A slip of the tongue sprung the latest of the San Antonio Spurs rumors about the longevity of starting shooting guard Bryn Forbes’ hip injury.
It’s not often that San Antonio Spurs rumors come about and when they do, they aren’t usually from people who are so close to the team. However, there’s a chance that Fox Sports Southwest play-by-play broadcaster Bill Land let out a tidbit of information that hasn’t been released to the general public just yet.
While discussing the team’s major injury troubles, Land mentioned that starting shooting guard Bryn Forbes would be out for the season with the hip injury that cost him last night’s season re-opener. While the injury suffered during the team’s final scrimmage game didn’t seem to be a huge deal, it was enough to sideline one of the most durable players on the roster.
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If Forbes is truly out for the year, it would have major implications for the rest of the Spurs’ season. He’d be the third full-time starter to be out for the Orlando restart, leaving a motley crew of young players and veteran contributors to pick up the slack. It would surely mean an enhanced role for the likes of Derrick White, who’s been arguably the team’s best player in the bubble, and more of both Lonnie Walker IV and Keldon Johnson.
Head coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Forbes’ injury after the game last night and noted that he wasn’t sure how soon Forbes would be back. Popovich didn’t give an official timetable or anything of the sort but noted that the Michigan State alumni wanted to play through his injury.
San Antonio had to get creative with its playing time distribution last night, giving White, Walker and Johnson a combined 95 minutes in the wake of Dejounte Murray’s foul trouble. They were forced to call on rookie two-way player Quinndary Weatherspoon, who stepped up in the first meaningful minutes of his career and looked to shake off rookie jitters pretty easily. This was amplified by the fact that Marco Belinelli exited midway through the game with a turned ankle. There’s no confirmation about whether or not he’ll miss time because of that play.
If Forbes is seriously going to miss extended time, Weatherspoon could be in line for some extra minutes off the bench.