Quoting Mark Kiszla from the Denver Post, “Other than admitting his operation revealed more significant damage than expected, the team was extremely tight-lipped about his condition. The Nuggets refused to confirm or deny that Martin required the same painful microfracture surgery on his right knee that he endured on his left knee 18 months ago and forced him to play in a career-low 56 games last season.” Rex Chapman then added, “This is not something we anticipated. For the organization, it's a tough blow.”
Aside what I think is best for the Nuggets; it would be a tragedy if Kenyon Martin was not able to resume normal play in the NBA. He may have been a character that was attracted to controversy, but I don’t think anyone, including myself, is not hoping for the best for Kenyon. He was one of the most exciting talents this league has seen in the new millennium and he will surely be missed for however long the duration of his rehabilitation takes.
Kiszla also writes, “It could take Martin a year to return, if he can return at all. While it's a perfectly safe and increasingly common medical procedure, microfracture surgery can pose one of the more daunting challenges for any pro athlete.” Just ask Amare Stoudemire who spent the entire 2005-06 season rehabilitating after his microfracture procedure and still isn’t the same player athletically that he formerly was.
Amare does have one thing in his favor, and that is his youth. He is turning 24 tomorrow, while Kenyon is turning 29 in just over a month. Not to mention Kenyon’s prior knee issues are going to play a role in a pending comeback that will most likely take until he turns 30.
There are a lot of questions right now for Kenyon Martin and the Denver Nuggets to answer in the near future. Right now however, I would like to extend the warmest wishes to Kenyon and his family in hopes of a speedy and full recovery. Sometimes the NBA and stories that accompany it are bigger than wins and losses and this is one of those times.