View Full Version : Bibby may miss 10 weeks with torn thumb ligament

10-26-2007, 10:02 PM

LAS VEGAS -- Sacramento Kings point guard Mike Bibby tore a ligament in his left thumb and could be out six to 10 weeks, Kings coach Reggie Theus said.

"The treatment stuff is being evaluated," Theus said. "We don't know which route they're going to take.

"I just heard there's a couple of different scenarios. One is six weeks, the other is 10 weeks. Either way it goes, we've got to make some adjustments."

The exact timing of the injury was uncertain. Bibby traveled to Las Vegas with the Kings on Thursday for their exhibition game against the Los Angeles Lakers but returned to Sacramento before the game on Friday. He underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Friday morning. Theus said he was not certain exactly when Bibby sustained the injury.

"He said it happened the other day in practice, but I didn't see him fall or anything," Theus said.

Bibby started every game last season and averaged 17.1 points and 4.7 assists for the Kings last season. In seven preseason games this month he averaged 13.4 points and three assists.

Second-year guard Quincy Douby started Friday's game against the Lakers and is expected to take over the point guard duties while Bibby's status is determined.

"It's tough for me, because he was playing so hard," Theus said. "His attitude was just tremendous. Basically the players looked to him as the leader of the team in a lot of ways. To have that happen, it's a tough situation. But it's part of the game, you have to shake it off and figure out a way to get it done. Talent level is important in the league, it still doesn't stop the theory of wanting to play harder than the other team."

The Kings will also be without Ron Artest for the first seven games of the season while he serves a seven-game suspension for a no contest plea to infliction of injury on his wife. Artest is appealing the suspension.

Bibby experienced a similar injury last season when he injured his right thumb in a preseason game against the Hornets. He was diagnosed with a mallet thumb -- an injury in which a finger tendon becomes detached from a bone, preventing the finger from fully extending.

Initially, the Kings didn't expect him to play for at least three weeks, but he played through the injury. It may have affected Bibby as he shot a career-low 40.4 percent from the field.

10-27-2007, 10:28 AM
Most the reports around here have him out 6-8 weeks. No doubt the Kings will have to look at signing a pg (Payton's name has been mentioned) or find one through a trade.

10-27-2007, 12:05 PM
Thumb injuries are the worst. You take foregranted how important your thumb is until it's hurt. I've sprained my thumb a few times before and it sucks...

10-27-2007, 12:17 PM
fantasy bust

10-27-2007, 12:38 PM
"He said it happened the other day in practice, but I didn't see him fall or anything," Theus said.

Maybe I'm reading things incorrectly, but does this sound like doubt to anyone else?

10-27-2007, 12:44 PM
it's just a rookie coach being a rookie coach

10-27-2007, 01:05 PM
Maybe I'm reading things incorrectly, but does this sound like doubt to anyone else?

They were in Vegas....it was probably a slot-machine related injury. Ah the evils of casinos.

10-27-2007, 01:38 PM
man that sucks.. I hate the mini me look a like, but I never like to see injuries

10-27-2007, 06:51 PM
He's had surgery on his thumb and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks. Not good news for the Kings who were looking pretty good in preseason.