Storyline: Greivis Vasquez Injury

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Vásquez played on the injured ankle for some time before the 2015 surgery despite ample discomfort. The bone structure remains unstable. Forget playing basketball. Vásquez, 32, says he cannot walk, jog or run correctly. “It’s pretty bad,” Vásquez said. “I’m not out of the league because of my talent. I’m out of the league because of an injury. It’s pretty depressing, but it’s something I have to face. It’s something I have to take.”

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I know you missed Rio and you’re recovering, but how have your offseason and your preparation for the year been? Greivis Vasquez: I feel much better. I feel healthier. I’m like a few weeks away, so I’m really happy with the fact that I’m in Brooklyn. I’m in New York. It’s gonna be a career year. I love this market. I identify myself — I’m from Caracas, I’m from a major city, so I think things are gonna turn out pretty good for myself this year. Like I said, it’s a career year, so I’m very focused. The main thing is just to be back healthy so I can be myself and go out there and compete and help my team win games. It’s gonna be exciting. It’s gonna be fun, and we’re looking forward to the season.

Reports in the Venezuelan press seem to indicate that Greivis Vasquez’s status with the Venezuelan Olympic team remains uncertain. Vasquez didn’t play this weekend in a “friendly” game vs. Spain, meaning that of the Venezuelans’ four friendlies so far, he’s only played in one vs. Lithuania and only 17 minutes in that one, contributing three points, an assist, and a rebound. In the matches against Belarus and the Netherlands he did not participate at all because he was working out the details of his contract with Brooklyn. He signed a one-year, $5 million contract, including bonuses, in New York on July 10.

Vasquez was with the team on its recent trip to Memphis but is not close yet to returning to the court. No timetable has been set for his return. “I’m better, mentally,” Vasquez said. “I was beat up mentally because I wanted to really perform and do well for the team. I didn’t play the way I wanted to, but I needed to get healthy. “I know I’m going to come back before the season is over. Hopefully we rack up a few wins and I can help. “Everything happens for a reason, I believe. I’m going to come back stronger and better and we’ll see what happens. I still believe in our team and what we have.”

Q: Will Vasquez be back this season (following right ankle surgery) and in hindsight was it a gamble to give up a 2017 lottery protected first-round pick in the trade for him? John Hammond: There is no timetable. We’re hopeful that he can (return). I think he’s going to do everything that he can to get himself back on the floor. I think he wanted to play; he wanted to be on the floor. But at the end of the day he had to have the surgery. It’s a part of business. Look, he played 82 games last year, almost 2,000 minutes and was a great contributor for that Toronto organization. We thought he could play well for us.
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August 22, 2019 | 7:53 am EDT Update
Burton’s star shined bright; he was named the league’s MVP after averaging 23.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. The performance piqued the interest of the Thunder, who have scouts all over the globe mining for gems like Burton. In addition to NBA interest, the year abroad also reinforced his need for a true connection in the locker room, like the one he created among his teammates back in high school. “When I play basketball, the team I’m on becomes my family,” he said firmly. “If I don’t feel it’s a family, I can’t play there. “That’s the main reason I came to OKC, because everybody was welcoming and family-oriented.”
Burton has survived a gnashing, tempestuous sea of instability as a player over the last six years, not to mention the emotional battle he waged in losing his mother. It’s a testament to the 25-year-old’s gentle heart and soul that he’s managed to navigate through it all and still maintain humility, grace and composure as a human being. “I honor my mom daily just by how I act,” he said. “I feel that she would be proud of me daily by how I interact with people.”
CM: And then we don’t talk anymore about his injury history, either. I mean, right before you took the job that was a significant concern, like would his legs be able to hold up. It doesn’t seem to be a variable with him anymore. Scott Brooks: When I took the job, you hear all the rumblings. ‘Brad’s not tough enough. He’s had injuries, you’re going to have him for 50 to 60 games. John and Brad don’t get along.’ Those things that you hear about all the time. One of the things that I saw with Brad from the day one, he practices every day and he basically played every game for the last three years. I think he missed two games since my first year.
And yet, with an MVP trophy and a signature sneaker, Antetokounmpo won’t stop working. “I’m really, really happy about everything, but at the end of the day I can’t stay in the moment that much because I try to stay as humble as I can and hungry, and usually when you stick around the moment, that makes you feel comfortable and I don’t want to be comfortable,” he says. “Feeling uncomfortable is a good thing. When you’re out of your comfort zone, then you get better. You improve, you learn.
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