The human body really sucks sometimes.
For some people, the body reaches its physical limitations at an early age. Despite one’s passion, willingness and desire to play sports professionally, the truth is that it may never happen. As a kid you are told that if you work hard and put your mind to it, that you can do anything, even unrealistically play a sport your body never meant for you to. But you never will. No matter how many suicides you run, how many push ups you do, and how many extra jump shots you put up, you’ll never be good enough to play basketball professionally because of a number of factors — the human body being numero uno. That’s the case for 99 percent of us.
For the select few that are gifted enough to play professionally, the human body still sucks. It sucks because it has the ability to wipe away your hopes and dream with one awkward landing, one step in the wrong direction. And like that — a bone snaps, a tendon tears, an ACL gives out. It’s unfair. The basketball Gods can be cruel, unforgiving assholes sometimes.
The Golden State Warriors ran a side pick-and-roll set on their first possession in the fourth quarter. Lee set Stephen Curry a pick and begin to roll, looking for the pass. Curry made the timely bounce pass. Lee gathered and attacked the rim as any big man coming off a pick-and-roll would. He was met, with contact, by Javale McGee at the rim. Lee fell awkwardly, his right leg sliding under his left in the fall. He immediately grabbed his right hip.
“I felt it pop!” Lee yelled, as he lay on the baseline. He staggered up and missed his first free throw, hobbled to slap hands with his teammates, grimacing in pain. He returned to the line and sunk his second free throw. He limped to the sideline and was helped off the floor by head coach Mark Jackson.
That’s all it took. MRI results were announced Sunday, showing that Lee tore his right hip flexor and would miss the remainder of the playoffs. Just like that — an entire season gone to the wayside.
Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried announced Sunday that he would be back for Game 2 Tuesday night, an hour before MRI results were released by the Warriors. The basketball Gods giveth and the basketball Gods taketh away.
The human body sucks, man. And it’s really not fair.
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