NBA Rumors for Wednesday, Oct. 7
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The fall seemed sudden. The fall sounded loud. And the fall appeared painful. All of which sparked gasps and unpleasant memories of other past injuries as Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell lay on the floor. Russell just took a hard fall after defending Utah center Rudy Gobert as he drove to the basket. LA Daily News Blog
But well before he could wonder whether this marked a debilitating injury in only his second NBA preseason game, Russell wondered about only one thing. “I just couldn’t really move,” Russell said following the Lakers’ 117-114 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday at Stan Sheriff Center. “After it kind of loosened it up a little bit, I was able to move a little bit.” LA Daily News Blog
But Russell still lay on the court for about two minutes before getting up slowly. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and two of Russell’s teammates helped him to the locker room. The Lakers diagnosed Russell with a bruised glute, but believed he could return to the game after exiting with 7:49 left in the first quarter. The Lakers changed their mind and exercised caution considering the regular season has not started yet. LA Daily News Blog
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The procedure was completed by Hornets team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. InsideHoops
Typical recovery time for this procedure is approximately six months. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando. InsideHoops
Clifford hasn’t decided who’ll replace Kidd-Gilchrist but said Nicolas Batum is expected to see more playing time than first expected at small forward. He was originally expected to start at shooting guard. The third-year coach said the injury opens the door for P.J. Hairston or Jeremy Lamb to start at the No. 2 spot. AP
When the Jazz return to the mainland, Trevor Booker might be in line for some vacation time. The Jazz forward was ejected from Tuesday night's preseason game against Los Angeles for taking a swipe at Lakers center Roy Hibbert and, depending on how the league office rules, could be facing fines or even a suspension. Salt Lake Tribune Blog
Jazz guard Alec Burks scored a game-high 27 points to help Utah sweep the two-game exhibition series with the Lakers in Hawaii. Burks, coming back from a shoulder surgery that cut his season short last year, went 9-for-14 from the floor after going scoreless in Sunday's preseason opener. Salt Lake Tribune Blog
Jazz forward Derrick Favors, who scored 16 points to lead all scorers in Sunday's preseason opener, sat out Tuesday's rematch with a groin injury, though the problem isn't too serious for the six-year veteran. "You want to be careful of guys not just not getting hurt, but worn down," Snyder said. Salt Lake Tribune Blog
Not long after the Warriors were honored Monday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in San Francisco, the office of Mayor Ed Lee announced a partnership that it believes will clear a major hurdle to the team building a new arena in the city. The mayor, the Warriors and the University of California, San Francisco, have reached agreement on several issues related to the billion-dollar sports and entertainment complex arena the Warriors propose in the Mission Bay district. CSN Bay Area
That is significant because the team’s desire to build so close to a UCSF medical center – across the street – has prompted at least one citizen’s group, the Mission Bay Alliance, to reject the project on the grounds that it would create traffic conditions that endanger patients entering the hospital. CSN Bay Area
No one called it Freddie-ball yet. But the Bulls Tuesday seemed to be having a ball in a 105-95 preseason opening win over the Milwaukee Bucks. “You’ve got the freedom to shoot it when you are open,” said Jimmy Butler, who had 23 points in 25 minutes and was matched by Doug McDermott with 23 points, McDermott’s all after halftime. Nikola Mirotic added 18 points as the Bulls were 13 for 39 on threes, more threes attempted than in any game last season. The Bulls also attempted 99 shots, just short of last season’s most, which Tuesday was 22 more than Milwaukee’s as the Bulls dominated the backboards even with their perimeter emphasis and had 24 offensive rebounds. Bulls.com Blog
But Chris Paul on Tuesday pulled no punches when asked what he saw from his team in its 93-73 loss to Toronto in Canada on Sunday. “Man, a team that has a lot of work to do,” he said. “I even saw that Friday after our first home game here. We’ve gotta continue to get better both offensively and defensively.” LA Daily News Blog
The rookie from Virginia struggled mightily Tuesday night as the Dallas Mavericks dropped a 96-86 preseason opener to the Denver Nuggets before 17,038 at American Airlines Center. [Justin] Anderson finished with just one point on 0-of-4 shooting, and also collected one block, one rebound and no assists while turning the ball over twice. Fort Worth Star-Telegram Blog
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team has signed free agent forward Sampson Carter. The signing is probably just a non-guaranteed contract. Carter (6-8, 220) joins the Grizzlies after playing professionally last season in Slovakia, Portugal and the Dominican Republic. Undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, the 25-year-old averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 21.8 minutes in 135 games (88 starts) over five seasons (2009-14) at the University of Massachusetts. InsideHoops
Emmanuel Mudiay wasn’t happy to hear that the NCAA levied several sanctions against the SMU basketball team, including putting the team on probation and preventing it from competing in the postseason this season. Mudiay played two years at Arlington Grace Prep and two years at Dallas Prime Prep before committing to SMU coach Larry Brown last year. However, Mudiay changed his mind and decided to go overseas and play in China. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The hiring of former Austin Spurs assistant Mike Miller as head coach of the D-League’s Westchester Knicks became official. He replaces Craig Hodges. NY Post
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