Father says Maymon's knee is fine, declines to comment on specifics of injury setbacks

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Tennessee men's basketball team members, from left,. Kenny Hall, Rob Murphy, Jeronne Maymon, Skylar McBee and Dwight Miller pose for a photo during media day at Pratt Pavilion on Oct. 11.

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Adam Brimer/News Sentinel Tennessee men's basketball team members, from left,. Kenny Hall, Rob Murphy, Jeronne Maymon, Skylar McBee and Dwight Miller pose for a photo during media day at Pratt Pavilion on Oct. 11.

The first seven games are gone, but all may not be lost for injured Tennessee senior forward Jeronne Maymon, according his father, Tim Maymon.

"He's doing well," Tim Maymon told the News Sentinel on Wednesday. "It's not his knee. His knee is fine. He's trying to get back in shape. He hasn't been running or lifting weights or anything, but he's working with the strength trainer (Nicodemus Christopher) just to get back in shape, get his game back and get his wind back."

Veiled by privacy laws, little has been revealed about Jeronne Maymon's surgically repaired right knee.

After undergoing arthroscopic surgery to address a torn meniscus on March 20 at UT Medical Center, Maymon played in two games during the Vols' four-game tour of Italy in August. Then when the season arrived, he was out of service.

Jeronne Maymon appeared on crutches when the season began in November. Weeks later he was off crutches, but noticeably struggling to walk on his own. At present, he's been seen riding a stationary bike and gingerly walking on the treadmill.

As Jeronne Maymon has languished on the sidelines, speculation has swirled around Thompson-Boling Arena, the most prevalent being that an infection in the knee was the source of the setback.

Neither Tennessee coaches nor its medical staff have offered any specifics.

Asked specifically about an infection, Tim Maymon responded, "I can't confirm or deny what it was, but I can tell you this: His knee is healthy.

"It has nothing to do with him not being able play on it. It has nothing to do with him not being able to walk. Jeronne is walking without crutches. He's working out and he's rehabbing.

"Jeronne just had an issue that he needed to look into to make sure that he would never have a problem again. I can tell you this, Jeronne is 100 percent healthy."

Recent practices speak to the contrary. Jeronne Maymon has yet to run, let alone step on the floor for any live action. No UT coaches or players have given any indication of an imminent return.

The Vols, who play Wichita State tonight (TV: MyVLT, 7 p.m.), are off to a 4-3 start without Maymon, a preseason second team All-SEC pick.

Most glaringly, the UT offense has floundered.

Looking at the last seven regular-season games from 2011-12, the Vols averaged 70.0 points per game and shot 47.2 percent from the field with Maymon. Through seven games without him in 2012-13, they're averaging 61.4 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting.

Asked for an update on Jeronne Maymon's injury status and a timetable for his return on Tuesday, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said neither is available. Martin declined to comment on Wednesday.

"This kid can take pain, but I think what Cuonzo and the staff is trying to do is make sure that Jeronne doesn't say 'I'm ready' and then go out to help the team because they're losing and end up hurting himself more," Tim Maymon said. "I know Cuonzo and everybody is looking out for him and I appreciate that."

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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BigVolFaninSC writes:

Get 100% healthy and get ready for SEC action! Looking forward to you and Stokes down low and dominating! GBO!

eb502us#225637 writes:

His return would be a plus but it won't help our shooting woes mainly because there are only two shooters on the roster, McBee and Golden. CCM has yet to recruit one which doesn't bode well for the future of UT basketball.

BrassMonkey writes:

Now if we could just get a coach that can show a team how to score more than 40 points per game. This UT team is in big trouble. Just wait.

underthehill writes:

A healthy Maymon would make a huge difference in the offense and defense..going to be tough to make the big show w/o him at his best...

govolsn3 writes:

There is more to this than injuries or being in shape. Just stay tune and see. I sure hope it is not going where it usually goes on the hill but it always raises its ugly head just like it did a couple of years back. Why these young men can't just be college students is beyond me. They have the world right in the palm of their hands and just can't make decisions for the benefit of the rest of their adult lives. Kenny Hall learned it last year. Just hope this doesn't turn into another front page headline.

volpreacher writes:

you all that are trashing CM were praising him last year. You are never happy. This is the reason we had such a hard time with finding a football coach, although I think we got a really good one. But not according to some..... Go Vols!

notorange writes:

in response to govolsn3:

There is more to this than injuries or being in shape. Just stay tune and see. I sure hope it is not going where it usually goes on the hill but it always raises its ugly head just like it did a couple of years back. Why these young men can't just be college students is beyond me. They have the world right in the palm of their hands and just can't make decisions for the benefit of the rest of their adult lives. Kenny Hall learned it last year. Just hope this doesn't turn into another front page headline.

