Morning Shootaround — August 2



VIDEO: Paul George’s injury halts Team USA’s scrimmage in Las Vegas

NEWS OF THE MORNING
George has surgery after suffering gruesome injury | Parker signs extension | Rose high on Bulls squad | Wade drops weight

No. 1: George suffers gruesome leg fracture — Indiana Pacers All-Star small forward Paul George suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture during Team USA’s scrimmage and is expected to remain hospitalized for about three days, USA Basketball confirmed in a statement released after surgery was completed. The gruesome injury sent George away on a stretcher with his parents by his side and ended the men’s national team scrimmage early in the fourth quarter. NBA.com’s John Schuhmann was on the scene:

In the first minute of the fourth quarter of the USA Basketball Showcase on Friday, George attempted to block a James Harden layup on a fast break. On his landing, his right leg buckled as it hit the basket support.

Players around George were shaken by what they saw. As George received medical attention on the baseline of the Thomas & Mack Center, his mother and father came down from the crowd and were by his side. Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard was also in attendance.

“[George] appeared, like, stoic,” USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said afterward. “They allowed his father to touch him and to comfort him. I thought our trainers did a great job, right away, of making sure, emotionally, he was as good as possible. But Paul reacted well.”

Both teams gathered together in prayer before George was taken away in a stretcher. And there was a universal decision to end the game with 9:33 to go.

“With the serious injury that we had,” Krzyzewski announced to the assembled crowd, “and the fact that we stopped playing for a long time and, really, in respect for Paul and his family, the scrimmage is done. We want to thank you for your support.”

Afterward, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said that there would be no decisions on the USA roster “for a while.”

“We need to just take a step back before we do anything at all,” Colangelo said. “Our first concern, our primary concern is Paul George.”

Colangelo and Krzyzewski said that they would be heading to the hospital immediately after speaking to the media. They had been set to cut the roster down from 20 to 15, likely early Saturday. But the team is not scheduled to reconvene until Aug. 14 in Chicago and there’s no urgency to make any decisions now.

Before George’s injury, Friday night was about the performance of Derrick Rose, who looked as quick and explosive as ever in his first game in almost nine months. But just as the USA and the NBA got one star back, it lost another. George was set to be the starting small forward for the U.S. Team at the World Cup, which begins Aug. 30 in Spain. And though there are no details on his injury as of yet, it is likely to keep him out several months.

“We are aware of the injury sustained by Paul George in Friday night’s Team USA game in Las Vegas and we are obviously greatly concerned,” Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement. “At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with Paul.”


VIDEO: GameTime’s crew discusses Paul George’s injury

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No. 2: Parker wants to be ‘Spur for life’ — The champion San Antonio Spurs, as usual, kept their off-court business quiet and on Friday signed All-Star point guard Tony Parker to a three-year extension that begins with the 2015-16 season. The extension means the Spurs will again keep Parker off the market when his current deal expires after next season. Parker could have become an unrestricted free agent and sought more money and a five-year contract. He chose to forego the fanfare of free agency and made the simple choice to stay with the Spurs at a fair price, about $43 million over the three seasons. Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News has the details:

Parker’s contract was originally slated to expire at the end of the upcoming season. With no out-clauses or other options in new extension, the 32-year-old Parker is set to remain with the Spurs through the end of the 2017-18 campaign unless he is traded.

“I’m very happy and I want to play for the Spurs my whole career and be a Spur for life,” Parker, who will be 36 upon the expiration of his extended deal, told the Express-News. “I love San Antonio and want to live here when my career is over. I love the city, I love the people and our great fans. I couldn’t be happier.”

Friday’s news increases the likelihood that each of the Spurs’ Big Three — a designation that includes team captain Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili — will finish his career with the team that drafted them.

“It’s unbelievable and I don’t take it for granted,” Parker said. “It’s unbelievable what we’ve accomplished and hopefully we can do more together.”

