Archive for April 17th, 2010

Mehmet Okur re-injures Achilles tendon

Tim Buckley of the Deseret News reports:

Jazz starting center Mehmet Okur re-injured his left Achilles’ tendon with just more than eight minutes to go in the second quarter of tonight’s Game 1 in the Utah-Denver first-round NBA playoff series.

Okur will not return for the second half, and according to the team will undergo an MRI exam Sunday.

Thunder recall three from D-League

Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled forward Byron Mullens, guard Mustafa Shakur and guard Kyle Weaver from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Mullens, who was a 2009-10 All NBA D-League Honorable Mention, appeared in four postseason contests (all starts) with the 66ers, averaging 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.25 blocks and 26.3 minutes.

Shakur, who was named to the 2009-10 All NBA D-League Second Team, has averaged 16.0 points on 51.0% shooting from the field, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals, 1.0 block and 32.8 minutes in four postseason contests (all starts).

Weaver, has seen action in four games (all starts) in the playoffs, averaging 24.0 points on 51.7% shooting from the field and 57.1% from three-point range, 6.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.50 blocks in 40.5 minutes per game.

The 66ers currently trail the Iowa Energy 0-1 in the best-of-three series in the semifinals of the 2010 D-League Playoffs.  The two teams square-off Sunday, April 18 in Iowa at 4:00 PM.  Should it be necessary, the teams will play in a deciding game Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 in Iowa.

Greg Monroe to enter NBA Draft

The AP reports:

Georgetown center Greg Monroe is heading to the NBA, planning to hire an agent and skip his last two seasons of college eligibility.

“It was mentally what I wanted to do,” Monroe said in a statement released by the school Saturday. “I feel like I’m ready to make this step after working with our coaches for two years.”

The 6-foot-11 Monroe was a third-team AP All-American as a sophomore after averaging 16.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 blocks this season.

Andrew Bynum returns to practice

ESPN reports:

Andrew Bynum returns to practice

Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who missed the final 13 games of the regular season with a strained left Achilles tendon, returned to the floor for a full practice Friday for the first time since suffering the injury on March 19.

Bynum practiced with the team ahead of Sunday’s playoff opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center (Noon p.m. PT, ABC) and was pleased with the outcome.

“I felt very good,” he said. “Really, no pain. It went good.”

Lakers coach Phil Jackson was encouraged by Bynum’s effort. “We’re very pleased. He’s certainly not in any space where he feels like he’s back, I’m sure, but we’re pleased he was able to run and play and participate.”

Summer of rehab for Andrew Bogut

The Journal Times reports:

Summer of rehab for Andrew Bogut

Bucks center Andrew Bogut met with the media after Friday’s practice and discussed his recent season-ending hand and wrist injuries.

Bogut, who suffered extensive damage after crashing to the floor after a dunk attempt in a game against the Phoenix Suns on April 3 at the Bradley Center, won’t be picking up a basketball anytime soon.

“It’s going to be a long summer rehabbing,’’ Bogut said. “It’ll be a three-to-four month rehab.’’

Considering the severity of the injuries — Bogut has large cast on his right arm — Bogut won’t be able to play for Australia in this summer’s FIBA World Championship in Turkey. The 24-team tournament runs from Aug. 28 until Sept. 12.

Bogut wouldn’t comment on his status for the World Games. An official announcement is expected to be made in the next three weeks.

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