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.
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