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Jamal Crawford and Ron Harper Talk ACL

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Jamal Crawford and Ron Harper Talk ACL 

Post#1 » by HomoSapien » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:18 am

At his home in Seattle, Jamal Crawford gasped when he saw Derrick Rose crumple to the ground Saturday afternoon.

"I told my girlfriend right away, 'That's serious,'" Crawford said by phone on Sunday. "There was nobody around him and you could see the pain he was in. He couldn't control it.

"He's such a great guy. He's everything that's right with the league. I feel so bad for him. I know that feeling."

Indeed, close to 11 years have passed since Crawford tore his left ACL and meniscus on July 17, 2001, playing pick-up games with Michael Jordan and other pros at the now-defunct Hoops The Gym on the city's west side.

"You feel helpless," Crawford said. "Basketball is always an escape. When it's gone, you have so much time to think. I remember reading about other players and almost crying. You go through all these bad thoughts: 'Why did this happen to me?'

"Then, after surgery, you start rehab and start to see some progressions. You get a little more confident as it goes along. And then the last stage is the mental part: 'Can I still do that move? Can I still do that cut?' The actual leg you injure ends up being stronger than the leg that's not injured. But you don't believe that at first. You're scared. You doubt."


Ron Harper is another.

The starting shooting guard on the Bulls' second three-peat teams suffered his injury with the Clippers in January 1990. He disputes the theory it changed his game from a high-flying scorer to a defensive specialist, saying he averaged over 18 points his next four seasons and toned down his offense merely because he later played alongside Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

"When I went to the hole and took that first hard hit and fell down and my knee felt good, I knew everything was going to be fine," Harper said by phone from New Jersey. "You hear people say, 'He's not going to be the same basketball player. He ain't gonna have that explosion.' The only thing that does is motivate you to work extremely hard.

"I met this kid and I know how hard of a worker he is. He's going to come back the same player."


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Post#2 » by HomoSapien » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:19 am

Crawford's empathy was palpable. He even pointed out he once wore No. 1 for the Bulls.

"Tell Derrick I never had any residual effects and don't think about it anymore," Crawford said. "Tell him I'm pulling for him."


Crawford seems like a good guy.
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Post#3 » by Mark K » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:35 am

Much respect for Jamal on this.
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Post#4 » by kuly1990 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:36 am

just saw that arcticle, and feel much better before going to sleep!
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Post#5 » by LobosJordan » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:40 am

Harper was always underrated after his injury. Jamal actually got a lot better after the injury also.
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Post#6 » by Ralphb07 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:42 am

Wish we could of worked something out with Jamal this past season, maybe this summer. He even tweeted yesterday about it and can tell he feels bad for Rose and truly likes him. The whole NBA world besides the prick LBJ has showed support..

Also Doug Collins gets much respect too. The guy you can tell would much rather be seeing Rose in Game 2.
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Post#7 » by TyrusRose2425 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:45 am

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Also Doug Collins gets much respect too. The guy you can tell would much rather be seeing Rose in Game 2.

Yeah I was at the game and saw Derrick go down while play kept going. Doug Collins was the first checking on Derrick to see if he was OK and was immediately screaming for the Bulls training staff to come check on him.
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Post#8 » by Al Swearengen » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:48 am

Total class from both of those guys.
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Post#9 » by johnnyvann840 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:48 am

Thanks for posting this. Made me feel better, also. I KNOW Derrick is going to come back stronger than ever.
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Post#10 » by HomoSapien » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:48 am

LBJ gave a good enough answer. He said he's worried about the Knicks, but doesn't want to see anyone hurt.
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Post#11 » by RoseTheFuture22 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:49 am

Jamal has always been regarded as a good guy off the court, nice to hear his positive encouragement
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Post#12 » by nitric0 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:50 am

Wow after reading about what Jamal said, it's a bit more soothing. Great read and a great guy
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Post#13 » by SpeedyWindRose » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:08 am

Didn't he opt out of his deal too?

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Post#14 » by blumeany » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:12 am

I still don't want to sign Crawford. :lol: But I really respect what he said and the support he offered to Derrick.
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Post#15 » by SpinninHouse » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:18 am

ACL surgery has come A LONG way since Harper had his. He had a solid career but regardless of what he says, he was a completely different player after his injury. Before he got hurt he was a spectacular athlete -- dynamic slasher with tremendous leaping ability. When he joined the Bulls I remember being shocked at how different of a player he was.

ACL tears used to end athletic careers all the time. It's much different today -- people get back to 100% now. Rose might come back at the All-Star break next year but he wont be Derrick Rose until 2014. It's just the truth.
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Post#16 » by ChiCitySPORTS#1 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:23 am

The Clippers have 3 guys, almost 4 who have had torn their ACL and they look fine. Im not worried, Im just impatient
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Post#17 » by Air Poohdini » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:38 am

I'm really hoping that Derrick decides to try and lift weights more while he's away.
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Post#18 » by pwrshft99 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:48 am

From what we have seen of DRose, you can expect him to work harder at this rehab than anything in his life.

Id shut him down the entire regular season. We have enough talent to end up the 4 or 5 seed, work him in off the bench for the first and second round, by the ECF he will be ready for starter minutes and 100% beast mode for the 13 Finals.

Without question his game will be different when he returns. I hope he develops his outside game now and relys on his athleticism only when needed.
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Post#19 » by NesimLE » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:33 am

Air Poohdini wrote:I'm really hoping that Derrick decides to try and lift weights more while he's away.

I hope he does yoga or something to improve his flexibility/balance between muscle groups or whatever. Lifting is fine as well, as long as he doesn't neglect other steps that could help keep him healthy.
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Post#20 » by theanimal23 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:55 am

TyrusRose2425 wrote:
Ralphb07 wrote:
Also Doug Collins gets much respect too. The guy you can tell would much rather be seeing Rose in Game 2.

Yeah I was at the game and saw Derrick go down while play kept going. Doug Collins was the first checking on Derrick to see if he was OK and was immediately screaming for the Bulls training staff to come check on him.


How silent was the stadium? Could ya hear a pin drop?

I've always liked Collins. Seems like a genuine man. Always respect for him.

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