UPDATE 10:43 pm: The recovery time on this is a lot worse than we first thought — depending on the surgery or other options, Haslem could be out until the All-Star break in February, if not longer.
If you want an idea of how this impacts the Heat: Memphis outrebounded the Heat 16-5 after Haslem left the game Saturday, according to John Schuhman of NBA.com.
9:26 pm: Udonis Haslem — the Miami Heat’s best rebounder and a stabilizing influence on defense — may well be out for at least a month, more likely six weeks or longer.
MRI results on Haslem’s left foot came back Sunday and showed a torn ligament, according to Brian Windhorst at ESPN. He injured the foot Saturday night in a loss to Memphis.
The team is having Haslem see a specialist before announcing a treatment plan and saying how long he will be out. However, this kind of injury generally keeps people out at least a month, more usually six-to-eight weeks.
The Heat will miss Haslem’s presence off the bench inside. He’s averaged eight points and eight boards a game, but generally has been more important as a steadying influence. The Heat’s already questionable depth may be more exposed during Haslem’s lengthy absence.
An MRI on Dwyane Wade’s sore wrist showed it just to be sprained. He sat out the loss to Memphis and may sit out Monday against Indiana as well.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA point guard Jason Williams will miss six to eight months after suffering a knee injury in the opening game of the Big3.
Corey Maggette, also injured in the opening week of Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league of former NBA players, had surgery for a leg injury. There is no timetable for his return.
The injuries were announced Wednesday during a conference call with Cube and Big3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, who also detailed a couple rules changes starting with this weekend’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Games will be played to 50 points, instead of 60, with halftime coming when the first team reaches 25 points. Cube said that would help the four games per day move more quickly.
Phil Jackson’s exit is already opening doors for the Knicks.
No position differs more in the triangle from modern spread NBA offenses than point guard. But without Jackson demanding his point guard fit such a narrow profile, New York can pursue greater talents – like Jeff Teague.
Ian Begley of ESPN:
With Phil Jackson out and the triangle de-emphasized, the Knicks, under general manager Steve Mills, have interest in free agent point guard Jeff Teague, league sources told ESPN. League sources say the interest in Teague is mutual.
The Knicks aren’t as desperate at point guard after drafting Frank Ntilikina, but Ntilikina probably isn’t ready to run an offense full-time yet. Teague could be a stopgap – which might be necessary considering New York can’t easily pivot into rebuilding with Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee locked up.
Teague’s future with the Pacers appears uncertain with Paul George on the trade block. A key part of Larry Bird’s retooling last summer, Teague and Indiana might be headed in different directions now.
The Knicks make as much sense as anywhere for Teague – now that Jackson is gone.
The Rockets and Clippers both turned aggressive with today’s Chris Paul trade.
Houston is making a bold attempt to overtake the Warriors (a plan that could include other big moves). The Clippers are launching into rebuilding.
Kurt Helin breaks down what it means for both teams.
The Knicks did well to part ways with Phil Jackson, but where does New York go from here?
Masai Ujiri? David Griffin? Someone else?
Kurt Helin breaks down Jim Dolan’s options – and the approach the Knicks owner should take.