This won’t rate significantly as all the other season-ending injuries to rookies – including one to the Bucks’ own Jabari Parker – but another Milwaukee draft pick is out for the year.
Damien Inglis, selected with the first pick in the second round, has yet to play this season – and he won’t.
Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin:
The Bucks drafted the 19-year-old in the second round (No. 31 overall) knowing he had suffered a fractured right foot during a draft workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Inglis had targeted a mid-October return from the surgery he underwent in Paris in June, but a CT scan in late-October revealed the fracture to not be healing properly. The 19-year-old French Guiana native hoped he would avoid another surgery and could be on the floor for Milwaukee’s game in London on Jan. 15.
But that won’t be the case, as the second surgery will end Inglis’ rookie season before he could appear in a game.
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After a little finagling, the Bucks signed Inglis to a three-year contract with two guaranteed seasons. He was the sixth-youngest player in the 2014 draft behind Bruno Caboclo, Aaron Gordon,Noah Vonleh, James Young and Dante Exum.
So, Milwaukee will need and has a little time to develop the French forward.
It’s a shame this will be a lost season for him, but it’s too soon to close the book on his NBA career. He’ll have a chance to rebound from this setback.
Knicks president Steve Mills is reportedly laying the groundwork to fire coach David Fizdale.
One step: Mills and general manager Scott Perry addressing the media after Sunday’s loss to the Cavaliers while Fizdale was still in the locker room. Mills and Perry stressed that the team wasn’t meeting expectations, seemingly a veiled shot at the coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN:
The dismissal of David Fizdale is inevitable, and there was, I think, a bond broken between management and their head coach with how they handled things after that loss Sunday night.
Coaches are hired to be fired, but this sounds far more urgent than that.
As long as Fizdale has his job, he has a chance to save it. If the Knicks start playing better, they could keep him.
But that seems unlikely with this underwhelming roster.
Which is why New York is reportedly also considering a front-office change.
When Doc Rivers coached Austin Rivers on the Clippers, accusations of favoritism ran rampant. Playing with the Rockets against the Clippers tonight, Austin showed where his loyalties lie.
Not with his father.
The Clippers were letting the game (an eventual 102-93 Houston win) get away from them when Doc argued a call. Austin stood nearby and urged the referee to call a technical foul. The official eventually obliged and ejected Doc.
That’s when Austin really hammed it up – waving off Doc then making the call-me gesture. The disrespect!
Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant has had a game-saving block and game-winning assist.
Now, he has the glory of a game-winning shot.
Morant sealed the Memphis’ 119-117 win over the Hornets with a driving scoop in the final second tonight. He led Memphis with 23 points and 11 assists.
I want to give P.J. Tucker a break. He’s the Rockets’ most (only?) reliable defender. He has such a heavy burden covering for James Harden, Russell Westbrook and just generally undersized lineups.
But this missed layup was so bad. And that stumble over the stanchion really seals the goof.