Friday, August 17, 2012

Whose Ready To Play? An Updated Report From The NBA's Medic Bay

The NBA saw its fair share of stars and superstars go down with injuries throughout the season, most notably Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose. So who will be ready for opening week, and whose hoping to get back later in year?


Stephen Curry:

What seemed to be a very promising NBA career after the 2009 draft class, has turned into a series of questions marks as to the health of Curry.

Coming off of right ankle surgery, the sharp-shooting guard has stated he expects to be ready for opening night, and will begin 5-on-5 drills in the near future.

Even if Curry is a go for the start of the season, there is no guarantee he will stay that way for the rest of the year, as his chronic ankle problems have  held him back since he began in the league.

Dwyane Wade:

The two-time NBA champion has made it very clear there is "no question" he will be ready for opening night.

Wade, who played through the pain last season, is coming off of a successful  knee surgery, but had to miss the Olympics because of the procedure.

While Wade has dedicated his off season to getting ready, the Heat have added some insurance at shooting guard with Ray Allen.

We don't expect Wade to experience a drop off in minutes, but his scoring could take a hit with the NBA's all-time leading three point shooter on the roster.

Dwight Howard:

Lakers fans may have to hold their breath a little longer before they can witness Nash throwing lobs to Howard at the rim. 

Howard underwent surgery to remove herniated disc fragments from his lower back.

While his recovery timetable says he could be ready for the start of the season, it doesn't seem likely at this point, but things can change as fast he did jerseys-oh wait. 

Derrick Rose:

This may be the biggest question mark of all, when will Derrick Rose recover? 

A torn ACL is one of the worst injuries an NBA player can experience, just ask Rose who said it was the "closest thing to death". 
We've heard a ton of possible return dates,  but sources tell CSN Chicago that Rose is expected to rehab through the February All-Star break. 


Can Chicago hang around the Eastern Conference playoff seedings that long? Let us know what you think!

Ricky Rubio:   

One of the best young point guards in the league missed part of last season, and the Olympics, due to a torn ACL.

He remains very questionable for camp, and is reported to be out until December. While he will be re-evaluated mid-September, these types of injuries take time, just ask Derrick Rose.

The Timberwolves are a young team on the rise, but they will need Rubio if they have any hopes of making the playoffs.

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