By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – The worst pain any athlete can experience is an injury. It doesn’t matter what age you are, any kind of injury can result in further problems but for most they usually overcome it. In the professional world of sports it’s like “taboo” which generally means the end is near.
After being hurt, the doubt looms over you. Then the mind begins to race as to how quickly will I recover, do I need surgery and is my career over? The small percentage that do recover completely, return 100% have amazing stories to tell.
Many athletes work hard to avoid injuries by eating right and working out daily but a “freak” accident can happen at any time. Rudy Gay spent all of last season out due to a shoulder injury and watched his team make playoff history. The Memphis Grizzlies made it back to the post-season after a five years.
“It was really tough being injured,” said Gay. “Having too much time off can hurt a comeback. I feel like I missed out on a lot of basketball.”
Watching from the sidelines is a difficult task in sports especially if your hurt. Rudy became the biggest cheerleader while the Grizzlies made playoff history. While waiting to be cleared by doctors, it’s often more tough not being apart of the success you see before you.
“It’s important for your team and yourself to have spot minutes while injured,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. “Losing too much basketball can be worse on the body, so it’s important to give a little here an there.”
Now back in the starting lineup Gay has adjusted well but believes had the lockout not happened he would’ve been in better shape. The spot minute theory works for some but not all. Warriors Stephen Curry experienced a different outcome after re-injuring his ankle multiple times this season.
“I think you need to have those spot minutes to get your rhythm back,” explained Rudy. “But it’s the total opposite for a guy like Steph who has played spot minutes and it didn’t help. Now he just needs to take the full time off to recovery completely.”
After so many attempts on his return Curry still finds himself injury prone to both ankles. He will sit the remaining of the NBA season while still seeking therapy and visiting doctors for updates.
Brandon Roy who was an All-Star guard for the Portland Trailblazers was forced to retired at the age of 23. Due to two bad knees and multiple surgeries Roy is contemplating a comeback next year with a new team.