The Milwaukee Bucks are getting All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Matthew Dellavedova back from right ankle injuries for the regular-season finale at Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Antetokounmpo has missed the last two games. Dellavedova’s injury was more series, sidelining him since Feb. 4.
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Michael Gallagher: Per Knicks TV, Giannis was warming up for about 30 minutes before today. ICYMI, he is out today for ankle soreness.
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will return to the starting lineup Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs after missing Milwaukee’s most recent game because of a sprained right ankle.
Matt Velazquez: Asked Bucks coach Joe Prunty if he expected Giannis Antetokounmpo’s right ankle sprain would be a short-term injury or if it would linger longer like Matthew Dellavedova’s has. Prunty’s response was vague but encouraging: “In all honesty, I can’t give you an honest answer and say this is exactly when he’s coming back, but I believe it will be sooner rather than later. But I don’t think it’s worthwhile to speculate at this time.”
Nick Friedell: Giannis Antetokounmpo had an MRI on the ankle, according to Bucks interim head coach Joe Prunty. Prunty doesn’t sound concerned that Antetokounmpo will miss a lot of time, but his return date remains unclear at this point.
Matt Velazquez: Giannis Antetokounmpo (eye) will play tonight after being listed as probable. Tony Snell (right thigh contusion) remains out.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo twisted his right ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 109-94 win over the Brooklyn Nets and did not return. Antetokounmpo did not seem concerned that the injury would keep out of action moving forward.
“At first you feel the pain and then you’re like, ‘How bad is it?” Antetokounmpo said after the game. “Is it going to be bad? I’ve twisted it twice in the last five games. But I just got to play through it. We’ve got the great medical staff that are going to take care of him and Delly. And hopefully I can be ready to go Tuesday vs. the Knicks.”
Matt Velazquez: Bucks win, 109-94. It was a comfortable game score-wise throughout the afternoon, but included one of the scarier 4th quarters the Bucks have played this season with Delly & Giannis injuring their ankles to varying degrees. Henson had 19 points, 18 rebounds; Bledsoe had 28 pts.
Matt Velazquez: Joe Prunty says Giannis is “fine” and will start as usual. Confirms Bledsoe will be back tonight.
Matt Velazquez: I asked Giannis Antetokounmpo is this was a productive week for his knee. Here’s what he said: “Oh, it’s (been) a great week. I feel great, I’m ready to go. We’ve got one practice tomorrow, I’ve got to practice hard and get my rhythm back and feel ready to go. (I’m) feeling energized.”
Matt Velazquez: I followed up by asking if that meant there was no reason why he would miss Friday’s game. Giannis Antetokounmpo said, “That’s not for me to say. I’ve got to talk to the medical staff, but for right now I feel good.” twitter.com/Matt_Velazquez…
Milwaukee Bucks all-star Giannis Antetokounmpo will sit out Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers as well as Monday’s home game against the Phoenix Suns as the team actively manages the health of Antetokounmpo’s sore right knee. He plans to return to action Friday against the Brooklyn Nets at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The management of Antetokounmpo’s situation is something the team knew would be a critical, daily aspect of the season. That management has been going on since this summer, when knee pain led Antetokounmpo to withdraw from playing with the Greek national team. Beginning then, the team worked on a plan that would best fit the situation for all parties throughout the season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury, which is not considered to be tendinitis, is regarded as something that is always going to bother him to some extent, according to a league source. There will be days where the discomfort is higher and some when it’s lower, and the team’s goal is to manage that on a daily basis to keep the injury from becoming severe or significant — something it is not considered to be at this point. (…) According to the source, the decision was made “for the greater good of the season.” According to the source, there’s no difference between playing 20 minutes or 40 minutes a game. “It’s not something that’s going to get worse; it’s just a management case,” the source said.
Matt Velazquez: Giannis Antetokounmpo will not only miss Saturday’s game in Philly but will also miss Monday’s home game against Phoenix. Expected back for Brooklyn game. Bucks actively managing the health of his right knee, something they’ve been doing since summer. More coming on JSOnline.
Matt Velazquez: Jason Kidd says Giannis Antetokounmpo is back for tonight’s game against the Bulls and will start with no restrictions. Joins Bledsoe, Middleton, Snell and Henson in starting lineup.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is out for Saturday’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center due to right knee soreness, head coach Jason Kidd announced during his pregame talk with the media.
“Oh no, I’m definitely not worried,” Antetokounmpo said. “Just got to be a little bit cautious about it. That’s what my team wants me to do. I think that’s the best decision for my knee. Just got to be careful because at the end of the day we’re a really good team and we want to make the playoffs, we want to go deep in the playoffs. Personally and the team, we don’t want anything happening right now to my knee that’s going to affect the team in the long run.”
When it comes to Antetokounmpo’s knee, Kidd doesn’t have any long-term concerns. “No concerns,” Kidd said. “He’s going to be sore; he’s playing at a very high level.”
Matt Velazquez: Jason Kidd says Giannis Antetokounmpo will sit tonight. Says it’s right knee soreness. Delly will start for him.
Eric Woodyard: Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will play tonight vs. the Utah Jazz.
