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January 28, 2009

Wallace has collapsed lung, broken rib

By RICK BONNELL

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

LOS ANGELES - Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace suffered a collapsed left lung and a broken rib in a collision with Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum in the Bobcats' 117-110 double-overtime victory Wednesday night.

According to the team, Wallace lost 30-40 percent of the capacity in his left lung. He also suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth rib on his left side.

Doctors at Centinela Hospital inserted a tube in Wallace's lung to help restore functional capacity. Wallace will spend at least Wednesday night in the hospital. Doctors do not anticipate releasing him before late Thursday. At that time, the Bobcats will be better prepared to decide whether Wallace would join the team on its current West Coast trip or return directly to Charlotte.

Bynum was called for a Flagrant 1 foul on the play in which Wallace was driving the lane in the fourth quarter. Bynum threw a hip-check and struck Wallace's rib cage with his right elbow.

The Bobcats will play the Bobcats tonight in Portland. It was unclear who coach Larry Brown would start in Wallace's place.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

Comments

i've had a collapsed lung and the inserted tube that goes along with it. wallace isn't going to be playing for awhile!

Posted by: fan | Jan 28, 2009 1:03:49 PM

At least we're playing ourselves tonight...

Posted by: sumna | Jan 28, 2009 1:17:32 PM

Thanks for the update Rick. Pass on our best to Crash and wish him a speedy recovery from everyone at RealGM.

Posted by: Slam | Jan 28, 2009 1:20:10 PM

damn lakers !!!!

Posted by: scott | Jan 28, 2009 1:21:37 PM

great...just great !

Posted by: Elliot | Jan 28, 2009 1:22:23 PM

any way we can have Bynum suspended for as long as Gerald is hurt(sarcasm)? Really though, that seems like the appropriate punishment when you injure someone on an excessively hard foul

Posted by: Eddie | Jan 28, 2009 1:28:36 PM

Tonight's Starting Lineup should be:
Felton - PG
Bell - SG
Diaw - SF
Howard - PF
Okafor - C

My prayers with Gerald for a good and fast recovery. Take it easy. We will need you in the PLAYOFFS!!!

GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: RobC | Jan 28, 2009 1:50:06 PM

It's bad that we'll be losing the heart & soul for a good while. First concern is Wallace health. This still is a game and we're going to miss him deeply; but I just want to see him get healthy first. We're starting to jell and become the team that really playing as well as anybody in the league. Now Adam definitely have to step it up. We're going to need him to contribute big time!!! He's not G-Wallace but he's going to have to find a way to take up the slack. Here's Adam chance to show everyone why he was the third pick in the draft. Time to grow up......

Posted by: Tyrone | Jan 28, 2009 2:03:50 PM

Anyone know how long it takes to comeback from an injury like this??

Posted by: Jon | Jan 28, 2009 2:07:25 PM

You are in our prayers Gforce god bless and have a speedy recovery.

Posted by: truthbtold21 | Jan 28, 2009 2:08:52 PM

First, thanks to Rick for being all over this one. Second, the Lakers were frustrated with the 'Cats all night last night. Earlier in the second half Gerald had gotten called for a foul against Kobe where they got their arms interlocked and Gerald threw him around a little- lots of grimaces from the Lakers after that one. Also, Gerald was on the sidelines at one point visibly having his abdomen area wrapped, even at one point being taken back to the locker room.
A combination of his frustration, wanting to protect Kobe, and knowing where Gerald was hurting already is what led Bynum to foul him like he fouled him. SO DESERVING OF A SUSPENSION!!

btw- what a friggin' great game!

Posted by: BustaCat | Jan 28, 2009 2:32:19 PM

To add insult to injury. NBA.com just reported the roster's for the Rookie Challenge and DJ Augustine didn't get invited.... What is up with that. In my opinion, he's playing just as good as Derrick Rose. Here's the roster.

Rookie Team Roster
Player (Team) Position Height Weight School/Country
Michael Beasley (Heat) F 6-9 245 Kansas State
Rudy Fernandez (Trail Blazers) G-F 6-6 185 Spain
Marc Gasol (Grizzlies) C 7-1 265 Spain
Eric Gordon (Clippers) G 6-3 222 Indiana
Brook Lopez (Nets) C 7-0 260 Stanford
O.J. Mayo (Grizzlies) G 6-4 210 USC
Greg Oden (Trail Blazers) C 7-0 285 Ohio State
Derrick Rose (Bulls) G 6-3 190 Memphis
Russell Westbrook (Thunder) G 6-3 187 UCLA

Head Coach -- TBD
Assistant Coach -- Dwyane Wade

Posted by: Tyrone | Jan 28, 2009 2:38:07 PM

I read something that says it generally takes about 1-2 weeks to recover from a collapsed lung. Not sure if that means he would be ready for NBA games yet though.

http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/aha_nirthor_crs.htm

Posted by: Jackson | Jan 28, 2009 2:38:11 PM

I currently have two broken ribs...not exactly the same as Gerald and it's been 10 days and I STILL cant turn, bend or twist without extreme pain....and that's WITH percocets in me....average recovery time for broken ribs are 4-6 weeks...

