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Jeff Gravley

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.

John Henson Henson: We're hoping for the best

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. 

Kendall Marshall Marshall: All I know is it's a fracture

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.

 

 

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  • sigemond Mar 19, 4:18 p.m.

    8 week return to sports after surgery for broken scaphoid. I don't think there is any way that he can play. I think they are just playing mind games with Ohio. How about putting Barnes at point guard?

  • prez23062 Mar 19, 2:33 p.m.

    thanks to all the classy state and duke fans commenting on this, if KM reads this i'm sure it's encouraging. i believe there's a good chance he will resume play before next year, but i'm also not discouraged by what i've seen in Stilman. the kid has hustle, and the players seem fairly receptive to his style of ball handling as well. it's not over yet, and already crazier things have happened in this tournament.

  • coachjim44 Mar 19, 1:44 p.m.

    Get well soon Kendall, hate to see hard working kids get injured. You've had a great season! I thought you and Tyler should have been co-MVP's myself.

  • mxteam44 Mar 19, 1:43 p.m.

    Encouraging news on Kendall Marshall: his father, Dennis, tells IC the surgery went well and... View More

    — Posted by Go Lee County

    I hope you're right!

  • Go Lee County Mar 19, 1:12 p.m.

    Encouraging news on Kendall Marshall: his father, Dennis, tells IC the surgery went well and they got a promising prognosis.

  • kennywalters Mar 19, 1:11 p.m.

    Excellent - I guess we can call them a bunch of limp wristed splatter .

    — Posted by Z Man

    Stay classy and most of all stay in New York. You fit the a-holes up there much better than the genteel south.

  • kennywalters Mar 19, 1:09 p.m.

    if this was hockey, they'd give him a shot in his hand, let him play this tournament, and worry... View More

    — Posted by Phantomxj

    You're a <insert appropriate insult of your intelligence here>. If they did this in hockey, then the hockey player would end up with a notch on his wrist due to not having the surgery, thereby affecting the rest of their career and probably ensuring osteoarthritis in that wrist later in life. Hockey players may be tough, but no team that invests that kind of money into an athlete would risk wasting that investment by not taking care of it.

  • kennywalters Mar 19, 1:08 p.m.

    if this was hockey, they'd give him a shot in his hand, let him play this tournament, and worry... View More

    — Posted by Phantomxj

    You're a . If they did this in hockey, then the hockey player would end up with a notch on his wrist due to not having the surgery, thereby affecting the rest of their career and probably ensuring osteoarthritis in that wrist later in life. Hockey players may be tough, but no team that invests that kind of money into an athlete would risk wasting that investment by not taking care of it.

  • Hokies94 Mar 19, 1:05 p.m.

    I hate this for Marshall and the team.

  • CAROLINA43 Mar 19, 12:36 p.m.

    Kendall Marshall is the conductor that drives this train!! My feeling is that he will play and will be effective. Coach Williams will ensure his safety first and foremost and long-term effects, so I am confident in the medical staff at UNC.

    If by chance Kendall cannot go, here is my starting five:

    Bullock - PG/SG
    Barnes - PG/SG
    McAdoo - SF
    Henson - PF
    Zeller - C

    Barnes and Bullock, just get the out-let passes from the 'new' front-line and push the ball upcourt. All of the guys can flat-out run, so this line-up will be very difficult for a lot of teams. Just look at the size of this line-up. Hairston will play big minutes, and Watts and White will have to contribute as well.

    I still believe in this team and this coaching staff. We'll definitely show-up and compete!!!

    GO HEELS!!!

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