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Rick Bonnell: Frank Kaminsky (sprained ankle) and Jeremy Lamb (shin contusion) available to play. With Batum out, I’d think Lamb starts, with Dwayne Bacon his backup.
Mike Trudell: Batum (elbow) is going to play tonight. Regular starters for the Hornets, but 3 main bench rotation players are all out (Lamb, Kaminsky, Zeller).
Rick Bonnell: Nic Batum (elbow) will be available to play versus the Spurs, after missing Friday’s loss in Cleveland.
Chris Fedor: Hornets will not have Nic Batum in tonight’s game against Cavs.
Hornets PR: Injury Update: @hornets Nic Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) is OUT for tonight’s game at CLE. Jeremy Lamb will start.
Hornets PR: Injury Status: @hornets Nic Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) traveled w/ team to CLE & is listed as questionable for Friday vs Cavs. #BuzzCity
Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Nic Batum missed the second half of Wednesday’s home game against the Washington Wizards with a contusion on his left elbow. Batum missed six weeks — including the Hornets’ first 12 regular-season games — after tearing a ligament in that same left elbow. The Hornets did not have additional details on Batum’s injury during the game.
Rick Bonnell: Nic Batum LEFT ELBOW CONTUSION. Will not return.
Barring a “drastic” and unexpected setback, Nic Batum will play — and start — Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Charlotte Hornets’ nationally-televised home game Wednesday. That was coach Steve Clifford’s statement, after Batum practiced for a third consecutive day.
“If it’s my call, yes,” Batum said of playing against the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers. “If the coaches and the training staff are OK with it, it should be a go tomorrow.”
For the first time since tearing a ligament in his left elbow Oct. 4, Batum went full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage in practice. All went well, and if there is no setback, shooting guard Batum should play in Wednesday’s nationally televised home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “There were a lot of smiles out there, to see him back in a uniform,” forward Marvin Williams said. “I bet he got an assist to everybody he played with today. There were a couple of times when he hit me wide-open and I wasn’t expecting the ball.
Marc J. Spears: Hornets say Nicolas Batum is expected to be out 6-8 weeks with a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. No surgery needed.
Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum got encouraging news from a Dallas specialist, indicating surgery isn’t necessary to heal from the torn ligament in his left elbow, a source said Tuesday morning.
Hornets guard Nicolas Batum says some basketball fans in his native France are happy he tore a ligament in his left elbow. Batum says some on social media are still angry he decided not to play for the French national team this summer for the first time since joining the NBA.
Batum says some “people in France are happy about it” and that it’s “like I deserve it,” although he says many in France and the U.S. have also been supportive.
Nicolas Batum: It’s my left arm guys! Everybody knows I’m not using my left hand (that’s what the scooting report says). We have a deep roster we’ll be fine
Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Nicolas Batum underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam today which revealed a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The injury occurred with 11:26 remaining in the first quarter of Charlotte’s preseason road contest against the Detroit Pistons last night. Treatment options are still being evaluated, but Batum is expected to miss a minimum of six to eight weeks
Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum has a torn ligament in his left elbow and is expected to miss eight-to-12 weeks, league sources told The Vertical. Batum suffered the injury in the Hornets’ preseason game on Wednesday night and had tests Thursday that confirmed the tear in the elbow. Batum is expected to receive second opinions soon to determine whether he will undergo surgery, league sources said.
Rick Bonnell: Story posting. Batum has a torn elbow ligament. Out at least 6 weeks. No determination yet on whether he needs surgery. A repair of the ulnar ligament is typically associated with Tommy John surgery. However, circumstance different. Batum isn’t throwing.
Rick Bonnell: Expect Jeremy Lamb to move into the starting lineup.
Shams Charania: Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum has suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow and will miss 8-to-12 weeks, league sources tell The Vertical.
Rod Beard: #Hornets Nic Batum has a left elbow sprain and won’t return to the game tonight.
Chris Haynes: Results from CT scan on the brain of Charlotte forward Nicolas Batum came back negative, the team says.
Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum is scheduled to undergo a CT scan on his brain Wednesday as he deals with extreme migraine headaches, league source tells ESPN. Sources say it’s “a scary period” for the nine-year veteran. The source said that the migraines were described as “excruciating.”
Batum, 28, will miss his second consecutive game when the Hornets visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. It is anticipated that he will be sidelined at least one more game.
Batum practiced Thursday. He participated in both drills and scrimmaging. He ran well and moved side-to-side. He has put off truly testing his knee in jumping situations until shootaround Friday morning in Philadelphia. If that goes well, he intends to play against the 76ers
Batum was under the basket against the Pistons in the second half, when the biggest player on the court toppled into his knee. “Roy landed on me,” Batum said, referring to teammate Roy Hibbert, a 7-foot-2, 270-pound center . “He’s a big guy, so. …”
“I can’t say enough about how much this team needs Nic Batum,” power forward Marvin Williams said Thursday after practice. “Not only offensively what he brings to the table for himself and the rest of us, but defensively as well. He’s such a smart player, such a great player, on both ends of the floor. When you (lose) a guy like that, who does so many things, the team does struggle a little bit in his absence. If he’s back out there, it will make a huge difference.”
A source close to the team has told Spencer Percy, Managing Editor of Queen City Hoops, that Nic Batum has “no structural damage” and “everything was clean” in his right knee. Batum is expected to be out 1-2 weeks. Batum injured his right knee during the third-quarter in Detroit last night when he and Roy Hibbert got their legs caught up going for a loose ball. It was hard to tell exactly what happened live, and there wasn’t a great camera angle to show whether or not Batum hyper-extended the knee. Nonetheless, the team called it a hyper-extended right knee injury and Batum did not return to the game.
