HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Basketball’s higher powers dished out a cruel lesson to Nets guard Sundiata Gaines last night, just days after smiling on him.
Gaines fractured his right hip in a freak accident during the Nets’ overtime win over the Cavaliers Wednesday night in Cleveland, ending his season prematurely. This comes just days after Gaines signed his fist guaranteed, multi-year deal after toiling in the D-League and Italy on the road to realizing his NBA dream.
Gaines will be on crutches for six to eight weeks before starting his rehabilitation. He only appeared in 10 games with the Nets this season, averaging 5.5 points and 2.5 assists in 14.6 minutes.
All of the hard work he put in to make it and now he has to deal with this kind of setback.
It’s a tough blow to swallow for those of us that have kept an eye on Gaines from his days at the University of Georgia to his with D-League’s Idaho Stampede to his call up with the Jazz last season, and the buzzer-beater he drained four days into that first call up with the Jazz (to beat the Cavaliers of all teams) on TNT:
I remember watching this game and thinking “this guys is literally living the dream,” after he nailed that shot.
Knowing how hard he worked to make it, there is no doubt in my mind that Gaines will return from this experience an even tougher and more determined than ever to make sure he’s on someone’s roster for a long time.
Whenever he gets back on his feet and back into the mix, he’ll have a rooting section here at the hideout.