When Paul George suffered the horrific injury playing for USA Basketball this summer, there were some who immediately questioned whether or not the NBA’s star players should be putting themselves at risk like that during the offseason.
The problem with that line of thinking, of course, is that these guys work out and play pickup ball all summer long, so an injury could technically happen anytime, anywhere that their conditioning work is taking place.
Just ask Tyreke Evans, who suffered a hamstring injury that will likely force him to miss all of Pelicans training camp, which begins next week.
From the official release:
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Tyreke Evans is expected to miss 3-5 weeks with a strained right hamstring.
“Tyreke injured his hamstring playing pickup basketball out of town last week,” stated General Manager Dell Demps. “He is back in New Orleans rehabbing with our medical staff. Hopefully, he will be cleared to play before the season-opener.”
A strain isn’t a tear, which is the good news here — even though hamstring injuries (if not treated properly) can linger, and be a nagging concern as the season goes on.
Evans was mostly used in a reserve role in New Orleans last season, starting in just 22 of his 72 regular season appearances. He averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 28.2 minutes per contest.