A six-time All-Star who has made three consecutive All-NBA teams, Parker averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists last season, becoming the Spurs’ leading scorer for the fourth straight season.

His numbers were down across the board from the previous two seasons, as coach Gregg Popovich sought to limit both the number of games Parker played (68) and his minutes (29.4 per game, matching his lowest since his rookie season of 2001-02).

By taking the summer off from international play this summer, Parker is hopeful he will be fresher — and by consequence, even more productive — for what will be his 14th NBA season.

“I felt like this was a summer I can give back to the Spurs,” Parker said last week.

In his career, Parker has appeared in 940 regular season games averaging 17.1 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 32.6 minutes. He has played in 196 playoff games averaging 18.9 points and 5.3 assists.

Only two active NBA players, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant, have appeared in more postseason games than Parker, who was the MVP of the Spurs’ 2007 NBA Finals victory over LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers. He is one of only three active players with at least 1,000 career postseason assists and 3,500 points, joining James and Bryant.

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No. 3: Rose calls Bulls most talented of his careerDerrick Rose‘s performance this week for Team USA in Las Vegas has to be hugely encouraging for Chicago Bulls fans. The point guard has looked spry and comfortable coming off two major knee injuries in each of the last two seasons. Now Rose is fueling expectations even more for a big season, calling this edition of the Bulls the most talented during his career. Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com has more:

“I think this is the most talented team I’ve played on in my NBA career to tell you the truth,” Rose said after Team USA’s practice Wednesday. “With all the players that I have, with the experience that everybody’s bringing to the table. And the way that everybody’s working out individually during the offseason and what I’ve been hearing.”

The Bulls struck out in their attempt to lure free agent Carmelo Anthony to Chicago but quickly pivoted to a backup plan earlier this month. They signed four-time All-Star center Pau Gasol to a three-year, $22 million contract as well as European star Nikola Mirotic, a Bulls draft pick in 2011 who has been playing the past three seasons for Real Madrid. They also re-signed Kirk Hinrich, added rookie sharpshooter Doug McDermott in a draft-day trade and signed veteran guard Aaron Brooks to provide depth behind Rose.

Rose is pleased with the efforts made by general manager Gar Forman and executive VP John Paxson in upgrading the roster.

“I have that sense that they went for it,” Rose said. “That they gave their all. We got who we could get and who wanted to come. And that’s who we have to ride with. We have a lot of confidence in the players that we just signed and we know that the guys that’s already there is working out very hard. So it’s just a matter of getting in the gym, working out together, jelling very quickly, since we’re not going overseas early.”

Rose, who is in Las Vegas this week as part of Team USA’s training camp in advance of the FIBA Basketball World Cup that starts next month in Spain, acknowledges that he is motivated by seeing the work his teammates have been putting in over the past few months.

“Just seeing [second-year forward] Tony Snell bust his [butt] in the gym the whole summer, seeing Doug [McDermott] come in and do the same thing and they end up playing well, it kind of gave me a boost and let me know that hard work pays off,” Rose said. “So I’m watching them playing summer league a couple of times seeing them play with a lot of confidence, it just gave me confidence coming into this trial actually. But I think that we have a deep team, and we’ve got players that have one goal and we’ll do anything to get there.”


VIDEO: Derrick Rose chats with Grant Hill about his play with Team USA thus far

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No. 4: Wade prepares for challenge aheadDwyane Wade has a lot to deal with this summer. Yes, he lost his running buddy in LeBron James, but of most pressing concern are his ailing knees and how to get the most from his body next season. Wade managed to play in only 54 games last year and seemed gassed as the NBA Finals wore on. At his youth camp, Wade spoke to Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick via ProBasketballTalk.com:

When Dwyane Wade played last season, he played well — 20.8 points a game on a career best .588 true shooting percentage, with a PER still of 22. The issue was more how much he played, just 54 games. His knees are just not the same and need a lot of time off and rest, and even the three games a week pace of the NBA Finals seemed to wear his body down.

