After a dream season in 2010-2011, the Memphis Grizzlies are now living a nightmare.
The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that Grizzlies star forward Zach Randolph could miss up to two months after an MRI revealed a "slight" MCL tear in his right knee.
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph will miss up to eight weeks after magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed that he suffered a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, sources with knowledge of the situation told The Commercial Appeal. The injury will not require surgery and doctors will re-evaluate Randolph in two weeks.An 8-week absence would mean that Randolph is not available until after the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
Randolph, a multi-talented scorer and aggressive rebounder, is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in four appearances so far this season. For his career, Randolph averages 17.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Randolph's knee injury, which was originally called a bruise, occurred during a Sunday loss to the Chicago Bulls. Video is below.
Back in April, during Memphis' run to the Western Conference semifinals, the Grizzlies reportedly signed Randolph to a 4-year contract extension worth $71 million.
Memphis recently lost forward Darrell Arthur to a season-ending injury as well, and reportedly have engaged in a 3-team trade to land Philadelphia 76ers big man Marreese Speights to help address their suddenly thin frontcourt.
Here's video of Zach Randolph's knee injury courtesy of YouTube user NBAUpdater12.