Dallas Mavericks: Rick Carlisle updates fans on Jalen Brunson’s injury

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Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks: Rick Carlisle offers injury update on Jalen Brunson

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson drew a start on Feb. 22 for Luka Doncic who was resting on the second of a back-to-back. Things quickly turned bad for Brunson. He was fouled hard on the game’s first possession. Brunson had to be subbed out after 12 seconds in the last game of his season.

The 23-year-old originally planned to rehab his shoulder injury in the hopes of playing in the postseason before having surgery after the year. When the NBA suspended play because of the novel coronavirus, Brunson opted to have the procedure.

Coach Rick Carlisle ruled him out for the league’s restart in early June. Fans got another update from the Mavericks head man on Wednesday afternoon.

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Rick Carlisle gives Dallas Mavericks fans latest on Jalen Brunson’s shoulder injury

Carlisle met virtually with reporters on July 1. He offered the following update on the status of Jalen Brunson.

It is positive news. Brunson is unlikely to play in Orlando, but he should be ready for the start of the 2020-2021 season which is currently slated to begin in December. The Mavericks cannot wait to have JB’s high basketball IQ and decision-making back on the floor. Expect the 23-year-old to be the team’s backup point guard behind Luka Doncic next season.

Brunson is one of four Mavs not taking part in the NBA’s restart. Dwight Powell and Courtney Lee are also out with injuries. Willie Cauley-Stein has opted out for personal reasons. The Mavericks will sign Trey Burke for Orlando. They will have 14 active players. Keeping them healthy and on the court will be key during NBA Disney.

The Mavs are expected to arrive in Orlando on July 8. Things will start heating up from there. They begin with training camp 2.0. The restart will be unlike anything that has happened before, and that alone should have fans excited for basketball to return.

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