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  • Derrick Rose out 4-to-6 weeks after knee surgery, return this season expected

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 46 mins ago

    Derrick Rose underwent successful surgery on Friday morning to remove the damaged portion of the torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman termed the surgery "minor" in a session with reporters — Rose reportedly walked out of the hospital bearing his full weight on his own following the procedure — and estimated Rose's recovery timeline at four to six weeks, and said that the Bulls expect the star point guard to return.

    "We expect Derrick to be playing this season," Forman said.

    The short side of the four-to-six-week timeframe would peg Rose's estimated return at March 27. The far end brings us to April 10, three games before the end of the Bulls' regular season and eight days before the start of the 2015 playoffs.

    Rose will begin "aggressive" rehabilitation on Saturday, with an eye toward being back to basketball activity in a week.

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  • Earl Lloyd, first African-American to play in NBA game, dies at 86

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 12 hrs ago

    Basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd, the first African-American ever to play in an NBA game, died Thursday. He was 86 years old.

    Lloyd was one of three African-American pioneers to break into the NBA in 1950. Chuck Cooper became the first black player drafted by an NBA team, selected in the second round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, seven rounds before the Washington Capitols picked Lloyd. Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, a former Harlem Globetrotter, became the first African-American player to sign a full NBA contract, joining the New York Knicks on May 24.

    But on Oct. 31, 1950, Lloyd became the first first African-American ever to play in an NBA game, suiting up for Washington against the Rochester Royals, scoring six points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds in a 78-70 loss. Both Cooper and Clifton would see their first NBA game action less than a week later.

    "It's amazing how a scheduling quirk can change your whole life," Lloyd once said.

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  • Derrick Rose to undergo surgery Friday, Bulls optimistic for return this season

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 14 hrs ago

    Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday morning to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday. While the club won't lay out a timetable for the injured point guard's recovery until after team physician Dr. Brian Cole actually performs the procedure, Bulls brass sure sounded optimistic Thursday about the possibility that we haven't seen the last of the former MVP this season.

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    From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

    John Paxson on possibility of Rose coming back this year: "The hope is that he will."

    Bulls President Michael Reinsdorf refused to speculate on timetable but did say: "We’re hoping this is just a minor setback."

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring MTV's 'Rock N Jock,' all these years later

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 hrs ago

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: Complex. Thomas Golianopoulos delivers an oral history of MTV's "Rock N Jock" franchise, replete with fond memories of the 25- and 50-point baskets and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar telling Michael Rapaport to quit yapping. Very fun times.

    SF: Toronto Star. Bruce Arthur on how the Eastern Conference landscape shakes out after Derrick Rose's latest injury, and what it all means for the scuffling-but-still-standing Toronto Raptors.

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  • Cavaliers vs. Warriors: Five things to watch

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    After what's felt like an unending string of underwhelming matchups on the nationally televised TNT Thursday night slate, we've finally got one worth sinking our teeth into tonight: the Golden State Warriors, leaders of the Western Conference and owners of the league's best record, traveling to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA's hottest team after winning 17 of their last 19 games.

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    In case all that's not enough to get you amped up, here are five reasons to keep both eyes glued to the possible Finals preview set to tip off Thursday night at the Q:

    A funny thing happens, though, if you nudge that filter down by just eight total minutes:

    Two pretty good starting fives, I guess. pic.twitter.com/7N7bw1cxLd

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  • Henry Walker's two 3-pointers in final :22 force OT, push Heat past Magic

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Last year, in the midst of another season toiling in the D-League, looking for a way back into the NBA, former New York Knicks and Boston Celtics forward Bill Walker decided to make a change. So long, Bill; hello, Henry.

    "It's just my middle name," Walker recently told Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "I'm just trying to mature and just trying to grow up, trying to change the perception about me."

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    So far, so good, Henry.

    His encore left a little something to be desired, however; he'd missed eight of his first nine shots, including all seven of his 3-point tries, through the first 47 minutes of Wednesday's meeting with the Orlando Magic. Luckily for our man Hank, though, NBA games still run 48 minutes, opening the door for some stunning closing-seconds heroics:

  • Craig Sager cleared for return after leukemia treatments, coming back to TNT March 5

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA world got some much-needed good news on Wednesday night, courtesy of SCORE Atlanta reporter and occasional TNT correspondent Craig Sager II:

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    It's official!! Sr just got cleared to return to work & will be back in action Thursday, March 5 for Thunder-Bulls!!! pic.twitter.com/dnUi2Wy7Ax

    Cue the bracket ties. Sr will be back for March Madness as well 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ez0cXm1d4i

    Turner Sports has remained mum on the matter, but industry sources confirmed to BDL on Wednesday night the content of Junior's tweets. Yes, indeed: we'll be seeing Craig Sager back in his full technicolor glory next week.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Derrick Rose and what we're all missing again

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: GQ. Bethlehem Shoals on Derrick Rose, gone down again: "He leaves a void where a superstar used to be. We may not quite recall what we're missing, but we feel the empty space."

    PF: In Street Clothes. The invaluable Jeff Stotts details the specifics of medial meniscus tears, runs down the likely recovery paths he might face and clarifies what makes the former MVP's ailment different from some other NBA players who have also suffered meniscus injuries: "It seems Rose is an unprecedented territory and only he is capable of writing the ending."

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  • Larry Sanders explains his exit from the NBA: 'Right now [...] it's not there for me'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    For about two months, we've been wondering what's going on with Larry Sanders, the gifted and mercurial shot-blocking big man who parted company with the Milwaukee Bucks around Christmas amid conflicting reports about his desire to continue playing professional basketball before receiving a 10-game suspension for a fourth violation of the league's anti-drug policy relating to marijuana use. Just before the All-Star break, the former Virginia Commonwealth standout suggested that answers were forthcoming:

    Soon you all will know the truth.

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  • Klay Thompson can make 3-pointers with the lights out

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Klay Thompson is enjoying his best season as a pro, entering Wednesday's action as the league's ninth-highest scorer (a career-high 22.3 points per game) and fourth-best 3-point marksman (43.9 percent from beyond the arc, also a career best) for the league-leading 44-10 Golden State Warriors en route to the first All-Star berth of his NBA career. Just how sweet a groove is the 25-year-old swingman in these days? Well, apparently, he doesn't even need to see the basket to connect from long distance.

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    Thompson recently visited ESPN's "Sport Science" to showcase the form and mechanics behind the hiccup-quick release on his jump shot. When the crew threw him a little curveball by cutting out the lights, though, Klay just kept right on keeping on. As it turns out, with apologies to Kathleen Hanna, he's no less dangerous with the lights out:

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