Archive for April 28th, 2012

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The Knicks were smoked by the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their first round series, but the loss wasn’t even the worst news of the day for New York.

After losing 100-67 in Miami, the team learned that guard Iman Shumpert, who suffered an injury during the game, has a torn left ACL and torn lateral meniscus. He will need surgery and is expected to miss 6-8 months, which means he will likely not be healthy until perhaps the second half of next season.

An athletic rookie, Shumpert averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game for the Knicks during the regular season. He is also one of the team’s most enthusiastic defenders.

Phoenix Suns face interesting summer

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The Suns’ six free agents could create about $23 million in salary-cap space on the team payroll, depending on where the NBA salary cap lands in July and what the Suns do about restricted free agent Aaron Brooks, who has a $5 million cap hold. That would be more space than any NBA team has set up.

The most prominent Suns player who will become a free agent, Steve Nash, sees generally what is coming but also is waiting to hear the plan. If he stayed, a new deal would eat up a large portion of that cap space.

“The team and the club need to really analyze what their philosophy is moving forward and put a contingency plan together to build the best team,” Nash said. “It’ll be an interesting period.”

Of the seven players under contract, most have something to do with the current front office. This brass traded for Marcin Gortat. It drafted Markieff Morris. It signed Sebastian Telfair. It extended Jared Dudley. Josh Childress was a former client of President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. Channing Frye and Hakim Warrick also remain under contract.

– Reported by Paul Coro of theĀ Arizona Republic

Derrick Rose injury update: Torn ACL

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The Chicago Bulls played well this season while Derrick Rose was out with injuries, but they’d still rather have their star guard healthy and on the court.

Unfortunately, the team will have to push forward without the player’s services.

The Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-91 in Game 1 of their first round playoff series, but during the game, Rose suffered a knee injury. It’s now been confirmed by the team that Rose tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). He’ll miss the rest of the playoffs, and he won’t be able to play for Team USA during the summer Olympics in London.

ACL injuries take a long time to heal. This is bad for the Bulls as well as every fan of good basketball.

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