Van Gundy isn't expecting Sura to return

Thursday January 4, 2007 0:47 AM

Van Gundy isn't expecting Sura to return

Rockets guard hasn't played since the 2005 playoff series against Dallas


Damien Pierce Staff Writer

HOUSTON -- Rockets point guard Bob Sura hasn't called off his comeback attempt, but his coach isn't planning on having him in the lineup this season.

Before Wednesday night's game against Seattle, Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said he didn't expect Sura to return from his nagging knee and back injuries.

Sura has been unable to practice and has not suited up for the Rockets in about 20 months.

"He's tried his very best and to date it hasn't worked out," Van Gundy said. "Frankly, I don't think it will. He gave his best effort."

Sura did not attend Wednesday's game.

The point guard is on the verge of missing his second consecutive season because of injury. He has had multiple operations on his right knee since the 2004-05 season and has also been dealing with back problems.

Sura was optimistic about returning to the team this summer.

"We've had multiple conversations trying to chart the best path for him and us," Van Gundy said. "We have been trying, trying and trying, but I would say for the last month that we've come to the realization that it's probably just not going to happen."

Van Gundy said he feels badly that Sura's comeback attempt hasn't had a better result.

"We all feel for him because he has just given this thing a remarkable effort," Van Gundy said. "It's hard. I think in his mind he knew how difficult this thing was going to be to get back and I think he fought as hard as he could because he loved to compete. I feel for the guy."