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Jordan foot injuries tell Sixers about Embiid

Monday, June 28th, 2010

When the 76ers selected Joel Embiid with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft last week, Jeff Van Gundy reacted with the same serenity of mind and acceptance of risk that his friend and former colleague had exhibited in making the pick.

As the Houston Rockets’ head coach from 2003 to 2007, Van Gundy had worked alongside Sam Hinkie, a member of the team’s front office for the final two years of Van Gundy’s tenure. The two bore witness to the rise of Yao Ming into basketball’s most dominant center and the game’s greatest global force, and before the Rockets fired him, Van Gundy saw how Yao’s career began to crumble because of the same injury that Embiid suffered just before the draft: a navicular stress fracture, a break of a weight bearing bone in the foot.

Nevertheless, Van Gundy understood why Hinkie, the Sixers general manager, was willing to bank on Embiid’s recovery. Cheap Jerseys from china It’s the same reason that Hinkie will never regret his decision and that despite the Bill Waltons and Greg Odens and other big men whose feet and legs broke down and betrayed them no one should criticize him for it. If your aim is to push your franchise from irrelevance to greatness, then you take a chance on Embiid’s singular combination of size, skill, and coordination. You take a chance on the player who had been the draft’s consensus No. 1 pick, and you don’t second guess yourself.

“Overall, the risk isn’t in taking him to me. The risk would have been in not taking him,” Van Gundy said in a phone interview. “Here’s my thing: Even if you knew this going in, would you take seven years of greatness or 12 years of mediocrity? It’s not just longevity. It’s longevity, but it’s also: How great can you be?”

That question cuts to the core of Hinkie’s plan for rebuilding the Sixers, and after news leaked out that Embiid had broken his right foot and would have surgery, Hinkie couldn’t help but remember the promise and disappointment of Yao’s years with the Rockets. He started his staff on a crash course in navicular fractures, tracking down surgeons and specialists and studies, gathering information on why they happen, which athletes have healed and returned to form, and which haven’t.

“The sad truth is you don’t find big samples for any of these things,” Hinkie said. “Look for studies of 7 foot, 20 year old basketball players from Africa with a particular break in their foot. That’s challenging. There aren’t a lot of those. So you end up trying to triangulate from lots of different areas.”

So how much importance should Hinkie have attached to his and Van Gundy’s experience with Yao, or to Michael Jordan’s recovery from his navicular fracture in 1985? Those are the two most familiar cases to study in the NBA, but which one is the better model for what might happen to Embiid, for how coach Brett Brown should handle Embiid’s practice and playing time, for how Embiid can minimize the pounding and damage that his 7 foot, 250 pound body might inflict on his feet? Does such a model even exist?

Take Yao. At 7 6, he took care to keep himself between 300 and 305 pounds and at 3 percent to 4 percent body fat so that he carried as little unnecessary weight as possible. And for a six year stretch, he averaged 20.3 points and 9.5 rebounds a game, meeting every measure of the hype that accompanied his arrival from China in 2002. In retrospect, Van Gundy lamented his inability to quell Yao’s unflagging work ethic, to rest him even more than he did. Maybe then Yao would have appeared in more than 48 games in ‘06 07 Van Gundy’s final season with the Rockets. Maybe then, he would have lasted longer than nine years in the NBA.

“But then, he wouldn’t have been the player he was, either,” Van Gundy said. “You have to keep him in rhythm so he can play well. That’s the fine line you’re always trying to walk.”

Jordan’s was an altogether different situation. His fracture was diagnosed in an era before the MRI had become a common sports medicine tool, and it was treated without surgery, his truncated 1985 86 season just an early rite of passage in his ascendance into legend. Jordan was also shorter and slimmer than either Yao or Embiid, but Stan James, one of the orthopedists who examined him, said that although body type might play a role in a navicular fracture, “we really don’t know what causes it.”

