It was an issue last summer, injured players not being able to work out in the off season for Michigan State's basketball team. Kalin Lucas, Adriean Payne and Russell Byrd, among others, had physical issues that prevented them from having a normal summer of regular workouts. MSU went 19-15 on the season and you can decided for yourself how much the rocky season was due to off season limited practice for some.
Last month Russell Byrd underwent foot surgery and he's never played a game yet in an MSU uniform. Now Delvon Roe has a severely sprained ankle which he suffered on Wednesday. He'll be out at least six weeks and I watched Byrd on crutches at the MSU kids camp and while he's upbeat it looks like he has a ways to go before he can fully practice when the team formally assembles in mid October. Who's next?
Byrd says the Spartans need to bond as a new unit on the court and the off season is when a lot of that work can get done and already two key Spartans are sidelined. It's tough again for the second summer in a row.