Recent NBA News and Rumors: Injuries, Contract Extensions, and Bubble Insights

The Milwaukee Bucks will have to be without top performer Jae Crowder for a long time. Head coach Michael Malone is apparently extending his contract with the Denver Nuggets – and Lou Williams has explained why the LA Clippers couldn’t play for the NBA title in the bubble. Current news and rumors.

NBA News: Jae Crowder will be missing from the Milwaukee Bucks for a long time

The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to be without forward Jae Crowder for two months. The veteran suffered a muscle injury to his groin and lower abdominal area on Saturday against the Orlando Magic. He is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday.

“Sports can be brutal sometimes,” said coach Adrian Griffin. “He came into training camp in phenomenal shape – mentally, physically and attitude-wise – and is incredibly important to our goals.”

The 33-year-old averaged 8.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in the first nine games of the season, shooting 53 percent from the field and 52 percent from the three-point line. Crowder joined the team via trade last season. “He will be back,” emphasized Griffin. “He’ll be back before the playoffs to get his rhythm back.”

NBA News: Head Coach Michael Malone extends contract with Denver Nuggets

After winning the title with the Denver Nuggets last season, Michael Malone will become one of the highest-paid coaches in the league. According to ESPN, the 52-year-old has agreed to a contract extension with the team.

He has now been in charge of the Nuggets for over eight years and is currently the coach with the longest tenure after Gregg Popovich (Spurs), Erik Spoelstra (Heat) and Steve Kerr (Warriors). Under his leadership, the Nuggets have a regular season record of 375-272.

NBA News: Lou Williams explains Clippers bankruptcy in the bubble

Due to the corona pandemic, the final phase of the 2019/20 NBA season, including the playoffs, took place in the so-called “bubble” in Florida – in the end, the Los Angeles Lakers secured the title. The LA Clippers were the No. 2 seed in the West and won their first round game against the Mavericks (4-2), but then lost to the Nuggets (3-4).

The then Clipper Lou Williams now spoke in the podcast “From The Point” von Trae Young about the reasons for the early departure. “We didn’t really want to go,” he explained. “Mentally we didn’t have the right attitude.” He himself was in the sealed bubble for a total of 97 days “and on day 67 I just wanted to leave. Mentally, we didn’t have the long-term goal in mind, but we ended up with the pot of gold [des Regenbogens] not seen.”

The fact that the value of a title was questioned in the bubble didn’t help: “We heard the murmurs that no one would respect this title, so we took our foot off the gas.”

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2023-11-14 10:40:00
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