Dallas Mavericks big man Brandan Wright has a new contract, 15 additional pounds of muscle, a sprouting beard that he's quite proud of ...
And, it seemed on Thursday morning, a problem.
Wright underwent an MRI to determine the severity of an injury to his left shoulder. In my brief afternoon visits with Wright and with Mavs GM Donnie Nelson at the “Mavs Masters” corporate golf outing at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, neither man expressed deep worry about the issue.
And on Thursday evening, relief from Wright.
"There is no damage to the previous (shoulder) repair,' Wright tells DB.com. "I'll have a couple of evaluations over the next two weeks. And I'll be back strong.''
Over the course of those two weeks, Wright's shoulder will likely be immobilized to help what the MRI showed is a small, non-displaced fracture to his left shoulder.
why a concern over something worse?
Wright, the eighth overall pick in the 2007 Draft by the Warriors, missed the entire 2009-10 season after undergoing surgery on a labrum tear of that left shoulder. The 6-10 center/forward has missed 119 games managing his shoulder and DB.com athletic trainer Jeff Stotts notes that any damage to the labrum would be particularly limiting.
The Mavs hoped this issue -- sustained Tuesday in practice -- would be unrelated to the labrum problem. And they've gotten their wish, Wright telling DB.com that he's looking forward to
a return to the weight room, where DB.com caught up with him in this Premium Q-and--A.
"I had the same concerns (about the labrum and surgery) so this is good news,'' says Wright, adding that it's a "blessing.''