Morning shootaround — Oct. 21


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NEWS OF THE MORNING

Davis not worried about injury | Rondo may suit up for season-opener | Bosh: Money was deciding factor in free-agent choice | Pacers’ George puts up shots at practice

No. 1: Davis says not to worry about his injury — After Anthony Davis‘ tremendous showing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup and given his breakout season in 2013-14, many are expecting him to take that next leap in his development this season. Injuries, though, have always been a bugaboo for Davis throughout his career and when he hurt his right wrist in last night’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards, many New Orleans Pelicans followers were concerned. However, as Nakia Hogan of The Times-Picayune reports, Davis says his injury is nothing serious:

Although Davis was officially diagnosed with a sprained right wrist, he downplayed the injury after the Pelicans’ 88-84 victory Monday night against the Washington Wizards at Royal Farms Arena.

“It’s all good,” Davis said. “I went up for a lob and came down on it. I’m fine,” Davis said.

Davis said he injured his wrist while attempting to catch an alley-hoop pass and landed awkwardly on his hand.

Davis said if it had been a regular season game he would have played on after getting the wrist taped by trainers.

He even lobbied coach Monty Williams to return to action. But Williams said it wasn’t worth the risk after Davis already had scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots in 20:42 of what was – at the moment — a lopsided preseason game.

“I kept him out,” Williams said. “He wanted to get back in the game. (Athletic trainer) Duane (Brooks) taped him up. To me it’s not worth it. He had already played 20 minutes. I played him a ton in the first half. I just didn’t want to risk anything.

“He fell down and he felt like he twisted it or something like that. But I think he’ll be fine.”


VIDEO: Anthony Davis suffered a wrist injury in the third quarter of last night’s game

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No. 2: Rondo may suit up for Celtics’ season-opener — If you missed yesterday’s Morning Tip by our own David Aldridge, there’s some great stuff in there about Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and his relationship with second-year coach Brad Stevens. While Rondo is healing up after breaking his hand on Sept. 25 in an accident in his home, the common notion was that he would miss the first few weeks of the season before suiting up. That apparently is in flux, writes Jay King of Masslive.com, as there’s talk now that Rondo could suit up for Boston’s season-opener:

After the latest examination of Rajon Rondo’s left hand, an opening night return remains a possibility. But the Boston Celtics star no longer wants to target a certain date.

“I don’t know,” he said before Monday’s practice. “I still haven’t had any contact yet. Opener’s a little bit over a week away. I don’t want to put any set goals. I just want to go as my hand heals.”

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Rondo said of the injury. “When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me. But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand.”

The Celtics initially set a 6-8 week timetable, which would keep Rondo out for about 1-3 weeks of the regular season. But staying true to his reputation, the guard immediately said he would like to expedite the process. Stevens did not rule out Rondo suiting up for the Oct. 29 opener against the Brooklyn Nets.

“I think it’s a possibility,” the coach said.

Before that, though, Rondo needs to pass another hurdle in his recovery.

“He won’t do any contact before the end of the week,” Stevens said, “but there’s a chance he could be cleared to do some stuff by the end of the week.”

Said Rondo: “It’s still pretty early for it to be healed all the way, obviously. It’s been three weeks and some change. So, still got a couple more days to go.”


VIDEO: The Celtics put in some work during Monday’s practice session

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No. 3: Bosh concedes that money was deciding factor in his free-agent move — Once LeBron James made his offseason move back to Cleveland on July 11, the dominoes of free agency began falling everywhere. On that day, it looked more and more like James’ teammate in with the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh, was going to skip town, too, in favor of his home state as well and sign with the Houston Rockets. But then, everything changed, Bosh stayed put and the Rockets were left with a disappointing offseason overall. Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel caught up with Bosh, who said the bigger payday the Heat could offer is what swayed him to stay put:

It was on that Friday when James not only announced his plan to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but also when the Rockets essentially sold off Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers to clear the necessary cap space to sign Bosh, a move that appeared imminent.

And then the Heat upped the ante to five years, $118 million to Bosh, trumping the maximum four-year, $88 million bid Houston could make as an outside bidder.

In a flash, Riley created a new leading man for his roster . . . and the Rockets were rocked, shocked, defused.

The outcome of the second failed gambit by Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey in as many contract years for Bosh was a contender in retreat. In going all-in on the possibility of Bosh, the Rockets previously had sold off center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans and then felt they had no other choice but to also bypass matching the offer sheet the Dallas Mavericks had extended to forward Chandler Parsons.

So when Houston arrives Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena for the Heat’s preseason home finale, the Rockets will have no Lin, no Asik, no Parsons . . . and no Bosh.

What Bosh wanted to make clear in advance was that he in no way was playing the Rockets, that he was close — very close — to creating his own new Big Three in his home state of Texas alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden.

“I still had to finish conversations with the Heat,” Bosh said of those hectic hours on July 11, when he handled his negotiations by phone from Africa, where he was on a vacation and promotional tour. “Everybody was aware, all parties were aware. It was always continuing conversations. I never made any commitments. I never wanted to put anybody in the position to make them feel like I said something and I reneged on the whole thing. So I just kept it open.

“LeBron made his choice and then that kind of cleared things up, as far as negotiations are concerned.”

Morey thought he was close, really close.

“We were right at the precipice of what I would argue maybe is the best team in the NBA,” he said in a radio interview in the wake of his failed gambit.

