In explaining why Vasquez did not play against Spain, Venezuelan coach Nestor Garcia said he has been “concentrating on getting in shape physically.” Vasquez had surgery in December to remove a bone spur and loose bodies from his ankle. He was expected to be ready to return in April, but the Bucks season had already ended by then. There’s been no indication that Vasquez won’t be ready for training camp in October.
Greivis Vasquez is determined to play again this season. Nothing has gone according to plan for the Milwaukee Bucks guard after his arrival in an off-season trade with the Toronto Raptors. The 29-year-old Venezuelan was hoping to add playmaking skills and three-point punch to the Bucks lineup. He was hoping to mentor young Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
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.
“Spo always says, ‘Playoff Jimmy, we’re going to need him,’” Heat rookie guard Tyler Herro said. “There are two different Jimmys. There’s Jimmy and there’s playoff Jimmy. I think [in Boston] we saw playoff Jimmy. Shoot, the last three games, I think we’ve seen playoff Jimmy, for sure. He’s a great player. I just keep learning from him. He’s solid.”
The Boston Celtics’ disastrous 2018-19 season came to an end on a Wednesday in May. The dejected squad dressed quietly in a Milwaukee locker room, then flew back to Boston the next morning. A few players talked to the media, but they didn’t have any answers. Nobody really did. The next morning, Celtics assistant coach Tony Dobbins got a text: Could he get to the practice facility? Jaylen Brown wanted to get in the gym.
NBA rules require a protest to be filed within 48 hours after a game. Sources said the NBA office has started conducting an investigation that could take longer than the 48-hour window. The Rockets contend that they should either be awarded the win — because they actually outscored the Spurs in regulation — or that the final seven minutes, 50 seconds of the game be replayed at a later date. League sources, however, scoffed at the suggestion that the Rockets would be awarded the victory.