Brandon Roy is not right. Ron Artest called it after defending him the other night. Roy conceded he had not been attacking as much, one of the best players in the Association at getting in the lane and drawing contact has been settling for more jumpers. He tried to play it off as part of the grand design and evolution of his game. He wasn’t settling, this was a ground attack, part of a plan to rest his body for the playoffs.
Right. But now comes a report from the Oregonian that twice already since camp he had fluid drained from his knee — his left knee. Not the one he injured last year but the one he had surgically repaired in 2008. Then Tuesday he left the game with pain and returned later wearing a sleeve over it. Not good.
Now Roy and general manager Rich Cho — along with Greg Oden — are headed to Los Angeles to visit a knee specialist. It would probably be cheaper if the Blazers just put orthopedic doctor Neal Elattrache on retainer.
The doctor will determine the course of action. Could be rest and fewer minutes, could be surgery. It’s a wide spectrum.
Roy is the guy that makes the Blazers offense go. And it is going — they are fifth in the league in offensive efficiency and that has helped lead Portland to a 6-3 record to start. However, this is November and when the Blazers really need Roy right is April and May.
Any absence of Roy hurts the Blazers a lot. He is the core of the team, and while Rudy Fernandez has played well he is no Roy. The drop off is steep. The Blazers would feel it in their record and with that currently efficient offense.
As of today Roy is expected to be with he team on a three-game road trip that starts Friday in Oklahoma City. Stay tuned to see if that changes.
The Pistons will start Reggie Jackson at point guard, and they signed Ish Smith to provide better backup at the position.
The competition for the third point guard spot is heating up.
With Lorenzo Brown and Ray McCallum already signed to unguaranteed deals, Detroit is adding undrafted Old Dominion guard Trey Freeman.
Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops:
The Pistons have just 14 players – one shy of the regular-season roster limit – with guaranteed salaries. The final spot will very likely go to a point guard.
Brown and McCallum should be favored in the competition, because they’re more NBA-ready. A president/coach, Stan Van Gundy is more prone to covet the player who can step in immediately.
Freeman’s partial guarantee is likely designed to entice him to play in the D-League for a low base salary. The Pistons can waive him in the preseason and then assign his D-League rights to their affiliate, though he’d become an NBA free agent.
Freeman is working to become a better distributor after playing as a go-to scorer in college. A solid mid-range shooter, he must extend his range beyond the arc. It’d also help if he got to the rim more, and it seems he has the bounce to do that.
For an undrafted player, he has nice tools. They’ll probably just need to be refined in the D-League.
But even if that’s the intention, Freeman at least gives himself a chance first of upsetting Brown and McCallum in the race for third point guard.
With 32 wins and missing the playoffs, last season wasn’t exactly what the Knicks hoped for. However, last season also came with hope in the form of Kristaps Porzingis.
And there were highlights. Check out the team’s Top 10 plays, courtesy NBA.com.
It starts with some Derrick Williams moments, and ends with a Jose Calderon game winner, but there are moments from players the fans actually like in between.
At this point, there is zero chance Russell Westbrook‘s posts are a coincidence.
First. he posted a video of himself singing along to Lil Uzi Vert’s “Now I Do What I Want.”
Then came the shoe ad that was another little jab at now Warriors Kevin Durant.
Now comes Westbrook’s return to karaoke posts, this time singing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.”
Apparently, Westbrook and Durant are having one rough teenage breakup.
One of the great stories of last season was the return of Paul George to All-Star level form (then to watch him be crucial to the USA winning gold this summer).
It was a great story because vintage Paul George was so great. Watch this throwback video of him blowing by LeBron James and dunking over Chris Andersen from a few years back — this is vicious.
By the way, if you’re not following NBA history on Twitter and Instagram, you’re doing it wrong.