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Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:12 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 7:17 pm
 
Louisville junior Rakeem Buckles will miss the rest of this season and all next season with a torn ACL. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

Louisville’s injuries have been piling up all season, but now they will affect next year’s campaign as well.

Rakeem Buckles will miss the remainder of this season and all of next season with a torn ACL in his left knee. The junior forward tore the ACL in his right knee just 11 months ago.

“I don’t think any of us could imagine this happening to such a fine young man,” head coach Rick Pitino said in a release. “All of us are just crushed.”

Because Buckles has already had one major knee surgery, his recovery will apparently take “well over a year,” according to Louisville trainer Fred Hina. Buckles returned after nine months and played in his first game on December 7 against IUPUI.

Even though he has been playing only 13 minutes per game, he’s been one of the more efficient rebounders on the Cardinals. Buckles, a 6-foot-7 Florida native, had been averaging 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11 games.

This is Buckles’ fourth injury in the last two seasons, as he also had a concussion and broken finger during his sophomore campaign. He is the eighth Louisville player to miss a game with injury this year.

The loss of Buckles severely hurts Louisville’s interior depth. Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan will continue to start, but now the only player to back them up is combo forward Jared Swopshire. Stephan Van Treese hasn’t played since November, while freshman Zach Price has appeared in just seven games this season.

Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:48 pm
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

A year and a half? Seriously? Rod Woodson tore his week 1 and played in the Super Bowl. I understand missing this season, but already ruling yourself out for the entire 2012-2013 season?



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Kevin Ware tore his miniscus today.  Unreal.



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:35 pm
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Crappy luck. He fought to rehab and get back and contribute. Good luck on rehab #2 Buckles.

It seems like there been a LOT of ACL issues in sports these past couple years. I've watched a crapload of sports in my life, but ACL issues seem like they are on the rise in the last 5 years. 



Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Tough year for the Cards . Injury after injury . Buckles brought in some good defense and rebounding but I found his offense quite selfish . He did not seem to understand that if you do not have a sot that it was alright to pass it back out , Good luck and better health next year .



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:47 pm
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Kinda weird that his knee keeps giving out and his name is 'Buckles'. Kinda like LaBrandon Toefield getting turf toe. Still ya gotta hope he gets better soon. Cool



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:34 am
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

my apologies, "Pitino" not "Petrino".. as an Illinois fan I was just reading a few articles about Petrino, and apparently his name was still on my mind



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:30 am
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

I thought it was just media hype, but maybe something in Pitino's between games practive conditioning schedule is VERY VERYU wrong. He either is not allowing players Bodies to fully recover or their strength and condition trainer needs to be fired! The first few injuries, oh well, things happen, but this is becoming a pattern.


You really cant train to prevent a torn ACL, I would say if anything the fact that a player was able to return 9 months after a torn ACL is a testiment to how good the training staff is. To go as far as to say all these players are getting injured due to the coaches/training staff is a bit lavished.  Petrino in Kentucky, with the Celtic, and now with Louisville has never been known as a guy to run his players into the ground.  Like any great coach he pushes his athletes, but a coach cannot help if a guy goes up for a shot/rebound and comes down on a foot and rolls his ankel, or a guys knee gives out, etc. Those things just happen, and it is unfortunate that fans cant understand that. When Petrino leaves after this year, I would imagine Louisville fans will be wishing they had him back or a coach of his caliber there next year.

Its been a rough year for the Cardinal, just like it would be for any team that faces injuries every game. 




Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:47 am
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Tough break for the Cards.  I hope Buckles has a speedy recovery.



Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:38 pm
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Even as a rival fan I've got to feel bad for the Cards. They won't play 1 single game with a full roster this year. I know some people want to think it's Rick's fault, but these are just freak things. I've rolled my ankle but it was never during my most intense basketball moments.


I hope he can come back healthy for once! 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:48 pm
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

 poor rick. looks like th bottom has dropped out of his team. how can you go to so good from so bad. now his players are getting hurt. oh well we will see how, they do in the big dance.


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