Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry won’t participate in the team’s summer league games over the next two weeks as he recovers from April surgery to repair a fractured right wrist.
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Bembry participated in portions of the team’s practice Friday. He said plans to travel with the Hawks to Utah and Las Vegas. “As you can see I’m shooting and working out and everything like that,” he said. “It’s still a process. I’m almost back, not quite yet.”
Michael Cunningham: Hawks wing Bembry has a fractured right wrist. Expected recovery time is 4-6 weeks.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks list Bembry (abdominal) as probable vs ORL. Last played Feb 23.
Michael Cunningham: Budenholzer says there’s “some hope” Bembry (groin) will return before end of season. “We’ll see how next few days go.”
On Feb. 12, when DeAndre’ Bembry was set to return from a groin injury that had him on the shelf for most of six weeks, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer cited “the most fundamental thing” necessary for Bembry to salvage his second NBA season. “I think he’s got to take care of himself and find a way to stay healthy,” Budenholzer said. Three games later Bembry was back on the injured list, and that’s where he’s remained. All indications are that Bembry won’t play again this season–there are just seven games left–in which case it will end with just 21 games and 364 minutes played.
Michael Cunningham: Bembry (abdominal) out vs. LAL
Michael Cunningham: Budenholzer says Bembry will be available to play, assuming no issues after warm up
Earlier today Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry received an MRI at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, which revealed a grade 1 left adductor strain. He will be out one-to-three weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.
Michael Cunningham: Bembry is listed on Hawks injury report with groin strain. He’s not with team for game at Blazers tonight.
Michael Cunningham: Budenholzer says Bembry (wrist) is available to play. If plays, will be in “short bursts” with total minutes “based on feel.”
Michael Cunningham: Bembry (wrist) says he’s ready to play but still coming up with plan with train staff. “I say within the next four games I’ll be playing.”
Michael Cunningham: Bembry (wrist fracture) upgraded to probable on Hawks injury report. Hasn’t played since season opener.
Michael Cunningham: Bembry (R wrist) has progressed to dribbling, shooting mid-range Js. Says next step is to shoot 3s. Still unsure when he’ll return. Surgery was Oct. 24.
Hawks wing player DeAndre Bembry’s bad injury luck continued Friday when a MRI revealed a fracture in his right wrist that he suffered during the first regular-season game. Bembry was scheduled to return to Atlanta after the game against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday and is to be evaluated by team physicians Monday. He said he’s not sure how long he’ll be out.
Earlier today, Atlanta Hawks guard/forward DeAndre’ Bembry underwent an MRI, which revealed a fracture in his right wrist. He will return to Atlanta following tonight’s game in Charlotte and meet with team physicians from Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center on Monday, Oct. 23rd. His status will then be updated.
Marc J. Spears: Atlanta Hawks guard DeAndre’ Bembry (right tricep strain) is expected to make his preseason debut on Friday against the Detroit Pistons, a source said.
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According to sources, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas, and remains hopeful of signing with a team ahead of training camp next fall. Okafor averaged 17.5 points per game as a rookie in Philadelphia in 2015-16. He has spent the last few months working out in Miami with trainers David Alexander and Idan Ravin, fueling speculation that he could land with the Heat, especially if Miami finds a trading partner for Hassan Whiteside.
He will not be back with the Nets, the last team for which he played, a source said. Okafor has had interest from the Pacers and Bulls, among others, this summer but neither were at the workout in Las Vegas.
These are the real boys of summer, the grinders using the 12-day audition in the desert to impress NBA executives enough to earn the honor of an invitation to training camp. Take Cooley, 27, the unofficial dean of NBA Summer League stars. This is Cooley’s sixth stint in Vegas. He’s a member of the Phoenix Suns now, a teammate of Ayton’s. Before that he was a Sacramento King, setting screens for De’Aaron Fox, and before that a Cleveland Cavalier, throwing outlet passes to Andrew Wiggins. For Cooley, this was never a dream. In 2009, he chose Notre Dame, not for a springboard to the NBA, but because it had a top business school. “I used basketball to get the best education,” Cooley said.
But when he graduated, NBA teams called. Some 18 brought him in for pre-draft workouts. When he went undrafted, he started getting invitations to Summer League. “I remember my first year I was struggling to remember all the plays,” Cooley said. “Now my sixth year, this is the most complicated offense I’ve had, but it’s second nature, basic easy stuff. It’s a lot easier to understand.”
There’s Justin Harper, with the New York Knicks. Casper Ware, with the Portland Trail Blazers. Brady Heslip with the Memphis Grizzlies. There are no paychecks for playing in Summer League. There’s per diem, around $100 per day. There’s a hotel room, two-hour practices, daily bus rides and no guarantee of playing time. “It’s a grind, man,” Machado said. “Every time you come out to Summer League, everyone is trying to prove themselves. Me, trying to facilitate, sometimes you overthink it. Every time you come back, you think, ‘Man I did this already.’ It’s a constant grind and constant pressure you put on yourself.”
As Summer League winds down, most of the boys of summer will disperse. Some will sign on with G League teams, to maximize exposure. Others will ink European contracts, where the money is better. They will ride buses to small towns in the U.S. or live in isolation in far-flung cities around the world. They will do it, and they will hope for an invitation back to Las Vegas next summer, for the opportunity to impress once again. “There’s only about 1% of me that thinks about not playing,” Cooley said. “This life is pretty intense. But I love it, I’m glad it’s not easy. Not playing would be a terrible itch that I wouldn’t be able to scratch. I know once the time comes, I will definitely be a part of the game, because I’ll go crazy if I go cold-turkey out of basketball. But right now, I’m a player. The body of work I have put together has caused a pretty good stir here. I believe I’m an NBA player. I believe I can play in the league for a long time.”