Exactly right, this just doesn't pass the smell test, i'm not sure what the real problem is but i do know there is really no logical reason to keep Maymons knee problems under lock and key..My opinion only.

1vavolfan writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

His return would be a plus but it won't help our shooting woes mainly because there are only two shooters on the roster, McBee and Golden. CCM has yet to recruit one which doesn't bode well for the future of UT basketball.

Agree with all your points but I do think the FG % would drastically increase. With Maymon playing opposing teams wouldn't be able to double and triple team Stokes. People are giving Stokes a hard time but UT's lack of a shooter means until Maymon returns Stokes will be the focal point of defenses.

bigorangeyankees writes:

100% healthy but not playing??? Read between the lines, something is wrong, academics, broke rules, team policy??? The hits just keep on coming for UT. GO VOLS.

hikerdude writes:

I was really expecting this team to do great things this year. Now I'm concerned that I was overly optimistic. I didn't expect that much fall off with Hall replacing Maymon, but there sure has been.

maciste54 writes:

Hope the big guy doesn't have mrsa [resistant staph] I have it on my femur and have had over a dozen surgeries. It never really goes away. Just in remission.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Chicken Little is alive and thriving within the UT fanbase...

Geez. Maymon's old man is not a doctor nor is he evaluating Jeronne on a daily basis.

This has more to do with the KNS manufacturing a story to fill in during slow periods.

Get a life, people.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

His return would be a plus but it won't help our shooting woes mainly because there are only two shooters on the roster, McBee and Golden. CCM has yet to recruit one which doesn't bode well for the future of UT basketball.

I hear that Robert Hubbs, coming in next year, is a good shooter. Also, Derrick Reese, the freshman who is out with the shoulder problem, is supposed to be a good shooter. I'm almost as bummed out as anyone else over the recent shooting drought, but I still believe in this team and CCM. There is a sense in which shooting, good or bad, is contagious; once somebody breaks the seal, they just might start going down for everybody.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Now if we could just get a coach that can show a team how to score more than 40 points per game. This UT team is in big trouble. Just wait.

Given that the UT staff scored over 5,000 points in their collective college careers, I doubt that the coaches are to blame. The players have just lost their confidence for some reason, but it is hard to know how to teach confidence. It is clearly a mental thing with the players. If a coaching staff puts too much stress on a fundamental that should ideally be executed without much conscious thought, it can just make the players think more about it, reinforcing a vicious cycle. Better to just let it work itself out naturally--and hope like heck it happens soon!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to govolsn3:

There is more to this than injuries or being in shape. Just stay tune and see. I sure hope it is not going where it usually goes on the hill but it always raises its ugly head just like it did a couple of years back. Why these young men can't just be college students is beyond me. They have the world right in the palm of their hands and just can't make decisions for the benefit of the rest of their adult lives. Kenny Hall learned it last year. Just hope this doesn't turn into another front page headline.

Lots of unwarranted assumptions here. CCM has never had a problem saying a player, as in Hall's situation, "violated team rules" when that was the case. Why should he hide the fact if that is the case with Maymon? The explanation that he is not yet in playing shape makes sense to me. If he was hobbling and on crutches just a few weeks ago, it is no wonder that he is not back in shape yet even if he is completely healthy.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to notorange:

Exactly right, this just doesn't pass the smell test, i'm not sure what the real problem is but i do know there is really no logical reason to keep Maymons knee problems under lock and key..My opinion only.

Maymon's father Tim has always had his own take on things. It was said when Jeronne first came here that Dad was a major influence in Jeronne leaving Marquette because he objected to how Jeronne was being used. Let's just wait to see how things work out before we jump to conclusions.

