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Danny Granger knee issues history

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  • Ace E.Anderson
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by naptownmenace View Post
    That tweet has me a little worried. Tendonosis can reoccur if I'm understanding the injury correctly and a torn Patellar tendon could be the result. Mike Dunleavy and Caron Butler have suffered torn Patellar tendons and it took them at least 18 months before they got back to full strength but they are still shells of their former selves.

    All we can hope for is that Danny doesn't reaggravate or tear the tendon once he comes back.
    Unless I'm misunderstood, Danny took 3 months off in order to avoid putting more strain on the knee and having a patella tendon tear.

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  • naptownmenace
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
    Not sure if anybody got to see this explanation of Danny's injury(please don't shoot me)

    @MikeWellsNBA: Here's an image of Granger's knee injury that the fine graphic folks put together. http://t.co/8zHKjVtd
    That tweet has me a little worried. Tendonosis can reoccur if I'm understanding the injury correctly and a torn Patellar tendon could be the result. Mike Dunleavy and Caron Butler have suffered torn Patellar tendons and it took them at least 18 months before they got back to full strength but they are still shells of their former selves.

    All we can hope for is that Danny doesn't reaggravate or tear the tendon once he comes back.

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  • Anthem
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by MAStamper View Post
    It's dated Nov 7
    Nice. So today's February 7, or exactly 3 months. The Pacers said it would be 3 months, it's been 3 months, Danny's not back yet. Even if Danny comes back 100% healthy, we're gonna hear for the rest of the year that Danny "took longer than expected" to come back from injury.

    I respect the dedication, if nothing else.

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  • Hicks
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by Anthem View Post
    Is this tweet recent?
    It's dated Nov 7

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  • Anthem
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
    Not sure if anybody got to see this explanation of Danny's injury(please don't shoot me)

    @MikeWellsNBA: Here's an image of Granger's knee injury that the fine graphic folks put together. http://t.co/8zHKjVtd
    Is this tweet recent?

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  • vnzla81
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Not sure if anybody got to see this explanation of Danny's injury(please don't shoot me)

    @MikeWellsNBA: Here's an image of Granger's knee injury that the fine graphic folks put together. http://t.co/8zHKjVtd

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  • Nuntius
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by docpaul View Post
    Not sure.

    I think what the 2011 playoffs showed them is that they could advance far without him.

    I think what the 2012 playoffs showed them is that having him back didn't take them to the next level.

    Does this trade help them now? No, but does holding onto someone whose street value was decreasing on a game-to-game basis, who has a cap obliterating contract, and has been showing all kinds of "i'm disengaged" body language during games (at least the 4 I watched this year) help?
    That's true regarding Gay.

    Will it be true regarding Granger? We'll have to wait and see.

    If anything, this season so far has shown us that we cannot beat good teams on the road without Danny.

    Originally posted by docpaul View Post
    Hopefully it's clear that I really like Granger.
    I never said the opposite. I don't think that people who entertain the idea of trading Danny hate him or anything. I get the financial concerns and everything.

    It's only when people go out of the way and blatanly lie to prove their points that we should trade Danny that I start considering that they could "hate" him.

    Originally posted by docpaul View Post
    But when it comes to winning, improving our talent, and being profitable... it requires some semblance of objectivity.

    If he is his usual productive self, and Paul and Lance continue their 2012-2013 productivity... we are set! If not, we are wrong to sit complacent. IMO, Granger would be top on my list to move, as quickly as possible given all of the existing team dynamics.
    As always, we have to wait and see

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  • aamcguy
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by Anthem View Post
    That's a self-portrait. I'm actually Colin Ferguson, closet Pacer fan.

    Actually, he's the unintelligent-but-effective Sheriff in a town full of geniuses. Everybody around him knows more than he does, but a level head and common sense means he's usually the guy saving the day.



    By using that as my avatar for the past seven years, I've been attempting to imply something. But most people haven't gotten the reference. Would probably help if I'd chosen a show anybody watched.
    Eureka's one of my favorite shows of all time. Such a shame Scifi channel (syfy lol) gives all of their good shows the shaft way too early.

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  • Anthem
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by cdash View Post
    I, too, am putting Anthem on ignore. For years upon years, I have been wondering what the hell his avatar photo is. I have never figured it out, and the frustration is too much for me to deal with. It's so damn hard to quit you, Anthem.
    That's a self-portrait. I'm actually Colin Ferguson, closet Pacer fan.

    Actually, he's the unintelligent-but-effective Sheriff in a town full of geniuses. Everybody around him knows more than he does, but a level head and common sense means he's usually the guy saving the day.