Posted by: Ken | Jan 28, 2009 2:39:07 PM

What are the ramifications of just cutting Morrison & bringing in another body that may offer a little more help then Adam can apparently provide. Singletary also seems to be a bit of a disappointment thus far, but may improve with time.

Posted by: Morrie | Jan 28, 2009 2:43:04 PM

bynum will blow out his knee right before being able to sign his 1st big contract...

Posted by: jirohkanzaki | Jan 28, 2009 2:59:59 PM

Tyrone, it has as much to do with satisfying major markets as anything, and in addition to that, all of the guys who got selected at the guard position have been used as starters most of th time.

Morrie, that's an idiotic suggestion. We'd eat all of the remaining salary on his contract ($4.2 million this year, $5.3 mil next year.) He was a fine rotation player his rookie year, and is coming off a MAJOR knee injury. If we won't cut Sean May because of the mere $2.7 mil he was guaranteed this year when his only malady is being too lazy to lose five pounds, there's no way we should to the same to Adam.

By the way...anybody notice Ray Ray jack up another brick at the end of regulation without ever looking at a teammate?

Posted by: A Fan(s) | Jan 28, 2009 3:01:38 PM

Bad news for Gerald and for the team. I wish Gerald speedy recovery!

Posted by: Sandy | Jan 28, 2009 3:27:34 PM

Morrie - Bynum has already signed his "first big contract" for $48 million last November. I never want anyone to get hurt, ever. Hope Wallace gets back on the Court soon, I love his game. Bynum should get a 10k fine and a one game suspension -- it was, as your Rick Bonnell wrote "youthful indiscretion" and not "malicious intent." But the rule says you have to play the ball and Bynum didn't. PS I am a Laker fan and have been for 30 years -- Brown is the front runner in my book for Coach of the Year. No one else even close.

Posted by: Rick Brookwell | Jan 28, 2009 5:02:13 PM

Wow, if Bynum can collapse lungs with an elbow than maybe he should be in the UFC with that kind of Muay Thai power. Best wishes to Crash.

Posted by: Bro. D. | Jan 28, 2009 5:11:37 PM

GET WELL CRASH!!!

Bynum will get his...players like that always do!! Where was his toughness against the Celtics when he got pushed around by KG?? Didnt look so big with Glenn Davis all over him...PUNK A__ MF!!!

Posted by: Bobcat Terry | Jan 28, 2009 5:32:17 PM

Email the league office.. Suspend Bynum... If it was Kobe.. they would've already done something!

http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html

Posted by: Derek Tyson | Jan 28, 2009 5:37:32 PM

What blows me away is that they didn't immediately eject Bynum. He stayed in the game and was playing a major role for them, even after a blatant cheap shot.

ANYone that has played basketball before knows you don't lead with an elbow. You want to prevent him from getting a layup? Go for the ball. Grab him with your hands. Do what Ammo did in the 1st half. You don't go elbow first. This is the same situation as Henderson-Hansbrough, and it boggles my mind that people thought that too was unintentional. No one that plays basketball at a major college or professional level flies around with their elbows like that. May as well use their fist.

Get well soon Crash. Bobcats will miss you on and off the court.

Posted by: David | Jan 28, 2009 5:49:41 PM

According to Hoopshypes rumors page the cats are set to bring in Cartier Martin on a 10-day contract. Athletic swingman, played at K-state last year, blah blah blah.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090128/SPORTS04/90128035/-1/ENT06

Posted by: David | Jan 28, 2009 5:58:57 PM

AFan, I'm pretty sure the play called by Brown at the end of regulation was for Felton to create his own shot, not pass to a teammate. Considering how many big shots he's hit and the last month, including back to back game winners, I'm sure most coaches would have called the same play. I think you should be far more concerned with the team's missed free throws and wide open layups that got them in that situation rather than the final play of regulation.

Tyrone,
if you look at that rookie roster it's tough to take anyone off of that to make room for DJ. DJ didn't play well in the weeks before going out with the abdominal strain and the other guards listed have been blowing up. Rose, Mayo, and Westbrook were locks. You could only make a case for taking off Gordon and putting in DJ, but Gordon has been killing it lately(I think he put up the most points by a rookie ever the other day). The fact that DJ is currently injured probably sealed the deal.

Posted by: Eddie | Jan 28, 2009 6:43:24 PM

On the plus side I thought Morrison played fairly well, made a tough three, nabbed an important Off. rebound, and actually looked for his own shot a couple times. Hopefully he'll continue to step up with Crash out.

Posted by: Bro. D. | Jan 28, 2009 7:03:08 PM

where did my comment go?

Posted by: Bro. D. | Jan 28, 2009 7:15:25 PM

Our thoughts and prayers to GW...Bynum, you've just earned a starting spot on the Dirty Players roster

Posted by: Jon in DC | Jan 28, 2009 8:10:02 PM

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