That knee sprain Kendall Marshall suffered during Milwaukee’s game in London against the New York Knicks? Your worst fears about it have been confirmed. The Bucks announced yesterday Marshall has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Per the Bucks:
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced today that guard Kendall Marshall will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during the second period of the Bucks win vs. New York in London on Thursday, Jan. 15.
Marshall finishes his third season averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 assists in 14.9 minutes per game. Marshall played in 28 of Milwaukee’s 40 games this season, as head coach Jason Kidd brought him in and out of the rotation in various attempts to jump start the team. He started three games.
Kidd was disappointed, but optimistic another player would step up.
“He’s been great for us,” Kidd said Saturday. “It’s disappointing. It’s an unfortunate accident for a player who was playing well for us.”
“It’s next guy up,” he said. “We’ll play the 11 that we have and we’ll go from there; we’ll figure it out. There are some guys who will have to play some more minutes, which they’re probably excited about. We’ve got one guy averaging over 30 minutes so somebody is going to have to pick up some more minutes for us. Kendall brought a lot to the table for us, being able to anchor that second group, keep the ball moving and post up, too.”
Marshall seems to be rolling with the injury as best as possible.
“Our bodies are how we make our money; they’re our job, they’re our profession,” he said. “At the end of the day, though, injuries are a part of our profession as well. That’s part of the risk so you have to be understanding of that and understanding of the process and be ready to get back.”
He doesn’t plan to let his injury separate him from the team he seems to rather enjoy being a part of. The Bucks have been a tight knit group this season and he doesn’t want to lose that.
“I still plan on being here for practices,” Marshall said. “I plan on being with the team for games. I may not make all the road trips but I still plan on being around the team, trying to learn as much as possible and get my two cents in.”