Glenn Robinson III was injured in today’s training camp practice, and multiple media reports say that while his MRIs were negative, the young wing will miss two months with a severely sprained ankle.
“He went up to attack the basket and one of our guys went up to contest the show and came down on his leg,” Pacers Coach Nate McMillan said after today’s practice.
The Pacers were calling it simply a lower leg injury before the MRI revealed the severe sprain.
Robinson was poised to be in a battle with free-agent-signee Bojan Bogdanovic for the starting small forward spot, but Bogdanovic will now begin the season with the starters without a challenger.
All things considered, for Robinson to be back early in the season in December should be considered good news after the news of his injury broke as he’ll still be available for the vast majority of this season.
The question now becomes who will step up to replace Robinson in the rotation as the backup small forward to begin the season.
Will McMillan go to shorter 9-man rotation with Lance Stephenson and Cory Joseph picking up some extra minutes? Will Joe Young play some backup shooting guard with Stephenson at the 3? Maybe Thaddeus Young plays some spot SF minutes with the bench unit? Will the old Damien Wilkins earn the spot, or will rookie Ben Moore surprise in training camp and preseason and grab some early season minutes?
McMillan and the Pacers have a lot of options to sift through before the regular season begins, although none of them sound extremely appealing as the Pacers wing depth was thin even before the Robinson injury.