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Friday, December 17, 2010
Fab Melo's Achilles heel no longer heel

By Eamonn Brennan

Almost two weeks ago, we learned that Syracuse freshman forward Fab Melo wasn't struggling in his first action at Syracuse solely because he was having trouble adapting to the college game, which was the common consensus given his disappointing play thus far. No, Melo was also suffering a pretty painful and nagging injury to his Achilles heel. The injury, Jim Beoheim said, was giving Melo problems getting up and down the court, hence the big man's struggles to date.

Turns out, Melo's Achilles isn't actually injured. Good news, right? Unfortunately, there's bad news to follow: Melo's whole right calf muscle is torn, and he's having trouble participating in training of any sort. From the Syracuse Post-Standard:
"It's been there for like two weeks," he said. "I thought it was my Achilles, but it hurts (in) the whole area." The pain, Melo said, "is not too bad. But when I try to do exercise, it hurts really bad."

"We're going to try to rest him," SU coach Jim Boeheim said. "He's going to shoot around tomorrow and practice Friday. And if he feels good, he'll play Saturday. If he doesn't, he won't."

The good news for Boeheim is that his season doesn't exactly hinge on the play of Fab Melo. That's because Rick Jackson, Kris Joseph, and Baye Moussa Keita have been awfully good in Boeheim's frontcourt, especially Jackson, who has been a dominant interior scorer and rebounder to this point in the season. Heck, Melo can take a few weeks off if he needs them. The big Brazilian has plenty of promise, and he could be a boost once he gets fully healthy, but for now, Syracuse's forwards are just doing just fine, thanks.