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No. 10 Florida loses F Prather for several games

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No. 10 Florida loses F Prather for several games

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Casey Prather is the latest Florida player on the mend.

Prather will be out 10 to 14 days, including Thursday's game at Texas A&M, after sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Saturday's win at LSU. Prather, a junior averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds, was wearing a walking boot on his left foot and using crutches Monday.

The 10th-ranked Gators (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) already are dealing with injuries to guard Mike Rosario, guard Scottie Wilbekin, forward Erik Murphy and forward Will Yeguete.

Rosario sat out Saturday's game with a sprained left ankle, but has been cleared to practice and play. Wilbekin (finger) and Murphy (rib) are playing with broken bones, and Yeguete is getting more tests to see if there are more issues than tendinitis in his right knee.

``A team that's able to bounce back and play a really good game with some of their best players out, that shows a lot about their team,'' center Pat Young said. ``Just wait until we have everybody healthy. Hopefully, later in the season we won't have any injuries affecting us.''

With all the injuries hampering Florida, Prather started the last games and played well.

It seemed like a turning point for his season, which got off to a slow start. Prather missed the first four games because of a concussion sustained in practice. And in his first few minutes on the court against UCF in November, he busted his lip and needed stiches.

``Can't get out of the way, right?'' coach Billy Donovan said. ``He started the year with the concussions and it took him a while to get in the flow and then, you know, he's been playing really good basketball. ... So it's unfortunate that he's had to deal with some different things throughout the course of his career. But thank God it's not a severe high-ankle sprain where you're out for a month to six weeks. It's something hopefully he can get back.''

Yeguete's injury could linger the longest. Yeguete is averaging 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds, and is the team's best post defender.

Donovan said the junior will have X-Rays on Monday to see if there is anything else that is causing inflammation in his knee.

``Whether or not it's anything more than that, we'll have to wait and see,'' Donovan said. ``I think the first diagnosis by our trainer and our doctor is that it was tendinitis. It could be more than that. What? I don't know.''

Rosario, second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points a game, also had X-rays Monday to see how his ankle is progressing. Donovan hopes he will be able to play against the Aggies.

Nonetheless, injuries have been the dominate story line for Florida this season.

Only senior guard Kenny Boynton has started every game this season. Despite using six different starting combinations and playing without several key guys at times, the Gators are outscoring opponents by an average of 21.6 points.

``I think this team does a good job pushing through injuries and pain,'' Young said.

4.26.18: Rick Horrow sits down with Jeff Conroy, Chairman and Co-founder of Embody

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4.26.18: Rick Horrow sits down with Jeff Conroy, Chairman and Co-founder of Embody

Rick Horrow The Sports Professor sits down for an exclusive interview with Jeff Conroy. He breaks down the business of the NFL Draft and more from the $1 trillion-dollar business of sports in this week's 'Beyond The Scoreboard' with Rick Horrow.

By Rick Horrow

Podcast editor: Tanner Simkins

Guest info: Jeff Conry - Chairman / Co-founder, Embody. Embody is a medical company developing regenerative medical devices for the repair of tendon and ligament injuries, specifically the achilles tendon and rotator cuff tendon.

Listen to the full podcast here.

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum has a theory that may sound familiar to Wizards fans. The star shooting guard now hosts a podcast and said on his most recent episode that he could see DeMarcus Cousins teaming up with John Wall in Washington.

McCollum's Blazers happened to lose in the first round to Cousins' Pelicans, though Cousins did not play in the series due to injury. Now, McCollum has offered thoughts on his future.

Here is what McCollum said about Cousins potentially going to Washington on his Pull Up podcast, as transcribed by SLAM Magazine:

"No slight against the homie. I think he’s a very, very good player. But you just have to look at the team roster and try to figure out what’s best for that roster moving forward...

“I think team success, playoff success, factors in to decision-making with personnel moving forward. Obviously, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, AD will have input on what they decide to do going forward. So that’s something to keep an eye out on in the free agency.

“And if that is the case, Boogie would jump out in to the market as a free agent and be a very hot commodity, and could potentially team up with the Washington Wizards.

“You heard it here first. You heard that here first. You know that Kentucky connection, man. I could see that happening. That’s just something to think about going forward.”

The funny part of those quotes is that McCollum said "you heard it here first." Wizards fans, of course, have been banging that drum since, oh, 2010 when the two were drafted.

As it has often been throughout the last eight years, a reunion of Wall and Cousins is unlikely. Yes, Cousins is expected to hit free agency, but the Wizards currently do not have the money to sign him. They are in the luxury tax and would have to move some big contracts to make room.

Cousins is also coming off a torn Achilles injury. That creates major questions about his future and how much money teams will offer him. 

If healthy, Cousins would fit nicely with the Wizards who will need to get younger at the center position at some point. It just doesn't seem like a good bet given all the factors in play. 

You can listen to McCollum's full podcast here.

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