Shams Charania: Cavaliers guard Dante Exum is expected to miss one-to-two months with strained right calf, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Dante Exum's torrid injury run has continued, with the 25-year-old suffering a lower leg injury during Tuesday's (AEDT) clash against the Orlando Magic. Exum limped from the court in the opening minute of the Cavaliers' clash with the Magic after hurting his right leg. There were fears the Australian may have suffered an Achilles injury but Cavs' media staff said the early prognosis was a calf issue.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Dante Exum (ankle) is listed OUT for tomorrow night's game against Philly. Alfonzo McKinnie (foot) is also OUT.
Tony Jones: Dante Exum is listed as probable for tomorrow night’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies
Andy Larsen: Ed Davis and Danté Exum are still listed as OUT on today’s injury report. Emmanuel Mudiay is listed as questionable.
Andy Larsen: New Jazz injury report: Ed Davis, Dante Exum, and Emmanuel Mudiay all remain out with their injuries for tomorrow's game vs. Milwaukee.
Andy Larsen: Dante Exum participated in another practice with the SLC Stars today, then was called back up. Miye Oni was also recalled from the Stars this afternoon.
Tony Jones: So this is NOT a hard date. And it depends on how well he responds to treatment and a rigorous practice. But, if everything goes well, I’m told Dante Exum COULD (not WILL) but COULD make his season debut as early as Friday night against the Bucks
Andy Larsen: Exum still out for Sacramento game, as is Marvin Bagley... Harry Giles listed as Questionable.
Andy Larsen: Tony Bradley, Dante Exum, and Miye Oni were assigned to the Stars today. Bradley, not Exum or Oni, was recalled back to the Jazz after their practice. The Jazz did not practice today.
Eric Walden: Jazz’s Dante Exum and Thunder’s Andre Roberson have been ruled out for Wednesday’s season opener. They are the only two players on the jury report.
Eric Walden: Jazz Injury Report: * Danté Exum - OUT (right knee rehab) * Juwan Morgan - QUESTIONABLE (left ankle sprain) * Emmanuel Mudiay - OUT (left hamstring soreness)
Andy Larsen: Dante Exum and Emmanuel Mudiay will remain out for the Jazz vs MIL tomorrow... no one else on injury report, though.
Australian basketball star Dante Exum is tentatively eyeing off a Boomers return at the 2020 Olympics. As Andrej Lemanis' side prepare for their World Cup opener against Canada on Sunday, the Utah Jazz guard is pushing for a return to full fitness for the start of the NBA season.
The 24-year-old says he's spoken to the Jazz about his desire to continue playing for the national team and he has hatched early plans to be part of the Boomers' Olympic campaign in Tokyo. "I just want to get a healthy season, that's my main focus for now," Exum told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday. "But granted, if I'm 100 per cent healthy, I'll definitely put my hand up."
Exum admits it's been a "long summer" of rehabilitation but he's ready to reward the Jazz's patience. "I feel like I've had the ability to make an impact on this team," he said. "The Jazz wouldn't keep me around if they didn't think so. They know my abilities and they've seen it when I practice and in my work ethic. It's just about getting back on the court."
What’s just as eye-catching, however, is the number of prominent players who weren’t on the list, for a series of different circumstances. Danté Exum’s patellar tendon injury will keep him out of the tournament, Ryan Broekhoff ruled himself out to be there for the birth of his first child, while the Detroit Pistons preferred that Thon Maker not take part.
Was this preventable? That was the first thing Danté Exum asked his surgeon. The Utah Jazz guard had just been dealt another setback, another injury in his young career. And he wanted to know if it was his fault. The surgeon told him, No. There was nothing he could have done. Then, Exum’s mindset shifted. “I can’t control the uncontrollable,” he said. “There’s no point in me sitting here all said and praying and wishing and wanting to be on the court. It’s just about whatever I can do moving forward.”
“Right before I got my ankle injury, I felt the most confidence I’ve ever had,” Exum said. “I was playing well. I felt like I was with the team and knew what everyone was thinking. It clicked in my head that I can do this. I can be a great player.” Exum returned for three games in mid-March before he suffered another season-ending injury. “It’s been the toughest road for me,” he said. “I’m not going to lie. Going through this—this was definitely the hardest one. But I felt like I’ve dealt with it the best.”
