The Golden State Warriors’ — remember them? — myriad injuries this season may have been the central mechanism for the D-League’s incredible success in ’09-’10, but they also denied us the privilege of watching a few interesting players do their thing. Kelenna Azubuike is one of those guys.
‘Buike may not be incredibly dynamic, tremendously talented, or loaded with potential, but he’s a terrific open-court player and he probably would have been useful on those nights where Golden State suited up six or seven players. Kelenna went down in the ninth game of the season (on the night of Brandon Jennings’ double-nickel against the Warriors, coincidentally), and never returned for the Dubs.
Kelenna already had one season-ending surgery in November to repair his torn patella tendon, and he underwent another arthroscopic procedure late this week to address his lingering patella tendinitis. Though Azubuike may be limited in the off-season, the injury shouldn’t last through the summer. The Warriors may actually be able to field a full team of players next season with guys like ‘Buike on the mend, which should translate to guys like Monta Ellis and Steph Curry playing less than 48 minutes a night.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.