Rodney Stuckey Injury: Pistons Guard Needs Surgery
Rodeny Stuckey, the point guard for the Detroit Pistons, is injured and out indefinitely. He recently hurt his thumb after slamming it in his car door. His thumb reportedly became caught in the door jamb of his vehicle when the door was closing. He is a 27 year old player who has been in the league for 6 years.
The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, and just minutes before the Pistons’ first preseason game against the Miami Heat on Thursday, team officials announced that he had suffered a broken right thumb. Stuckey has faced an injury while on the team before and was forced to sit out for 27 games as a rookie, due to a broken bone in his left hand, according to the Detroit Free Press. He is one of the familiar faces on a struggling Pistons team, but even still, it is not guaranteed that he would have started in their season opener on October 30th. Head coach Maurice Cheeks had already determined that the veteran Chauncey Billups is the player who is most likely to start in the point guard position when the regular season stars. Billups, who led the team to a national championship in 2004, is returning to the team after years of playing with the Denver Nuggets, and two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Pistons say G Rodney Stuckey—>successful surgery to repair fracture of distal phalanx, R thumb. What, no distal-phalanxectomy?
— Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) October 11, 2013
Stuckey will undergo surgery on Friday, although it is up in the air when he will be able to make it back on the court. After the surgery, the team officials will be able to determine a timetable of when he will be able to join the team again. He was drafted by the Pistons in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft, and averaged 13.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game, during his first 6 years in the league.
Within the Pistons organization, there's hope that Rodney Stuckey can return from broken thumb by opening night, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 11, 2013
As a comparison with other players who have suffered a similar injury, Sports Ilustrated mentions that Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari was out for four weeks with a fractured thumb in 2012, and former Bucks guard Luke Ridnour had the same timeline with his injury in 2009.
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