2010-2011 NBA Season Marks the Return of Many Elite Big Men

This Article Courtesy Of Rip City Report

Yao Ming, Blake Griffin, Joel Przybilla, Greg Oden, Andrew Bogut, Mehmet Okur,Kendrick Perkins, and Andrew Bynum will all be returning to action after having major surgery and missing part of the 2010 NBA season.

Yao broke his foot, requiring a complex surgical procedure to correct it. But even after being cleared to play basketball, there are still questions revolving around Yao's NBA future; his health is a major concern.

Blake Griffin will make his NBA debut in October after fracturing his left kneecap in the Clippers final exhibition match last season. A surgical procedure put him on track to return to basketball activities before the start of training camp.

Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden, both centers for the Portland Trail Blazers, had season ending knee injuries less than a month apart. Joel ruptured his patellar tendon in December and then re-ruptured it in March after slipping in the shower, requiring yet another surgical procedure. Greg fractured his kneecap just days before Joel's injury. This injury required surgery, but it is probable that he will be cleared to play basketball before training camp.

Andrew Bogut's suffered a gruesome injury in April when he went up for a dunk, tried to hang on the rim and let the traffic clear, but instead slipped and fell on his back with his arm underneath him. He dislocated his elbow completely and the former first overall pick is still rehabbing.

Mehmet Okur ruptured his achilles tendon during the first round of the playoffs after trying to play through achilles pain and inflammation. Okur will continue to rehab into training camp.

Kendrick Perkins and Andrew Bynum both played in the NBA Finals, but each suffered injuries. Perkins tore his MCL and PCL in his left knee, forcing him to miss game sev...

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