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Miami Heat's Miller shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during the first quarter in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in Miami

Mike Miller is (surprisingly) ready for training camp


I’ll admit it, I was convinced that Mike Miller’s three-point barrage against the Thunder in last year’s Finals was his way of blazing into glory, as in, off into the sunset. For two years, we’d watched Miller drag a body around that wasn’t just suffering in one part of his body, it was all of them. The back, the knee, the shoulder, the arm, the ankles. It hurt to watch him walkSo after winning the title and being an integral part of it, I thought for sure that would be it. Retire a champion, and get out of having to deal with the pain day after day.

Nope, Mike Miller’s one tough son of a Miller. Miller says he’s ready to start training camp, amazingly, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that has to do with the decision for him notto have surgery on his back.

  After considering retirement during the NBA Finals and then contemplating back surgery at the completion of the Heat’s championship run, Miller is up and running and looking forward to the Sept. 29 start of training camp at AmericanAirlines Arena.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said Saturday.

“I basically looked at my options and back surgery, with Dr. Green pretty confident that we could get it to where I need to be without it. So we’re slowly but surely getting there,” he said at a Saturday promotional appearance at Maye Pediatric Dentistry and Shelling Orthodontics along with teammates James Jones and Udonis Haslem, who was there to collect contributions for the Udonis Haslem Children’s Foundation. “My body feels good. Like I said, we’ve just got to be smart about it.”

via Mike Miller looks to Miami Heatreturn in wake of NBA championship. – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

Miller re-joins a Heat team that upgraded at various positions he played at. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis join Shane Battier on the wing. So on the plus side, Miller won’t have to be depended on for big minutes. On the downside, if he has trouble again with staying on the floor this season, he could wind up getting those minutes back if he gets healthy. It’ll be a smaller role for him. But maybe that’s a good thing.

One thing that often gets lost with the talk of Miller’s shooting and his injury concerns is what came in the middle of all that. Miller is a tough-as-nails rebounder. Often hobbling on one leg or holding an injured shoulder, Miller would still chase down rebounds, make hustle plays, pressure the ball handler, do all the things that in reality he shouldn’t be able to do. Those things matter to the Heat. So no matter how much pain may be involved, and hopefully it’s less this time through, Miller’s going to give it another go. One more weapon for Miami.

Note: Tim Reynolds of the AP reported that Miller wanted to be back for training camp and was already planning on skipping surgery on July 17th. The fact that he’s definitely in for training camp is still notable, but this stuff isn’t breaking at all.

Robin Lopez had successful knee surgery

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Really, New Orleans’ luck had been going too well.

They draft Austin Rivers, he has surgery. They trade for Robin Lopez, now he has knee surgery. It’s fine, it’s just not the kind of thing you want right off the bat as the rebuilding project gets underway. From the team’s presser:

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that center Robin Lopez underwent successful surgery to correct a tear of his medial meniscus in his left knee.

Lopez was acquired July 27 along with forward Hakim Warrick and cash considerations from the Phoenix Suns. The 7’0’’ center averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Suns last season in 14.0 minutes over 64 games.

The procedure was performed by Dr. El Attrache at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. Lopez is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp this fall.

So not just arthroscopic, but a tear, albeit in the meniscus. Great. Fantastic.

Lopez has had a rash of injuries in his young career, and that’s not a great sign. But these things happen, and he’s expected to recover. But bear in mind he’s got two months to get healthy from surgery. Not ideal.

But the Hornets were prepared to go smallball regardless, for if they hadn’t pulled off the trade for Lopez, they would have had only Jason Smith as a reliable center.  The surgery went well and Lopez can likely recover with no ill effects. It’s just a concern for the knife to be necessary so soon after the Hornets’ acquisition of him.

Al Harrington won’t be ready for training camp, expects to be ready for opening night

DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

Nuggets F Al Harrington was a huge part of the Nuggets’ success last season. He was the stretch forward they needed to space the floor, did some attacking on the offensive glass, and played surprisingly good defense, interrupting passing lanes and contesting in the post.

But the Nuggets will be missing him for he beginning of next season, after multiple surgeries and a staph infection has slowed him down. Inside Hoops spoke with Harrington who says that while he won’t be ready for training camp, he doesn’t expect to miss any games.

