The Sydney Kings today announced that Julian Khazzouh will miss the remainder of the 2016/2017 National Basketball League season as he continues his recovery from his quadriceps tendon injury.
After detailed consultation between Julian, the medical staff, and King’s coaches and management, the decision is made by all parties to allow Khazzouh to continue his recovery and rehabilitation without the added pressure of fulfilling the NBL’s eight games minimum requirement leading into the playoffs.
While disappointed to lose a player of Julian’s calibre for the rest of the season, Sydney Kings’ Managing Director Jeff Van Groningen is certain this is the best outcome for the player at this time.
“We support Julian and his quest to get himself right,” Mr Van Groningen said.
“We felt that the added pressure associated with the 8 game minimum threshold was unhelpful to Julian’s recovery process at this time.
“Julian has been an important part of the Sydney Kings organisation for a number of years, and losing him for the rest of the season is unfortunate. However, Julian’s health and welfare are paramount to us and we will continue to support him through this process.
Khazzouh has played 70 games for the Kings over three seasons, averaging 16.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He was the team captain from 2010 to 2012, and was named to the All NBL First Team in both the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.
The Kings will next take on the Illawarra Hawks at Qudos Bank Arena this Friday night. Tickets are on sale now and available via TICKETEK.