SH Blog: Bledsoe needs surgery on right knee and is out indefinitely, Woj destroys J.R. Smith in column

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ERIC BLEDSOE OUT INDEFINITELY:

BledsoeThe season of major injuries continued on Thursday, as news broke that guard Bledsoe will be out indefinitely due to expected surgery on his troublesome right knee. Marc Stein of ESPN broke the news:

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, a top contender for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, is out indefinitely after the team determined he needs a surgical procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that the scope and severity of the injury will not be known until Bledsoe is in a surgeon’s care, but he is suspected to have suffered meniscus damage during his Dec. 30 return to Los Angeles to face the Clippers. Bledsoe was selected No. 18 overall in the 2010 draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who immediately traded him to L.A.

Bledsoe has missed the Suns’ past four games with what the team said is a sprained knee.

From an immediate standpoint, the loss of Bledsoe obviously hurts the surging Phoenix Suns and their hopes of being a contending team this season. In the long term, this could end up costing the guard big money depending on the severity of the injury, given that it is his contract year. He has already missed a number of games due to other nagging injuries as well, so his ability to stay healthy could be a factor in what he’s worth in the market. 

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Tweet of the Day: Knicks Looking to Acquire Kyle Lowry?

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lowrySeason-long unhappiness and the recent addition of Greivis Vasquez—who came in the Rudy Gay trade with the Sacramento Kings—to the Toronto Raptors backcourt now have point guard Kyle Lowry’s name being discussed in trade talks with the New York Knicks, among other potential suitors.

The Knicks could use Lowry’s services with their leading point guard, Raymond Felton, having left hamstring problems that have lingered since the beginning of the season and now have him missing the next 2-3 weeks of action.

Twitter is all abuzz with insider information regarding the potential of a Lowry trade.

Tweet of the Day: NY Knicks’ Iman Shumpert Involved In Trade Rumor

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ImanShumpertJust weeks into the 2013-14 NBA season and the New York Knicks and the New York media are already embroiled in a swirl of trade rumors.

Wednesday, as the Knicks prepare to face off with the Atlanta Hawks in Philips Arena, the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola began reporting that New York was discussing moving guard Iman Shumpert to Denver in exchange for the Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried.

Tweet of the Day: Marcin Gortat Thanks Phoenix Suns Fans As He Leaves For Washington

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The season has not yet begun and teams have started making moves.

News broke Friday afternoon that the Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards have struck a deal.

SH Blog: Kobe admits public doubt gets to him at times, Wojnarowski says LeBron likely chooses between Heat and Cavs

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Remember when ESPN ranked Kobe Bryant as the 25th best player in the league?

It sounds ridiculous, but what people didn’t realize was that the ranks had nothing to do with what the players did last season or in previous years. Rather, it was a projection of what the players may do in the upcoming season, with all things considered. In Bryant’s case, it was easy for analysts to bring down the expectations due to the unpredictability of his recovery from Achilles heel surgery in the offseason.

If you look at Bryant’s twitter avatar, it’s clear that he has seen the ranks, but we haven’t heard how he really felt about it. Until now, that is.

STORY OF THE DAY:

Kobe vs. DwightBryant talked about the tension he had with Dwight Howard last season, where ESPN ranked him for the upcoming season and how public criticism can get to him at times, from Mike Bresnahan of Los Angeles Times:

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