Alfonzo McKinnie will miss tonight's game against the Knicks due to health and safety concerns. He has a staph infection in his foot and may not be able to play for several more days.
McKinnie got the news about his injury during the team's morning shoot-around today at Madison Square Garden. He was seen crying as he walked off the court and into the locker room with coach Mike D'Antoni.
"It's tough because I want to be out there helping my team," said McKinnie, who scored six points in 16 minutes yesterday against the 76ers. "But I have to do what's best for me and my family."
McKinnie had surgery last month to remove two cancerous tumors from his nose. He is expected to make a full recovery this summer.
The Knicks (5-9) host McKinnie's former team, the Los Angeles Clippers (10-4), tonight at 7:30 p.m. At 9:26 p.m., the Clippers visit the New York City hospital where McKinnie was treated for the tumors on his nose.
McKinnon tore his ACL a week before the start of the 2018 season, then was hurt again in training camp the following year. Rather than release him in 2020, San Francisco altered his contract to cut his basic pay and delete the last year, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agency in the 2021 offseason. He decided to retire instead.
During his time with the 49ers, McKinnon started 31 of 32 games he appeared in and recorded 1,272 yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries (5.0 avg.) while also catching 38 passes for 393 yards and two more scores.
He announced his retirement on March 24, 2020. The 49ers released a statement saying they "regret losing Jerick" and that they hope to see him back at some point in the future. McKinnon responded by writing "It's been an honor to wear the green & gold".
After going unselected in the 2019 NFL Draft, McKinnon signed with the New York Giants as a free agent on May 20, 2019. He was released by the Giants during final roster cuts on September 1, 2019.
In 2016, McKinnon led the 49ers in rushing with 997 yards and eight touchdowns on 232 attempts (4.7 avg.). He also caught 29 passes for 217 yards and another score.
Alford suffered a broken right elbow after collapsing into the outfield wall while attempting to catch a Tucker Barnhart home run in a game against the Cincinnati Reds on September 5, 2020. Alford was placed on the injured list the next day and will miss the rest of the season. The GCL Red Sox announced his injury on September 6, 2020.
Alford was drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the 27th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. He played two seasons for the Red Sox' rookie league team before being promoted to the Lowell Spinners of the Class A New York-Penn League in 2013. In 2014, he played for both the Greenville Drive of the Class A South Atlantic League and the Salem Red Sox of the Class AA Eastern League.
In 2015, Alford started the season with Greenville but was soon promoted to Salem where he finished the season. That year he had a batting average of.275 with 26 RBI's and 9 homeruns. In 2016, he began the season with Salem but was later sent back down to Greenville. There he ended his career as a shortstop. That year he had a batting average of.300 with 11 RBI's and 2 homeruns.
After his time with the Red Sox, Alford signed with the Chicago Cubs as an infielder but was later released.
When asked for an update on Matt Calvert's status following practice on Wednesday, Bednar told Colorado Hockey Now that the injury might hold him out for a bit longer than day-to-day. "Yeah, Matt Calvert is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury right now," he told CHN. "We're just trying to figure out exactly what it is and how long he'll be out."
The 19th overall pick in 2011, Calvert has five goals and four assists through 14 games this season.
Calvert was injured after taking a hit from Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie during Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers. The puck never left the ice at Madison Square Garden as both teams went into their respective locker rooms at the end of the first period without a score. When play resumed at 6:43 of the second period, Calvert did not return to the game.
He will be replaced by rookie Carl Soderberg, who played three games with the Avalanche last season before being sent back to Sweden due to injury. Soderberg has six points (three goals, three assists) this season with the Avs' American Hockey League team, the Denver Nuggets.
Calvert is the third Blue Jacket to be sidelined with an injury after training camp began earlier this month. Defenseman Erik Johnson (knee) and forward Nathan MacKinnon (back) are also listed as day-to-day.
Former Newcastle Knights star Alex McKinnon, who sustained a terrible spinal injury following a risky tackle during a match against the Melbourne Storm, has shared a video of his recovery in which he can walk with help. The video, which was posted online by Newscorp and features McKinnon singing The Star-Spangled Banner before taking several steps unaided, has been viewed more than 1 million times since it was published on Saturday.
McKinnon's wife Lisa and son Harry have also shared photos and videos on social media showing how their lives have changed since the accident.
The 25-year-old was playing for Newcastle's NRL team when he was injured in April 2014. He underwent multiple operations to try and restore some feeling to his legs but was not able to walk again. However, over the past few months he has managed to gain control of a computer mouse and press buttons with his hands to write messages to friends and family.
In the video, which was filmed at Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) in Newington, near Sydney, McKinnon can be seen wearing a neck brace and using crutches to move around the room. But he is able to sing along to The Star-Spangled Banner without assistance or error once he reaches the part of the song where the flag is raised to its full height.
McDermott has played in two of the previous three games, but he is still out with a left ankle strain. He won't be able to help the team for at least another week.
McDermott was having one of his best seasons before getting hurt. The 23-year-old forward is averaging 20 points per game this season. Before getting injured, he had reached the quarter-finals of the NBA playoffs last year.
In other news, Doug's brother Tyler plays for the Chicago Bulls. They are not related by blood though; they only share the same name and number (6).
Doug McDermott was drafted ninth overall by the New York Knicks in 2014. He spent one season with them before being traded to the Chicago Bulls. In 2015-16, McDermott helped the Bulls win their first championship after he made the play that sent Game 6 into overtime. This year, he has a chance to join an elite group of players who have won an award. So far, only Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have achieved this feat.
McDermott is coming off a career-high night against the Brooklyn Nets where he scored 51 points in just three games.