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Mike McGraw: Donovan says he’s optimistic about Otto Porter (back) playing Fri in OKC. #Bulls
Eric Woodyard: Otto Porter will return tonight for the Bulls.
KC Johnson: Otto Porter Jr. practiced.
KC Johnson: Boylen said Porter will not play vs. Knicks.
Mike McGraw: Boylen says Porter won’t play Thu; Hutchison, Valentine also out. #Bulls
“I’m definitely feeling a lot better,” Carter said as the freshmen and sophomores prepared for practice. Continuously doing therapy. I want to be back the next game. That’s what I’m shooting for right now. I don’t know if that’s going to happen; that’s definitely what I’m shooting for.” The Bulls are hoping that Carter as well as Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen will return to play during the next week or two and the Bulls can take a shot and make one final push for that long discussed playoff goal for this season. Carter still believes it’s possible despite the season of setbacks and disappointments. Plus, Carter said after a shaky start he’s on board with coach Jim Boylen.
Mike McGraw: Update: Otto Porter is now shooting on the move half-speed; seems to be moving well. #Bulls
Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. is aiming for a return around the All-Star break in February, according to league sources. Porter has played in only nine games and has not played since Nov. 6 due to a small fracture in his left foot.
JD Shaw: Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. will miss at least four more weeks with his bruised left foot, continuing his current period of immobilization and progress as tolerated, the team announced today.
Bulls: Otto Porter Jr. underwent a repeat MRI of his left foot on Wednesday which revealed continued bone edema. Following a brief period of immobilization, Porter will resume a program of non-impact activities and targeted therapy. Porter will be reassessed in two weeks.
Otto Porter Jr. underwent a repeat MRI on Tuesday, Nov. 19, of his left foot which revealed bone bruising not apparent on his original MRI and consistent with his ongoing symptoms. Porter will continue his current course of treatment and be reassessed in two weeks.
Eric Woodyard: Still no timetable on the return of Otto Porter Jr. (Foot). He will miss his 5th straight game tonight.
KC Johnson: Jim Boylen said Otto Porter has had “not much development” since leaving crutch. Still waiting for soreness to subside. Felicio hurt wrist. Seeing specialist.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls announce that Otto Porter Jr. has a left foot contusion and will not return to tonight’s game at Atlanta.
Mike McGraw: Boylen says Otto Porter (ankle) is good to go tonight vs Lakers; Chandler Hutchison expected to play 8-16 minutes. #Bulls
KC Johnson: Dunn, Porter out vs. Raptors. LaVine doubtful.
KC Johnson: Bulls exec VP John Paxson said Chandler Hutchison is out for season. Otto Porter Jr. and Zach LaVine are monitored day-to-day. Porter out vs. Jazz.
Mike McGraw: Boylen said Kris Dunn is questionable for Sat with back injury. Porter doubtful with shoulder. #Bulls
Mike McGraw: Boylen unsure on timetable for an Otto Porter return from shoulder injury. #Bulls
KC Johnson: Zach LaVine has landed on Bulls injury report as questionable vs. Wizards with right thigh contusion. Porter still doubtful.
KC Johnson: The Bulls have listed Otto Porter Jr. as OUT for tonight’s Suns game with a strained right rotator cuff.
Mike McGraw: Boylen says Kris Dunn (migraine) will travel with team to Memphis today. Says both Dunn and Porter (leg strain) questionable for Wed. #Bulls
Malika Andrews: Kris Dunn and Otto Porter Jr. will not play against the Bucks tonight. Ryan Arcidiacono will start at point, Jim Boylen said.
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is considered questionable tonight vs. the Bucks due to his left toe sprain.
Fred Katz: Otto Porter will not start tonight, per Brooks.
Rick Bonnell: No Otto Porter tonight for Wizards against the @Charlotte Hornets
Chase Hughes: The Wizards’ injury report lists Markieff Morris as out and Otto Porter as questionable for tonight’s game. We will get official word from Scott Brooks shortly.
Fred Katz: Brooks says Otto Porter is “getting close” to returning. Porter hasn’t played since Dec. 10 because of a knee injury.
Fred Katz: Wall is playing. Otto Porter out.
Fred Katz: Brooks on what Porter’s been able to do with the knee injury: “He’s been on the court once and that’s about it. And it was very, very limited shooting.”
