Just as DeSagana Diop started to get increased playing time under new coach Paul Silas, the center has been lost for the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
Tests revealed the injury on Monday, three days after Diop was sidelined in the second quarter of a loss to Golden State.
Diop had been stuck on the bench under Larry Brown for much of the past two seasons. But the 7-footer played 23 minutes and blocked three shots in Silas’ debut against Detroit last week. Diop, who played under Silas in Cleveland, had five rebounds in 22 minutes against the Cavaliers two nights later.
“He was going to get a lot of playing time. He was enthused, upbeat. It’s just too bad that it had to happen at this time,” Silas said. “He hadn’t played a lot, but he knew he was going to play for me. It’s just a shame.”
That is a shame for DeSagana and for Charlotte. He was just starting to find his place on that ball club under Paul Silas and would have been a valuable interior defender for the remainder of the season.
Hopefully, Diop will fully recover and be back next season. A quality defensive big man.