Next season Miami is going to have to ask more of him, so Wade is trying to make sure there is less of him — he’s dieting.

Wade, out as his youth camp, spoke to Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report about the upcoming season.

Dropping weight will help his knees, but only so much. He’s 32 and there’s not a lot of cartilage left. He can only do so much.

That said Wade is happy in Miami, that’s his town, and like Chris Bosh they think this team can still do a lot of damage even without LeBron James.

But that’s not what anyone wants to hear, so these are the tweets on Wade talking about LeBron James and his decision to return to Cleveland.

Wade’s ability to carry more load for Miami next season is one of the keys for that team. They need him to.

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63 Comments

  1. manuel Mercado says:

    MORGAN YOU CALL LOSER A SUPERSTAR WITH THREE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THE HEAT. ALL HIS CAREER WITH THE HEAT. THE BEST TWO WITH LEBRON. COME ON READ A LITTLE MORE. THE HEAT IS WADE.

  2. xlr8_555 says:

    PG: Norris Cole SG:Dwyane Wade SF:Luol Deng PF: Josh McRoberts C: Chris Bosh
    Bench: Beasley, Granger, Oden, Napier, Chris Andersen etc.
    This HEAT team will be better because now that LeBron isnt here, they rely on each other and will play like a TEAM. A TEAM is what will be needed to beat anyone and the Spurs showed that last season. I Cant wait for the HEAT to beat The Cavs in the playoffs and then the Bulls and go to 5 straight Finals. And as for D Wade, its good that hes dieting so that all that weight doesnt go on his knees and he might get a little faster and energetic with less weight. Can’t wait for next season.
    Lets go HEAT!

  3. what the Bull(s) says:

    first = bulls
    second = cavs
    third = heat

  4. Rdbrucesr says:

    Wade trimming down and getting in shape is great, but why did he not do that after the 2012 championship, why now this is one of the reasons maybe that lebron decided to go back to Cleveland, that wades career was wounding down because of his health on the court and to play with younger and healthier athletes.

  5. Flexy says:

    Miami will be the team that knocks the Cavs out of the post season just wait and see

  6. ace says:

    Really think my bout way can do I won’t b surprise if wade go in he could steal the mvp from Durant n lebron

  7. Morgan says:

    Wade is a loser, he should have been dieting/staying in the best shape possible the day LeBron signed his contract 4 years ago, instead he decided to get fat and let James carry his huge load as well. #sounprofessional #nowonderjamesleft

  8. justin hernandez says:

    D-wade went down and didn’t try because he was hurt. How do u expect for someone to perform to the best of their ability when u know that some other guy just came in and took what was urs before. I know he was ok with that at the beginning but again we all knew it was gonna get to him eventually. At this point l, wining championships was not a priority to wade but to get his team back. And I’m a laker fan but even a blind can see that

  9. rafa says:

    I think that Miami is still the best team in the East.
    They might try to get better point guard via trade but they are still number one in the East.
    Already waiting for the schedule and gonna take off work after each heat- cavs game cause it’s gonna be long night for me.Not like last seasons that was quite easy to predict conference finals this season coming will be one of the best in years on both conferences.
    Diamond season for all nba freaks like me.

  10. H8ta says:

    > With all the players that _I_ have

    Really? I must have missed the memo where Rose owns the team now.

    Basketball has become such a sport of self-obsessed losers and their “legacies”. A little humility would do it good.

    • celtic533 says:

      as the point guard he has to run the team idiot.thats why HE has those players to work with.You guys take things so out of context

    • H8ta says:

      Ya, how could I totally take it out of context when there’s such an absurd explanation like that.

      ‘Cause everyone knows how down-to-earth and grounded in reality nba players are.

