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Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford said that C Mo Bamba remains without a timetable for return. He went on to say, "there's no real timetable for him to be able to come back and fully participate. I think that he'll be able to do some things that are more organizational and everything. But he's a ways away, and there's no timetable on his return."
It's certainly not the news Magic fans were hoping for after Bamba sent home from the Bubble back in August to undergo a post-coronavirus evaluation. Despite positive reports that the former 2018 lottery pick has shown no long-term health effects following his COVID-19 diagnosis in early June, Bamba still has a ways to go before stepping foot on the floor for the Magic. Khem Birch will likely enter training camp competing for increased minutes behind Nikola Vucevic at center to start the year.
Upon exiting the Orlando bubble to undergo a 'post-coronavirus evaluation', Magic C Mo Bamba has shown no long-term health concerns following his COVID-19 diagnosis in early June.
Orlando President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told reporters that doctors have not found any evidence of significant problems for Bamba after contracting COVID-19 in June. He added that although Bamba did experience some complications, he is expected to make a full recovery. The 22-year-old center put up 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Magic in his second season.
Magic C Mohamed Bamba is leaving the Orlando Bubble and will miss the remainder of the season.
Bamba was diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 11 and is now undergoing what the team is calling a “comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation.” The Magic will press forward in the playoffs with Nikola Vucevic and Khem Birch getting the minutes at center.
Magic center Mo Bamba has been ruled out of Tuesday's match-up against the Nets due to a migraine.
As if the Magic couldn't get any more shorthanded, Bamba was added to the injury report on Tuesday and quickly ruled out with a migraine headache. The Magic will be without Aaron Gordon (hamstring), Terrence Ross (quarantine), Michael Carter-Williams (foot) and Evan Fournier (illness) so Nikola Vucevic and Markelle Fultz should see elite usage with Gary Clark and Wes Iwundu seeing larger roles on Tuesday.
Mo Bamba will be on a minute restriction as the Magic prepare for their first scrimmage. Coach Steve Clifford had this to say, “He’s gonna take some time for him just to be able to get to a place that he could play more minutes.” Bamba has not seen any more than five to six minutes in any five-on-five work.
Even though Bamba put in the work to be more dominant in his role off the bench by adding 21 pounds, it seems as if he has more to do to be a viable asset on the team. With the games coming up, he will need to work fast if he has any hope of solidifying his role in the rotation. Bamba has the potential to be a great pick up in deep-league play; however, with this setback, it would be best to follow his progress until he shows improvement.