Say what you will, Tyreke Evans has had a rough first half. Yes, his stats are similar in most categories (outside of PPG and FG%), but it’s been clear to those watching him on a daily basis – he hasn’t been the same player.
It wasn’t very long ago that Evans dropped an incognito bombshell to Sam Amick, informing the Kings former beat writer that he was seriously considering a procedure to alleviate the pain caused by the plantar fasciitis.
However, Amick recently caught up with Evans again who said that there would be no surgery for now:
“(The plantar fasciitis) has gotten a lot better — much better,” he told me Wednesday night after finishing with 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds in an overtime loss to Portland. “I still feel it, but not as much as I used to … so that’s a good thing. At this point I’m just trying to ride it out and play through it and just see what happens in the offseason.”
From two bum ankles, to “family issues”, to banged up arms and ribs, to plantar fasciitis – Reke has certainly had a rough go of it in the 2010-2011 campaign. The flashes of the player we grew accustom to last season are more and more prevalent lately, but it’s evident that he’s still not totally right.
One glaring thing I’ve noticed in Tyreke’s play this year is his poor decision making. Understandably, at his age, it’s inevitable to have the lapses in judgment and the occasional poor decision – but they’ve started to become more and more frequent. I’m hoping that this is simply a matter of Evans trying to do too much, compensating for his injuries – but to say I haven’t been alarmed to the continued brain farts would be a lie.
Evans also told Amick that his participation in the Rookie-Sophomore challenge would depend on the health of his feet.
Get healthy soon, kid. We need ya.