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Harrison Barnes suffers sprained knee in exhibition loss

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This is not what a guy still trying to negotiate a contract extension wants to see happen.

Midway through the second quarter of the Warriors preseason, Barnes collided with a Nuggets player and left the floor not to return, reports Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com. The Warriors have officially called it a sprained right knee.

After the game there were not a lot of details, although interim coach Luke Walton called Barnes “day-to-day,” reports Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News.

“We obviously won’t rush him back,” Walton said.

Barnes started 82 games last season for the Warriors and it doesn’t sound like he will be out an extended period of time, although we should get more details on Wednesday.

With Barnes out, Andre Iguodala will slide back into the starting lineup. He’ll be just fine with that.

NBA family reacts to news of Lamar Odom hospitalization

Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

I’ll admit my bias up front: Lamar Odom is one of my favorite people I have had the pleasure of speaking with and getting to know while covering the NBA. He is sensitive, funny, genuine, and had gone through so much grief and pain during his life. When the microphones were off and he was just talking, he was engaging.

It’s not just me that feels this way. In the wake of the news of his hospitalization and life-threatening illness, the NBA family has expressed both shock and poured out its heart. Here is a sampling.

Kobe Bryant leaves game with bruised calf; Scott says it’s not serious

Kobe Bryant

After the last couple seasons — where Kobe Bryant has played 41 games total — any time he suffers an injury, Lakers fans are going to hold their breath.

Like when Kobe left the Lakers’ exhibition game Tuesday night against Sacramento Kings at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After a third quarter collision with Rajon Rondo where the Kings’ point guard fell on him, Bryant went to the bench and was rubbing his knee. That was concerning. He then walked back to the locker room under his own power but did not return to the game.

The Lakers later said he suffered a bruised calf. Coach Byron Scott said not to worry, reports Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell.

This is a good news. I’m not sure how Kobe will perform this season, or what he will decide to do when the season is over, but I want him to be able to make that decision from a place of physical health. If he retires, I want him to be able to do it on his own terms, not because his body broke down. I wish for a healthy season for him.

I’d say the Lakers were being cautious with him because it’s preseason, but I expect that will carry over into the games that matter as well.

Magic’s Aaron Gordon puts on show in preseason debut


Aaron Gordon had been brought back slowly by the Orlando Magic after having surgery on his jaw back in July (an injury he got “horsing around” with his family, not in Summer League). But Tuesday night he was ready and made his preseason debut.

And he put on a show, scoring 10 points and displaying his athleticism.

Gordon threw down the dunk off the impressive bounce pass from Mario Hezonja.

Later, he showed some hangtime on this reverse layup.

The Magic are going to be entertaining to watch this season.

Lamar Odom found unconscious, taken to Las Vegas hospital

Lamar Odom

UPDATE 11:03 pm: This is the press release on the situation from the Nye County Sherriff Department, which responded to the call. It confirms the key details from the original report:

At approximately 3:15 pm on October 13, 2015, a call came into the Nye County Dispatch Center from Richard Hunter, Media Director for Dennis Hof’s Bunny Ranch, requesting an ambulance for an unresponsive male experiencing a medical emergency at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, approximately twenty miles north of Pahrump, Nevada in Nye County.

An ambulance from Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Service arrived at 3:34 pm and the patient, identified as Lamar Odom was stabilized and transported to Desert View Hospital arriving at 4:16 pm. Nye County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Cory Fowles and Michael Eisenloffel arrived and conducted an investigation on scene.

After being treated by the physicians, arrangements were made to transport him by Mercy Air helicopter. However, Mr. Odom was unable to be transported by air due to his stature. He was immediately transported by Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada for further treatment.

9: 51 pm: Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.

Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.

Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.

Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.

We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.