That truth can hardly be heartening for anyone who wants a guarantee about Embiid’s future, but those kinds of assurances don’t exist and may not for years. Hinkie and the Sixers made an educated bet on an incandescent talent, and now all they can do is stay patient and perhaps hang on to one small reason for hope.

James, who is based at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics Sports Medicine in Eugene, Ore., is in the early stages of a study that, he said, might reveal how “dysfunction in the mechanics of the foot” leads to navicular fractures. clevelandbrownsjerseys If James and his colleagues confirm their findings, they could determine which athletes might tend toward the injury and how best to treat it.

“That would be the ultimate goal,” he said.

It’s too late, of course, to save Jeff Van Gundy’s career in Houston or Yao Ming’s in basketball. But on behalf of Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown, and the rest of the Sixers organization, here are two words for James and his research team:

Kings are close

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Kings are running much closer now.  However you will get many more hook-ups at about the 10 mile mark.  Look for structure and fish the edges.

Flounder and Reds

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The menhaden are plentiful and right now that is what they are liking the most.  The mullet are still a little small.  Flounder are being caught on dropping tides in creek mouths and deep channels.  Redfish are are being caught in the mix as well.  Bluefish are also being caught best on the rising tides.  Get your live shrimp at the store and have a great day of fishing.

building materials unwise choices

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

building materials unwise choices

Hair bird. Hair sparrow. These are two old names for the chipping sparrow, a species that frequently lines the inner cup of its nest with mammal hair.

A century ago, when most farms and rural homes had horses, the hair birds had a definite preference for the long, stiff hairs from the manes and tails of horses. If horsehair was scarce, there was always hair from cattle, deer, raccoons, dogs and even humans.

But sometimes there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. When horse hairs are too long (especially tail hairs) they are not always woven tightly into the nest. The slack in a long hair bulges out like a loop or an end dangles out several inches. The hair becomes a snare with the potential to trap or strangle both young and old birds.canada goose jacket

Small flocks of chipping sparrows (now named for their simple, single pitched “chip chip chip chip chip” trill of a song) show up at feeders this time of year. Some will remain to nest (usually in evergreen trees like red cedar) near open woodlands with grass growing under the trees.

If you offer horse hair and other nesting materials like yarn, string and twine to the birds, as suggested in last week’s column, make sure you cut the materials into lengths shorter than 5 or 6 inches. One well intentioned experiment in offering man made nest materials ended in tragedy because pieces of string were cut too long. A pair of Baltimore orioles in New York wove about 75 feet of white string (cut in 12 inch lengths) into their large hanging nest. Later, the orange and black male was strangled by a loop in the string. The string was too long to be woven tightly into the nest.

For years I’ve heard the suggestion to save clothes dryer lint and put it out for the birds in the spring. Although it feels soft, warm and fuzzy, clothes dryer lint can be a poor selection for a bird’s nest.

“Never set out dryer lint for nesting birds,” according to Laura Erickson in her book “101 Ways to Help Birds” (Stackpole Press). Laura says, “Although the soft, fluffy lint feels suitable both to us and to birds, after it gets wet and then dries, it becomes brittle and crumbly and could cause a nest to fall apart.”

In this book, which is full of many wonderful suggestions on things you can do to help birds, Laura says, “Fostering spiders in your yard is useful because many birds utilize spider silk in their nests.”

The first bird I always think of that uses spider silk is the ruby throated hummingbird. A female hummer gathers yards of spider silk to attach her nest to a limb and secure the nesting materials. If you leave spiderwebs alone, they will make your yard more desirable to nesting hummingbirds. Hummers eat spiders along with small insects caught in the webs.

