Xavier Henry Injury: Updates on Lakers Guard’s Wrist and Return

Los Angeles Lakers swingman Xavier Henry was beat up entering the offseason, and his status for the team’s training camp is up in the air at the moment because of his injuries.

New head coach Byron Scott revealed the latest updates regarding Henry’s condition on Tuesday.

“I haven’t seen him do much on the court,” said Scott, per the Los Angeles Daily NewsMark Medina. “It’s going to be close on if he’s ready for camp.”

Medina tweeted about the injuries Henry tried to address through surgery and noted in his report that neither Henry’s wrist nor his knee have fully healed up:

At least it’s good news that Henry should be good to go by the time the 2014-15 NBA campaign commences. However, entering his fifth season as a pro after just one year at Kansas, there is still plenty for Henry to work on in his game.

Dave Miller of TWC SportsNet outlined the areas of Henry’s game where there’s room for improvement:

Even with the coaching change, L.A. saw enough in Henry to keep him around on a one-year deal, per Spotrac.com.

There is still upside for the No. 12 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft to explore. Henry averaged a career-best 10 points per contest last season, thriving in the uptempo offense deployed by former coach Mike D’Antoni. But Henry also played in just 43 games.

From a health and performance standpoint, Henry has a lot to prove with his stint in the NBA at a crossroads. Mentoring from superstar Kobe Bryant and the opportunity to contribute on a rebuilding team can help Henry market himself well for a future in L.A. or elsewhere.

That is, if he recovers from his injuries and continues his promising development.

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Kyrie Irving Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star’s Hip and Return

The Cleveland Cavaliers are favored to win the Eastern Conference in 2014-15 due partly to the contributions of point guard Kyrie Irving, but Cavs fans received a bit of a scare Thursday regarding the health of their star.

According to NBA on ESPN, Irving fell hard on his hip late in a 95-71 Team USA win over Ukraine at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain:

Irving was helped off the court and did not return, although there were just a couple minutes remaining in the game when the injury occurred.

As seen in this GIF courtesy of SI.com’s Ben Golliver, the injury occurred when Irving was turned away on a drive toward the hoop:

It remains to be seen whether Irving will have to miss any time, but Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports didn’t characterize the injury as a major concern:

Provided it is minor, Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski can probably afford to sit his point guard in the United States’ round of 16 matchup against Mexico on Saturday.

The Americans will be heavily favored regardless of Irving’s status, but it is also entirely possible that Irving will be good to go in a couple days.

Those who are worried more so than anyone else are likely people within the Cavaliers organization. With Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love in place, Cleveland has the new dominant Big Three in the NBA.

 

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Ryan Anderson Injury: Updates on Pelicans Star’s Neck and Return

The New Orleans Pelicans received some great news from one of their big-time players in Ryan Anderson.

On Wednesday, the stretch-4 shooting extraordinaire, who played just 22 games last season due to neck surgery, posted on Instagram that he was cleared for contact:

“I’m cleared for contact! After 8 months out, I can finally play again. Thank you God!” Anderson wrote in his post.   

Anderson is an exceptional three-point shooter who can stretch the floor and add a dynamic element to the Pelicans’ offense.

With the likes of young star Anthony Davis and newcomer Omer Asik joining the frontcourt, New Orleans has some momentum to take a big step in the 2014-15 NBA campaign.

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Warriors’ Livingston out 6-8 weeks with toe injury

Warriors guard Shaun Livingston has surgery on right big toe, expected to be out 6-8 weeks

      
 

 

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Warriors’ Livingston out 6-8 weeks with toe injury (Yahoo Sports)

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot. The Warriors said Friday that Livingston’s toe will be in a splint for the first three weeks of his recovery. The team says the procedure was performed Wednesday by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys. Golden State signed Livingston to a three-year contract worth about $16 million in July.

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Shaun Livingston Injury: Updates on Warriors Guard’s Toe Surgery and Recovery

The Golden State Warriors received some unfortunate news Friday regarding newly signed guard Shaun Livingston. NBA.com’s official Twitter page provided the details:

Livingston is expected to be in a splint for about three weeks after the surgery before he gradually works his way back. The Warriors signed the guard to a three-year contract this offseason, so they clearly want him healthy before the season begins.

It is encouraging that he had the surgery when we are still more than two months away from the start of the regular season. Presuming there are no complications, we should see him take the floor on opening night with this timetable.

Livingston averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game last year for the Brooklyn Nets. He is not much of an outside shooter, but he is a versatile ball-handler who can fill in anywhere from point guard to small forward if needed. He is also a solid defender because of his length and quickness at 6’7″.

What’s more, Livingston will have no issues getting out in transition with Stephen Curry and company.

Of course, he has to get that toe healed before he does that.

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Paul George Calls Team USA Injury ‘Freak Accident,’ Interested in 2016 Olympics

Some debate has pervaded the basketball world after Paul George‘s brutal compound leg fracture at a Team USA scrimmage not only knocked him out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but also made any appearance during the 2014-15 NBA season extremely doubtful. 

Should star players suit up for international competitions, or should they treasure their NBA experiences and avoid setting themselves up for rising injury risks?

If it helps you make up your mind, George himself would like to weigh in. During a press conference, the All-Star small forward told the world he viewed this as a freak accident: 

In the rising star’s mind, this isn’t the result of overexertion with Team USA. He’s not going to blame the squad for having the team play on a court which featured a stanchion a bit too close to the baseline. 

This was a freak accident. It could’ve happened to anyone at any time. 

Injuries are an inherent risk when playing a physically tolling sport like basketball, and this just as easily could’ve taken place during an NBA game, in which case the outcry would have been far less significant. Kudos to George for making that clear, and you can infer without too many logical leaps that he supports star players continuing to suit up for their countries.

Especially because, you know, he wants to do that himself.

“We’ve told him we have a spot for him in ’16,” Jerry Colangelo, Team USA’s managing director, told Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, and he continued with the following: 

We thought it’s the right thing to do. That’s it…We didn’t give thought to all the detail. Just that when a guy goes down and all these things, the circumstances, his career passes before him, he’s out for a year, a year-plus, he’s not able to participate now with us—we wanted to throw that out and say, ‘We’re counting on you. You’ve got a spot in ’16.’

Apparently, it’s a spot George will be taking. 

If he does play in Rio, it’ll probably happen only if he feels strong enough to do so,” wrote Eric Freeman for Yahoo Sports. There’s plenty of time between now and then, but one important part of the process already appears to be out of the way—the mentality. 

PG knows this accident was exactly that—an accident, and a freak one at that. 

A lot can change between now and the summer of 2016, but George’s words—so long as they’re followed up by actions—should all but ensure Team USA doesn’t experience a decline in star power down the road. Following such a devastating injury, the Indiana Pacers star really does have that type of influence. 

 

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USA Basketball moves forward after George injury

Even after George injury, no second thoughts about World Cup for USA Basketball players

      
 

 

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Michigan’s LeVert able to play again after injury (Yahoo Sports)

Michigan's Caris LeVert reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game against the Tennessee Friday, March 28, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan guard Caris LeVert is back playing again after surgery for a stress fracture in his foot.


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Michigan’s LeVert able to play again after injury

Michigan guard Caris LeVert able to play again after surgery for stress fracture in foot

      
 

 

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