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Ben Madgen out for 6 months
- Updated: June 12, 2013
The Sydney Kings have taken a huge blow to their 2013-14 season before it even starts. Today it was revealed that Ben Madgen will miss up to 6 months with an ankle injury.
Madgen dislocated his ankle at Boomers practice before game 2 of their series against China. He was released from hospital and has since returned home but further tests reveal he will miss up to half a year.
Shane Heal spoke to Boti Nagy from Adelaide Now about his injury:
The best news is Ben won’t need any surgery, he saw a surgeon here and luckily the ankle was put back in place and there was no fracture. – Shane Heal
The 28 year old NBL MVP candidate had a career year last season leading the league in scoring with 18.2 points per game to go along with 3.4 rebounds per game. Madgen took out the NBL’s most improved player award, selected to the All-NBL First Team and the NBL All-Star team. He also scored a career high 33 points against the Townsville Crocs on the 3rd of March 2013.
Madgen is expected to return to the Kings line up around late December early January 2014 – deep into the new season.
The Kings just recently signed import Jesse Sanders to play the point, thinking that Madgen would be their leading scorer at the shooting guard position. It is currently unknown if the Kings will look for a short term replacement.
Nat Where You At
What did clubs do before they had people to write press releases Rach? When media asks a coach a question and he replies honestly, then it gets reported. Club can put out releases whenever it wants.
He was still under contract with the club. But it's VERY safe to say he won't be re-signed. According to the interview with Boti it looks like they might just run with James at the 2 and Hill at the 3
If there is no media release it is not official. That was not the only issue that was reported without consent.
Would they look at Bartlett now? Not at Madgens level but cheap replacement n he jacks shots up like he's a shooting guard anyway! lol