NBA Rumor: Bol Bol Injury

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Bol Bol done for the season

Bol Bol won’t play for the Orlando Magic during the 2021-22 season, team president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said Tuesday morning. The Magic acquired Bol from the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 10 ahead of the trade deadline. Bol, a 22-year-old big man who’s listed at 7-2, 220 pounds, was sidelined when the Magic traded for him after having right foot surgery on Jan. 18.

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“Bol’s working very hard,” Weltman said. “He’s working diligently. He’s working every day. He continues to ramp up. “He’s just doing individual work right now. We’re going to be careful with him as we are with everyone to make sure he doesn’t skip steps in his rehabilitation.” Bol’s averaged 2.7 points (47.8% shooting and 37.8% on 3-pointers) and 1.2 rebounds in 6.2 minutes in his 53 regular-season games (all with the Nuggets) after originally being selected by the Miami Heat in the second round (No. 44 pick) of the 2019 draft. He’ll be eligible for restricted free agency if Orlando extends the $2.7 million qualifying offer this offseason.

In his first public remarks since his season-ending injury and subsequent surgery, Bol said he initially didn’t think the non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot was “that much of a problem” until doctors diagnosed its severity and it led to surgery by renowned orthopedic Dr. Martin O’Malley. “I was bummed out that I couldn’t play,” said Bol, who led the Ducks in scoring (21.0 points), rebounding (9.6) and blocks (2.7) prior to the injury. “It just took me like three weeks to get over it.”
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