Iman Shumpert: Wrist injury occurred on a slam dunk

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Iman Shumpert is expected to miss three months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn muscle in his right wrist.

According to Shumpert (in a piece he penned for Bleacher Report), the injury occurred during a pickup game slam dunk. But what may be even more amazing is that he practiced for two full days after it initially took place.

It was just another day, another pickup game on the Georgia Tech practice court, the same court on which I prepared for my NBA draft workouts. Fast break, right side, I go off one foot and bang the rim. A statement jam! Just like how my father taught me…

I kept playing with throbbing in the wrist. It’s nothing out of the ordinary to feel pain in the wrist after a power punch. But this was different. When I went to shoot a pull-up jumper a few plays later, my jump shot didn't even make it to the rim. This was the beginning of a bad gut feeling. …

After the trainer watched me play with the injury taped up for the next two days, he, along with everyone else, concluded it was merely a bruise. …

Wrong. The MRI at the Cleveland Clinic revealed that I tore the muscle holding my tendon completely.

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