Chris Douglas-Roberts out for a month after eye surgery

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Chris Douglas-Roberts will miss the first month of the Bucks’ season after having to undergo eye surgery Tuesday.

CDR was poked in the eye during a Sunday practice, causing the eye to swell nearly shut by Monday. The damage was severe enough to warrant surgery, noted HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy on twitter.

It’s a setback for a player who got a lot of preseason minutes for the Bucks as they tried to fit him in. Douglas-Roberts never seemed to fit in with New Jersey. The midrange game and ability to just find a way to get the ball in the basket that served him well in college at Memphis went missing in the NBA. He was undisciplined.

He was moved to Milwaukee and under the very structured Scott Skiles that was going to change. Well, it is going to change is Douglas-Roberts wanted to get paid to play in the NBA next season.

This likely means more minutes for John Salmons and Correy Maggette, two guys proven to be able to put the ball in the net. We’ll have to wait until around Thanksgiving to see if Douglas-Roberts can fit in with that group.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.