Brooklyn Nets forward David Nwaba will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured his right Achilles tendon.
The Brooklyn Nets are battling through the early moments of the season, with key players unavailable due to injury. The latest devastating injury involves defensive specialist, David Nwaba, as he suffered a season-ending injury last Thursday night.
Nwaba had been an essential component of the Nets bench as he provided not only relief but defensive pressure. His passion on the defensive side of the floor is often guarding the opponent’s best offensive player in critical game moments. He was averaging 5.2 points in 20 games, but his value was more in the intangibles within the team’s strategy.
Nwaba immediately had successful surgery following the injury, and it’s ironically the same orthopedist that worked with Kevin Durant after his surgery. Nets head coach spoke with reporters from the New York Post on the fallout from Nwaba’s injury and impacted moving forward this season.
"“When this happens, it’s kind of a shock,” coach Kenny Atkinson admitted. “We’ll get it together. We’ve got a great group of guys there in the locker room; we’ll get it together. … We’ll obviously have to have some support from our bench. Our young guys, they’ll have to step it up and pull a little of the slack."
"“We’ve been here before. And we’re going to have to reconfigure the rotation and we’ll figure it out. We have Rodions [Kurucs]. We have [Dzanan] Musa. We have a lot of good players over there, so we’ll do our best to make up for David’s absence.”"
The Nets recently waived Iman Shumpert to make room for returning players could be interested in a quick reunion. The Nets have already been without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving for an extended time and are still in the playoff picture heading into the new year.