John Wall and Andrew Bynum have yet to take the floor during the regular season. Brandon Roy was only able to muster five games before his bothersome knees forced him back to the sideline.
These are the type of injuries that really affect teams.
Every franchise is going to deal with some minor injuries throughout the season—it's unavoidable. But when key players are lost for an extended period of time, often without a timetable for a return, it becomes tough for coaches to deal with.
Let's take a look at the latest updates on those three players to see what their outlook is as their teams desperately await their arrival back on the court.
The Washington Wizards originally hoped their star point guard would return to action shortly after Thanksgiving. That clearly didn't happen and, with him still not cleared for contact, his status remains as murky as ever.
Craig Stouffer of The Washington Examiner reports Wizards coach Randy Wittman might have accidentally let some information slip while talking about the team's point guard woes.
"We're going to try to do what’s right, and it doesn't necessarily have to be at that position either so we're going to look at a lot of different things," Wittman said. "John's bearing doesn't play with that because he's still, John's still weeks from—he needs to get on the floor and practice. If we were really strapped, we'd bring somebody in. We'll see, we're going to evaluate moving forward here with JC and Shaun."
It could have been a simple mistake, but it certainly doesn't sound like Wall will be returning to game action any time soon. At some point, the 2-15 Wizards will have to consider shutting him down to ensure he doesn't suffer a setback before next season.
As for now, his rehab will continue.
The Philadelphia 76ers certainly weren't expecting Bynum's situation to become such a headache when they brought him in for the Los Angeles Lakers. Equal parts frustrating and bizarre, he's still been unable to make serious progress.
Bynum will have his next checkup on Dec. 20, according to John N. Mitchell of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The report states the center's agent believes serious progress has been made in terms of knee swelling, which would be a big step.
If he gets a green light from doctors, Bynum would still have to get himself back in game shape. Since the 76ers are winning games without him, they won't rush him, but at least he finally appears to be trending in the right direction.
Roy was well on his way to becoming a terrific NBA swingman before knee injuries sapped some of his athleticism. He looked pretty good, albeit rusty, during his first five games with the Minnesota Timberwolves before suffering more knee issues.
The team did pass along some good news on Monday, though. According to the team's public relations Twitter feed, Roy returned to the court for some shooting drills today. It's a small victory, but an important one nevertheless.
It would be great for Minnesota to get him back. He isn't going to be the dynamic scorer he was during his peak seasons, but he can still serve as instant offense off the bench if the Timberwolves want to limit his role.
Hopefully, the positive vibes continue for the oft-injured Roy.