Burks, who had season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday, revealed that his shoulder has not been at 100 percent since his college days at Colorado. He first injured his left shoulder in college, then aggravated it at the beginning of training camp leading up to this season.
"I don't think it was healthy all year. It just finally came to a point where I had to get it fixed," Burks said. "I had a really bad shoulder and they fixed it. This will repair everything. I'm going to have a 100 percent shoulder. Finally."
Burks' left arm will remain on a sling for the time being. His rehab consists of moving his left arm twice a week to help restore mobility. He'll start progressing to basketball-related activities once he ditches the sling.
Burks had been dealing with the injury for most of the year, but the team announced he would have season-ending surgery on Tuesday. Coach Quin Snyder said Burks is doing well following the surgery. "He’s doing well and on the road to a speedy recovery," Snyder.
Burks has been dealing with the shoulder injury for most of the season and has missed the last two games because of the injury. During Burks’ absence, guard
In 27 games, Burks averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. He is expected to be ready for training camp in 2015.
Burks is averaging 13.9 points through 27 games, as well as career highs in rebounding (4.2 rpg) and assists (3.0). He is also shooting a career-best 82.2 percent from the free-throw line.
In 10 games this month, Burks is averaging 15.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Rookie Rodney Hood replaced Burks Monday and had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists against the Clippers.
The Jazz are currently 6 1/2-point favorites against Minnesota Tuesday.
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