Injury Updates on Crucial NBA Stars

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

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The NBA just isn't the same without the likes of Derrick Rose, Dirk Nowitzki and John Wall.

As the season progresses, so does the recovery of some of the NBA's best ballers. Here are injury updates on some of the top NBA stars.

Derrick Rose

While there's still no timetable for D-Rose's return, Chicago Bulls fans should be pleased to hear that Rose received a call from Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who has returned to the NFL with vengeance after tearing his ACL last season, according to Kareem Copeland of

AP's main message to Rose?

"You can't be scared to challenge and do different things."

As CBS Sports reports, Rose will be out of action until at least mid-January.

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving will be out for a month with a broken finger and he's not too pleased about it.

Here was Irving's reaction following the injury:

Freak injury, minor setback but ill be back soon everybody, Love the support

— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) November 20, 2012

According to CBS Sports, Irving has been shooting and practicing his jumper in hopes of returning back in a month.

Dirk Nowitzki 

According to the ESPN Dallas, Nowitzki is hoping for a mid-December return to the Mavericks.

Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas Mavericks targets mid-December return to playing in games

— ESPNDallas (@ESPNDallas) November 20, 2012

From what it sounds like, Nowitzki is still roughly two weeks from getting on the court and getting some work in, according to CBS Sports.

Andrew Bogut

Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears is reporting that Bogut plans to return to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 1 against the Indiana Pacers.

Golden State has managed an 8-6 record without its seven-foot center and will undoubtedly be better suited to contend in the Pacific Division with Bogut's return.

Danny Granger (h/t CBS Sports) is reporting that Granger will be out another three months after receiving an injection to treat patellar tendonitis.

The Pacers are holding their own in the Central Division, trailing the division-leading Milwaukee Bucks by just one-and-a-half games.

Steve Nash

The Los Angeles Lakers need Steve Nash back as soon as possible, and unfortunately, it doesn't sound like it'll be very soon.

As Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles reports, Nash is still unable to jog or do any work on the court because of a fractured left leg.

CBS Sports has Nash listed as out until at least late November, but I believe it's going to be a lot longer than that.

Anthony Davis

CBS Sports reports a recent MRI revealed a stress reaction in his ankle that will likely sideline the rookie for roughly two weeks.

The Hornets desperately need Davis to return, as they're sporting a 3-8 record and are looking up at the rest of the Southwest Division.

Andrew Bynum

Given his recent attempt at a bowling career, Andrew Bynum is out indefinitely due to weakened cartilage in both of his knees.

Philadelphia has been playing surprisingly well without their big man and it sounds like they'll need to continue that trend.

John Wall

Think the Washington Wizards miss John Wall?

The 0-11 Wizards are without star point guard due to what CBS Sports is referring to as a stress injury to his left patella.

While there's still no timetable for Wall's return, there hasn't been any mention of him practicing or even touching the court, so I'm thinking later rather than sooner in this situation.

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