Dwyane Wade game-time decision vs. Lakers; Doug McDermott still out with concussion

Dwyane Wade game-time decision vs. Lakers; Doug McDermott still out with concussion

Dwyane Wade is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers and Doug McDermott’s lack of progress from his concussion will force him to miss his seventh straight game.

Wade has a fractured root of a tooth that had to be extracted Tuesday and wasn’t present at shootaround, as Fred Hoiberg said he’ll be evaluated before game time. Apparently it occurred Tuesday and Wade had the procedure shortly thereafter.

As for McDermott, he’s been cleared for non-contact but not much else and it appears this concussion — his second in a young season — is taking longer than his first concussion.

His face hit the floor on a dunk attempt Nov. 12 against the Wizards and he hasn’t returned to action since. Hoiberg said there isn’t a model for the team to follow as far as when it can expect McDermott back.

“I don’t think so. Every case is individualized,” Hoiberg said. “You look at it based on what their symptoms are and Doug unfortunately has had two of them in the early portion of this season. So he’s not quite ready yet. Talking to our team doctor, he’ll continue to get treatments and continue to get evaluated on a daily basis. Hopefully we get him back soon.”

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Hoiberg said McDermott will go through another workout before the game and perhaps there will be an update about when he can take contact again.

“I think the important thing is making progress,” Hoiberg said. “He’s passed steps of the concussion protocol, he just hasn’t passed all of them. Until he completes the protocol he will not be cleared for contact. The hope is he continues to get better and makes progress on a daily basis. In his mind he wants to get out there. In our doctors’ opinion he’s just not ready.”

McDermott suffered his first concussion against Brooklyn on Oct. 31, causing him to miss the next game against Boston on Nov. 2. Hoiberg said he doesn’t think the events surrounding the first concussion is playing a part on how this one is being handled, but two in a span of two weeks is nothing to overlook.

The NBA’s handling of concussions dictate a player must pass a battery of tests to display competency before being allowed to return to various forms of action. McDermott was seen shooting around after practice Monday and Tuesday and Hoiberg said his spirits have been better since the team has returned from the circus trip.

Hoiberg has had experiences with concussions but said even he can’t impart his experiences onto the small forward, because of the protocol that’s been in place the past five years.

“It is important to communicate with Doug but it’s a different era,” Hoiberg said. “It’s hard to compare what I went through or Randy Brown or Pete. The protocol is different. It’s about keeping him positive.”

NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules


NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?


Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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