The Spurs needed some size up front behind Tim Duncan after Aron Baynes bolted for the Motor City, so San Antonio went to Europe to get some serious size — 7’3″ Boban Marjanović.
Marjanović was set to play for the Serbian national team this summer in EuroBasket, but that’s not happening now due to an ankle injury, the Spurs announced in a press release.
“After a physical exam, which included a MRI, San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanović has been diagnosed significant bony edema in his left ankle… As a result of these findings and in the best interest of his future health, Spurs officials have informed Marjanović and the Serbian Basketball Federation that, under the agreement between FIBA and the NBA, Marjanović will not be allowed to participate with the Serbian National Team in Eurobasket 2015.”
The letter the Spurs sent the Serbian national team says Marjanović should spend three weeks in an air cast resting his foot, then be reevaluated.
The Serbian National Team will challenge this medical finding, according to Sportando, saying the physical he took with them a few weeks ago did not show this. FIBA could be forced to help a player decide between club and country.
A bony Edema means swelling of the bone due to water — basically what happens to your ankle when you sprain it, only with the bone. The press release doesn’t get into the cause, but it likely was direct injury (otherwise it’s due to a stress injury or arthritis).
Certainly the Spurs prefer to keep their players out of international competitions, but guys such as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker often do participate.
Twins Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris were both playing for the Suns last season when they were charged with aggravated assault tied to an incident outside a recreation basketball game last January. (Marcus has since been traded to Detroit, and Markieff may not be happy about that.)
The Morris twins have denied any involvement in the attack, or even knowing the victim.
While a grand jury said there was enough evidence to go to trial, the twins’ attorneys want the case to go back to that grand jury, reports the Arizona Republic.
The defense attorneys for Marcus and Markieff Morris have asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to return the case to a grand jury because they say prosecutors falsely presented information that led to an indictment on charges of aggravated assault.
Prosecutors presented “false and misleading evidence” and withheld information vital to the case, the Morris twins’ attorneys said in motion to return the case to a grand jury to determine whether there is probable cause to indict the NBA players.
Prosecutors allege the twins and three others people beat up Erik Hood following a recreational basketball tournament in the Phoenix area last Jan. 24. According to reports the twins thought Hood was sending “inappropriate” text messages to their mother. According to prosecutors, another member of the group started the attack and, when Hood tried to run to his car but fell to the ground, the twins reportedly joined in repeatedly punching and kicking Hood.
Hood has a suffered a broken nose among other injuries.
TheMorris twins have denied taking part in the attack.
The judge can send this back to the grand jury or on to trial.
Jahlil Okafor looked in Las Vegas like a guy who could be in the mix for Rookie of the Year — he has an NBA body that he knows how to use to create a little space to operate, and when he does he has an array of moves to score. In Las Vegas he averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game, he shot 43.8 percent, and while he’s still a rookie who is going to have a steep learning curve, you can see the potential.
He wants to win Rookie of the Year, he told Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com during the Sixers annual Beach Bash event (video above).
“For myself, before the season I just need to make sure I’m prepared. I don’t know what to expect, I’ve never played in the NBA, but Rookie of the Year is one of my goals I’ve set for myself, my personal achievements. As for the team, I want to get better. We’re a rebuilding team right now, but (we should) go out there every day and compete.”
After seeing guys in Summer League and thinking about touches and opportunities they will get in the season, I would say Okafor and Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay should be the preseason favorites for the award, with Karl-Anthony Towns and Stanley Johnson lurking in the background. That said, they’re rookies, which makes them inconsistent and this award very difficult to predict preseason.
What we do know: Okafor is having fun with the fans and making friends in Philly already.