The team’s hope and expectation is the bench will get a bit deeper as Giannis Antetokounmpo (right knee soreness) and John Henson (eye procedure) participated in practice on Friday and shootaround Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena ahead of their game at 8 p.m. against the Utah Jazz.
Matt Velazquez: No Giannis Antetokounmpo tonight for the Bucks (right knee).
Matt Velazquez: Giannis says his right knee issue is the same thing he had this summer. Just trying to give it rest and be cautious. The plan is to be back for Saturday’s game. Bucks down Giannis, Delly, Teletovic and Henson for tonight vs Phoenix.
Speaking on the Greek newspaper “To Vima”, Missas gave more details about the health condition of the Greek freak, which is the reason that keeps him out of the Eurobasket. “The story with Giannis is crystal clear”, said Missas. “Giannis wanted to play. That was his goal from the get-go, despite the condition of his knee, which wouldn’t create him any major issue. From day one, he was under great pressure from the Bucks, but he tried his best, giving 100% in every practice. The final decision has to do with him failing in the Bucks’ test. And that’s the end of discussion”.
According to Missas, if Giannis was 100% healthy, then he would play in the Eurobasket: “After the first stage of our training camp the other players of the team were informed about the situation with Giannis, his health and the upcoming trip to China. I have also to say that last year Giannis put on hold his deal with the Bucks in order to play in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but we can’t forget that Giannis is also a 22 years old kid. And in order to close the whole issue, I have to say that if Giannis was healthy and the Bucks asked him not to play, he would play”.
But his heart and mind are with his national team comrades. This is why shortly following his return from China, the Milwaukee Bucks point-forward paid a visit to “OAKA” arena, home of the Greek squad’s practices, in order to talk with his teammates and the national team’s coaching staff.
Before departing for Milwaukee, where he will begin treatment for his knee, Giannis will also attend Wednesday’s (23/8) prep game between of Greece against Zaza Pachulia’s Georgia for the “Akropolis International Tournament”.
“Giannis recently left his national team to travel to China for an appearance. Here he was visited by Bucks Head of Strength and Conditioning Suki Hobson. Hobson put Giannis through a series of exercises to evaluate his knee and reported that he was still experiencing significant pain on basic movements. “After reviewing the report filed by Hobson, Dr. Raasch recommended that due to the recurring knee pain, Giannis should not continue to attempt to play at this time and that the best course of action would be for him to return to Milwaukee for further evaluation and to begin a structured, daily rehabilitation program.
That assertion led the NBA to put out a statement on Saturday night refuting any notion that Antetokounmpo’s injury was staged. “The NBA and the Milwaukee Bucks have followed all appropriate protocol under the NBA-FIBA agreement,” said Tim Frank, the NBA’s senior vice president of basketball communications. “Giannis has an injury that has been confirmed through multiple examinations and any suggestion to the contrary is false.”
The Bucks took things a step further with a statement that was released early Sunday morning. The statement, which came from general manager Jon Horst, detailed the events that led to Antetokounmpo removing himself from EuroBasket competition. The full statement from Horst is as follows: “After a brief time in training with the Greek National Team, Giannis reported to our basketball staff that he was having right anterior knee pain following certain movements. At this time, we contacted the Greek National Team and requested that Giannis stop on-court running and jumping for a period of time to rest. Bucks Team Physician Dr. William Raasch consulted with Dr. Voulgaropoulos of the Greek National Team regarding the injury and as a result Giannis continued to sit out from training.
Greek Basketball Federation: The simultaneous briefing by the manager of the Milwaukee Bucks and by Giannis Antetokounmpo himself via phone and social media from distant China – and not in the proper formal form – for his inability to play for the Greek national team, brought us sadness due to this great loss, but unfortunately it does not surprise us.
Greek Basketball Federation: A series of clues by which we were particularly worried about since Giannis arrived in Greece and the national team training camp started, had created the conviction of an organized and well-staged plan by the NBA franchise in which Giannis has signed. Everything was in full knowledge of the NBA, if not encouraged by the NBA, and the athlete was put in a very difficult place and ultimately was obliged today to inform that he can’t be a member of the national team.
Emiliano Carchia: OFFICIAL: Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss Eurobasket
Giannis Antetokounmpo: I want everyone to be informed by me that I will not be able to play for the Greek national team in the upcoming Eurobasket. All this time I was pressuring myself to practice. I was trying to fool myself and not feel the pain, hoping that I will be ready for the official games. I failed in the tests I was put to and the reason was the pain I felt from the first seconds. I can accept the truth and deal with it in a mature manner. I have to work and improve as much as I can the condition of my knee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: This is by far the biggest disappointment that I have felt so far in my career. I want to wish the best from the bottom of my heart to my teammates and coaches. The national team is my favorite team and in the future I will prove together with my teammates that we can achieve high goals and make all the Greeks happy.
As the Greek Basketball Federation announced, Giannis Antetokounmpo will refrain from the national team’s practices for the next five days. After feeling a right-knee discomfort, the Milwaukee Bucks point forward underwent an MRI which revealed that there’s nothing serious. Still, Giannis needs to stay out of practices for the aforementioned period.
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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.”