Thursday , Feb , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats can’t shake injury bug

(Sports Network) – Already without guard Brevin Knight, who has been out
since late December and has missed the club’s last 17 games, the Bobcats lost
two more players this week.

Charlotte announced on Wednesday that center Othella Harrington will undergo
surgery on his left knee and is expected to be out at least 3-to-6 weeks. That
came on the same day the club said forward Sean May will remain sidelined
indefinitely with a bone bruise in his right knee.

May’s injury is most frustrating, as the second-year forward has led the team
in scoring four times this year. However, he missed a total of 59 games last
year because of right knee problems.

The Bobcats were plagued with injuries last year, losing a total of 257 man
games to injury. Among those who missed significant time in addition to May
included Emeka Okafor (56 games), Gerald Wallace (26), Jake Voskuhl (29) and
Melvin Ely (21).

“It definitely hurts (to miss this time),” Harrington said of his injury. “You
always want to play and be a part of the team, but unfortunately you just
can’t control injuries.”

Okafor, who was sidelined last year with a sprained right ankle, has stayed
heathy this year so far and is averaging a double-double at 15 points and 11.4
rebounds per game as he continues to mature as a player.

But if the Bobcats continue to loss significant time to injury, it will be
difficult for them to mesh together as a team, especially for the young
players.

May, Okafor and Wallace are all under 25 and should be the backbone of the
Bobcats for some time to come. They just have to stay on the court together.

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