Wednesday was supposed to be the debut of Trey Burke’s NBA career. Instead, the Utah Jazz’s prized offseason acquisition sat behind the bench. In dress clothes. Unable to play for the first time in a real game since the 2013 NCAA player of the year’s Michigan squad was in the national championship game last April. “It was exciting,” Burke said. “At the same time, it was killing me not to be out there.” Burke traveled to Arizona to be with his team for Friday's first road game against the Suns, but he’ll just be an attentive observer again. The Jazz will also be without Marvin Williams (Achilles), Brandon Rush (knee), Jeremy Evans (rotator cuff) and Andris Biedrins, although all will travel. “It was definitely a bummer that I wasn’t out there,” Burke added, “but I’m looking forward to being out there.” It’s still unknown how long Burke will be sidelined, but he was allowed to speak to reporters Thursday for the first time since having surgery on his fractured right index finger 2 1/2 weeks ago. Instead of talking about his first game as a rookie, Burke explained the progress of his finger rehab the day after the 2013-14 season tipped off without him. “Right now, I’m just trying to continue to get this strength back,” Burke said. “I’m almost there. I’m almost at a full fist.” Though it was initially announced that Burke would be re-evaluated three weeks after his surgery, the point guard’s check-up will come a week later on Nov. 11. It will then be determined how long it will take before he can resume basketball activity and full workouts.
Season opener a 'bummer' for injured point guard Trey Burke
The Deseret News | Nov 2