Chris Wilcox Said he Played Injured last season

Apr 23, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) and Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (44) battle for a rebound during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 87-71. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Wilcox is still looking for a home after a less than productive season with the Boston Celtics. Wilcox had little to no impact for the Celtics last season throughout the year. At one point, Shavlik Randolph bumped Wilcox out of the rotation.

Wilcox explained to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that his thumb injury from last season required surgery and he played through the year with his injured thumb.

The injury was diagnosed as a strained ulnar collateral ligament and Wilcox wore a wrap around the thumb for the remainder of the season. Wilcox told the Globe on Wednesday that he discovered after the season that the ligament was actually torn and required surgery.

“It was tough, it never got better,” he said. “I just thought I would give it some rest after the season and I would barely put my hand in a fist. It didn’t get any better.”

This explains why Wilcox isn’t on an NBA roster at this point. He’s good for being the third big off of your bench in a pinch, but the pool has been absolutely dry for Wilcox this offseason. Teams don’t know how he will react to his injured thumb next season–especially going into the latter half of his career. Many teams aren’t going to want to take a chance on Wilcox.

Its a shame because Wilcox seems like a genuinely good person who will give it his all on the floor. Hopefully he finds a job soon enough.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Chris Wilcox, Injuries, NBA

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  • John hooks

    Heard this excuse before!

    • http://ballahollicsonly.wordpress.com Michael Sykes, II

      It isn’t like he was getting huge minutes anyway. Shavlik probably ended up being a bit better than Wilcox last season. Maybe the thumb is why? Either way, he probably won’t be back on the team next year.

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