CoverOrange writes:

When does fall semester end and grades are posted?

notorange writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Maymon's father Tim has always had his own take on things. It was said when Jeronne first came here that Dad was a major influence in Jeronne leaving Marquette because he objected to how Jeronne was being used. Let's just wait to see how things work out before we jump to conclusions.

That makes more sense than just a knee problem..thanks for the additional info johnlg..

johnlg00 writes:

in response to notorange:

That makes more sense than just a knee problem..thanks for the additional info johnlg..

Just to be clear, I'm not saying anything about the condition of Jeronne's knee, since I don't know any more about that than anybody else. I'm just saying that Tim is sometimes rather free with his opinions, and it is not implausible to me that it is simply a matter of Jeronne not being in shape yet and CCM is just sandbagging about when or if Jeronne will be, in his opinion, in shape to play.

albert63 writes:

When is the Florida game? They look really good!

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to hikerdude:

I was really expecting this team to do great things this year. Now I'm concerned that I was overly optimistic. I didn't expect that much fall off with Hall replacing Maymon, but there sure has been.

Agreed. There is a big fall off from Maymon to Hall. It's a different team entirely. Opponents can sag on Stokes all day long. With Maymon in there, they would sag on both of them until we show them we can hit an outside shot. But with them having to worry about two effective big men, there will be open outside shots that are not there without Maymon in the game. So he will help the outside game and the inside game.

notorange writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Just to be clear, I'm not saying anything about the condition of Jeronne's knee, since I don't know any more about that than anybody else. I'm just saying that Tim is sometimes rather free with his opinions, and it is not implausible to me that it is simply a matter of Jeronne not being in shape yet and CCM is just sandbagging about when or if Jeronne will be, in his opinion, in shape to play.

Yes it could be knee + bad conditioning + sandbagging + Tim and on and on...heck he may play tonight..LOL

DevoSanchez writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

His return would be a plus but it won't help our shooting woes mainly because there are only two shooters on the roster, McBee and Golden. CCM has yet to recruit one which doesn't bode well for the future of UT basketball.

The problem isn't having shooters or not, it is not breaking down the zone. We just don't have the players that are capable or willing to properly break down a zone. Maymon will help a lot with this, though. He can take the ball from the free throw line or further, drive, attract guys, and is willing to pass. That is what we're lacking right now - playmakers. We have scorers, but they can't succeed against the zone by themselves, which is what they're trying to do.

Hoops43 writes:

I don't buy any of what you're alluding too regarding Jeronne's status.To insinuate it is anything more than medically related is totally wrong. How can you compare it to Hall's situation?

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Chicken Little is alive and thriving within the UT fanbase...

Geez. Maymon's old man is not a doctor nor is he evaluating Jeronne on a daily basis.

This has more to do with the KNS manufacturing a story to fill in during slow periods.

Get a life, people.

Just how in the hall do you know so much more than his father.Stop pretending you are more knowledgable than Maymon's father.

wigmeister writes:

I said it at the end of Pearl's time and I will say it again now. Pearl liked to recruit athletes. Didn't go after pure shooters. CCM inherited that. Since Lofton left, we really have not had a pure shooter. Remember, McBee was a walk on. I hope Maymon can get back ASAP, whatever the reason for his absence. But our bigs need studs that can drop the ball in from the outside, or teams will always pack it in against us! A team with a good zone or suffocating man to man looks at us now, and licks their chops. You need at least two or three pure shooters on a squad so that there is little drop off during substitutions and foul trouble!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to notorange:

Yes it could be knee + bad conditioning + sandbagging + Tim and on and on...heck he may play tonight..LOL

I guess we can always hope! However, as I have said on other occasions, the active players can't use that as an excuse. They may have a harder time getting good shots without Maymon in there, but they MUST make the good shots they DO get and they MUST shoot free-throws better. There will clearly be endless speculation until somebody says something definitive or we see JM on the court. In the meantime, the players still have to play and the fans still ought to show up and cheer.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to wigmeister:

I said it at the end of Pearl's time and I will say it again now. Pearl liked to recruit athletes. Didn't go after pure shooters. CCM inherited that. Since Lofton left, we really have not had a pure shooter. Remember, McBee was a walk on. I hope Maymon can get back ASAP, whatever the reason for his absence. But our bigs need studs that can drop the ball in from the outside, or teams will always pack it in against us! A team with a good zone or suffocating man to man looks at us now, and licks their chops. You need at least two or three pure shooters on a squad so that there is little drop off during substitutions and foul trouble!

