NBA Rumor: Khris Middleton Injury

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Middleton is confident he will return this season, and although no timetable has been established it’s clear he is making steady progress in his recovery from surgery for a torn left hamstring. The 25-year-old shooting guard was on the Bucks’ trip to Cleveland this week and has been supporting his teammates during games and in the locker room. And he has been doing light jogging and shooting under the watchful eye of Bucks trainers and coaches at the Cousins Center, although he is being careful to follow each step in the recovery process.

Several NBA officials, in conversations concerning Middleton’s injury, said they were unaware of any player, at least in recent years, who sustained a similar injury. All of them also strongly felt Middleton’s season is over, contrary to the Bucks’ contentions that he could return late this season. At the time of Middleton’s setback, Bucks officials said Middleton would be sidelined for “approximately six months.’’ If that is indeed the case, Middleton could be available for about 13 of the Bucks’ final regular-season games as well as the playoffs, if they advanced to postseason.

Middleton knows he has a lot of work in front of him to regain his old form and be fully healthy again. He concedes he has no clue when he’ll return to action, adding, “Nah, I don’t know. Not yet.’’ But Middleton, who was all smiles while on the court the other day with his teammates, is optimistic about playing this season – as Bucks officials have stated. “I think I’ll be back at some point this season,’’ Middleton said. “When? I just don’t know yet.’’

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced that guard Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair his ruptured left hamstring. The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by Dr. David Altchek. Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months. A timeline for his return to basketball activity will be established at a later date. Middleton suffered the injury during preseason workouts on Sept. 20.

Middleton, arguably the Bucks’ best all-around player last season, had torn his left hamstring. At the team’s annual Media Day on Monday, Middleton revealed how severely he tore the hamstring. “It tore completely off the bone,’’ Middleton said. Middleton is expected to have surgery Wednesday in New York. It will be performed by Dr. David Altchek, the same surgeon who performed successful knee surgery on Bucks forward Jabari Parker on Jan. 5, 2015.
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