COMMENTARY | Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, aka the Big Turkey, will likely have to rest his injured left wing through the summer.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Kanter's recovery from April shoulder surgery is "ahead of schedule…but (he) may not be cleared to play until August."
Not being able to work out will probably be difficult for the diligent 7-footer. Especially after he participated in vigorous training sessions -- and a diet that resulted in him losing 51 pounds -- last offseason.
The injury was enough to make those in attendance, including this writer, cringe.
Consequently, Kanter underwent surgery on April 10 and missed the Jazz's final 10 contests.
The former No. 3 pick showed great promise during his second year. In 70 games, he averaged 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 15.4 minutes. He also shot a respectable 54.4 and 79.5 percent from the field and free-throw line, respectively.
Kanter had a breakout game on March 1, when he collected 23 points and 22 boards in a 98-68 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats.
With starters Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap set to become free agents, Kanter, if he continues to recover well from his injury, could earn a starting gig with the Jazz in 2013-2014.
Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's broadcast journalism program, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.
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