I think you have a point there, but we fans might have a little bit to do with that, too. Everybody is focused on the "star" ratings of recruits. Those ratings generally favor guys with big stats and lots of publicity. They don't favor guys with solid overall games who don't stand out statistically or who play for smaller schools. Many of these guys actually can play, but if a coach signs too many of them, the fans gripe that he isn't keeping up in recruiting. Big-time college coaching is as much a PR job as almost anything else. Of course, the very best of the highly-rated players can do it all; there just aren't very many of them at a given time, and they naturally tend to go to the big-name programs. So a team like UT might get guys who rate fairly well, but they don't have the complete game. It takes courage for a coach to identify, recruit, and sign guys who can play but don't necessarily have the big names yet.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to DevoSanchez:

The problem isn't having shooters or not, it is not breaking down the zone. We just don't have the players that are capable or willing to properly break down a zone. Maymon will help a lot with this, though. He can take the ball from the free throw line or further, drive, attract guys, and is willing to pass. That is what we're lacking right now - playmakers. We have scorers, but they can't succeed against the zone by themselves, which is what they're trying to do.

That's why I have said, perhaps too often, that they ought to move Stokes to the high post. He can do some of the same things Maymon can do, but with the team's current makeup, he CANNOT dominate in the low post; it is too easy to gang up on him in there as long as the perimeter players aren't penetrating and shooting as they should.

bobe4544 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Now if we could just get a coach that can show a team how to score more than 40 points per game. This UT team is in big trouble. Just wait.

Shaka Smart as coach.

vol_fan8 writes:

Final exam period is now. Grades are released Tuesday ....

flatrock writes:

What is the status of Dwight Miller?

Basketvol writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Now if we could just get a coach that can show a team how to score more than 40 points per game. This UT team is in big trouble. Just wait.

69 points tonight. As it turns out, the sky isn't falling after all.

kazoo writes:

It sounds like he may have had an infection of his knee, which can be serious and take a while to get rid of. I don't believe that Maymon has been suspended; if that was the case, I'm sure Martin would have said so. Suspensions are always publicly announced.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Now if we could just get a coach that can show a team how to score more than 40 points per game. This UT team is in big trouble. Just wait.

Beat Witch St tonight..."Get a coach"...what planet are you from and who beamed you down?

golfman1975 writes:

What happened to Miller? No one talks about him...

golfman1975 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Now if we could just get a coach that can show a team how to score more than 40 points per game. This UT team is in big trouble. Just wait.

Hey Brass...get the gooooooooooooooooooonads to go with that brass brain and arse. Got any more 9 dollar tickets?

Maymon and Miller...when and if we get them off the shelf this will be an entirely different team. Tonights game saw penetration (do you see Dr Ben Dover?) by Golden and resulted in many fouls...took the pressure off scoring from the outside and looked much better. Witch St came in with attitude and like you...got an attitude adjustment. Thanks for being here...you make a nice punching bag.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bobe4544:

Shaka Smart as coach.

The Vols just beat the team that beat Smart's VCU team on their home court. I was all for hiring Smart after Pearl was dismissed, but I'm more than fine with Martin now that he is here.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to golfman1975:

What happened to Miller? No one talks about him...

Miller has a knee problem, too. I thought I saw him in the G'town game--or was it UVA?--for a minute or two, but I'm guessing he's still not ready yet, either. Too bad, because he could at least add some depth on the post. Yemi was great last night, but he is still too foul-prone to play heavy minutes, as is Hall. When Stokes is ALSO in foul trouble, the Vols can quickly run out of bodies inside.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to eb502us#225637:

His return would be a plus but it won't help our shooting woes mainly because there are only two shooters on the roster, McBee and Golden. CCM has yet to recruit one which doesn't bode well for the future of UT basketball.

Shooting with only one attempt is down, but Maymon's contribution would allow UT second and third shot possessions. Not to mention Stokes wouldn't be doubled every time down low. His return would mean everything to this offense.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Shooting with only one attempt is down, but Maymon's contribution would allow UT second and third shot possessions. Not to mention Stokes wouldn't be doubled every time down low. His return would mean everything to this offense.

