On Wednesday, Jazz guard Alec Burks was operated on his left shoulder, putting his season to an end, and online bookmaking agents hope that the team won’t be seriously affected by the player’s absence.
This season, the player had an average of 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds – which is a high in his career – and 3.0 assists for each game played, but he wasn’t performing with the same recklessness that was typical of him during his first two years due to the pain.
“Alec’s long-term health has been our top priority throughout this process, and although it is unfortunate that we will be without his services on the court the rest of this season, we commend Alec’s commitment and continued effort to play through considerable pain to this point,” said Dennis Lindsey, Jazz GM.
In October, the guard extended his deal for four years, and he ended up missing his last two meetings due to an injury to the shoulder.
Pain in the shoulder was bothering the player since his days in college at Colorado, but this season there are still games left for him to get treatment in the team’s locker room. Up until now, the player always decided to hit the court despite having any soreness.
“Alec has been tough. He’s played through a lot of it. But now it’s just the right thing to do,” said Quin Snyder, Utah coach. “It will leave a hole for sure and there’s no one else we have that can do the things Alec can do. We just need the other guys to step up now.”
The shooting guard, who stands at 6-foot-6, wasn’t able to feature in two meetings after again injuring his shoulder on December 1st in a game against the Nuggets, and was getting physical therapy on his injury. Burks, who in the draft of 2011 was the 12th overall pick, received the surgery on Wednesday.
“After continued consultation with our medical staff, Alec and his representation, we have unanimously agreed that it would be most prudent for Alec to have this procedure performed now in order to ensure that he will be healthy and ready for the start of next season,” Lindsey said.
Burks’ fans hope that the player recovers as quickly as possible, but know that he should take it easy – especially after he just received the surgery. Online bookmaking agents will continue to follow to player’s progress, and are confident that he’ll be fine for the next NBA season.