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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Alex Raskin: Sean Marks: “Greivis did everything we asked of him and more to try to get back on the court at full strength… The passion, grit and perseverance he has shown since he joined the team have been remarkable… We are thankful to Greivis for all of his efforts and wish him well in the future.” #Nets
Michael Scotto: Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says Greivis Vasquez is day-to-day with his ankle injury.
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.
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.
Bucks guard Greivis Vasquez was on the floor taking shots with his teammates following shootaround Friday morning at Philips Arena. But Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said Vasquez has yet to receive medical clearance to return to action. Vasquez has been sidelined since undergoing right ankle surgery in mid-December.
Vasquez has not played since undergoing right ankle surgery in mid-December and it was thought his injury might keep him out the rest of the season. “I’m four weeks ahead,” Vasquez said. “I’m probably going to come back very soon, probably next week start practicing with the team. “People thought I was going to miss the whole season, but I’m not.”
Marc J. Spears: Bucks point guard Greivis Vasquez told Yahoo Sports that he expects to return to action in 3-4 weeks after having ankle surgery in December.
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.
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.
Charles F. Gardner: Bucks announce G Greivis Vasquez had surgery today to remove bone spur and loose bodies from his right foot. Update on recovery to come. Surgery performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York. Vasquez limited to 16 appearances this season, all off the bench.
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After eight seasons in the NBA, Isaiah Canaan will move to China. The guard has signed a deal with Shandong. Canaan spent last season with between Suns, Timberwolves and Bucks.
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.
Their father, Charles, passed away unexpectedly in 2017 at his home in Milwaukee. He suffered a heart attack, out of the blue, at the age of 54. Now the family carries his name with them at every turn. “Every day that I step on the floor, I think about my dad,” Giannis said through tears during his MVP speech. “That motivates me and it pushes me to play harder and move forward.”