One guy has missed every Charlotte Bobcats game this season. The other will miss every game remaining.
These aren’t typical nicks that cost a player a game or two. Center Brendan Haywood is rehabbing from a stress fracture in his left foot discovered during the preseason. Small forward Jeff Taylor is early in recovery from a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
The worst thing about these injuries wasn’t the surgeries or daily rehabilitation. It’s the sense of helplessness, watching teammates try to get the Bobcats into the playoffs, according to Taylor.
“I know I’m not coming back at all this year. That’s weird. That’s tough,” said Taylor, who suffered the injury Dec. 20 against the Detroit Pistons. “We’re having a really good year, relative to the last couple. It would be really fun to be out there with the guys trying to get us to the playoffs.”
Haywood has similar emotions, amplified by age and mileage. At 34 he has already played 12 NBA seasons.
“When you get older and you lose a