Wilson Chandler had been slated to return soon to get in on the preseason action, but that has now been delayed:
Forward Wilson Chandler, still dealing with his recovery from hip surgery, was supposed to play at Portland, but Karl didn’t sound so sure Tuesday. Karl found out just five minutes before practice that Chandler wouldn’t be able to participate in the practice. The Nuggets would like Chandler to log some game minutes this fall, but they’re not going to force him into a situation if he’s not healthy.
The details are vague, but hopefully this is just a minor delay and Chandler can be ready to go by the regular season.
The news about Stone, however, is more ominous:
Julyan Stone is still recovering from his hip surgery, and today Nuggets coach George Karl said his No. 3 point guard could be sidelined all the way until January… Asked about how his team will handle the PG position with Stone out, Karl said, “It’s a philosophical discussion to have at the end of camp.”
With all due respect to Karl, there is nothing “philosophical” about the question of whether to discard a young, unique developing player in order to get a few months of Anthony Carter as third stringer.It’s pretty clear cut and objective. You just don’t do it. Case closed. And while Masai Ujiri has given us no reason to believe he’d squander an asset in that way, it’s easy for Nuggets fans to imagine what Karl is whispering in his ear.
With Andre Miller having suffered a separated shoulder near the end of last season, not getting any younger, and making a very slow return to action this preseason, the temptation may be there to lock in an injury insurance third PG who’s good to go immediately. Hopefully Ujiri will have the good sense to resist that urge, and stand by Stone’s development.
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