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What in the hell happened to Gilbert Arenas? At one point this guy was one of the rising young stars in the NBA, but he now has lost an entire season to gun charges, and was also suspended already for faking an injury. However, this time he doesn't have to fake it as shortly after he entered the Wiz preseason game, Arenas left with an injured groin. There isn't a timetable for Arenas to return to action, but it doesn't seem like this should stop him from being ready for the opener. He is a total wild card though with his checkered past as he could be a guy suspended/traded/benched at any time.
LeBron James no longer has "muscle cramps", he now has tightness in his hamstring. James missed the Heat's last preseason game, but I can guarantee now that if this was the regular season that he would play through this and be the best player in fantasy basketball. Many times players have problems with muscles like hammies that aren't used to the work they get from actually playing games. Please don't discount James at all in your drafts this year because of this.
Kobe Bryant continues to recover from offseason knee surgery and after playing limited in the Lakers' last preseason game, he was back at practice on Thursday and seems like while he will be in there for the start of the year, he could be somewhat limited in the first week or two of the season. Kobe is still one of the top two or three players in the NBA and even if he gets off to a slow start his numbers will be there when the year finishes and you just have to stay patient to start the year.
Antawn Jamison sprained his knee in Thursday's preseason game against San Antonio, and had to be helped from the floor. Jamison has also been dealing with tendonitis in the knee, but it seems as if he will be ok to begin the season. He should have a much larger role in the scoring in Cleveland with LeBron James gone, and his fantasy value should be much higher than it was last season.
Andrew Bogut looks to make his preseason debut on Saturday after not appearing in the preseason so far, recovering from a myriad of injuries from a fall last season that messed up his elbow, wrist, and hand. He is a great player to have in rotisserie leagues as not only does he have center eligibility, but basically contributes to every category and while he doesn't excel at any one category, he does offer a lot in fantasy. Bogut hasn't played a full season since his rookie year, so be careful of him getting injured, but overall he is a very useful fantasy player.
Tony Parker did not travel to Cleveland for the Spurs preseason game with the Cavs after tweaking his ankle against the Clippers on Tuesday night. This appears to be just precaution and Parker should be fine when the Spurs start the season, and in a contract year when he obviously isn't happy in San Antonio, Parker could be in for a huge season.
Pistons' Tracy McGrady will be sitting out some preseason games after trying to regain the strength in his legs, still recovering from microfracture surgery more than a year ago. He hasn't played since the preseason opener, but feels like he is getting stronger and should be ready in some capacity to open the season. McGrady is obviously not nearly the player he once was, but still has the chance to have an impact on your fantasy team. Given his injury problems in recent years he basically can be taken in the second half of drafts and perform like a pick from the first five rounds if all goes well. It is a long shot with McGrady, but if available he is worth a flier with one of your last couple of picks.
Talking Hoops: The Home Stretch
Talking Hoops: Week 23 Pickups
Talking Hoops: Injury Parade
Talking Hoops: Week 22 Pickups
Talking Hoops: Week 21 Roster Adjustment Options
Talking Hoops: Week 20
Talking Hoops: Week 19 Roster Adjustmemts
Talking Hoops: Post Trade Deadline Waiver Candidates
Talking Hoops: Trade Deadline
Talking Hoops: Southwest Division @ Midseason
Talking Hoops: Pacific Division @ Midseason
Talking Hoops: Northwest Division @ Midseason
Talking Hoops-All Star Weekend
Talking Hoops: Southeast Division @ Midseason
Rising Stars Challenge- Keeper League Dream Team
Grizzlies Finally Trade Rudy Gay
Talking Hoops: Central Division Mid-Season
Projecting All-Star Reserves: Western Conference
Projecting All-Star Reserves: Eastern Conference
Talking Hoops: Atlantic Division Mid Season