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Old 02-28-2008, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Familiar Face At Raptors Practice

Well ... looky, looky who's back at practice with the team.

Albeit nothing remotely intensive, this is fantastic to see Garbo back on the court with the team. It's just a shame we can have his for this post-season.

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Originally Posted by Raptors.com
Exile and return course through every pro sports team. Injured players generally withdraw subtly from the group or go home altogether. They are ghosts on the roster and the scenario intensifies if the injury is a recurring one.

Exile and return course through every pro sports team. Injured players generally withdraw subtly from the group or go home altogether. They are ghosts on the roster and the scenario intensifies if the injury is a recurring one.

Betrayed by their bodies, they feel culled from the herd and although they are immensely welcome - every teammate has experienced injury and the terrifying isolation it brings - they know better than to be prominent.

Only after all the other players had run the Raptors practice court did Jorge Garbajosa shed his crutches and push a few shots toward the rim.

He did so as gingerly as he could, often lifting his battered left leg and angle as if to remove the temptation to jump.

Eleven weeks after surgery to repair his leg, this marked Garbajosaís second trip on the court. He tried his luck quietly on Wednesday but when the media spied him shooting on Thursday, the jig was up.

Before facing the cameras, Garbajosa handed his crutches to team officials.

He hates the sight of the crutches and wonít be photographed beside them. For that reason, he is reluctant to go to home games.

Garbajosa was originally injured 11 months ago. He returned to play internationally last September but consented to another round of surgery in December.

It has been, he said, a very tough time.

ďItís really hard. At the beginning when you start the rehab you donít know what you have to do and youíre excited because you are taking a step ahead now. I know everything that I have to do. Itís hard to concentrate and motivate and come back again but I have a lot of help from my family, coaches, teammates, the team, to keep my head up.Ē

Garbajosa will not be back this year but the combination of a serious leg injury and limitless time to worry about it is a wicked combination. The antidote: progress, no matter how incremental.
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