss some time.
Jeff Stotts: Re: Anthony Davis: While there have been exceptions, the average missed time for an in-season tailbone contusion is roughly two games. A true fracture would require additional time. Hoping AD is back in action soon.
Anthony Davis left the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the New York Knicks in the third quarter Tuesday night after he bruised his lower back in a painful fall to the court. Davis was injured when he fell awkwardly while trying to block the shot of New York's Julius Randle. Davis pounded the court in obvious pain after his hard landing, and he stayed down for about two minutes in a hushed Staples Center. Davis eventually rose with help from his teammates, and he walked to the Lakers' dressing room slowly, but under his own power.
Davis' agent, Rich Paul, emerged from the Lakers' locker room after the injury and said X-rays on Davis' back were negative, but the superstar is feeling sore. The Lakers described the injury as a bruised sacrum -- the lower part of the spine near the tailbone. Davis was able to walk in the player tunnel at Staples Center as the initial shock of the fall wore off, a source told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The plan is for Davis to undergo an MRI on Tuesday night, and he is expected to miss the upcoming road trip in Dallas & Oklahoma City to rehab.
Dave McMenamin: When talking about the Lakers' needed next-man-up mentality in Anthony Davis' potential absence, Alex Caruso referenced this scene from 'Remember the Titans.' Look at AC Fresh, already helping Frank Vogel find motivating clips for the next film session: youtube.com/watch?v=Tlccav…
Mike Bresnahan: Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. Dallas because of soreness in his right shoulder. LeBron James (sore groin) and Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) are listed as probable for the game.
Brett Dawson: LeBron James has a groin contusion and is questionable for tomorrow but will make the trip to Portland. Anthony Davis (sore right knee) is probable.
Mike Trudell: Vogel, asked about AD laboring in the second half presumably with his knee, said AD “tweaked it” but that he “felt good enough to go back in the game.” We’ll see what Davis says at his locker in a bit.
Kyle Goon: AD on his knee tweak: "Plenty of time to get it back right. Obviously the game just ended so we’ve got to see how it feels overnight. But hopefully nothing significant happens, we’ll get some treatment on it and continue to move forward."
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (ankle sprain) has been ruled OUT for #Lakers vs. #Pacers. Anthony Davis is QUESTIONABLE (ankle sprain) pic.twitter.com/mHpKQOxIcB
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis, who turned his right ankle late in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, is “trying to play” in Tuesday’s game in IND, a league source tells ESPN. He’s approaching his treatment with the goal of being in the lineup as the Lakers try for their 15th straight road win.
Mark Medina: Lakers technically listing Anthony Davis as probable for tonight vs Spurs. But AD expects he will play
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis went through shootaround today and says he's going to shootaround pregame and decide if he'll play then (Vogel is optimistic he will). AD said right now the ribs are bothering him more than the shoulder, but that both are still lingering.
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel not concerned about opponents being more physical on Anthony Davis given his injuries. Vogel optimistic that AD will play on Friday vs Kings
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel said x-rays on Anthony Davis’ ribs turned out negative. But AD sitting out tonight with soreness with his shoulder and rib
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (shoulder and rib soreness) will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Brad Turner: After getting X-rays on his ribs (right side) after game Tuesday night that were negative, all signs point to the Lakers holding out Anthony Davis for Wednesday night’s game vs. Warriors at Staples Center, per source. Davis also been dealing with right shoulder issues.
Bill Oram: Anthony Davis on his lingering shoulder issue: "There’s really never a play I don’t feel it. But I’m going to go out there and play, I try not to let it affect my game. I just play through it and then worry about taking care of it after the game."
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis jammed his shoulder late in Sunday’s win over CHA, getting caught on the rim during a failed dunk attempt. A league source told ESPN that Davis experienced tightness in the days that followed but was cleared by the Lakers medical staff to play.
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis on his shoulder (via @SpectrumSN) “I’m fine. Obviously it’s still a little sore, it go hit a couple times tonight, but we’ve got a couple days before we play again, so hopefully it feels a lot better."
