Tobias Harris Injury: Updates on Magic Forward's Ankle and Return
Updates from Friday, Dec. 13
From The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins:
Updates from Thursday, Dec. 12
John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com provides a statement from Tobias Harris discussing a potential return date to the court:
#Magic Tobias: "Hopefully after today’s practice if everything is all right I see myself playing in (Fri’s) game.That’s a good step for me."— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) December 12, 2013
Updates from Thursday, Dec. 5
John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com confirms Tobias Harris remains sidelined indefinitely:
#Magic F Tobias Harris, a Long Island, NY native, rejoined team. He is restarting rehab process on high ankle sprain. No timetable on return— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) December 5, 2013
Updates from Saturday, Nov. 30:
According to Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel, Harris has had a setback, and no timetable is set:
After Tobias Harris encountered a setback in his return from a high-ankle sprain, the Orlando Magic forward received a second MRI on his lower left leg and sought a second medical opinion.
The timetable for his return to the court remains in doubt, but it seems like he won’t be playing again in the immediate future.
“High-ankle sprains take time, and everybody’s healing timeline is different,” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Saturday. “And, right now, Tobias is working through that and trying to figure [that] out. When he feels his ankle is right, he’ll be ready to play. So, our stance right now is to be precautious and make sure that we don’t rush him back.”
Harris also talked about the injury, per the same report:
The injury frustrates him.
“It’s tough,” Harris said several nights ago. “But as a part of being an NBA player, you’re going to go through some bumps along the road. So I just try to keep my faith high and know myself and what I have going for me. Obviously, I’m not in the best type of mood just because I’m not playing, but I’ve just got to be patient, give it time and just progress through it. I always just try to keep my spirit high and just get through it all.”
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 26
Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel provides the latest on Tobias Harris' ankle injury:
Tobias Harris just came off floor, saying ankle is sore and will not play. He was going to start.— Brian K. Schmitz (@MagicInsider) November 26, 2013
Magic have de-activated Harris and activated Kyle O'Quinn.— Brian K. Schmitz (@MagicInsider) November 26, 2013
Since the first two games are back-to-back, Gaulman reports that Harris will likely miss the Magic's second game as well.
The Pacers are a formidable opponent for the young Magic, who are attempting to battle back from a disappointing campaign last year in which they finished with a league-worst record of 20-62.
That led to the team selecting high up in the lottery, where general manager Rob Hennigan selected Indiana guard Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 overall pick.
Between Harris, Oladipo and Arron Afflalo, there is promise on the perimeter for Orlando, but it is still probably a year or two away from coming together. That development will be expedited the sooner Harris can return to the hardwood.
Harris averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 blocks and just under one steal per contest in 27 games for the Magic last season, where he made 20 starts after being traded from the Milwaukee Bucks.
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