Kurt Thomas out at least a month.



Suns minus Thomas for 4-6 weeks

Paul Coro
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 17, 2007 12:00 AM HOUSTON - Nobody with the Suns wanted to lose center Kurt Thomas for four to six weeks but Monday's test results on his hyperextended left elbow relieve the thought of an injury putting him out of commission for the season.

"It could've been more severe," Suns trainer Aaron Nelson said.

Thomas, the Suns' steady and only post presence off the bench, will be in a range-of-motion brace for three weeks. He then will undergo one to three weeks of rehabilitation, depending on how the tissue and ligament heal.
Thomas partially tore his left ulnar collateral ligament when he braced his fall from Dahntay Jones' foul Monday in Memphis. Suns physician Thomas Carter found no damage to the joint surface.

"That's very important from a prognosis standpoint," Carter said.

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he might go with a game-by-game approach in Thomas' absence. He will keep his rotation at eight men at least for the first halves of games, likely adding Jumaine Jones, Marcus Banks or Pat Burke to the mix.


Sultan of Swat
Staff member
I don't think he's a bit lost, yes they'll miss is defense and rebouding but other then that he's not that good anymore. I heard there not going to pick up anyone to replace is playing time. Which is good because they dont really need anyone to replace him this team is already stacked.


The Suns won't miss him too much. They will miss him a bit but they can still win wihtout him. They are going to need him for the playoffs though. His defense and rebounding will be key if they want to beat Dallas or teh Spurs.