More than five weeks after Richaun Holmes hurt his shoulder, the Kings have finally revealed the nature and extent of his injury as well as the next course of treatment.
The team announced Tuesday that Holmes received a platelet-rich plasma injection Monday to treat a labral tear in his right shoulder. The Sacramento Bee has learned that an MRI revealed the tear shortly after Holmes was injured against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 6. For 35 days, the Kings described the tear only as “an injury to the right shoulder joint” despite repeated requests for clarification from reporters who cover the team.
The Kings said Tuesday that Holmes would resume rehabilitation following the injection and will gradually progress to controlled basketball activities. He will be reevaluated in two to three weeks. His status will be updated following that assessment, the team said.
The labrum is a piece of rubbery tissue attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball of the joint in place, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center. The Kings have not ruled out the possibility of surgery for Holmes, but the team is hoping he responds well to the injection.
PRP injections use a patient’s own platelets to accelerate healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints, according to Hospital for Special Surgery. PRP therapy is described as a form of generative medicine that can harness the body’s ability to heal itself and amplify natural growth factors the body uses to heal tissue.
Holmes, 26, is averaging career highs of 13.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots during a breakout season for the Kings. He has missed the past 16 games as a result of the injury.
Holmes briefly returned to practice last week and went through a full-contact practice Wednesday. Holmes told reporters, “I feel good” and “I’m ready to get back out there,” but he experienced increased pain the following day.
The Kings issued an oddly worded news release Friday to announce Holmes was not ready to return. The release said Holmes was “integrated into modified team practice this week, portions of which included contact. He is experiencing continued soreness in his shoulder and will remain on his progression towards full-contact basketball activities. His return to game action will be updated as appropriate.”
The Kings remained relatively healthy in 2018-19 in their first season with Teena Murray, the team’s vice president of health and performance, and head athletic trainer Joe Resendez. This season has been much more difficult.
Point guard De’Aaron Fox recovered fairly quickly after suffering a grade-3 ankle sprain that caused him to miss 17 games in November and December.
Forward Marvin Bagley III missed 22 games with a broken thumb at the start of the season. Bagley was diagnosed with a left midfoot sprain following a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 26.
Bagley missed eight games due to the initial injury, returned to appear in four contests and has now missed the past 10 games after aggravating the injury, according to the team. The Kings recently said Bagley would be reevaluated in three weeks, which coincides with the end of the All-Star break.