Training Camp Injuries
across the league are seeing guys get hurt during early practices,
putting fear into a lot of fans' hearts before the season even
starts. The Dallas Mavericks for example already have lost Jason Kidd
and Josh Howard for stretches at recent practices, and the Chicago
Bulls have had issues with Joakim Noah's eye and sprained ankles for
Thabo Sefolosha and Aaron Gray.
And these are
just the first that come to mind—several teams are seeing sprained
ankles and twisted knees and other minor lacerations. If we didn't know
any better, we'd assume teams were going to start dipping into their
NBDL teams to put enough guys on the floor for the start of season. But
don't fret, folks. These guys are going to be fine.
From now until
the season starts, there really is no reason to take any chances with
guys who get hurt, even though those injuries are minor. By the time
the season starts, most rosters will be at full strength ready to roll.
Tinsley Deal Still Looming
The latest from
HOOPSWORLD's Travis Heath is that several league sources expect the
Jamaal Tinsley-to-Denver deal to be consummated in the next few
days. The Nuggets keep saying that nothing is imminent, and Chucky
Atkins and Steven Hunter have still been attending practices, but
people around the league keep insisting it's going to happen.
people in Colorado are still bent out of shape about Marcus Camby being
shipped away for literally nothing, it would be nice to see Denver pick
up the point guard they need so badly without having to really give
anything up. Nothing is done yet, though, but we should have a
definitive idea in the next few days.
Pistons Finally Pick Fifth Starter
It's not that
this a huge surprise, but Pistons head coach Michael Curry has named
Amir Johnson as the team's fifth starter. Several weeks ago the team
made it clear that former starter Antonio McDyess would be heading back
to the bench to open up a starting spot for one of the team's
burgeoning young post players.
While Johnson has
long been considered the likely candidate to fill that role, the drama
involved came from the possibility that Jason Maxiell would be the new
starter. Seeing McDyess and Maxiell on the bench, along with potential
breakout guard Rodney Stuckey, gives the Pistons one of the deepest
teams they've had in years.
Happy Time in the NBA
About 90% of the
articles you're going to read in the newspapers over the next few weeks
are going to be disgustingly optimistic. This is not a time when you're
going to hear a lot in terms of trade rumors because most organizations
are comfortable with what they've currently got heading into the
season. Instead, we're all talking about possibilities and mumbling
optimism—the only time all season when fans of all thirty teams have
hope. You never know what time will be surprisingly excellent, and
which team will be surprisingly bad. Now is the time to enjoy the hope,
folks. We get started for real in just a few weeks!