NBA rumors: Devin Booker suffers hamstring injury

Booker had 10 points, two rebounds and an assist at the time of the injury. Phoenix went on to win 104-96. Suns coach Monty Williams said after the game that he didn’t yet have an update on Booker. Booker will be evaluated by the Suns’ medical staff on Wednesday. Booker suffered a left hamstring strain last January and missed four games.

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Gerald Bourguet: Devin Booker on adjusting to the mask: "It's fine, honestly. I honestly don't see it, and it doesn't affect me." Said he talked to Rip Hamilton and got some advice on playing with the mask. Book's not making excuses
Dave McMenamin: Devin Booker elaborated on @Rachel__Nichols' report about his nose being broken in three places and needing to get it set back into place. He said normally a patient is put under for the procedure, but there was no time for that. He got 8 shots of numbing agent and it was go time
Rachel Nichols: Devin Booker told me his nose was in fact broken in THREE places but that doctors reset it yesterday & the swelling has gone down significantly. Still, he will wear a mask tonight. I asked if the mask limited his peripheral vision; he told me “all I need to see is the basket.”
Duane Rankin: #Suns injury report vs. #Mavs Devin Booker (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE Cameron Payne (foot) OUT Dario Saric (health and safety protocols) OUT (Didn't make road trip).
Kellan Olson: Jones did not want to provide a timeline of when to expect him back. Said they are hopeful he plays Friday.
Duane Rankin: "Just a sprain. It's cool." Devin Booker about his left finger being wrapped up after practice today. #Suns come out of 2nd "training camp" a little banged up" going into season opener Wednesday against Sacramento .
Devin Booker is officially out for rest of the season. Igor Kokoskov confirmed before Friday's final home game of the season that Booker will not play in Phoenix's final three games after rolling his left ankle in Wednesday's loss to Utah. "It's a medical reason," Kokoskov said. "The good news is the x-ray results came back negative. The timetable, unfortunately, for him to recover is not long enough to bring him back. We didn't shut him down. It's just circumstances."
Duane Rankin: Igor Kokoskov confirms Devin Booker is out for season. Richaun Holmes also out tonight with ankle injury suffered in Wednesday's game. #Suns
Gina Mizell: Igor confirms Devin Booker (toe) WILL play tonight vs. New Orleans #Suns
Duane Rankin: #Suns will have Devin Booker tonight as Igor Kokoskov said he'll play after initially being listed as questionable for a left big toe sprain. He's been since officially upgraded to probable.
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is listed as questionable on most recent injury report with a toe sprain, but Igor said post-shootaround that he expects Booker to play tonight vs. New Orleans. #Suns
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is expected to play this afternoon vs. Sacramento. Tyler Johnson will start at point guard. #Suns
Gina Mizell: #Suns are officially listing Devin Booker (hamstring) as questionable to play tomorrow vs. Golden State. T.J. Warren (ankle) and De’Anthony Melton (ankle) are both out.
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker will start tonight at Indiana, coach Igor Kokoskov says. He had missed the past three-plus games with back spasms. #Suns
Duane Rankin: #Suns list Devin Booker questionable for Tuesday's game at #Pacers . That's been pretty much the standard in missing last 3 games with back spasms, but Booker was back at practice today. So he may indeed play tomorrow. Suns 2-1 without him. I've been on plane flying to Indy.
Gerald Bourguet: Kokoskov says Devin Booker is still questionable, no update just yet. Once again says there’s a slim chance he’ll play
Duane Rankin: Update: Devin Booker is listed as questionable for tonight's game vs. #Nuggets with back spasms, but Igor Kokoskov said it's a slim chance he'll play. Missed last 2 games after missing 2nd half vs. Charlotte w/injury. 1st hurt back taking a charge vs. Denver last week. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say Richaun Holmes (stomach flu) is doubtful for tonight's game against the Warriors. Devin Booker will play.
Gerald Bourguet: Per Suns, Devin Booker (left hamstring strain) is questionable for tomorrow’s game. Josh Jackson (left great toe sprain) is questionable as well
Gina Mizell: Personnel newsy bits from #Suns practice * T.J. Warren is expected to play limited minutes tomorrow vs. Clippers * Deandre Ayton missed practice with flu-like symptoms, Igor said. * Devin Booker did some recovery stuff during today’s practice but is OUT tomorrow.
Devin Booker re-aggravated the left hamstring he initially strained against the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season in Sunday’s 120-96 loss at Staples Center. The team's leading scorer and assist man scored just six points on 3-of-8 shooting as he went down late in the first half. "I'm not sure how extreme it is right now, but of course, everybody knows we need him, desperately," Suns wing Josh Jackson said. "The sooner we can get him back, the better, but hopefully, we can get him back 100 percent."
A frustrated Booker noticeably limped to the team bus after the game and politely declined to comment about the injury. Suns first-year coach Kokoskov said he isn't opposed to shutting down Booker, who has had multiple injuries already this season. "I'm very open (to the idea), but that's not my jurisdiction when it comes to the medical staff," Kokoskov said. "We have a great medical staff. They're going to tell me as an organization what we should do."
Dave McMenamin: Devin Booker appeared to pull his hamstring on that last play, running off the court in pain. Both LeBron James and Tyson Chandler left the court to check on him before Booker went to the locker room accompanied by Suns medical staff.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, T.J. Warren (ankle) is officially listed as doubtful to play tomorrow at Lakers and Devin Booker (toe) is listed as probable.
Gina Mizell: Late scratch: Devin Booker is also OUT tonight vs. Orlando with a left toe injury. T.J. Warren is also out with ankle soreness. #Suns
Gina Mizell: #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said after practice that Devin Booker (hamstring) is doubtful to play tomorrow vs. San Antonio and that Isaiah Canaan (ankle) is questionable.
Duane Rankin: #Suns official game notes: Devin Booker listed OUT for Memphis game and is "day-to-day" after suffering hamstring injury Wednesday night against Los Angeles #Lakers. Earlier today, Igor Kokoskov said it was a "game-time decision." Booker said he'd see how it felt tomorrow.
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Devin Booker has taken another giant step in recovering from an injured right shooting hand. The Phoenix Suns’ franchise player has been cleared for contact and has been practicing 5-on-5 with the team. “He looked good,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said after Saturday’s practice. “As we all know, on any level that you play, when you’re recovering from something, an injury, there’s some kind of hesitation when it comes to the contact, but I don’t see that in Book."
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is running with the first team during a full-contact portion of today’s #Suns practice. He’s still got his fingers wrapped. James Jones said earlier today that he is “hopeful” Booker can play in Wednesday’s opener.
Duane Rankin: Looking at Devin Booker, he's not wearing wraps on his injured right hand. Maybe that's just because he's not shooting or in a practice, but that can be see as another sign of progress. #Suns
“As you guys know he did have the injury late last year,” McDonough said, referring to a lingering issue for Booker during the end of the 2017-18 season for which he missed the final 12 games. “There were no symptoms over the summer. The hand died down, it calmed down a little bit, it looked good, there was nothing structurally wrong with it.”
The GM went on to explain that in recent weeks, the Suns have had members of their NBA roster in the gym for workouts and pickup games. That’s when the swelling happened. “Just in one of those games, the hand swelled up,” he said. “There was no trauma that we could see — it wasn’t like he hit it or jammed it or anything stood out unusually while he was playing. The hand just swelled up.”

