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Why a String of Injuries Should Keep NBA players Off Summer Courts

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The National Basketball Association has dominated news cycles as good, if not better than, any professional sport in America. And as the game grows globally, it will also dominate news cycles across the world.

But August is generally a dead period in the news. Most reporters get to take a month off after the draft, free agency, and Summer League before the season tips off and NBA standings are crucial.

This August, however, has been rather forgettable for some NBA players and teams. There were two key knee injuries and a foot injury that will leave teams without critical pieces even before the season tips off.

Top Draft Pick

Oklahoma City selected Chet Holmgren second overall in late June. He was impressive in Summer League as the 7-foot, 195-pound center with guard-like skills. While physicality will be an issue for him until he adds muscle and puts weight on, the 20-year-old will protect the rim and have more of an agility advantage in his matchups.

However, Holmgren suffered a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, the team announced. He got hurt while defending LeBron James at the CrawsOver Pro-Am event. He is expected to miss the season.

General manager Sam Presti was sure to note that it was not a contact injury in relation to his slender frame.

“He’s going to get better just by getting stronger, just by seeing things differently, just by learning the NBA,” Presti said. “All that’s going to be happening. He’s going to be able to shoot. He’s going to be able to do a lot of things with the ball.”

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Veteran Harris sidelined

Gary Harris was traded to the Orlando Magic in March 2021 in a trade that sent Aaron Gordon to the Denver Nuggets. Since joining the Magic, Harris was a key veteran in guiding young guards Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony. While doing so, the 27-year-old wing averaged 11.1 points per game on 43.4% shooting.

Harris suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. He will be evaluated to determine a timetable for his return. It was unclear how Harris was injured.

Celtics Vet Hurt

Danilo Gallinari tore his left meniscus while playing for his native Italy during a FIBA World Cup qualifying game, the team said. Gallinari, a 34-year-old forward who signed with the Boston Celtics in July, does not have a timetable for his return but expects to miss next month’s EuroBasket tournament, the Italian team said.

“It’s tough to talk about basketball after what we saw happen to Danilo,” team Italy’s captain, Luigi Datome, said. “We wish him, of course, the best.”

Dead Period?

Training camps open in late September for most NBA teams. By the third week of October, teams are preparing for their final preseason games and first regular season games. So should there be a dead period where NBA players can’t participate in August?

It is unlikely that players will stop working out. They have to be physically ready, both in terms of strength training and conditioning, so what are they supposed to do? While there is risk in those exercises, players have been doing them for so long that they know how to do them safely.

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But the other competition may stop. The key for that is when negotiating contracts, there will likely be clauses requested by teams moving forward that there are no competitions outside of team-organized activities. That will be a tough bargain, though.

Most players enjoy playing in the Drew League, ProAm events, The Basketball Tournament (for fringe players), and other light-hearted games against fellow pro players. 

Gallinari’s injury happened while competing for his national team, which is a big deal for any player. It would be hard to tell a player they can’t represent their country in international competition, but the arenas and other factors are going to be similar to the NBA, which limits potential injury issues. Some of those are like Holmgren’s, in a humid gym with poor ventilation creating a slick spot on the court.

At the end of the day, and in light of recent NBA news, a dead period for competition should be considered.

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BALL – Suarez scratches Europe out of his future (Uruguay)

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BALL - Suarez scratches Europe out of his future (Uruguay)

Now Luis Suarez, representing Nacional de Montevideo, rules out the possibility of playing in Europe again. At the age of 35, he is gearing up to play in a fourth World Cup – and face Portugal in the group stage – but he knows that after leaving Atlético Madrid, the future will no longer run through Europe.

In an interview with a Spanish newspaper Brand, the striker recalled that he lived his peak at Barcelona, ​​where he was part of the famous MSN trio (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) and won nine titles in three seasons, including two leagues, the Champions League and the Club World Cup. . He scored 121 goals in 147 games, so self-esteem can only be good: “I give myself 12 because of the expectations with which I arrived, which were not so many, because there were Leo and Neymar. They said that three roosters in a chicken coop cannot live together, but we showed that we can. I am proud of my career, I lived up to expectations. After that, the level went down, but even so, I always exceeded 25 goals in a season. And I give myself 10 points for Atlético.

After two years at Atletico, he returned to his country in August and signed with his youth club Nacional. President José Fuentes has already said that Suarez will leave the club when his contract expires, at the end of the year, and there is talk of MLS, but Suarez left only one guarantee for his future:

“It’s not known yet. It’s one of the options that I see very close, but I don’t think about it now. I like the National. I’ve already made my European career and left very proud. I had many options before returning to ” Nacional, but looking at this: Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool, Barça, Atlético… what could be better than this career in Europe? That’s why I couldn’t be worse after Atlético team. It was the perfect trajectory. So it made sense to go back to Uruguay, not because it’s a minor league, but to complete the circle.”

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BALL – Crown Jewel agrees to go to Munich (Bayer Leverkusen)

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According to preliminary news, this Friday the German newspaper BuildBayern Munich officials secretly met with Bayer Leverkusen’s striker Florian Wirtz to convince the player to move to Bayern, and the response from the young star was positive.

The 19-year-old striker, currently recovering from injury, was one of Bayer Leverkusen’s best players last season, drawing interest from some of the richest and most powerful sharks Europeans, but Bayer Leverkusen demanded 100 million euros for Wirtz’s trade, an amount that eased the player’s pursuit.

However, the current moment of Bayer Leverkusen, a club that has refused to sell its stars to Bayern Munich in recent years in an effort to thwart the ten-time champions, used to have some of the best players in the Bundesliga and historically the backbone of the German national team in its ranks – is becoming even stronger, as this was seen, for example, with Kai Havertz, who, despite a very strong Bavarian desire, going to Chelsea could change the scenario that existed at the end of last season.

Recall that this Friday, the next opponent of Porto in the Champions League was defeated by four unanswered goals away from Bayern Munich and is still in the penultimate and 16th places (the playoffs remain in the Bundesliga), but can still finish the eighth round in the penultimate place, if this Saturday Wolfsburg wins or draws in the reception with Stuttgart with the same five points.

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BALL – Lions return to winning ways in the League in a reception by Gil Vicente (League)

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Sporting returned to victory in the League, beating Gil Vicente at home by three goals: one in the first leg of the 8th round of the competition. A good tonic before the match against Marseille next Tuesday in the Champions League.

In a somewhat monotonous first half, the “lions” marked their superiority without imposing a very high pace. Nuno Santos won a cross from behind the back of the entire defense and already in the penalty area struck from the bottom and crossed, and Morita appeared at the far post, correcting the trajectory of the ball and opening the scoring (16 minutes).

Shortly after, the Japanese reappeared, finding an imbalance in depth: class in unmarking, receiving and heeling for Pedro Goncalves, who even took the opponent out of the game before shooting into the goal (22 minutes).

Returning to the second half, the guests abandoned the top five in the rear and achieved more brilliance in attacking the opposite third. Murilo snapped at Adana before Fran Navarro returned to attack as the Spaniard added three more threats.

However, already on the other half of the field the ball was again in the depths of the gate. Esgaio start for Rochinha and this one to overcome Lucas Cunha and Andrew by scoring 3-0 (82′). In the farewell match (90+3′), Fran Navarro finally managed to celebrate with a header from Elder Santana.

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