How Did Thomas Bryant Get hurt, Details of his Injury & What Does it Mean For Washington Wizards?

Published 01/10/2021, 3:10 PM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) reacts after being injured during the first quarter against the Miami Heat at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


The Washington Wizards faced off against the Miami Heat in their 10th game of the 2021-21 NBA campaign. And in this contest, their center Thomas Bryant suffered a tear to the Left Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee. But how did he sustain this devastating injury?

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Barely 2 minutes into this game, he suffered the nasty blow. Wizards’ Rui Hachimura drove to the paint for a layup to open their account. But he missed the shot; therefore, Bam Adebayo and Bryant contested the rebound. It was amid this tussle when he landed awkwardly on his trailing left knee.

He immediately went down in agony while the play continued before the referee blew his whistle. Though he was withering in pain, he was able to walk off the court on his own feet with the aid of a trainer.

As was expected, he went for further scans on his left knee. And unfortunately, he has been dealt a tremendous blow, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.

The center was averaging a career-high 14.3 points, 6.1 rebounds on 65% shooting. He was one of their shining light in an otherwise bleak campaign thus far.

So, when can he possibly return to the court?

Definitely not this season. The minimum time frame for an ACL injury is 9 months, including the rehabilitation period. That rules him out until the end of September, at least.

Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) is helped off the court after a first-quarter injury against the Miami Heat at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

To repair the tear, he will need to go under the knife first. And for the first 14 days, he will have to walk with the aid of crutches.

But this shouldn’t worry him so much in the long run. As he can come back healthy and as fit as ever through a well-managed recovery program.

How can the Washington Wizards cope with Thomas Bryant’s loss?

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This season simply can’t get any worse for the Washington Wizards. As if having a league-worst 2-8 losing record wasn’t enough. And now this exacerbates their miseries even further.

Robin Lopez will be instated as the starting center while this is good news for Moe Wagner who will make his way back into the rotation at 5.

Jan 3, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

But they need Russell Westbrook to be a leader now more than ever. They need to rally around him and Bradley Beal if they want to salvage their season.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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