The Milwaukee Bucks were already without Larry Sanders, who needed surgery to repair torn ligaments in his hand after a bar fight, and now this.
Zaza Pachulia will be out at least four weeks with a broken bone in his foot, coach Larry Drew announced Monday. It is the calcaneus bone, what most of us would call the heel bone. He suffered the injury last week in a game against the Pistons. He will be re-examined in a month.
Pachulia was starting at center for 11 of the Bucks games this season and has given them 6.2 points a game but on just 36 percent shooting, plus 6.5 rebounds a contest. He is supposed to be the better, more polished offensive big man for the Bucks when compared to Sanders or John Henson, but Pachulia has been off this year. Still Larry Drew has leaned on him.
The Bucks are 4-16 and headed to the lottery (even in the East). At this point Drew should be playing a lot of Henson and Sanders (who got the pins out of his hands Monday and should be moving toward a return). Get the young guys better by just playing them.
By the way, speaking of Bucks injuries Caron Butler is going to be out at least another 10 days.
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 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.