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Rod Boone: PJ Washington is out tonight, James Borrego said.
Rod Boone: #Hornets announce PJ Washington underwent successful surgery to fix his fractured fifth finger on his right hand. Team didn’t give an exact timetable given for his return. But a source said Washington is fine and will just need to get through his rehab.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte Hornets rookie F P.J. Washington is expected to be sidelined through Christmas with fractured finger, league sources tell ESPN. The Hornets play five games in that stretch. He’s averaged 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that forward PJ Washington has suffered a fractured fifth finger on his right hand. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of last night’s 83-73 win over the Chicago Bulls. Washington will be listed as out for tomorrow’s game against the Indiana Pacers and further updates on his status will be provided when available.
Rick Bonnell: Left ankle sprain @PJ Washington. Can return.
Rick Bonnell: Injury update: @PJ Washington lower leg contusion. Day-to-day.
The foot injury that kept PJ Washington out of summer league shouldn’t be an issue for training camp, the Charlotte Hornets lottery pick said Monday night.
The Hornets chose forward-center Washington 12th overall in June, then shut him down for Las Vegas Summer league in July due to ongoing soreness from an injury he suffered in March playing for Kentucky. Washington said he was held out of basketball activity for about two weeks, but is cleared medically now, with training camp starting in late September. “I’m pretty much cleared to do everything,” Washington said, after throwing out the first pitch at a Charlotte Knights game. “After summer league, it was about two weeks.”
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Ohm Youngmisuk: Kawhi Leonard said unlike last year’s All-Star at Chicago pre-pandemic, Atlanta’s ASG is completely different: “There’s no energy, no excitement…Off the floor it is pretty dead. The city of Atlanta is pretty turnt up but it’s pretty dead [for what NBA staff and players can do]”
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Mark Medina: Kawhi Leonard on his plans for 2021 Olympics: “Right now, my plan is to go. It doesn’t really matter about the success that we have [in the playoffs].”
Sarah Todd: Donovan Mitchell on LeBron James’ Utah comments during All-Star draft – “I don’t want to be rude but I really don’t care….people have been talking s*** about me for a while…we’re not doing this to seek the approval of him.”
Though he has more 50-point, perfect score dunks (eight) than any player in NBA history – more than Michael Jordan, more than Zach LaVine – Gordon stands alone as the league’s best dunker without a crown. “Growing up as a little kid, that’s something I dreamed of – winning the NBA dunk contest trophy,” Gordon says in the opening to the documentary short “Mr. 50” that follows him through the 2020 event during All-Star Weekend in Chicago.
Gordon could be bitter about the results. “I don’t harbor any bad or negative feelings,” he said. He remains a fan of the event and is worried his experience – perfect scores, no trophy – may prevent others from participating. “I have some fears that I ruined the dunk contest, that people aren’t going to want to do it anymore,” Gordon said. “I hope that people see ‘Mr. 50’ and are inspired and continue to elevate that dunk contest because there are still dunks that haven’t been done. I’m not going to do them, but I hope somebody comes in and does them. It’s a great event. It’s beautiful for the game.”
The genesis of the documentary began with the idea to give viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of his weekend. “But it turned into something more,” Gordon said. “My friend and filmmaker Aaron Chapman chopped it up in a way that I had never seen before. It was much more artistic, much more poetic and raw. “The message I wanted to get across is to conquer your fears and be satisfied in your actions more than the outcome.”