One of the most important and anticipated times of the year for the Dallas Mavericks is right around the corner and with it, some news we have all probably been expecting, but dreading nonetheless.
According to Tim McMahon earlier today, the Mavs will be missing three key players for the start of training camp in the upcoming week. The three players that will be held out of practices at the start of camp are Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons, and JaVale McGee.
Apr 18, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons (25) warms up before game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Before anyone begins to, or perhaps continues to, lose faith in the season, let me remind you of just a few facts that we know from these players and from the Mavericks organization. The most important thing to remember is the fact that we have one of the most experienced and talented training/medical staffs in the league. So regardless of what happens early on, we can always know that the staff will be ready to get them on the court as soon as they are ready to go at 100%.
Another important fact is that both Matthews and Parsons have clung to the positive outlook and believe that they can be ready for the regular season opener in just over a month. I know that this doesn’t mean that they will for sure be back but that, along with the apparent good news Matthews received from his doctors this last week, can be viewed as signs that these players are doing all that they can to get back on the court.
A final note I would like to add is the fear of the achilles tear in Wesley Matthews. Although we are very aware of the danger and severity of the injury, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Matthews will come back and be a different player completely.
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The achilles injury and surgery require a lot of healing time and a lot of focused rehab to get back to the athletic ability you once had. With a player like Matthews in the prime of his career, at a young age, and nicknamed ‘Ironman’ by his former teammates in Portland, I believe that we may have the opportunity to see an outlier in the group of players who have suffered an achilles injury.
In conclusion, The Mavs may be missing Parsons, Matthews, and McGee to start training camp, but it is too early to count them out of any portion of the season this year.
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