Trail Blazers' Nicolas Batum suffers concussion

The Portland Trail Blazers will be without Nicolas Batum for at least a short time after suffering a concussion in practice on Tuesday afternoon.  The exact amount of time that Batum will be out is unknown as Batum has to pass some neurological tests and get both the approval of a team doctor and an okay from a league-appointed doctor.

As reported by Kurt Helin of, Batum went up for a dunk in practice that was contested by Will Barton, and Batum hit the deck as a result.  The injury is just one of several injuries sustained during Blazers' camp, noted Chris Haynes at

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Milwaukee Bucks' lose Ersan Ilyasova with a sprained ankle

Milwaukee Bucks' forward Ersan Ilyasova left Tuesday night's game against the Cavaliers with a sprained ankle. The good news is that X-rays found no structural damage, but he will still miss at least a couple of weeks.

As reported by Kurt Helin of, the Journal-Sentinal quoted coach Larry Drew and Ilyasova after the game and it doesn't appear he'll be back any time soon.

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Wizards' Nene battles through foot and knee pain

Washington Wizards' foward-center Nene has battled through injuries to his knees and feet for years, but this season he was supposed to have a clean bill of health. But the Wizards may be concerned after what Nene told J. Michael of,

"My knee is still sore. My foot still hurts a little bit. Just trying to push (through),” said Nene, who didn’t play basketball during the off-season and opted for rehabilitation. “The therapy is making me feel better.”
Kurt Helin of reported that Washington could reduce Nene’s minutes if they can get more out of Trevor Booker. But that is a problem since Booker has knee issues as well and appears to be some time away from playing.  The Wizards also have injury issues with Chris Singleton, who is out with a borken foot.  So the leaves the Wizards with only Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin and Al Harrington.

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Rockets' Marcus Camby out with torn plantar fascia

Veteran center Marcus Camby, who is with the Houston Rockets to back up Dwight Howard, will miss at least several weeks and possibly a couple of months with a torn plantar fascia.

As reported by Kurt Helin of, Camby has been injury prone the past several seasons, having played in only 24 games last season and 59 in each of the prior two seasons. The Rockets probably could have anticipated something like this to happen.  Camby reported to the Houston Chronicle about the nature of the injury and the upcoming plan on treating the injury.

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Kobe Bryant Feels Rehab is Ahead of Schedule

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has returned to the team after traveling to Germany to undergo Orthokine treatment in his knee- A simple procedure that Bryant underwent twice back in 2011.

Bryant was with the Lakers for their preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on , and although he didn't end up speaking with any reporters, he made a brief appearance for an interview for the Time Warner Cable telecast.

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Gustavo Ayon will be out one to two months with shoulder injury

On Tuesday, the Atlanta Hawks announced that backup power forward Gustavo Ayon will miss one to two months after injuring his right shoulder in the Hawks' preseason opener on Monday night.

As reported by Ben Golliver of through the Associated Press, an MRI on Gustavo's shoulder revealed a strain to the rotator cuff which will require rest, treatment and rehabilitation which will keep him sidelined for 4 to 8 weeks.

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Foot injury likely to sideline Harrison Barnes tonight against Utah

Golden State Warriors' small forward Harrison Barnes, who had a good rookie season last year and blossomed in the playoffs with a scoring average of 16.1 points per game, injured his left foot on Tuesday and is likely out tonight against the Utah Jazz.

As posted by Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle on his Twitter account,

The process of meshing with  Andre Iguodala who plays the same position as him, as well as showing overall improvement to his game will have to be put on hold for a few days.  Being that it's the preseason, there is no rush to get Barnes back on the court, as long as he is ready by the start of the season.

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Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith to Sit Out First Three Preseason Games

As the NBA season rapidly approaches, every team is doing their best to strategize which players to play and which to sit out during preseason games- New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has decided it's best to sit out Amar'e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, and also Jeremy Tyler for at least the first three games.

Although this isn't much of a surprise, it is just being confirmed today by Adam Zagoria of via his Twitter.

