Eduardo Najera is apparently not going to be suiting up with Team Mexico in the FIBA America’s Championship this week because he was denied permission by the Nets. Najera, should, however be healthy enough to play at the start of the NBA season.
Najera had sports hernia surgery back in March after only playing in 27 games last season. At the time, I was a big fan of the Najera signing, as I thought his defensive ability was a perfect compliment to an otherwise inexperienced roster. Charley Rosen at Fox Sports recently listed Najera as one of the NBA’s most physical defenders – when healthy. And that’s always the catch with Eduardo it seems. On one hand, if keeping him out of the FIBA games is an attempt to keep Najera healthy and fresh for the start of the season, then I’m all for it. But I also hope this isn’t a sign of another injury-plagued season on the horizon.