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Latest Updates on NBA Stars Returning from Injury

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 7, 2016

Latest Updates on NBA Stars Returning from Injury

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    Injuries happen.

    Several NBA stars entered the season with injuries and have only seen their original timetables increase (hey there, Andrew Bynum). Some suffered maladies early in the season and have yet to return (hi, Andrew Bogut). Some will undoubtedly go down in the future (commence wood-knocking). 

    Luckily for you (and most likely your fantasy team), we've got updates on all of the top NBA players currently sitting on the sideline.

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

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    Age: 24

    Injury: Torn left ACL

    Out Since: April 28th, 2012

    Expected Return: February or March, 2013 (via Chicago Sun Times)

    Role Upon Return: Starting Point Guard

    Team Record in Absence: 16-12

    Overall Record: 16-12

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 30, 8:09 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    While he has yet to be cleared for full contact, the Chicago Bulls have to be excited to have All-Star point guard Derrick Rose back at practice after missing the entire start of the season recovering from knee surgery, according to Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com.

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, December 25 at 7:25 p.m. ET by Brian Leigh

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau spoke with The Chicago Tribune about Rose's progression. He confirmed that Rose is running, shooting and feeling good, but has still yet to practice. When asked if there was a timetable for Rose's return, Thibodeau said "No, not really. I want him to get through a few practices first."

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 6:05 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley gives a little more insight into Rose's current situation with words from Tom Thibodeau:

    "You don’t go from A to Z,” Thibodeau said. "You have to go through each step. When he handles one step, we’ll move on to the next one. But you have to be patient with this. This is the type of injury that takes time. There’s no contact, so that’s where he is right now. We’ll let you know when there’s contact."

    "We laid out the plan at the beginning of the season,’’ he said. “How we were going to handle everything. Our team is focused on their improvement and their opponent, and Derrick is focused on his rehab. At some point he will rejoin us, and then we’ll be complete.’’

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

    While the Chicago Bulls are getting closer to getting their star point guard Derrick Rose back to practice, he still has yet to be cleared to take contact, according to Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com:

    Thibs says Derrick is doing a little more in practice but isn't ready to take contact yet.

    — Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) December 21, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

    ESPN Chicago's staff caught up with Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who had some light to shed on Derrick Rose's recovery.

    The HC said:

    He's [Rose] doing a lot, but he hasn't done anything with contact. So we're going to go step by step. First he has to get into practice and he has to practice well for a while. And then we'll move on from there. Hopefully at some point during the second half of the season he'll rejoin us.

    We'll keep you updated when we know more about D-Rose's potential return to action.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 5:45 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell had some news about the Bulls star:

    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday that superstar Derrick Rose is "doing more and more on the court" as he recovers from an ACL injury in his left knee but is "still a ways away" from returning to actual practice.

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    The optimism surrounding Derrick Rose's return from ACL surgery has been growing, but don't go throwing him back into your fantasy lineups just yet. 

    The Chicago Bulls point guard gave us an update himself (via Mark Strotman at CSN Chicago):

    I'm feeling good right now. Rehab is going good. I'm working out six times a week and I'm trying to get on the court as soon as possible but being patient and taking my time. And everything's going pretty good.

    No timetable has been set for Rose's return, but a report last week said he may be weeks from returning to practice.

Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

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    Age: 30

    Injury: Ruptured Cyst & Debridement Surgery

    Out Since: October 21st, 2012

    Expected Return: December 25th, 2012

    Role Upon Return: Uncertain (via ESPN New York)

    Team Record in Absence: 21-9

    Overall Record: 21-9

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 30, 8:09 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    New York Knicks star power forward Amar’e Stoudemire will practice with the team this weekend and is targeting Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers as his potential 2012-13 season debut, according to Alan Hahn of MSG Network.

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, December 25 at 10:54 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

    Fans of the Knicks can expect a nice start to the new year. Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports that Stoudemire says that a return date of Jan. 1, 2013 is "a possibility". As Stoudemire continues to practice his return date will be more clear, but this is a good sign for the Knicks power forward.

