HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — With all the Carmelo Anthony chatter and the hideout being buried under nearly two feet of snow, we almost missed the news of Anderson Varejao‘s season being over in Cleveland.
What a cruel stretch this has been for Varejao and the Cavs. We won’t bother digging up the mess that was their summer. But Varejao has been in the blender since training camp, as Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer reported:
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Cavaliers, the team announced Sunday that center Anderson Varejao will miss the rest of the season with a torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot that will require surgery.
“It’s devastating,” said Mo Williams. “Obviously he’s a big part of what we do offensively and especially defensively. It’s a tough one to swallow. It’s hard.”
Coach Byron Scott said he had not talked to Varejao, their defensive anchor who was averaging 9.1 points and 9.7 rebounds this season.
“When I heard the news, I’m not going to say I didn’t buckle,” Scott said before Sunday night’s game against the Suns in USAirways Center. “A lot of it was because Andy’s been playing great. He’s been unbelievable. He’s arguably our best player and for him to go down that way — in practice on the last drill just running up and down the floor, no contact whatsoever — that’s tough.
“I feel more saddened for him because of what he has put into this season and all the other stuff he’s been through. He’s been through a lot this season. To come out and play the way he’s been playing all season long, I feel real bad for him.”
Varejao left the team during training camp when his grandfather died in Brazil. A short time later, his father had heart surgery. On Dec. 29, he broke his cheekbone during a game in Charlotte and has had to wear a mask to protect it.
In the name of Dr. Naismith, something good needs to happen to that team and those fans in Cleveland!
Enough is enough.