Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford plans to spend the rest of the preseason looking at different combinations while trying to adapt to the loss of forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a right shoulder injury.
A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player’s arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday. ”I don’t know what he saw,” attorney Alex Spiro said of the officer, JohnPaul Giacona, who first told the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha to clear the area early on April 8.
Kidd-Gilchrist out indefinitely with torn labrum
Kobe returns, scores 5 in brief preseason outing
LeBron James was done talking about Tristan Thompson’s contract situation. In his most candid comments yet, James called Thompson’s stalemate with the Cavaliers ”a distraction” on Sunday and urged both sides to get a deal done. Thompson, who played a major role in Cleveland’s run to the NBA Finals last season, has not reported to training camp as he remains in a holdout for a long-term deal.
Kobe to play Sunday in first action since January
Hornets coach Steve Clifford said forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the hospital for further evaluation Saturday night after injuring his right shoulder in Charlotte’s 106-100 exhibition win over Orlando. Clifford said that the injury put a damper on an otherwise productive preseason opener for the new-look Hornets, but didn’t have an update on his status beyond him going to the hospital.
Tristan Thompson has gone from boxing out to holding out. The backup power forward declined to sign a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season and didn’t report to training camp Friday as the Cavaliers practiced at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Despite optimism from the Cavs and LeBron James that a deal could be reached, Thompson remains at odds with the team over a long-term deal.
LeBron on gun violence: 'No room for that'
Source: Deadline passes for Thompson, Cavs
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will take a leave of absence as he recovers from back surgery and will be replaced on an interim basis by Luke Walton. The Warriors announced Thursday that Kerr will need time off for rehabilitation and recovery. Kerr underwent back surgery to repair a ruptured disc in late July and had follow-up surgery in September.
The Chicago Bulls find themselves in a familiar spot, waiting for Derrick Rose to return from surgery. ”It’s unfortunate that he won’t be able to be a part of most of training camp and preseason,” Pau Gasol said. Hoiberg said Rose will be able to attend practices and run, and he should be able to pick up the offense under his new coach simply by observing.
Bulls' Rose undergoes surgery; back in 2 weeks
With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love still recovering from injuries that severely hurt Cleveland’s chances at an NBA title last season, the team announced Tuesday that guard Iman Shumpert needs surgery on his right wrist and will be out at least three months. Cavs general manager David Griffin said on the opening day of training camp that Shumpert, who made 16 postseason starts, injured his wrist when he hit it on a rim last week during a workout. Shumpert underwent an MRI which revealed a ruptured sheath protecting a ligament in his wrist.