By Bob Holtzman
Basketball fans know injuries are part of the game and bumps and bruises should be welcomed during the preseason, as players fight and scrap their way toward the season. But the injuries suffered this preseason by the UCLA men's basketball team have coach Ben Howland calling it something else.
UCLA suffered a pair of concussions last week, keeping sophomore center Anthony Stover and junior guard De'End Parker out of practice. Stover returned on Wednesday, only to suffer a subluxed left shoulder that will keep him out indefinitely. Howland said he'll undergo an MRI in the next few days to determine the extent of the injury.
While the Bruins wait to hear the result of Stover's MRI, they're also waiting for Parker to recover from what Howland called a "severe concussion."
"It affected him to where he was having troubles with light and sound and he missed a midterm," Howland said. "(Wednesday) was the first day he's felt better since Saturday - the first time he was at practice and watched. We're hopeful to have him back somewhere toward the beginning to middle of next week. There's a whole protocol before he can be cleared to play."
While Parker is out, Howland said David Wear has spent most of the time playing the small forward position and that he has also used with a three-guard lineup in practice.