Ohm Youngmisuk: Michael Malone says Will Barton is “working his butt off” in Miami with trainers but no update on when he might be able to possibly return to bubble. “I would love to get him back, even if he is not able to play, I would love Will to be here and be a part of this.”
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Chris Dempsey: Malone said he exchanged messages with Barton after the #Nuggets Game 7 win. “I would love to get him back,” Malone said. “Even if he’s not able to play I would love for Will to be here and be a part of this.”
Michael Singer: For what it’s worth, I’ve asked about Will Barton’s status and was told there’s no update on him. He remains out with his right knee issue. Not saying a return isn’t possible, but I haven’t heard any indication it’s imminent.
TJ McBride: So @Chris Haynes is reporting that Will Barton III has not ruled out returning to the bubble or this series if he is able to get ready to play and return in time to get through the quarantine process. Wow. That would be huge.
Nuggets small forward Will Barton is leaving the bubble to rehab his right knee offsite, according to a league source. Barton’s ongoing knee issues have led to soreness in other areas of his body, the source said, and Barton is seeking a second opinion for his extended discomfort.
Katy Winge: Can confirm that Will Barton is leaving the bubble to continue rehab on his knee. I’m told it has not improved since his return, and Barton is very frustrated it hasn’t gotten better.
Kendra Andrews: Nuggets injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Lakers: – Gary Harris (hip) OUT – Will Barton (knee) OUT.
Jamie Hudson: Nuggets Injury Report vs. Blazers today: Troy Daniels (right hip; tightness) and Jamal Murray (left hamstring; tightness) are questionable. Will Barton (right knee; soreness), Gary Harris (right hip; muscle strain) and Paul Millsap (rest) are out.
Michael Singer: Malone on Murray, Barton or Harris’ availability: “Keep hope alive … Maybe one of those guys, but very very questionable.” Hell of an answer.
Nuggets small forward Will Barton has been dealing with right knee soreness and won’t play in Wednesday’s opening scrimmage against the Wizards out of precaution, according to a league source. Barton’s only been able to go through parts of practice since the Nuggets arrived in Orlando over two weeks ago.
Harrison Wind: Will Barton (right knee inflammation) is listed as ‘Out’ tonight against the Suns. So are Michael Porter Jr. and Mason Plumlee. Jerami Grant, Paul Millsap and new acquisition Jordan McRae are all expected to play.
Chris Dempsey: Will Barton is expected to play tonight, #Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets are listing Will Barton (left adductor tightness) as questionable for tomorrow’s matchup with Memphis. Expect Denver to be very cautious with its starting small forward after Barton missed nearly three months after surgery to repair core/hip muscle last season.
Harrison Wind: Will Barton is available to play tonight vs. the Heat, Nuggets announce. Big boost for Denver’s offense.
Harrison Wind: There’s a chance Will Barton plays tonight, Michael Malone says pregame. Malone didn’t want to go as far as to say he’s ‘probable’ but it seems like Barton is moving in that direction.
Harrison Wind: Will Barton will miss his second straight game with left toe inflammation tonight in Orlando, Nuggets just announced. If Michael Malone keeps his same rotation, expect Torrey Craig to start and Michael Porter Jr. to get the majority of minutes at backup small forward.
Michael Singer: Will Barton is out for tonight’s game with left toe inflammation.
A slow start to camp had no bearing on Barton’s jovial mood. Barton has been limited by a nagging hamstring injury he sustained during the team’s open gyms in September. He claimed it was nothing serious and that he just “strained it a bit.” But he acknowledged the setback has been frustrating. “Definitely a little deflating, coming off an injury-plagued season last year,” Barton said. “The good thing is I feel good when I’m out there, I’m real confident, I’m not really holding back very much. Doing the things I like to do. Got a good rhythm, so not too depressed, but it is a little deflating because I don’t want to hold back, I want to be able to practice fully and play fully and do everything.”
Katy Winge: Today was the most Will Barton has practiced in the three days of training camp so far. Dealing with lower extremity injuries. He participated in some contact drills, got into 5 on 5 play. He looked good too, knocking down shots, taking it to the bucket.
Harrison Wind: RE: The open competition at small forward, Torrey Craig and Juancho Hernangomez have had their moments during camp but “no leader in the clubhouse” for the starting job, Malone said. Craig’s jumper also looks “much improved,” per Malone. Will Barton isn’t doing full-contact.
Harrison Wind: Will Barton hasn’t been a full participant at training camp yet. He’s dealing with an injury that’s unrelated to last year’s hip/groin but hasn’t been doing full contact drills. Michael Malone said Torrey Craig/Juancho Hernangomez have been getting runs with the first unit.
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.
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.
Will Barton: 👀⌛️…..
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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September 20, 2020 | 2:19 pm EDT Update
“You want to start with whoever our free agents are,” Ujiri said. “There’s a priority for Fred. We also have to look at the game and see where the game is going. We are all waiting on the cap to see where the numbers fall. We also have to look at free agency in 2021. We have to look at the short-term future and the long-term future. “This is where we really have to buckle down and make an assessment of what bubble basketball was against what the outside-the-bubble basketball was. This is our time. You support as much as you want during the bubble, during the playoffs. But now is the time to work.
