Chris Haynes: Miami Heat forward PJ Tucker will undergo an MRI on his left knee tomorrow morning, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Ira Winderman: Questionable for Heat for Thursday: Tyler Herro (ankle sprain) Caleb Martin (ankle sprain) Max Strus (hamstring) PJ Tucker (calf strain) Gabe Vincent (knee irritation)
Ky Carlin: Heat star Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable for tomorrow due to right knee inflammation Tyler Herro, Markieff Morris, Caleb Martin, Max Strus, and P.J. Tucker are all also listed as questionable tomorrow Kyle Lowry is out #Sixers
Marc J. Spears: Heat say Kyle Lowry (hamstring strain), Bam Adebayo (quad), P.J. Tucker (calf) and Caleb Martin (ankle) are all listed as questionable to play in tomorrow’s Game 4 vs the Hawks. Gabe Vincent (toe) is probable.
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat: Gabe Vincent (toe) is listed as probable to play in tomorrow’s Game 3 vs the Hawks in Atlanta. Bam Adebayo (quad), Caleb Martin (ankle), Markieff Morris (hip) & P.J. Tucker (calf) are all listed as questionable.
Heat forward PJ Tucker, sidelined since sustaining a strained calf last week against Atlanta, told Erik Spoelstra he intends to be ready for Sunday’s Game 1. “It’s encouraging,” Spoelstra said. “He’s been doing round the clock treatment. From the night he got hurt to what he just told me today walking off the court, his message has been the same. He’ll be ready and don’t think otherwise with a few other expletives.” Tucker wasn’t a full practice participant on Tuesday but shot on the side.
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra calls it encouraging having PJ Tucker shooting at practice. “He said he’ll be ready.”
Anthony Chiang: Omer Yurtseven downgraded to out because of non-COVID illness. P.J. Tucker also out. Dedmon, Highsmith, Martin, Morris and Vincent still questionable for tonight vs. Hawks. Nobody else on Heat injury report for now.
Ira Winderman: PJ Tucker MRI showed calf strain. Reevaluated in a week. Will miss final two of regular season.
Anthony Chiang: Kyle Lowry and Dewayne Dedmon are out tonight vs. Hornets. Caleb Martin, Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker and Gabe Vincent expected to play.
Anthony Chiang: P.J. Tucker is out tonight because of knee irritation. Erik Spoelstra will not coach tonight's game because of health and safety protocols. Chris Quinn will coach.
Brady Hawk: Heat injury report tomorrow vs Knicks Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, PJ Tucker, and Caleb Martin all questionable Victor Oladipo and Gabe Vincent out @5ReasonsSports
Tim Reynolds: Heat status updates ... Jimmy Butler, out (ankle) Caleb Martin, in (knee) PJ Tucker, in (knee) Victor Oladipo, out (announced earlier today, back spasms)
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra on tonight vs. 76ers says Jimmy Butler (toe), PJ Tucker (knee), Caleb Martin (Achilles) and Max Strus (shoulder) all expected to play. Victor Oladipo, Markieff Morris, Kyle Lowry are out.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler (left big toe irritation), P.J. Tucker (left knee pain), Max Strus (right shoulder sprain) and Caleb Martin (left Achilles soreness) are listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. 76ers. Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo and Markieff Morris remain out.
Anthony Chiang: Jimmy Butler (left big toe irritation), Caleb Martin (left Achilles soreness), Max Strus (right shoulder sprain) and P.J. Tucker (left knee pain) are all listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. Nets. Kyle Lowry, Markieff Morris and Victor Oladipo remain out for the Heat.
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Herro (right knee soreness), Caleb Martin (left Achilles soreness) and P.J. Tucker (left knee contusion) listed as questionable for tomorrow's game vs. Nets. Markieff Morris and Victor Oladipo remain out.
Tim Reynolds: Jimmy Butler intends to play. PJ Tucker remains out.
