MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks say guard Michael Redd will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
Redd tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee Sunday night in the second quarter of the Bucks' game at the Los Angeles Lakers. An MRI on Monday in Phoenix revealed the injury, which will require surgery.
Redd, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, sustained the same injury about a year ago and had mostly struggled this season after coming back from surgery last March. He was averaging just 11.9 points in 18 games, 12 starts.
Redd intends to play again
By Tom Enlund of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 11, 2010 7:12 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz. – After enduring a very emotional day, guard Michael Redd joined the Bucks on their bus to the US Airways Center where they will play the Phoenix Suns Monday night. Word had come out in the afternoon that Redd would be lost for the season after suffering a serious knee injury in Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.
Redd did not stay for the game though as he chatted with his teammates in the locker room before the game and then talked to reporters on his way out of the arena to catch his flight back to Milwaukee.
Asked about his emotions, Redd said, “Shaken. I’m a man of faith but I’m a little shaken. You never expect it to happen and then for it to happen again….
Redd, leaning on crutches, paused to compose himself.
“You don’t know why,” he said. “I don’t question why. My faith is in the Lord and I’m going to stay strong as best I can. But today has been a hard day.
“I’ve gotten an incredible response from my teammates and the organization,…comforted me and encouraged me and loved on me. But it’s been a hard, hard day today. But I’ll get through it.”
Redd was asked if he knew it was a serious injury when it happened late in the second quarter.
“Yes and no,” said Redd. “I heard a pop. I’ve been slashing and I’ve been driving and nothing (bad) has happened to that point. And then on a move that wasn’t even dynamic, it happens. So I limped off… I was able to walk, actually, a little bit in the back. Last year I couldn’t do that. So I thought it may not be an ACL. But we took an MCI today and we found out it was an ACL.
“I cried. Just because you work so hard to get back to where I was and for it to happen again, it just hurts. I feel bad for the team and the organization and my fans who supported me. It’s a tough day but I will get through this again, somehow, someway.”
Redd said he was trying to post up Kobe Bryant on the play when he felt his knee go out.
“Again, it wasn’t even a dynamic move,” said Redd. “I just tried to make a move and I turned and I had a lot of my body weight on my leg. As soon as I tried to explode, I heard a pop. It didn’t sound good. I thought maybe it was scar tissue breaking. But it didn’t feel good, so…”
Redd said that he intended to play again.
“Something in my heart won’t let me give up,” he said.
With player option 2010/11 season with $17+mill price tag , the only bargaining chip the Bucks have if the Insurance kick's in , and the thought Redd excepts a front office job
All Jokes aside - The Bucks will more than likely have to work Redd into playing shape next year , and then look for a trade partner to take his expiring contract , unless they decide to hold on to him through the whole season , and have his money come off the books for the 2011 season.
In a nut shell - The Bucks can't put a legit team on the floor until 2011/12 season.
^^ Keep in mind the 2010 summer and 2011 summer would be an ideal opportunity for Kohl to sell the team.