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Harrison Wind: Suns say Devin Booker will be out approximately six weeks after surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand. If that timetable holds up, he’ll barely miss the Nuggets’ home opener vs Phoenix on Oct. 20.
Gambadoro reports Booker will miss at least four weeks. The bothersome right hand injury lingered for Booker throughout the end of the 2017-18 season after he jammed it in practice on March 14, a day before the team’s game against the Utah Jazz. Booker went on to play and shot 3-of-18. From that point on, Booker was required to wear a splint until his condition improved and he missed the last 12 games of the season.
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Most of the front office, it seems, has zeroed in on Darvin Ham, with former head coaches Terry Stotts (Portland) and Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn) also in the mix. Ham was briefly an assistant with the Lakers, and according to league sources, he is the favorite of the Phil Jackson-Kurt Rambis layer of Lakers decision-makers. “I think those guys want a young coach they can mold a little bit,” one Western Conference executive told Heavy.com. “I do not think Darvin is a pushover by any means. I just think that they want a guy they can point in the direction they want to go, more traditional basketball, using Russell Westbrook a certain way.”
“A lot of teams would rather have that Detroit pick than the Dallas pick, you have more flexibility with second-rounders and they won’t be that far apart,” one GM told Heavy.com. “If they can make a pick swap only, and it costs them the Dallas pick next year and the Detroit second-rounder, it is a lot to give up, but that could land them in the Top 4. It is a significant move for them.”
Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice reported this week that the Nets are expected to defer their right to the Sixers’ first-round pick (No. 23 this year) to instead register in next year’s draft, and sources around the league confirmed that with Heavy.com. That does not mean it’s likely that the Nets will make that pick next season, though. It could be a valuable trade chip.

James Worthy on current NBA: 'All they do is practice threes, get tattoos and tweet'

During an interview Wednesday on the Stoney & Jansen Show, Lakers legend and Hall of Famer James Worthy, a three-time NBA champ, was asked what he thinks of today’s game and its heavy reliance on the three. And Worthy said the NBA has been diminished by “the rush of guys not going to college” — or at least not going for more than a year. “I mean, Kareem had four years with John Wooden, Michael Jordan and I had three years with Dean Smith, Isiah (Thomas) had some years with Bobby Knight. So you learned the fundamentals,” Worthy said. “Not only that, you learned how to live. You learned how to balance your freaking checkbook in college, there’s a lot of things. When you don’t get that, guys are coming to the NBA who are not fundamentally sound. All they do is practice threes, lift weights, get tattoos, tweet and go on social media. That’s it.
Worthy was also asked what’s wrong with his former team after LeBron James and the high-priced Lakers missed the playoffs two years removed from winning it all. “The Lakers, I think they have refused to build over the years,” Worthy said. “We’ve had some good players: (Brandon) Ingram, (Julius) Randle, (Lonzo) Ball. We have tried to win quickly. In Kobe’s last few years, we brought in (Steve) Nash who was a little bit older, Dwight Howard came in with a back injury. We traded away draft picks to try to win immediately and I think they’re going to have really think about how they need to build.
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