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Hawks’ John Collins To Miss Several More Weeks

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Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins is expected to miss several more weeks of action due to a nagging ankle injury, with a projected return to the court slated for early November, according to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Collins has missed the first three games of the regular season and he underwent a non-surgical procedure, categorized as an injection, earlier this month, but it has not helped him return to the court.

Collins was named to the All-Rookie second team last season, and is one of the Hawks’ building blocks of the future.

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Vince Carter Returning for 22nd NBA Season

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Vince Carter isn’t ready to call it a career just yet.

Carter announced that he will be returning for a 22nd season in the NBA next season, although his future with the Atlanta Hawks remains up in the air.

Carter announced his intentions next season during an appearance on
the latest episode of the Winging It podcast, (h/t the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore).

Carter had stated that he was “90 percent” sure he would retire following the 2018-2019 season, which he wrote in an entry with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated back in April 2018.

Carter appeared on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption back in March and stated he might have another season left in him:

Carter averaged 7.4 points per game for the Hawks last season.

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Hawks’ Kent Bazemore To Miss At Least Two Weeks

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The Atlanta Hawks will be without swingman Kent Bazemore, who will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a right ankle sprain, according to a team announcement.

While Bazemore’s absence won’t make a huge impact on the outcome of the Hawks’ season, who have struggled this season, it will make an impact on their flexibility around the trade deadline as the team will lose a valuable trade chip.

Bazemore has been enjoying a career year this season, averaging 14.0 ppg and 4.0 rebounds to go along with 2.6 assists for Atlanta this season.

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Hawks’ Vince Carter Won’t Enter Slam Dunk Contest

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While NBA fans are pushing for it, Atlanta Hawks veteran guard, and former Slam Dunk Champion, Vince Carter will not be entering this season’s Slam Dunk Content during the NBA All-Star weekend festivities.

“I don’t think about doing it,” Carter said, during an appearance on The Ringer’s “Winging It”podcast (h/t John Chick of TheScore). “We all … go back and talk about the dunk contest from 2000 and what it did for people and where you were and all of that, and I know what it did for me. So I feel like to taint it, 18-19 years later, why?”

Carter had one of the most legendary performances in the Slam Dunk competition back in 2000, in which he put on an absolute display en route to winning the contest.

“I think if I step on the court for someone to see a dunk, the first thing you’re going to think about is 2000,” Carter continued. “And you’re gonna compare that to 18-19 years later. And that’s just too much time in between. What that did for me then, I don’t ever want to tarnish it. And I feel like going out there, I’m just trying to relive something that should be left alone. Just like when we think some of our classic movies, like let’s not reboot or remake, let’s just leave it alone.”

Age is likely the reason Carter would opt to stay out.

“(In 2000) it didn’t matter, I could dunk fresh off the bus, off the plane,” Carter said. “Now, meh, not so much.”

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