This just sucks.
If you remember Kelenna Azubuike from when he was healthy with the Golden State Warriors, you remember saying to yourself “they may have something here.” Crazy athlete who was perfect for an up and down game. A guy who came to the Knicks in the David Lee trade and could have been the steal of that deal.
But he never recovered from a torn patellar tendon in 2009 and never saw the court with the Knicks, and now we know why — a botched surgery, according to the New York Post.
A Knicks source recently said the initial surgery went badly.
“They put his knee back together wrong,” the source said.
Last night, Azubuike confirmed on Twitter, “The 1st surgery in 09 wasn’t done right. Gettin it done right this time!”
This means an entire second round of major knee surgery rehab.
The Knicks bought him out, so he is a free agent. If the surgery and rehab go well, there will be a few teams willing to take another look at him.
At this point, shouldn’t the Trail Blazers just invest in their own MRI machine?
The Blazers got some good news in their latest MRI results that show Nicolas Batum has a bone bruise on his knee but nothing more serious, the team announced Friday morning. He is listed as day-to-day.
Batum was injured in the middle of the second quarter Thursday night while backpedaling trying to keep up with a driving Paul Pierce. There was no contact, Batum said later he just felt his knee “stretch” and it clearly was painful as Batum limped up court then after a time out went directly to the locker room.
After the game Batum said the injury was not serious but he did leave the arena on crutches.
Pierce also suffered a minor knee bruise in this game although he thought his happened later.
Just for the record, the list of Blazers knee surgeries this season stands at five: Greg Oden, Brandon Roy, Marcus Camby, Elliot Williams and Jeff Pendergraph (who was released).
In a blow to a Bobcats team fighting to get one of the final playoff spots in the East, Tyrus Thomas will miss the next eight weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the team announced.
Thomas was a last second scratch from the Bobcats lineup before the team’s win over the Sixers Thursday. An MRI revealed the knee for surgery.
Thomas has been coming off the bench but doing well in that role, providing a defensive boost, plus 10 points and 7 boards a game in the team’s last 10. He’s been averaging 25 minutes a night and Paul Silas can look down the Bobcats bench all he wants he doesn’t have a player who can fill those minutes nearly as well.
How many meniscus injuries are we up to this season? Clearly they don’t make those like they used to.
UPDATE 7:21 pm: Barnes will undergo surgery early next week for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.
He is expected to be out at least two months, which means a March return (before the playoffs). This will mean more minutes for Ron Artest and likely Luke Walton behind him. The Lakers may also use Kobe at the three and Shannon Brown at the two at times.
12:00 pm: Outside of Andrew Bynum’s knee and the cavalcade of Kobe Bryant injuries that seem to not faze him in the slightest, one of the biggest boons the Lakers have received on their way to their championships has been good health. But after Matt Barnes sprained his knee in last night’s win over the Hornets, Phil Jackson is “concerned” the injury may be more serious than that.
Barnes is scheduled for an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury.
Losing Barnes for any extended period of time would be fairly devastating for the Lakers, even with their depth. Barnes has been the savvier, more consistent, more stable Ron Artest this year while Artest struggles with both his shot and his continuing issues in the triangle, as well as some tufts with Phil Jackson. Barnes gives the Lakers a toughness that Jackson appreciates as well as being able to space the floor. He backs down from approximately no one and will give the hard foul when at all necessary.
Lamar Odom has been nicked up, Kobe Bryant is dealing with a myriad of issues, Steve Blake tweaked an ankle last night, Andrew Bynum is always one bad step away from crumbling to dust like he’d just made out with Medusa, and Derek Fisher keeps having to turn down requests from the Smithsonian to put him in the Museum of Natural History. Losing Barnes would be a pretty terrible way to start 2011, a year which the Lakers need to go better than the end of 2010.
Then again, the Lakers have had pretty stellar luck during this run, and the test could reveal nothing more than a sprain.
Leon Powe just cannot catch a break.
The oft-injured Powe underwent knee surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus and will be out about six weeks, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo, via twitter. This surgery is on his right knee, a different knee than the one where he tore the ACL as a member of the Celtics.
Powe injured his right knee Wednesday night in the Cavs loss to the Toronto Raptors. It was first reported just as a contusion, but clearly the damage was more extensive. Powe had been battling knee issues all season.
Powe has played in just 14 of the Cavaliers games this season and had been back for the last three after being out injured. With both Anderson Varejao and JJ Hickson battling injuries, the Cavs already unimpressive front line gets even thinner.