One of the worst things about any sport is injury, because it’s an aspect that’s tough to control and once it occurs it can be catastrophic to any team but more importantly the player(s) who are involved, just ask the Golden State Warriors.
The Phoenix Suns have been very fortunate for the most part when it comes to injuries. The Phoenix Suns training staff is a world class training staff and they’ve done an incredible job to keep the Suns players healthy and on the basketball court. Staying healthy is very important for the Suns players, especially this season.
The Suns have a solid depth chart this season as all 12 guys that’s going to be part of the Suns rotation will be able to produce on the court, so once someone gets hurt, it opens the door for someone else then next thing you know you lose your minutes; that’s pretty much how Goran Dragic burst on the scene, taking over the starting point guard spot in Houston after Kyle Lowry went down.
Goran Dragic suffered a sprained ankle last Wednesday during a 5 on 5 pick-up game when he landed on Suns center Jermaine O’Neal as Dragic sat during the first day of training camp and most likely the second. Fortunately for the Dragic and the Suns, Dragic has been here before, he knows the system, and he’s pretty familiar with the Suns game plan.
Dragic’s ankle injury isn’t serious. Dragic is planning to be involved in practice within the next few days and should be ready to go during the Suns first preseason game in Sacramento against the Kings. This was a scary moment because according to Dragic when he first suffered the ankle sprain he feared it was a hairline fracture which could’ve kept him out until opening night.
The Suns hasn’t really had any serious injuries since the Amar’e Stoudemire micro-fracture situation back in 2005 so the Suns should count their blessings and give head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson a 200% bonus along with a lifetime contract.
Dragic can’t afford to get hurt at all this season as he’s the only starting caliber point guard the Suns got. Should Dragic be hurt, rookie Kendall Marshall will most likely get tossed in the fire in his place.