A special overseas prospect of the Rockets went down with a rough injury tonight.
Sergio Llull is someone that the Rockets have had their eyes on for quite some time. Year after year, though, the team is denied the chance to acquire him from Spain. The talented point guard is a superstar for his team Real Madrid.
Tonight, the star guard went down with a bad injury. During his game with the Spanish national team, Llull injured his knee on an attempted drive. He fell to the ground and held it immediately after the injury.
From the video of the injury, it certainly does not look good. A knee does not need to twist that way, that’s for sure. Hopefully, he has a quick recovery.
For those that dare to watch, here is the injury.
— Sportando (@Sportando) August 9, 2017
What’s Next for Sergio Llull?
Unfortunately, Llull has been diagnosed with the bad, unspeakable injury. I’ll let this tweet do the talking.
Source: Espana star PG Sergio Llull has been ruled OUT of EuroBasket and Euroleague for Real Madrid with injured ACL.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 10, 2017
Hopefully, the injury will be a sprain, not a tear. Either way, the Rockets stash prospect will likely have a long recovery ahead of him. Will he come back as the same player? We will have to wait and see.
About a month ago, Daryl Morey specifically said that Llull will play in the NBA some day. Take a look at the full article about this subject by Hoops Hype.
Will this injury delay Llull’s NBA career? Likely so. You have to wonder if he will ever appear in Rockets red.
Last season, Sergio Llull averaged a solid 16.3 points and 5.6 assists per game in only 26.9 minutes per game. He could be a great backup point guard in the NBA, so hopefully, he will find his way to Houston. And Sergio, please come sooner than some other international stars like Pablo Prigioni.
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*