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    UPDATE: Tuesday, December 25 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Brian Leigh

    Sources tell Frank Isola of The New York Daily News that Amare's knee is "taking longer than expected to get loose." The veteran forward is eager to play, but, per Isola's report, it remains to be seen if his knee can withstand the rigors of an NBA schedule.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, December 22 at 4:25 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola, Mike Woodson doesn't think Stoudemire will play on the team's upcoming road trip:

    Mike Woodson doesn't "foresee" Amar'e Stoudemire playing on the West Coast trip.

    — Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 22, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:25 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

    Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York reports Knicks coach Mike Woodson is happy with the progress Stoudemire has made over the past couple days. While he's made positive strides, there's still no concrete timetable for his return.

    Saying he's not expected back this weekend is as far as Woodson would go.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 20, 1:25 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

    Don't expect Amar'e Stoudemire back in the New York Knicks lineup this weekend, according to a report by New York Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

    Woodson said "I doubt it," when asked if Stoudemire would play this weekend.

    — Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) December 20, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:32 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Amar'e Stoudemire practiced with the Knicks NBDL team—the Erie BayHawks—on Tuesday and could return to practice with his Knick teammates as soon as Thursday, according to CBS Sports.

    Barring any setbacks, coach Mike Woodson said Stoudemire could practice with the Knicks on Thursday, but did not offer a timetable for his season debut.

    Stoudemire himself added that he feels like he is "very, very close" to returning, but he did not speculate on a specific day.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 17, 12:00 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

    The New York Knicks may be close to getting power forward Amar’e Stoudemire back at practice, as the New York Post insider Marc Berman is reporting the star could return as soon as Tuesday:

    Stoudemire could be cleared for first practice tomorrow.

    — Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) December 17, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:50 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

    According to Jonah Ballow of Knicksnow.com, New York head coach Mike Woodson is uncertain when star power forward Amar’e Stoudemire will return to the lineup, but he is now listed as day-to-day:

    Woodson says he is not sure if @amareisreal can return during this home stand. Still day-to-day #Knicks

    — Jonah Ballow (@jonahballow) December 15, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

    Despite still needing to gain clearance from the doctors to start participating in full-or-even-partial contact practices, New York Knicks star power forward Amar’e Stoudemire (knee) is getting closer to a return sometime in December, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

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    It's not like the New York Knicks are struggling, but they could soon be getting Amar'e Stoudemire back in the equation.

    From New York Knicks insider Alan Hahn:

    Take note: @amareisreal spent a solid 90 minutes on the Garden court working out. Looked tremendous. #anticipation

    — Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) December 10, 2012

    Of course, Stoudemire, who is returning from knee surgery, still hasn't practiced and won't commit to returning by Christmas.  

Eric Gordon, New Orleans Hornets

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    Age: 23

    Injury: Sore right knee

    Out Since: April 24, 2012

    Expected Return: No timetable (via the New Orleans Times-Picayune)

    Role Upon Return: Starting Shooting Guard

    Team Record in Absence: 22-64

    Overall Record: 7-23

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2:16 a.m. ET by Austin Green

    Eric Gordon was excellent in his season debut, putting up 24 points and seven assists in 25 minutes off the bench. He struggled a little from the field (5-of-13), but he made up for it by sinking 12 of 14 free throws.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5:32 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Eric Gordon will make his season debut tonight in Charlotte, according to Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com

    Former IU star Eric Gordon, coming off an injury, will make his return to the NBA tonight when New Orleans plays in Charlotte.

    — Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) December 29, 2012

    The game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBATV.

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    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 28 at 2:50 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

    Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune reports Gordon will be worked back into action slowly when he does return to the lineup, which is still expected to be this weekend. The guard said coach Monty Williams will make the call.

    "When I talked to Coach (Monty Williams), I think it's probably around 25 minutes or so," Gordon said. "That'll be something for him to figure out on having me out there. There's definitely be limited minutes."

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    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

    Gordon, who's expected to return on Saturday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, is confident his knee will hold up, according to Jim Eichenhofer of Hornets.com.

    Eric Gordon on status of knee: "I doubt there will be any setbacks from now on. Things are good. It’s all about conditioning at this point.”

    — Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) December 27, 2012

    Staying healthy has been an issue for Gordon, so it's important to keep expectations with reason. If he can stay on the court, it'll provide a big boost to the Hornets.

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    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 27 at 5:25 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    According to Jim Eichenhofer of Hornets.com, head coach Monty Williams said the plan is for Eric Gordon to make his season debut on Saturday.

    Monty Williams on Eric Gordon's status for this weekend: "The plan is to probably bring him back Saturday (at Charlotte).”

    — Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) December 27, 2012

    This is great news for New Orleans, which is last in the Western Conference with a 6-22 record this season. Gordon has averaged 18.2 points per game throughout his career, so you can expect him to boost a Hornets offense that ranks 29th in the NBA in scoring (91.2 points per game).

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    UPDATE: Wednesday, December 26 at 6:31 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to Times-Picayune reporter John Reid, Gordon could make his debut on Saturday:

    Hornets' Eric Gordon may make his debut on Saturday at Charlotte, according to Monty Williams. Story coming shortly on NOLA.com

    — John Reid (@JohnReidTP) December 26, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, December 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET by Brian Leigh

    Per Jim Eichenhofer of Hornets.com, Gordon felt good after his first practice of the season:

    All that appears to stand between Gordon and the court is conditioning. Once he gets back into shape, he should be back in uniform.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 24 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

    Eric Gordon took part in the Hornets practice on Monday without any problems. 

    The New Orleans Times-Picayune's John Reid reported the following via Twitter:

    Hornets guard Eric Gordon's first contact practice since October went well Monday.Story coming soon on NOLA.com

    — John Reid (@JohnReidTP) December 24, 2012

    Gordon has been plagued by injuries since arriving in New Orleans, and Hornets fans will be excited to see how much he adds to the team's lineup. 

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, December 22 at 7:47 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to Hornets.com reporter Jim Eichenhofer, Gordon has been cleared for full-contact practice:

    Dell Demps said Eric Gordon, who is working out on the NOLA hardwood as we speak, has been cleared for full contact.

    — Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) December 23, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 21 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

    Hornets coach Monty Williams still doesn't know when Gordon will return to the lineup, even though the guard has made progress with his rehab, according to Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune.

    "He's been doing so much rehab now I think it's a matter of him getting his game condition back," Williams said after the team's morning shoot-around in preparation for Friday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs. "The only way to do that is to play. But there's some things he can do to build a base before he steps on the floor so that's what (the Hornets training and strength and conditioning staff) will be doing over the next few days."

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

    According to John Reid of The Times-Picayune, Gordon will rejoin the Hornets on Saturday after a month of rehabilitation, but there is still no timetable for his return:

    Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said the team won't make a determination when Gordon will play his first game until after he goes through a couple of practices with his teammates. Gordon predicted Wednesday he will make his debut before the end of this month.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 5:24 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to Eric Gordon's Twitter, Gordon is almost ready to rejoin his team:

    My last week of rehab before heading back to New Orleans. Excited about getting back with the team.#Hornets #silentassassin

    — Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) December 17, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5:20 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag

    Gordon is ahead of schedule and could be back before the end of 2012, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld:

    Gordon has been working with strength trainers and rehab specialists in LA, trying to overcome a setback in his knee recovery. Hornets’ sources say Gordon is making tremendous progress; so much so that they are hopeful he can make his season debut before the end of 2012.

    ---End of Update---

     

    Gordon just cannot seem to catch a break with his knees. After the preseason ended, it was announced that he would be out indefinitely with knee issues.

    The young guard has made progress and is starting to get strength back, but still has no timetable for his return. Just the same, as team spokesman Harold Kaufman reported, Gordon is undergoing a rigorous regimen to get back on the court soon.

    "When he had soreness in his knee that limited him from working out on that leg, it obviously weakened the quad muscle,’’ Kaufman said. "He was sent to Los Angeles to undergo intensive rehab on a daily basis. He shows up at 8:30 in the morning and works until 3 in the afternoon.''

    New Orleans needs Gordon's offense, especially since rookie Austin Rivers has struggled so badly, so hopefully he can be back on the court in the near future and help the Hornets get back on the winning track.

Brandon Roy, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Age: 28

    Injury: Knee

    Out Since: Nov. 10, 2012

    Expected Return: Uncertain 

    Role Upon Return: Starting shooting guard

    Team Record in Absence: 10-12

    Overall Record: 14-13

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 5:32 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), Roy will attempt a return to the NBA rather than seek retirement.

    Roy had this to say in the report:

    "The past two days I have been weighing all my options as I try to continue my basketball career. I have decided to explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan. My goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in order to help our team."

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5: 18 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Brandon Roy may retire for the second time after another setback in his injury rehab, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

    Y! Sources: With more knee trouble, Minnesota's Brandon Roy considers retirement again. tinyurl.com/cojhekp

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 29, 2012

    This is unfortunate news for Roy and the Timberwolves. The 28-year-old shooting guard was productive in his brief time on the court with Minnesota, and it would be a shame to see him end his comeback bid just a few months into the season.

    Roy was a three-time all-star with Portland before a series of knee injuries derailed his promising career.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 28 at 5:32 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman said Brandon Roy's comeback has been delayed for "personal reasons," according to Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

    As recently as Thursday, Roy was hoping to play Saturday against the Phoenix Suns. But Roy skipped practice on Friday, and when asked if Roy would make his return Saturday, Adelman said, "I would doubt it."

    He went on to say that Roy didn't have any setbacks in his injury rehab, and that his absence was because of "personal reasons."

    There is no new timetable for his return, but we will have all the updates when they are available.

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    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 27 at 5:42 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Brandon Roy said he could play Saturday against the Phoenix Suns, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    BRoy says he could play some Saturday if he comes through tomorrow's back-to-back practice like he did today's

    — Jerry Zgoda(@JerryZgoda) December 27, 2012

    Roy has only appeared in five games this season, but he's been productive on the court. He's averaging 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game in his first year with Minnesota.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, December 26 at 6:35 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to the Timberwolves' public relations, Roy will not play Wednesday night:

    Brandon Roy will not play tonight vs. Houston. #Twolves

    — Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 26, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, December 22 at 4:23 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to the Timberwolves' public relations, Roy's first practice went well:

    #Twolves Brandon Roy says his first practice went well. Felt good and no pain in his knee. Was pleased with his conditioning too.

    — Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 22, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 21 at 5:58 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Brandon Roy is expected to practice on Saturday, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. It will be the first time Roy has practiced since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last month.

    There is still no timetable for his return to the lineup

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 5:27 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to Timberwolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz, Roy's recent MRI didn't reveal any more deterioration:

    Brandon Roy says the most recent mri on his knee showed no more deterioration.A departure from previous trend. Credits regenecon. #twolves

    — Dave Benz (@davebenzwolves) December 17, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:52 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

    Associated Press has reported that Roy has returned to practice on a very limited, no-contact basis.

    No timetable has been set on his return but this has to be great news for the Timberwolves as it is obviously the first step to seeing him return to the lineup.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7:10 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

    Roy met with media today for the first time since having surgery lost month, and he gave some encouraging words regarding his status (via Minnesota Timberwolves' PR Twitter account):

    Roy says he feels good, still confident he can play. He feels better after arthroscopic surgery, doesn't feel that pinch anymore. #Twolves

    — Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 13, 2012

    The Wolves would still be smart to take it slow with the veteran shooting guard. Not only does he have arguably the most problematic knees in the NBA right now, but with Ricky Rubio returning soon, Minnesota has a bevy of depth in the backcourt.

    Playing it safe with Roy seems like the way to go here. 

    ---End of Update---

     

    Brandon Roy came out of retirement after a season-long break to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012. It started off great, but after five games, the knee problems that were thought to have ended his career flared back up. 

    The shooting guard underwent surgery on his right knee back on Nov. 19 and is finally getting back to practice on a limited basis, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Ray Richardson.

    "He's just shooting right now," Coach Rick Adelman said. "We're hoping, if not next week, the week after, that he might able to start doing some things."

    Let's hope we see Roy back in the Timberwolves lineup sooner than later. 

Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors

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    Age: 27

    Injury: Elbow

    Out Since: Dec. 10, 2012

    Expected Return: Out indefinitely

    Role Upon Return: Starting center

    Team Record in Absence: 7-2

    Overall Record: 11-20

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5:52 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Andrea Bargnani is still out indefinitely, but ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that Bargnani is "a lock to be moved" before February's trade deadline.

    Bargnani is having one of worst seasons of his career, and the Raptors have played their best basketball without him. They are 6-2 this season with Bargnani sidelined.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 16, 7:50 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

    Despite being quoted by an Italian media outlet, Toronto Raptors star center Andrea Bargnani has vehemently denied that he said anything negative about his team, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:

    An emotional Andrea Bargnani made it clear he was misqoted by Italian media. Not pleased. Teammates knew he didn't say it like that

    — Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) December 15, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 2:05 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

    Bargnani expects to miss at least three weeks of action, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. As the previous updates alluded, it's a serious injury.

    Andrea Bargnani to Gazzetta.it: 'I will miss at least three weeks. We are the worst team in the NBA'

    — Emiliano Carchia (@SportandoBasket) December 14, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    The Raptors' media relations shed some light on Bargnani's specific injury:

    Lowry: partial tear, right triceps. Expected out 10 days. Bargnani: ligament tear, right elbow & strained right wrist. Out indefinitely.

    — RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) December 13, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    While the Toronto Raptors haven’t been playing well this season, one of the bright spots on their team was the solid play of star center Andrea Bargnani.

    After falling awkwardly in the first quarter of Monday’s game, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun is reporting the center is out indefinitely with an elbow injury:

    Bargnani out indefinitely, Casey says bright spot is this will be Ed Davis' time to shine

    — Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) December 12, 2012

Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers

7 of 12

    Age: 23

    Injury: Right Knee Contusion

    Out Since: December 18, 2012

    Expected Return: December 26 (via the News Herald)

    Role Upon Return: Starting Power Forward

    Team Record in Absence: 2-4

    Overall Record: 7-25

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 5:25 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to Akron Beacon Journal reporter Jason Lloyd, Varejao has returned to practice:

    Anderson Varejao returns to practice in limited role: INDEPENDENCE: Anderson Varejao returned to practice in a... bit.ly/Vv4KsG

    — Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) December 31, 2012

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

    Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Varejao will be out at least through the weekend with a lingering knee issue. There's still no concrete timetable for his return to the lineup.

    Anderson Varejao out for #Cavs all weekend

    — M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) December 28, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, December 26 at 6:32 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to FOX Sports' Sam Amico, Varejao will not travel with the Cavaliers for Wednesday night's game:

    Anderson Varejao (knee) will not travel with Cavs for Wednesday's game at Washington.

    — Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) December 26, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Anderson Varejao proved his toughness last weekend when he banged his knee against the Toronto Raptors, but played through the pain and recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds. However, he has not been able to get back on the court since that gutsy performance. 

    But Cavs fans will not have to wait long for the Brazilian to be back in action. Bob Finnan of the News Herald reported, "Varejao is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday in Washington."

    As Finnan notes, Tristan Thompson has played extremely well in Varejao's absence. The second-year forward has recorded a double-double in each of the three games that Varejao has missed, and he has 39 total rebounds during this stretch. 

    With both players in the lineup, Cleveland has a chance to turn its season around. 

Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings

8 of 12

    Age: 23

    Injury: Sore left knee

    Out Since: December 17, 2012

    Expected Return: No timetable (via the The Sacramento Bee)

    Role Upon Return: Starting Guard

    Team Record in Absence: 4-3

    Overall Record: 11-19

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 5:27 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to the Associated press (via Yahoo! Sports), Evans will seek a second opinion on his injured knee:

    Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans is getting a second opinion on his sore left knee.

    Evans did not travel with the Kings on Monday to Detroit, where they begin a four-game road trip Tuesday. Instead, Evans is scheduled to visit with Dr. Steve Lombardo in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

     

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5:38 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Tyreke Evans participated in 5-on-5 drills at practice today and he may play tomorrow, according to the Kings official Twitter feed.

    Coach Smart on Tyreke Evans: "He went through some 5-on-5 work today ... (his status will depend on) how his body reacts tomorrow morning."

    — Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) December 29, 2012

    The Kings host the Boston Celtics at 9:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 28 at 7:20 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels

    Evans will attempt to make his return on Sunday when the Kings take on the Boston Celtics, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. If he can't reach that goal, he's going to seek another opinion on his knee, which is worrisome news.

    Tyreke Evans (sore left knee) is targeting Sunday to return to the court. If they doesn't work out he will seek 2nd opinion in L.A.

    — JasonJones (@mr_jasonjones) December 27, 2012

    It's a situation to watch closely over the next few days. The struggling Kings could really use Evans back on the floor.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 27 at 5:18 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, Evans "isn't likely to play soon."

    That's unfortunate news for the Kings, as they face the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics to wrap up 2012. To make matters worse, they start a dreaded four-games-in-five-days Eastern Conference road trip on Jan. 1.

    Although the Kings still struggle with Evans in the lineup, it would certainly be nice to have their second-leading scorer in uniform.

    ---End of Update---

     

    Tyreke Evans' knee injury has caused him to be in and out of the Sacramento Kings' lineup, as Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee reported via Twitter that he will not play in the team's next game against the Portland Trail Blazers:

    Francsico Garcia (sore lower back) returned to practice today. Tyreke Evans (sore left knee) will not play at Portland on Wednesday.

    — JasonJones (@mr_jasonjones) December 24, 2012

    Jones, in a separate report, notes that Evans first sustained the knee injury in a November 27 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    He sat out the next two contests before attempting to return on December 5 against the Toronto Raptors. He logged 34 minutes that night, but aggravated his injury.

    He then sat out three more games and attempted another comeback on December 12. He played in three consecutive contests before hurting his knee again against the Denver Nuggets on December 16, and he has not seen the court since. 

John Wall, Washington Wizards

9 of 12

    Injury: Stress Fracture in Left Knee

    Out Since: September 28th, 2012

    Expected Return: January 2013 (according to Yahoo! Sports)

    Role Upon Return: Starting Point Guard

    Team Record in Absence: 4-24

    Overall Record: 4-24

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 28 at 5:48 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    John Wall was much more active at practice on Thursday, participating in 5-on-0 offensive and defensive drills for the first time this season. According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Wizards head coach Randy Wittman considers this an encouraging development.

    “That’s a step forward,” Wittman said. “Obviously, no contact still yet but he did full speed, up and down, with the dummy stuff we ran and that’s the first time he’s done that with the team. That’s a step in that direction.”

    Wall is hoping to make his season debut in January.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 27, 1:10 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

    John Wall is looking to come back at some point in January, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.

    "My timetable is some time in January," Wall told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night. "The way I am feeling with no pain, working out and doing it three [days straight] and it has no pain, I'm feeling good. I feel like I am taking the right steps and I haven't had no pain the last couple of days after workouts."

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:45 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    John Wall discussed the possibility of missing the entire season, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.

    “I’m not thinking like that,” Wall said, when asked if it would be better for him to sit out the entire season. “Hopefully the time I’ve taken off and the shots I got and the treatment I’ve been getting is helping me get healthy so I can play basketball this season. You don’t want to miss a whole season. If it comes to it, you have to, but I’m trying not to think that far ahead.”

    Lee went on to say that Wall cannot begin physical activity until there is less swelling and pain in his left knee, and that Wall hopes to know more about his status by Wednesday or Thursday.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 17, 2:15 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

    The Washington Wizards received some good news Monday as the team expects star point guard John Wall to return to physical activity Tuesday, according to the team’s official Twitter account:

    Coach Wittman said he hopes for Wall to begin physical activity tomorrow, needed time to let injection in knee take action

    — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 17, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1:05 a.m. ET by Mike Hoag

    A source said Wall's knee injury is similar to the injury that cut Blake Griffin's rookie-year summer league short, according to radio host Ric Bucher of 95.7 The Game (via Sulia).

    Of course, Griffin didn't rest and recover and kept stressing the injury and missed his entire rookie season due to an ensuing knee-cap fracture.

    According to Bucher, Wall's best-case return is early in 2013 and the worst-case would be closer to the All-Star break.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:32 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

    No timetable has been set for John Wall's recovery but the star point guard has been cleared to start "ramping up physical activity" according to Dr. David Altcheck per NBA.com.

    John’s examination today showed improvement in his stress injury that will allow him to begin ramping up his activity level. There is still some irritation in the knee which we have treated over his last several visits with a series of three lubricating Synvisc injections, the last of which was given today. He will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7:41 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

    John Wall is reportedly having his knee re-examined in New York on Friday, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

    The star PG initially had an 8-to-12-week recovery planned, but the 12th week begins this coming Monday and Wall hasn't returned to practice. 

    Hopefully the young man hasn't suffered any setbacks, as the Washington Wizards are greatly struggling without him in the lineup.

    ---End of Update---

     

    Things aren't looking good for John Wall and his recovery from knee surgery.

    Not only has he missed every game of the season so far, but he still hasn't even been cleared for practice or contact (via Jonathan Newton of the The Washington Post):

    Pressed for an update recently, Wittman acknowledged that the original diagnosis was eight to 12 weeks, but Wall still hasn’t been cleared for practice or full-contact workouts, which has raised more concerns about the severity of the injury, or if he experienced a setback.

    “We’re not hiding anything here,” Wittman said recently. “Obviously, we need John. We want John. I want John yesterday, but you’ve got to keep moving forward. That’s what we’re doing here and trying to do here.”

    Don't expect Wall back anytime before the new year. 

Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers

10 of 12

    Age: 29

    Injury: Left knee surgery

    Out Since: Mid-October

    Expected Return: February 2013 (via NBA.com)

    Role Upon Return: Starting Small Forward

    Team Record in Absence: 17-13

    Overall Record: 17-13

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 27 at 5:34 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    Although it's still uncertain when he will return, Danny Granger has started shooting again according to Scott Agness of Pacers.com.

    Danny Granger getting shots up during practice. Still no timetable set for his return. instagr.am/p/TwFAbil5b4/

    — Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) December 27, 2012

    Indiana is fourth the Eastern Conference at 16-12, but they will definitely be happy whenever they get their leading scorer from last year back in the lineup. Granger averaged 18.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 22, 7:19 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

    Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel told Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star about Granger’s progress, but has yet to put a time-frame on the imminent return:

    Vogel didn't put a timetable on Danny Granger's return, but he said he's progressing well from his left knee injury. Granger is off the crutches and is traveling with the team on the road.

    ---End of Update---

     

    Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger has missed the entire 2012-13 season so far after having surgery on his ailing left knee. The knee started bothering him during the 2011-12 playoffs, and he received an injection to relieve the left patellar tendinosis from world-renowned Dr. James Andrews to help the healing process.

    Despite a long layoff, the team expects Granger back in early 2013 and will plug him back into the lineup immediately. Indiana has been solid, but they need their top offensive weapon back on the floor ASAP.

Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers

11 of 12

    Age: 25

    Injury: Sore Left Knee

    Out Since: September 24th, 2012

    Expected Return: January, 2013

    Role Upon Return: Starting Center

    Team Record in Absence: 14-17

    Overall Record: 14-17

     

    UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 21 at 5:50 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    According to the Philadelphia 76ers official Twitter feed, general manager Tony DiLeo said Andrew Bynum has been cleared to increase his activity, but it's uncertain when the big man will be able to return.

    Update: #Sixers GM Tony DiLeo says Andrew Bynum has been cleared to increase activity w/ rehab plan in place. Still no timetable for return.

    — Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 21, 2012

    Tom Moore of phillyburbs.com added that DiLeo doesn't know if Bynum will return in time to help the Sixers much this season.

    #Sixers DiLeo: 'hard to predict if (#Bynum) can get back' in time to make impact this season.

    — Tom Moore (@tmoorepburbs) December 21, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 5:50 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    ESPN's Dave McMenamin announced that Bynum's health is improving:

    Andrew Bynum said his health has improved. He only has pain in his L knee now, his R is fine. He will get an MRI this week.

    — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 16, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

    According to a report from Christopher Vito of the Delaware County Daily Times, Philadelphia 76ers star center Andrew Bynum spoke about his knee injury and where he’s at in the recovery process:

    'Health is going to be an issue. There's nothing I can really do about it. It's arthritis in the knees. Cartilage is missing. That's not going to regrow itself. Maybe in the future, the next three to five years, there may be something out there that really does help. For right now, it's a waiting game,' [Bynum said].

    ---End of Update---

     

    Andrew Bynum still hasn't played a game in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, and it's unlikely that the first will come anytime soon.

    Thanks to setbacks and bowling incidents, the talented center won't even be re-evaluated until December 20. Still though, he sounds optimistic (via Tom Moore of phillyburbs.com):

    Worst-case scenario, it’s another month (before I can start basketball-related activities). Best-case scenario, I can ramp it up (right away).

    Of course, Bynum also said that he knows not playing all season is "obviously a possibility."

    We'll know more in a few days. 

Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors

12 of 12

    Age: 28

    Injury: Microfracture surgery on ankle

    Out Since: November 7, 2012

    Expected Return: Out indefinitely (via ESPN)

    Role Upon Return: Starting center

    Team Record in Absence: 18-8

    Overall Record: 21-10

     

    UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 27 at 5:51 p.m. ET by Austin Green

    The update here is that, basically, there is no update. According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors still haven't said much about Bogut's potential return.

    Sorry, Warriors fans.

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    San Francisco Chronicle reporter Rusty Simmons reports that Bogut would like to surprise people with his return:

    Andrew Bogut (ankle) said his hope is to just show up in the layup line some night and surprise everyone by jumping for the opening the tip.

    — Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 18, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 5:21 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Rusty Simmons, Bogut is participating in light shooting drills:

    Neither Andrew Bogut nor Festus Ezeli practiced Monday, but both are doing light shooting drills.

    — Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 17, 2012

    ---End of Update---

     

    Bogut's ankle has continued to be a bug-a-boo this season, and he and the Warriors have finally come clean and said that the surgery he had on it was microfracture surgery. This explains his slow recovery and why he has only appeared in three games this season.

    Regarding his recovery, Bogut did not commit to a return date, but did say he hoped to return this season:

    "We've got five months left, six if we make the playoffs. I don't think it's going to be another six months," Bogut said, according to the Chronicle. "That would be a massive setback. I'm not going to say a month, two months or three months, but I definitely think I'll be back to play again this season."

    Granted, Golden State has played well without Bogut. Just the same, having their center back at 100 percent would give them a great advantage in the playoffs.

     

    LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

    For more updates on NBA injuries, check out B/R's NBA page.

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