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October 05, 2010

Livingston to get pain-relief injection

 Charlotte Bobcats point guard Shaun Livingston just told me he'll have a pain-relieving injection Wednesday to address soreness of late in his surgically repaired left knee.

The Bobcats signed Livingston this summer, three years removed from a horrific knee injury he suffered while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. Livingston missed tonight's preseason opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also missed several practices and the intrasquad scrimmage at UNC Wilmington.

Livingston sounded up-beat about the situation; the knee isn't swelling, it's just giving him unexpected pain that started about a week before training camp. Doctors examined the knee, Livingston said, and found no new damage. The injection should give him relief for up to the next six months, he was told.

More to come on this in Wednesday's Observer.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 5, 2010 at 06:50 PM | Permalink


Reminiscent of Gilbert Arenas much.Sheet,i was really hoping Shaun's knee problems would just go away like Paris Hilton news headlines.Unfortunately that still remains a pipe dream.

Posted by: Flip Flops | Oct 5, 2010 7:30:22 PM

Not a Doctor, Rick, and hopefully this is somewhat normal after such a nasty injury, but my first reaction is that it doesn't sound like a great sign so early in the year. It will be interesting to see how the guard situation shakes out after D.J. if Livingston's minutes are very limited. Barring some kind of deal, hopefully Crittenton or Collins can contribute something.

Posted by: Ari | Oct 5, 2010 7:39:33 PM

Definitely not good news, but I will caution two things:
1. Shaun doesn't seem rattled. He's very mentally tough. A fighter.
2. Everyone knew this was a long process. The Bobcats team doctor told Larry Brown that no one has ever come back from more knee damage. So bumps are expected

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Oct 5, 2010 7:44:35 PM

this kind of stuff just makes me cringe at the thought that they gave him a 2 year guarunteed deal.

it's one of those injuries that will be enough to constantly keep him out of the lineup yet not enough to get the injury waiver from the league and have insurance money cover the deal.

and i like collins' game a lot and fail to understand how he doesn't get drafted at all but crittenton is a steal landing in our laps this way. young enough to have major upside still, old enough to have been around the block and seen a few rainy days already.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 5, 2010 9:46:57 PM

Thanks Rick,

I'm not ready to give up on Livingston in any way and it would be great if he's the main PG off the bench, at least more often than not. Sounds like a nice kid, too, so I hope the injury just doesn't linger and linger putting an even "semi-regular" role in doubt. The kid's a real talent and it's unfortunate that his career has been somewhat derailed, but that's all part of the deal sometimes.

On a brighter note, it does appear Crittenton put up some nice numbers in the pre-season opener. The final score didn't look too pretty though. Oh well, at least they don't count for a while yet.

Also seems Thomas and Brown were solid.

Posted by: Ari | Oct 5, 2010 11:50:40 PM

cltn...Collins didn't get drafted because he got hurt, got out of shape and didn't work out fully or well in the pre-draft circuit.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 6, 2010 12:10:41 AM

i don't buy that. the career he had at kansas warranted a 1st round draft pick and he IS a 1st round talent injury or not. he's not greg oden, the injury will pass. i think it has way more to do with nba gm's absolutely not having any idea what they are doing. there are not 70 point guards in the league better than collins. there are not. 50 maybe but he should definitely be in the league over a few guys that have jobs.

sherron collins > jonny flynn. but again like i said, i like crittenton HERE over collins. not by much and it has more to do with size and experience than anything given augustin's role.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 6, 2010 3:38:40 PM

I was at the Staple Center the day Shaun suffered that injury. I was disapointed when he was not re signed because I got to see the talent he had and how he was a mismatch for any point guard. I hope he does recover 100% from the terrible injury and I will always root for him...

Posted by: Wally | Oct 7, 2010 12:06:46 AM

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