Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – For Anderson Varejao, it’s like a broken record.
For the third straight season, the “heart and soul” of the Cavs, as Byron Scott put it Wednesday, has gone down with a major injury that will cost him a good portion of the season.
The injury this time – a split quad muscle that will cost him six to eight weeks. He will have surgery on it Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic.
“I was trying and trying and doing rehab, and after three weeks it still hurt, so they decided that it was something I needed surgery for,” Varejao said.
“It was getting better, but I got a second opinion, I talked to the doctors here, and it was something I need surgery for.”
Varejao went down with the injury on December 18th vs. Toronto. The injury was initially diagnosed by team doctors as only a bruised right knee, but as his symptoms persisted, more tests were performed and revealed a “longitudinal split” between Varejao’s quadriceps and knee.
The Cavs center admits that the injury this year was tough due to the fact he’s having his best year, leading the NBA in rebounds.
“It is because it was a good year for me, and the team to me was getting better too,” Varejao said. “It’s just like any other year, no one wants to get hurt, I don’t want to get hurt.”
Varejao has missed over 100 games in the past three seasons with significant injuries. He sat out 51 games in 2011 with a torn ligament in his foot and he was sidelined for 41 games last season after breaking his wrist.
As far as being scared of being injured, it’s not something that he worries about, and not something that will hold him back.
“This is the only think that I am scared of, that being getting hurt,” Varejao said. “I’m not scared of playing against bigger guys, tougher guys, it’s just tough.”
The Cavs have gone 3-7 this season without Varejao, who said that despite the injury it won’t change his all out playing style.
“Not really, that’s how I play,” Varejao said.