Andrew Bogut had surgery on his right hand on Tuesday and will need six weeks before he can fully begin rehab.
Bogut has kept up good spirits throughout this unfortunate ordeal. He wrote that Amare Stoudemire isn’t to blame, and added, “I will bounce back from this! Please keep supporting us, its a team game! Go Bucks!” He should be healthy and rested by the time the 2010-11 season rolls around.
Elsewhere around the NBA:
Cleveland: LeBron James is dealing with a sore left elbow and other minor ailments, and has made it clear that he wants some rest in the next five games. The Cleveland Cavaliers have clinched the league’s best record (and home court throughout the playoffs), so there is no reason to push any of the starters.
Dallas: Jason Kidd confirmed that he won’t play in the World Championships, but he plans to be “working with the coaching staff and hanging out with Coach K.”
Kidd helped Team USA win gold in Sydney in 2000 and Beijing in 2008, and he’s a perfect 56-0 in his Olympic career (including exhibitions and qualifiers). This doesn’t mean that he’s done with all international competitions, but it’s a good possibility.
Miami: Jermaine O’Neal (hyperextended right knee) will return to practice this week, and he might even play Wednesday vs. Philadelphia. “The swelling is almost completely gone,” said O’Neal. “Strength-wise … I’m probably at like 90 percent.” Miami has won four straight without him (eight overall) so there’s no real urgency — we’ll get a better feel for his status after he tests his knee on Tuesday.
Denver: The Denver Nuggets are hoping that Kenyon Martin will practice on Tuesday after being out for a month with patellar tendinitis in his left knee. “All I know is he was on the court today,” said acting head coach Adrian Dantley. “It’s Kenyon’s decision. When he says he’s feeling good, that’s when he’ll practice. That’s when he’ll play.” Denver isn’t going to rush him into action, so we’re still not expecting him to offer much before the playoffs.
Phoenix: Robin Lopez (back) went through a light workout on Monday, but there is still no timetable for his return. “Today was the first day. It was good,” Lopez said, but he wouldn’t commit on whether he’ll return before the end of the regular season. “I don’t know. We’ll see,” he said. “I can’t really say anything about my timetable. It differs from person to person.”
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