Heat Injury Update: Danny Granger reveals he had knee surgery months ago

Newly acquired Miami Heat forward Danny Granger revealed at Heat media day on Friday that he had knee surgery two months ago. Granger will be on a “maintenance program” similar to Dwyane Wade was last season, but will likely play in the second half of back-to-backs. He expects to be ready for the regular season. Getty ImagesDanny Granger reveals he had knee surgery 2 months ago but will be ready for reg season opener— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 26, 2014Granger has been plagued by numerous knee injuries, and has not played a full season in three years. As a result, he has predictably struggled, and has not been the 20 point per game scorer he once was. Granger was able to contribute at the end of last season however, helping the Los Angeles Clippers in their playoff run with solid defense and 35% shooting from deep.The 31-year-old forward is expected to play a significant role for the Heat this upcoming season, presumably as a sixth man. The Heat signed Grange…

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Luol Deng Reiterates: ‘I Don’t Think Danny Ferry Is Racist’

Luol Deng, the subject of the much-publicized racist comments uttered by Hawks general manager Danny Ferry this offseason, revealed at the Miami Heat‘s media-day festivities that he did not believe Ferry was racist:

Beyond that, he explicitly stated that he forgave the GM who is currently taking a leave of absence and ceding control of personnel decisions to head coach Mike Budenholzer

It’s not the first time we’ve heard of Deng’s willingness to forgive and forget, though this is the first time the words have come directly from him without a secondhand source delivering them. On Sep. 12, Hawks swingman and noted sharpshooter Kyle Korver spoke with Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, revealing the following about his former teammate: 

Yeah we did speak. Luol is such a good guy. And he’s been through so much in life that I don’t really think this has really even phased him. He told me that he didn’t think that Danny or anyone with the Hawks was racist. He said he was shocked when he heard what was said, but that sometimes things just slip out. It was pretty amazing, really. He just wants everything to move on. He wants to get back to basketball.

It was professional of Korver to even comment on the difficult subject right now, and it’s unfortunate that all of the Hawks players are going to be stuck in the middle of this,” James Herbert wrote for CBS Sports shortly after Korver’s remarks were made public. “Korver had nothing to do with the scouting report [...] and he will surely be asked many more questions about it all when training camp begins.”

At this point, that’s the key behind the whole story. 

The Hawks management remains in a state of flux, with majority owner Bruce Levenson still preparing to sell the team once a suitable and financially able buyer emerges. Ferry’s fate is unknown, as there’s no telling how much credibility he’ll maintain when and if he returns from his indefinite leave of absence. Atlanta is presumably taking a hit as a free-agency landing spot as well, though it’s not as though the city was ever a major draw for prominent players on the open markets. 

[There] ain’t nobody [who] would want to go there,” Carmelo Anthony said at the Citi Carmelo Anthony Basketball camp shortly after Ferry’s remarks leaked, per ESPN.com’s Ian Begley. “At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint.”

Deng’s Heat will face the Hawks for the first time in the preseason on Oct. 14, and it appears the small forward will be focused on his game, not the news stories that have surrounded his name in the offseason.

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Luol Deng forgives Danny Ferry for racist comments (Yahoo Sports)

Miami Heat's Luol Deng listens to a question from a member of the media during an NBA basketball media day, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — Luol Deng said Friday that he forgives Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry for making racially charged remarks about him, and hopes the two will work together to draw some sort of positive solution to the matter.

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Magic Johnson forgives Danny Ferry for racial remarks

Danny Ferry has begun the next leg of his apology tour, starting with Magic Johnson. Ferry and Johnson met on Tuesday after Ferry called Magic to schedule a face-to-face talk. The reason Ferry felt it particulary important to speak with Magic is because Magic came out on twitter saying that Ferry should step down after the statements he made about Luol Deng surfaced. Apparently the hatch between the two is buried, according to Magic’s tweets
Just had a heart to heart meeting w/ Hawks GM Danny Ferry! He apologized for his comments about Luol Deng & the African American community. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 23, 2014
In our meeting Danny Ferry’s apology was very sincere. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 23, 2014
I have a lot of respect for Danny because he called and wanted to talk about how his comments offended so many people. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 23, 2014
After our long meeting, I think he deserves a second chance whether it i

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Magic Johnson: Danny Ferry ‘Deserves Second Chance’ After Apologizing

Danny Ferry isn’t too popular in the court of public opinion these days, but he managed to mend fences with a prominent member of the NBA’s African-American community Tuesday. The Atlanta Hawks’ general manager, who currently is on an indefinite leave of absence after audio was released of him making racist remarks about Luol Deng, sat down with Magic Johnson and apologized for his comments, according to Johnson. Just had a heart to heart meeting w/ Hawks GM Danny Ferry! He apologized for his comments about Luol Deng & the African American community.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 23, 2014 The former Los Angeles Lakers star apparently came away from the meeting impressed and thinks Ferry deserves a second chance. In our meeting Danny Ferry’s apology was very sincere.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 23, 2014 I have a lot of respect for Danny because he called and wanted to talk about how his comments offended so many people.— Earvin Magic John…

