Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 3:52 pm  |  34 responses

Al Jefferson Out Indefinitely With ACL Tear

by Ryne Nelson

Al Jefferson rocked back and forth on the floor last night, holding his throbbing knee. The Wolves ace landed awkwardly on Sean Marks’ foot with 27.2 seconds remaining, causing his right knee to twist about 20 degrees to the inside when he landed. He hopped toward the Wolves’ bench but hobbled to the floor instead.

Reports indicate Jefferson will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee and will have surgery in 6-10 days. From the Star-Tribune:

Al Jefferson, the Timberwolves’ best player, will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament. He suffered the injury Sunday night in New Orleans near the end of the Wolves’ 101-97 loss to the Hornets.

Jefferson leaped, landed awkwardly on one foot and tumbled to the floor. He got back up, hopped toward the Wolves’ bench but collapsed, writhing in pain and clutching his right knee.

For those who think the injury is a blessing in disguise, think again. The Wolves’ franchise player may never be the same, and the upcoming Class of 2009 may be one of the weakest in several years. Not only that, but the injuries to Jefferson and Brewer (who suffered a similar injury in late November) could be a huge deterrents in attracting free agents this summer. Kevin Love and Rodney Carney should have minutes to develop, but that’s the only true upside of the situation.

How Jefferson handles the rehab will be a test for him. He was quietly criticized for not being in proper shape this season, and the big question will be how hard he works to get into even better shape after being laid up for several months.

How the Timberwolves will manage to put up even 90 points per game from here on out is a mystery. Kevin McHale can look forward to seeing exactly how average the rest of his talent really is.

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  • Myung

    I hope he gets back soon and keeps the weight down.

  • mike

    I’m so sick of all these injuries lately! Stop!

  • niQ

    get well soon man. as for now, time for love’s shine.

  • Prison Mike

    So, who replaces him as the west’s biggest all-star snub? Get well soon.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    He’s still the biggest snub, Mike. His injury doesn’t take that away from him.

  • Myung

    Kevin Love replaces him as the Rookie Team’s biggest snub.

  • a_whiteman

    I find it Funny how they took out the handchecking and contact on the perimeter to prevent this from happening.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Hate all these season ending injuries. What gives? Huge All Star snub, love the back to the basket game. A shame to see him out.

  • a_whiteman

    And carmelo was the biggest snub

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    ^what does that have to do with anything? Al Jeff landed on someone’s foot. There’s no way to take that out of the game.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    …last comment was directed at a_whiteman.

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

    I was about to say something, but Ciol beat me to it.

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    I’m not worried about Big Al getting bigger. And, it will take many months, probably well into 2009/10 for him to be back in playing shape. The notion that he “may never be the same” is far-fetched. Al’s game is not based on speed but quickness and explosiveness. He will fully recover, but it will take a full year or more.

  • Cp34mVP

    Awww man.. Big blow to the ‘Wolves

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Carmelo wasn’t a snub. Al Jeff was.

  • http://wherethenbareallyhappens.blogspot.com Collin

    nice article Ryne

  • vmcb

    Well thats unfortunate. Jefferson was having a great season, and the Wolves were finally playing decent ball. Heres to hoping he makes a full recovery.

  • T Money

    Sorry Myles

  • mike

    not sure why the article was so dramatic – acl injuries aren’t microfracture surgery and this player’s game doesn’t depend on overwhelming athleticism

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    this is really bad. like 6-8 months recovory time, right?
    Get well Al.

  • http://slamonline.com Rushdiddy

    This really sucks..,big Al was having a MONSTER season and Kevin Mchale was actually starting to look good…time to see if Foye and Bassy step their games up.

  • MeloMan13

    tht sucks…but Melo still got snubbed harder

  • Sarah

    You could tell he tore something by the way he was writhing on the floor. Didn’t look good at all. God bless him. I hope to see him back on the floor next season.

  • donlaker

    good luck a j you were ballin out of control
    your team was starting to follow your lead..
    kevin love has big low post shoes to fill

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    My fantasy team just got a whole lot worse. Al, good luck in the rehab, buddy.

  • clapzilla

    Melo Will Probably Take This As A Cue To Show Up In Phoenix Thursday Night. He’ll Tell The NBA He’s There If They Need Him. Just In Case. You Never Know. Sometimes, People Get Tire-Ironed… In The Knees.

  • jedi420

    There goes what little hope I had left in fantasy hoops this year out the window :( Good luck with rehab Big Al you are a beast..

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    First Zach Randolph. Then Gooden. Then Redd. And now Jefferson. Jesus Christ my fantasy players are dropping. Good thing I still have Gilbert Arenas…

  • jose

    get well al .u did deserve that all-star spot.

  • ClydeSays

    If Al takes this time to study NBA defense & works on his help D and individual defense he’ll be unstoppable.

    And McHale just got himself another Lottery Pick to blow on a player he won’t need or know how to use.

  • Gambit

    I guess my idea of Big Al getting a signature by Reebok just went down the drain. All-Star 2010 in Dallas featuring Mr. 20-10.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jack

    That sucks somethin chronic. But sorry all, Melo was, and still is the biggest snub.

  • jedi420

    @Jack – Only three guys in the entire league averaging 20 and 10 this year..Dwight Howard, Timmy D and Big Al.. How he wasn’t on the All-Star team is unexplainable.. If I’m not mistaken Melo has been in and out of the lineup with a few injuries..

  • Tomas

    Can we get two lottery picks if we lose the rest of our games?…

    And yes, Jefferson was the biggest snub. When you drop 23 and 11 –stats better than both Amare and Shaq, umhmmm, then you definately got snubbed.