Update: Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) stated, “I’m not 100-percent ready to run full speed," but insists he will be fine for Friday. He also added, “I’ve been pitching through it for a while. As long as I don’t have to run, it feels good to pitch.”
Obviously you'd like to see him at 100-percent, but even during the week leading up to the All Star break, when reports first appeared regarding his hamstring, he still performed up to task. You'd like to hope that attempting to pitch through this injury won't make it worse in the end but it's simply a risk you're going to have to take. He's a fierce competitor and he was already upset about missing time early in the season. If he can pitch through it, he will. Continue to keep him in your lineup, business as usual. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Kobe Bryant is still unsure if 2015-16 will be his final season in the NBA.
“We haven’t set anything in stone and I’ve talked about it before. But could this be the last [season]? Absolutely," Bryant told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. "It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions." In a nutshell, Kobe said that he won't be able to make a decision until after the season. He wants to see how much he enjoys playing still and the only time to make that determination is after the season comes to a close. It looks like this will annoyingly drag out all season and all of next summer. Analysis: Howard Bender
Ameer Abdullah is apparently impressing during the early stages of training camp.
Abdullah has been turning heads since being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Lions' see him as the second coming of Reggie Bush in Joe Lombardi's offensive system. If that is true, he'll get the ball on average 10.5 times per game but most expect that number to be the bare minimum for Abdullah's rookie-year. The ADP on Ameer has him getting selected in the sixth round of most drafts. Analysis: Drew Phelps