Alec Burks should end up being selected somewhere in the lottery portion of the 2011 NBA Draft, but after suffering a reported injury over the weekend, his pre-draft workouts could take a bit of a hit.
Burks, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Colorado, worked out with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday and was supposed to workout for the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday. He missed his workout in Charlotte, however, because of a dislocated shoulder that apparently happened in Milwaukee according to Mike Cranston of the Associated Press.
According to a quick Google search, it looks like dislocated shoulders in the NBA can keep players out any where from two or three weeks -- as was the case with Channing Frye this season -- all the way to ending a player's season (which happened to Rudy Gay).
Burks was scheduled to work out against fellow wings Klay Thompson, Josh Selby, E`Twaun Moore, Norris Cole and Marshon Brooks -- the latter pulled out with an ankle injury -- but was forced to miss it with an injury.
An injury that wasn't mentioned during a story from the Journal Times' Gery Woelfel following Saturday's workout that indicated the Bucks might like Burks more than most NBA Draft prospects.
Burks also acknowledged he was taken out to dinner at a downtown Milwaukee restaurant by the Bucks on Friday night. Joining Burks were Bucks general manager John Hammond, assistant general manager Jeff Weltman and scouting director Billy McKinney.
While Burks was devouring shrimp with Bucks officials - "It was really good," Burks said smiling - another of the Bucks' prime draft prospects, power forward Tristan Thompson of Texas, was ordering room service back at his hotel room.
Burks is believed to be the only draft prospect the Bucks have wined and dined since workouts commenced last week.
Not sure how much to read into the fact that Burks came up with a previously unreported injury sometime overnight since the Bucks pick at No. 10 is one later than the Bobcats, but maybe Burks really liked the Milwaukee shrimp enough to decide that's where he wants to be next season.
As J.P. from Angels in the Outfield once said, "Hey, it could happen."