NBA Rumor: Al-Farouq Aminu Injury

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Orlando Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure to address continued swelling in his right knee, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today. The procedure went as planned and will allow Aminu to complete his final phase of rehabilitation. Aminu’s return to the court will depend on how he responds to treatment and rehabilitation. He missed 55 games last season after originally suffering the injury on November 29, 2019 vs. Toronto. Aminu underwent surgery on January 7.

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“Not a whole lot of news there,” Weltman said when asked about the possibility of Isaac or Aminu returning. “As always, we’re going to wait and see how they respond to rehab. They’re both working very hard. There’s a difference of being healthy and then being safely healthy. It will have been a long, long time since those guys played and you know organizationally that we’re never going to put our guys in a position where they’re exposed to any sort of risk of injury. So that being said, we’ll just continue to see how they progress.”

His first season with the Magic wasn’t supposed to go like this. “It’s a tough situation, but you always got to try to find the silver lining of it,” Aminu said before tipoff, in his first interview since he underwent surgery Jan. 7 to repair torn meniscus cartilage. “With the time off, I’ve been able to focus on things outside the court. Also, I’ve been able to work on little fundamental things as well, and I think it’s going to help me and help improve my game overall. So you’ve just got to focus on the positives.”

His first season with the Magic wasn’t supposed to go like this. “It’s a tough situation, but you always got to try to find the silver lining of it,” Aminu said before tipoff, in his first interview since he underwent surgery Jan. 7 to repair torn meniscus cartilage. “With the time off, I’ve been able to focus on things outside the court. Also, I’ve been able to work on little fundamental things as well, and I think it’s going to help me and help improve my game overall. So you’ve just got to focus on the positives.”

Wes Iwundu, who started three games last week while Gordon was out, figures to gain most of the playing time with the second unit. That extent of the absence for Aminu won’t be known until he and the Magic’s medical team come to a consensus on the plan of action to repair his knee. “I’m going to trust in the doctor to give me the best (opinion) and then I’ll be able to make my decision,’’ Aminu said. “Until I get the second opinion, it’s kind of hard to say (whether or not he’ll have surgery).’’
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