Apr 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT
We’ve told you before that Dallas forward Caron Butler is busting his, um, hump to get back to the team this season. He suffered a ruptured patella tendon three months ago but will not give up the dream of being there for a playoff run.
He won’t be back for the regular season, and now you can count out the first round of the playoffs, too. That’s what coach Rick Carlisle told ESPN Dallas.
“I can’t give you a medical opinion,” Carlisle said. “My coaching opinion is, his jump shot looks great. He’s doing great and he’s way ahead of schedule. But timetable-wise, I don’t have one. He’s been able to step up his activity moderately, but he’s not running yet or anything like that.
“It’s extremely unlikely we’ll see him in the first round.”
All credit to Butler for the effort, but this was a longshot from the start. It says a lot about Butler and his relationship to his teammates. But integrating a key piece back in during the second round — likely against the Lakers — creates its own sets of problems.
- Report: Kings expected to hire Nancy Lieberman as assistant coach 6
- Report: Hawks’ Mike Scott arrested for felony drug possession 5
- Gilbert Arenas on LeBron James: “James isn’t a #1 option..and yes I (didn’t stutter)” 34
- Report: Veteran point guard Andre Miller reaches one-year deal with Timberwolves 9
- Who is still out there: Top 10 free agents still on the market 14
- Donald Trump says he’s becoming a Mavericks fan after Mark Cuban’s comments 47
- Report: Michael Jordan shot down Boston draft-day effort to get Charlotte No. 9 pick 31
- Wisconsin State Assembly passes Bucks arena deal, clearing the way for Gov. Walker to sign 40