  11. Sam says:

    Why Wade had to wait until Lebron left to decide to lose weight ??? Thats why Lebron left, he saw that Wade was getting complacent

  12. Alberto Soto says:

    The Heat still have something special. I see them 6 seed and better. Chicago Will be top 3 if not 1st seed this season, even without Rose they can compete and they have shown that, especially with a new loaded roster. I see Wizards making a push around 3rd or 4th seed. Don’t count the Raptors out either, top 5.

  13. excited for the bull next season…I guess Pau is getting his third ring next year ;)

  14. Brian Dsouza says:

    The bulls off to the finals we go. WE are much better than the Cavs and Lebron will not get a homecoming trophy

  15. Uhhhh says:

    You do realize that James Jones is in Cleveland now and more then likely Greg Oden and Michael Beasley will not be there next season right? Let alone Beasley starting and Oden playing anything more than like 4-6 minutes a game.

  16. eX says:

    Heat will be fine this year but they are to gradually declining since they attached so much money on Bosh which limit their future choises

  17. Jude Mathis says:

    Man, I have a lot of respect for D-Wade, but why did he wait until after LeBron left to start getting back into shape? Why didn’t he think about going on a diet and getting fit while LeBron was still here? Maybe the “Big Three” would have stayed together for a few more years if LeBron wasn’t carrying the team for most of last season! They might have won a few more games in the Finals if anybody else had consistently stepped up besides LeBron! There’s no excuse for D-Wade being practically a no-show when he sat out of over 20 games during the regular season to rest his knees! It just seems like he didn’t really care about anything other than relying on LeBron to win him another championship ring until he decided to leave and D-Wade was forced to take his health into consideration now that he’s going to be the leader of the team once again! It’s just a little disappointing how far he’s fallen from the elite superstar player he was in 2006 and especially around 2009-2010 before LeBron took over the team! It’s not even his age or his health that was the problem, but rather his laziness and his lack of interest to still be one of the best players in the league these past few years! =|

    • Carlo says:

      Absolutely correct!

      Wade was unstoppable… many years ago.
      He should have done what Duncan, Ginobili, Allen, etc. did: train hard and LOSE WEIGHT!
      Knees are the first thing out when you get old and they carry the body load. Less weight = more endurance.
      It’s a matter of laziness vs humility.

      • Mark says:

        lame question…..wade was just physically perfect last season just look at the stats he contributed in the finals……he just
        have to be MORE physically fit this coming season…..coz he will be carrying more load and his minutes will be added up due to lebrons loss.!!! He will carry the HEAT as shooter without lebron that’s why he had to undergo diet to minimize his weight and let his knee work well….!!! (last finals SPURS are just so tough for them to defeat…. LOL…)

  18. Philip says:

    Heat is an excellnt team as is. Unfortunately, they got a good for nothing coach who doesn’t know how to rotate players or in most cases sells games

    • Timu says:

      I am a long time Miami Heat fan, unfortunately I agree with you. No rotation, no player improvement. Spo could not develop a single player since he started to work for Miami Heat but wasted tons of talents on the bench. His rotation keep demotivating players.

  19. Quinton says:

    Starters:
    Steph Curry
    James Harden
    DeMar DeRozan (for defense)
    Kevin Durant
    Anthony Davis

    Bench:
    Derrick Rose
    Klay Thompson
    Chandler Parsons
    Kenneth Faried
    Demarcus Cousins

    Kyrie Irving
    John Wall / or Millsap

    Millsap might even have a shot at making it now. just cus he is a floor spacing big.

    • Carlo says:

      Cousins is strategic bench resource. He’ll be thrown in in case USA is 30 pts ahead and they want to spice it up a bit.
      Like, getting an ejection.

  20. Quinton says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Rose pulled out after what happened to george. or at least took on more of a bench role.

  21. Freddy says:

    everyone here is sleep on the heat and my boy James Ennis!!!!

