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Old 02-28-2008, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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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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 Garbajosa’s 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 won’t 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.

“It’s really hard. At the beginning when you start the rehab you don’t know what you have to do and you’re excited because you are taking a step ahead now. I know everything that I have to do. It’s 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.”

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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Old 02-28-2008, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I miss that guy.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I miss that guy.
Sadly I didn't, but after watching this team this season I realize how much we missed him during last year's playoffs and how much we could use his toughness and grit this season.

Hoping for a miracle for next season.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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oohhh, there goes my favourite player, I wish so bad he gets to stay in toronto and gets back to his old self
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I love that he threw his crutches away...


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But lucky for Al Horford Garbo wasn't in the game.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He's lucky Brezec wasn't a Raptor too.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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we definitely miss his gritty play and long flowing stylish locks of hair
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Old 02-29-2008, 08:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i miss his grizzled beard actually.

I really just hope he does what he has to do and doesn't fuck up his rehab. A healthy Garbo at 100% is what we need. Hopefully next season he will be good to go.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Horford can be happy Chris Childs and Oakley wearn't still there.

POW!
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Horford can be happy Chris Childs and Oakley wearn't still there.

POW!
Yea they would have just walked over and punched him...

..Garbo and Primoz would have put him on his ass next time he went up for a layup.
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Rasho's karate chop to Reggie Evans head last year after his cheapshot on Bosh was pretty good. Too bad he wasn't on the floor at the time. At least we had Smitch showing a little emotion.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:13 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Rasho's karate chop to Reggie Evans head last year after his cheapshot on Bosh was pretty good. Too bad he wasn't on the floor at the time. At least we had Smitch showing a little emotion.
Oh, I remember that, I loved watching Rashos and his cold face protecting his boy.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:25 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Rasho's karate chop to Reggie Evans head last year after his cheapshot on Bosh was pretty good. Too bad he wasn't on the floor at the time. At least we had Smitch showing a little emotion.
I missed that.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:44 AM   #15 (permalink)
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heres another video of ford doing his job too



love to see garbajosa actually congratulating Ford for that technical

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And this just to make your pants happy

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This is what we miss.....our team needs to show balls like this more...



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that bonner vs Garnett one was lovely
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the nice part is that an SA vs Bos final is very possible.

Bonner will whack him again!
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