O.J. Mayo just got added to the dubious “worst injury stories in sports” list. The Milwaukee Bucks guard is officially out for the season after fracturing his right ankle when he “accidentally tripped descending his stairs at home.” Ouch.
Given how the Bucks’ season has gone, it’s not surprising that one of their players couldn’t even walk down a set of stairs.
The Bucks entered the 2015-16 season pegged as a potential spoiler in the Eastern Conference. After a 41-41 finish to the 2014-15 season and a good showing against the Chicago Bulls in the first-round of the playoffs things looked good. With budding superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, an improving Khris Middleton and the addition of Greg Monroe in the offseason, Milwaukee looked poised for a great season. That hasn’t happened.
Entering Thursday’s action, the Bucks are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference and sit 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot. And now they have lost Mayo, who averaged 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.6 minutes per game. Obviously losing Mayo isn’t the same as losing a star, but he’s a key guy in the rotation who had started 24 games.
With how poorly things have played out this year you have to believe head coach Jason Kidd has moved firmly onto the hot seat. There is a wealth of talent on that Bucks roster and Mayo’s injury is just a microcosm of how things have gone this season.