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Report: Michael Porter Jr. Pain-Free After Second Back Surgery

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Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. said he’s pain-free after a second surgery on his back, and the 14th overall pick in the 2018 draft is hoping to be on the court near the start of the 2018-19 season.

Porter told ESPN on Sunday at the NBA’s annual rookie photo shoot that, “I finally feel, like, good,” and he is hoping to be ready for game action around the time the season tips in mid-October.

Porter underwent a microdiscectomy in November 2017 that repaired one of two bulging disks in his back. He underwent a second spinal surgery in July, and the Nuggets did not announce a timetable for his return to basketball activities.

“[Doctors originally] only thought one of [the bulging disks] was symptomatic,” said Porter. “They went in and fixed that one. Turns out that both were symptomatic. So my first surgery helped a lot but didn’t fix the entire problem. Now that they did this one, I’ve got no pain or anything. I’m excited.”

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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Report: Rodney Hood Suffers Torn Left Achilles

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MRI confirms Rodney Hood has a torn left Achilles tendon.

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Source: Portland Trail Blazers on Twitter

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Sources: Knicks Fire David Fizdale, Name Mike Miller Interim Head Coach

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As the franchise spirals with a ruddlerless roster, the New York Knicks fired coach David Fizdale on Friday.

The Knicks lost eight straight games, including a 129-92 loss to Denver on Thursday night that dropped the team to an Eastern Conference-worst 4-18, which is tied for the worst record in franchise history.

The Knicks are naming assistant Mike Miller as the interim head coach, per league sources.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Multiple Cavaliers Players Frustrated with John Beilein

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In the midst of losses in four consecutive games and 10 of their past 11, Cavaliers players are bristling at new coach John Beilein because he’s treating this season like they, and he, are still in college, numerous sources told The Athletic.

It’s already gotten to the point where players are looking past Beilein to his lead assistant, J.B. Bickerstaff, for guidance, those sources said.

“Guys drowned out his voice, and when guys start searching for the next in line for help, I believe you’ve lost them,” one Cavs player said.

“The little things become big things, and sometimes very big things,” another player said.

“Our assistants are definitely more prepared for the NBA,” a third said.

Source: Joe Vardon and Shams Charania of The Athletic

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