The tale of two wrists
Posted March 18, 2012
Updated March 19, 2012
It was one of the oddest postgame locker room scenes I have ever been a part of. We were in the North Carolina locker room gathering interviews about the return of John Henson from the well-publicized wrist injury he suffered in the ACC Tournament.
Then an uneasiness broke out in the Carolina locker room.
Sports information director Steve Kirschner announced that everyone had to leave so Roy Williams could address the team. He had already done so which was odd. Then as the large gathering of media slowly made their way out, Williams encouraged us to quicken the pace. The look on his face said something was wrong.
As we stood in the hallway waiting, we began to put two and two together as we saw Kendall Marshall walk from the training room back to the locker room.
Then Kirschner made the announcement in the hallway as Williams made his way to the postgame press conference.
Kendall Marshall has a fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist. That's a small bone at the base of the thumb and just above the radius in the arm.
Small bone – large problem.
We then made our way back into the Carolina locker room where the mood had changed dramatically. Just minutes before we were talking about a Carolina win over Creighton. Now somber faces greeted us after players were told by Williams about the injury to their point guard.
Marshall was gracious enough to conduct an interview. He didn't have to say a word. His beet-red eyes and tear-stained cheeks said it all.
He talked about wanting to be there for his teammates, but he may not be. His official status is listed as unknown. Marshall joked that at least the injury was to his right wrist and he's a lefty. But catching a basketball with a broken wrist is a major problem.
Marshall joins a long list of injured Tar Heels. Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald were lost for the season. Marshall may have to join them on the Carolina bench.