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Keith Pompey: #Sixers make it official, announcing that @Zhaire Smith will play for the @blue_coats tonight.
Keith Pompey: If things continue to go as scheduled, #Sixers rookie @zhaire_smith will make his pro debut for the @blue_coats in Friday’s @nbagleague road game vs. the @maineredclaws, according to sources. He was sidelined due to a Jones fracture in his foot & allergic reaction to food.
Keith Pompey: Brett Brown doesn’t expect @Zhaire Smith to play for the #Sixers this season. The hope is for him to play some games for the @blue_coats.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers coach Brett Brown on Zhaire Smith practicing today: “You know he ran around a little bit. He competed. It was great to see him. You are reminded of how athletic he is. He had a bounce today. It’s just good to have him included with his teammates. ” He was around 60%
Shams Charania: Sources @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: 76ers rookie Zhaire Smith has started his return process to the team after broken foot and allergy issue, being assigned to G League Delaware for non-contact elements of practice. He’ll ramp up activities as weeks progress.
Jon Johnson: Injury updates: Zhaire Smith still doing individual work. Justin Patton has early February timeline. Still nothing on Markelle Fultz. Brown says he hopes to see him soon, but not in playing capacity.
Serena Winters: Elton Brand said the Sixers expect Zhaire Smith to play this season (likely in the G-League first). Brand says Smith has been lifting and shooting in the gym and doing a lot of physical therapy.
Zhaire Smith is in the process of recovering from additional medical treatment stemming from allergic reactions in late September, and the Sixers do not expect him to return during the calendar year of 2018, a team source told PhillyVoice late Friday evening.
The allergic reaction, which was perhaps undercovered at the time it took place in September, was a product of food allergies that were wider in scope than the Sixers or Smith were aware of previously. A team source said they had been aware of a peanut allergy Smith had, and that his food was individually prepared accordingly, but it was discovered Smith has other triggers, with a reaction to sesame specifically, “putting him over the edge.”
The Sixers individually prepare his food, but believe it is possible Smith might have taken something from the facility with sesame in it, a source said. Following Smith’s allergic reaction, the team was able to put him through an allergy panel, in which additional allergies were discovered that were not previously known by either Smith or members of his family.
The 76ers said Zhaire Smith had a thoracoscopy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Wednesday. A thoracoscopy is an examination of the chest cavity by way of a scope. All of the tests came back negative. He received the scope due to an allergic reaction to something he ate earlier this week. As of Thursday morning, Smith was still at Jefferson Hospital.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers rookie @Zhaire Smith (Jones fracture left foot) has been cleared to begin full weight bearing .
Jon Johnson: Zhaire Smith underwent successful surgery to repair Jones fracture in left foot. No timetable. “Acute” fracture.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley, Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Additional information regarding Smith’s recovery and return-to-play timetable will be provided as available and when appropriate.
Joel Embiid: CURSE #NUTS
Jon Johnson: Zhaire Smith break is a Jones fracture. #BenSimmons
Shams Charania: Sources: Philadelphia 76ers rookie Zhaire Smith has suffered a fractured left foot. Smith, the No. 16 pick in the Draft, hurt his foot on Monday in Las Vegas during a developmental camp for NBA players.
Philadelphia 76ers: A medical update on Zhaire Smith: Statement from Philadelphia 76ers vice president of athlete care Dr. Daniel Medina: Rookie guard Zhaire Smith suffered a left foot injury during Tim Grgurich’s development camp in Las Vegas on Monday. He is returning to Philadelphia to be further evaluated and updates will be made available once a diagnosis is determined.
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May 26, 2019 | 6:44 pm EDT Update
Dennis Robertson, referred predominantly in NBA circles as “Uncle Dennis,” is the uncle of Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard. Robertson is Leonard’s primary career and business strategist who generally avoids speaking publicly, similar to the two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
As reported at the time, Leonard originally wasn’t keen on relocating to Toronto, but Robertson explained Leonard’s thought process at the time. “When you are initially traded somewhere you didn’t asked to be, you don’t want to accept it,” Robertson told Yahoo Sports. “But once you get through that period, the focus then turns to giving your all and performing at a high level. It never had anything to do with the city of Toronto. It wasn’t. Toronto is a beautiful city. Kawhi has often spoke highly of Toronto. It’s a beautiful place. That was just an initial reaction, which is normal. But we’re enjoying this run and looking forward to the Finals.”
Much of the NBA Finals chatter will be about what takes place after the series because the matchup features three of the top pending free agents in Leonard, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. “I can’t get into other free agents and other teams, but for Kawhi, he’s going to take it one day and one game at a time,” Robertson told Yahoo Sports. “We have a championship opportunity in front of us. We’re not thinking about free agency; it’s the Warriors [right now]. Once we get through the season, we’ll turn our attention to free agency. But we’re just having fun right now. This has been a great year.”
Ryan Wolstat: Marc Gasol on being a Laker, briefly: “Yeah for a few, couple of months I was, I guess. They sent me oversized sweaters and stuff. You could say I was a Laker (laughs). I was not on the payroll though.” Said he visited Pau at Finals to soak it all in once back in the day.
Jon Rothstein: Sources: Nik Popovic is expected to return to Boston College next season. Was an early entrant to the 2019 NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: Troy Baxter Jr will remove his name from the NBA draft before the May 29th deadline but will continue to pursue professional opportunities, Florida Gulf Coast coach Michael Fly told @Stadium.
Josh Newman: Jackson Memorial graduate Eric Carter will work out for the Sixers on June 5, I’m told. 16 points and 10 boards as a senior at Delaware. Carter is going to make a little money next winter, nice to see him get a look from one of the local teams.