Injury updates in the world of the Orlando Magic rarely are good news of late.
And that’s the case with rookie point guard Cole Anthony.
The Magic announced on Tuesday that, after further evaluation, Anthony has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his right first rib. He will be out until after the All-Star break.
Anthony actually broke the news himself on social media hours before the team made the officially announcement, which comes as no surprise with Magic brass’ injury-related secrecy. But it means that the Magic will be without Anthony until around mid-March at the earliest, making Michael Carter-Williams the starter for the foreseeable future after he just returned from a 19-game absence of his own.
The Magic have not been able to keep a healthy point guard on the court this season, with even the backup to the backup’s backup going down, as well as power forwards converted to point forwards and new additions unexpectedly thrust into the starting unit. Frank Mason, shortly after signing a two-way contract with the Magic, took over as starter when Anthony went down and lasted less then four minutes before suffering a groin strain that led to him being waived.
In his place, the Magic signed Chasson Randle, who had been playing with Oklahoma City in the G League.
The Magic’s new point guard rotation will be on display Wednesday when Orlando hosts the Knicks.