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Bucks center Johnny O’Bryant underwent an MRI over the weekend on his right knee, which revealed a grade III sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). O’Bryant initially suffered the injury in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s game at Detroit on Thursday, Oct. 9. No surgery is required, and O’Bryant has already begun the rehabilitation process. No timetable has been set for his return.

O’Bryant had appeared in two preseason games for the Bucks and posted two points and three rebounds in 14 total minutes of action.

Utah Jazz big-man Derrick Favors averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game last season. For 2014-15 and beyond, he hopes for a better jumpshot. Here’s the Salt Lake Tribune reporting:

“I knew I could make shots between the free-throw line area and 10-15 feet,” Favors said after shootaround on Monday. “But I’m trying to extend it to maybe 18 [feet], toward the 3-point line. I try to keep working on it, keep making shots … so hopefully in the future I can move out to the 3-point line.”

Jazz coach Quin Snyder has given big man Enes Kanter the green light to fire from distance this year, but he hasn’t quite asked Favors to do the same.

“I think it’s just taking good shots,” Snyder said. “I think it’s a process. He’s probably 15-18 [feet] right now. That’s my feeling. He and I haven’t talked about in a whole lot of detail. It’s not like he’s feeling like he wants to go out and shoot 3s. We’re comfortable with him taking open shots. I think that keeps people honest. It allows him to attack in other ways too.”

The jumpshot was Favors’ primary focus this summer.

“I took a lot of jump shots this offseason,” he said. “That was my whole plan this offseason was to work on my jumper. Around the free-throw line area, around the baseline. Try to add that to my game so guys respect me more, so it can help me out on my driving game. … During the summer I probably took maybe 500 shots a day, every day.”

Here’s the Washington Post reporting on the Oklahoma City Thunder:

Russell Westbrook has never really had the chance to be appreciated on his own merit, away from Kevin Durant or as a part of some talented ensemble cast on Team USA or at all-star games. For that reason, his accomplishments – and there are many – are overlooked or undervalued, giving Westbrook a desperate desire to make people take notice, either with ferocious play or eccentric clothing.

Westbrook’s contributions are treasured immensely by the Oklahoma City Thunder and especially Durant, who chose to make his stubborn, snappy, pit bull of a point guard the final teammate mentioned during that memorable, tear-inducing most valuable player speech. Durant expressed his love for Westbrook because he respects the passion, endless energy and relentless spirit to give the Thunder everything else the four-time scoring champion can’t.

While Durant has typically been the rudder of the Thunder’s steady, glorious warship, navigating the team through dangerous waters, Westbrook has been the fiery cannon to push back all other threats. But now that Durant is going to be sidelined for at least six weeks with a broken right foot, Westbrook will now have the chance to assume both roles in an effort to keep the Thunder afloat in the highly competitive Western Conference. He could also possibly earn the respect – at least among casual fans – that often gets drowned out by complaints about his shot selection, sometimes erratic play and unwillingness to just get out of Durant’s way.

Spurs waive guard John Holland

Spurs waive guard John Holland

The San Antonio Spurs waived guard John Holland today.

Holland, who was signed by San Antonio on September 25, did not play in either of the Spurs’ first two preseason games.

The San Antonio roster now stands at 18.

NBA regular season rosters have a maximum of 15 players, so expect at least three more Spurs players to be cut in the coming weeks.

The Boston Celtics aren’t counting on Gerald Wallace for much this season. The veteran averaged 24.4 minutes per game last season yet scored just 5.1 points per outing. And he’ll probably play fewer minutes in 2014-15. Still, better healthy than not. Here’s ESPN Boston with an update:

Celtics: Gerald Wallace has bone bruise in knee

Celtics veteran swingman Gerald Wallace underwent an MRI Sunday that revealed a bone bruise in his knee. After sitting out Saturday’s game against the Knicks, he’s expected to miss both of this week’s preseason games as well.

“We were going to sit him anyway on Saturday and, actually, he mentioned it to [trainer] Ed [Lacerte] in the pregame … he has a little knee swelling,” said Stevens. “So they did an MRI [Sunday], he’s got a small bone bruise. So he’s going to be out, definitely the two games this week and I think he’s looking at it week-to-week right now.”

