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Przybilla Injured

In 2010 NBA Playoffs, General NBA on December 23, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Update below (re-injured himself)

The Oregonian reports

Just when you think it can’t get any worse for this injury-depleted Trail Blazers team, it suffers yet another significant setback Tuesday night in Dallas.

In the first quarter of their game against the Dallas Mavericks, Joel Przybilla landed awkwardly and violently on his right leg beneath the basket and had to be helped away from the American Airlines Center court by two teammates.

Shortly after halftime, the team announced that Pryzbilla had suffered a ruptured right patella tendon and patella dislocation. He is out indefinitely.

How it happened

Przybilla elevated for a rebound after Steve Blake missed a driving layup in the closing minutes of the first quarter, and as Przybilla came down, his right leg remained bent at the knee. The 7-foot-1 center crashed to the ground with his left leg extended and his right knee and leg bent. He remained on the ground for several minutes as the team’s training staff, players and coaches formed a circle around him.

Other injuries

The injury is devastating for the Blazers, who have had a once-promising season erode because of a rash of injuries.

Things have gotten so bad, the NBA awarded the team a hardship exemption last week, giving them the opportunity to sign a 16th player. Already this season, Greg Oden, Nicolas Batum, Travis Outlaw, Rudy Fernandez and rookies Jeff Pendergraph and Patty Mills have missed significant chunks of the season.


  • Przybilla is in all likelihood finished for the season
  • The Blazers season is over. They have only one good big man in LaMarcus Aldridge and they’re short handed on the perimeter. The three best strengths of their squad was Roy + Oden/Joel partnership + Aldridge. They’ve just lost their second best strength. They’re also without their quality depth which is their fourth best strength.
  • No Oden. No Przybilla. No Outlaw until end of season (late March, early April). No Batum until end of season (late March, early April). No Rudy for another couple of weeks (mid January return) … this Blazers team will be doing very well to play .500 basketball the rest of the way.
  • If the Blazers manage to hang onto a playoff spot … they’re not a threat to win a series.

Playoff Picture

A few days ago I wrote a post on how the playoff picture was shaping up in either conference, well, Przybilla’s injury, has drastically altered that picture for Portland.

Western Conference

Virtual Locks

There are now five teams who are pretty much a lock for the postseason.

#1 Los Angeles Lakers
#2 San Antonio Spurs
#3 Utah Jazz
#4 Dallas Mavericks
#5 Denver Nuggets

Very Good Chance

Then there are three teams who are very well positioned to make the playoffs

#6 Phoenix Suns
#7 Oklahoma City Thunder
#8 Houston Rockets

Outside Shot

And, finally, two teams with an outside shot of making the playoffs

#9 Portland Trailblazers
#10 New Orleans Hornets

Possibly, someone like the Clippers could still get involved in this but that looks pretty unlikely at this stage. They would have had a better chance had Blake Griffin been healthy to start the season.


Confirmation that Przybilla will be out for the season and is expected to return to the court next season

Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla underwent successful surgery Friday to repair a ruptured right patella tendon and will be out for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, it was announced by General Manager Kevin Pritchard.

“Joel has been a pillar of our team and he is now on the road to recovery,” said Pritchard. “We believe very strongly in Joel and look forward to his return next season.


Joel Przybilla has re-injured himself — link

Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla on Saturday reinjured his surgically-repaired right knee and will require another surgery, the team said Sunday.

Przybilla reinjured the knee Saturday morning when he slipped while entering the shower at his home in Milwaukee, Wisc.

He flew to Portland on Saturday and had a magnetic resonance imaging test Sunday morning at the office of team doctor Don Roberts. The MRI showed a tear of the patella tendon that was repaired.

Przybilla, 30,  ruptured his right patella tendon in a Dec. 22 game at Dallas. He was 10 weeks post-operation and had just started to walk without a brace.

The team said there is no timetable for his return. After his original injury and surgery, the team estimated a return at 6-to-8 months. But a source said because this is a re-injury, the timetable for his return can be more difficult to determine. Training camp is seven months away.

Good point made about free agency too

The injury all but guarantees Przybilla will exercise his option to return next season to the Blazers at more than $6 million. Przybilla had been deciding whether to opt-out and test his worth on the free agent market.

Yup, Przybilla will definitely exercise his option and stay with the Blazers for another season. I thought, prior to the first injury, that Przybilla would opt out and look to cash in one last major contract (full MLE for five years or more).

Anyway, terrible news for Przybilla. I’m a big fan of his game, it’s a shame he’s having these difficulties.

  1. Hey Dave,

    Just drop by to wish a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy your holidays my friend. It has always been a great following your posts.

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