Jonathan Feigen: Joe Johnson, who missed the Rockets’ past two games with an illness, no longer on the Rockets’ injury report. Forward Ryan Anderson (sore hip) listed as doubtful to play against the Raptors tomorrow.
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Jay King: Joe Johnson is available for the Jazz. Had missed 21 straight games.
David Locke: Joe Johnson is available for the Utah Jazz tomorrow
Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson got a little more involved. Both players participated in a non-contact session Monday, boosting hope that they’ll be able to return for the upcoming road trip. The Tribune has learned that Hood is targeting a comeback on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. Neither coach Quin Snyder nor anyone else got that specific, but it was a big moment for both to be practicing.
Raul Neto did not practice after leaving the Milwaukee game and entering the team’s concussion protocol. The Jazz haven’t said whether any of the three — Hood, Johnson or Neto — will be available for Wednesday’s game.
Andy Larsen: Joe Johnson again “showing progress”, again still will be reevaluated in two weeks due to his wrist tendon instability.
Kyle Goon: Joe Johnson out on the court with just a small wrap on his right wrist. No cast or brace. Looking for an update on him tomorrow.
Eric Woodyard: Injured Jazz player Joe Johnson is at practice today getting up left-handed shots. That left hand is gonna be strong when he gets back.
Snyder provided an update on veteran forward Joe Johnson ahead of the Miami Heat game. “Joe is in a splint. He’s riding the bike during practice,” Snyder said. “He’s going to all the shootarounds. He’s in the film sessions. He’s coming with us on the road so his rehabilitation process is really more just waiting and time and then reevaluate where he is and what happened when they take the cast off and look at it.”
After Joe Johnson missed Tuesday morning’s practice with what was initially believed to be a wrist sprain, an MRI revealed the real issue later that evening. The NBA veteran will miss at least two weeks with tendon instability in his right wrist before being re-evaluated by team doctors. “Unfortunately, we’re in a situation where Joe (Johnson) and Dante (Exum), a couple of our important players are out. It is what it is,” Snyder said during Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “It’s more than just one guy stepping up, it’s our whole team continuing to execute together and play to each other’s strengths and Jonas is part of that.”
Tim MacMahon: F Joe Johnson (groin) will miss his third straight game. Reserve PG Shelvin Mack (ankle) is also out.
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The Sixers say they aren’t shopping him. However, there was a report that they had internal discussions about packing him with Nos. 10 and 26 picks to move up into the Top 5 in Thursday’s draft. And multiple league sources have said that Fultz was available to be traded. But it’s hard to get equal value in return for someone relearning how to shoot. The Sixers know that. They also know that if things do come together, Fultz will be a special player.
Mainly, back in 1998 when the Mavs acquired Dirk Nowitzki in a draft day trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, many compared his game to that of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird. That didn’t go over too well with the Bird followers. So when the Mavs were asked last week who they fondly compare their latest prized rookie – Doncic – to, their lips were unilaterally sealed. Well, sort of. “I’m not going to make the same mistake we did 20 years ago, because (Doncic, like Nowitzki at the time) is a 19-year old kid that is going to have his rear end handed to him,” said Donnie Nelson, the Mavs’ president of basketball operations. “He is going to go against the elite of the elite, not only outside our walls, but within our training camp. Dirk and I had a long talk coming in. That’s why I want to remain guarded in my comments.”
Besides Nelson, coach Rick Carlisle also weighed in, adding that the comparison game is categorically unnecessary when it comes to describing Doncic and the skill set he’s able to bring to the court. “This kid has really carved out an amazing record of accomplishments,” Carlisle said. “I think he comes to the NBA on his own merits and I think going forward he should be judged on being the first Luka Doncic and not the second coming of this guy or that guy or the other guy, and I think that’s fair based on what he’s done.”
Just a few weeks after Sixers president of basketball operations Colangelo resigned when it was learned his wife used fake Twitter accounts to discuss team business and criticize players, the Heat’s president was asked if he has his own Twitter burner account. “I still have this kind of phone that flips,” Pat Riley said holding up a tape recorder following Thursday’s NBA draft. “Is that what a burner phone looks like? I don’t have any. I’ve tweeted one time. I do have a Twitter account. Only because I need to follow a lot of people like you, which is very interesting. I actually get alerts on all you guys. But I never tweeted out anything except one picture. My boss and his wife and myself and my wife and three championship trophies. I think it’s out there. I think I put it down as soon as I put it up.”