Dzanan Musa is flying to New York from Sarajevo Sunday after he injured his right ankle at the end of a FIBA World Cup Qualifier vs. the Czech Republic in the Bosnia capital.
Sources told NetsDaily that the severity of the injury is, at this point, not known. Musa will be examined Monday on arrival in New York. Initial reports out of Bosnian media suggested, apparently inaccurately, that Musa had hurt his Achilles tendon, which would have been a far more serious injury.
Asked about those reports, one source said “as it stands now,” the injury is to the rookie’s ankle, not his achilles.
Musa tweeted that while the injury looked bad, he fully expects to be ready in time for training camp, adding the hashtag #WeGoHard
Later, on Instagram, Musa posted a larger image of him leaving the court, supported by teammates, his ankle wrapped in what appeared to be an ice pack.
SportsSport Bosnia and Radio Sarajevo both reported that the Nets rookie left the court in tears. Musa underwent initial tests in Sarajevo.
Radio Sarajevo quoted a “a source close to the player” as saying “It’s true that Dzanan was hurt, and we still do not know how everything has happened ... We do not know how serious it is, and we will probably find out in New York. Long night.”
Assistant coach Pablo Prigioni and a member of the performance team accompanied Musa to Sarajevo, according to reports last week.
Musa had 15 points and four assists in the loss which eliminated Bosnia from World Cup contention.
This is the second time in five weeks that a Nets player has been injured overseas and had to return to New York. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was diagnosed with a left adductor strain in early August after sustaining the injury while playing in an exhibition game in Shenzhen, China. He began rehab immediately. No word on his availability for training camp which begins a week from Monday.
n an earlier game, Nets stash Aleksandar Vezenkov went for 22 and 12 as his Bulgarian team lost to Russia, 77-73. Like Bosnia, the loss means no World Cup for Bulgaria.
- Game Report: Czech Republic 85, Bosnia and Herzogovina 80 - FIBA.com
- Game Report: Russia 77, Bulgaria 73 - FIBA.com
- Nets hoping for good news after first-round pick injured in Europe - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Scouting report: Nets rookie Dzanan Musa at FIBA 2019 World Cup Qualifiers before his injury - Michael Scotto - The Athletic