We have been telling you it wasn’t good since Eric Bledsoe collapsed to the court and was grabbing his knee, then had to be helped off the court. The Suns called it a sprain at first, but it always seemed worse than that.
It is — a torn meniscus that will require surgery, something first reported by Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic, and later confirmed by the team. From Coro:
An awful Suns basketball night turned worse after the Suns learned that leading scorer and playmaker Eric Bledsoe suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during Saturday night’s home loss to Philadelphia, according to sources. The injury is expected to require surgery that could sideline Bledsoe for several weeks or longer.
Several weeks is kind; it is expected Bledsoe will be out until after the All-Star Game in February.
It adds to the chaos around a team where coach Jeff Hornacek’s job is reportedly in danger, where management is interviewing players to see what is going on in the locker room, and forward Markeiff Morris threw a towel at the coach and now pops up in trade rumors.
Bledsoe is also the primary playmaker and leading scorer at 20.4 points per game. Without him — and considering all the other issues around the team — making the playoffs in the West will be a challenge. Especially without Bledsoe.