So the Lakers knew that when it was their turn to face Denver, there would be no letting up no matter what the scoreboard said. Game 2 is Sunday night. The Lakers know the job is far from over. “No lead is safe with this team, in the game or in the series,” Lakers star Anthony Davis said. “They have proven that they are a second-half team, where they come out and just destroy teams in the second half and prove that even if they are down a series, they are a team that’s going to be resilient and keep fighting no matter what the score is, what the situation is. “When we have a lead, we have to lock in even more.”
Jokic is the only center to have more than 37% of his team’s assists, which he’s done each of the past two seasons. The other players cited as the best passing centers don’t come close. Chamberlain famously racked up big assist numbers for two seasons, but that was partially because he averaged nearly 47 minutes per game. On a per-minute basis, he can’t touch Jokic. Nor can Walton, whose best season by this measure (29% assist share in 1977-78, when he was named MVP) ranks comfortably outside the top 10. The same goes for Sabonis, whose best season (25% assist share in 2002-03, his final NBA campaign at age 38) doesn’t crack the top 50.
Murray has never publicly commented on what Porter had to say that night, but his answer Saturday suggested he’d seen a change in Porter’s approach. “I just think his patience right now,” Murray said. “He might not touch it every single time on the court, but when he gets a good look, we know he’s gonna put it up and most likely make it. His rebounding is incredible. He’s got a really good nose for the ball. Shot blocking’s there. So, all his instincts are there. … I think he’s going to be a big factor in this series against the Lakers.”
September 20, 2020 | 12:22 pm EDT Update
So, I asked, how did Lakers coach Frank Vogel see it after he had watched the film? “We were definitely the aggressors in the game, and the box score I have right here has us with 28 (fouls),” Vogel said. “We got called for 28 fouls. They got called for 26.” It was a savvy stance to take, albeit oversimplified. So as Vogel left his media session to rejoin his team, I admitted to him that I hadn’t noticed that the final fouls tally was in the Nuggets’ favor. “I do my research,” he said with a grin.
When Orange County Register Lakers beat writer Kyle Goon asked Vogel about James’ shot selection this season, it was refreshing to hear a candid and fascinating response from the Lakers coach rather than something more political. James, whose midrange jumper has been so effective for so many years now, has focused more on shots at the rim and beyond the arc this season, in part because of the message being sent by the coaching staff. “It is definitely a coaching point,” Vogel said. “You know, we want to have an analytics-based shot selection mindset with our team. … It’s the free throw No. 1; layup dunk No. 2; corner 3, No. 3; arc 3, No. 4, and midrange is the fifth priority shot we could have. But I will not ever tell my team not to take midrange shots if they are open shots. The No. 1 analytic for me is ‘Are you open?’ or ‘Are you guarded?’ That applies to shots at the rim, applies to 3-point line and applies to midrange. I’ll take an open shot over any zone that you can put up the shot from, and we want to work for open shots.”
“We’re not trying to intimidate anyone,” said Rondo, who had seven points, nine assists and a plus-13 in nearly 22 minutes. “We’re just playing basketball. With the guys we have — Dwight (and his) physical ability, he’s just playing the game. No one’s out there trying to bully people. We’re playing to our strengths. “I’ve been telling (Howard) the last two weeks (that) he’s going to be our X-factor in the series. I’m very happy that he got an opportunity to come out and play and display his talent, and show how much we need him. Like I said, I told him in the Houston series, things don’t go his way sometimes but in a championship run you need all 15 guys, and that’s what we displayed (in Game 1). Coach being able to go deep in the bench, and use guys that we haven’t used last series, so it’s a testament to the management, the way we’re able to be flexible — go small, go big, and (in Game 1) Dwight Howard, especially, was great for us.”
“This has been something I’ve never dealt with. There’s a lot going on for me individually, (and) for my family. And then the rehab, just with (the coronavirus in society) and the bubble and trying to do the best that I can to not have to quarantine for many days coming back here and having to quarantine — basically taking five days off from treatment and rehab and then trying to get myself ready to play in the Eastern Conference Finals, that’s something that’s a daunting task for sure. So for me … I’ve tried to do the best I can each day with it, and not put pressure on myself and just try to help us win basketball games, honestly.”
“To be honest, I didn’t get much sleep the last 48 hours,” Brown, who clashed with Smart in the passionate locker room scene, said when asked about the recovery process for their team. “I was so antsy to get back and play basketball. I don’t think the last two games exemplify what this team is about. So, I couldn’t wait to come out and be the best version of myself and try to add to a win. And I’m glad to be a part of this team and this organization and I’m proud of how we responded. … At the end of the day, we’re a family. We represent this organization. We represent each other and we won’t ever let anything come in between that. We’ve got a tremendous opportunity and we understand that and nothing’s going to stop us from trying to maximize that.”
Back in February, Us Weekly published a story about how Vanessa had been leaning on her mother, Sofia Laine, as she grieved the loss of Kobe and hers and Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Giannia. Laine had moved in with Vanessa at one point, but she now says her daughter has kicked her out of the Bryant home. Laine sat down for an interview with Univision that is set to air in its entirety on Monday. A preview clip, which is only in Spanish, was shared on social media. According to Erika Marie of Hot New Hip Hop, a teary-eyed Laine claims in the interview that her daughter has kicked her out of the Bryant home and demanded that she return a car Vanessa had given to her.