Mehmet Okur hasn’t really been part of the Jazz this season, having played just 13 games for them and having missed the last 22 due to a back injury.
The team has now officially shut him down for the rest of the season.
“His efforts and determination to return from his combined left Achilles’ surgery and back issues may have put undue stress on his body,” said Jazz General Manager Kevin O’Connor in a released statement. “We feel that a concentrated effort to return his back and Achilles’ conditions to acceptable levels is our main concern. Mehmet is expected to be at full speed for the start of the 2011-12 Jazz training camp.”
Okur missed the start of the season (and the FIBA World Championships in his native Turkey) after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the playoffs last season. He returned in December and played 13 games before his back became too painful to continue.