After coming up lame in the game last night with the Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Redd was re-evaluated today in Phoenix. The organization's worst fears came to realization when it was discovered Redd tore the ACL and MCL ligaments in his left knee and will be lost for the remainder of the season.
This injury comes less than one calendar year after injuring the same ligaments against the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 24, 2009. He also suffered a left patella tendon strain earlier this season and missed 16 games.
In total, Redd has only played in 18 this season, making just 12 starts. His numbers have suffered due to the lack of playing time as well as the emergence of rookie Brandon Jennings. He averaged just 11.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this year.
It was a minor miracle that Redd was able to make it back as quickly as he did from the injury last year, but now critics will wonder if rushing back has ultimately cost him another season of his career to injury.
Many fans feel that Redd's presence in the lineup has hindered the growth of Jennings and actually impaired the team's growth as well. Jennings will now have the chance to flourish with the Bucks' leading scorer of the past decade.
Redd has already gone on record as saying he will make his way back to the team next season. It will be the final year of the six-year, $91 million contract that he signed with the Bucks in the summer of 2005.
This injury will all but guarantee Redd finishes out the contract with the Bucks. It is widely known that General Manager John Hammond would have loved to unload Redd and his contract.
Even if Redd comes back completely healthy and stronger than ever, he will likely need to learn a new role with the team: a bench player. The organization has moved in a new direction with a youth movement that doesn't involve Redd as a focal point. Injuries have cost him the best years of his career, and now Michael Redd may be forced to face a demotion to finish out his career with the Bucks.
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