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Basketball: Ouch! Center Sanders-Frison battling plantar fasciitis in both feet

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.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    if he’d lost 50 pounds in the offseason like the team asked him to, he wouldn’t be in this predicament. the guy is not in peak physical shape. that’s ok if you’re an offensive lineman. it’s not ok if you’re a power forward.

  • Yoda

    Oh please, he clearly lost a LOT of weight in the offseason and is in much better shape than last year. And that statement is flat out stupid – how the hell would you know if it would or would not have happened? For all you know, it was the extra training it took to lose the weight that was the cause.

  • Uh Oh

    MSF played great at Iowa State. He’s getting real comfortable with that little lefty hook shot. The way he creates space by ducking low and getting real wide with his arms as he rocks into the lane reminds me just a smidge like Shaq. But then they started calling an offensive foul on Shaq for simply moving people out of the lane. I don’t see MSF doing that exactly, but he’s got it going. Real happy for him.

    But this news…. Uh oh…

  • dailycal02

    yeah markhuri, i can’t believe you couldn’t lose 50 pounds, shame on you! in seriousness, i sure hope that MSF is able to work through this and have a good senior season, both for his own sake, and ’cause the bears need him. get well soon!

  • BlueNGold

    Rollon- Based on what I have read, you are badly misinformed. Plantar fasciitis is a condition caused by ligament tears that result in inflammatory or degenrative changes, or both. Athletes are susceptible to it due to being on their feet so much. Being overweight can put one at a higher risk of developing the condition, but it does not directly cause it.

  • takeoffthatredshirt

    rollon spoke definitively without actual knowledge of the topic? no. i just don’t believe it.

    (is the heavy sarcasm obvious?)

    congrats to MSF for getting in great shape for this year and being 10x the basketball player he was last year. his court knowledge and defensive awareness have massively improved. also several foul calls against him @ISU were BS, especially foul #4, when he was straight up, in the vertical plane he’s entitled to. monty’s coaching is so apparent watching him move around this year.