The Celtics have been thin on available swingmen. Rookie James Young strained his left hamstring before the team’s exhibition opener and is still considered week-to-week. “James Young is the same,” said Stevens. “Progressing well, but still probably a week away.”

The Chicago Bulls are a very good team but for them to be great, point guard Derrick Rose needs to be his former superstar self again. Without D-Rose at his explosive and effective best, the team simply lacks the offensive firepower to rise to a championship level.

We’re only 1.5 weeks into preseason, so there’s no need to panic, but here’s ESPN Chicago with quotes from Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau:

Derrick Rose continues to take incremental steps forward in his return from a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, but Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would like to see his star point guard play better.

“The thing is, in order for him to get his timing he’s got to play and he’s got to work,” Thibodeau said after Monday’s shootaround. “Right now, his timing’s not there. So it’s a big adjustment for everyone because everyone has to get used to what he does on the floor. And the only way you can do that is by being out there. So we’ll see.”

Rose played more minutes during Saturday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks, as did Joakim Noah. After playing 14 minutes in each of the first two contests, Rose played 22 minutes, while Noah played 24 minutes after missing Tuesday’s game as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery.

The Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have called up Delaware 87ers Head Coach Rod Baker and promoted him to join the Sixers front office as a scout.

Baker brings over 35 years of experience on the professional and collegiate level to the Sixers. Prior to his season with the Sevens, Baker was an assistant coach with the Bakersfield Jam and spent seven seasons as head coach of the Rochester RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League, where he was named Coach of the Year three times.

A graduate of Holy Cross, Baker has an extensive college coaching background. He began his career as an assistant at Columbia University and has also coached at Tufts University, Seton Hall, UC Irvine, Cincinnati and Rutgers.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope injury

The Detroit Pistons announced today that MRI results on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s left knee showed no structural damage. The injury has been re-classified as a left knee strain. Caldwell-Pope will miss this week’s preseason games at Charlotte, Orlando and Atlanta and will be re-evaluated upon the club’s return to Detroit next week.

Caldwell-Pope suffered the injury during the third quarter of yesterday’s 91-89 preseason loss at Washington.

miami heat

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have waived center Chris Johnson and guard Reggie Williams.

Johnson, who was signed as a free agent on September 26, appeared in one game with the HEAT this preseason totaling one rebound, one assist and a block in six minutes of action.

Williams, who was signed as a free agent on August 12, did not appear in a game with Miami.

The HEAT’s roster now stands at 18.

In a Warriors vs Lakers preseason game today, Lakers guard Ronnie Price lost his shoe, then threw it towards Andre Iguodala in an apparent attempt to stop a Warrior fast break. Yes, it’s preseason.

The Warriors were up 39-13 after the first quarter and with 2:24 left in the first half lead 59-28.

Credit Price for being… innovative!

We’re just about a week through NBA preseason and already a major injury has struck the league.

The Oklahoma City Thunder released the following statement on behalf of Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti regarding forward Kevin Durant:

“After practice yesterday, Kevin made us aware of discomfort in his right foot. We proceeded to perform the necessary imagining studies to determine the cause of his discomfort. At this stage, Kevin has been diagnosed with a Jones fracture. Traditional treatment of this injury requires a surgical procedure and recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in 6-8 weeks. We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives, and Thunder medical personnel. Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin’s case.”

Bradley Beal injury: broken wrist

Bradley Beal suffers injury: broken wrist

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal underwent an MRI exam today that revealed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left (non-shooting) wrist that will require surgery.

The injury occurred during the first quarter of Washington’s preseason game against Charlotte in Greenville, SC, on October 10.

A timeline for Beal’s recovery will be announced following his surgery.

Jordan Clarkson out with calf strain

Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, who was injured in the 2nd quarter of last night’s game against the Golden State Warriors, was examined this morning by Dr. Steven Yoon of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, and was diagnosed with a moderate strain of his left calf muscle.

Clarkson is expected to miss a minimum of a week.

