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On Amir Johnson’s injury and height

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From my latest on HOOPSWORLD:

The Pistons had a scare on Friday when Amir Johnson went up for a lay-up and came down with an ankle injury. He had to be helped off the court and was sent to the hospital for X-rays, but fortunately no broken bones were discovered. Instead, it looks like a standard-issue sprained ankle.

Officially he's listed as day-to-day, but some reports indicate he could be sidelined for at least two weeks. That said, trainer Arnie Kander is renowned for his ability to get players back on the court quickly, so Johnson figures to be back in the mix well before the start of the regular season just under a month away.

In other Johnson news, A. Sherrod Blakely has an update on his official height:

Amir Johnson keeps on growing. Arnie Kander, Detroit's strength and conditioning coach, said the 20-year-old is 6-foot-11 1/2. He was 6-9 in 2005 when the Pistons drafted him.

As we all know, his height has been a recurring topic of conversation amongst fans, but a measurement precise all the way down to half an inch has to be taken at face value, no? For those who remain unconvinced, I'll add this: he definitely seemed to be the tallest player I spoke with at Media Day. Granted, I didn't talk to Cheick Samb, but I was a part of the scrum surrounding Rasheed Wallace and I did talk one on one with Nazr Mohammed.