Air Force men’s basketball teammates Mike Fitzgerald and Michael Lyons both dealt with shoulder issues through the 2011-12 season, and each had a magnetic resonance imaging test this week to determine whether surgery is the best option to repair the problem.
Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich said the players will meet with a doctor next Monday to go over the tests. The hope is that they can both rehabilitate and avoid surgery, which would require four-to-six months of recovery time.
“Hopefully it’s nothing serious,” Pilipovich said.
Lyons had issues with both of his shoulders last season. In a game against Colorado State he had to come out before shooting a second free throw because of pain in his shoulder, and against UNLV later in the season he went down in pain after being hit. He didn’t miss any games because of the shoulder problems, and neither did Fitzgerald.
Both players will be returning starters for what should be a talented Air Force team next season, and it wouldn’t be ideal to miss a bulk of the offseason training.
“It always sets you back because they wouldn’t be able to condition, and we’re talking about so many months you wouldn’t be able to get a shot up,” Pilipovich said.