Orlando Magic rookie center Mohamed Bamba has suffered a stress fracture in his left tibia, the team announced Tuesday:
Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left tibia, but the team is hopeful that the 7-foot rookie won’t need surgery – a factor that might allow him to play again this season.
Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman is hopeful that the franchise uncovered the injury before it became serious, potentialy allowing Bamba to get back on the floor sooner. The franchise is hopeful that with rest and an intensive rehabilitation process that Bamba will be able to avoid surgery.
“Thankfully, we caught this early and we’re able to treat Mo without surgery,’’ Weltman said. “His return to action will depend on how he responds to treatment.’’
Bamba, 20, was selected sixth overall by the Magic in the 2018 NBA Draft.
In 47 games this season, Bamba has averaged 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16.3 minutes per game. While the Magic likely regard Bamba as their center of the future, he has had to play behind All-Star Nikola Vucevic. Despite his light minutes load, Bamba leads the Magic in blocks per game.