You know how when you stub your toe, there's a split-second where it doesn't hurt yet but you know the pain is about to hit you -- and hard? That's the sensation Rodney Stuckey experienced -- except, I'm guessing, 100 times worse -- when he fractured his thumb by slamming it in his car door.
"Just a fluke accident. At first I didn’t know because it was stuck in the door, as I was trying to walk away," Stuckey said. "I was like, ‘Oh (bleep),’ and when I opened the door, that’s when all the pain started. It happens. (Stuff) like this happens."
[...] "I can’t sit here and beat myself up. Stuff like this happens every day. Who knew? I didn’t," Stuckey said. "My hand just got caught. I’ll keep working, stay in shape, working on my body. Once I can start dribbling a ball and doing things like that I’ll be ready."
Stuckey told reporters that he had a screw inserted into his thumb that should help him return in three weeks -- perhaps in time for opening night. Had he not undergone the operation, he says he could have been sidelined two months.