Abdur-Rahim out with broken jaw
By Sam Amick -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 5:54 pm PST Tuesday, December 27, 2005
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LOS ANGELES - Kings power forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim suffered a broken jaw against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, X-rays revealed Tuesday.
There is no known timetable for Abdur-Rahim's absence. From Sacramento, Abdur-Rahim said he and trainer Pete Youngman will assess the situation Wednesday morning to decide on further measures.
Abdur-Rahim was hit in the jaw by Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph but continued to play in the game. Abdur-Rahim said the X-ray was merely a precautionary measure, and he was surprised when the news came that his jaw was broken. He flew with the team to Los Angeles late Monday night and returned the next morning.
Abdur-Rahim was signed as a free agent this past off-season and was hoped to have given the team a star at power forward. He was averaging 16.5 points a game and 6.4 rebounds in 27 games.
So could this affect the Kings thinking in any possible trade scenario? Perhaps ROns size and strength could look more appealing to them now.