SACRAMENTO, CA —- A recent MRI taken at Kaiser Permanente revealed that Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry suffered a tear in his left hip flexor (rectus femoris) during a recent training camp practice. Surgery to repair the injury has been scheduled for Tuesday morning and will be performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Landry is expected to miss approximately three to four months of action.
This isn’t how things were supposed to go for Carl Landry. After a solid season for the Golden State Warriors last year, Landry secured a deal with the Sacramento Kings for approximately $26 million dollars over four years. And it was well earned; last season was by many measures the best Landry had played since leaving Houston 52 games into the 2009-10 season. In just over 23 minutes per game, Landry helped keep the high octane Warriors offense rolling along when he came off the bench. His per-36 numbers were actually really, really good — he averaged 16.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per 36 minutes. His .159 Win Shares per 48 minutes was the highest mark of his career since the 2008-09 season.
And Landry was returning to Sacramento, a place he’d previously played 81 games over the course of two seasons. The Kings were a team that could definitely use a forward of Landry’s caliber, able to draw fouls, hit free throws at an above average rate and knock down open jumpers when Sacramento’s ball-dominant guards drew in a defense and created opportunities for him. Landry was never going to make or break the Kings in 2013-14, but he stood to be a nice addition to a team defined by its offseason overhaul from top to bottom.
Unfortunately, things quickly took an ominous turn for Landry. He’d been nursing a strained quad and had yet to play in the preseason for Sacramento. Now comes this news and the grueling recovery and time away from the court that must take a toll on any NBA player, particularly someone like Landry who had switched teams for the fifth time headed into his seventh NBA season.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Landry.