Fred Katz: Brooks said the team anticipates no Porter definitely for the Hawks and Rockets games. He’ll be re-evaluated after that. Porter still on the road trip with the team.
Candace Buckner: An MRI revealed that Otto Porter Jr. has a Grade II strain of his right Vastus medialis (muscle that’s part of the quadriceps and extends to the knee). Porter is expected to sit out about another week, The Post has learned.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. is OUT for the third straight game due to a right knee contusion, Jeff Green will take his place
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is OUT tonight with a right knee contusion. Jeff Green will start instead.
Fred Katz: Otto Porter just walked out of the locker room with a noticeable limp. Porter exited the game with what the Wizards called a knee contusion.
Fred Katz: Otto Porter (toe) is playing and starting. Jammed his toe last game. Same starting lineup as last game.
Chase Hughes: Dwight Howard did not practice and may not travel on the road trip. Otto Porter practiced, but is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Fred Katz: Otto Porter told me this morning his left big toe is doing “way better”: “It’s a part of your body you don’t think about using a lot, but once you hurt it, you’re like, dang it affects a lot of variables.”
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is OUT tonight, per the team. He is dealing with a left toe injury. Beyond more time for Oubre, should open the door for Troy Brown.
Josh Lewenberg: Brooks said the leg injury started bothering Porter in Game 4. They thought they could manage it but after MRI today made decision to undergo the procedure and shut him down.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kelly Oubre Jr. will start in place of the injured Otto Porter Jr. Scott Brooks says Tomas Satoransky and Ty Lawson will see more minutes, especially when Toronto goes small.
Josh Lewenberg: Wall on Porter, who’s questionable tonight: “You could tell when OP’s been healthy and when he’s not. When he’s not slashing and cutting to the basket you could tell he’s been dealing with something. He’s probably been dealing with it for a while.”
Candace Buckner: Kelly Oubre Jr. on possibly stepping into starting lineup tonight in place of Otto Porter Jr.: “Just got to take my energy drink a little earlier. Take my pregame caffeine pill and I’ll be good.” Porter did not participate in shootaround this morning
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. is questionable for tonight in Game 6.
Otto Porter has played with a bone contusion in his left leg that has been monitored by the Wizards’ medical staff, according to a person close to the situation.
On Thursday, Wizards Coach Scott Brooks was vague about Porter’s status for Game 6, which is to be played Friday night inside Capital One Arena at 7 p.m. The Wizards trail the Raptors three games to two in the best-of-seven series. “Anything’s possible, but we hope for the best,” Brooks responded when asked if Porter possibly will not play Friday. “I know he’s banged up. That’s all I know as of right now.”
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks said that Otto Porter is “banged up.” He didn’t rule out Otto missing Game 6 and doesn’t know if an MRI will be scheduled for his right leg strain. Doesn’t sound likely he will miss Game 6, but it’s possible.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. and Mike Scott will play tonight in Game 1 vs the #Raptors
Chris Miller: Mike Scott will play today. Otto Porter gametime decision. I’m told Otto is feeling better. #DCFamily #WizRaptors
Chris Miller: Positive sign seeing Otto Porter and @Mike Scott getting up shots after practice. #DCFamily #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/TEAt13U2oG
Candace Buckner: Porter went through some of practice and still listed of day to day. Scott still in NBA protocol and has to finish that before going through next step. Both are listed as questionable for Game 1.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. OUT with that mild calf strain. He’s day to day and I asked if this was Game 1 of the playoffs would he be playing and Scott Brooks did not know, because he hasn’t played that hypothetical game.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. will also play today vs the #Hornets. Bobbleheads rejoice!
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. (sprained right ankle) had an X-ray and the results were negative, said Scott Brooks
Candace Buckner: #Wizards announce Otto Porter Jr. has a sprained right ankle and is doubtful to return
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. is OUT tonight vs the #Bucks
Chris Miller: Otto Porter is a Gametime decision (hip)
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter (hip) didn’t practice today.
Chris Miller: Otto Porter is officially out with (hip) vs. @Cleveland Cavaliers #WizCavs #DCFamily
Ben Standig: Brooks said Otto Porter was banged in the hip. In a lot of pain. Day to day.
Chris Miller: Otto Porter has a right thigh bruise. Medical staff is currently working on him. No official word on if he’ll return #DCFamily
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September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”