Kevin Garnett is expected to miss his 15th game in the past 19 tomorrow nightÂ when the Celtics host Charlotte, and the notion continues to grow that the state of the forwardâ€™s knee is worse than initially thought. But Danny Ainge continued to insist yesterday that the initial diagnosis of a strained right knee muscle hasnâ€™t changed. â€œNothing has changed from our initial diagnosis to where we are now,â€ said the Celtics president of basketball operations. â€œWeâ€™re just being cautious.â€Â
D-League: The D-Fenders have signed 34-year forward Othella Harrington, who has played for five teams over the course of a 12-year NBA career. Harrington has not worn a NBA uniform since last year, when he played 22 games with the Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds. Harrington was part of an illustrious line of post players developed by Coach John Thompson at Georgetown, following the path traversed by Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning.Â
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While theÂ LakersÂ were in Atlanta preparing for what would be an 86-76 loss to theÂ HawksÂ on Sunday, Bynum was in Los Angeles mingling at a pajamas and lingerie party after the Playboy Golf Finals. Wearing a green smoking jacket and slippers, Bynum, whose injury status is generating daily headlines in Los Angeles, partied like a rock star near the infamous grotto. He picked up Playmate Nicole Narain and placed her on his shoulders and got somebody to take a picture with his digital camera. Upper-body strength, check. He hopped over a velvet rope near the DJ booth so he could take a picture with Narain and other Playmates who ended up sitting on his lap. Jumping ability, check.
He doesn’t love it — that much is clear. But if what he said Sunday is truly how he feels, thenÂ Allen IversonÂ is going to do everything in his power to make this coming-off-the-bench thing work. “You know, a person with my resume and all the things I’ve done in this league, to be coming off the bench, I just thought that would be tough for me mentally,” he said, after returning to theÂ PistonsÂ for the first time since Feb. 25 and scoring eight points in theÂ PistonsÂ 101-97 victory over the76ers. “I know I can get through the whole thing physically, but mentally it was tough for me. “But I just thought about the big picture and that’s helping my teammates get wins. The more I thought about that, the more I relished the challenge of coming off the bench.”
The team announced earlier today that Posey will travel with the team on their upcoming three-game road trip, but will not suit up or play for the Hornets. Posey injured his elbow in the team’s 103-93 loss to the New York Knicks this past Friday. Posey banged his elbow in the game and the joint swelled up. Posey received an MRI on the elbow and the team said they will re-evaluate the injury after the team returns from their road trip. Head Coach Byron Scott said the initial MRI did not show any serious damage.
“He has some swelling,” Scott said. “I don’t know the medical terminology for it but I guess he has a strain basically. I guess it’ strained and inflamed I guess because it was obvious when he tried to move it whereÂ he was showing me itÂ was hurting.”