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Isaiah Canaan injury update

The 26-year-old Phoenix Suns guard had a successful surgery on Thursday.

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NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan should be ready to return to the basketball court by training camp, head coach Jay Triano announced Friday.

Canaan suffered a gruesome injury Wednesday night during a 102-88 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Late in the first quarter Canaan was involved in a collision with Mavs guard Wesley Matthews. The result was a dislocated ankle. It was ugly.

Surgery went well on Thursday.

Canaan started this season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played in three preseason games and was waived. Then he was picked up by the Houston Rockets. He played four minutes and was waived. Then he was picked up by the Clippers G-League affiliate in Ontario, California. Days later he was traded to the Northern Arizona Suns.

He made his Phoenix debut December 16th and logged 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. He put up similar numbers for the remainder of that week and was rewarded with an NBA contract. So it’s hard to keep this guy off the court. He’ll be back. We look forward to his return.

Hey, I have a question. I was discussing this with my wife over dinner on Thursday. Do you think that these horrific injuries we see more and more frequently always happened, or is this a new thing? We obviously run faster, jump higher, and are more athletic overall. Has that contributed to the increase in these bones snapping? Or are we just more aware of it because of the Twitter and the Facebook, and whatever other silly things the kids are using these days?

I’m a big Canaan fan. I want to him to be a part of this team. You should too. This team needs some adults, particularly those that play as hard as he does. I’m not talking about Tyson Chandler or Jared Dudley. We know they won’t be around by the time this team starts winning.

But Canaan fits the bill. Hustle back.

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