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Haywood Set For Surgery On Thursday

When Brendan Haywood thought he had only sprained his wrist during training camp earlier this month, he called his friend and former Wizards teammate Jared Jeffries to tell him the news. Jeffries, the New York Knicks forward, didn't have much room for sympathy - earlier in the day, Jeffries had broken his left leg.

"I was like, you one-upped me," Haywood said he told Jeffries.

Jeffries is set to return to action in mid-to-late November. Haywood visited with three hand specialists last week who informed him that he had a torn ligament and needed surgery "quickly." When he found out that the surgery could keep him out of action from four to six months, Haywood called Jeffries again.

"I said, 'I'm back on top, I'm out four months now,' " Haywood said, chuckling, last Friday. "Right now, I'm leading with injury game with Jared."

Haywood will have surgery on Thursday in New York. He suffered the injury in training camp in Richmond when he blocked a shot by rookie JaVale McGee in practice. Jeffries, who was a potential starter under new Coach Mike D'Antoni, fractured his left fibula when he blocked Stephon Marbury's shot in practice. (Playing defense can be painful).

Jeffries suffered a broken wrist during training camp two years ago and has been offering some advice to Haywood. "He's been talking to me about it. He said it gets frustrating once they put you in that cast, and find something to do because you might be a little bored."

The 7-foot Haywood did not join the team on its trip to Europe this week. He averaged career-highs of 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots while shooting 52.8 percent last season.

By Michael Lee  |  October 15, 2008; 4:12 PM ET
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Ouch. Big blow to the WizKids

Posted by: HMRWLF | October 15, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

but the first to exclaim it! Go Wiz!

Posted by: The Second Poster | October 15, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

The drafting and use of JJ typifies what the Wiz fans have had to deal with during the EG/EJ era when he was here. At least JJ had more supporters than Ruffin. In NY, JJ has about 30 fans, or about $1M in salary per fan.

Now that I think about it, I wonder why Blatche isn't playing the 2. He must be too young and inexperienced.

Posted by: Izman | October 15, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

The blaming of Grunfeld for drafting Jeffries when, in fact, Jeffries was drafted during the MJ/Collins era typifies Izman's seemingly endless capacity for being wrong.

Posted by: kalorama | October 15, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Hope it goes well, Brendan!

Posted by: khrabb | October 16, 2008 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Witness the dawning of the JVMG era.

Posted by: kfraz | October 16, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

The JVMG era appears to be a ways off based on the Berlin game, but perhaps things will go differently for the young man in Barcelona. Meanwhile, it would seem to be ET Reurns.

Posted by: khrabb | October 16, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

To second Kal's comments, JJ was drafted at No. 11 and Juan Dixon at No. 17 by the Jordan regime in the 2002 draft. If memory serves me correctly, Caron was drafted No. 10 by Miami and was the player the Wiz wanted in the draft. Thanks to an astute trade by EG, we were able to unload Kwame Brown (another Jordan pick) on the Lakers for Caron in 2005. Except for picking up BTH in a trade and Etan Thomas as part of the unloading of Juwan Howard's huge salary, every other player on the roster has been acquired during the EG/EJ regime.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 16, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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