While being prepped for surgery the morning of March 6, Mike Dunleavy was visited by his surgeon, Dr. Richard Steadman.
"He basically told me there's a chance he goes in there and can't fix anything," Dunleavy said, "and I'm going to be done."
Remember rumors pre-surgery about it possibly being career threatening that were blown off? Yeah, those were legit.
In his first interview since the surgery on his right knee more than three weeks ago, Dunleavy was generally optimistic about his future but uncertain when he might be able to resume his basketball career.
"There really isn't (a timeline) at this point," he said. "It's just too hard to say. It's a long-range recovery so to pinpoint when I'll be back jogging, running, playing, all that stuff, it depends on the prior steps. Believe me, I want to know as bad as anybody else but they can't give me that. So I just have to take it week-by-week and month-by-month.
"The way things have gone through the surgery and the first three weeks, it can't be going any better right now. The full expectation is that I make a recovery and I'll be better than before I had the bone spur in there. But you just don't know how it's going to turn out."
What is it with Indy and knee injuries? JO and his albatross deal, now Jr. Go to the link for the rest. Seems as if going under the knife was quite literally a last ditch effort to save his career. Says if recovery is realized (which is a LONG ways from being determined) he could come back better than before. Says this as he's hobbling around on crutches.
A damn shame. After having a breakout year last season, now he may never even play again. Figured this injury was serious when he was out so long with a bum knee. I guess Indy cant really count on this guy to ever be back. Does put a damper on things. Well one thing going for him is that he is not an overly athletic player. He is a smart player and if he can return, he can be similar to what he was. Best of luck
- no pain since the week after surgery
- doc says it's hard to imagine the knee doing any better at this point
- his healthy knee (left) feels like a baby's ass
- scar tissue growing uniformly (makes it sound like that's a big issue)
- back on the court (stand still jumpers) for first time since February
- Star Trek sucked
Yeah, it sounds like Dunleavy's knee is doing good so far. He has a blog that he's been updating every week on pacers.com (it's only a few weeks old so far). Supposedly he'll continue to update it every week throughout the summer. I really like watching Dunleavy play and hopefully we will continue to get good reports on his knee through the blog.