Ian Mahnimi has injured his shoulder and will miss all of the FIBA World Cup and perhaps a few months, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Indiana Pacers reserve center Ian Mahinmi injured his shoulder playing for Team France, according to reports.
Mahinmi will not represent the team as they play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. A team doctor tweeted that Mahinmi will likely be out 2-3 months.
The Star also included these comments from the press conference.
“The injury prevents me from playing. The shoulder is dislocated, is resocketed … The risks are high. My health is better to stop.”
He added that it’s an old injury.
“The injury was incurred before the playoffs. But it did not stop me from playing. I have not missed a practice or a game.”
If the two- or three-month timeline for recovery is correct, that could keep Mahinmi out for much of training camp and potentially the beginning of the Pacers season, which begins on October 29.
Still, Mahinmi’s main contributions to the team are defensive and his value is in knowing the system well and protecting the rim.
If his shoulder isn’t 100% to start the year, that will have some negative effects on the rotation, but I suspect that he will be ready to go and a sore shoulder won’t significantly hamper what he brings to the table.