InsideHoops.com: What’s the latest on you and your surgery?

Al Harrington: I had tore my meniscus in April, towards the end of the season or whatever, and got it fixed after Game 7 or whatever. And then I got a staph infection. So I was sick, man. I had like three surgeries. And then a couple weeks later, they checked my knee again and it still was kinda cloudy in there. So I had to wait six weeks and take medicine… and then I had surgery again this Monday. Hopefully it’s the last one.

InsideHoops.com: So if everything goes as planned and hoped, when will you be ready to play basketball?

Harrington: I’ll be ready for the first game of the season. I don’t think I’ll be ready for training camp. First game of the season is my goal. I think I can make it happen.

via Exclusive: Al Harrington healing after multiple off-season surgeries :InsideHoops.

Any time a player has multiple surgeries and a staph infection, and says “I think I’ll be ready for training camp” you can expect there to be some drag and for him to likely miss the start of the year. The Nuggets will miss him, particularly after letting Chris “Birdman” Andersen go in an amnesty waiver. But they run small-ball enough they should be able to slide anyway, and they have some players to fill in. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of training camp with different players filling in Harrington’s role.

Also, staph infections are scary and it’s good to hear that Harrington came out OK.

Joakim Noah injures ankle, “most likely” out for Game 4

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UPDATE 8:53 pm: Not good news, Bulls fans. Here is the quote from Tom Thibodeau via our friends at CSNChicago.com:

“Most likely, he’ll be out tomorrow,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday afternoon following a film session at the team’s hotel. “I haven’t gotten the grade yet, but it’s doubtful. We’ll see tomorrow, though.”

Without Noah the Bulls are going to need someone to step up with a huge game — we’re looking at you, Carlos Boozer — or the Bulls will be down 3-1 and in a world of hurt. Literally.

9:00 am: If the Bulls are going to make any more noise in the NBA playoffs without Derrick Rose, they need Joakim Noah. He’s their emotional leader, their hardest working player, the one who screams, dances, and fist pumps with crazy hair to get his team going. He’s also actually got an offensive skill set, which for the Bulls’ big men, is kind of a big deal. Unfortunately, in a continuation of how things have been for the Bulls all season, the worst has occurred, and Noah was injured Friday night in Philadelphia, badly turning his ankle. He was helped off the floor, and the Bulls’ staff was obviously careful with Noah not to bring him back too soon.

Just kidding! The Bulls staff totally let him come back in twice before taking him out. Noah left the arena on crutches, and it appears significant. No update on his status for Game 4, yet, obviously.

Here’s the play Noah was injured on. Fair warning, when Noah screams, it’s pretty gruesome stuff.

Ew. Seriously. So gross.

The good news is that Noah was able to walk it off so you have to at least have some quality hope that he didn’t fracture it. The Bulls do have Omer Asik as a backup center and Taj Gibson to help out for small-ball lineups in case Noah can’t go in Game 4, but losing Noah would be crushing for the Bulls who are already obviously without their best player in Derrick Rose.

Tough breaks all over for the Bulls.

Also, Sixers fans, must you fulfill the Philadelphia stereotype by cheering an injured player? Can’t you at least try not to be, you know, you?

Caron Butler will start Game 3 with a broken hand, because he’s TuffJuice

Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

Caron Butler was supposed to be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. Instead, he’s still got that broken hand, but he’s starting today against Memphis in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Butler playing could be a big swing for the Clippers. They’ve shot the ball extremely well in this series, over 50% in both games, but eventually they’re going to have a little regression to the mean. Butler can alleviate that, if the hand doesn’t impact his shooting. Which is kind of a big if since, you know, it’s fractured.

Butler missed all of last season after a promising season with the Mavericks due to a knee injury, so missing another playoff series after so many miserable years in Washington is probably something he’s willing to live with pain to avoid. Butler’s also crucial for the Clippers’ ability to match up with Rudy Gay. Butler is the only wing that really has the skill and size to match up with the Grizzlies’ best wing player.

Still, he’s playing with a broken hand. Geez, TuffJuice. Way to live up to your name.