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Wizards’ Martell Webster may need season-ending hip surgery

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He wants to try every alternative first. Or maybe just try to play through it.

But the bone spur in Martell Webster‘s hip that has sidelined him through the Wizards’ training camp until his first practices Tuesday — the thing that has kept him from trying to find his place in Washington’s new small ball style — could mean the end of his season.

Webster may need surgery, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com.

“When it gets to the point that nothing’s happening, the hip’s not getting better … I don’t know just go back to the drawing board and see if surgery is the best solution after exhausting all avenues,” Webster said Wednesday from the floor of Amway Center, where the Wizards will make their regular-season debut tonight vs. the Orlando Magic.

“I played the whole practice yesterday. Felt good. Literally on my last shot, after practice when we were getting up our spot shots, my last shot is when it started to flare up again. (Expletive) I probably could’ve given 10 minutes tonight if that hadn’t happened.”

Surgery would sideline him 4-6 months, very possibly ending his season. Could hip surgery spell the end of Webster’s 10-year career? He doesn’t see it that way.

“Yeah, of course,” Webster said when asked if he again thought about his career ending before he reaches 30… “But I don’t think me not playing again is in the foreseeable future, like in the next year or two. Now I could still play. If I got this surgery it’s not a career-ending surgery. It’s just a bone spur that’s rubbing up against my labrum. If I got the surgery, just go in and shave it off so that it doesn’t rub up against my labrum anymore. It’s not something that’s going to end my career. I’m not worried about that. I’ve got a lot of basketball left in me.”

Injuries have plagued Webster’s career, including limiting him to 32 games last season — and when he did play he was not good (his PER of 5.9 is a good way to sum that up). In theory Webster could be the kind of 3&D guy Washington could use, but if he can’t get healthy he can’t prove it.

The Wizards can buy out his contract for next season for $2.5 million, and even if he were healthy a team looking to land a big name free agent — *cough* Kevin Durant *cough* — would likely send him packing to free up the cap space. If Webster is going to land anywhere and play again, he needs to get and prove he can stay healthy.

That just may mean season-ending surgery.

Quote of the Day: Kerr’s advice Walton basically don’t screw it up

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“Don’t worry, we won 67 games last year and I didn’t know what I was doing at all.”

—Golden State Warriors’ interim coach Luke Walton on any final advice he got from Steve Kerr, via ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss.

Funny line, and with a hint of truth — this is the same core players in the same system that won 67 games and an NBA title last season. They already know how to win, just don’t screw it up. 

So far so good, Stephen Curry dropped 40 and the Warriors looked good on opening night.

It’s official, Lance Stephenson to start at three for Clippers

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This was Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers back in June, just after the team traded for Lance Stephenson, making it clear this was more of a move about the bench:

“I don’t know if I made the trade for him to be a starter, per se, I look at him really more to be a utility player that can come in and play literally three different positions for us…. In the worst case and it’s not a bad case [Lance starts], and I still think that Lance is an upgrade at that position even if we wanted to start him. But I’m planning on doing more things this summer without saying much.”

This was Doc Rivers Wednesday morning of the Clippers’ season opener up in Sacramento, via James Ham of CSNBayArea.com.

The idea here is to reduce the load on Paul Pierce, who will play with the second unit but likely finish close games. While Rivers talked up starting Wesley Johnson for a while, that idea never had legs once Johnson got on the court.

Stephenson is the Clippers’ best perimeter defender of the guys in the mix for the three, but he’s struggled working off the ball on offense in the preseason — he shot 6-of-14 inside eight feet and 1-of-9 from three. He’s going to have to get used to it because Chris Paul and Blake Griffin should be the hubs, and we know DeAndre Jordan will get more touches now (especially early in games). If the Clippers are going to bring Pierce off the bench, Stephenson is the best option to start off the guys on the roster, and if his minutes are limited it may not be much of an issue.

Is this an upgrade over Matt Barnes is another question entirely.

Report: Bucks were ready to make run at Robin Lopez last summer

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The conventional wisdom heading into the opening of free agency last July 1 was that Greg Monroe was bound for New York, in part because of the ties between Monroe’s agent David Falk (Michael Jordan’s former agent) and Phil Jackson. Monroe, of course, listened to the pitch in Milwaukee and saw a better fit for his future and chose Wisconsin. Jackson and the Knicks did alright for themselves at the five, landing Robin Lopez.

But the situation might have been reversed.

According to coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks were ready to make a run at Lopez, too, as reported by Marc Berman at the New York Post.

“We liked both of those guys,’’ Kidd said at Bucks practice Tuesday. “They both do something and they’re very productive. I think both teams got maybe the guy they wanted. Looking at the Lopezes, I’ve coached one of them and recruited another. They’ve always played the game the right way. The Knicks ended up with Lopez, which is a good pickup for them.”

This likely didn’t go much of anywhere — maybe a few back channel conversations — because Monroe made his decision fairly quickly. Still, it’s interesting and shows the Bucks’ ambition as a franchise.

Just a reminder Knicks fans, if he hadn’t chosen the Bucks Monroe likely would have replaced Lopez in Portland, not been apartment hunting in Chelsea.

However, if you think this was a little crazy, wait until next summer when two-thirds of the league has money and the free agent class is not very deep.

Watch Golden State get their championship rings

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It was a ceremony 40 years in the making.

The last time the Golden State Warriors raised a championship banner and passed out championship rings “Rhinestone Cowboy” was a radio hit. It had been a while. So you can understand if the Warriors players, fans, and entire organization reveled in the moment of getting their rings.

The fans liked the game that followed, too.