First, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that forward Treveon Graham would be sidelined for at least two months with a torn left hamstring.
Then, head coach Kenny Atkinson denied reports of Graham being out for two months at Tuesday’s practice, per NetsDaily’s Bryan Fonseca.
Kenny Atkinson denys report of Treveon Graham having a torn hamstring and missing two months.— Bryan Fonseca (@BryanFonsecaNY) October 23, 2018
"It's a strain. That's our vernacular. They must have access to other information. It's a strain. Still no timetable."#Nets @NetsDaily
The full Kenny Atkinson quotes from today regarding the injury status of Treveon Graham, who is reportedly out for 2 months with a torn hamstring, a claim the #Nets have since denied is true. pic.twitter.com/DtdVVBwZNQ— Bryan Fonseca (@BryanFonsecaNY) October 23, 2018
Obviously this is very strange for several reasons. Shams is as credible as they come, but the organization is saying otherwise. One thing is telltale: the Nets typically don’t disclose timetables for injuries.
Regardless, the injury bug has hit very early for the Brooklyn Nets and it just got even worse. Brooklyn has had five players inactive for each of its first three games, mostly with nagging injuries. Now, though, it’s gotten serious.
Graham injured his hamstring in the second quarter of Brooklyn’s home opener against the Knicks. He couldn’t put any force on his left leg and had to be assisted to the locker room.
The injury comes at a tough time. While Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Shabazz Napier will be active for the first time this season, Rodions Kurucs is day-to-day with an ankle injury and DeMarre Carroll is out for an indefinite amount of time after receiving foot surgery. Alan Williams, one of the Nets two-ways, has also been out, but he may return to action on Wednesday as well.
Graham, 24, failed to score a basket in the 27 minutes he played. The Nets like his potential as a 3-and-D guy who has the bulk to cover the 4 position.
In the meantime, expect more time for Kurucs, who isn’t expected to miss too much time.
Graham is on a two-year deal with the team — the second year being a team option. He was acquired in free agency after a solid campaign in Charlotte.