Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Update on the Shaun Livingston injury, and it ain't good news. In addition to the immediately diagnosed dislocated knee cap (discovered on the floor, at which point the team doctor popped it back into place), an MRI exam "revealed tears in the anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus. He also dislocated his patella, in addition to the previously diagnosed dislocation of his tibia-femoral." Whoah. When I think about, in regards to what I've read, as well as to hearing the personal experience of a friend of mine, how hard it is to come back JUST from a torn ACL, I just can't imagine the kind of rehab, both in length and intensity, Shaun's got ahead of him.

"It's probably the most serious injury you can have to the knee," Clippers physician Dr. Tony Daly said Tuesday. "He might miss all of next year." Daly said he has rarely seen anything similar in 24 years of practice.

Wow. Let’s all pray (those religious ones among us) or simply hum in meditative contemplation, for a full and complete recovery (eventually, damn), as well as conjure up some ward or demon antithesis to keep away further injuries from blasting away at this kid’s plentiful gifts in the future. I’m hesitant to use the word tragedy, as he’s still alive and otherwise healthy, as well as a multimillionaire, but this is definitely a goddamn shame of a quite high echelon order.

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