Lawson Talks About the Sprain

In case you were wondering what was going on for the past month, Ty Lawson explains.

“We didn’t know the ankle injury was as serious as it was,” Lawson said after he played 21 minutes against Boston College. He went on to explain that he originally thought it was a mild ankle sprain, but a later MRI showed that the ligaments were hurt worse than he originally thought.

“The day after I hurt it, or two days, I was practicing for the Duke game, and it was hurting, and we thought it wasn’t as [bad] as it really was. So that was the most frustrating thing, trying to practice on it other days [and] it was still hurting. So we decided to shut it down, and it made it a lot better.”

Lawson played in a thick ankle brace Saturday, and although he was hesitant in the first half, he said it will take only an improved confidence level to get back to 100 percent. He said his ankle didn’t hurt during the game.

I think the issue with this sprain is it was initially approached like the first sprain as something he could bounce back from quickly and play with some pain but it would eventually get better. As it turns out it was far worse than the thought and they reached a point, probably with the Clemson game to give it extended rest and see how it was. The good great news is there was no pain during the game and it appears he is on track to get back to form. Let’s hope two regular season games and the ACC Tournament is enough time for that to happen.

15 Responses to Lawson Talks About the Sprain

  1. william says:

    What does this say about the state of Sports Medicine at UNC?

    On another topic:

    If anyone has any information, I would love to see DVD’s of the following games: Carolina-Duke, ACC tourney 1969; Carolina-USC ACC tourney 1971; State-UCLA National Semi-final, 1974; Maryland-UCLA, regular season, 1973.

    Also, this is the time of year when ESPN Classic shows the best stuff. In the past couple of years, I have seen some older stuff such as Maryland-NC State, ACC tourney final, 1974; Carolina-Marquette, NCAA Final 1977(Carolina had a chance to tie with under 2 minutes–you never hear that); UCLA-Kentucky, National Final, 1975; UNC-Kentucky, No.1 vs. No.2, December 1981; and Georgtown-UVA, No.1 vs. No.2 (right before Chaminade) 1983.

    Unfortunately, the networks were not always careful. Many of the Knick title run games have been lost and the UCLA-Kentucky print was in awful condition, but still better than nothing.

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Good point. I never understood why they were not more straightforward with the nature of the injury just so the media would stop asking.

    I need to get digital cable so I can get ESPN Classic again, I miss being able to see the older games.

  3. william says:

    Who’s the National Player of the Year?

    It might be Michael Beasley, of course. If he wins, it’ll be because of his talent and because of the sheer volume of his production, both of which are prodigious. It won’t be because of his efficiency, which has suffered as he’s continued to absorb an abnormally high number of possessions for his good but not great team.

    If not Beasley, then who? If there were a player who went to the line almost as often as Tyler Hansbrough, yet rebounded much better on both the offensive and defensive glass, shot much better from the field, and played an equally large role in his team’s offense, he’d at least get a look right?

    Decision ’08

    Off. Def. Off.
    Rtng. FTRate eFG pct. Reb. Pct. Reb. Pct. %Poss.
    Tyler Hansbrough 127.5 79.8 55.8 20.6 12.6 26.6
    Kevin Love 127.3 74.1 61.2 30.5 17.0 27.5

    Just saying.

    John Gasaway is an author of Basketball Prospectus. You can contact John by clicking here or click here to see John’s other articles.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Interesting. The only reason Love will not get a look is because folks will see the 17 ppg average and not give him further consideration.

    BTW, does anyone have DVDs or VHS of the three most recent UNC title games they can send me copies of?

  5. C. Michael says:

    I thought Jimmy Dykes raised a good point Saturday. Late in the game, after UNC had regained control, Lawson was fouled and went to the ground. The initial rxn was that UNC probably cringed when they saw that (legitimate). Dykes than said that the fact that he was able to get right back probably did as much for his confidence as anything. Couldn’t agree more.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Yes for some reason Jimmy Dykes was exhibiting good sense and making cogent points.

  7. C. Michael says:

    Yeah, even his “Call your friends” line turned out to be spot on, though for different reasons then I am sure he though!! 😉

  8. Will says:

    Amazing that Ty had no pain after Saturday’s game. That is fantastic for us.

  9. william says:

    THF you are such a good guy to always be going after the announcers, lol.

  10. Tar Heel Fan says:

    What else is a good blogger to do?

  11. Will says:

    Saw in the paper today that Ty’s ankle was sore after the BC game.

  12. william says:

    Hey, thanks James. Wow, I just wish they weren’t so pricey.

  13. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Anyone want to pay $25 for the regional final last season? That would be like paying $25 to have someone come to your house and punch you in the gut over and over.

  14. william says:

    Yeah, I deleted that right off the Tivo, although the last 78minutes of that game were not that different from the 8 minutes of the Illinois game, with almost equal results of a double digit collapse. The difference was that Felton hit a 23 footer with two defenders tightly guarding him, and Illinois, after having made a ton of 3’s in the second half, missed their last five or six in a row, several of which were pretty good looks. Can you imagine if Roy had lost that one?

    I would, however, like to see the 1998 Utah game again, because it is one of those things (like UNC beating the Fab Five) that seems even less believable now, given how well Carter, Jamison, Haywood and Williams have done in the pro’s. Even Okalaja ended up on the German Olympic team, I believe.

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