Archive for April 12th, 2012

Kevin Love injury update: Out tonight

Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love suffered a mild concussion and neck strain in last night’s game at Denver, and stayed overnight at a hospital for precautionary reasons. After further evaluation today, Love’s diagnosis remains unchanged and he has been cleared to return to Minneapolis. He will not play in tonight’s game vs. the L.A. Clippers. In the upcoming days, Love will be further evaluated by the Timberwolves medical staff, and an update to his status will be provided when warranted. Love suffered the injury at the 3:59 mark of the first quarter when he was struck by a JaVale McGee inadvertent elbow to the head.

In 55 games this season, Love is among the NBA’s league leaders in points (26.0 ppg, fourth), rebounds (13.3 rpg, second), double-doubles (48, first), minutes played (39.0 mpg, second), FTM (379, first) and FTA (460, second). The fourth-year forward has recorded 10 games of 30-points/15-rebounds this season, while the rest of the league has combined for nine such contests. Love made his second consecutive NBA All-Star Game appearance this year and tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while also winning the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday Night.

Carmelo Anthony

Fans of Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will get a chance to see the All-Star do double duty on Sunday. After Anthony and the Knicks continue to try and lock up a playoff spot Sunday with a Garden matinee against the Miami Heat, fans can watch Carmelo the actor Sunday night.

Anthony will make a guest appearance on Showtime’s hit dark comedy ‘Nurse Jackie’ playing a fallen pro hoops player. In the episode, scheduled to air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, Anthony plays one of an eclectic group of patients who participate in a group therapy session with the show’s title character (played by Edie Falco) at a Manhattan rehab facility.

Falco plays an emergency room nurse at a Big Apple hospital with a weakness for prescription drugs in the Showtime series which is currently in its fourth season.

– Reported by Andy Clayton of the New York Daily News

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili made history last night, becoming the fifth player in the Spurs’ NBA franchise history to reach 10,000 points for his career.

Ginobili passed the mark with a layup with 9:01 left in the fourth quarter, finishing his scoring in the disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The defeat to the Spurs’ enduring rivals tempered some of Ginobili’s excitement of reaching the statistical milestone.

– Reported by Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News Blog

Rockets sign forward Diamon Simpson

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed forward Diamon Simpson for the remainder of the season. Simpson will wear jersey #20 with the Rockets.

Simpson (6-7, 230, Saint Mary’s) joins the Rockets from the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL). In 27 matches with the 36ers in 2011-12, Simpson averaged 14.3 points (.592, 155-262 FG), 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He also posted 12 double-doubles and five 20-point performances this season with Adelaide. Simpson collected 22 points and 10 rebounds in leading Adelaide to a 96-84 win over Perth, capturing the inaugural Paul Rogers medal as the game MVP between the league’s oldest rivals. Prior to the 36ers, the 6-foot-7 forward spent part of the 2010-11 season in the Turkish Basketball League with Türk Telekom. He actually began his international career with the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for their 2010 campaign.

As a collegian at Saint Mary’s (CA), Simpson finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,130), blocked shots (239), steals (174), free throws made (470) and free throws attempted (777). He helped the Gaels to an 87-41 (.680) mark in a school-record 128 career games over his four years, ranking tied for the most wins in school history for a Saint Mary’s player (87 by Ian O’Leary). Simpson also ranked third all-time in scoring at Saint Mary’s (1,603 points) and was second in the West Coast Conference in career blocks (239).

Following a successful collegiate career, he was invited to training camp in 2009 with the Golden State Warriors before joining the D-League’s L.A. D-Fenders in 2009-10. Simpson averaged 15.5 points, 9.6 rebounds (8th in D-League), 2.2 assists, 1.80 steals and 1.40 blocks in 30 games (30 starts) with the D-Fenders that season. He was also selected to participate in the 2010 NBA D-League Shooting Stars competition.

Andre Drummond will leave UConn after one season and enter the NBA Draft.

The official announcement may come sometime Thursday, or perhaps Friday, but sources at UConn, in the pro basketball industry and close to Drummond’s camp are telling The Courant he will go to the pros.

The Drummond family has been collecting information for the last few weeks and has met with coach Jim Calhoun several times. Two days ago, Drummond told The Courant he was not close to a decision. “Right now, I’m here and that’s all that matters,” he said.

But even by then, industry sources were suggesting he had made his decision. He is likely to be among the top six or seven picks in the draft, which could net him a guaranteed $5-7 million over the next two years.

– Reported by Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant

Corey Maggette to miss rest of season

Corey Maggette

Charlotte Bobcats forward Corey Maggette will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season due to the continued strain in his right Achilles tendon that he initially suffered on March 30 against Denver.  He missed a total of four games with the Achilles strain from March 31-April 6, but did come back to play in the Bobcats’ last three contests in a reserve role.

Maggette appeared in 32 games this season with averages of 15.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists, while connecting on .856 from the free-throw line. In January, he missed 19 consecutive games with a left hamstring injury and one with a lower back contusion.

Maggette was acquired by the Bobcats from Milwaukee as part of three-team trade in which the team also received the draft rights to Bismack Biyombo from Sacramento in exchange for sending Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the draft rights to Tobias Harris to Milwaukee on June 23, 2011.

Portland Trail Blazers forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right hip to repair a labral tear and will miss the remainder of the season, it was announced today by the team.

“In his most recent MRI, and following further evaluation, it’s been determined that LaMarcus has a slight labral tear and will require arthroscopic surgery,” said Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan. “LaMarcus’ priority is that he’s 100-percent healthy going into training camp this fall and we all feel this is the best course. He’s had an All-Star year and his long-term health is the most important thing to consider.”

Dr. Marc Phillipon will perform the surgery at a date to be determined.

A first-time NBA All-Star this year, Aldridge averaged a team-high 21.7 points to go with 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.93 steals, 0.82 blocks and 36.3 minutes in 55 games (all starts). He shot 51.2 percent from the field and 81.4 percent from the foul line, both career highs.

Aldridge currently ranks eighth among league leaders in scoring, 14th in field goal shooting and 25th in rebounding. He is the only NBA player averaging at least 21 points and eight rebounds while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.

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