Needing surgery is never good. Needing surgery on an ankle is never good. Needing surgery on both ankles, at the same time, is really not good.
And that’s exactly what New Orleans Pelicans starting point guard Greivis Vasquez did this morning, though, if you’re a glass half full type – the surgery was considered “minor”, if you can call double ankle surgery minor.
The operation was somewhat similar to what Vasquez’s teammate Eric Gordon underwent earlier this month to remove bone spurs in his left ankle.
No timetable was given on Vasquez’s recovery time, though, a Venezuelan newspaper reported that it’s expected Greivis will be out of commission for 12-16 weeks, meaning he’ll be ready just about the time training camp opens.
Vasquez, who’s had a history of ankle issues, sprained both his left and right ankles during the season, resulting in missed games. Hoping to avoid any further injury, the operation was deemed as a last resort.
The 26-year-old point guard fell just shy of winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award this past season, coming in second behind Indiana’s Paul George.