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January 5, 2011 at 2:57 PM

UW reaction after losing Abdul Gaddy for the season

Spoke to several Huskies about Abdul Gaddy, who tore his left ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Here’s what they had to say.
COACH LORENZO ROMAR:
“Yesterday towards the end of practice, Abdul Gaddy was driving the rim, planted on his left leg and at that point tore his ACL. He will be out for the remainder of the season. When something like that happens, it’s tough. It’s tough to sit there in front of him and the doctor and watch him hear the news that he’s not going to play basketball anymore this year.
“It’s hard for everyone. It’s hard for me as a coach go through that. He worked so hard during the season to get to where he was having a realy good year this year. He was really helping this basketball team, he was having fun don doing something that he loved. It has been temporarily put on hold because of that injury.
“Obviously we’re going to stick right with him and help him through this. He’ll be back. He’s going t work hard. He’ll be back as strong as ever. Thank goodness, the way things work now, medicine allows kids to come back and be healthy. We have one of the best medical situations in the country. He’s going to be in good hands. It;s just hard to see him have to go through something like this.”
(How soon after the injury did you know it was serious?) “A couple weeks before, Venoy (Overton) hyper-extended his knee. So when that (Overton) happened I was hoping he had hyper-extended his knee because that would have been the best-case scenario. The way he fell, we were hoping it was not an ACL. But when Abdul fell yesterday, I hopeful for the same thing. Unfortunately for Abdul it wasn’t. It was definitely something wrong. You could see that. There was no contact when in happened. In Venoy’s situaiton, someone had run into his knee. There was no contact with Abdul. When he’s about to make a play, then he just buckles, something’s wrong.”
(Does Overton slide into his spot?)


“We’ll decide that here pretty soon.”
(What are the other possibilities?) “We have three wings, Scott Suggs, Terrence Ross, C.J. Wilcox. Any one of those guys could be in there. But Venoy is certainly capable. It’s not that he’s capable or not, he’s been doing such a good job coming off the bench. So we’ll see.”
(Would you consider burning Desmond Simmons’ redshirt to bolster your depth?) “Never. Ever. We would never do o anybody like that. He’s been redshirting have the year, we wouldn’t say come off your redshirt year. And again it may be panic to the rest of the world, I’m not panicked. I’m concerned for Abdul. Fortunately we have a lot of depth of this team. Guys will step up. You just hate to see someone go down like that and not be able to play. You feel bad for him.”
(How do you think your team will handle this loss?) “I think the guys will rally. It’s fresh, it’s new. Everyone loves Abdul. Everybody gets along with him and that’s going to be hard for everyone. It was hard for everyone yesterday when he went down. I think it was tough because guys knew there was probably something wrong, but they just didn’t the severity at that point. I would think we’ll rally up and be ready to play.
ISAIAH THOMAS:
(You have Tacoma history with Gaddy) “He’s really like a brother. Like family. Like I said, it hurt me when he told me. I wanted to cry. It’s just sad that it happens to a great person like that. He’s just so unselfish. The last thing he’s worried about is himself. When it happens to a good person like that, it hurts even more. When it hits that close to home it makes you feel the pain and just humbles you that much more.”
(Did you see it?) “I seen it, but I didn’t know. He has bad cramps every practice. He goes out with a cramp, but I was right next to him when it happened. I seen it, but I didn’t think it was going to be a torn ACL. I just thought maybe he sprained it or hyperextended it. And he even said, I think I hyperextended it. And here I’m calling him this morning and he’s telling me that. It hit me.”
(How does the team respond?) “Guys got to pick it up. Not to put anybody out there, but Venoy’s got to pick it up. That’s the main guy. He’s going to take his position. He’s got to pick it up and go off of what Gaddy’s done this year. Gaddy’s been having a good year. We’ve just got to pick it up and everybody’s got to pick it up in the little aspects of what they do.”
(Will you handle the ball more?) “Maybe. I’m always down for that. It’s nothing on my part. I do what I can and whatever the team needs me to do: score more, pass more. Ill just go out there and play basketball.”

(Can UW still accomplish its goals without Gaddy?)
“Yeah. That’s why this team is so good. We’ve got so much talent. You cant just key an eye on one person. He’s down, that’s another guys opportunity to get more playing time and show what hes capable of doing.”
(Who is the ballhandler other than you and Overton?) “I couldn’t tell you. Nobody’s really had to do it except us three. We’ve got some guy who’s going to step up out of the blue that’s probably going to surprise you guys, but I couldn’t tell you right now.”
VENOY OVERTON:
(How healthy are you to step up?) “It’s just getting about that time that I am 100 percent. I still have nicks here and there, but legs-wise I’m at 100 percent. It’s not an injury that should slow me down in my speed or quickness or anything. I just feel little things like my shoulder, little stuff. Not that big. I’m 100 percent, ready to go.”
(Do you feel you have to pull back on defense to stay out of foul trouble and play an entire game?) “I’m not really worried about that. This season, I’ve done a pretty good job not getting in foul trouble. I think there’s maybe been a couple games that I’ve been in foul trouble. But I haven’t been in foul trouble too much this year. So I feel like I am just going to stay aggressive the way I am, and trust that my teammates, if I am in foul trouble, they can step up.”
(If you are no no longer coming off the bench, how does that change things?) “Just the fact I’ve been coming off the bench and people say I do good, it’s just like, if I’ve got to start I’ve got to get my mind frame right to just start off the game right. Can’t really think about what’s been going on in the past. I’ve just got to think about what’s best to help my team. If I have to start and get us off to the right start, that’s what I have to do.”

(Is the team going okay playing this weekend?)
“It’s just really hard. You don’t expect anything like this happening. It just happens. Just got to have your hard hat on at all times, and just know that when stuff goes wrong, everybody else has to step it up and pick it back up. Nobody expected this. Everybody’s down, feeling sorry for him. But in the end, we can’t feel sorry for him, we’ve got to just go play.”

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