Ben Simmons has consistently been one of the best players on the Philadelphia 76ers over the last few seasons. While he has struggled with his jump shot, Simmons has become a beast around the rim and is almost impossible to move out of the paint. Having said that, the Sixers were in panic mode this morning as it was revealed that his back injury might be worse than expected. After undergoing some tests today, it was revealed that Simmons could be out for the foreseeable future.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Simmons has a nerve impingement in his lower back. This makes it much harder to move and in his current state, Simmons wouldn't even be able to think about playing. Instead, Simmons will be re-evaluated in two weeks and by then, doctors will have a better sense of when he can return.
This is horrible news for the Philadelphia 76ers who were just getting out of a terrible slump. Simmons is critical to their success and now, they will have to completely lean on Joel Embiid who has been inconsistent at times, this season. While the Sixers are still a playoff team, if they don't get Simmons back soon, their chances could be greatly affected.
Stay tuned for updates on Simmons as we will be sure to bring them to you.
DeMarcus Cousins’ Lakers Role Explained By Frank Vogel
DeMarcus Cousins was recently waived by the Los Angeles Lakers.
DeMarcus Cousins had a ton of promise heading into this NBA season. The Los Angeles Lakers picked him up on a bargain in free agency although unfortunately, he tore his ACL and obliterated his chances of getting on the court this season. Recently, Cousins was released by the Lakers and the team immediately replaced him by signing Markieff Morris. It remains to be seen what Cousins' future in the NBA entails, although the Lakers seem to be content with keeping him around.
Yesterday, it was reported that Cousins may sign with the Lakers next season and now, it appears as though he will be sticking around the Lakers facilities. While speaking to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel admitted that Cousins will be rehabbing with the team and is "part of the family."
With this in mind, Cousins should remain cautiously optimistic about his future. It's clear that he's a great player but injuries have kept him from shining. If he were to play for the Lakers next season, there would be no doubts when it comes to their bility as a championship team, especially if Anthony Davis resigns.
Stay tuned for updates regarding Cousins as we will be sure to bring them to you.
Kevin Durant Sinks Silky Pull-Up Jumpers Amid Injury Rehab
Kevin Durant hurt his Achilles tendon last season and he's already well on his way to a full recovery.
Kevin Durant's ruptured Achilles injury from the 2019 NBA Finals was both devastating to his team and to himself as an individual. The Golden State Warriors went on to lose to the Toronto Raptors while Durant has been out of the NBA ever since. As of right now, Durant is a member of the Brooklyn Nets but he won't be able to play at all this season as he tries to rehabilitate his devastating injury. Typically, a ruptured Achilles can be a career-killer but based on all of the videos we have seen thus far, it seems like KD is poised for a full recovery.
In the video below, KD flexes his jump shot ability to the cameras. As you can see, Durant is pulling off a plethora of pull-up jumpers like it's nothing. It appears as though Durant still has great range and can make shots from anywhere. Not to mention, his footwork is looking pretty great, as well.
This should be positive news for Nets fans who have been through a lot this season. Kyrie Irving has been perpetually injured and he may have to call it a season due to his nagging shoulder injury. The team seems destined for the playoffs but without KD and Kyrie, they will most likely be a first-round exit.
Once KD and Kyrie are back and fully healthy, this Nets team will be a serious problem.
Luka Doncic Offers Concerning Update On His Ankle Injury
Luka Doncic has been dealing with injuries all season.
Luka Doncic has been one of the most exciting players in the NBA over the past couple of years and he continues to dominate the NBA, in just his second season. His play has helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to a playoff spot and if the team continues to build, they could very well become contenders in just a few years from now. Unfortunately, Doncic has been experiencing some injury woes this season. He hurt his ankle early in the season and eventually came back better than ever. Recently, he hurt his ankle again and has missed the last two games.
While speaking to Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News, Doncic admitted that his injury has been lingering for a while and that it still isn't 100 percent. If you're a Mavericks fan, these comments have to give you pause.
“I mean, it bothers me sometimes," Doncic said. "Obviously, it’s not healed 100%. That’s why I missed the game in Atlanta. It was swollen and, you know, I’m just trying to keep the swelling down.”
The Mavericks are currently seventh in the Western Conference with a record of 35-23 and are 9 games ahead of 9th place. With this in mind, the Mavericks have a solid cushion moving forward, despite not having Doncic in the lineup.
James Harden Reveals Biggest Lesson Kobe Bryant Taught Him
Kobe Bryant gave James Harden plenty of gems throughout the years.
James Harden is one of the best scorers in the entire NBA and a lot of it has to do with how much he shoots the ball. Harden is a high-volume shooter and his output is comparable to that of the late great Kobe Bryant. Kobe was notorious for taking way too many shots, even if they weren't exactly his best option. Harden has taken a lot of flack for being similar, in that regard. Despite this, it's clear that Bryant's mentality is deeply implanted into the way Harden plays the game of basketball.
After dropping 37 points on the New York Knicks, Harden was asked about what Kobe meant to him and what the Lakers legend taught him. Harden was at the memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant yesterday, so as you can imagine, he had a lot to say.
“Just his competitive spirit," Harden said according to Salman Ali of ClutchPoints. "Obviously the journey is one thing, but the steps you have to take to get to that journey is another. That’s what makes you a champion and that’s what defines you.”
Harden must be doing something right as he and the Rockets are fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 37-20. With the playoffs quickly approaching, look for the Rockets to be real contenders.
Rob Pelinka Divulges Kobe Bryant Texted Him Moments Before Crash
Kobe Bryant and Rob Pelinka shared a tight bond for years prior to Kobe's untimely passing.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna tragically passed away in a helicopter accident, alongside seven other people, on January 26th. The whole basketball community has been in a state of shock since their deaths and numerous tributes have poured in since. Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles got to pay respects to Kobe and Gigi as a public memorial was held at the Staples Center. Numerous people spoke at the event, including those who Kobe knew best. One of those people was none other than Rob Pelinka who was Kobe's agent for many years. Pelinka is now the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers and up until Kobe's death, the two remained in touch.
During Pelinka's speech, he revealed that Kobe was texting him just moments prior to the helicopter accident. In true Kobe fashion, the Lakers legend was looking to help out a friend with an internship. Kobe wanted to know if Pelinka knew any baseball agents his friend could potentially intern with.
The story is a happy reminder of the kind of person Kobe was. While he may have been ruthless on the court, he was someone who wanted to help those who deserved a chance. While Pelinka was sad throughout his speech, you could tell he was beaming with pride over just how great his friend was.
Paul George Gets Away With Egregious Travel After Taking Infinite Steps
Paul George should be thanking his lucky stars after that one.
Paul George is easily one of the best players in the NBA when he is at the top of his game. The Los Angeles Clippers have been thriving with him in their lineup and as the playoffs approach, it's clear the team is a contender to win it all. Having said that, players like George are able to get away with a lot. When you're a star, the officials give you the benefit of the doubt, especially if you've been kind to the referees over the years. On Monday night, that's exactly what happened to George as he got away with an absolutely egregious non-call.
In the clip below, George can be seen with a ton of space in front of him. When he gets the ball, he takes an obscene amount of steps before going with a dunk. If you watch closely, it's clear he took way more steps than you're allowed to. Regardless, the referee let it slide and George went on his way.
Traveling is rarely called in the NBA these days so this latest non-call shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Despite this, when a player takes over five steps on their way to the basket, they need to be held accountable in some way.
Some of you in the comments may try to argue that this was a "gather step" and that he still has plenty more steps he could have taken. While "gather steps" do exist, there is no denying the egregiousness of this particular play.
LeBron James Honors Kobe & Gianna Bryant On Instagram
LeBron James paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant who died in a helicopter crash on January 26th.
Kobe and Gianna Bryant tragically passed away on January 26th in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of seven other people. The tragedy is still hard to make sense of as the families continue to mourn their lost loved ones. Today, the city of Los Angeles came together as a public memorial was held for Kobe and Gianna at the Staples Center. Numerous big names were at the event including Beyoncé, Shaq, Michael Jordan, Rob Pelinka, and many others. It was a beautiful celebration of two lives that were taken from us way too soon.
Today, LeBron James took to Instagram where he offered up a tribute of his own. In the post below, James shares the date, February 24th or 2/24. Of course, this date is significant because it combines Gianna and Kobe’s jersey numbers. LeBron also added a purple and yellow heart to signify the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron James has been a leader on the Lakers this season and has helped his teammates deal with the death of a mentor. Kobe loved the Lakers organization and the players loved him back. While it must be difficult to continue on with the season, the players have handled it with dignity and grace.
As we head towards the playoffs, it looks like the Lakers are setting themselves up for a deep run that will surely make Kobe proud.
Shaq Tells Hilarious Kobe Bryant Story During Staples Center Memorial
Kobe Bryant always had an intense competitive spirit about him.
Kobe Bryant's passing is something that many people have yet to come to terms with. It's hard to put into words just how much he meant to not just the basketball community but the world as a whole. What makes his death more shocking, is that it was alongside his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people. Their lives were lost way too soon and it's hard to fathom how the families are coping right now. Today, a memorial for Kobe and Gianna was held at the Staples Center and it featured some touching tributes.
Near the end of the event, Kobe's former teammate, Shaq, got up on stage to tell some stories about their time playing together. Shaq told a particularly hilarious story in which he had to confront Kobe for not passing. When Shaq said "there is no I in team," Kobe clapped back and said, "I know but there's a 'M-E' in that motha fucka."
The camera panned to various people in the crowd and they were all laughing hysterically at what Shaq had just said. Shaq's story resonated with the crowd because it spoke to just how competitive Kobe was. Everyone knows Kobe was a competitive guy and the story strengthened that notion further.
In a time where everyone is sad, it was good to see Shaq make people laugh. Kobe brought a lot of people joy and today was a celebration of that.
Zion Williamson Bullies The Warriors With Insane Strength: Watch
Zion Williamson is already making his presence felt.
Zion Williamson came into the NBA with the weight of the world on his shoulders and very few people expected him to live up to the lofty expectations thrust upon him. When you're the number one overall pick, people expect a lot out of you and with Williamson, that was no different. After sustaining a knee injury prior to the start of the season, there was this fear that Zion would be a bust. Just a month ago, Zion finally came back into the Pelicans lineup and he has been on a tear ever since.
Last night, Williamson helped propel the Pelicans to a win over the Golden State Warriors as he scored 28 points. Perhaps his best highlight was immediately after missing a free throw. In the clip below, Williamson gets his own rebound, misses the put-back, rips the ball away from Damion Lee, and scores before being fouled.
It was an incredible play that speaks to just how good Williamson has been this season. Zion has all of the strength in the world and it's clear that some teams don't know how to properly play against him yet. To be fair, this happened against the Warriors who haven't exactly been an NBA-caliber team this year.
Regardless, Williamson is already looking like a superstar and you can't help but just marvel at his athleticism.