Wendell Carter Jr.’s core muscle injury dates back to high school
Chicago Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson revealed an interesting bit of information about Wendell Carter Jr. on Thursday morning, noting that his core muscle injury dates all the way back to high school.
According to a report from Mark Strotman of NBC Chicago, Carter played through his injury in high school and at Duke. His ailment didn’t have a significant impact on his performance, but there was often soreness involved. The Bulls worked him hard this summer to test his injury, and once he began to experience discomfort, the team opted for surgery.
John Paxson says Wendell Carter Jr's core muscle injury goes all the way back to high school. He played through it in high school and at Duke. Nothing that limited him but he was sore because of it. Felt discomfort after ramping up activity post-thumb surgery this summer.
— Mark Strotman (@markstrot) July 11, 2019
Carter, 20, underwent his core muscle procedure on Tuesday and was given an initial timetable of 6-8 weeks. Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore reports that the team is expecting the former No. 7 overall pick to be ready for training camp:
“He’ll be ready by training camp,” Paxson told Westerlund.
Carter Jr. made 44 appearances with the Bulls last season (all starts), racking up averages of 10.3 points on 48.5 percent shooting from the field, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes per outing.
Carter will have plenty of time to rehabilitate before the start of training camp. He showed good potential in his rookie campaign, so he’ll likely be looking to build on that momentum in the coming season.