May 17, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT
During the playoffs, how the Grizzlies were making a run to Game 7 of the second round without Rudy Gay was always part of the “this is why they will be better next season” conversation.
The other guy the Grizzlies didn’t have was rookie guard Xavier Henry, who played in only 38 games for Memphis due to a knee injury this past season. The former Kansas star still has a lot of work to do to become a steady NBA player — he shot 40.6 percent overall and 11.8 percent from three, which is not exactly going to solve Memphis’ outside shooting woes — and a lot of that work will come this summer.
Xavier Henry said he could need surgery on his knee but is hoping it won’t come to that. Hopes to be cleared for full work in 3-4 weeks.
For Henry or players that may are considering surgery, this may be the best summer ever to do it. There will be a lockout, there will be no Summer League for Henry to play in. That lockout could stretch out, meaning now is the time to get the knee 100 percent, to do whatever it takes. There will still be time to get in the gym and improve his game before the season starts still.
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