Ed Davis has knee surgery, will miss six weeks

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ed_davis_toronto_raptors.jpgEd Davis injured his knee late last week, and while the injury wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been, Davis is looking at another physical setback that will halt his basketball progress. According to Matt Devlin, play-by-play man for the Toronto Raptors, Davis had surgery today to repair a torn meniscus, and will be sidelined for six weeks.

A broken bone in Davis’ wrist ended his sophomore season at UNC in mid-February. He’s since recovered, but now Davis will have a new challenge to overcome.

Davis is quite talented, but he was already going to need some time to develop both his frame and his skills before making a serious run at NBA relevance. He also already had his share of doubters (as evidenced by his slight draft day
slip), and without a chance to properly acquaint himself with the NBA
season from the get-go, it may take him even longer to prove them wrong.

This tear will likely delay that process, and could potentially do even more damage. The severity of the tear will determine both the exact timetable and the likelihood of any lingering effects, but something to keep in mind: meniscus tears have been very problematic for both Gilbert Arenas and Andrew Bynum in the past.

In all likelihood, Davis will go through his rehab and recovery without incident, but the tear’s potential impact still looms. Here’s to hoping the rook’s lift and career lift-off aren’t hindered.

Report: Lamar Odom found unconscious, taken to Las Vegas hospital

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Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.

Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.

Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.

Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.

We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.

Jazz waive Jack Cooley and J.J. O’Brien

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.

Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley’s fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.

O’Brien was signed as an undrafted rookie Aug. 28 and played in one preseason game with the Jazz.

The Jazz roster now stands at 18.