Kris Humphries finger injury: out 3-4 weeks

Wizards forward Kris Humphries underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair nerve damage in his right small finger. Humphries lacerated his hand on the rim, between his fourth and fifth phalanxes (small and ring finger), in the second quarter of Washington’s preseason game at Chicago on 10/6. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Barth.

Humphries is expected to miss three to four weeks before resuming basketball activity.

Utah Jazz waive Dee Bost and Kevin Murphy

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived guards Dee Bost and Kevin Murphy. Following the moves, Utah’s roster now stands at 17 players.

Bost (6-2, 176, Mississippi State) did not see action for the Jazz, while Murphy (6-5, 200, Tennessee Tech) appeared in one preseason game for Utah, totaling four points, one rebound and an assist in five minutes of action. Bost was signed as a free agent on August 15, while Murphy was added on August 27.

Pelicans waive Vernon Macklin

Pelicans waive Vernon Macklin

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Thursday that the team has waived forward Vernon Macklin.

Macklin, 6-10, 227, was the 52nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. In 23 games with Detroit, Macklin averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. Most recently, Macklin played for Liaoning of the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 12.9 points and 5.7 rebounds. The University of Florida product was a member of the Orlando Magic’s 2014 summer league roster.

Mitch McGary injures foot, out six weeks

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced that rookie forward Mitch McGary underwent an evaluation today that confirmed he suffered a fracture in his left second metatarsal (foot) during last night’s preseason game at Denver. He is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

McGary, the 21st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, finished the game with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes of action.

Pacers pick up Solomon Hill contract option

The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have picked up the 2015-16 option on forward Solomon Hill’s contract.

Hill, entering his second season with the Pacers, averaged 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game last season. He’s a 6-7, 225-pound small forward, born in Los Angeles, attended Arizona, and was drafted 23rd overall by the Pacers.

Grizzlies name Elliot Perry Director of Player Support

The Memphis Grizzlies have added Elliot Perry to its Basketball Operations department as Director of Player Support, the team announced today.

Now entering his 10th season with the organization, Perry’s responsibilities in this role will include working with Grizzlies players on facets of life outside of basketball and preparing them, personally and professionally, for long-term success on and off the court. Among other duties, Perry also will act as an advisor with respect to efforts in the community and Grizzlies Foundation.

“Elliot has deep ties to this franchise and a lifelong bond with city of Memphis. In addition, he is a wonderful example of someone who has achieved sustained success both personally and professionally,” Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said. “We are excited for him to take on this role in mentoring our players in both their current careers and their post-basketball endeavors. We hope as an organization to continue building a long-term connection between the city and our players well beyond their playing days.”

A member of the Grizzlies ownership group since 2005, Perry will also step into a new role as Chairman of the Board for the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation after previously holding the title of Vice Chairman. In addition, he will continue in a limited capacity as an analyst for the team’s radio broadcast, a position he has held for the last seven seasons.

A Memphis native, Perry played for seven different teams over a 10-year NBA career (1991-92, 1994-2002), including a two-game stint with the Grizzlies in his final season in the league. Nicknamed “Socks” after his trademark knee-highs, he finished as runner-up for the 1995 NBA Most Improved Player Award after averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game for the Phoenix Suns.

The Treadwell High School graduate started every game of his four-year collegiate career (1987-91) with the Memphis State Tigers, leading the program to two NCAA Tournament appearances and a second-round berth in 1987. After graduating with a degree in marketing, Perry was drafted in the second round (37th overall) of the 1991 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Should Pistons move to downtown Detroit?

Construction of a new arena and entertainment complex for the Detroit Red Wings hockey team has ramped up that criticism but the Pistons own The Palace of Auburn Hills and have invested heavily in upgrades.

Van Gundy said “we want these people and need these people,” even though many surely were among the vocal group hoping the Pistons return to Detroit someday.

“I understand,” Van Gundy said, “but again, we’re playing in a state-of-the-art facility up there that Tom (Gores, Pistons owner) has put a lot of money into, as you guys know, and a lot of effort to make sure it stays one of the absolute elite facilities in the league. Fans coming up there have a great, great experience, so that arena has served us well and will serve us well.”

– Michigan Live

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