Gary Payton II has been ruled out for the remainder of the NBA Summer League with a sports hernia. The news was first reported by Jonathan Feigen, a beat writer for the Houston Chronicle.
Rockets G Gary Payton II ruled out for the rest of summer league with a sports hernia.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 11, 2016
This injury comes at a very unfortunate time for Gary Payton II as he was developing a nice rhythm with Houston teammates Sam Dekker, K.J. McDaniels, and Montrezl Harrell.
Fortunately, it's been reported that the injury is not considered serious enough to threaten Payton's participation in Houston's training camp.
Sports hernia's are common among professional athletes. And it's comforting that initial reports are saying he will be fine before training camp rolls around. Treatment plans for sports hernia's involve either having the athlete rest for several weeks or in most cases minor surgery is required.
It is not known at this time if Gary Payton II and Houston's team doctors will elect for surgery or have him rest the injury for a few weeks. With training camps for most NBA teams not set to start until late September, either option will allow Payton a chance to fully recover beforehand.
Isaiah Taylor started in Payton's place against the NBA D-League Select team Monday afternoon. And Gary Payton II seemed to be in good spirits cheering his team on from the bench.
UPDATE: Houston lost to the NBA D-League Select team 89-71.