After I posted about James Singleton's status as a 'Distant Future Star' according to Dave Berri and Wages of Wins, I went looking for news of Jumpin' James since I did not see him on Tau Ceramica's active roster. I found the news, but it's all bad.
James blew out his knee in the final of the Spanish Supercup (a single elimination tournament held prior to the beginning of the ACB's regular season, I think). I've only found Spanish language accounts so far, and there are plenty of those on the ACB website. Using Babelfish translations, here's what I think I know:
- The injury occurred Sept. 29
- He has damage (at least damage, probably tears, but again, it's all in Spanish) to two ligaments, seems like ACL and LCL. There is also meniscus damage
- The surgery occurred yesterday, Oct. 11
- He's expected to be out at least 6 months
- The surgery was performed in Spain, but he'll be returning to the states to rehab when he's able to travel
Here's the automated Babelfish translation of the latest news (you can get the gist):
This just sucks for James. I mean, if I try to look at the ligaments as half un-damaged, I'm sure he was being well-paid (Tau is a TOP team and he was there to replace Luis Scola). But most European contracts are for a year. James is going to be in the position of being completely out of the NBA for a year, and looking for a new contract next summer following major knee surgery.
Add him to the list of Clippers were pulling for.