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Danny Ainge says trading Rajon Rondo “is not out of the question”

After the report surfaced late last month that Rajon Rondo “wants out” of Boston, fans and pundits alike were left scratching their heads wondering if the relationship between the All-Star point guard and the Celtic front office was as tight as they make it out to be publicly.Well this latest bit of news certainly isn’t going to put out that fire.Ainge also said about Rondo:: The possibility of a trade is not out of the question. Nobody is untradeable, but I don’t see that happening.— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) September 22, 2014One could see this and think, “I knew it, Rondo’s days in Boston are numbered.” Sure, Ainge adds the caveat that he “doesn’t see that happening.” But come on, “no one is untradeable”? There are plenty of guys on NBA rosters who aren’t going anywhere no matter what another team offers for them. He could easily throw the “untradeable” label on Rondo if he wanted to. It’s his decision. And of …

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Hawks’ ownership feud uncovered Danny Ferry-Bruce Levenson racism scandal

Michael Gearon Jr. never got along with GM Danny Ferry and disagreed with co-owner Bruce Levenson.



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Cavs tied to Danny Ferry-Luol Deng saga

Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry is in the midst of a scandal involving former Cleveland Cavaliers veteran small forward Luol Deng and a scouting report which contained racial slurs. Ferry’s story is that, when he told team owners that Deng had “some African in him,” he was relaying information off a free agent scouting report. That report has now come to light, thanks to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB Channel 2, and it appears that there are ties to the Cavs front office.
The Luol Deng “African” comment appears to have come from a Cavaliers executive. http://t.co/5gxX1MWFq4 pic.twitter.com/5FqQOZVmPZ
— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) September 12, 2014

The line in question revolves around “when we got him, Chicago had run him into the ground.” The passage that has gotten the most attention?
He’s a good guy on the cover, but he’s an African. He has a little two step in him = says what you like to hear, ubt behind closed doors he could be killing you. Con is

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Danny Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence

The Atlanta Hawks announced Friday that general manager Danny Ferry will be taking an indefinite leave of absence after audio surfaced of the GM reading racist remarks about Miami Heat forward Luol Deng from a scouting report in June. Ferry released a statement expressing his apology to Deng and to anyone else he offended. “Luol is a good man who I have known for many years, and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country (of South Sudan) and around the world,” Ferry says. “I apologize to Luol, and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them. “…My focus moving forward is to tirelessly work to rebuild trust with this community and with our fans. I realize that my words may ring hollow now, and my future actions must speak for me. I will maximize my time during this leave to meet with community leaders and further educate myself and others on the extremely sensitive issues surrounding race, diversit…

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Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence: Latest Details, Analysis and Updates

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry will take an indefinite leave of absence in the aftermath of the controversy over racist comments he made about free agent Luol Deng, as reported by Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Vivlamore also tweeted out the news Friday:

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin made the announcement in a statement, via Vivlamore:

This afternoon, Danny Ferry requested, and I have approved, taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately. This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family and it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing. As a human being, manager and friend, I wish him well as he undergoes this process.

While the issues related to race are deeply troubling, at the heart of this dispute is an unfortunate disagreement amongst owners. That said, we have taken several steps to address what we can do as an organization to be better and stronger, including working with a diversity consultant to examine us and to train us to ensure something like this never happens again, we are committed to hiring a Chief Diversity Officer, and we have and will continue to meet with community leaders in an ongoing way to ensure our values reflect the community in which we play and work. The process of selling the team, which is to remain in Atlanta, is already underway.

Effective immediately, our Head Coach, Mike Budenholzer, will assume oversight of the basketball operations department. He will report directly to me.

I am deeply saddened and embarrassed that this has put a blemish on our team and our city, which has always been a diverse community with a history of coming together as one. We should build bridges through basketball, not divide our community or serve as a source of pain. 

Ferry, who has claimed he was reading from a report, made the offending statements during a conference call in June. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also obtained the audio recording at the center of the controversy, which can be heard below.

The recording is only a part of what was a longer call, and Ferry does not specifically mention that he is reading from a background report on this tape. The rest of the recording was reportedly lost.

What’s more, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution provided a PDF document of the Hawks’ scouting report on Deng, which also contained racist remarks regarding the free agent.

Regarding the controversy, NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said Ferry should keep his job.

ESPN.com noted that Ferry made the following comments when referring to Deng and the scouting report: “Has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.” Ferry also stated Deng was “two-faced” in referring to his report.

Before Ferry took leave, Koonin said that he would be disciplined but not lose his job. While the actual punishment was not specified, a law firm did undertake a three-month investigation into Ferry’s comments and reportedly went through 24,000 documents, conducted 19 interviews and read Ferry’s previous emails.

No other negative information was found regarding Ferry during that probe.

Ferry also called Deng to apologize, and the forward commented on the situation himself Tuesday.

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