Archive for October 9th, 2009

Brandan Wright has left shoulder surgery

Golden State Warriors forward Brandan Wright underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team announced.  Following the surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Wright’s shoulder will be immobilized for up to six (6) weeks, at which point he will be re-evaluated prior to the next phase of rehabilitation.

Wright, 22, suffered the injury during practice on the evening of Friday, October 2.  A 6-9 forward, Wright appeared in 39 games last season, averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per contest.  He missed 41 games due to injury or illness in 2008-09, including 37 games due to injury or pain in his left shoulder.  Overall in two NBA seasons, the University of North Carolina product has appeared in 77 games, averaging 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.8 minutes per contest.

Hawks exercise option on Al Horford

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The Atlanta Hawks have exercised the contract option for the 2010-11 season on center Al Horford, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund.

Horford has averaged nearly a double-double as he enters his third pro season, racking up 10.8 points and 9.5 rebounds, while connecting on 51 percent of his field goal attempts.  A unanimous pick for the NBA All-Rookie first team in 2007-08, he also finished second in balloting for league Rookie of the Year honors.

He paced the Hawks in FG shooting last year (53%) in addition to delivering 11.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists.  In the exhibition opener Wednesday against New Orleans, Horford had 11 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes.

Francisco Garcia breaks right arm

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Sacramento Kings swingman Francisco Garcia today fractured his right forearm during a weight lifting session before practice. He will undergo surgery tomorrow morning. Garcia is currently in his fifth NBA season (all with the Kings).

With a career average of 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds, Garcia has shown a nice ability to score, but he’s still best used as bench depth.

Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko and Miami Heat center Jamaal Magloire have been suspended without pay for their roles in an altercation that took place during Monday night’s preseason game, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Magloire has been suspended two games for instigating the altercation and striking Jerebko in the face, and Jerebko has been suspended one game for retaliating and striking Magloire in the face. The incident occurred with 5:04 remaining in the fourth quarter of Detroit’s 87-83 win over Miami at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Jerebko and Magloire will serve their suspensions commencing with the first game of the 2009-10 NBA regular season in which they are eligible and physically able to play.

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