NBA rumors: Cody Zeller suffers hand fracture

Rick Bonnell: Per TV, Cody Zeller is back in the locker room. Don’t know details. @HornetsPR?

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Rick Bonnell: Cody Zeller said no indication he'd need surgery on the knee that kept him out of the last dozen or so games. He said the swelling is down.
Rod Boone: Cody Zeller putting up shots. He's out for 11th straight game. He said Malik inspired him to go with the headband look. Asked James Borrego if they're shutting Zeller down. "We're not there yet," he said. "... At some point we may have to make that call but we are not there yet."

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Rick Bonnell: Cody Zeller is out for the Hornets; 5th in a row with left knee soreness and swelling. No indication when (or if) this season that MKG will be back from his concussion.
Rick Bonnell: Cody Zeller again listed as doubtful (left knee soreness) for Tuesday home game against the 76ers. If he misses this one, that would be four in a row. Might this end up like last season, when Zeller was shut down last several weeks?
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets list center Cody Zeller as doubtful to play Sunday in Miami against the Heat. He has missed the last 2 games with a sore knee. Getting back Zeller would be big in a game of such consequence to Hornets’ slim margin for error to reach playoffs.
Rod Boone: Cody Zeller is out tonight vs. Wizards, James Borrego said. MKG looked good in early pregame warmups and will play.
Rod Boone: James Borrego on Cody Zeller: "He's day-to-day right now. He's progressing the right way, just not enough to go tonight. So hopefully by Sunday (in Miami)., we'll have him back. That's not a guarantee, but I think he's making progress over the last few days."
Rod Boone: Tony Parker (rest) is also out for #Hornets tonight. So to recap: No Parker, MKG (left knee strain), Cody Zeller (left knee soreness) or Marvin Williams (illness) vs. Rockets.
Rod Boone: There's a possibility Cody Zeller will be able to return before the All-Star break, James Borrego said. Cody was out a little while ago going through some drills. Definitely appears to be near to getting back into the lineup.
Rick Bonnell: @Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says center Cody Zeller is “close” to being cleared to play. So far this season, Borrego has been reluctant to speculate on injuries, so that sounds promising for Zeller, recovering from a broken hand.
Rod Boone: James Borrego said Cody Zeller is "about a week away" from returning. Said he's close and when he comes back it will make #Hornets a deeper team.

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Rod Boone: Cody Zeller spoke today for the first time since fracturing his right hand and undergoing surgery earlier this month. Unclear how much longer he'll be out. Just started oncourt activities yesterday. Asked him how injury happened and his thoughts on #Hornets struggles without him:
Rod Boone: James Borrego said Cody is going to be out for a while. Not quite sure how long Jeremy will be out due to tricky nature of hamstring injuries. FWIW, just saw Lamb leaving locker room and he wasn't walking overly gingerly. But walking on a hammy and running are 2 different things.
Rod Boone: Final: #Hornets 125, Magic 100: Biggest thing now will be how long Jeremy Lamb and Cody Zeller are out. With a lengthy 6-game West Coast trip on tap after Wednesday's home game vs. Mavs, it's not exactly the most ideal time.
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller sustained a fracture in his right hand during Monday's game against the Orlando Magic, the team announced. Zeller exited to the locker room in the 3rd quarter and had X-rays that showed the injury.
Rod Boone: So that's a hamstring injury for Jeremy Lamb and a fractured right hand for Cody Zeller. #Hornets head into the new year banged up and down two starters. Not exactly a Happy New Year's eve.
Rick Bonnell: Frank Kaminsky starts the second half for Hornets at center. Cody Zeller has a rib contusion, suffered in the first half.
Center Cody Zeller’s season is over, as the Charlotte Hornets scrambled for bodies Sunday in a home game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Zeller had missed the previous 11 games with soreness and swelling in his left knee.
Sunday morning, Clifford said it seems pointless to try to have Zeller play with five games left and the team eliminated from playoff contention. “I would say we’re at the stage now where it almost becomes, ‘Why?’” ask him to play, Clifford said. “It’s so hard to not play for long stretches off the season. Why, with five games left, would we even play him? It makes more sense to me to let him get back to 100 percent and then just start again next (season).”
Rick Bonnell: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hamstring) and Cody Zeller (knee) both out versus Celtics. Dwight Howard (rib) will play; he’s only Hornet to play every game this season.
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Cody Zeller will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow to address a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Zeller sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Hornets game against Golden State on Dec. 6. Further updates on his status and a timetable for his return will be provided when available.
Backup center Cody Zeller, who has missed the last four games with a bruised right knee, plans to play Sunday at home against the Orlando Magic. The Hornets list Zeller as probable, after he fully participated in practice.
Rick Bonnell: Cody Zeller OUT again with a quad contusion. The @Charlotte Hornets are 1-8 when he doesn't play this season.
It doesn’t sound like Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will be available to play anytime soon. Zeller has been held out of contact drills this preseason while he receives treatment for a bone bruise along his right knee. Wednesday he was held out of the entire practice. "He’s not even doing the non-contact stuff at this stage, so he has a long way to go," said Hornets coach Steve Clifford.
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller had to miss scrimmaging against Team USA this week in Las Vegas due to a sore right knee. An NBA source confirmed Zeller had some soreness that caused him to cancel his participation with the USA Select Team. The injury is not considered serious.
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Jordan Clarkson: 'This is that time and that moment where I've impacted the game'

Just like when both Bryant and James won five NBA titles, Clarkson’s main source of motivation points toward collecting championship hardware. Unlike when Bryant and James both won Finals and regular-season MVP awards, Clarkson’s other source of motivation points toward becoming the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. “If we’re winning games and we’re doing that, I’ll be rewarded for that,” Clarkson told USA TODAY Sports. “I feel like this is that time and that moment where I’ve impacted the game.”
“If the Sixth Man of the Year award comes and I don’t get it, I don’t need the validation because my teammates, coaching staff and a lot of my peers gave me that,” Clarkson said. “They’re telling me, ‘I respect what you do’ and all of that. So, I know that goes a long way as well. But it’s definitely something I want to get accomplished one of these years. Hopefully it’s this year.”
So after a regular-season loss in Portland, Bryant chewed out his younger teammates over their attitude, work habits and decision making. “I remember him just really getting upset,” Clarkson said. “You’ve seen him come out of his skin and grill us a little bit. But from that point on, I felt all of us had a different look at everything with what we wanted to do. That’s probably, in terms of development, a little wake-up call.”

Aaron Gordon on being traded: 'I didn’t know if everybody was pushing in the same direction'

“It was difficult, yes, because I would have loved to have stayed with a healthy Markelle (Fultz), and a healthy Jonathan Isaac and a newly blossoming Mo Bamba and a healthy Cole Anthony, but I felt like there was just something telling me I needed to shake things up. It kind of felt like I had one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake out in Orlando. “I was giving it my all, you know? I was giving it my all, and it was difficult, man. I didn’t know if everybody was pushing in the same direction.”
Organizationally, I asked? “Yeah, organizationally, in terms of the plan,” Gordon continued. “I think (Magic front office executives) John Hammond, Jeff Weltman, those guys are amazing people — amazing people, and very talented managers as well. But I feel like they got kind of cast into the revolving door out there as well in Orlando. So many coaches — five coaches in seven years (Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego, Scott Skiles, Frank Vogel and Steve Clifford). And it was kind of a different organization after the passing of Mr. (Rich) DeVos (in September 2018) as well. It was just a lot. A lot of uncertainty, an insecure kind of feeling. But I have no doubt in my mind that John and Jeff are going to get that organization back to where it needs to be.
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