Yesterday, we all vomited about David Lee’s elbow encounter with Wilson Chandler’s tooth. It was all very gross, especially the part where Lee mentioned that he could see his bone through the wound resulting from Chandler’s incisor. Yucky.
But maybe you have a very strong stomach and just thought that was a run-of-the-mill sports injury. If so, try these details on for size, courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I know, I know, it’s an elbow scratch,” Lee said. “But I was in the worst pain of my life.”
Lee was injured in Wednesday’s victory over the Knicks, when his elbow caught Wilson Chandler’s face on a rebound and knocked out two teeth. Lee completed the game with a three-layered tape job that couldn’t completely restrain the blood from coming to the surface, and he had his best game of the season (28 points, 10 rebounds).
At 8 a.m., however, he woke up in excruciating pain with swelling in his forearm and biceps. By 8:30 a.m., Lee and head athletic trainer Tommy Abdenour were on their way to a Chicago emergency room.
The hospital started an IV and got Lee started on a series of antibiotics. During an X-ray, Lee said blood was dripping off both sides of the machine.
“Now I know what it feels like to give birth,” Lee said. “… I’m a pretty good interview when I’m on Vicodin, huh?”
Every single part of that is disgusting. From the fact that three layers of tape couldn’t contain the bleeding to the swelling which was described by one writer as “District 9, Part 2″ to the blood dripping off the X-ray machine on down to David Lee comparing his arm pain to an elbow giving birth, it’s all very gruesome.
Plus, as Lee told the Chicago Tribune, ‘They found a little part of it in my arm.” Pretty understandable why he didn’t play against the Bulls last night. After all, the typical recovery time for an arm pregnancy is 4-to-6 days.
On the bright side, at least he wasn’t foaming at the mouth. Rabies is a very painful and embarrassing disease.