After missing the Philadelphia 76ers’ loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday due to a shoulder injury, Michael Carter-Williams returned home to Boston for personal reasons with the team’s permission. The plan was for him to meet the 76ers in Brooklyn for tonight’s game against the Nets, and he’d be reevaluated.
Even if his flight can’t take off, there could be other options. Driving on dry roads would have Carter-Williams there in about four hours, though conditions are obviously worse than ideal. A train would take around the same amount of time.
The Rookie of the Year favorite obviously makes the 76ers better. They’re 1-11 without him this season, and if he can’t make it to Brooklyn, that likely drops them to 1-12.
But losing to the Nets is the more likely outcome, regardless. And for a tanking team like Philadelphia, that’s not so bad.
There’s little sense cramping the 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams into a tight space for hours just to hope he makes it on time, isn’t too sore to play has seen his shoulder heal enough and actually makes a difference in the game’s result – none of those being givens. Better to just wait and see whether his flight can take off.
Derrick Rose being back for start of season in question
The opening night projection for a Derrick Rose return is a bit murky at this point, as the Bulls are taking a cautious approach to his recovery with Fred Hoiberg essentially ruling him out for the rest of the preseason.
“Most likely (out for the preseason),” Hoiberg said….
In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rose sit out the first handful of games, as the Bulls start the season with a three-game in four-night stretch starting Oct. 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is in two weeks.
“That will be in consideration, sure,” Hoiberg said. “We gotta make sure, he really hasn’t done anything and that will be a good two or three weeks where he has total inactivity, so just to throw him back out there going 100 percent with his speed and everything, you just don’t want to take any risks, chances, where it could be a lingering issue.”
Just what TNT and the NBA hoped for with an opening night Bulls vs. Cavaliers showcase: Kirk Hinrich vs. Mo Williams. (Don’t forget Kyrie Irving will miss the start of the season recovering from his knee surgery.)
Of course, this is the smart play for the Bulls who need to be thinking about getting Rose fully healthy and focusing on what condition he will be come April 27, not Oct. 27.
And of course, a lot of Bulls fans who are down on Rose will slam him for this. Even though the injury was a freak accident and the team is right to be patient.
Rose could play opening night, if he gets back to practice next week and can get closer to basketball shape. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
Stephen Curry apologizes for Warriors’ health, playoff path, success
A sarcastic Stephen Curry joined the fun (and to his credit, did so much more appropriately than his teammate).
I just want to say, I apologize for us being healthy. I apologize for us playing who’s in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we’ve received as a team and individually. I’m very, truly sorry. We’ll rectify that situation this year.
We try to have fun with it.
What the Warriors refuse to realize: Acknowledging the fortunate breaks they received en route to their championship is not the same as saying they didn’t deserve their championship. It’s not insulting them.
Of course, the Warriors aren’t obligated to fully understand the critiques. They’re incentivized to spin the comments into motivation.