Raja Bell Could Be Out 4 Months

by October 21, 2009

Some terrible news for the Bobcats. A wrist injury may knock Raja out for a very long time: “Minutes after the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 94-87 Tuesday, coach Larry Brown announced starter Raja Bell has a torn ligament in his left wrist. If Bell chooses to have surgery, he’d miss up to four months in recovery. Bell plans to seek a second opinion from a Chicago hand specialist on whether surgery is warranted. In the alternative, Bell could try rest and rehabilitation. If that’s successful, he’d be back on the court much sooner. ‘It’s a (decision) I won’t take lightly. I’ve only had six or seven hours to digest” the latest diagnosis, Bell said. ‘I know I’ve got a responsibility to the Bobcats.’ He’s also in a delicate situation contract-wise. Bell turned 33 last month and the Bobcats turned down his request last summer for an extension. What’s worse? Sitting out most of the season or risk entering free agency as damaged goods?”