Tweet of the Night: More players around the NBA react to Derrick Rose’s injury

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After Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was forced to leave the game early after getting hurt Friday night against the Portland Trailblazers, many feared the worst. Fortunately for Rose  after undergoing an MRI early Saturday, the results revealed he did not suffer another  torn ACL. The injury was however identified as a medial meniscus tear  in his right knee that will require surgery.

Derrick Rose has proven to be one of the more accomplished stars of his time, as he was the youngest player (22) in NBA history to win the MVP award. His fast rise has since been halted due to a  series of setbacks and delays, as Rose has only played in a total of 50 games not including the preseason since his historical MVP season.

After  the results of Rose’s MRI were reported, players from around the NBA such as Dwayne Wade and Kevin Love among others took to Twitter to offer their support for the former MVP.

Tweet of the Night: Ty Lawson comments on his injured eye

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Ty Lawson 1After starting the season in highly questionable fashion, Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets have fought their way back into the thick of things in the Western Conference.

The season looked doomed early on, as the team lost four of their first five games. New coach Brian Shaw had been tinkering with his lineup and his decisions appeared to be questionable at times, especially when he decided to start games with JaVale McGee, Anthony Randolph and J.J. Hickson. Predictably, the experiment quickly came to an end, Kenneth Faried was back in the starting lineup, and Denver has gotten back on track to a 4-4 record after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-113 on Friday for its third consecutive victory.

Lawson had a tough night, going just six-of-16 from the floor with six turnovers, but was still instrumental in keeping the winning streak alive with his 14 points and 10 assists. Unfortunately, he took a shot in the eye from former teammate Corey Brewer in the final minutes of the game, and it did not look pretty:

Here is a look of the aftermath:

Lawson Lawson

(photos courtesy of @trueNBAfan and 1023 ESPN)

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James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.

SH Blog: Jerry West talked poorly of Harden to Howard, Melo dismisses anything Barkley has to say

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The NBA season has finally begun, and there are plenty of things to read up on. Is Rudy Gay going to be traded this season? How did teams try to convince Dwight Howard that going to Houston would be a bad idea? Is Ty Lawson the right player to run Brian Shaw’s big-man oriented offense? The answer to these questions and plenty more can be found below.

STORY OF THE DAY:

Rudy GayAs the new general manager of the team, Masai Ujiri moved Andrea Bargnani over the summer. His next target to move may be Rudy Gay. At the very least, the discussion has been had, according to Bruce Arthur of National Post:

He has been less active in Toronto, so far. Sources say he has talked about moving Rudy Gay, but he has been patient. He dealt Andrea Bargnani, built a bench that may double as a self-destruct button, and prepared.

“I can control preparing,” Ujiri says. “What are the things that you can get better at, and that you can control? I can try to get our fans rattled up to create an atmosphere here. We can try to develop our players more, to give them good options, get better in the summer, we can control that in some kind of way. We can absolutely control who we draft.

“And you can’t let anything slip in that circumstance. Culture. We can’t have unnecessary issues that taint the culture of our team, or perception of our team. We have to slowly chip away.”

WORTH WATCHING:

The legendary Allen Iverson, also known these days as “the toughest player, pound for pound”, officially retired on Wednesday. Watch this video to see him cover a variety of topics, including what Aaron McKie and Michael Jordan meant to him, if he regrets his “practice” rant, how he didn’t understand the game of basketball and more:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is what I decided to do.”

dwight1001-306x203Dwight Howard made his debut with the Houston Rockets in a triumphant way with 17 points and a career-high tying 26 rebounds on Wednesday. Afterwards, it finally hit him that this is the path he has chosen for his career over the next four seasons, from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

“When I stood there and looked around, I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got an amazing opportunity here, and I’m not going to let it go to waste,” Howard told Yahoo Sports late Wednesday in a quiet corner of the locker room.

“It hit me there: This is what I chose. This is what I decided to do.”

He smiled a knowing smile, nodded and repeated himself.

“I’m not going to let it go to waste,” Howard said.

“I wanted to get 30 rebounds,” Howard said. “I was upset I didn’t do it.”

Howard and Omer Asik started alongside each other and grabbed a total of 40 rebounds, three more than what the Charlotte Bobcats managed to grab as a team.

