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Jameer Nelson has torn labrum

Tue, Feb 3, 2009 By

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MRI results came out today and it was not good for Jameer Nelson and the Orlando Magic.

Jameer Nelson could miss the rest of the season for the Orlando Magic because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Nelson will decide over the next week whether he will have surgery or attempt rehabilitation. If surgery is the option, his season is over. If he passes on the surgery, he’ll still most likely be out at least several weeks.

“It’s a big blow for us,” center Dwight Howard said after Monday night’s loss. “I’m trying not to even think about it because he had been playing so well for us. It’s a sad day for us all.”

Nelson was having a career season, averaging 16.7 points and 5.4 assists per game. He was selected to his first All-Star Game and was also slated to compete in the skills challenge on Feb. 14 in Phoenix.

“We’ve done it before so we’ll do whatever we have to do,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.

If Nelson is unable to play in the All-Star then Mo Williams of the Cleveland Cavaliers is most likely to take his spot when David Stern selects the injury replacement.

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