Monday, March 25, 2013

NBA's Oldest Player Has Broken Foot

The New York Knicks have had a rough season. Good thing it's almost over.
The club announced Tuesday that reserve forward Kurt Thomas has an acute stress reaction surrounding a  chronic stress fracture in the navicular bone, which connects the ankle bone with the rest of the foot, in his right foot. The NBA's oldest player at 40, Thomas had his best night of the season on Monday.
The team is saying that Thomas will be out two to four weeks, but it is likely he will be out for the season. He will not need surgery to repair the fracture. Thomas has been available for every game this season, but has been used sparingly by coach Mike Woodson, who used Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby instead.
Thomas sustained the injury at the loss against Portland and was in the lineup three days later against the Clippers, defending Blake Griffin. At Monday's shootaround at Utah, Thomas was listed as questionable. Before the game on Monday the Knicks took X-rays that found bone spurs in Thomas' foot. Thomas was scheduled for an MRI and CT scan the next day in New York and opted to play.
"It shows character- not just for him, but the whole team," said Jason Kidd Monday.
Thomas had his biggest night of the season, playing 27 minutes and scoring six points, and playing like it was the last game of his career. Maybe he knew deep down it was his last game and he wanted to make a final, lasting impression on his fans.
Even though he has played in just 39 games this season, Thomas is a tie to the Knicks' glory days in the 1990's and is a well-respected player in the locker room.
"I'm going to play and compete as long as I can," Thomas said Monday night after the game. "I feel like I can still compete with these young guys who are stars in the league."
Reference: New York Daily News
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