Ira Winderman: Heat injury report for Thursday vs. Pistons is out, with the following all listed as out: Jimmy Butler (tailbone) Bam Adebayo (thumb) Markieff Morris (neck) Victor Oladipo (knee) Caleb Martin (protocols) P.J. Tucker (leg) No other players currently on injury report.
Ira Winderman: Heat listing as questionable for tonight in Detroit: Bam Adebayo, body soreness. Duncan Robinson, knee contusion. PJ Tucker, body soreness. Also, Marcus Garrett (wrist) is out.
Eric Nehm: Bucks injury report for Thursday night's game against the Mavericks: - Giannis Antetokounmpo - doubtful (left knee soreness) - P.J. Tucker - OUT (left calf strain)
Eric Nehm: Giannis Antetokounmpo is not on the Bucks’ injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Celtics. The Bucks’ injury report: Bryn Forbes - Probable (right toe sprain) PJ Tucker - Doubtful (left calf strain) Rodions Kurucs - OUT (abdominal strain)
Kane Pitman: Milwaukee injury report update for tomorrow vs. Boston. Giannis Antetokounmpo - Questionable (left knee sprain) Bryn Forbes - Questionable (right toe sprain) PJ Tucker - Probable (left ankle sprain)
Adam Spolane: P.J. Tucker didn’t practice today and Stephen Silas says he questionable for tomorrow’s game. Tucker hasn’t missed a game since April 2, 2017
It wasn’t clear when Tucker suffered his injury, but he was late making his way back to the court after halftime — which suggests it may have also occurred in the first half. He limped through several possessions during the third quarter and eventually went back to the locker room. Tucker hasn’t missed a game in the regular season or playoffs since signing with the Rockets in July 2017. Overall, he has the NBA’s longest active streak of consecutive games played at 265. Conceivably, that could be in jeopardy when Houston next plays on Saturday in New York.
Mark Berman: PJ Tucker has played w/ an injured left hand all season:”I don’t think about it.I just play.Minnesota game in Jan I took a hit to the neck &I had some nerve damage.Sometimes I play with a numb hand,where I have no feeling at all & still playing & not missing games.That’s just me” pic.twitter.com/BjU6mNBo5Z
Salman Ali: Mike D'Antoni says PJ Tucker "seems to be okay". Expects Tucker to be ready to play on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/336eGUmRK8
Shams Charania: Houston’s PJ Tucker is withdrawing from USA Basketball ahead of FIBA World Cup because of an ankle injury, and will prepare for Rockets training camp, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Salman Ali: PJ Tucker says sitting out the first two preseason games was just a precaution. On whether or not he expects to start on opening night: "Oh, no question."
Alykhan Bijani: P.J. Tucker (sore back) and Clint Capela (right foot soreness) will be available to play tomorrow when the #Rockets travel to San Antonio to take on the #Spurs.
Alykhan Bijani: PJ Tucker on how he’s feeling: “I’m good. It’s been more precautionary, I’ll probably play Sunday just to ease back into it. All is well.” #Rockets
Mark Berman: PJ Tucker on injuring his knee but playing through it: "I'm okay, a little sore, not great. He fell on my knee & I fell awkward. Get back, see the doc, see how it is." Not sure if he needs an MRI. Said he'll play tomorrow: "I'll definitely be ready for (game) 5, no question"
Tim Bontemps: That didn't look good for P.J. Tucker. Jeff Teague fell right on his leg. Grabbing his left knee. Hopefully he's OK. Headed to the locker room.
Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, cleared after his rehab from a strained right hamstring Sept. 21, was a full participant in Sunday's practice for the first time in Rockets training camp. With the NBA's shorter training camp and a Rockets' preseason schedule reduced to five games, beginning Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tucker said he is working to make up for lost time before the Oct. 17 season opener.
"I'm 100 percent," Tucker said. "The trainers have been on me tough, but I'm working every day, building up to get to this point so now, it's just getting back out there, getting in better shape. We're just been amping it up more now that I'm 100 percent so every day, we're pushing it, getting in early, staying a little later, getting extra work in."
