Tahj Shamsid-Deen's shoulder problems have him on the bench again
By Charles Goldberg
Tahj Shamid-Deen's star-crossed Auburn basketball career is on hold again with another shoulder injury that has coach Bruce Pearl concerned.
Shamsid-Deen, who reinjured his shoulder in Saturday's game at Xavier, "is probably going to be out for a while and may require surgery," Pearl said heading into Tuesday's game against New Mexico in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.
The starting point guard missed the latter part of last season after having surgery on both shoulders after being in and out of the lineup with shoulder problems. He reinjured his shoulder before this season began, and suffered two more injuries since. Pearl said the injured shoulder is "obviously coming out way to easily."
Auburn has dealt with a variety of injuries to multiple guards this season. Shamsid-Deen's injury situation has been an unhappy constant.
"It's really a difficult time for our program because one of our leaders, our point guard, playmaker, our best defensive guard and just a really good person is down," Pearl said. "Your heart goes out to him for all he has gone through to try to get himself back and to be absent so early in the season. I know that this time around we are going to make sure Dr. (James) Andrews takes a good, hard look at it. They are going to a MRI and see where it is at."
Auburn sports a 5-3 record heading into the Diamond Head Classic. The Tigers will play New Mexico on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., Auburn time, on ESPNU; then play BYU or Harvard on Wednesday; and then play either Oklahoma, Northern Iowa, Hawaii or Washington State on Friday.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine