Michael Porter Jr. Injury, Zion FAQs, Striped Hornets and more


With an evening off for the Chicago Bulls on the slate tonight, it’s a good time to check out some of the other NBA events both on and off the field in our latest edition of, Around the Association.

• It’s never too early to start thinking about what the 2022 NBA free agent class might look like, especially with Chicago now a legitimate destination for NBA stars. John hollinger provides an overview of the upcoming class in his last story at The Athletic.

• Imagine being a Sacramento Kings fan right now…

• After a 6-11 start and seven of eight losses that resulted in Luke Walton being fired, the Sacramento Kings dropped another clunker on Monday night when they lost to the 76ers at home in their first game under the led by interim head coach Alvin Gentry. .

• If the Kings hit the reset button and sell coins like they probably should, sign me up for a Marvin Bagley III at a discounted price. He could help provide the Bulls with the necessary depth in the big department.

• Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. is struggling with a nervous problem in his back that could put his season in jeopardy, according to a report by Mike Singer of the Denver Post. The 23-year-old has already had two back surgeries, one in college and one after being drafted in 2018, costing him his entire rookie season.

• Porter Jr. hasn’t played since Nov. 6, when he looked visibly hampered in that failed layup against the Houston Rockets. The 2018 first round missed eight games while undergoing treatment, but he could expect a much longer absence if it is indeed a back problem requiring surgery.

• The Charlotte Hornets have been playing some pretty good basketball lately, winning six of their last seven games, including a 109-103 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. The Hornets pushed their record to 11-8 on the season after starting 5-7, and of course, just in time for a clash with the Bulls next week in which we’ll see the Ball brothers face off at United Center. Monday evening.

• Ja Morant GONE for the Grizzlies on Monday night!

• Morant’s 12-of-12 shooting performance in the third quarter and his 32 points, seven assists and four rebounds were enough to fuel a 119-108 victory at Memphis over the Utah Jazz in a rematch of their series first round in the 2021 NBA playoffs. Memphis have won three of their last four games.

• I’ve never been a fan of Dancing With the Stars or Iman Shumpert for that matter, but if any of those things are your cup of tea, Shumpert was crowned the winner of the Celebrity Long Night of Dance on Monday. evening. Shumpert became the first former NBA player to win the competition.

• Brian Windhorst and Andrew Lopez attempted to answer some of the questions regarding Zion Williamson in their recent column on ESPN. Williamson is yet to play a game for the Pelicans this season as he recovers from foot surgery, but repeated delays and sloppy deadlines have made this story a weird one from the start.

• Sanctions were imposed for the altercation on the pitch between LeBron James and Isaiah Stewart on Sunday:

• I’ll leave you with this – I’m no fashion expert, but this Kyle Kuzma wardrobe pick was, uh, interesting.


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