Some people just can’t catch a break in the NBA. Unfortunately, Memphis Grizzlies reserve power forward Darrell Arthur DID catch a break. According to the Associated Press, “Arthur will be out up to six weeks after breaking the top of the fibula in his left leg preparing for training camp.”
Griz forward Darrell Arthur suffers leg fracture in pickup game. Won’t be ready for start of camp. CA story coming…
— Commercial Appeal (@CAGrizBlog) September 26, 2012
What’s that noise you hear? That’s a sigh of frustration from Memphis Grizzlies fans from around the nation. After his amazing play in the 2011 playoffs (16.5 points, 5.2 rebound per 36 minutes), Arthur missed the entire 2011-2012 NBA season due to tearing his ACL in practice.
Soon after the announcement of Arthur’s injury, the team released a statement on to NBA.com.
“The injury was diagnosed by team physician Dr. Fred Azar after Arthur underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the Campbell Clinic earlier this week.
The 24-year-old is being treated by the team’s athletic training staff and will be evaluated on a weekly basis by Dr. Azar. He will return to action in an estimated 4-6 weeks but could return earlier if symptom-free.”
Though Arthur is only scheduled to miss four to six weeks, the odds of him being in proper game-shape before the season starts on Halloween night as the Grizzlies head to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers.
With training camp beginning in about a week, it’ll be interesting to see if the Grizzlies bring in an extra big-man just in-case Arthur isn’t prepared to play. Outside of Arthur, Hamed Haddadi (coming off of a thumb surgery) and Mo Speights are the only front-court reserves the team hold.
For the team’s sake, we would have to hope that Arthur returns ready to play fresh off his injury.
Ya boy got alot of bad luck
— Darrell Arthur (@darthur00) September 25, 2012