Duvalier Johnson: Will Barton easily got the biggest ovation of the night when he returned back to the Pepsi Center. He has not played at home since the second game of the season. Only fitting it is against his former team.
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Michael Singer: Will Barton checks in for first time since Oct. 20.
Duvalier Johnson: Good and bad news. Will Barton is in tonight after missing since the second game of the season. Gary Harris and Trey Lyles however are out against the Suns. #Nuggets
Michael Singer: Michael Malone: “If Will Barton is able to play, bring him off the bench, really limit his minutes.” Malone will wait until after he warms up to make the call.
Michael Singer: Will Barton has been upgraded to questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Phoenix. He’s been targeting Saturday for his return after undergoing hip/core muscle surgery on Oct. 23. He hasn’t played since getting injured against Suns in second game of the season.
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Nick Kosmider: Will Barton is still out for tomorrow’s game in Sacramento.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets update on Will Barton, who’s six weeks removed from surgery: “Will Barton continues to progress through his rehabilitation program following his right hip and core muscle surgery. He will be evaluated on a week to week basis going forward.”
Harrison Wind: Will Barton underwent surgery on Oct 23. He was slated for a re-evaluation six weeks from then, which would be sometime next week. Michael Malone said he’s progressing well: “Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we’ll try to reintegrate Will Barton back into the lineup.”
Nick Kosmider: Will Barton’s rehab from core muscle surgery last month continues to progress. He’s doing some full-court running with some ballhandling work ahead of tonight’s game against the Bucks here in Milwaukee. Still a couple weeks away from a reevaluation of his status.
Nuggets forward Will Barton is starting to take a few shots as he recovers from surgery to fix core and hip muscle injuries. There is no timetable for his return. Barton said Friday he’s “getting stronger every day.
Nick Kosmider: Will Barton was great while meeting the media today, as he always is. Says rehab from core muscle surgery going well, but there’s set time for his return. “I wish it was tomorrow, but we’ll see.” Has stayed engaged with teammates. “I need it. I don’t like being alone.”
Harrison Wind: Will Barton here at Nuggets shootaround walking around under his own power. Seems to be in good spirits. Nuggets said he’d be re-evaluated in six weeks after last Tuesday’s surgery.
Chris Dempsey: #Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he’s talked with Will Barton after surgery and that Barton is “in good spirits.” Malone said Barton will be evaluated after 6 weeks.
Michael Singer: Nikola on Barton’s absence: “We’re gonna miss him, especially in the locker room… On the court, he’s a big bucket machine.”
Will Barton underwent successful surgery to repair core and hip muscle injuries. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Barton’s status will be re-evaluated in six weeks.
Marc J. Spears: Nuggets guard Will Barton (Adductor muscle) will have surgery tomorrow and is expected to be out 5-6 weeks, a source said.
Harrison Wind: As expected, Will Barton (right hip/core strain) will miss the Nuggets’ matchup Tuesday vs. Kings. I’d expect Torrey Craig to continue to start at small forward.
Michael Singer: Nuggets announce Will Barton diagnosed with a hip and core strain. No timeline given for his return.
Denver Nuggets swingman Will Barton underwent an MRI exam Sunday that revealed a groin strain, league sources told Yahoo Sports. His recovery timetable is still being determined.
Michael Singer: Mike Malone said team thinks Will Barton avoided anything season ending, but he’ll be out for “foreseeable future.”
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @watchstadium: Denver starter Will Barton has suffered a strained groin and his timetable for return is unclear. Barton underwent MRI today after being carted off floor in Saturday’s win over Phoenix.
Denver Nuggets shooting guard Will Barton suffered a right hip injury in Saturday night’s 119-91 win against the Phoenix Suns.
Harrison Wind: Will Barton (back) will also play tonight vs Pelicans.
Harrison Wind: Will Barton (low back contusion) is questionable for Friday’s game vs Pelicans. Nikola Jokic (ankle) is good to go, not on the injury report.
Harrison Wind: Will Barton (low back contusion) is out however.
Barton simply rolled his ankle. He practiced fully Tuesday and is “ready to go” for Wednesday’s season opener at Utah. “It was a little scary when it first happened, but I’m fine,” Barton said.
