Author: Kurt Helin

Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah

Another day, another Bulls injury: Taj Gibson out with sprained ankle


Taj Gibson will be spending some time with Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose in the training room after that one.

In the third quarter of the Bulls loss to the Trail Blazers Friday night Gibson went down with what looked to be a nasty ankle sprain. The man was in some pretty serious pain. The good news is after the game he said the X-rays were negative, but he was in a walking boot after the game and told he’s going to miss a little time because this is his third ankle sprain since the playoffs last season.

“I gotta get this thing right,” he said…

“Just talking to Derrick, talking to the guys, I have to be patient,” Gibson said. “I have to stop trying to run back out there to try to play through these things. We have a long season. It’s just the dog in me that wants to be out there and play. I have to just learn from this.”

Rose has taken a lot of criticism, although with this injury rushing back too early from a hamstring that is not right can lead to worse things.

More than that — it’s November people? You got to get right and be healthy for the games that matter most and those don’t happen before Christmas (or, frankly, before next March). The Bulls have been the Bulls and are fine at 8-5 and the three seed in the East even with key players missing time. This is another blow but as everyone knows, what matters with the Bulls is them getting healthy for the late season and playoffs.

So Tom Thibodeau is covering his guys in bubble wrap and waiting for them to get right. As he should.

JaVale McGee hanging out with old ladies in the front row (VIDEO)

Jeff Withey, JaVale McGee

I missed JaVale McGee last year. I think we all did, especially Shaq, but really all of us.

Including the old ladies in the front row.

Dwight Howard has plasma therapy (Kobe therapy) on right knee

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard was a surprise late scratch Wednesday night against the Lakers — his showdown with Kobe Bryant — due to a knee issue. While Howard told Houston representatives about the issue at shootaround even the Rockets’ broadcast team was surprised he did not play in the game, learning minutes before tip-off.

Turns out, he’s now turned to the Kobe treatment.

Howard had Plasma Rich Replacement Therapy for his right knee, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Howard said Friday that he underwent a “PRP” treatment on his right knee on Thursday, the same cutting-edge procedure that Bryant used on his knee in 2013…

The Rockets have listed him as day-to-day with a strained right knee and Howard said he would have to see how he feels on Saturday to know whether he could return in time to face the Dallas Mavericks. But Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Howard is “probably” out and Rockets players have talked about having to play without him.

Don’t expect him to play vs. the Mavericks, this early in the season teams wrap their stars in bubble wrap and protect them from any potential injury that could linger.

The question is will it linger — you don’t get PRP on your off day because it sounds like fun. This is a sign there are legitimate concerns about the long-term stability of his knee.

Also, with a star out is when we might see the depth issues around the Rockets a number of us prognosticators were concerned about.

Magic’s Aaron Gordon undergoes foot surgery, out indefinitely

Milwaukee Bucks v Orlando Magic

Aaron Gordon, the No. 4 pick of the Orlando Magic in the last draft, had foot surgery on Friday and he is out indefinitely.

From the Orlando press release:

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent a successful surgical procedure today to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced. Gordon was diagnosed with the injury following the Magic’s game on Nov. 15 at Washington. He will be out indefinitely and his return will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation.

This was not new news, but now it is official. This is the same injury that Kevin Durant had and the concern is this is a part of the foot that does not get a lot of blood flow so it can be slow to heal. Basically, expect them to keep him out for a long time.

Gordon had averaged 15 minutes a game and had looked pretty good as a rookie. This sucks for the Magic who are all about hope for the future and this is a step back.

Al Michaels tells story of how Doc Rivers was almost Lakers coach in 2004-05

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Any story that includes a chance meeting and conversation with Jerry Buss outside a men’s restroom is going to be golden.

Al Michaels had one of those in the spring on 2004 and retold the story on the Dan Patrick show Friday. And it’s gold Jerry. Gold. Remember that during the 2004 playoffs Doc Rivers agreed to go coach the Boston Celtics, but he stayed on as an ABC analyst through the playoffs. Then during the Lakers/Spurs series that year, while Phil Jackson was doing his annual waffling on whether he’d return, Jerry Buss told Michaels that if Rivers hadn’t signed in Boston he would have signed him. So Michaels told Rivers and…

It’s fun to speculate, but that was a tough few years for the Lakers after Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton and Karl Malone all left (remember the Rudy Tomjanovich era?) and who knows how things turn out. As it was, Doc eventually got his ring in Boston and is now a head coach of a loaded team in Los Angeles. Things tend to work out.