Not good for the Washington Wizards. Just when the team thought they were gaining some traction during their 2016 – 2017 season, they receive bad news. The Wizards will be without their 30 year old center until mid February with a knee injury. Washington announced a few weeks ago that Mahinmi would undergo PRP treatment on both knees.
With him missing action, he will miss the return to Indianapolis, where his career took off the most. The treatment is expected to take place in Pensacola Florida at the Andrews Institute of Orthopedics.
Mahinmi was originally injured back in October, when he tore medial meniscus in his left knee. The team tried to get home back in the rotation, but his last game came on November 26th, when the Wizards dropped a game to San Antonio. Mahinmi played just 14 minutes in the game, and scored just one point. It’s been the only point he has scored all season in the National Basketball Association.
He was signed during the free agency period this offseason for the next four seasons. The 30 year old inked a 4 year, $64M deal. He started his NBA career back in 2007-2008 after coming over from France. The 6’11 center played in just 6 games that season. After 32 total games with the Spurs, he spent two seasons in Dallas, starting 12 games.
Then, the Pacers took a chance on him, where he scored a career high 9.3 points per game, and ripped down 7.8 rebounds per game in 2015-2016.
PRP is becoming very common with professional athletes. It was first developed in the 1970’s, and was first used in Italy back in 1987. Recently, it has grown in popularity, and it used to help athletes come back faster from an injury. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma and its an agent used to promote healing.
Mahinmi is part of a growing list of athletes that have participated in the quick healing treatment. In the National Basketball Association, some of the biggest names in the league that have participated in the treatment include Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Greg Oden, DeRon Williams, Enes Kanter and Andre Iguodala.
Other guys in professional sports that have used PRP treament include Tiger Woods, Tyson Gay, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Joey Votto and Ryan Howard.