Thursday, February 12, 2009

Gooden upbeat about return to Bulls


— Call Drew Gooden an optimist.

In one breath, the veteran big man out of Kansas talked excitedly about visiting a specialist Tuesday and getting “nothing but good news” about the abdominal and groin strains that have sidelined him for 11 straight games.

In the next, he confirmed he would be out through the All-Star break and that if the injury didn’t respond in the first few games afterward, season-ending surgery is a possibility.

“Keep my fingers crossed when I come back,” Gooden said. “They said if it’s a real sports hernia, I won’t be able to play longer than two or three games without it coming back.”

Gooden said he felt good after practicing so hard Monday that he even dived for a loose ball. He added that he passed all of the specialist’s physical exams.


Jonathan Andrews 13 years, 10 months ago

I'm hopeful that Drew performs well toward the end of the season. He deserves to get a good contract from a winning team that's committed to him, and being healthy now (his contract is up in June) will go a long way toward that goal.

NewtonJHawk 13 years, 10 months ago

Here's hoping Gooden can take a couple hard screens from say a Ben Wallce.

That is when we will know he will be back!!

d_prowess 13 years, 10 months ago

Has anyone every heard of Drew talking about his beard? That thing is crazy and I wonder if there is a story behind it!

JayCeph 13 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps he and Joaquin Phoenix share beard stories...

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