Anthony Chiang: Kelly Olynyk will play tonight, but will not start and will not play big minutes. Rodney McGruder is available and will dress tonight, but Spo not sure he will play.
More Rumors in this Storyline
Ira Winderman: Kelly Olynyk to be listed as doubtful for Friday due to shoulder. Rodney McGruder practiced today but Spoelstra not committing to him playing Friday.
Barry Jackson: Heat says McGruder will play again this season, perhaps in February, so he will at least help compensate for season ending loss of Waiters
Although there is still no timetable for McGruder’s return, he accompanied the Heat on their season-long six-game trip. Coach Erik Spoelstra is appreciative of McGruder’s presence, but also knows that he has to keep a close eye on him. “It’s great,” Spoelstra said. “It’s also annoying. He’s always trying to do a little bit more. You always have to make sure you’re paying attention to him. He keeps you on your toes.”
Manny Navarro: Bumped into Rodney McGruder in the locker room tonight. He’s on crutches following surgery. Says he misses playing badly. Won’t start comeback until bone heals. No timetable yet.
Manny Navarro: #Heat have a special card for Rodney McGruder on Opening night here at the AAA.
Anthony Chiang: Heat still have no timetable for McGruder’s return.
Anthony Chiang: Heat spokesman says initial exam on McGruder is a stress fracture of left tibia, but still being evaluated. Any timetable is premature.
Michael Gallagher: Rough news for Rodney McGruder, who had an excellent chance to start. Would think Josh Richardson starts at the three now.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: Rodney McGruder (left quad contusion) will not return to tonight’s game.
Ira Winderman: McGruder has been rule out for the game due to an illness.
Storyline Hype Rumor visits per day for the last week
Views per day
July 21, 2018 | 9:58 pm EDT Update
“I know I’ll be on a team next year. I’m not worried about that part,” Chalmers said. “I am still going, waiting on a contract right now. I’m right here, handling my event this time of year. I’ll figure my next move after that. It’s just a matter of time. They (NBA teams) are getting all the young guys, all the big free agents out of the way now. I’m just waiting my turn.”
Since the end of that 2017-18 campaign, one in which he averaged 21.5 minutes per game, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Chalmers has been competing in pro-am leagues in both Miami and Houston. The Grizzlies recently renounced his rights, meaning he is a free agent. “I’m very proud. A lot of people don’t really come back from that injury,” Chalmers said Friday at Lawrence’s Schwegler Elementary School where his Mario V. Chalmers Foundation sponsored a “field day” for the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.
Mario Chalmers: “Now it (recovering from Achilles tear) is more common. More people are doing it now. They can look at me for inspiration, see how I came back, look at Kobe (Bryant), how he came back. Players are proving they can come back from that injury.”
Gustavo Zermeno, a lifelong Lakers fan who put up the mural, said its message was that James was coming to the Lakers with respect and understanding of the legends he is following. With the image of James looking up to former Lakers stars, Zermeno hoped the message of the art would keep vandals and haters from hitting it.
“I am surprised,” Zermeno told ESPN about his art being vandalized. “This is the most positive move for the Lakers in the past five or six years. It is really a surprise that people are upset about LeBron. I don’t understand it. [The message of the mural was to] just show LeBron paying homage to not only past Lakers legends but the whole organization. Him showing up to the Lakers and knowing he has some big shoes to fill.””