One afternoon in college, a teammate of mine showed up at practice with his arm in a sling. Coach delivered the news that he had slipped on an icy sidewalk. It would’ve made sense except that I already knew the real story, which involved no ice–perhaps save the cubes keeping his drinks cold on Saturday Night at the bar. A different teammate, at a different practice, was sidelined with “turf toe.” Again, this would’ve been plausible (I think? Can you get “turf toe” from playing basketball?) except that I watched him drunkenly kick a microwave down a flight of dorm stairs. (BREAKING: College kids do stupid things.) Well behind Coach’s back, we joked about his “microwave toe” injury.
With this background of experience, I sent Pat a short email a few days ago with a link from espn.com:
The possibilities for how O.J. seriously cut his hand in Europe are truly endless.
He sent a brief reply:
Hehe, I can only imagine. Story would’ve been better had the accident occurred in AMSTERDAM.
I’m not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, I’m just using common sense based on my own life experiences. People don’t gash up their hands by (soberly) falling on stairs. Especially young, athletic people. It sure seemed like O.J. was up to some shenanigans, hurt himself, and was doing P.R. cover. No judgment, just calling it like I think I see it.
But no big deal. O.J. Mayo cut his hand. He’ll be back on the court in no time.
Then this afternoon on Twitter, there was this:
What does Woj mean, “In a workout?” He must have meant, “in practice with the team,” right?
Even for the gullible, that sounds like bullshit. But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and post Jerry Z’s next tweet:
So there’s an eyewitness. One who is employed by Kevin Love.
Ah, who knows. I’m sure we’ll get a more complete explanation after the dust settles. In the meantime, it just sucks that the most-promising season in the Post-Garnett Era will begin with the team’s two best players on the mend.
But it is kinda weird that the two California stars who swapped caps on Draft Night suffered mysterious hand injuries in the same week. I just wish our guy had the gash instead of the fracture. So it goes.
UPDATE: 24 hours later, an explanation is provided: