There are lofty expectations for Atlanta Hawks swingman DeAndre’ Bembry as he enters his second NBA season. However, his development will have to be put on hold for a few weeks, as the team announced on Wednesday that Bembry sustained a strained right tricep.
Chris Vivlamore of the AJC was first to report the injury and Bembry will be absent from on-court activity for four to six weeks. The official release indicates that Bembry’s injury showed up on an MRI exam (at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center) last week and this is a tough blow. On the bright side, this hiccup occurred before the start of training camp and, with the timetable, Bembry could realistically return before the regular season opener on Oct. 18.
With that said, this injury will likely cost Bembry the entirety of training camp, putting the young player well behind the curve when it comes to being in full-blown game shape. In his absence, the Hawks could turn to increased playing time for players like Marco Belinelli, Nicolas Brussino, Malcolm Delaney and even Tyler Dorsey. For now, though, the focus is on Bembry and what is an interesting, albeit unfortunate, development.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available.