TJ McBride: Barton (foot) and Nelson (calf) are both OUT according to Malone. Murray will start at point guard with Mudiay backing him up.
TJ McBride: Barton got a MRI on his ankle today. Results are not back yet but he was expected to play yesterday and did not. DEN in wait and see mode.
Chris Dempsey: Will Barton (ankle) is out of tonight’s game vs. the Lakers. As are Jokic and Mudiay. Everyone else is in. #Nuggets.
Chris Haynes: Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (ankle) returning tonight against Houston Rockets, league source tells ESPN. He missed 12 of last 15 games.
Barton’s return is contingent on one thing, he said: Full health. “I’m just not me yet,” Barton said. “I don’t want to come back until I’m me. There’s a difference between playing injured and sore, and hurt and injured. I played through being sore and being hurt last year. Played all 82 games. There was times where I was hurt, but I played. But this is an injury. I’m going to take my time until I feel like me.”
Chris Dempsey: #Nuggets coach Michael Malone hopeful to get Will Barton back in “week to 10 days.” Barton’s been dealing with a sprained ankle.
Barton was immediately taken back to the locker room for X-rays, which came back negative. He tried to walk by himself but ultimately had to be helped back. He’s day to day. “It’s just sore, a bad sprain, a real bad sprain,” Barton said. “My foot stepped on one of the big guys’ feet from Toronto and just turned as soon as I touched it.”
Barton needed crutches to get around afterward but is taking a wait-and-see approach to his availability for Thursday’s game at Minnesota. He called the sprain a “mid-ankle” sprain, not a high ankle sprain, but he’ll know more Tuesday when it has sat overnight.
Chris Dempsey: Will Barton had x-rays on a sprained left ankle. They came back negative. #Nuggets
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February 18, 2019 | 4:12 pm EST Update
The presentation that millions saw Saturday night was not all Collins’ idea. He was skeptical at first and thought the entirety of the act was too sophisticated for a dunk contest. He originally had approached NBA officials with a plan to leap over an object that hadn’t been jumped over before in a dunk contest. As the two parties discussed options, a plane was settled on. In theory, it was perfect because of North Carolina’s aviation history. Collins, however, didn’t have control of the size of the plane as the construction of the plane was handled by the league. The first conversation was just the two sides agreeing to a plane being involved in one of Collins’ dunks. As conversations continued, league representatives also suggested he include a nod to the Tuskegee Airmen for Black History Month, and the NBA would create a short intro video for the Wright brothers and provide the aviation headgear. Collins’ mother was a sergeant in the Air Force, and he’s a history buff himself, so he went along with it, thinking the creativity behind it would be appreciated. It fell flat.
There was a lack of energy from the crowd all night, and a salute to the state’s history wasn’t going to be enough for the fans to care. Collins felt defeated after completing the dunk. He threw the hat he was wearing into the crowd and took a seat on the bench where he kept shaking his head in frustration. “I was just disappointed,” Collins said.
The teasing returned Saturday night from fans across social media, but Collins is hoping he gets one more chance in a future dunk contest to show that he can deliver with a second time around. “I feel like I didn’t get the full respect, but everything will come in due time,” he said. “I can see the progress. I’m not trying to rush anything too much. I like where I’m at right now.”
Lakers’ head coach Luke Walton says he doesn’t know ANYTHING about reports of friction between him and LeBron James … telling TMZ Sports, “LeBron and I get along just fine.” The 38-year-old head coach had just touched down at LAX where he let us ask some Lakers questions — and couldn’t have been nicer about it.
On how the season is going so far, Luke told us he thinks it’s “good” but points out how injuries to guys like LeBron, Lonzo and others have had an impact. Still, Luke is optimistic — telling us, “We’ll be alright.”
In November, LiAngelo Ball announced that he was planning on pursuing an NBA G League contract. With just 13 games left in the regular season, the middle Ball brother still hasn’t found a spot on a G League roster. However, he has garnered some interest from teams overseas, including the London Lions of the British Basketball League. In the most recent episode of “Ball In the Family,” LiAngelo revealed that the London Lions had expressed interest in signing him to a contract.