Atlanta Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha suffered a broken right fibula and ligament damage at the hands of the NYPD while being arrested outside a New York City nightclub in early April, which ended his season and left the Hawks without a key wing defender in the playoffs. The estimated timetable for recovery was about six months, and Sefolosha spoke about his rehab with Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“I am doing better every day,” Sefolosha told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The leg and ankle are feeling good but it is too early to say exactly when I’ll be back on the court.”
Whenever he does get healthy, Sefolosha will be counted on to play an even bigger role with the Hawks than he did last season. That’s because Sefolosha could slide into the starting lineup thanks to the departure of DeMarre Carroll to the Toronto Raptors. If Sefolosha sticks to his current timetable, he should be back on the court by the middle of training camp.
Sefolosha averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds for Atlanta last season, but while those were modest numbers, his impact was really felt on the defensive end. The Hawks were significantly better defensively with the 31-year-old on the floor, and the team definitely missed him in the Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron James.