The news out of Cal’s weekly press conference wasn’t good.
Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison was diagnosed Tuesday with plantar fasciitis in both feet, along with tendinitis in his left Achilles.
Sanders-Frison said he will start Wednesday night’s home game against No. 14 San Diego State and has no plans to take time off to let the ailment heal.
But he acknowledged, “It’s not pretty right now.”
Bad feet on a 6-foot-7, 265-pound man is not healthy equation.
“We’ll have to see if we can’t get it calmed down,” coach Mike Montgomery said, “or we’ll have so sit him down for a while.”
Sanders-Frison said his feet have bothered him for a couple weeks, since the Bears’ trip to Florida over the Thanksgiving weekend. Coincidentally, he has made 15 of 18 shot attempts over the past three games.
But he and Montgomery agreed Sanders-Frison was limited on defense Saturday at Iowa State by his compromised ability to provide help against an opponent dribbling into the lane. He fouled out of the game with 2:42 left.
“I just physically couldn’t move,” said Sanders-Frison, who attended Tuesday’s press conference wearing just socks on his feet. “I’m in so much pain, sliding (on defense) is just killing me right now.
“I have days when it feels good, and I have days where it’s just horrible. It’s real frustrating right now.”
Losing Sanders-Frison would be a huge blow to the Bears. He has started all seven games, averaging 8.7 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds. Montgomery has credited Sanders-Frison and juniors Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez with providing the experience and leadership the team’s younger players need.
The podiatrist Sanders-Frison visited Tuesday told him the condition is likely the result of over-use. But Sanders-Frison said the Jordan brand shoes the team is wearing this season are stiff and that the doctor advised him he has “mobile feet” that need softer shoes.
Cal’s equipment manager is holding one pair of new Jordans from last season.
“I loved the ones we played in last year,” he said. “I’m trying to save them for the Pac-10. I might be in those tomorrow. I have no idea.”