Friday, December 19th, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  25 responses

Elton Brand (and His Shoulder) Will See You Sometime Next Year

by Marcel Mutoni

The news went from bad to worse for Elton Brand and the Philly Sixers yesterday. After an inspection of his dislocated shoulder by the medical staff, it was decided that it’d be in everyone’s best interest if EB shut it down for a while.

The Philly Inquirer has the details:

Later that night, Brand went off-site for an MRI. Yesterday, the Sixers confirmed the details of his injury: fracture of the humeral head (bone), tear of the labrum.

In layman’s terms, that means the Sixers’ leading scorer is pretty badly hurt. The estimated recovery time is about a month because the Sixers’ doctor, Jack McPhilemy, said he did not believe the injury required surgery at this time.

Brand, who has struggled to adjust his bruising style to the Sixers’ run-n-gun mentality, will be out of action for the second time this season due to injury. Clippers fans everywhere just nodded gloomily.

It’s fair to say that things haven’t exactly gone according to plan in Philadelphia this season – the team is three games below .500, and has struggled to forge an identiy – and this latest setback will do nothing to inspire confidence in the Sixers faithful.

Thank goodness for the Phillies.

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  • riggs

    so his elbow is f*cked up?

  • RM

    Maybe DreDala will finally start playing some real basketball.

  • James aka…

    Wow, maybe mo cheeks gets his job back?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Wow, I interpreted the headline as, “He’s hurt for the rest of the year and isn’t coming back until next season”. Damn trick headlines.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Welcome to the spotlight, Thaddeus.

  • http://deleted Fresh

    When you saw the injury the first time it didnt look so bad when you saw it a second time. and especially in sllow motion you could tell something was up

  • mike

    @ James, I was thinking the same thing. Maybe Brand would have never got injured that time if Cheeks was coaching. It’s the butterfly effect.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I thought Jack McPhilemy ran the old amusement park down by the pier.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    If they don’t get Thad in the starting lineup and actuallt get him some shots, their entire front office/coaching staff needs to be fired. Iguodala is not the answer to this problem.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Ewing Theory, coming right up.

  • underdog

    So this means everybody will write them off, and they manage to catch a playoff spot? Again?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    I told you thaddeus would be a better choice then mb especially now

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    If they kept the reciept, can the 76ers get their money back?

  • mike

    I love the Ewing Theory! Please let it be true here.

  • jaywhy

    over-rated! over-tated! over-rated!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I can see why Philly did what they did. They were a surprise team last year, but let’s face it : you ain’t winning ish in this league if you don’t have someone to throw the ball too down low (except if you have mj and pip on the wings i guess, but even then mj was beasting on mofos on the block so he was essentially their best post up guy). So they got EB, can’t get mad at a team that’s trying to improve. What they had failed to realize though is that Dre is NOT that dude. He doesn’t score easy. And why did they ship Korver? Did he sleep with the owner’s daughter?

  • eric d

    thats going from bad to broke. i blame donald sterling for this, his miserable tentacles know no bounds.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Z: I was wondering why they moved Korver also. I’m pretty sure they basically just gave him to the Jazz last season.

  • Nigel

    Kyle Korver was traded too save cap space in order to sign Brand.

  • Stevie

    Man Michael Beasley is such a bust. Too slow to defend SF’s, too small to defend PF’s, not a post-up presence, but not a playmaker either so its kind-of wack to have his perimeter scoring……. yikes, he dont even rebound good either.

  • G8RS

    Get better EB! An injury for an NBA player can be so disappointing. Gil fans can relate.

  • Jaymes

    @Z..spot on about Dre. Too slow in the halfcourt set. If they had a PG who gets in the lane with more ease EB gets open j’s and his transition in to the new team is smoother.


    The curse of Elton Brand lives on. Watch as the Sixers start to play their best ball of the season…

  • ClydeSays

    Gah. EB brought the Clippers curse with him.

  • Jose

    karma for leavin the clips?maybe. the curse sounds like a better reason tho