As the 2012-13 season wound down many thought a shooter from last season’s UNC Basketball team would be leaving Chapel Hill for the National Basketball Association. However few, if any, believed it would be Reggie Bullock, who the Los Angeles Clippers choose in the first round, to leave.
The 6’7″/205 lbs knew he would have a tough time, even with a good showing in the NBA Summer League, getting much time in his rookie season. From an article by ESPN LA it seems the former Heel would be third at the small forward spot. On the other hand, with a good pre season, it would not be a stretch to believe that Bullock could have found a way to get a few minutes away from the other team mates. Unfortunately it seems that for the first year pro he will have to battle more than just other Clippers for playing time…
Reggie Bullock (sore right knee) still not practicing.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) October 3, 2013
And while there is no indication by anyone from the Clippers how bad the injury to their first rounder could be, yesterday was the second day in a row that Bullock sat out practice due to it. With only three days to go before the LA franchise plays its first pre-season game, with many shooters on the squad, and with the fact that the young man has suffered from bad knees, things might not seem as bright as the former Heel would like them to be.
Injuries are part of the game, we all know that, unfortunately for the 22 year old guard/forward combo, this one might put him from being part of the Clippers for most of the season, to having to go down to the NBDL if he is going to get significant playing time. There is nothing wrong with that, many greats have had stints there, but I am sure it’s not the way Bullock, who was the 25th overall pick, envisioned his rookie season going at the next level.
With the reality that Bullock was not going to be a needed piece to this squad the best thing for him right now is to get healthy, taking as much time as possible, and then finding his way back on to the squad when he is fully ready to do so. With a plenty of shooters that are all going to get playing time before he does, with the fact that he has had issues before with his knees, why take a chance and make a bad situation turn into a worst one? And if this means spending time in the developmental league so be it, playing time and game time action are better than sitting on a bench waiting to come in when the game does not mean anything anymore.
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