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Gustavo Ayon injures right shoulder in preseason opener

Atlanta Hawks forward Gustavo Ayon left the team's preseason opener on Monday night against the Miami Heat in the first quarter with a right shoulder injury.

As reported by the Associated Press through, late in the first quarter Ayon was chasing a rebound and collided with Heat guard Norris Cole .  Upon colliding, Ayon twisted his arm, then grabbed his shoulder and elbow.  While he headed for the Hawks' locker room, he was clutching his wrist.

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Kobe Bryant Has Doubts Regarding Healing Achilles

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is known for his extreme confidence and relentless work ethic- But after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last season, even he may be questioning his recovery.

Throughout his recovery, Bryant has continued to exert confidence in himself and in the idea of returning to the court faster than anyone is anticipating- However it's impossible to not wonder whether Bryant will ever play like he once did after such a devastating injury, even for himself.

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Heat's Dwyane Wade sits out preseason opener as a precaution

Dwyane Wade announced an hour before the Heat's preseason opener on Monday that he would not play.  He was originally in coach Erik Spoelstra's starting lineup, but since Wade dealt with a bone bruise and tendinitis in his right knee towards the end of last season, erred on the side of caution.

"He wants me to do what's best for my body," Wade said. "I've been practicing very hard, going very hard. I could play, but I just think it's smarter that in consecutive days of going so hard, just be smart today, rest a little bit, let my legs recover."

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Derrick Rose More Explosive Than Ever

Pre-injury, Derrick Rose was one of the most explosive, if not the most explosive player in the NBA. His speed and ability to take-off over seemingly anyone took Rose to monstrous heights. When he goes up for a dunk, get out of his way is all I can say. After he went down with the torn ACL and missed so much time, fans began to wonder if he would return to his former explosive self. Did he still have the explosiveness that made him one of the top players in the league?

After his first preseason game, Rose is said to have felt no soreness. He was rusty, naturally, but any signs of the injury hindering his play was nonexistent.

That is good news for fans of Derrick Rose. What isn't good news for those opposing Derrick Rose is that he is apparently even more explosive than before. His vertical was already extraordinary; YouTube can make you a witness to that, but Rose says that he now has increased 5 inches to it, as reported by Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago.
"I think I jump higher," Rose said. "I think coming into the league I was at 37 [inches vertical jump] and they tested my vertical at [a training facility], I'm probably at like a 42 [inches], so I'm jumping a little bit higher."
Five inches is much more than a little bit. Rose and those working with him have said that he is in better shape than before, but a five inch increase amongst whatever else he has improved on has people wondering how much better has Rose gotten?

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Danny Granger Has a "Rusty" Return

Although most of the attention was on Derrick Rose's return on Saturday's preseason game between the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers, it was also Danny Granger's return to the court. After missing most of last season due to a knee injury, the Pacers' small forward came off the bench and scored six points on 2 of 10 shooting, and played 29 minutes.

Granger was definitely trying to contribute offensively, but ended up airballing a three and missing a couple layups in transition- He was trying to get comfortable on the court.

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Derrick Rose begins comeback against the Indiana Pacers

On Saturday night, Derrick Rose began his NBA comeback with the Chicago Bulls after 17 months away from the game recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in the first game of the 2012 preseason.  He played 20 minutes and scored 13 points, two assists and three steals. Although he didn't play in the final 19 minutes, he deemed his first step in the comeback a success.

As reported by Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie through Yahoo! Sports,  Rose had his ups and downs in his preseason debut. He hit five of his six shots from the paint in his first and third quarter bouts with the NBA's top defense in 2012-2013, the highlight being one two-handed dunk on a breakaway.  He was also hesitant running the offense at times, setting up a few lengths behind the 3-point line as he called up plays.  Rose had four turnovers in 20 minutes and wasn't comfortable with the Pacers in the half-court game.

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Deron Williams to Sit Out Nets' Preseason Opener

Point guard Deron Williams won't be playing in the Brooklyn Nets preseason opener on Tuesday due to pain in his ankle.

Williams sprained his ankle a month ago, and says the pain is still lingering.

Rod Boone of Newsday took to his Twitter to report,

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