The last official game of Steven Adams dates back to Jan. 23, after which the New Zealander of the Memphis Grizzlies had had to stop because of a knee injury. His absence had been one of the reasons for the Grizzlies’ collapse in the Playoffs, but the franchise hoped to have him finally recovered. Adams had not had surgery, but had let the injured ligament heal slowly, then played 2 games this preseason: 12′ against Indiana and 15′ against Atlanta, on Oct. 9 and 13, respectively.
In short, everything seemed to be resolved, but the Grizzlies this afternoon announced that Adams will miss the entire 2023-24 season. The longtime New Zealander Will undergo anterior knee ligament surgery after non-surgical procedure failed to yield desired results. In short, the choice not to operate on the player right away has not paid off at all and will force Steven Adams to miss, in total, at least a season and a half considering the second half of last year.
A problem for Memphis, which will also have to do without Ja Morant for the first 25 games of the regular season.