Jameer Nelson to miss 4-to-6 weeks after tearing Miniscus

A day after the Orlando Magic welcomed Rashard Lewis back to the lineup, the team lost another key player. Orlando’s starting point guard Jameer Nelson suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of last night’s victory over Charlotte and will have surgery tomorrow that will force him to miss at least a month.

From the team:

Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday morning to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Nelson was injured in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game vs. Charlotte and underwent an MRI Tuesday morning.

It is estimated that Nelson will be out four-to-six weeks following the procedure.

Nelson had started all 11 games for the Magic, averaging 13.7 ppg. and a team-high 5.5 apg.

If Nelson misses exactly four weeks, he’ll be out for 15 games. If he misses six weeks, it will be 22 games.

Clearly this is a tough pill to swallow for Magic fans, especially considering what happened to Jameer last year. Luckily, Orlando has Jason Williams to step in and Anthony Johnson to serve as his backup.

We all know that both of them can play, but coming of the bench and being a full-time NBA starter are two different things.

We’ve seen the Magic carry only 13 players for most of the season, and with injuries to Nelson and Adonal Foyle, the Magic will only have 11 healthy bodies on the roster. Now the real question is whether or not Orlando will go after a point guard to keep on the roster in meantime, somebody like Allen … no, never mind.

What do you think? Can the Magic survive with out Jameer? Should the team look into adding another point guard to the roster?

Philip Rossman-Reich

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