As if the injury gods hadn’t had enough, they have now decided to take Eric Bledsoe with them. According to an ESPN report, Bledsoe will be out indefinitely and require knee surgery.
Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, a top contender for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, is out indefinitely after the team determined he needs a surgical procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that the scope and severity of the injury will not be known until Bledsoe is in a surgeon’s care, but he is suspected to have suffered meniscus damage during his Dec. 30 return to Los Angeles to face the Clippers. Bledsoe was selected No. 18 overall in the 2010 draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who immediately traded him to L.A.
This is obviously a huge blow to the Suns, who have surprised everyone around the league this season. After being at the bottom of everyone’s preseason rankings, they have put together a terrific season so far, fueled by their backcourt duo of Bledsoe and Goran Dragic.
The Suns initially abandoned the tanking plan and seemed willing to trade some of their picks to get better this season, but with one of their most important players down for an extended period of time, Phoenix might have to reconsider.