    By using that as my avatar for the past seven years, I've been attempting to imply something. But most people haven't gotten the reference. Would probably help if I'd chosen a show anybody watched.
    Last edited by Anthem; 02-01-2013, 01:19 AM.

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  • cdash
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
    Forget it man, I'm not arguing anymore because I don't want to get banned, for the peace of the board I'm going to put you on ignore and I would appreciate if you do the same, good night.
    I, too, am putting Anthem on ignore. For years upon years, I have been wondering what the hell his avatar photo is. I have never figured it out, and the frustration is too much for me to deal with. It's so damn hard to quit you, Anthem.

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  • Anthem
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    I've been trying to find the thread I was referring to in this post:

    Originally posted by Myself
    Are we back to this? I thought you'd been totally shut down on this line of thinking.
    That was the second time I'd posted those numbers this week. I can't find the first time. I remember being frustrated because he just ignored the evidence, then brought up that line of attack in another thread as if it hadn't just been debunked. Can anyone find the original thread?

    EDIT: This isn't it exactly, but it's where this meme started:

    http://www.pacersdigest.com/showthre...=1#post1539667

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  • vnzla81
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by Anthem View Post
    You've posted a bunch of links from 2009, noting that his knee hurt during one year where he hurt his knee. Specifically, his right knee. The knee he's currently sitting because of is his left knee. You've not shown that he has chronic knee problems. In fact, you've shown that he's been quite productive, even when his knees have hurt. Let's review the thread in question:

    http://www.pacersdigest.com/showthre...73#post1575273







    There's no two ways about it, dude. Cdash was right and you were wrong. This thread doesn't prove your point.
    Forget it man, I'm not arguing anymore because I don't want to get banned, for the peace of the board I'm going to put you on ignore and I would appreciate if you do the same, good night.

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  • ilive4sports
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
    You said that they were not knee issues and I prove you wrong, your wrong comments always get a lot of posters to think that I'm trashing Danny when I'm not, yesterday was not the first time that you made an smart a** comment regarding this issue.

    Is ok if you don't want to admit you were wrong man I understand no big deal, the idea of this thread is to have all the info in one place just in case you "forget" this information again to make an smart a** comment, so I can just come back and remind you about it.
    posters don't think you are trashing Danny because of Anthem's comments. They think it because of your posts in which you trash Danny.

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  • Anthem
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
    You said that they were not knee issues and I prove you wrong
    You've posted a bunch of links from 2009, noting that his knee hurt during one year where he hurt his knee. Specifically, his right knee. The knee he's currently sitting because of is his left knee. You've not shown that he has chronic knee problems. In fact, you've shown that he's been quite productive, even when his knees have hurt. Let's review the thread in question:

    http://www.pacersdigest.com/showthre...73#post1575273

    Originally posted by cdash View Post
    But you are acting like Granger is Andrew Bogut or something--a guy who has proven himself unable to stay healthy throughout his NBA career. Granger, for the most part, has been a very healthy player during his career up until this point.
    Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
    Wrong, Danny has been having knee issues for a while now.(since college)
    Originally posted by Anthem View Post
    Are we back to this? I thought you'd been totally shut down on this line of thinking.

    Danny's career missed games: 4, 0, 2, 15, 20, 3, 4.

    Some "knee issues."
    There's no two ways about it, dude. Cdash was right and you were wrong. This thread doesn't prove your point.

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  • docpaul
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    Re: Danny Granger knee issues history

    Originally posted by Nuntius View Post
    Do you feel that the moves that Memphis made brought them closer to a championship, though? I thought that they took some steps back. Especially for this year.

    Plus, you have to take into account that Gay's contract is much, much worse than Granger's. This combined with his poor play as of late resulted in those trades for them.

    Personally, I'd hate it if a similar trade was made by our team regarding Danny.
    Not sure.

    I think what the 2011 playoffs showed them is that they could advance far without him.

    I think what the 2012 playoffs showed them is that having him back didn't take them to the next level.

    Does this trade help them now? No, but does holding onto someone whose street value was decreasing on a game-to-game basis, who has a cap obliterating contract, and has been showing all kinds of "i'm disengaged" body language during games (at least the 4 I watched this year) help?

    Hopefully it's clear that I really like Granger.

    But when it comes to winning, improving our talent, and being profitable... it requires some semblance of objectivity.

    If he is his usual productive self, and Paul and Lance continue their 2012-2013 productivity... we are set! If not, we are wrong to sit complacent. IMO, Granger would be top on my list to move, as quickly as possible given all of the existing team dynamics.

    Leave a comment:

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