The Lakers conceded Wednesday what to date had been only a quiet rumor: Karl Malone will not be returning to the basketball court until March at the earliest.
Malone sprained his right knee in a Dec. 21 collision with Phoenix's Scott Williams, and at the time, team officials hoped he would be back within days or, at worst, weeks. They now admit those expectations were "overly optimistic," in the words of Lakers spokesman John Black.
The Lakers are projecting Malone will return in mid- to late March.
The diagnosis has not changed. The Lakers continue to describe the injury as a sprained medial collateral ligament -- by definition, a minor tear. Only the announced timeline has changed.
I knew it. Knee sprains don't result in a two month absence. It was obvious that his injury was more serious than the team was letting on.Originally posted by <b>Pinball</b>!
Why don't they say what's really wrong with Malone's knee instead of acting like it's a minor sprain? The man could have a torn ACL for all we know. It reminds me of the Edgerrin James situation a couple of years ago. He tore up his knee and the Colts were saying that he was week to week. Only after a couple of weeks did they reveal the seriousness of his injury and the fact that he'd be out for the year.