Bone spurs suck. Surgery sucks, too, but if you’re trying to play NBA basketball bone spurs in your ankle are a bigger problem.
So in August Rockets forward Patrick Patterson had surgery to remove the spurs from his right ankle, his agent told the Houston Chronicle.
“He was playing through it the past couple years,” (agent O’Dell) McCants said Monday. “He’s right on schedule to be ready if training camp does start on time.”
They’re not, so he has some extra time. Patterson had a solid rookie season, gaining the trust of the Rockets coaching staff and getting more minutes as the season wore on. He shot 55.8 percent on his way to 6.3 points per game and was a good rebounder. He may never be an All-Star, but he can be the kind of solid starter that every NBA team could use, the kind of guy who could have a long career. Best to clear up the ankle issues now so he can more easily take a step forward next season.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.