Bamba underwent a procedure recently to address his tibia stress fracture, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports. He has no immediate timetable for a return.
Though it was initially thought that the injury would not require surgery, the organization's belief apparently changed. It's not clear when the rookie will be able to return to the court, but it seems possible he won't play again this season, especially considering the Magic's place in the playoff picture.
Bamba has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower left leg and will miss extended time, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
This is obviously a significant setback for Bamba, who had been serving as the backup center behind Nikola Vucevic, but the good news is that the stress fracture is not expected to require surgery. The rookie doesn't have a firm timetable, but the Magic certainly won't rush him back, and at this point in the season it wouldn't be a surprise if he's shut down at some point to avoid any further damage. "Thankfully we caught this early and are able to treat Mo without surgery," Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said in a statement. "His return to action will depend on how he responds to treatment." In Bamba's absence, Khem Birch and Jarrell Martin could pick up some minutes off the bench.
Bamba (lower leg) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Thunder, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba is set to miss a second straight game as he continues to nurse a lower left leg injury. The big man is still being evaluated, leaving him without a potential return date at the moment. In his absence, Khem Birch should step in as the team's backup center Tuesday.
Bamba will not play Saturday against the Nets due to lower left leg soreness, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
It's not immediately clear when Bamba suffered the injury, and he's a late scratch for Saturday's contest. The Magic plan on evaluating the rookie further, at which time we may learn more about the situation.
Coach Steve Clifford indicated Saturday that Bamba's availability for Sunday could be jeopardized due to the illness, but the center's absence from the Magic's injury report implies that he's healthy enough to play. Unless Bamba's condition takes a turn for the worse in the hours leading up to the 7 p.m. EST tipoff, expect Bamba to fill his usual role as the top backup to Nikola Vucevic.
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 17 || 18 || 19 || 20 || 21 || 22 |
| 24 |
| 25 || 26 |
| 27 || 28 |
| 1 || 2
|Career Shooting Stats|
|College Career Shooting Stats|
|More College Stats|