Lucas Talks To GSN About Injury

Lucas Talks To GSN About Injury

"I heard it pop, it happened before. Three or four times in the (high school) season but, I played through it. (I) Just taped it up." -- MSU bound point guard Kalin Lucas

BIRMINGHAM, MI - Spartan fans gasped at the thought of their future star and incoming freshman Kalin Lucas seriously damaging his ankle in last weekend's Jordan Brand All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.

Lucas was thinking of the worst, too.

We caught up with the 6' speedy point guard today and he assured me things aren't as bad as originally thought.

"I heard it pop, it happened before. Three or four times in the (high school) season but, I played through it. (I) Just taped it up."

I was at the game when he first twisted his ankle at Calihan Hall during the Catholic League Championship game against the University of Detroit. If, I remember correctly he was out of the game for less than five minutes before telling his coach that he was ready to go back in. He rolled it again in Orchard Lake St. Mary's district final game against North Farmington less than two weeks later.

He thought what happened in New York was another rolled over ankle but, this was not the case as later analysis proved.

He broke it on a play where he was making his move before letting his shot fly and that's when the ankle went from being sore to needing a cast.

"I thought it was twisted real bad but, I kept on playing. But, there was too much pain."

He assured me that there was no ligament damage and that it was a break instead.

How is a break better than ligament damage some may ask?

If, this were a ligament problem he might be out for 6-8 months and with this break he'll be out less than two.

"It should be better in six weeks but, it might be better before (then). I'm going to meet with coach Izzo and the trainers at Michigan State Friday, in the morning."

The kid is tough and when he told me that he was playing on a broken ankle I cringed. And Lucas doesn't plan to sit around and do nothing while he's recovering.

"I can do push-ups and keep building my upper body strong. I can also shoot free-throws."

So bum leg and all, Lucas will persevere and will be good as new and ready to play for the Green-and-White come November.

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