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Thunder’s Nick Collison has arthroscopic surgery on knee

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Oklahoma City reserve big man Nick Collison, who has been a key part of the Thunder’s front court rotation, will be out of training four to six weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the team announced Thursday.

That timeline should have him fine and ready to return at 100 percent by the start of training camp.

Collison, 33, could see a larger role next season as coach Scott Brooks starts to rely less on Kendrick Perkins and more on Steven Adams. At least Thunder fans can hope that is the case. (It is possible but unlikely the Thunder amnesty Perkins this summer.)

Collison’s numbers of 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists a game are not going to land him on your fantasy team (unless you’re really bad at fantasy) but he’s a solid backup big man that matters to the Thunder.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.