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February 02, 2010

Ajinca needs thumb surgery

I just got off the phone with Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins; 7-footer Alexis Ajinca needs thumb surgery. It's not yet clear how long this will keep him out.

Ajinca has been with the Maine Red Claws of the Development League for over a month. He's been playing well there the past two weeks, but had missed the last two games, apparently due to this injury. The Bobcats had discussed bringing him back to Charlotte, but coach Larry Brown was waiting to see how long it would be for Tyson Chandler to be re-activated, figuring Chandler's return would eat up any potential playing time for Ajinca.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 2, 2010 at 11:29 AM | Permalink


Ouch....that might dampen trade talks a bit

Posted by: BlockParty | Feb 2, 2010 11:48:22 AM

who would want that bum anyway?

Posted by: panthers24 | Feb 2, 2010 12:24:41 PM

A bit more info -- I'm hearing it's ligament damage and I'd guess he'd be out at least the next six weeks. But they really won't know specifics until the surgeon gets in there to view the damage.
Sounds like the best they'll get out of him the rest of the season is a concerted effort to build up his leg strength.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Feb 2, 2010 12:42:42 PM

Unfortunate. It seemed like he was really starting to come into his own recently. Oh well...put the "Ajinca project" on ice until next season.

Posted by: Newsinz | Feb 2, 2010 1:15:24 PM

This is bad news. Ajinca was dominating the D-League. He was getting ready to be a Bobcats asset (no longer a bum).

Posted by: NotaBum | Feb 2, 2010 1:20:53 PM

How much more money are they going to invest in this guy? I hesitate to use that word because normally you expect some kind of return on an investment, but it's been kind of a lost cause since day 1. Need a reason for optimism here, tell me the cats didn't just throw away a 1st rounder.

Posted by: David | Feb 2, 2010 1:22:37 PM

its hilarious how quick a lot of nba fans give up on young draft picks. can this guy even buy liquor yet? he's 7 feet and skilled. guys gonna be a stud in a few years on the sean may diet.

everette brown and ajinca both should hire sean may as their dietrition (sp?).

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2010 1:26:43 PM

Rick do you have any ideas on any potential PF the Bobcats might go after?

Posted by: Tyler | Feb 2, 2010 2:06:49 PM

Yeah, I'm not ready to give up on Ajinca yet. He's big, young and athletic. He may never become a decent NBA player, but I think there's still time for that to happen.

Posted by: Gboro cats fan | Feb 2, 2010 2:15:06 PM

Oh no, we'll be without Alexis Ajinca.. This changes like, absolutely nothing.

Posted by: Whocares | Feb 2, 2010 2:22:41 PM

This falls under the 'barely an impact' category

Posted by: sascol | Feb 2, 2010 2:23:16 PM

According to Lexy directly he'll have surgery Friday and be out 6-8 weeks if he follows normal recovery times.

Posted by: Teej | Feb 2, 2010 2:27:17 PM

Ajinca was playing really well in the D-League, he could've probably come up to the Bobcats and got some decent minutes of the bench. Shame he gets a setback like this.

Posted by: Chris | Feb 2, 2010 2:30:51 PM

Alexi was the missing piece of the puzzle to take this team from mid-tier to top-tier!!! You all make me sick! Get well soon Double A!

Posted by: Nazr-damus | Feb 2, 2010 3:07:35 PM

current impact is zero, future impact is great. anytime a developing player suffers an injury during the season it is a problem. atleast it happened after his recent success as opposed to be before.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2010 4:23:18 PM

I haven't given up on AA yet, I'd hate for Charlotte to be rash and trade him away only for him to become a beast for another team. Hopefully the time off will get some weight on that frame.

Posted by: Bro. D. | Feb 2, 2010 6:06:06 PM

remember too that he is only 21 right now. He's still very young and can improve a lot more I believe.

Posted by: gocats | Feb 2, 2010 7:46:25 PM

This is bad news. I believe the Bobcats probably make the playoffs this season, but if you look into the future for continued growth, Ajinca will probably have to be a guy the Cats need to develop to take the next step and become legit contenders. I say that because you can't count on a major upgrade in the draft, if we even have the pick it won't be an early one, and it doesn't look like Charlotte is the type of team that will spend megabucks in free agency. That said, you either need to build from within with a guy like Ajinca or go the more difficult route and try to come up with a trade that works.

Posted by: Ari | Feb 2, 2010 7:55:32 PM

Thanks Rick! I was wondering why he hadn't played the past few games, after he had been playing quite well. This is a shame, he had just be announced to have made the D-League All-Star roster and his playing (though still foul-riddled) was really starting to shine. Hope Rod Higgins hires this kid an uber-motivational personal trainer so he doesn't lose all the momentum he gained going through the post-surgery-non-playing doldrums...Any word as to when TC will fully test that foot/ankle in full-contact?

Posted by: Dlpz87 | Feb 2, 2010 11:21:59 PM

i hope the same thing that happened to sean may when he injured his knee is what happens to ajinca with this injury. we need that mans picture on the wall at the palm immediately. somebody reserve him a table for the next 6 months. 32 ounce fillets for that fella.

in seriousness......both nazr and chandler are FA's after next year....2011-2012 is the target for this guy to be our starting 5. next year rotation, the following, starting.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 3, 2010 9:33:38 AM

Double A may be a good additional if given the opportunity to produce in the nba.

Posted by: Tbird | Feb 3, 2010 10:44:27 AM

Brook Lopez is only 21 too--5 weeks apart from Ajinca. Call me crazy, but maybe HE should have been a target in that draft.

Okay, I got my jab in. But Ajinca has gone from very low production in the French pros to high production in the NBDL 2 years later. Maybe that's a sign of progress. I've watched some NBDL highlights, and I'm guessing they stack up pretty well compared to France's pro league.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Feb 3, 2010 10:44:50 AM

Sucks that he got hurt when he was on a roll in the D-League. Even LB was considering moving him up. Lets hope he heals well though and can come back strong.

Posted by: MJC | Feb 3, 2010 10:52:19 AM

Sucks that he got hurt when he was on a roll in the D-League. Even LB was considering moving him up. Lets hope he heals well though and can come back strong.

Posted by: MJC | Feb 3, 2010 10:52:19 AM

On another note, ESPN is reporting that Jordan has a month to match an offer made by Postolos (former GM of Houston Rockets) to buy the Charlotte Bobcats. A source to the writer said that if Postolos buys the Bobcats, neither Jordan, or any of his staff will be retained. I hope that doesn't include Larry Brown.

Posted by: EricH | Feb 3, 2010 1:37:30 PM

yea i'm actually hoping jordan does buy the team. more so i just want johnson gone.

as for brook lopez....i'm glad we don't have that guy. i'm not gonna sit here and act like he can't play, cause he can, but its boring as hell to watch and its won his team all of what? 4 games this year? i'm sorry but he can't be THAT good if it equates to 4 wins. let's not blame everyone around him......courtney lee started in the finals and devin harris has been a starter for years and an all-star. that says something about lopez when they can't win with him as a number one option.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 3, 2010 1:48:06 PM

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