The Sixers decided to part ways with Gerald Henderson earlier this offseason, but you’ll find few people around here who have any level of animosity for the Philly native and eight-year veteran. He was a reassuring voice in the locker room and a dependable, if unspectacular role player, adding some stability in the lineup they hadn’t had previously.
But by the sound of things, he’s going to be on the shelf for a bit. According a report from ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Henderson is in jeopardy of missing next season entirely, following surgery to repair a problematic hip.
Henderson has dealt with fairly extensive issues in the hip previously, undergoing surgeries in 2011 and 2015 while with the Hornets (then Bobcats) and Trailblazers respectively.
Maybe the most interesting note in Haynes’ story followed the player’s statement, as Haynes described the pain Henderson has allegedly been dealing with prior to the operation.
The eight-year veteran has experienced complications from excruciating pain, to stiffness in his hip during the past six years. It was so unbearable at times last season with the Philadelphia 76ers that the team insisted he sit out games periodically.
Look at the Sixers as the medical voice of reason! Despite this, Henderson managed to play in parts of 72 games last season, so he’s one tough son of a bitch if that’s the case.
I probably speak for at least most of us around here when I say we wish Henderson well in his recovery, and hope to see him back on the court whenever he gets his body right.