Bamba has healed from the stress fracture in his left leg, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba first started experiencing discomfort in the leg in mid-January, and though he initially played through the issue, he was eventually shut down at the beginning of February and remained sidelined for the rest of the season. The No. 6 overall pick showed some flashes of the elite shot-blocking that made him a lottery prospect, but he was mostly underwhelming on the offensive end, and he posted the worst individual net rating on the team. Bamba, who indicated he hopes to play at the Las Vegas Summer League, said he's looking forward to working on his game this offseason. "I'm super-excited," Bamba said. "This summer is big. I think everyone in the organization knows how big this summer is going to be for me as far as development. I'm just looking forward to it."
Bamba (lower leg) has been jogging and shooting jumpers in workouts and hopes to play in summer league, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Bamba, who has not played since undergoing surgery in February to repair a tibia stress fracture, is slowly making his way back onto the court. The fact that the big man is optimistic about playing in summer league this year is certainly a great sign for his health heading into the offseason.
Bamba (lower leg) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Celtics.
The Magic haven't offered a timetable for Bamba's return since he underwent surgery in February to address a tibia stress fracture, nor has the team offered an update on his recovery. At this point, it appears highly unlikely that Bamba will make it back for the Magic's regular-season finale Wednesday in Charlotte.
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.
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