Brandon Rahbar: Daigneault on SGA: “He’s got a significant tear. It’s not something you should mess around with. We’re not gonna sacrifice anything long term with any of our guys, especially with a guy like Shai.” This makes sense. Rest is the only things that heals plantar fasciitis.
Joe Mussatto: It's been two weeks since the Thunder said Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (plantar fasciitis) would be re-evaluated in two weeks. No update today from Mark Daigneault other than "he's progressing."
Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault on SGA, who is on the court lightly shooting around right now: "He's on a return to play. A lot of his stuff is in the weight room. He's like an addict. I don't know if we can keep him away from the court. (Laughs). In terms of the time table, I'm not sure."
Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will miss a significant amount of time due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “Obviously when we’ve got a guy out for maintenance or for rest, it’s easy to be in the moment and wonder why we’re doing that, but I think this makes it very tangible,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said Wednesday.
Daigneault was referencing the wear and tear of a condensed 2020-21 schedule which followed a shortened offseason. Gilgeous-Alexander has had two “maintenance” days since the All-Star break, but Wednesday night against the Grizzlies was not one of those. “This one is an injury that we need to now take a look at,” Daigneault said.
Joe Mussatto: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed as out tonight with right foot plantar fasciitis. George Hill, Darius Bazley and Josh Hall remain out. It looks like Al Horford will play.
Brandon Rahbar: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will play today. The other four usual starters Lu Dort, Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley and Al Horford are out. Mark Daigneault will wait until closer to game time to announce the starters.
Joe Mussatto: Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be available tonight after missing the last four games with a left knee sprain. Al Horford (rest) is out on the second night of a back-to-back.
Joe Mussatto: The Thunder will once again be down to eight players tonight. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is back on the injury report with a left knee sprain. pic.twitter.com/0CV5k2LGDk
Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault says the team is just exercising caution with Shai: “It’s nothing really serious.” Thunder will see how SGA responds to treatment. Seems like it’s nothing to worry about.
September 22, 2021 | 4:19 am EDT Update
Ian Begley: Frank Ntilikina’s 2-year deal with the Mavericks is fully guaranteed in Year 1 and nonguaranteed in Year 2. The second year of Ntilikina’s deal becomes fully guaranteed if he’s on the Mavs roster past 7/4/22, per sources. The ex-Knick’s contract is for $3.8 million in total.
Zach Lowe: Now they’re investigating teams for announcing deals at 6:01 pm so that we could talk about it on our television show. That investigation by the way is still going on. There are rumblings that penalties are coming.
Jon Krawczynski: Coming into this year, people who have talked to (Karl-Anthony Towns) say he is much more focused, he’s got a clear head. And so there is the potential for him to come in and have this monster offensive start to the season again.
Perkins claimed that Harden disappeared in the series after the games went to the South Beach in Miami. OKC won the first game, but the Heat was able to equalize. “We get to Miami and South Beach get a hold to us, right? James Harden disappeared. Completely off the face of the Earth. When we needed him the most, his numbers that I mean his numbers in the finals were mind-boggling. I don’t know what it was but i just know he wasn’t there.”
The NBA entered the 2020-21 season with seven African American coaches among its 30 teams despite the league being about 75% Black. Brown told The Undefeated that he told the Celtics ownership and front office last offseason that it was important to hire a Black head coach after Brad Stevens was promoted to president of basketball operations. The Celtics seemingly listened, hiring former NBA player Ime Udoka, who was a Brooklyn Nets assistant last season and has nine years of coaching experience, on June 28. “They were on board with it. They talked about it. It wasn’t like it was just about being African American. [Udoka is] more than qualified,” said Brown.
A huge LAPD police union is going scorched earth on the Los Angeles District Attorney after he decided NOT to charge Jaxson Hayes with a felony, following the arrest of the New Orleans Pelicans star in July. “George Gascon’s latest criminal’s first airball puts a target on the back of every police officer in Los Angeles,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League tells TMZ Sports.