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets forward P.J. Tucker increased his workload each of the past two days, expects to be fully cleared to practice on Sunday.
Tucker was successfully stepping up his rehab workload after feeling soreness in his right hamstring during the Rockets' pick-up games last Thursday. But D'Antoni did not want that progress to fool Tucker into giving in to the temptation to join the practices going on without him. "We're all anxious, and I know he's really anxious to get out and play, but we have to slow down," D'Antoni said. "I just told him this morning, we have to make sure he's healthy all year. If you miss one practice now instead of (missing) two weeks later, it's more important. We'll be careful with him. He is further ahead of what they thought. He'll start doing some things pretty soon."
Josh Lewenberg: P.J. Tucker will sit out tonight with a sore left knee, Raptors say. Wouldn't read too much into it, given opponent and time of the season
Suns forward P.J. Tucker will miss training camp, preseason and likely the early parts of the regular season after undergoing a low back microsectomy procedure Thursday. Valley spine specialist Dr. Dennis Crandall performed the surgery, which typically addresses a herniated lumbar disk and relieves nerve pressure. The team's announcement did not give specifics beyond stating Tucker would be out six to eight weeks. That puts a return to basketball activity either immediately after the Suns' Oct. 26 regular-season opener or closer to Nov. 10 after eight Suns games.
Tucker is entering his final contract year, which will be his fifth Suns season. A top defender and team leader, Tucker averaged a career-high 31.0 minutes per game last season with 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
June 25, 2022 | 11:17 am EDT Update
Khalifa Diop, 20, a native of Guediawaye, Senegal, played last season for Gran Canaria in Spain, averaging 6.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots in 15.7 minutes of 49 games. President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman said Diop would remain in Spain next season under the watchful eye of ex-Cav Jose Calderon, now a special advisor to the front office.
“It’s a great league for his development, and if it’s the right team, he’ll also play against other teams from other countries,” Altman said of Diop. ‘Hopefully the team he will play for will be EuroLeague level even though it’s in the Spanish League. Jose will make sure he’s well taken care of.”
Ryan Resch, 29, works in basketball operations for the Suns, where he serves as vice president of strategy and evaluation for the Suns and essentially functions as the front office’s chief-of-staff. He attends to the big-picture responsibilities of team-building and runs staff-wide meetings alongside general manager James Jones, who has been a mentor to him. This past winter, Resch came out to Jones, then the rest of the Suns’ staff. He is the first openly gay person in league history to work basketball operations in an NBA front office.
How did you first come out to the Suns? Ryan Resch: My thought was, ‘If I’m gonna do this, then I’m going to do it the right way,’ and I wasn’t going to hide behind it any longer. I told [Phoenix general manager] James [Jones] in my office randomly one day, after practice. We were playing Miami at home and I wanted to bring somebody I was seeing at the time to the game and have him sit with me in our executive suite. And I obviously can’t do that unless you tell the other executives whom you’re bringing. In true James fashion — he has been referred to as the best teammate of all time by several of his former teammates — it was amongst the most nondescript conversations we’ve ever had. By that, I mean there was a beauty in how uneventful it was, because he was just so accepting and so generous and kind about it from the jump.
Have you had any interaction with Sarver since you came out? Ryan Resch: I hadn’t seen him or had a chance to talk to him in person for a few months after I came [out] to James and the rest of the organization. My then-boyfriend had been coming to games during that period. When I told Robert a couple of weeks ago, he was amazing. He told me, “I’m so happy you feel comfortable enough to live as who you are, and bring someone special to you to a game.” We spoke about Rick Welts. The best part of the conversation was our discussion about how it’s the quality of the work that will determine my trajectory professionally in the franchise. It’s about merit.
June 25, 2022 | 11:00 am EDT Update
Andrew Wiggins: When they talk it’s all motivation. When I first got here, everyone had something to say, now everyone is quiet. That’s the best feeling, when people doubt you, and people sleep on you, and don’t think that you can do something that you know you can do, that you’ve been doing your whole life. It’s good to just make those guys kick rocks.