Author: Dan Feldman

Willie Reed tears ligament in thumb, which could help him stick with Nets

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Nets starting center Brook Lopez has a history of injuries. Backup Andrea Bargnani, himself no stranger to injuries, is banged up.

So, Brooklyn surely didn’t want to see a potential third center go down.


Nets release:

Brooklyn Nets center Willie Reed has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb, an MRI confirmed today. The injury occurred during the first half of last night’s preseason game versus the Boston Celtics. Reed will undergo surgery on Friday, October 16 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. A timetable for his return will be established following the procedure.

Reed, who signed with Brooklyn as a free agent on July 9, 2015, was making his preseason debut when the injury occurred.

Reed is one of seven Nets presumably competing for two regular-season roster spots behind the 13 players with guaranteed salaries.

Strangely, this could be his ticket.

Reed has $500,000 of his minimum salary ($947,276) guaranteed. If Brooklyn waives him due to this injury, he’s entitled to receive his full base compensation. At that point, why not just keep him?

The other candidate on the roster for third center is Chris Daniels, who seems unqualified. If Reed’s injury is serious, the Nets might look for another third-center candidate. But signing that player and dropping Reed could require eating Reed’s full salary.

That might be justified, but it’s something the Nets will have to consider.

Derrick Rose gets double vision with both eyes open, says he can play with one closed


Derrick Rose, who broke his face, is questionable for the Bulls’ regular-season opener.

Just how is he feeling?

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Rose trying to play with one eye closed seems like a bad idea. The Bulls should – and probably will – be patient with him.

If Rose isn’t ready by opening night, it sounds like he will be shortly after.

I’d also be shocked if Rose wears a mask the rest of his career, though he did play with Richard Hamilton. So, maybe Rose knows something about the advantages to always donning a mask.

Pelicans sign New Orleans native/European star Bo McCalebb

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Bo McCalebb became a legend for his play for Macedonia in the 2011 EuroBasket.

Before that, he was a New Orleans native who played at the University of New Orleans.

Now, after years playing overseas, he’s coming home.

John Reid of The Times-Picayune:

New Orleans could use a point guard. Jrue Holiday is set to begin the season under a minute limit. Norris Cole is also injured. Tyreke Evans is needed on the wing.

But the 6-foot McCalebb is 30 and reliant on his quickness to get to the rim and disrupt defensively. His NBA window might have already closed.

Plus, with Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca hurt, the Pelicans might need to keep an extra center. They signed Jerome Jordan.

It’d be a great story if McCalebb makes the regular-season roster, but there are plenty of hurdles to clear.

Report: Lamar Odom’s condition worsens

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Lamar Odom’s condition reportedly improved last night.

Unfortunately, the latest reports are far less encouraging.


Lamar Odom’s condition has deteriorated, and doctors are now telling the family the longer he remains in the condition he’s in the less likely it is that he will recover.

Sources tell TMZ, Lamar did indeed squeeze Khloe’s hand Wednesday night, which gave everyone hope, but Thursday morning doctors are saying it well could have been an involuntary movement.

Odom remains hospitalized after what was reportedly a drug overdose.

Michele Roberts: Players union supports Thabo Sefolosha if he sues NYPD

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Thabo Sefolosha says he wants to put his not-guilty verdict behind him.

But just in case the Hawks wing – who was tried for misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest – wants to sue the New York Police Department, Nation Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts has his back.

Roberts, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

“He had a criminal case and we had to respect that,” Roberts said during a question-and-answer session at the espnW: Women + Sports Summit in Dana Point, California. “He now has a civil litigation if he wants to pursue it. I take my lead from him … but all he has to do is turn me on and I’m gone. I can’t even tell you how horrific the experience he had was. It was just dreadful.”

Roberts said the union remained relatively quiet while Sefolosha dealt with criminal charges, but believes he “wants to do more” now that he’s been exonerated.

“I was outraged when [the incident] happened. We were all outraged when that happened,” Roberts said. “We needed to obviously defer to Thabo. We’ve always taken a backseat and respected what he wants to do and we’ll do that going forward. The good news is he does want to do more. And we will do as much as he will allow us to do for him.”

If Sefolosha sues, I think he’d have a good case.

He has a witness saying he was trying to give money to a homeless man. He has video showing police dragging him in different directions. He has a believable motive.

And he has Roberts and the team of lawyers on staff for the union.

Sefolosha could afford his own counsel, but the backing of the union would be an advantage.

He might just choose, with his name cleared, to move on. A lawsuit could distract from the season ahead.

But paying settlements is standard-operating procedure for the NYPD. Sefolosha clearly cares about being a role model. This could be another chance for him to use his celebrity to call attention to how often the department causes people to bring claims against it.