NBA Rumor: 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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Goran Dragic talked to the Slovenian press before Saturday’s prep game against Montenegro and explained his motivation about his return to the Slovenian national team. “I predict the semi-finals, but then anything is possible”, said a smiling Dragic, who is ready to defend the title he won together with a young Luka Doncic back in 2017. However, after five years things are different and Dragic understands it: “In my opinion, I will play a little less minutes, it will not be at that level. I don’t know how much I played, 36 minutes per game? Everything will depend on how I feel. The role will definitely be different. I was Batman, but now I’ll be Robin. The most important thing will be to make sure we have good chemistry and be a leader on the court and lift guys up when it’s most difficult. My role remains the same, Luka’s may have changed a bit more, but I believe that everyone has their own role in the national team and that there will be no problems. We all understand each other, we are one big team, and that’s why we can make a good result. That chemistry is what other teams don’t have.”
Dragic had also to convince the Chicago Bulls to let him play, something that was not ideal for them: “When I had a medical exam with Chicago and sat down with them, they said I’d rather not play. I said I’d rather and in the end it’s the player who decides. I had to go to Chicago, undergo a medical examination and everything else. When you go to a medical examination, you always wait for the results, because you never know what can happen”.