The courtship was nothing new. It was Morey who showed up on Bosh’s Dallas doorstep at the start of the 2010 free-agency period, before Bosh decided to leave the Toronto Raptors to play alongside James and Dwyane Wade with the Heat. That pitch included video testimonials from Rockets icons Yao Ming, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes. There also was a Morey-driven analytical breakdown of how the Yao-Bosh pairing could create a perennial 60-victory dynamo.

This time there was another hard sell.

“They came hard, just like any team would,” Bosh said. “They’re trying to get back to the championship.”

And then he decided to stay.

“It’s always business,” he said. “Nothing is ever personal. I think 100 percent of those dudes would have taken the deal I took.”


VIDEO: Chris Bosh talks after the Heat’s practice Monday

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No. 4: George puts up jumpers at practice — The last time Paul George attempted a field goal as a member of the Indiana Pacers, it was on May 30 in the team’s 25-point loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. Since then, the offseason has been rough for George as he suffered a devastating leg injury during Team USA practice over the summer. While George is expected to miss all of the 2014-15 season (with a possibility of returning for the playoffs still an option), there may be hope for Indiana fans. Pacers.com last night posted a video of Paul George taking some jump shots at the team’s Monday practice:


VIDEO: Paul George shoots jumpers at the Pacers’ practice Monday

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is unsure if Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter will be ready for the season-openerJason Kidd says the talk that the Nets wanted to fire him in December ‘had legs’ … Speaking of the Nets, they may not have been the biggest fans of that preseason trip to China … Denver Nuggets big man JaVale McGee may make his debut this week … Veteran forward Gerald Wallace of the Boston Celtics says he’s comfortable being a reserve this season … Washington Wizards guard Xavier Silas keeps on fighting for a spot with the team … the Sacramento Kings have apparently nailed down their starting lineup … Milwaukee Bucks whipping boy O.J. Mayo is excited for the season and whatever role he can play in it

ICYMI OF THE NIGHT: Everyone looking forward to this season’s Chicago Bulls-Cleveland Cavaliers matchups (and the point guard duel between Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving in those games) got a nice preview of the action in preseason form last night … 


VIDEO: Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving go toe-to-toe in last night’s preseason game

12 Comments

  1. Bartholomew says:

    GO AD!

  2. dserge69 says:

    i am exited to see #spashbrothers. getting things done tonight against those clipers …..

  3. harriethehawk says:

    I’m watching the game w/ Miami and Houston. I have to get used to seeing them play minus Lebron James. Not a good look at all. And I would guess Miami heat fans are not amused either.

  4. right_on says:

    T gas TT ako you obviously don’t know what you’re talkin about dude. pg’s injury wasn’t career treathening. it not like those of the acl and the achiles. its a common injury that doctors are very capable of restoring. its of a bone which means when it heals, it’ll even be stronger not like ijuries wherein tissues and muscles are involved. get your facts straight or just shut it.

  5. Bryson says:

    DERRICK ROSE IS BACK I THINK THE BULLS WILL WIN IT ALL THIS YEAR ONLY IS DROSE CAN STAY HEALTHY
    IM HAPPY FOR DROSE

  6. hnic says:

    TJH BOW DOWN!

  7. Bryson says:

    im really glad that paul george is out shooting a few jump shots but dont come back to early and let that happen again and dont be like drose tear your acl then come back and play 9 and a half games and then tear your meniscus , but anyways get back to doing ur sweet dunks

  8. paul george’s injury wasn’t anywhere close to kobe’s yes it was gruesome…but gruesome doesn’t mean more dangerous

  9. T gas TT ako says:

    I REALLY DOUBT PG 13 WILL EVER RETURN!!! IM A FAN GUT CANT REALLY IMAGINE HE COULD STILL PLAY LIKE BEFORE,, A SHORT COMEBACK IS POSSIBLE BUT….. IT’S JUST REALLY UNFAIR FOR HIM (INJURY) HES 1 OF THE FUTURE OF NBA,, BEST OF LUCK PG13!!!!

    • mmmmmmm says:

      he will come back, they usually do. Kobe came back, Rubio’s coming back. Anyone who gets an injury will come back. And if you look at Paul, he’s determined to come back. HE’S SHOOTING JUMP SHOTS COME ON. hes not sitting around laid back in bed, HES ON THE FLOOR SHOOTING JUMPSHOTS! good luck PG good luck.

  10. Jason says:

    this is a great matchup both of them in their primes going at each other will be a site to behold

  11. TJH says:

    First- It’s great to see Paul back on the court… BUT- Take it slow PG! And Indy fans- don’t get impatient with this thing. Even if the Pacers are good enough to slip into a playoff spot this year (and that’s a big if), there is so little upside to getting George back into the lineup. He’d be rusty and tentative, while the Pacer’s foe (likely a one or two-seed Cle or Chi) will be firing on all cylinders. Plan on PG’s full return next year, reload and try to snag another offensive weapon.
    There is a dearth of starter-quality point guards going into free agency next year (if Indy finally decides that George Hill is not the answer, and they can part ways with the hometown guy). There are a few decent shooting guards that’ll be available next year as well. Marcus Thornton can be a good heat-check guy, I like Gerald Henderson’s game, and even though he may be way overpriced, Eric Gordon is another Indy product that can score the ball. Lots of options in 2015, but this ‘maybe PG can come back for the playoffs’ talk needs to stop. Don’t get that DRose syndrome!