Last night Rodney Hood hyper-extended his right knee. It looked bad. It probably felt worse as Hood stayed on the floor for an extended period of time shouting and banging his fist on the hardwood. He needed help leaving the court and did not return to the game, Utah Jazz 114 - Orlando Magic 107. (Hood’s injury history and breakdown here) Three of the best beatwriters in the business, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, and Andy Larsen of KSL, have tirelessly been on this case.
Rodney Hood has a hyperextended knee, per Quin Snyder. "Hopefully it's not serious."— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) January 15, 2017
Alec Burks said he saw Rodney Hood walking. "That's a good sign."— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) January 15, 2017
Rodney Hood's hyperextended right knee will be reevaluated Sunday.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) January 15, 2017
Rudy Gobert on the injury: "Man it's tough. We got Alec back and now we've lost Rodney."— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 15, 2017
Quin says it's a hyperextension for Rodney Hood's knee— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 15, 2017
They'll continue to evaluate Rodney Hood, but that initial diagnosis is a very very good sign. https://t.co/iBWhgVK0N0— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 15, 2017
Jazz assistant coaching staff talking and laughing with Hood's family outside of the locker room... Looks like this is a bullet dodged.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 15, 2017
Rodney Hood wasn't made available to media, but did walk to his locker to get changed while I was there. Knee wrapped, but not braced.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 15, 2017
Tribune sources: Rodney Hood underwent an MRI this morning and has been diagnosed with a bone bruise. No other structural damage— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) January 15, 2017
Tribune sources: Hood will miss Monday's game in Phoenix with the bone bruise, but will be day-to-day otherwise going forward— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) January 15, 2017
So this is great news! Even if Hood was going to miss extended time Quin Snyder had plenty of aces to play in his deck. (Full story here) But if Hood is not fully worse for wear, and has a bone bruise (which could still sit him out of plenty of games) it’s better than having to go under the knife.
This is very positive news indeed! Instead of seeing Hood next season we’re likely to see him in the NBA Playoffs for sure. Who knows, we may even see him on the court in January still. But I don’t think the Jazz will push him to come back early. I haven’t examined him, but I’d say there’s a time-table that should have him return in February, if not earlier.