Thursday, November 25, 2010
Mailbag: Leftovers on Turkey Day
By Chris Forsberg
AP Photo/Winslow TownsonKevin Garnett gets a ferocious chest bump from Nate Robinson.
Our Thanksgiving Day mailbag got a rush of last-minutes questions Wednesday evening as Celtics reserve guard Delonte West crashed to the floor, breaking his wrist, and sidelining him indefinitely.
On the eve of a holiday in which many in the Celtics' locker room expressed thanks for the health of their family and friends, Boston has been dealt a tough blow, losing what many considered the glue of their second unit just one week after West returned to the court following a 10-game suspension to start the season.
His teammates were heartbroken for West, who endured so much this offseason while dealing with the weapons charges that led to his suspension and then working hard to make up for time spent away from the basketball court, only to have this setback.
"He must be so frustrated, I can't imagine," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "I can't speak to it, actually, it's nothing I've ever gone through. But to sit out that long, like sitting out from an injury, then come back and get injured again, it would be extremely frustrating.
"[West] was great. He had a lot of good things happening for him. He goes through the whole [locker room scuffle] incident with Von [Wafer] and doubted himself. He had become a terrific teammate during that little stretch then, bam, [he's injured]. You gotta keep rolling, though, that's part of it. That's life. It's tough sometimes, but you gotta keep walking forward and that's what we've got to do."
In the grand scheme of things, the Celtics have been through this before. They managed the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season without West, and now the Celtics must find a way to navigate until he's healthy again.
Let's dive into this holiday mailbag and see what's on the mind of our letter-senders: