Lakers say Anthony Davis probable, Rajon Rondo questionable against Phoenix on Tuesday

first_img“It’s getting better,” he said. “There are certain plays where we take a couple of steps back. I wish it didn’t. But it’s basketball. When you’re making plays like I make and do some of the things the way I do with how I play, naturally it’s going to happen.”Coach Frank Vogel said the medical staff has cleared Davis so far, but he also acknowledged the Lakers, who hope to be playoff-bound this season, could make decisions to rest Davis and other players at strategic moments if they believe it has long-term benefits.“We’ll continue … to keep the big picture in mind, whether it’s managing minutes throughout each game or managing whether a player needs to be off on a certain night,” Vogel said. “That’s something that we’ll evaluate day to day all throughout the year. So that could be a possibility.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers have played it especially safe with Rondo, who has been listed as “day-to-day” with a “mild right calf strain” since the regular season started but has yet to play. Rondo acknowledged Monday that the injury has been more serious than previously discussed: Medical staffers compared his strain to the one that Kevin Durant had in the playoffs last season, a precursor to his Achilles injury that has sidelined him for a year.“Once they said that, I kind of backed up as far as wanting to play right away,” he said. “I kind of took a little more time off and tried to listen to my body, day to day.”Rondo admitted that he’s been champing at the bit to play, but he’s woken up feeling achy several mornings. Over the last week, the Lakers have played him in increasingly challenging scrimmages hoping for his return. Vogel said Rondo played the entire live session in Monday’s practice.The Lakers’ biggest stars have been reluctant to embrace the tactic of load management, in which players are rested to limit their workload over the course of the season. LeBron James told ESPN over the weekend that if he’s healthy, he wants to play. Davis echoed that sentiment Monday, saying it pained him when New Orleans sat him for multiple games last season after his trade demand.“It’s tough sitting out of games and not being able to do anything and not being able to play the sport that you like and the sport that you love,” he said. “For me, anytime I get a chance to play, I want to play just because I missed so much time last year.”center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years EL SEGUNDO — Many of the Lakers’ ambitions this season rest on the shoulders of Anthony Davis, so it’s a bit alarming when one of the star forward’s shoulders isn’t at full strength.After a third-quarter blocked shot against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, Davis came down wincing and grabbing his right arm – the same arm he injured two weeks ago against Charlotte. His arm hung slack at his side for several seconds as the 26-year-old recovered the use of his arm, going on to hit a few jumpers on the next few possessions.That play led to an admission by both Davis and the team that he’s been feeling right shoulder soreness, and the injury was aggravated Sunday night. He’s been added to the injury report as “probable” – while the Lakers think he’ll play against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, the slim possibility exists that Davis could miss his first regular-season game.It’s a possibility Davis would rather like to dismiss. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“At the end of the day, we have to see how it feels,” he said. “It feels good right now. We’re going in with the mindset that I’ll go through shootaround, see how I feel throughout the course of the day tomorrow and shoot before the game. If it feels good, then pencil me in.”While Davis’ status is the most pressing, other injury news looms for the team. Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo was upgraded to questionable after going through Monday’s practice. Meanwhile, guard Troy Daniels tweaked his left knee at practice, and the Lakers listed him as questionable with left knee soreness after an MRI.Davis said most of the time on the court, he feels fine, and the adrenaline of playing can keep his mind off any discomfort he feels. He gets sensitive to the shoulder when he takes hits, and in between games, he said he feels more strain.While he said the injury is moving “in the right direction,” he pined last week that he thought it would be the type of condition that would heal if he were to have four or five days off. The Lakers, of course, don’t have a four- or five-day stretch without a game until the All-Star break in February.Davis’ intention is to play through it.last_img read more

Former Texas Tech Star and NBA Veteran Andre Emmett

Police are now looking for two black males, one of them described as being tall and slender. It’s also said the men fled in a white Chrysler 300 after the shooting. Andre Emmett, a former basketball player for Texas Tech, the NBA and the BIG3 league, was shot and killed in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, on Monday at 2:30 a.m. Andre Emmett, who played for the NBA and Big3 league, was shot and killed in his hometown of Dallas. (Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images Sport via Getty Images) He was selected by the Seattle Supersonics in the 2004 NBA draft as the 35th pick and also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as the New Jersey Nets. A 6-foot-5 guard, Emmett was considered a star at Texas Tech when he played for the Red Raiders from 2001 to 2004, and he’s the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,256 points. He was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 2018, and his name is currently engraved in United Supermarkets Arena. He was later found “several hundred feet” from his home by someone who called 911 and later died at the hospital at the age of 37. “Thank you for the competitor you were on the court and the incredible person you were off of it,” a tweet sent Monday read. “Thank you for the many amazing memories you helped create. “Thank you for inspiring the entire Texas Tech family. Rest In Peace, Dre.” According to KCBD 11, Emmett was sitting in his vehicle in front of his home when he was approached by two men who pulled out a gun. An “altercation” began, and Emmett was shot as he tried to run away. Texas Tech also put out a statement. Emmett played overseas as well and played two seasons for the BIG3 on 3’s Company, where he was the second-leading scorer in the league. “The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett,” said the league in a statement. “Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face … His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around.” read more