How do the Hornets fill Batum’s void? Well, the answer is that they don’t. It could get ugly for however long he is out, but expect Clifford to move Marvin Williams to small-forward and insert Frank Kaminsky into the starting lineup as a power-forward. That would be a starting lineup of Kemba, MKG, Marvin, Kaminsky and Hibbert.
Batum came off the bench and logged only 14:44, going 2 of 5 from the floor and finishing with six points just hours after his wife gave birth to their son Aiden. “I tried, I tried,” Batum said. “The foot is huge. I tried everything. I tried hard, but I can’t push side to side. I was hurting the team much more than I was helping the team. So I told coach if you need me in the second half, call me. But it’s tough. Since Game 2, I’ve tried to come back, I’ve tried to do everything to come back and help the team, but I am not. So it’s a very tough situation for me right now.”
Justin Verrier: Clifford said that if Batum went through full shootaround and if he feels good before the game he’ll play. May have limited minutes.
Justin Verrier: Batum says he should be good to go for tonight.
Manny Navarro: Clifford says Batum’s ankle is still very, very weak. Team waiting to see how he feels in coming days #Heat #Hornets
Ira Winderman: Hornets formally rule Nic Batum out for tonight.
Hornets swing man Nicolas Batum missed the Hornets’ Game 3 victory over the Heat Saturday night with a sprained left ankle. He’s no lock to miss Game 4 on Monday. “Surprisingly much better than when it happened like three days ago,” Batum said of his ankle. “I improved like a lot. The swelling is way down so I will just keep working on it with like four or five hours of treatment everyday until I get back as fast as possible on the court.”
Batum said although he was initially concerned he might not play the rest of the series, his drastic improvement has given him confidence he might be able to. “You know what, during the game [at] every time out I was telling the trainers like ‘I got to be back Monday, I got to be back Monday, do everything you can to make me [come] back Monday.'” he said.
Rick Bonnell: FWIW: Report that Nicolas Batum is out for series is inaccurate. Won’t matter because Heat will win in 4 or 5.
Chris Haynes: Hornets F Nicolas Batum expected to miss rest of 1st-round series vs Heat, league sources tell @clevelanddotcom. X-Ray revealed no fracture.
Batum was not available after the game, but Hornets center Al Jefferson said that the injury looks bad enough that he doesn’t expect him to return this series. “It looked bad when it happened,” Jefferson said. “Looking at his ankle now, it’s pretty bad. “That’s part of the game. I feel like, me, personally, I don’t think he will be able to come back.”
When asked his level of concern about Batum’s injury going forward, Hornets coach Steve Clifford responded, “Very.” “We won’t know anything until tomorrow, but there was soreness, obviously,” Clifford said. “And we’ll just see.”
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According to sources, Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas, and remains hopeful of signing with a team ahead of training camp next fall. Okafor averaged 17.5 points per game as a rookie in Philadelphia in 2015-16. He has spent the last few months working out in Miami with trainers David Alexander and Idan Ravin, fueling speculation that he could land with the Heat, especially if Miami finds a trading partner for Hassan Whiteside.
He will not be back with the Nets, the last team for which he played, a source said. Okafor has had interest from the Pacers and Bulls, among others, this summer but neither were at the workout in Las Vegas.
These are the real boys of summer, the grinders using the 12-day audition in the desert to impress NBA executives enough to earn the honor of an invitation to training camp. Take Cooley, 27, the unofficial dean of NBA Summer League stars. This is Cooley’s sixth stint in Vegas. He’s a member of the Phoenix Suns now, a teammate of Ayton’s. Before that he was a Sacramento King, setting screens for De’Aaron Fox, and before that a Cleveland Cavalier, throwing outlet passes to Andrew Wiggins. For Cooley, this was never a dream. In 2009, he chose Notre Dame, not for a springboard to the NBA, but because it had a top business school. “I used basketball to get the best education,” Cooley said.
But when he graduated, NBA teams called. Some 18 brought him in for pre-draft workouts. When he went undrafted, he started getting invitations to Summer League. “I remember my first year I was struggling to remember all the plays,” Cooley said. “Now my sixth year, this is the most complicated offense I’ve had, but it’s second nature, basic easy stuff. It’s a lot easier to understand.”
There’s Justin Harper, with the New York Knicks. Casper Ware, with the Portland Trail Blazers. Brady Heslip with the Memphis Grizzlies. There are no paychecks for playing in Summer League. There’s per diem, around $100 per day. There’s a hotel room, two-hour practices, daily bus rides and no guarantee of playing time. “It’s a grind, man,” Machado said. “Every time you come out to Summer League, everyone is trying to prove themselves. Me, trying to facilitate, sometimes you overthink it. Every time you come back, you think, ‘Man I did this already.’ It’s a constant grind and constant pressure you put on yourself.”
As Summer League winds down, most of the boys of summer will disperse. Some will sign on with G League teams, to maximize exposure. Others will ink European contracts, where the money is better. They will ride buses to small towns in the U.S. or live in isolation in far-flung cities around the world. They will do it, and they will hope for an invitation back to Las Vegas next summer, for the opportunity to impress once again. “There’s only about 1% of me that thinks about not playing,” Cooley said. “This life is pretty intense. But I love it, I’m glad it’s not easy. Not playing would be a terrible itch that I wouldn’t be able to scratch. I know once the time comes, I will definitely be a part of the game, because I’ll go crazy if I go cold-turkey out of basketball. But right now, I’m a player. The body of work I have put together has caused a pretty good stir here. I believe I’m an NBA player. I believe I can play in the league for a long time.”