Oakland senior forward Raphael Carter will miss entire season

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Oakland's transition from the Summit to the Horizon League could be a bit bumpy in wake of some bum news the team announced Thursday. Senior forward Raphael Carter will require surgery that means he'll miss all of the upcoming season.

Carter is suffering from femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) and will undergo surgery in December, as to not miss any classes. The surgery itself is a complicated one and will take a while for Carter to come back from. Oakland's press releases states, "FAI is regarded as a precursor to premature hip osteoarthritis and is characterized by abnormal contact between the proximal femur and rim of the acetabulum (hip socket). This pain is felt in the groin area and can affect the lower back and hip."

Carter played in 26 games last season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds.

"I'm disappointed that we won't have Raphael," Kampe said in a statement. "We knew that he had some issues last year, so we spent the summer trying to get to the bottom of it and it finally was diagnosed. It's going to get him healthy, and he has not been healthy since he's been at Oakland."

The Grizzlies start their season on Friday -- with a 6 a.m. practice.

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