Wizards head coach Scott Brooks shared some additional information on the news from Monday that forward Rui Hachimura would miss several weeks due to a bout with conjunctivitis. According to Brooks, Hachimura's dealing with a rough case of it.
"He has a severe case of pink eye," Brooks said. "Just going to monitor him day to day. He's out for some time now. Blurred vision, sensitive to light. Other than that, he's getting better. Just going to take some time. The eye doctor said it's a severe case and we just have to be patient."
The Wizards play their first regular season game on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Hachimura has been away from the team for several days and Brooks said the team believes no one else caught it. Conjunctivitis can be very contagious.
The Wizards were already taking precaution to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which likely helped. Brooks pointed to their social distancing and wearing of masks.
Replacing Hachimura in the rotation won't be easy for Brooks. He wouldn't specify who will start in his place, though Anthony Gill got the nod in the Wizards' final preseason game. Brooks could also go with veteran Davis Bertans or backup big man Moe Wagner.
"It's too bad but that next man up that we have to step up and fill it in by committee," Brooks said.
Hachimura is entering his second NBA season. Last year, he made the All-Rookie team after joining the Wizards as the ninth overall pick.
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