After being left behind when his Sacramento Kings teammates jetted off on Air Drake to play two preseason games in India, center Harry Giles III has now been ruled out of action for the remainder of the preseason, and his status for the October 23 regular season opener is in serious jeopardy.
Described as left knee soreness, Giles had an MRI back on October 1 following just two days of training camp practice sessions. While no new structural damage was discovered, the team immediately went into caution mode and greatly limited his activity. He is participating in controlled rehab with the team’s training staff and hopes to be back at full strength and cleared to participate with the team soon,
The third-year big man has endured a rather star-crossed NBA career since being drafted by the Kings with the 20th pick in the 2017 NBA draft. He sat out the entire 2017-18 season to rehab his surgically repaired left knee and then was held out of the final 11 games of the 2018-19 season for precautionary reasons.
He was then left off the team’s Summer League squad and was finally cleared to participate in full training camp activities back on September 29.
Giles now faces another challenge. Free-agent signee center Richaun Holmes is making a very strong bid to monopolize the backup center minutes with his defense and hustle, thus moving Harry to third in the depth chart going into the 2019-20 season.