Posted by Matt Moore
Team USA might as well swap out Coach K for Don Nelson. Because small ball is pretty much guaranteed at this point.
David Lee, fresh off his huge new contract with Golden State, was injured in Team USA practice Tuesday, Chris Tomasson of FanHouse reported . Lee injured his finger attempting to block a shot and jammed his finger against the backboard. Lee told Chris Sheridan that he was returning to Oakland immediately for medical evaluation and that "It's possibly a tendon or a dislocation of some sort."
The news is bad all around. Team USA loses another big after losing Al Jefferson, Amar'e Stoudemire, Robin Lopez, and LaMarus Aldridge in the past week. At this rate, Tyreke Evans will be starting at center by Sunday. Which is okay, since he's probably still better than anyone else at that position anyway. (Not really.)
For the Warriors, the news could be much worse. The finger will likely heal by training camp and it not being on his shooting hand makes a huge difference. It's not great considering the money and assets they surrendered for him, but in the grand context of Warrior disaster, this could have been considerably worse.
We'll keep you posted on Lee's replacement for Team USA and his diagnosis, which should be available Wednesday.