    • bball7 says:

      Lol Dem Heat Fanboys found themselves another Lebron

    • Dawn of Da 2nd Bulls Dynasty says:

      Definitely sleep….alarm clock’s unplugged and the phone is on silent. I’ve been going to sleep late and waking up early all week, plus I haven’t slept for two days in a row.
      Just don’t sleep on the Bulls… They missed their MVP last year but still managed to hold their own. Not only is he back, but he’s looking bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before… same for the Bulls as a team. They won’t be lacking firepower this time around!!!

      MVP- Rose
      Def. Player of the Year- Gibson
      6th Man- Brooks
      Most Improved- Noah
      Coach of the Year- Thibodeau

      • Carlo says:

        Mmh… Maybe you’re a little overboard.

        Noah’s is astounding and to get MIPOY he should shoot 30ppg with 60%.

      • nunya says:

        I doubt aaron brooks gets that much playing time

      • Victor Martin says:

        Just watch your boy Rose doing whats he do best messing up the team he is the weak part of the bulls every time he go back in rotation the team start loosing because either the rely on him or simply he is to selfish thinking he is lebron and by the way he got lucky that the league grant him the MVP that year because of the bulls record that year thanks to the hard workers leul Deng Joakim Noah , taj Gibson , Kyle korver,Carlos boozer , Watson and many good players I’ve forgot to mention that was the deepest bulls team they ever had for a while so stop giving that looser Rose credit for only Few games played when he was healthy if you take Joakim Noah and taj Gibson out this team is worthless without those two.

      • Vlad says:

        How can he win Most Improved when he will not be the focal point of the offense and his stats will definitely be lower ( with D Rose and Gasol in the rotation ) ?

        It’s not all about stats i know, but whet it comes to MIPY, they mean a lot.

    • Timu says:

      James Ennis is an amazing player..No doubt about it. All he needs to do get some body strength.. I have big expectation from him unless Spo kills his game by keeping him on the bench …

  22. JStyle says:

    #This should prove to be a very interesting, yet, challenging upcoming 2014-15 season!

  23. luis lopez says:

    Bosh, rose, or melo will win mvp all i gotta say is that dion jr smith is getting six man of the year

  24. luis lopez says:

    Miami staring 5 should be norris cole, wade, deng, mcroberts, and bosh
    bench could be napier, chalmers, granger, haslem, chris anderson

    lakers got beasley and also wade is not old his unhealthy if he was to be 100% he would be top 5 player wade is the best slasher when healthy all i gotta say is watchout with miami they might play clevelamd in coference finals

  25. wade 3 says:

    james jones is in Cleveland jaja

  26. Drift Gangsta says:

    i’m still wating for wade to do one of his legendary NOTES TO HIMSELF.

  27. TheKush says:

    The Anderson Silva injury was the worse I had seen live until yesterday! I wish Paul George all the best in his recovery and might I add that this is the exact reason why I believe that professional athletes should NEVER take a pay cut under any circumstance because blessing like playing for a professional sports team can end in an instant.

  28. mella says:

    now that lebron left, he is going to do everything to perform on a higher level!!
    wish u done that last year offseason.

  29. I ve already seen in youtube Bulls vs Magis 95 season and I realize it 95 Bulls didn´t depend exclusive on Michael Jordan but rather sometimes they needed Kukoc, in other moments they asked for Harper or Kerr. Pippen knew his roll very well and Michael you what excpected from him. By the way they had two excelent centers like Longley, Rodman and so on.

    The things I see this season very good for Miami because you won´t depend on Wade instead you will play with Oden, Beasly, Bosh, James Jones and the new fellas like Deng, Danny G, Macrroberts…so….as a matter of fact Heat have an excellent team to beat anybody.

    Starters:

    Wade, Beasly, Danny Granger, Bosh, Macrroberts.

    Rotation:

    Deng, chalmers, James Jones, Oden, Cole.

    • c says:

      Are you even a fan of basketball?….pay attention to player trades and free agent signings if you at least want to pretend to make it look like you are.

