Kevin Durant: ‘The first diagnosis we got was that I broke my leg’

When Kevin Durant was injured on February 28th, he originally thought he fractured his tibia.  However, that was not the case. He told that and more to “The Bill Simmons Podcast” :

Well, the first diagnosis that we got was that I broke my leg, fractured my tibia. That’s a four- or five-month recovery.  I just burst out crying. I’m like, “Man, not again.”

“Then we got a call like, ‘We checked the scans again.’ We had to get a CT scan to see what condition the bone was in — that gives you a more in-depth picture of the bone — and they told me that it was just a bruise there and I sprained my MCL. [My] reaction in the car was second to none. If you’d have seen, that emotional roller coaster, that hour, it was something out of a movie.”

If Durant was out for the year, the Warriors were not getting back to the NBA Finals. Fortunately, he escaped with a sprained MCL and tibial bone bruise.  Now, Durant might be back the end of the regular season!

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Do you feel sorry for Carmelo Anthony?

The season is winding down in the NBA, and just like we have seen over the past three years, the New York Knicks are going to miss the playoffs again! Currently, Carmelo Anthony has a reduced role as the Knicks go about seeing what they have for the future.  Well, not sure how bright the future is for the Knicks. They may have a franchise caliber player in Kristaps Porzingis, and of course they have Melo, but is there anything else that excites you about the Knicks? Derrick Rose? He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season, but is he a building block at this point? I don’t think so. Willy Hernangomez? Ron Baker? No!

The Knicks are a mess. Blame Phi Jackson for sure! He has been bad. Jackson was a great coach (11 titles), but has been a bad president of basketball operations. From weird tweets about Melo, to not finding players to surround Melo, it has not been good in New York City.  Hall of Famer and former Bulls’ star Scottie Pippen had some interesting to things to say about his old coach. Pippen said the following on ESPN’s The Jump:

“To be honest with you, I’m gonna have to go at my old coach Phil Jackson. I just think he hasn’t put the right pieces on the floor. I give a lot of credit to Carmelo, who has been very professional in getting through this 82-game season.”‘

Do you feel sorry for Carmelo Anthony? I would say no! Melo could have gotten out when he was a free agent in 2014. He could have gone to Bulls or elsewhere, but he chose money. The Knicks could pay him the most, and he took the most.  Unfortunately for Melo, he took the money and believed in Phil Jackson.  Bad move!

At this point, the Knicks need to find a way to move Melo (no trade clause), fire Phil Jackson and start all over. Maybe a “tank” or two would benefit the Knicks.

Life is full of choices; choose wisely.

Triple-double number 38 for Westbrook

Russell Westbrook had a monster game, and triple -double number 38. Westbrook finished with 57 pts, 13 rebs, and 11 asts as the Thunder beat the Magic 112-106 in OT. This was the most points ever in a triple-double. Westbrook is now three away from the single season mark of 41, set by Oscar Robertson in 1961-62. At this rate, Westbrook is going to break this record.

OKC has eight games left.

KD could return by the end of regular season

The Warriors are riding high on a eight-game winning streak, and could have their best player back by the end of the regular season. According to the Warriors, Kevin Durant has made “very good progress,” and could be back by the end of the regular season.

Judging by the way the Spurs are playing right now, the Warriors will need the services of Durant come playoff time.  Especially, if they want to get back to the NBA Finals.

Lamar Odom on cocaine: ‘It was my drug of choice’

Lamar Odom opened up about his drug addiction, reality TV, and so much more to US Weekly. Odom, 37, talked about his cocaine addiction and how his former wife Khloe Kardashian found out about his cocaine habit:

“I was in the man cave she had made for me and she caught me. She was disappointed. So was I. The sad thing about it is, I don’t know if I was disappointed because I was actually doing the drug or because she caught me. She knew I was doing cocaine the whole time after that. It was my drug of choice.”

 According to Odom, he is sober. Hopefully, he can continue to stay sober. 

Triple-double number 37 for Westbrook

Russell Westbrook has done it again! Westbrook recorded triple-double number 37 in a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night. Westbrook hit the game-winning jump shot with 0:07 seconds left. He finished the night with 37pts, 13 rebs, and 10 asts.

Westbrook is now four triple-doubles away from tying the single season mark set by Oscar Robertson(41).

OKC has nine games left.

The return of Sam Hinkie?

Could we see the return of former Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie? According to ESPN, the Sacramento Kings are looking to talk to Hinkie. Does that mean the end of Vlade Divac in Sacramento? Does Hinkie work alongside Divac?

We’ll see where this goes.

 

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Are the Cavs in trouble?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been making move, upon move in order to strengthen their roster. At this point, it’s a work in progress. The additions of  Kyle Korver, Derrick and Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut (injured and gone), and Larry Sanders (recently called up from D-League) have worked on the offensive end, but defensively the Cavs have been a mess. While the Cavaliers score 110 ppg, they give up 106 ppg(22nd in the NBA). However, last season the Cavs gave up only 98 ppg(4th in NBA). Maybe the addition of Larry Sanders could help, but he is coming back to the NBA after being gone for two years. Also, if you look at the last few games, point guards have torched this team. Last Sunday, D’Angelo Russell hit them up for 40pts; Kemba Walker dropped 28 on Friday, and Saturday night John Wall scored 37. The teams in the Eastern Conference that could challenge the Cavaliers all have big time point guards; John Wall in Washington, Isaiah Thomas in Boston, and if healthy, Kyle Lowry in Toronto. 

The Cavaliers and Celtics are tied for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Do I think the Cavaliers need home court advantage to get to the NBA Finals? No! They did not have it two years ago against the Raptors, and they still made it to the NBA Finals. Boston, Toronto and Washington could challenge the Cavs, but there’s no way I’m betting against LeBron James.

I believe the Cavaliers will “score” their way back to the NBA Finals. Will they win another title? I’ll let time be the judge of that one!