James Anderson out 8 weeks with stress fracture in foot
Awesome. Just when things were looking good for the youth and depth of this Spurs team. First, the Spurs waive Garrett Temple, which — though not totally unsurprising — is slightly disappointing. And now, Jeff McDonald reports that Anderson will be out for about two months.
Turns out, it will be the last action Anderson will see for some time. Thursday afternoon, team doctors determined Anderson has a stress fracture in his right foot. He will undergo surgery next week to insert a pin, and is expected to miss eight weeks recovering.
“It’s weird how it happened,” point guard Tony Parker said. “He woke up this morning and told us the news, and it was like, ‘Oh wow.’ It’s bad, because he was playing well.”
Anderson was diagnoses with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal, a cumulative injury that typically builds up over time. He was off to a good start to his rookie season, averaging seven points in his first seven games while making half his 3-point shots (10 of 20).
Crap. It’s obvious that Anderson was playing well and looked like he was going to be a vital part of the rotation this season.
Where I’m concerned is what will happen come playoff time. Gregg Popovich is slow to trust rookies when it comes to playoff minutes, but Anderson looked in the early going like he was going to be able to buck that trend.
Now that he’s going to miss two months of his rookie season, I wonder how much Pop will trust Anderson come postseason because of all the repetitions he missed. I fear he’ll have a similar playoff impact to George Hill two seasons ago.
If you’re wondering about his injury, the fifth metatarsal is the bone that runs along the outside of your foot. I actually broke mine playing basketball my freshman year of high school, mine wasn’t a stress fracture though.
The reason it takes so long to heal is because there is very little blood flow on the side of your foot. I didn’t end up getting surgery for mine. Just a whole lot of ice and immobility.
Is Bobby Simmons still unemployed?
[Update: Here is the official statement from the Spurs.]
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that guard James Anderson has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right fifth metatarsal. Early next week, Anderson will undergo surgery at which time a screw will be inserted in his metatarsal. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.