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04-26-2013, 01:20 AM
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Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Reno, NV
Lombardi on Mitchell:
Kings fans are always on the alert for more news on Willie Mitchell, since we've gotten only snippets of info on his medical status since the surgery. Lombardi explains the problems this meniscus injury could not only cause to Mitchell's career, but his life down the road:
"This was basically just a meniscus, which are a dime a dozen now in sports. […] Part of it is the way he’s a little bit knock-kneed, and the stress that puts on the knee combined with wear and tear, and then the meniscus, and it don’t look good.
He tried – twice, it reached a mark where he could push it, and every time he pushed it there were serious problems."
When asked if the injury was career threatening, Lombardi replied:
"It’s possible. It’s always a tough decision for athletes. You know you got Kobe Bryant who was playing bone on bone, but…this could be serious repercussions in his normal life down the road. So that’s the hard thing for a player. Could he push, maybe, and play through the swelling for a year or two? Yeah. But that said, he might have to go the rest of his life walking with a limp. And that’s a very difficult call for an athlete."
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