Jazz coach Quin Snyder ‘feels awful’ for Dante Exum, says ‘it’s a blow for the kid’
Dante Exum just can’t catch a break. In the aftermath of the fifth-year guard suffering a knee injury earlier this week, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder offered support as he undergoes yet another arduous rehabilitation process.
“You just feel awful, for him first and foremost,” he said on Saturday before the Jazz take on the Brooklyn Nets, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune. “My discussion with him has been similar to other times he’s had those setbacks, and figure out a way to use it, and we’ll see what happens going forward… But it’s a blow for the kid.”
Exum’s career to date has been marked by far more stops than starts. After playing all 82 games as a rookie, the 23-year-old has failed to put together a single season in the interim that wasn’t drastically affected by injury. He missed the entirety of the 2015-16 season due to a torn ACL he suffered in the offseason, and he played in just 14 games in 2017-18 after separating his shoulder during a preseason game — an injury that ultimately required surgery.
Still, Utah saw enough from Exum – particularly during last year’s playoffs, perhaps, when he defended James Harden as well as seems possible – to sign him to a three-year, $33 million contract in restricted free agency last summer.
Even before going down with a partially torn patellar tendon earlier this week, Dante Exum still hadn’t avoided the injury bug this season. He missed two full months of play from January to March due to a sprained left ankle.