Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Mexico Not Rushing Back Sim Bhullar

New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies said last Tuesday that he is not interested in rushing back center Sim Bhullar from a foot injury. 
"It's healing a bit slow and we're being cautious, also," Menzies said. "We have been told we don't want to put him out there until, from a pain level from zero to 10, it's at a zero. We want to get him there and then bring him back."
Congrats to coach Menzies, who wins our compassion award of the week! It's rare that you see coaches who are more interested in the health of their players than their win-loss record. 
Menzies said at the time that Bhullar would likely travel with the Aggies last Wednesday for their Western Athletic Conference road trip to play Chicago State and Missouri-Kansas City, but would not see any playing time. 
"It's not a serious injury but just one where rest is what he needs," Menzies said. "Would I play him (Thursday) and Saturday if it were the WAC Tournament? I would probably have to consult with the family, but he feels good. It's more of a monitoring situation right now."
The team maintains that the injury to Bhullar's right foot foot is a bruise. Bhullar has not been in practice since missing the Aggies first three WAC games of the year. 
"I've been told that it's a bruise so it's kind of lingering because where it is on the foot," Menzies said. "We have him on crutches and a boot, but it's just a time thing. I was hoping he would be able to practice and go this week based on the initial prognosis. It's not a serious injury but just one where rest is what he needs."
Bhullar, a 7-foot-5-inch player, is a native of Toronto, whose parents emigrated from Punjab. The New York Times has stated he "is poised to become the world's first prominent men's basketball player of Indian and Sikh descent" and could be the "next great basketball ambassador" to Asia since Yao Ming. We'll be on the lookout for his future career. 
Reference: Las Cruces Sun-News
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