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And two players from the Bucks are not only also on the American team, but circumstances were such that the three had to share a private plane ride across the Pacific last weekend — a day after the Bucks’ championship parade. “The memories are there, but it’s nothing personal between us,” Booker said. “We lost and that’s it, and I’m man enough to accept that and move on. There’s no hate towards Jrue or K Mid.”
Months after LeBron James lost a Finals, he’d always say it was something he’d never get over. Good thing he never had to be Devin Booker, who barely had 10 minutes to try and put it behind him. “I’m a forward thinker and able to move onto the next thing, and be able to take my ‘L’ and move on,” Booker said Wednesday, in his first comments since the night his Phoenix Suns lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, eight days ago.
Booker’s coach on Team USA, Gregg Popovich, and teammate Draymond Green (not to mention assistant coach Steve Kerr, but we digress) have been in Booker’s shoes, having lost a Finals. He said Popovich and Green discussed it with him “in short conversation.” “Talkin’ about it with Draymond, and him stressing the fact that it’s not gonna be that easy to get back to the Finals,” Booker said. “I remember us as a team saying that in the locker room after we lost — you know we’ve got to understand, it’s going to be even harder to make it to the point we were at. … But I’m excited for the experience. It was great. I am glad I got to do it, obviously ended up on the wrong side of the stick, but that’s life.”
“It’s a HUGE deal,” former NBA player Raja Bell said of the international ball in a text with CBS Sports on Tuesday. “I’ve always said that FIBA balls affected my shot and other NBA players’ shots tremendously. I HATE that ball! “It’s lighter, feels smaller, different texture,” Bell continued. “I mean, when the art of shooting is based on muscle memory, and you change all the factors except the rim size and height, it’s going to be difficult.”
In another exchange with a Western Conference scout, the conclusion was similar. “[The ball is] definitely a factor,” the scout said. “How big a factor I guess depends on the particular player. But it’s an adjustment for everyone. Some guys are going to make [the adjustment] easier than others.” And another text from an Eastern Conference scout with international playing experience: “It’s pretty different, and it takes some getting used to. It’s much softer than NBA or college basketballs.”
It should be comforting for Jalen Johnson to know he’ll be a first-round selection in Thursday night’s NBA draft. What should be more stressful for the former Nicolet High School standout is where he’ll actually be chosen. Johnson, a talented 6-foot-9 forward, has elicited a wide-range of opinions from NBA draft personnel. Said one longtime NBA personnel director of Johnson: “He is, to me, the biggest wild-card in the draft. I wouldn’t be shocked if he went in the lottery, like around 12 or so, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he fell into the 20s.’’
“Part of the evolution of African interest and passion for the game goes back to Hakeem’s entry into the game,” said Victor Williams, chief executive of NBA Africa. “Giannis is doing the same thing for today’s generation of African kids — and they do recognize him as African.” Antetokounmpo is known as “The Greek Freak” because he was born in Athens, but he grew up in a Nigerian home. His mother, Veronica, is Igbo. His late father, Charles, is from the same Yoruba tribe as Olajuwon. His last name — Adetokunbo — was Hellenized when he finally became a citizen of Greece and received his passport, one month before the Bucks drafted him 15th in 2013.
In the 2020 draft, nine players from or with at least one parent from Nigeria were selected. Seven players in the Finals had ties to Africa: Mamadi Diakite (Guinea); Abdel Nader (Egypt); Axel Toupane (Senegal); and Deandre Ayton, Jordan Nwora and Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Nigeria). “In a continent that is vastly made up of a young, vibrant, dynamic population, that’s the future,” Fall said. “So to see these young people on the global stage doing big things, I think across borders, whether he’s from Nigeria or Congo or Côte d’Ivoire, everybody is watching the NBA. What they are doing continues to build and add to the narrative and the momentum that’s been shaping up, in terms of basketball development on the continent.”