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NOTABLES FROM WEDNESDAY:

Michael Carter-Williams, obviously, and the shocking 114-110 victory for the Philadelphia 76ers over the Miami Heat.

Klay Thompson- After an impressive showing against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, the Lakers got completely demolished by the Golden State Warriors 125-94. Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points on 15-of-19 shooting in just 31 minutes of action.

- Miles Plumlee was impressive in his debut as a starter with 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Eric Bledsoe also had a nice overall game with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists in his debut as the go-to guy for the Phoenix Suns. Last but not least, Goran Dragic showed that he and Bledsoe can co-exist, scoring 26 points while dishing out nine assists.

- All that talk of spacing issues for the Detroit Pistons? You can squash it, at least for one day. Josh Smith attempted seven three-pointers and knocked down three of them. Chauncey Billups also proved that he still has game, scoring 16 points, including four-of-five shooting from beyond the arc. Andre Drummond had 12 points on six-of-seven shooting, while Greg Monroe ended up with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

- As expected, Patrick Beverley started over Jeremy Lin against the Charlotte Bobcats. His defense is exceptional, but with James Harden as the only reliable play-maker in the starting lineup, the offense looked stagnant. Beverley ended up leaving the game with a rib injury, which meant Lin took over again at the point. With Howard and Asik manning the frontcourt defensively, should defense be a further priority than more creativity on the offense end?

- After so much uncertainty surrounding the status of Andrew Bynum, the center came out of nowhere and played on Wednesday – his first time seeing game action in over a year – to provide some valuable minutes in the opener against the Brooklyn Nets.

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SH Blog: Sterling humiliated Rivers by nearly blowing up summer deal, D’Antoni says mistreatment of Gasol involved politics

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We all thought Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling had turned the corner from the ugly days. The days when he used to heckle his own players during games. The days when he didn’t take care of the people in his organization. The days when he’d accuse the best player he’s ever had of manipulating the front office decisions. The days of being the absolute laughingstock of the league and not giving a hoot, as long as he was saving and banking.

The seemingly renewed version of him has been flexing his wallet since the arrival of Chris Paul, and hasn’t been shy about adding the type of pieces that help win championships. Never too late to change, right? But then we get this gem of a story below, where he manages to humiliate the best coach he has ever had almost immediately after acquiring him.

STORY OF THE DAY:

Donald SterlingSterling nearly blew up the deal involving Eric Bledsoe, J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley back in July. Mysteriously, he came back around, perhaps realizing that his questionable decision-making could cost him a lot more than Bledsoe. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has details of this bizarre, yet not-surprising event:

In the early afternoon hours of July 3, owner Donald Sterling called Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser and informed him he had rescinded approval on moving Eric Bledsoe and acquiring free agent J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade agreement. The three-team deal – delivered the owner’s blessing only two days earlier – no longer interested Sterling.

Call it off, Sterling instructed Roeser, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Deal’s dead.

It didn’t matter the news had broken 24 hours earlier of the Clippers sending Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns with the Suns’ Jared Dudley and Milwaukee’s Redick, on a four-year, $27 million contract, joining Los Angeles. It didn’t matter the public had been praising Doc Rivers’ first deal as the new senior vice president of basketball operations and coach, that Rivers and general manager Gary Sacks had given their word to teams, agents and players that this was a finalized agreement.

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Five Things To Watch: Denver Nuggets

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GeorgeKarlThe 2012-13 season was a tale of two beings for the Denver Nuggets. The first being was the regular season, where they won an NBA franchise-record 57 games. The other was the playoffs, where they were abruptly taken out by the Golden State Warriors in six games.

This offseason was a shocking one for many Nuggets fans. GM Masai Ujiri, the NBA Executive of the Year, walked away and was replaced by Tim Connelly. Long-time coach George Karl was fired and replaced by rookie coach Brian Shaw. And free agents Andre Iguodola and Corey Brewer were not re-signed.

There is some new blood in the form of free agents J.J. Hickson, Randy Foye and Nate Robinson, further adding to the mystery of the 2013-14 season for the Nuggets. Nobody is sure what to expect out of them. Here are five things to watch.

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