    • kobefanjay says:

      deng will be starting…

    • BBallfan4life says:

      But the thing is MJ was a super-star that had everyone’s attention. The Heat has no one on there team who can hog attention since Lebron left, so you really can’t compare the two teams. The Heat aren’t going to be bad, but since there are teams who have that super-star player, such as the Bulls, Cavaliers, Wizards, and possibly Hornets and Pacers if Al Jeff and Paul G heal up in time for next season; there is no way they will be contending for best record in the east.

      • cheflola says:

        You people forgot that…The Heat has won without Lebron…and also lost WITH Lebron. So,
        with that said. The Miami Heat is still a very strong contender for the East.

      • Carlo says:

        @ cheflola

        YOU forgot that… it happened in 2006, when Wade was EIGHT YEARS younger and healthy, with completely different teammates – but Haslem – than today and that Mavs shot themselves in the foot.
        If you think the distant past is an almost-guarantee for future success, then Celtics should always win (Hey! They could re-sign great Bill Russell. He’s still around and free agent.)

      • Victor Martin says:

        People often forget the reason why the heat players were tired . Reason number one is they played the most games in the NBA for the last 4 years. Reason number two is Lebron since he is the best player on the planet on the best team in the NBA other teams they played so hard against the heat only to give their best shot on Lebron and crew even the worst teams of the NBA used to play like elite teams loaded with superstars against the heat and that takes a lot of the players energy and health in the regular season. Now they don’t have this problem this season because the league think this team is done and more likely the other teams won’t play against them with the same rage and intensity as they used to play them before . Now is the Cavaliers turn let’s see if they can sustain the pressure of having a player like Lebron on the team and being the hunted by the other teams . Every game they play it’s gonna be like play offs for them because it’s gonna be intense and fierce the same as used to be with the Heat and only the time will tell the value of Bosch , Wade and the supporting cast of the Miami Heat.

    • laughing says:

      granger over deng? Don’t make me laugh…

    • Carlo says:

      Beasley? He likely won’t even be on the roster next season.
      Oden? See above.
      Granger over Deng? Are you kidding?

      Are you one of the Heat fans who come in end of 1st Q and leave mid 4th Q when team is losing? So, you don’t see enough b’ball. Back to your homework!

    • jboy5891 says:

      Heatlatino fan One problem this ain’t international ball wade has no business playing point this ain’t 2003 and who suppose to play the two let alone guard the one and the two wade usually got stuck guarding a spoonful shooter thru the year and Grainger and Beasley are both 3 who in 4 bodies when it comes to an athletic stand point they can’t chase no guards for 30 minutes they would have the energy to get noshots up let alone slash which is

  30. harrythehawk says:

    I’m happy that Mike Scott stays a Hawk. Let’s Go Hawks!

  31. MJFan says:

    wade ur tooooooo old

    • 32 and too old ????
      Ever heard of Tim Duncan, Parker or Ginobili you hater ?
      Go hate somewhere else..

      • H8ta says:

        Don’t commit your hate crimes here

        HATE CRIME!

        Nah, wait, Wade _is_ old and blows. No Shaq or Lebron to save him now.

      • b says:

        They got knees.. not like your “buddy”

      • Dawn of Da 2nd Bulls Dynasty says:

        The only bright spots on the Heat roster this season will be Deng & Wade… the rest are a bunch washed ups, former All-Stars. Reminds me of the Lakers team that got stumped out by the Pistons in 2004. I knew the Heat wasn’t gonna beat to the Spurs the 2 times in a row…haha!

      • Jared says:

        From what I can see most of the people who commented on here are a bunch of illiterate, non basketball watching people. Turn the TV on every once in awhile. oh and let’s go thunder.

      • NBAfan says:

        He’s too old and too injured for his usual play style. He’ll need to reinvent himself, not just physically. Heat fans need to put their hopes on Bosh, not Wade….