Water fountains removed from Cleveland arena


Update 2/10 7:58 pm The water will be flowing again soon. Starting tomorrow night there will be water stations in Quicken Loans Arena — manned tables where water will be handed out free of charge — and the fountains will be back and operational soon. Aside any public pressure, there was the fact that building codes require one fountain for every 1,000 guests, so the arena was in violation.

2/8 7:51 pm The Associated Press reports that the water fountains have been removed from Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena. The reason given for removing the fountains was to prevent the spread of bacteria and communicable diseases. Skeptics regard this as a move to encourage fans to buy bottled water, although they will be able to get free 9-ounce water cups at concession stands.

Given that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has some of the deepest pockets in the league and has made lots of extravagant purchases for the team and its fans, I find it unlikely that he would pinch pennies in this manner.

The move is curious, though. The city department of health did not endorse the move by the Cavs organization, with a representative saying “I haven’t been able to find anything in the whole H1N1 world that says water fountains are a concern.”

As of right now, it is unclear what kind of an impact the removal of the water fountains will have on LeBron James’ free agency decision in 2010.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist taken to hospital after shoulder injury

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.

Derrick Rose expected to rejoin Bulls on Wednesday

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CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.

“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”

Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.

“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”

The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.

Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.