Canadian Star Jamal Murray Tears ACL, Out for Remainder of the Season
Yesterday was a tough day for not only the NBA but Canadian basketball.
The young Denver Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray turned into a star inside the NBA bubble in Orlando last season and alongside All-Star big man Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets had every intention to build on last year’s success.
On Monday night, those plans were derailed after Murray suffered a devastating knee injury in the second half of the Nuggets 116-107 loss to the Golden State Warriors. In agonizing pain, Murray refused a wheelchair and hopped off the court with the help of two members of the team’s medical staff. A visibly shaken Mike Malone said the team was awaiting MRI results on Murray’s knee following the game.
“As of right now, obviously very down locker room,” Malone said. “…No definitive answer right now. We will wait for the imaging and go from there. Some of the [assistant] coaches said when they watched the replay it looked like he hyperextended it. He just came back [from a right knee injury], he was gone for four days. His [right] knee had been bothering him… just an awful feeling. Keep Jamal in your thoughts and prayers, and hopefully we will get some good news.”
Results arrived on Tuesday morning confirming that Murray has torn his ACL.
“Everybody knows Jamal is a huge, huge piece to this team, alongside Nikola [Jokic],” Nuggets point guard Monte Morris said “Averaging bunch load of points and just his leadership out there, he does everything. Seeing him go down like that, never, never that you could even think that was going to happen. He lifts so much, his body is strong. It is something that is a touchy subject. I don’t even like speaking about injuries.”
In 48 games this season, Murray has averaged 21.2 points and 4.8 assists per game, while shooting a career high 40.8 percent from long range.
A devastating blow for the NBA and we wish Murray a speedy recovery!