Got to totally agree. Maymon is difference between ok season vs. going deep in March.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

Got to totally agree. Maymon is difference between ok season vs. going deep in March.

If not Maymon then we need Miller for that "extra body" in the paint. It took really all our bigs to beat Wichy. However if Maymon returns we KNOW we'll be good. Especially if he comes back 100%. I think we'll make the tourney anyway but it's not a sure thing without Maymon. At least it doesn't appear that way so far.

Our guard improvement against Wichy was a little deceptive in my mind. Wichy's guards to me weren't as good as Va. or Gtown. Definitely not as good as Okie St.'s.

But we did look better and we proved we could go some to the basket. We also proved we don't have to plant a big under the basket all night. It was a huge game for our confidence.

Wichita State was a NCAA tourney team. I don't care what conference they were.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to golfman1975:

Hey Brass...get the gooooooooooooooooooonads to go with that brass brain and arse. Got any more 9 dollar tickets?

Maymon and Miller...when and if we get them off the shelf this will be an entirely different team. Tonights game saw penetration (do you see Dr Ben Dover?) by Golden and resulted in many fouls...took the pressure off scoring from the outside and looked much better. Witch St came in with attitude and like you...got an attitude adjustment. Thanks for being here...you make a nice punching bag.

Even though I don't pay much attention to the BM's of the world I like your response. I agree totally about Maymon and Miller or even just one of them. Personally I'd red-shirt one. whoever's eligible. I'm not sure I'd give them the choice.hehe

But we did very well last night with Makan AND our own Hall to counter the other Hall. Karl? Even with the refs allowing too much contact on the offensive side. Stokes at least was pushed backwards several times and the call went the wrong way. But he did it some too.

Big game coming. Presbyteria or some country like that. Usually These kind of schools have great guards or big slow centers. I don't no a thing about them.

Go Vols

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

If not Maymon then we need Miller for that "extra body" in the paint. It took really all our bigs to beat Wichy. However if Maymon returns we KNOW we'll be good. Especially if he comes back 100%. I think we'll make the tourney anyway but it's not a sure thing without Maymon. At least it doesn't appear that way so far.

Our guard improvement against Wichy was a little deceptive in my mind. Wichy's guards to me weren't as good as Va. or Gtown. Definitely not as good as Okie St.'s.

But we did look better and we proved we could go some to the basket. We also proved we don't have to plant a big under the basket all night. It was a huge game for our confidence.

Wichita State was a NCAA tourney team. I don't care what conference they were.

Since we haven't seen that much of any of them, it is hard to compare the guards among G'town, UVA, and WSU. However, the difference in this last game and the others, IMHO, was that our guards didn't look and act like they were AFRAID of the competition. Much of the time when they went inside Friday, they were knocked around pretty good, but they KEPT GOING IN THERE. How much worse could G'town or UVA have beaten them up? Hopefully, they have learned that, as an old coach of mine used to say, "They can kill you but they can't eat you! Get back out there and fight!" If that attitude holds, they will be fine.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Since we haven't seen that much of any of them, it is hard to compare the guards among G'town, UVA, and WSU. However, the difference in this last game and the others, IMHO, was that our guards didn't look and act like they were AFRAID of the competition. Much of the time when they went inside Friday, they were knocked around pretty good, but they KEPT GOING IN THERE. How much worse could G'town or UVA have beaten them up? Hopefully, they have learned that, as an old coach of mine used to say, "They can kill you but they can't eat you! Get back out there and fight!" If that attitude holds, they will be fine.

I guess you could also say the defense was just better against us in the other games. But you are usually correct and I'll go along with your assessment. We were most definitely offensively more aggressive in the Wichy game. The whole game just seemed to be more free on offense. No one seemed as hesitant. Especially Golden but also McRae and Yemi. If we play this smart AND hard all year we'll go to the tourney IMHO. With or w/o Maymon.

McBee was criticized by several on here and rightly so I suppose. But he looked to me just to be off on both sides of the ball. His defense was not as usual I'm thinking. Honestly I didn't really watch him much. But I'd guess that he wasn't in it much from what others have said. I still don't know why he starts but I know he works hard. That's the key to starting and getting minutes with Martin.

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