Now, Exum said he wants to be ready for his teammates to be able to lean on him next season. “We’ve got something,” he said. “We’re building something great. We’re only getting closer as a team."
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on Dante Exum's injury: "You just feel awful, for him first and foremost. … My discussion with him has been similar to other times he's had those setbacks, and figure out a way to use it, and we'll see what happens going forward. … But it's a blow for the kid."
A Deseret News source confirmed that Exum texted his teammates Friday after being examined by the Jazz medical staff to deliver the news and will continue to seek options on how to best treat the injury. He tried to put on a strong face in front of the guys, according to Korver, but you could tell he was hurting and disappointed by the latest setback.
"Your heart breaks for him. He's had a tough stretch with injuries, not just this year so obviously, we're all there for him," said Jazz guard Kyle Korver. "We were all talking with him yesterday, but I don't think we have all the news and the timeline of everything, they're still trying to figure things out, but this is what we do.
"Just gotta support him," said Jazz forward Derrick Favors. "He worked so hard to get back from his ankle injury then to come back within five games and have another injury that's tough, so he knows we support him. We wish the best for him, but I know for him mentally, it's kind of tough but we're there for him."
Exum was examined Friday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing. The MRI revealed a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee. Exum is out indefinitely and will continue to seek opinions on how to best treat the injury. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Eric Woodyard: Dante Exum on return vs. OKC: “Very excited. I’ve been waiting for this for a whole. Obviously, I hate being injured. It’s something that’s plagued me for a long time but just making sure I’m healthy and in the right mindset to go on the floor that was my biggest goal.”
Tony Jones: Dante Exum and Raul Neto are both OUT tomorrow night against Memphis. Ricky Rubio is DOUBTFUL....looking like point Donovan against the Grizzlies
Eric Woodyard: Dante Exum will miss another 2 weeks, with his sprained left ankle. The injury was more severe than anticipated, because the bone was bruised on the ankle. He has missed the last 17 games.
Andy Larsen: Watching Dante Exum work out after practice today... doesn’t look like he’s going at 100% yet. Still working on mobility.
Marc J. Spears: Jazz say Rubio (mild right hamstring strain), Sefolosha (mild right hamstring strain) and Neto (left groin strain) will be reevaluated in one week. Exum (left ankle sprain) will be reevaluated in two weeks.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum is expected to miss "a couple of weeks" due to the ankle he sprained on Saturday in Detroit, league sources tell The Athletic. Exum is officially out tonight as the Jazz take on the Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Woodyard: Thabo Sefolosha will rest tonight in Portland. Dante Exum is no longer on the injury report after missing the last 2 games with knee soreness.
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors will play tonight. He was sick yesterday, but healthy today. Exum out with right knee soreness.
Eric Woodyard: Utah Jazz injury report vs. Toronto: Trey Lewis (doubful - left ankle sprain), Derrick Favors (questionable - illness), Raul Neto (right hamstring - out) and Dante Exum (out - right knee soreness).
Darren Wolfson: Among many FAs the #Twolves have registered some level of interest: Tolliver, Nick Young, Lance Stephenson, Dante Cunningham, Amir Johnson, Trevor Booker, Jabari Bird, Ennis.
Tony Jones: Dante Exum is at shootaround with an ice bag wrapped around his strained left hamstring. He is out for Game 5 tonight
Shams Charania: Sources: Utah guard Dante Exum will be day-to-day with a strained left hamstring after MRI and further evaluation Monday. He suffered the injury in Game 4.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum had an MRI on his sore left hamstring on Sunday night, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune. The team Jazz are expected to know more concerning his status for Game 5 on Monday
Andy Larsen: Exum’s going to get an opportunity to play today, and he’s clearly excited. Talked about having Georges Niang post him up on that left shoulder, making sure he could take hard contact there.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz coach Quin Snyder on Danté Exum’s return: "Over this next week, they're going to continue to evaluate where he is, but he's put himself in a position where there's a very real chance that he's going to be able to come back this year and we're hoping sooner than later.”
Spencer Checketts: Dennis Lindsey tells @1280sports that the Jazz are planning to have Dante Exum to return to the lineup in mid-late March.
The Utah Jazz received a bit of good news in the middle of the toughest stretch of their season. Point guard Dante Exum, who has yet to play a game this season, has been cleared to participate in non-contact basketball activities, meaning he can work out, shoot and work with assistants.
The Jazz still haven’t given an official return date, but league sources tell The Tribune that Dante Exum hopes to come back following the All-Star break. Exum originally separated his shoulder against the Phoenix Suns in the preseason. He damaged ligaments in his shoulder and underwent surgery to repair the injury. “It’s really good to see him out there,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I was talking to Dante and he told me he feels like a basketball player again. So it’s definitely good to see him on the floor.”
Exum said he saw three doctors and talked to “six or seven” more over the past week as he made a decision with input from his family, agent and the Jazz organization. “I’m confident with the decision I made,” he said. “That’s why we took a lot of time to make the right decision for me, not just this year but long term. There was a non-surgical option, but we evaluated that and it didn’t seem like the right choice for me at this time of my career.”
Neither Exum nor Lindsey would speculate about a timeline for his return, although they hinted it could be for most of the season. “Right now, we’re not looking at that, just focusing the rehab and see where that takes us,” Exum said. “I’m not really putting a timeline on it at the moment.
May 12, 2021 | 9:14 am EDT Update
Marcus Thompson: Draymond said he loves the We Believe squad and what they did to spark the Warriors. He said Stack, Barnes, J-Rich are his guys. But … “We ain’t no We Believe 2.0. We got three championships.”
The resilience that helped Murray push through a trying professional start wasn’t entirely organic, though. It was molded through heartbreak; a glimpse at why he is the way he is only fortifies the belief that Murray is a person worth investing in. Years before he was a Spur, when even the thought of playing in the NBA was a different universe over, Murray faced a nightmarish adolescence, perfused by grief, terror and harrowing uncertainty. “It’s a story that’s never been heard before because I was in the streets for real, for real. I didn’t live off of nobody’s name,” he says. “It ain’t nothing to brag about. This s— is crazy when I wake up. I’m playing in the NBA. I’m on a video game. I have fans that buy my jersey. It still don’t feel real. I’ve been here five years; I feel like it’s a dream still.”
Every player who makes the NBA is a miracle. Every story is spruced with dabs of luck, a trail of serendipity, cosmic happenstance and mounds of adversity that were eventually cleared. For Murray, the mere fact that he’s still alive and free is its own tall tale. “I feel like the path I took to get here,” he starts, “what I had overcome, nobody ever overcame. Nobody’s ever been in my situation and made it to where I’m at today.”
“I’m in the stage right now where I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to tell my story to motivate the world and allow the world to know who Dejounte Murray is,” he says. “I’ve been real quiet and to myself about it, because it traumatized me. To this day it haunts me still. If you just think of the streets, a young kid in the streets, gangbanging, around drugs and just doing anything to get money, that was what it was. That’s what I was. I wouldn’t even say I was taught that. It was that or it was no way.”
When Murray was first arrested in middle school, it didn’t phase him. “Juvenile? That was nothing to me at 11 years old. I wasn’t scared; I wasn’t nervous, because I knew what to expect from going to jail.” His relationship with violence was frequent, felt in the body-numbing sensation that takes over after hearing a close friend or cousin has been fatally shot. His mother was in and out of prison and his father wasn’t always around. “I love my mom to death. My dad, me and him are still working on ways to become closer,” Murray says. “He wasn’t a deadbeat, but neither one of them were full-time parents.”
Looking back, Murray says that lifestyle was less a choice than a fate he was born into. “As crazy as it sounds, I’m not the only one in my family that went through the worst. My whole family, from my grandma … I heard stories about my great-grandma being a part of gangs and being crazy and doing the worst. You hear the word cycle, like it’s just a cycle; it’s passed down from generations. Everything was passed down to us. Selling drugs or doing whatever in the streets, it was normal to my family.”
Murray bounced from one apartment to the next, one hotel room to another. Couch to couch. His mother was kicked off state housing the first time he was arrested. Evictions weren’t uncommon. “I don’t even have a favorite cartoon. That’s how much I was in the streets. You know what I’m saying?” Murray says. “I can’t even tell my daughter I had a favorite cartoon growing up, and that f—- with me. That bothers me a lot.”