Orlando Magic basketball star Hedo Turkoglu underwent surgery early this week for a left hand fracture. Doctors are projecting that Turkoglu will miss a minimum of four weeks, something that would result in him missing 14 Magic games, but Turkoglu told the press, â€œHopefully, it wonâ€™t be that long.â€
The Turkish forward broke the fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand in the Magic home-opener against Denver on Friday, and he underwent surgery that required five screws and a metal plate being inserted into the outside of his hand. And this injury came just eight months after Turkoglu fractured a bone near his eye socket and needed another metal plate and more pins to repair the damage. “It started right here (at the face) and now itâ€™s going down. I really hope that will be the last one,â€™â€™ Turkoglu said with a laugh.
Turkoglu was injured in the Magicâ€™s home-opener last Friday against the Denver Nuggets when he took a swipe at a ball with his hand in the third quarter. â€œAfter I fouled him, I just thought like it was a hit. Jameer [Nelson] passed me the ball …… but I couldnâ€™t catch it,â€ … â€œI was upset. Itâ€™s after the first game, on opening night, he said. “It felt like something was wrong. When we went inside and took the X-ray it was obvious that it was broken.â€™â€™
Turkoglu is hoping that some intensive rehabilitation will allow him to keep the time away to a minimum. He hopes to do as much cardiovascular work as possible while away so that heâ€™s in shape upon his return. “Right now itâ€™s still swollen, so weâ€™ll have to see how the rehab goes and go from there,â€™â€™ Turkoglu said. “Weâ€™re trying to do a lot of movement with it so the hand wonâ€™t get stiff. And there are some (therapies) for blood movement. Iâ€™ll still be able to do conditioning on the bike and lower-body exercises, but I canâ€™t do a lot of running because they donâ€™t want me to move my hand for two weeks until itâ€™s healed 100 percent. Iâ€™ll be doing a lot of hand exercises, squeezing stuff and opening up the hand to hopefully decrease the swelling.â€™â€™
“I was upset that it happened in the first game and Opening Night. But itâ€™s just part of the job and we have to face these kinds of injuries,â€™â€™ Turkoglu said. “Iâ€™m just happy for the guys who are doing a great job out there. As long as we share the ball, every night someone different will step up and have a good night. One night itâ€™s been J.J. (Redick) and before it was (Glen) Big Baby (Davis). In our offense, everybody will feel the momentum and have good nights. Iâ€™m just really happy for them.â€™â€™
Turkogluâ€™s team-mates were sad to see the turn of events. â€œThatâ€™s my brother from another mother, man,â€ said point guard Jameer Nelson. â€œIâ€™ve been with Turk so long. Itâ€™s upsetting to see that. Heâ€™ll be all right. Heâ€™s a trooper and weâ€™ll pick him up.â€