Tag:DeSagana Diop
Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Bobcats' DeSagana Diop out for year with Achilles

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Posted by Ben Golliver. desagana-diop

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the 2010-2011 NBA season after an MRI confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon, the team announced on Monday.
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2010-11 season after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon. Diop suffered the injury during the second quarter of Friday’s game against Golden State.
The 7-0 Diop, who was acquired by the Bobcats via trade on Jan. 16, 2009, has appeared in 552 career NBA games spread between Cleveland, New Jersey, Dallas and Charlotte. He has career averages of 2.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while shooting .433 from the field. This season, he appeared in 16 games with averages of 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 11.3 minutes.
Diop, despite standing seven feet tall and being drafted in the lottery, isn't very good at basketball. He's played sparingly for the Bobcats this season, averaging 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and .9 blocks in 11.3 minutes in 16 appearances, all off the bench.

Diop is in his 10th season as a pro, and his current contract runs through the 2012-2013 season. He makes $6.5 million this season and will be paid $6.9 million next year and $7.3 million in the final year of his deal. 

The Bobcats have found themselves in a number of trade rumors this year (here, here and here), and Charlotte surely wouldn't have minded moving Diop's contract in a larger trade. Indeed, his name was brought up in recent rumored trades involving Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller

This injury news makes that trade possibility a bit more remote, although not impossible, because most teams would have traded for him as a salary number rather than as a player. 

In Diop's absence, the Bobcats and new coach Paul Silas will continue to use Nazr Mohammed and Kwame Brown in the middle.
Posted on: January 1, 2011 8:15 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Varejao to miss 2 games with broken cheekbone

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao suffered a broken cheekbone and is expected to miss two games. Posted by Ben Golliver. anderson-varejao

The Cleveland Cavaliers are terrible, and their 2011 is off to an even worse start, as their best player, forward Anderson Varejao, is expected to miss at least two games with a broken cheekbone.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the injury suffered during Wednesday night's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats
Wednesday, he finally suffered a blow that he can’t play through: a fractured cheek. It came from an inadvertent swipe from Charlotte and former Cavs center DeSagana Diop, and it didn’t even force Varejao out of the game. His face swelled up on the flight home, however. Varejao will miss not only today’s game at Chicago but also will be out Sunday’s home game against Dallas.
“He never says anything about [injuries],” said Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, who didn’t know Varejao was injured during the game. “Every now and then, he’ll come and say, ‘Coach, this is hurting.’ He’ll have a list of things that are bothering him. But then he’ll get on the floor, and he just goes at it.”
News-Herald.com notes that Varejao will be fitted with a protective mask before he is allowed to return to the court and could miss longer than the two weekend games. 

The Cavaliers have no replacement for his energy, hustle and rebounding ability, but will go with a smaller lineup featuring a big man rotation of Antawn Jamison, Leon Powe and J.J. Hickson in Varejao's absence.
 
 
 
 
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