The first week in April is the time to put out your hummingbird feeders. The nectar formula is 1 cup table sugar to 4 cups water. Bring to a gentle boil for a few minutes to dissolve the sugar. Allow mixture to cool before filling feeders. Red dye is not necessary.

breast implants removed

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

breast implants removed

My Breast Implants Slowly Poisoned Me Intolerance to foods and beverages, unexplained back pain, constant neck and shoulder pain, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), stunted hair growth, incapacitating fatigue, burning bladder pain, low immunity, recurring infections and problems with my thyroid and adrenals. The mildest of those symptoms started a few years back. The aches, the bladder pain, brain fog, fatigue. I ignored it, labeling myself a hypochondriac, despite truly worrying that there was something wrong with me. I joked about losing my memory to age, and about getting I began to cancel appointments and shoots because everything exhausted me. Before everything went downhill I was at the gym five days a week, and always shooting and working. I had days in 2016 when I couldn get out of bed. I’ve felt such despair knowing life was happening all around me but I couldn’t participate. I had to miss my Summer DJ residency at my favorite Vegas spot, the Rehab pool at The Hard Rock Hotel. The fatigue was so severe that I could barely leave the house or drive. I was afraid to get up there in front of a crowd and go blank with brain fog. I had a bunch of spare photos that have enabled me to stay active on social media for the last six months. I’ve tried to keep a facade of normalcy while working to figure out what was going on with my body. Once I became allergic to most every food, had intolerable pain, developed stomach issues and night sweats, I began to research. I found a holistic doctor (Dr. Farshid Rahbar) and was tested for everything. After I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and toxic mold, I posted about it on social media. I began to receive comments saying that my symptoms resembled Implant Illness. I found a Breast Implant Illness website and Facebook group with almost 3,000 members. My symptoms matched theirs. Over time, implants (both silicone and saline) break down and wreak havoc on your body. The shell on silicone and saline implants is comprised of silicone and over 40 other toxic chemicals.

Crystal posted a photo of herself lying in a hospital bed at The Feng Clinic in Ohio, and captioned it, Breast Implants Slowly Poisoned Me. then began to reel off a long list of side affects she believes were caused by her implants.

to foods and beverages, unexplained back pain, constant neck and shoulder pain, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), stunted hair growth, incapacitating fatigue, burning bladder pain, low immunity, recurring infections and problems with my thyroid and adrenals, she explained.cheap jerseys

The 30 year old claims she began suffering from aches and pains few years back but she ignored the ailments, putting things like memory loss down to ageing.

However, when severe fatigue left her struggling to get out of bed, making her cancel modelling shoots and other business appointments, Crystal turned to medics for help to identify her illness.

In March, Crystal announced she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease, a tick borne bacterial infection, but after describing her health problems on social media, followers began linking her issues to her breast augmentation.

She continued, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and toxic mold, I posted about it on social media. I began to receive comments saying that my symptoms resembled Implant Illness. I found a Breast Implant Illness website and Facebook group with almost 3,000 members. My symptoms matched theirs. reveals at the height of her struggles, she kept up appearances online by periodically posting old snaps, but she went under the knife in June to remove her implants and immediately began seeing an improvement in her health.

I noticed my neck and shoulder pain was gone and I could breathe much better, she said, before admitting she has a long road ahead. know I won feel 100% overnight. My implants took 8 years to make me this sick, so I know it will take time to feel better. I also have other illnesses to address, but with the toxic bags removed, my immune system can focus on what it needs to. isn the only celebrity to experience breast implant issues former runway beauty Yolanda Foster, mother of models Bella and Gigi Hadid, had similar surgery earlier this year after her doctors discovered silicone had been leaking from her implants. The 52 year old has also previously been diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Mahi Heating Up

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Mahi have moved closer.  They are being caught about the 25m mark.  Should make good fishing for the tournaments this weekend.

Blues and Spanish are right near beach

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Troll  just off beach for the best bite.  A 5.7lb Spanish caught by Andy Everhart yesterday.  A few large Kings are being caught on the piers.

Flounders, Red & Sheephead

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Small flounder are being caught in the waterway now.  Occasional 4 to 5 lb.  Red Drum are starting to bite strong now as well.  Sheephead being caught near structure as well.  A few black drum here and there.