The Bucks had their media day on Sunday as the NBA season draws closer. Milwaukee enters as one of the favorites to win the title. The Bucks pretty much brought the team from last year back with only a couple of free agent signings here and there. One key player that was missing from last year’s playoff run was Khris Middleton. During the media day, Khris Middleton provided an update on his injury.
Khris Middleton Injury Update
Khris Middleton acknowledges he won't be ready to play opening night, but hopes to return sometime near the beginning of the season.
The cast has been removed from his wrist and he hopes to get some range of motion and pick up a basketball in the next few weeks
— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) September 25, 2022
Bad news for Bucks fans. Middleton may not be ready for the start of the season. Both Middleton and general manager Jon Horst made comments that Middleton will be on the court for opening night. Horst said Middleton is expected back “early in our season” per The Athletic’s Eric Nehm. Middleton commented on his status saying that he hopes it is “closer to the start of the season.” Both of these comments do not blatantly say that Middleton will be out but strongly hint towards it. This was not the Khris Middleton injury update that fans wanted to hear.
What Is The Injury?
This is not the same injury that kept Middleton out of the series against Boston during last year’s playoff run. That injury was a knee while this is his wrist. He played through the injury and then had offseason surgery to repair the damage. He has been in a cast for most of the offseason and just got it off a couple of weeks ago. It will take Middleton some time to get the full range of motion and be able to play an NBA basketball game.
The Bucks Will Be Fine
The hope is that he suffers no setbacks and will be on the court soon. Even if Middleton misses time, the Bucks have enough talent on the roster to survive without Middleton. Last year, they almost beat the Eastern Conference champions without him. The goal for the Buck should be to make sure that Khris Middleton is completely healthy before coming back. They need him for the playoff push.
The Khris Middleton injury update is not ideal but it is good to hear that everything seems to be progressing well. The Bucks have a great chance at a championship as many other teams in the East have huge flaws. Hopefully we will see Middleton on the court soon.