On the day before their first regular season game, the Indiana Pacers received some startling and troubling news. On Tuesday, the Pacers announced that not only would team captain and starting small forward Danny Granger not be playing in their opening game, but Granger might not see the court for quite some time.
Granger talked to team doctors about soreness in his left knee, which had kept him off the court for almost all of the preseason, after having surgery a few months ago. Granger is still waiting to get a second opinion on the severity of the injury, but the organization has stated that their longest-tenured player will miss an indefinite amount of time.
The loss of Granger is substantial for the Indiana Pacers both on and off the court. One of the bright spots for this team heading into the regular season, is that they went to great lengths to make sure that the entire starting lineup from last season would return. Not having a main part of their core on the court is a dim beginning to what was expected to be a banner year for a franchise that surprised much of the league last season.
Hopefully Granger will not miss very much time, but their is no present time table available for his return. Of course, it will be better for him in the long run to rest the knee, rather than risk injuring it permanently. In Granger’s absence, recently acquired forward Gerald Green will be entered into the starting lineup for Indiana.