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    March 3, 2009
    Uncertain, uneasy road ahead for Dunleavy
    Posted by Jeff Rabjohns

    SACRAMENTO -- Catching you up on Monday's conversation with Mike Dunleavy after rushing to catch a late flight to Sactown, where, outside my hotel window is a 24-hour truck stop. Since it's 3 a.m. Indy time, here's hoping for 24-hour breakfast ...

    Mike Dunleavy sounds like a guy who knows he's about to have surgery, serious surgery, the kind that requires a long, determined rehabilitation.

    The kind that makes a player wonder what he'll be like when he returns.

    The way the Pacers' shooting guard talked Monday, surgery appears to be a conclusion waiting for an announcement.

    Dunleavy talked about a long rehabilitation that could last into next season, and said he's been told by doctors that the issue with his right knee doesn't mirror something another NBA player has faced.

    Dunleavy revealed Sunday he has a "giant bone spur" on his right patella tendon. With many sports surgeries, there is a template. Doctors can point to other player who has gone through something nearly identical.

    "That's a little bit of the issue that this is unchartered waters so to speak, as far as the condition I have," he said. "There have been some things similar to it that you can compare to, but nothing like what I have.

    "That's a little bit of the concern with the process, but something I'll have to go through."

    Dunleavy said he's visited with a number of doctors in the past few weeks, in part to determine if the surgery would be performed in Indy or elsewhere.

    He's played just 18 games this year after missing only 11 his first six years in the NBA.

    But when he returns to the court is far from being determined.

    "A lot of it is dependent on how the surgery goes," Dunleavy said. "We won't know until you get in there and all that. We'll do that and go from there. It'll be a lengthy recovery, so I'm prepared for that."

    Asked if that meant he could miss the beginning of next year, Dunleavy said, "Potentially, but again, to put a time frame on it right now is tough, especially going into it."

    Dunleavy was expected to team with Danny Granger to form the Pacers' core for the foreseeable future since both averaged 19 points per game last season. But Dunleavy never got going.

    He said he didn't want to have surgery immediately because he wanted to see if other treatments would work.

    "It was a risk you have to take because at the end of the day, you want to avoid surgery at all costs," he said. "So you've got to go through the process in the first place. We did, and we wore out our options."

    For the Pacers, the question is whether Dunleavy, 28, will return to form and if so, when?

    For the player himself, the question is what will happen to the basketball career of the son of a coach, a guy who grew up loving the game and devoting himself to it.

    "Anytime you get injured or are injured for the first time, things creep into your head," he said. "It's obviously been a long, rough year, but I feel like I can start over now.

    "I have a great medical staff and great training staff and those things going for me, so you try to block the other stuff out."
    Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.


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    I really hope all goes well for Dun. It's hard to be mad at Dun for putting off the surgery. I think if given the choice, most people would exhaust all non-surgery means they could before deciding to undergo the knife. It is pretty unsettling to not have any frame of reference for this.

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    I really hope he does do surgery because it will hurt every single person in Indiana if he doesn't. Especially if he tries to play next year without surgery.
    "I keep wondering the same thing. Last week they had the 4th worst record in the league, had an 11.9 percent chance of winning the lottery and were in line to land a franchise type player like Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins. This week? They have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery, have the 8th worst record and are in line to draft Cole Aldrich or Greg Monroe. Way to go Jim O'Brien. Rest Danny Granger the rest of the season (if it isn't too late) and give Josh McRoberts lots of minutes. That ought to do it." - Chad Ford on winning meaningless games

    Way to go Jim, you may have just put our franchise back another 4+ years.

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    this can go together with the Dunleavy thread, thanks for the info

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