Wendell Carter Jr.'s rookie season is probably over as Bulls recommends surgery on an injured left thumb
The roller coaster week for the Rookie Bulls Center Wendell Carter jr. Continued on Friday when a re-examination of the injured left thumb revealed a ligament injury that was recommended by the team for surgery.
The cops estimated his recovery and "return to sports time" at eight to twelve weeks. That would likely end Carter's promising beginner's season if he has the operation, which according to a source's source is almost certain to be his plan.
Carter suffered the injury on Tuesday against the Lakers when he stumbled over Tyson Chandler and fell, bending his thumb as he leaned against it. The x-rays of this night showed a break. The team feared an absence of six to eight weeks.
After an MRI follow-up on Wednesday, Carter and the cops believed that the band was largely intact, and it was listed as day after day. Carter even tested his thumb on Thursday morning in Denver and promised to play against Heat at the United Center on Saturday.
After Carter visited the Bulls hand specialists on Friday, the team announced that Drs. John Fernandez and Mark Cohen used "retesting" and "X-ray fluoroscopy testing" to determine the instability of the band.
"We thought we needed him to see our people," said coach Jim Boylen.
The injury is similar to the thumb injury Joakim Noah had played through in 2010/11 before deciding on surgery. This was a cracked ulnar collateral ligament in Noah's right thumb, and he played 48 games this season. He missed almost two months.
When Carter's season is over, he ends with an average of 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks in 44 games.
"If you look at it, we lost two of our best defenders in Justin Holiday and Wendell Carter was injured," said Boylen. "Someone has to get up. That's what we preach. Play these minutes with physicality. We are urgently looking for more physical play. And maybe our most physical guy is hurt. "
Sources said the Carter News would not stop the cops from trading Robin Lopez and Jabari Parker before February 7. If the Bulls find offers for both players, they could use Cristiano Felicio in the middle or smaller lineups. In the meantime, expect Parker and Lopez to be in rotation.
Carter's likely operation continues the ridiculous season of injury for the Bulls. Denzel Valentine is on the left ankle for the whole season following a reconstructive surgery. Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen missed a lot of time. And Zach LaVine was sitting with a sprained ankle.
To make things worse, Shaquille Harrison missed Friday's training with the flu.
The Bulls are hitting a defeat in the game on Saturday with a nine-game season - the future game of Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade in his hometown.
"We do what we should do," said Boylen. "The guys were in a good mood and worked hard. We controlled what we can control. "
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